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Arbre - Light Toast | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Arbre series is an exploration of barrel toast. We brewed a rich, malty imperial stout and divided it into three parts, laying each down in brand new American oak barrels from our friends at Kelvin Cooperage in Kentucky. This variation of Arbre spent time resting in lightly toasted barrels and reveals notes of oak as well as raisins and just a hint of smoke. A remarkable beer on its own, but even more exciting when tasted side-by-side with its medium toast and dark char counterparts for a truly educational experience.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
11
Ratings:
71
pDev:
6.48%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Jon and Vin's favorite of the three.

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3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a fninger of dense tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of oak, coffee and dark chocolate. The oak seems a little astringent on the nose but there is some light vanilla
T: Taste is roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee. The beer has a strong oak presence with some wood, vanilla and hints of coconut. The swallow on this beer is oaky and roasty with more chocolate and coffee with hints of sawdust.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with carbonation that is a bit too much for the style and a dry finish.
O: Overall this isn't a bad beer. This should be an interesting experiment and I look forward to trying the others. It has good complexity and flavors but it really makes me wish the barrel used to hold some bourbon. The first fill does impart a lot of oak into the beer though.

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Umberto last night, thanks man.

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a small head, and not much in the way of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, dark fruits, light oak, and lots of bourbon.

Though it would be cool to try this alongside the other versions, it's good on its own, too. The barrel character is pretty bourbon forward, with not a ton of oak- lightly toasty, as expected. There's some definite chocolate and dark fruit, but it's much less sweet than other Bruery stouts, which is pleasing to me.

This is thick bodied, a tiny bit syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

It's nice to see a bit more of a restrained Bruery beer here- this is definitely tasty.

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3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with Jared.

A - Poured into Kate the Great tulip nice dark brown hue with a nice one finger mocha head.

S - Aromas of light chocolate, big malts, nice roasted oak, caramel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice chocolates, good light oak, solid char, really deep and dark.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a rather solid stout from the bruery. Very nice char.

Serving Type: bottle

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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud

Pours a tan almost mocha foamy head fades fairly quickly, little lacing, pitch black thick long legs.

Nose tons of malts, roasted burnt slight acrid some, little iodine, fudge cocoa char, big charred toasted oak and some bourbon whisky like mauve fruity wine, super dark bitter choc so much toasted oak, weird acrid almost any.

Taste big oak, toasted oak and wooden planks, mild char, burnt wood, cedar, into malts, big malts, fudgey, dark choc, toasted char and a little Smokey malt, creamy chewy fudgey, mild marshmallow nougat, some booze, little metallic, lingering dark choc fudge, little fruity, hint whisky or some heavy booze, long lingering charred oak fresh oak cedar and a little smoke.

Mouth is fuller bod, decent carb, some booze, chewy creamy.

Overall pretty interesting, but oak and char is already crazy

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4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black and silver striped foil cappped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 7/13/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours black with a finger and a half milky tan head. The froth settles to a persistent veneer that melds into a moderate collar, leaving only a few specks of lace.

Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, sweet, semi fruity Bruery yeast and honey. A really nice nose that I find myself returning to often to enjoy.

Flavors of chocolate fudge, caramel, dark fruit, wet oak, brown sugar, faint vanilla and a little booze. It is quite tasty with both stout and barrel notes easily discernible.

Smooth, creamy, medium full body with fairly soft carbonation. Aftertaste of brownies, caramel coated dark fruit and toasted oak.

I've long trusted The Bruery with imperial stouts and they've made another tasty one for the Arbre series. This Light Toast version was ultimately my favorite. The chocolatey base stout shines through and is augmented by soft, sweet barrel notes of oak and vanilla. This was a really cool series illustrating variations in barrel char.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
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3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Arbre - Light Toast from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 71 ratings