Wineification II | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In this second rendition of Wineification, the Rues and Parkers continue to vanquish the boundaries between wine and beer. Again they have combined their brains and brawn on a blend of juicy Rodney's Vineyard Petite Sirah grapes with The Bruery's imperial stout, then aged this wine/beer hybrid in French Oak barrels. The flavor profile is remarkable. Notes of black cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, aged balsamic, port wine and a sherry-like oxidation from the barrels. This beer is like nothing that you have ever tried before...besides, perhaps, Wineification I.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of colts9016
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had an opportunity to purchase this beer two years back. I decided to fork over the cash for this bottle. Today is Christmas it is fitting to try this beer with family. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour on the beer produced a pinkish tan head that fizzled quickly. Pouring the beer into the glass, it looked like well use cutting oil for a pipe machine. The beer has this dark brown murkiness and is opaque.

The initial aromas of the beer are fruity and earthy with dark roasted malts. Next, I smell chocolate, raisins, anise, bready, oaky, vanilla, molasses, and toffee. Lastly, I detect yeast alcohol and citrus.

Oh wow, what flavors this beer has. I taste the Syrah grapes, jammy notes, fruity, and earthy/dirt. Next, I taste the stout anise, bready, oaky, vanilla, molasses, toffee, chocolate, raisins, dark roasted malts, and oranges.

The mouthfeel of the beer is thick and round.

The body of the beer is full, low-plus carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer is an incredible feat in the craft movement. The wine barrel and stout flavors are harmoniously like professional ballroom dancer winning competitions. I loved the flavors in the beer, but sad to see the head showing rather poor. This beer was worth the money spent, I want another to one to enjoy. I loved this beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I never thought I'd see a relatively clear, red tinged Black Tuesday, especially one with a bubbly pinkish-tan collar.

Smell is toasted yet milky oak with cedary, almost smoked, red wine.

Taste and body is exceptionally wine-like, gliding into a smooth, slick fluid. I know, look at the name--but I really wasn't expecting this, especially via the delivery method of Black Tuesday. I'm quite surprised by how sweet and juicy it has become. The grapes have a cabernet note that helps mellow out the intensity of BT while adding some seedy berries and dry tannins in the finish.

Overall, the stout is actually drowned out, and it's also less hot. It's a unique experience, but also sort of confusing.

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Photo of rudzud
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a nice ruby mud light head but really phenomenal legs.

S - Aromas of nice juicy Syrah grapes, light chocolate, old almost stale beer. Almost metallic and tinny. Super fruity and juicy grapes. Stale bread too

T - Taste is similar to the nose with light dark chocolate. Sticky sweet, little grape jelly, light wine notes. The grapes are tart and little sour. Fair amount of stale bread as well.

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

O -Overall this was a rather solid black Tuesday treatment. Interesting wine notes but sadly sour.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Split with rudzud
Light fizzy head fades sticky, dark murky chestnut color

Nose sour grapes, red musty grapes that went sour but super juicy, weird acidity with like a cinnamon spice and light metallic thing, stale bread,

Taste tart but big juicy grapes, reddish sweet grapes and little candy sweet wine, little port wine, little chocolate cocoa, syrupy molasses, toffee butterscotch, oak and wine barrel notes, finish sticky sweet

Mouth is heavy bod sticky sweet, decent carb

Overall eh

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gotti311
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

The Bruery Wineification II

A: This wine-stout hybrid pours not unlike a deep red wine. It is not quite black like its base beer but rather it takes on a deep, purple hue, reminiscent of dusk after a day of storms has finally cleared away. The scant finger of head also showcases purple tinges, appearing the color of a blueberry muffin before disappearing quickly and completely. Lacing is spotty at best, but at 13.7% ABV, this is unsurprising. Alcohol legs are prominent. The lack of head and lacing is fitting for a wine hybrid. Still, it would be nice to have a little more head and lacing, even in a hefty, barrel-aged beer like this one. 4.5/5

A: it is difficult to determine which element of the beer is most prominent, as both Black Tuesday and he Syrah grapes (not to mention the wine barrel) are present in spades. They do not fight, however; it is more of an intimate discussion between two perfectly complimentary components. There are the classic BT notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, tobacco, molasses, smoke, and chocolate, of course. Seamlessly, the wine shows up with black currants, blackberries, cherry, leather, spice box, cedar, rich grape jelly, almond, and plenty of oak. It is subtle, intense, refined, and classy. The wine does end up winning our eventually, making this taste perhaps a little too much like wine and not enough like beer. Fantastic, sexy, and alluring. 4.75/5

T: If possible, the taste is shifted even more toward wine. Given a blind tasting, many would probably peg this as a wine alone, as the imperial stout characteristics are quite subdued. Slightly tart berries greet the tongue up front, raspberry and blackberry, with tobacco, currants, cherry, raisin, almond, and spicy oak all following up. Black Tuesday bleeds through with toffee sweetness, rich cigar smoke, caramel, plenty of dark fruits, and gives an impression of sweetness to the otherwise quite dry profile. Dark chocolate is also present, giving the overall impression of a chocolate-covered, candied black currant. Many drinkers will wonder where the beer is, but it is still wonderful overall. 4.5/5

M: Here again, it feels more like wine than beer. The carbonation is so low that it could be mistaken for typical wine acidity, and the body is medium light yet oily (though not in a bad way) and with a slight stickiness that lingers. Alcohol warmth is moderate but not oppressive. The finish is mostly dry and very pleasant, but it is a little thin and a little too wine-y 4.25/5

O: So here is where my personal bias for this sub-substyle will be perfectly clear: despite not giving it glowing remarks above (which were necessary since even as a wine-influenced stout, it should exhibit a little bit more stout character), I love this beer. Wine barrel-aged imperial stouts are one of my favorite things in beer, and this one toes (and even steps over) the line better than any before it (save MAYBE Goose Island Napa County Stout). This is totally worth seeking out of you are at all interested in wine, as it drinks much more like a very rich red than Black Tuesday. The most remarkable thing is how not cloying it is (in contrast with the base beer). Leave it to the Bruery to pull off a beer of this off the deep end. Pair with the refined, genre-bending masterpiece "California" by Mr. Bungle. 5/5

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoshBrews
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cooch69
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I liked this option much better that the first one they made mainly because the grapes were redonk in this one. Super packed full of wine flavor. Very nice nose of fresh fruits, dry oak and chocolate.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shawner
2.94/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Liberatiscioli
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MaineBeerDinner
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BDeibs
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Wineification II from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 163 ratings