Wineification III
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
4.28 | pDev: 7.71%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wineification IIIWineification III
Notes: The Rues and the Parkers are back at it again! In this third rendition of Wineification, they continue to vanquish the boundaries between wine and beer, combining their brains and brawn with a blend of juicy grenache grapes from Rodney's Vineyard and Black Tuesday from The Bruery. Matured in a combination of bourbon and French Oak barrels, Wineification III is a complex and careful balance of rich, juicy grenache flavors, earthy tannins, artisan dark chocolate, scorched honey and bourbon warmth to embrace the winey character with open arms.
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Split with rudzud
No real head, dark murky brown reddish mahogany, long legs

Nose big sweet candy syrup, big toffee syrup, little bourbon and oak barrel, vanilla, a little candy sweet wine and port beer aged

Taste big sweet candy, syrupy super heavy and boozy, little red wine but red port wine and not much, big syrupy booze and toffee candy, little oak buttery and vanilla, little bourbon candy, super hot booze, nutty toffee

Mouth super boozy hot tingly, syrupy thick hot, very little carb

Overall a big mess

Aug 11, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. High test alcohol.

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

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

O -Overall this was an incredibly boozy black Tuesday treatment. Really lackluster.

Serving Type: bottle

Aug 11, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a dark brown beer with some purple hues topped by a small light tan head which is quick to fade and leaves no lacing. To be clear, the dark brown is up near the top where the light can penetrate a little. Down low this sucker is black as night
S: Smells of jammy red berries with some oak and chocolate. The grapes are surprisingly prominent on the nose
T: Taste is red wine and red berries with some currants and oak. Hints of caramel and vanilla intertwine at times. Chocolate and roasted malts come in at the mid palate and back end but the red berries and grapes maintain a strong presence. Swallow is oaky and lightly tannic while the grapes and a little cocoa powder fade into the finish. Whispers of the bourbon barrel are there on the finish as well.
M: This beer is fairly full bodied with a slightly slick yet sticky feel in the mouth. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style and ABV while the beer has a drying finish.
O: This is a very impressive beer. It's hard to describe how odd this sounds at first but it works so well. Definitely a nice twist and very enjoyable. My love for this may be greater than my love for any of the weekday beers and Chocolate Rain.

Oct 07, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A- pours a deep ruby-purple color with no head at all, looks almost like a dark wine

S- it has the Black Tuesday aromas up front, plenty of bourbon, oak, fig & chocolate. The addition of the grape stands out and almost gives a port-like element.

T- an interesting clash of tart and boozy bourbon. Cocoa nibs, black currant & fig up front, with a tartness of grenache grapes adding dark tannic notes, the finish is boozy with lingers of dark grape juice, bourbon & booze

M- heavy body with low cabonation leads to a thick and viscous mouthfeel that continues into a mouth coating finish, lingers of alcohol

O- an interesting variation of Black Tuesday, the tartness of the grapes cuts through the alcohol and is a nice compliment

Jul 23, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The brew appears brown in color with mahogany hints around the edges and a thin layering of khaki bubbles.

It smells vinous with brown sugar. Somewhay raw with its oakiness and quite juicy with vinous appeal.

The taste is fruity like raison then vinous with dry oak, bourbon and plenty of warming alcohol feek somewhat solvent. The aftertaste has a mild hint of something along the lines of anise.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A decent boozy brew that is quite vinous but man...I would enjoy this so much more if raw/virgin oak barrels were not used. The raw oak character here distracts instead of melds this brew.

Jul 15, 2016
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MaineBeerDinner from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: darkest red wine of your life descending onto the surface of Black Tuesday
S: musky strawberry with red wine smell and plenty of bourbon. Strawberry led
T: bourbon led with smooth spicy finish of the Grenache grapes.
F: medium bodied spicy mouthfeel
Refreshing window into what bourbon barrel age beers can be. Dangerously drinkable, even better than Wineif II, drinks like a beautifully balanced Black Tuesday. Absolutely a favorite

Jun 29, 2016
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BrotherDylan from California

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All scores were semi-randomly generated via D6 die.

Ayy fam, Dylan here back at it here again with the dri-fit socks.

You are going to think this review is quiet garbage, but you are going to be reading it anyway. And for that, I commend you.

The wineification is real. Its about as carbonated as your left over ClubMate from last night's shin dig that you drank in the morning as a regrettable breakfast. Do you want to know how this beer tastes? It tastes good just read the rating.

Blah blah blah here's what happened. I mixed Wineification with nomader wiesse, anchor steam, and Josh Cellars Cabernet. Guess what, it tastes awesome. It's an insanely great booze concoction. This beer is great, blending beers is great, adding wine is great, and everything is great after you drink a 19% abv stout mixed with wine. If they can blend things together and sell it for an insane but reasonable price, I can blend things together and post an Internet (capital I) review of it. Why? Because life's not fair.

Drink it you fools. Beer is good. Wine is good. Life is good. What else could you want? Don't be selfish

Apr 19, 2016
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Not much to look at. Nose is peat, wet wood, booze, molasses, chocolate and grape. Fruity, boozy and sticky sweet. Nice and to the point. Opens chocolate, sweet red fruit, tobacco, booze and molasses. Oaky overtones with a syrupy, sweet finish and hot, sticky aftertaste. Good, but like almost all Bruery beers, really over-the-top. Full bodied and thick, slick and oily in the mouth. Hot as hell going down with a lingering aftertaste that coats the palate and refuses to go.

As a beer and wine hybrid, this is pretty solid. Decent complexity and good flavor overall. However, as an imperial stout, this leaves me wanting. Too sweet and not enough deep, darker flavors. Worth trying because its quite unique.

Apr 02, 2016
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bigdaddypolite from Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Seems like the most even blend of stout/wine of the 3 Wineificaitons so far (I was more stout, II was more wine). Smell is nice, but not as impressive as the flavor. Definitely need to enjoy red wines to appreciate this one. Taste is red wine, chocolate, and oak. It comes together nicely, but the individual flavors can still be picked out. Needs to be at room temp to allow the flavors to round out, and had an off flavor at colder temps. Like most of the Bruery BT blends, it drinks waaaaay too easy for 19% ABV!

Feb 18, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky to have the opportunity to try both Batch 1 and Batch 3 at a share recently on Super Bowl sunday! The most recent back (3) was super boozy but delicious as hell!!!

Feb 17, 2016
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ILikeGoodCider from New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bruery snifter on Superbowl Sunday (2016-02-07).

L: Says Black Tuesday, looks like a Zinfandel.

S: Like a CA red wine blend aged in bourbon & new oak barrels. Spot on for the attempt.

T&F: Not like BT. Caramel, chocolate, & red wine. Not too sweet though. Really quite thin for a 19% ale.

O: 4.9/5. Ranking the batches: b1 > b3 > b2 - but, they're all rounded up to 5s. We're splitting atoms here, Lance.

Feb 08, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lilac wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 10/14/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

This does not at all look like Black Tuesday. The pour into the glass appears tan with pinkish lavender hues but rests an ominous, opaque, deep burgundy. The initial finger and a half of pastel purple tinged tan head quickly dissipates to a meager rail around the edges leaving zero lacing.

Sweet, conplex aromas of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, grape jelly, caramel, oak and a tingling fusel alcohol character.

The flavor definitely riffs off of Black Tuesday more than Wineification II did. Bourbon, chocolate fudge cake, grape juice, caramel, oak, vanilla, fruit skins and a significant wallop of booze. Despite the huge base beer and the relative small ratio aged in French oak, notes of woodsy barrel and grapes come through quite well.

Thick, chewy, full body with present yet understated carbonation. Chocolate bourbon cake, concord grape jam, oaky vanilla and caramel continue pleasing the palate in th lingering finish.

Whereas Wineification II was bridging the gap between imperial stout and wine, in Wineification III the pendulum seems to swing back towards Black Tuesday. The appearance is most certainly effected by the addition of grapes and both the grapes and French oak are fully active in the nose and the flavor. At the end of the day this is very much a grape forward variant of Black Tuesday, which I have no problem with whatsoever.

Jan 30, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very "winey" version of Black Tuesday. Very good, though the wine character took away from the "stoutness" of the beer. I prefer the other versions of Black Tuesday over this.

Jan 10, 2016
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johnInLA from California

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

Dark Brown/Black head quickly diminishes.

Nose is what you would expect from a "The Bruery" big beer. Lots of caramel and barrel notes.

The flavor has caramel, chocolate, red wine, sweetness.

The feel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall I don't think this is an improvement over the base beer, "Black Tuesday". Given the price mark up, I would recommend Black Tuesday over this beer.

Having said that this is still a very good beer.

Jan 10, 2016
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KevSal from California

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Merry Christmas!

Poured in a wine glass and drank over xmas dinner. Big enough to share with the family, a crowd favorite.

This one really blew me away. I thought last years was good, this one is even better! Looks ok in the glass, beautiful nose, perfect blend of a wine and beer. Mouthfeel is nice and viscous. Overall I am impressed. I was expecting a good bee, but this is great. Highly recommend. This is the best of the series so far!

Dec 25, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 10/14/15.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, cocoa powder, and red wine aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, cocoa powder, red wine, and port wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic mix of Black Tuesday and red wine and port wine characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Dec 15, 2015
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Furlinator from California

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bruery tasting room on 11/16/15.
Pours translucent cola dark brown. The thin off-white head completely disappears almost immediately. The taste contains all of the blackness, dark chocolate, faint coffee and dark fruit accents of the base beer with subtle tartness provided by Grenache grapes.

Nov 17, 2015
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