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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SirElton from California

5/5  rDev +15.7%

Feb 22, 2014
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largadeer from California

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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jlindros from Massachusetts

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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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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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claaark13 from Indiana

3/5  rDev -30.6%

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spycow from Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.4%

Apr 27, 2014
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billab914 from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 10, 2015
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imperialking from Illinois

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

Mar 18, 2016
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Apr 03, 2014
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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Mar 13, 2014
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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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wethorseblanket from California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Dec 10, 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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GRG1313 from California

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 17, 2014
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