Chocolate Salty BBLS | The Bruery

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4.27/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This imperial stout was aged in bourbon barrels, with vanilla beans, cacao nibs and salt added for extra succulence.

Added by WCKDVBZ on 12-02-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,571
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
161
pDev:
6.79%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
47
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Winston3737
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bammer21
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrueryDC
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of bdiiorio
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hbmcdrew
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

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Photo of MickeyHops
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason_cs
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taospowder
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingjohnh
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevindp9
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucoli
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dizzy242
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Chocolate Salty BBLS from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 161 ratings