The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
4.32 | pDev: 11.57%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: This is Black Tuesday with Syrah grapes aged in French Oak barrels.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 129 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finally split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a nice ruby mud no head but really phenomenal legs.

S - Aromas of nice juicy Syrah grapes, light chocolate, old almost stale beer.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with strong dark chocolate. Sticky sweet, little grape jelly, light wine notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little sweet and sticky.

O -Overall this was a rather solid black Tuesday treatment. Interesting wine notes!

Serving Type: bottle

Aug 11, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with rudzud
No lacing, legs just stick forever, mud cola dark brown

Nose big candy grapes, reddish heavy grapes and wine, sweet brown malts, candy sugar, molasses, butterscotch toffee, little booze, Bruery old aged beer

Taste big heavy sweet malt, boozy alcohol syrupy, toffee candy butterscotch, molasses, big candy grape reddish port like wine, dark chocolate, booze tingle, little bitterness, chocolate mud

Mouth is thick syrupy heavy boozy, light carb but expected

Overall not bad, def aged maybe too much and wine is lighter but booze might be lighter too

Aug 11, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black like a Black Tuesday, but as you move toward the edge, you see dark brown and eventually dark red if held up to the light. Aroma was Black Tuesday and some funky grape must.

Taste was definitely more bitter than Black Tuesday. It wasn't a hop derived bitterness, but the grape just took away from the Black Tuesday boozy smoothness I was used to. Perhaps the French Oak contributed to drying it out and making it a little more bitter. Then again, the beer probably is closed to 100ibu anyways. A little bit of a licorice in taste and bitterness, could do without that. Big red wine notes that are unique with this one. Its kind of overload, while I can appreciate the uniqueness and massiveness, it just is too much at once, the tannins, the french oak, the bourbon, too many port notes in the end. I still have another so maybe I'll like it more next time.

Nov 23, 2017
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 11/22/13
Opened: 11/22/17

A: Pours black with brown, reddish highlights. Off-white head is minimal, with little retention, and no lacing

S: Bursting with cherries, balsamic, and some grapes with assorted fruits. Aroma is vinous, port/red wine with some bourbon in the workings

T: The notes linger as it opens with vinous tones of apples, caramel, toffee, licorice, and a variety of herbs. More to explore in the traces of wood, and some vanilla elements with the French oak and roasted malt playgrounds. The intermingling of the assorted dark fruits and chocolate is sensible and delicate

M: A gentle body with generous carbonation yet fragrant, oily, and mellifluous. Heat seems to have mellowed with time, given the bottle and restrained backend burn

O: The vinous, port aspects don’t bring out the most sophisticated wine. Nonetheless, there’s something to say about the complexity, balancing, and intermingling of notes, especially as the temperature plays around

Nov 23, 2017
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cooch69 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one was an ok attempt but they really nailed it the second time around. Maybe it's my fault that I had this with a year to a year and a half age on it but there really wasn't enough grape to back up all the malt they had in there. Good attempt none the less with lots of chocolate and some fresh oak. Nice body and not too aggressive for the ABV

Mar 13, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was lucky to have the opportunity to try both Batch 1 and Batch 3 at a share recently on Super Bowl sunday! Batch 1 was great and a little more balanced as it has sat a while. Strong but delicious!

Feb 17, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sonny for sharing. Tampa review dump, full notes to IPad during consumption.

A- Black like the Tuesday with a light tan cap to around a finger. Medium tan ring leaves no lace.

S- Fruity and wine filled aroma. Vinous grapes lead the way and I have a hard time believing this is aged a Black Tuesday. Esters and apple fruits. Grapes?

T- Vinous grapes lead the way with apples and other fruits leading the way. Grapes somehow overshadow the malts and roast.

MF- Huge body and massive alcohol slick oily feel. High to medium end carbonation sets the stage for a foamy and frothy carbonation.

Ma oh man. Black Tuesday with grapes and wine. Seems insignificant but really changes the whole experience. Somehow grapes and vinous notes overtake the massive base beer. Roast butts it head but it sure is different here.

Jan 16, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a matching Bruery hoarder glass. I guess its about time to crack into this 1st edition considering the Bruery has already released/announced 2 more versions are made/in the works for this wine themed BT thinger. The brew pours a real dark brown to black color with a brown head about a finger strong. By black tuesday standards, the cap displays pretty good retention.

The aroma contains a pleasant amount of licorice, chocolate, coffee and slight earthen aspects. As it warms up, it gets almost cheesy and a bit strange. The taste is fruity moreso than vinous with chocolate and alcohol leading the way. An aftertaste of berries and plenty of sugar. There is a pleasant woody note to this that makes for an interesting twist to the normal bourbon reinforced heat of black tuesday.

This is medium bodied, modestly carbonated and an enjoyable boozy sipper. Of all the Black Tuesday variations I have consumed to date...this might be the only one ive had that I would consider throwing down solo. The booze and the sugars have been tempered quite a bit though it still is pretty darn sweet. Id love to see this done again but aged in something other than french oak.

Dec 13, 2014
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from hotpipes a while back. Thanks heaps for this one. Was really looking forward to it.

From a 750 into a snifter
Batch 1
Black Tuesday with syrah grapes and aged in French Oak barrels. S

APPEARANCE: Same as all the others. A very transparent, thin, and relatively light brown pour yields a thin, loose, bubbly, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a thin ring, which eventually vanishes as well. Looks flat by the end and absolutely no lacing at all. Much too thin and transparent for the style as well. Very disappointing for the style.

SMELL: Roasted notes, dark chocolate, some oak aromas, with some nice dark fruit and red wine on the nose. Dark grapes and slightly port-like for sure. Some toffee and vanilla there as well from the oak aging. Nice and not overly boozy.

TASTE: Lots of oak, grapes and red wine up front. Flavorful for sure. A big and boozy finish of dark grapes, red wine and port flavors, oak, hints of vanilla and a touch of milk chocolate linger on the palate, Very oak forward and plenty of red wine and port flavors as well.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Not creamy, fizzy on the palate, goes down fizzy with a scratch at the swallow and finishes sticky. Quite a bit of heat lingers. Burns going down and is rather harsh. A bit more challenging that some of the other variants out there, amazingly enough.

OVERALL: The nose was great and the flavor was very red wine and port-like. Quite enjoyed those aspects of the beer. The look was typical of Black Tuesday, too light and thin in color with a lack luster head, and the feel was perhaps even more fizzy, harsh and hot than normal. Really liked this one, but didn’t quite love it. Something I was very glad to try and would be happy to see again in the future. Thanks again for the bottle hotpipes. Always a pleasure.

Nov 09, 2014
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kscaldef from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -19%

Interesting concept, but I don't think the blend creates something greater than the parts, and the tannins of the grapes become a little tiresome after a couple ounces.

Aug 25, 2014
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hefffiend from California

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have never taken the time to write out a review on here , until now....

Bottle poured into a Riedel Cabernet/Merlot/Bordeaux Glass

A: Pours dark black with a brown/redish foam

S: Wine grapes, bourbon, oak and chocolate. Somewhat similar to Backyard Rye (Which we also had that day), but not as fruity.

T: The Syrah grapes are huge on this beer, some booze, but not as strong as Black Tuesday, chocolate and a slight fruit sweetness. The French Oak barrels add a nice touch to this that bourbon barrels just could not do. Don't be afraid to let this beer open up either.

M: Very delicate, with a bit more carbonation than Black Tuesday and its other variants. Slightly warm from the alcohol, but not as strong as BT or Chocolate Rain.

O: This beer really showcases a mature side of the Bruery. They went out of the box on this beer and hit a f$%#*&ing homerun. You really need to apprecaite a great glass of wine in order to fully appreaciate this beer. Its not for everyone, especially your average beer drinker. Its not supposed to be sour as the wine grapes don't do that for this beer. Its an excellent example of what happens when Wine meets the beer world. Age can do some really great things for this beer (which is why I didn't give it 5's across the board), specifically the syrah grapes with the French Oak barrels and well the base beer is Black Tuesday, what else can be said about that....

Thanks to my buddy Kevin for this amazing beer! Cheers!

Jul 30, 2014
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JulioH from Florida

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Of all the beers I have tried so far, and that boast the addition of grapes, this one is probably the better one of the lot. If you had tasted other grape beers, those grapes are very elusive. Not here.

Pours a nice dark beer. Has a bit of foam. Smells nice. Taste better.

Jun 10, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoarders Society 2013 bottle split with Paul.

The beer is a shade lighter than Black Tuesday, Chocolate Rain. Dark brown with hints of crimson and ruby when held to the light. Aromas of big roast, booze, red wine, chocolate. The wine grapes really come through in the flavor, adding fruity sweetness. Lots of alcohol heat in the flavor and finish, but as certain amount of that is to be expected. Oak and roast with grape juice. A solid beer, but not as easy to drink as the aforementioned stouts. Best shared several (not two) ways.

May 29, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.7.14

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby lines. A fizzy dark tan-red head fades quickly.

S - Bourbon, oak, wine, vinous.

T - Lots of bourbon, then some sweetness followed by tart wine grapes. Insane.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Bourbon and syrah? Ok, it works. Very unique and welcoming, in an odd way.

May 23, 2014
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jegross2 from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing Wineification from The Bruery out of Placentia, California. This beer is Black Tuesday with Syrah grapes aged in French Oak barrels.

Score: 86

2013 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Mikkeller taster and enjoyed on 05/13/14.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with minimal head that quickly and totally settles. No lacing or retention. Okay legs. 2.75/5

Smell: Tannic oak and winey Black Tuesday. Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and booze. Nose-apparent sweetness. 3.75/5

Taste: Wine/grapes infused with chocolate. Less sweet than Black Tuesday, and not cloying. Nice chocolatey finish. Hint of vanillla. Ashy roast, dark fruit and licorice too. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation. Sweet and tannic, but not as sweet as most Bruery stouts. Light alcohol warmth and booziness. 3.75/5

Overall: Solid, but nothing too special or can't miss. Mocha Wednesday was better, but this was probably more drinkable.

Cost: $40 for a 750 ml bottle.

May 22, 2014
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a mini-snifter taster. Thanks Don for sharing this during our Black Tuesday vertical tasting.

A- Pours a dark black with some light translucency around edges and a purplish hue. Fairly flat with just a tad bit more carbonation then the Black Tuesdays, still no head or lacing.

S- Nice grape wine aroma that balances nicely with the base of chocolate with a light oaky presence, much more complex then regular Black Tuesday.

T- Grapes, cherries, merlot, finishes with more of Black Tuesday base of chocolate, and light oak. The "wine" presence was an interesting unique presence that added a nice complexity.

M- Flat, much more drinkable then Black Tuesday and very drinkable considering abv.

O- Like all of the Black Tuesday variants this is hard to drink more then a few ounces however I like the complexity over Black Tuesday. Not something I'd drink all the time but definitely worth the try for the uniqueness.

May 17, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown, almost black. No head. The thinnest of collars.

Smell - Weird. Red wine grapes. Red wine. Oak. Something slick and a little buttery. Dark chocolate. Really smells like a red wine with chocolate.

Taste - Red wine. Grape flavor. Slightly tangy,but never really sour. More just acidic. Sweetness in the middle. Dark chocolate. Vanilla. I don't get much bourbon. Maybe an aftertaste of it. Oak lingering aftertaste gives it a slight spice.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Low carbonation. Slick and oily.

Overall - I didn't know what to think about this when I first had it. It's weird. Not quite sour, not quite sweet. It's a weird, funky red wine, but in the end it's fascinating and I really like it.

Apr 01, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, red wine, grape, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour red wine, grape, bourbon, and oak flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an interesting wine presence that really mellows out a lot of the normal Black Tuesday characteristics.

Feb 18, 2014
Wineification from The Bruery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 129 ratings