Chocolate Salty BBLS
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.27 | pDev: 6.79%
Mar 27, 2021
Dec 02, 2015
Chocolate Salty BBLSChocolate Salty BBLS
Notes: This imperial stout was aged in bourbon barrels, with vanilla beans, cacao nibs and salt added for extra succulence.
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4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Mar 27, 2021
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4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

Look: deep dark ruby. Sparse mocha head
Smell: rich salted chocolate, bourbon.
Taste: much like the nose. Delicious, decadent gourmet chocolate. Another great massive stout from the Bruery.

Jan 30, 2021
4.06 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Dec 29, 2020
4.29 by InfernoBoss from California on Nov 27, 2020
4.33 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Feb 20, 2020
4.21 by nataku00 from California on Dec 24, 2019
3.99 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York on Apr 25, 2019
3.92 by edthehead from New York on Mar 17, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 11/24/15; drank 10/20/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Black/brown appearance.

Minimal tan head; minimal lace.

Vanilla, milk chocolate, oak & faint bourbon heat notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate, vanilla, oak & molasses flavors up front; mild brandy heat notes on the finish.

A delicious, substantial dessert treat.

Feb 24, 2019
3.9 by Winston3737 from Michigan on Jan 04, 2019
4.44 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Dec 26, 2018
4.13 by StoutSnob40 from California on Nov 18, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Has the look and mouth feel of an old ale or a porter, not an Imperial Stout. Very thin, and not viscous at all. Small thin head on initial pour, but dead after that.
Nose is very solid, but definitely bourbon heavy. Chocolate and vanilla notes are present.
Taste is a little more muted than the nose, but I do get the salt on the back end.
Overall, this is a tasty beer. Alcohol and bourbon are definitely present, but at 18.6%, it is hidden as well as can be.

Oct 12, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Suck on my chocolate salty bbls! Now that is out of that the way, let's proceed. Pours a dark brown color for the most part, almost stout esque, but there is some like, brown ale or something else going on, just doesn't hit that dark roasty porter/stout level of black and viscosity. Could be cool, sometimes beers with less malt showcase the barrel better. About 1/3" beige head that doesn't have a lot in terms of retention.

The aroma brings the noise, plenty of vanilla, caramel, bourbon and chocolate. The salt isn't really in the nose. But the nose hits the good stuff for sure. The taste does start to bring more of the salt and caramel aspect of the beer. Mouthfeel doesn't let a massive abv jump your bones, you can taste the nuance and deft hand without sledgehammer like impact from the alcohol (on the taste, it will catch up to you in terms of the effects of alcohol). I would buy this at $1 an ounce, that is hefty praise. Its a lot like their anniversary beers in terms of base (like an old ale more than a porter/stout), but with lots of vanilla, cocao and salt on top of that bourbon booziness cracker jack mold. Cracker jacks with bourbon, vanilla & salt = this beer.

Sep 17, 2018
4.52 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Sep 17, 2018
4.21 by BrueryDC from District of Columbia on Aug 28, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into snifter; 2018 vintage, bottled on 1/24/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing eventually. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, salt, smoke, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warmed, but not too overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, salt, smoke, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow, fudge, brownie batter, dark/brown bread, light licorice/molasses/dark fruit, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spicness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering roast bitterness and bourbon/oak/alcohol spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky/chalky/tannic, and lightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Lightly increasing warmth of 18.6%, with mild barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic flavored barrel aged imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; smooth and dangerously easy to sip on slowly for the enormous ABV; with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Right in line with a majority of the BT variants. Impressive, but not mind blowing. Outstanding balance of rich malts and flavorings; with great barrel integration. Not overly boozy/tannic for the young age. Bruery imperial stouts are unique in that they are not very roasty/charred on malts like most others; but also insanely high in alcohol. Very similar to Black Tuesday with added flavorings. Not overdone on salt which enhanced flavors, and not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV from lingering bitter/spicy/alcohol dryness. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

Aug 11, 2018
4.14 by Bum4ever from California on Jun 09, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black with a slight brown hue and it looks pretty nice.

The smell is good. It has a good peanut butter note mixed with a good chocolate and moderate salty note through the smell. It's a good smell with a very good balance between all the different notes. There is also a moderate caramel note through it all.

The taste is pretty good. It has the same notes as the smell but with a stronger and more lasting peanut butter note. The taste has a salt note underneath all of this into the finish.

The feel is pretty good. It feels thin and is fairly drinkable with a good carbonation.

Overall, a damn fine beer and definitely one of their best. Go for it.

May 27, 2018
4.25 by bdiiorio from Connecticut on May 19, 2018
4.51 by hbmcdrew from California on May 10, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

Apr 30, 2018
4.35 by MickeyHops from California on Apr 14, 2018
4.31 by Jason_cs from Florida on Mar 19, 2018
4.66 by taospowder from New Mexico on Mar 01, 2018
4.28 by jaydoc from Kansas on Feb 24, 2018
4.49 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Jan 14, 2018
4.35 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Dec 16, 2017
4.28 by Lucoli from New York on Nov 10, 2017
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Sep 30, 2017
4.15 by vfgccp from New York on Jul 09, 2017
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4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

1st Release bottle
750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep black color with a tone-finger creaky tan head that eventually reduces to a ring around the glass

S- smells similar to Chocolate Rain, with that classic Bruery stout aroma. Dark chocolate and mocha brownies, followed by vanilla bean, french vanilla cream, caramel and fig. Plenty of barrel notes with lots of oak and bourbon, providing hints of coconut as well. Big, sweet & boozy

T- really sweet up front with a big blast of chocolate and caramel, followed by lots of vanilla & heavy cream. Mid-palate gives notes of molasses, fig and brown sugar. As it nears the finish, the barrel character comes out with a hit of sharp oak, as well as bourbon. The salt is noticed on the finish and seems to cut through the sweetness a bit. Lingers of cocoa and vanilla cream, as well as some barrel character

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky, warming finish. Alcohol isn't overbearing, given the abv

O- as with most Bruery stouts, this is a bottle for sharing, due to the sweetness of it. However it's quite drinkable and I think that the salt helps offset some of the sweetness. One of my more recent favorites of theirs

Jul 03, 2017
4.25 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Jun 24, 2017
4 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on May 16, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cvm4 from Mississippi

2015 vintage

L - Pours that way oil does out of a can with a thin khaki head and a dark as night body.

S - Bourbon and cocoa nibs up front with salt, vanilla, roasted malts and oak coming up behind. Smells like a salted brownie. The salt part could be in my mind, hard to tell if I'm really getting it.

T - Initially, gobs of bourbon, cocoa nibs and brown sugar greet you. Vanilla, caramel and oak midway followed by some saltiness at the end. A long salted brownie finish.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Smooth and velvety body. The abv isn't as pronounced as I was expecting.

O - This is a home-run of a big bourbon salted brownie stout.

May 05, 2017
4 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania on Apr 09, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AndrewP17 from Illinois

nice and dark look to the pour with an amazing smell. smells come across with salted fudge and caramel with a hint of the bourbon. taste is just as good as the smell. get all the taste that you think with a little nuttiness to it as well. feel is nice but could be a little thicker for the smell and taste.

Apr 06, 2017
4.25 by 2GOOFY from California on Feb 26, 2017
4.59 by drbenderdo from Michigan on Jan 21, 2017
3.82 by pkalix from California on Jan 14, 2017
Chocolate Salty BBLS from The Bruery
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