Share This: Coffee | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Let’s move beyond the concept of grabbing a beer, and reach for something bigger. This is a journey that transcends beer as we know it. Share This is a new series of beers that fills us with both satisfaction and pride in our ongoing exploration of what we can achieve with beer. Each release in this series will spotlight unique ingredients and an important cause.
Share This: Coffee is an imperial stout with freshly-roasted coffee sourced by Mostra Coffee from the Philippines. For each bottle we produce, Free Wheelchair Mission receives one dollar, in turn, helping friends in the Philippines become mobile for the first time.
Learn more at sharethis.beer. Share This and serve fresh at 55° F for peak coffee flavor.

Added by ONovoMexicano on 05-02-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
362
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
6.18%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
67
For Trade:
7
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Reviews by kitch:
Photo of kitch
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 750ml bottle, batch #315, bottled on 2nd May 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with an almost two finger dark mocha head that had pretty good retention and left some lacing.

Aroma: Dark roast coffee, dark fruit plum and raisins, molasses and dark chocolate.

Taste: Dark fruited chocolate, cherry and plum sweetness, molasses, booze. Only light coffee notes along with hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied with light carbonation and a hint of alcohol.

Overall: The coffee flavours were not as strong as I would have expected. To be fair, it has been almost one year since bottling, but there are many examples of Coffee Stouts, where the coffee has held up really well. Having said that, this bottle is still tasty and really easy to drink, and whereas some Imperial Stouts I can sip for hours, I have pretty much finished this 750ml bottle in less than an hour, which is really fast for me, for a beer with double digit ABV%.

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Photo of fegelFatso
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Both on tap and from a growler.

Look: Dark brown, almost black. Would say it's similar to Mocha Wednesday.

Smell: Coffee, coffee and coffee! I almost get a hint of caramel roast too. Very Pleasant!

Taste: Coffee is a little lighter than smell, but still very present. I also taste the roastiness/ash like taste of a good roasted stout. It's like coffee next to a fireplace. No heat at all... How the hell is this almost 12% abv!?!?

Mouthfeel: A slight creaminess. Very palate-able. No heat whatsoever, so this feels like a mocha.

Overall: I used to hate coffee beers... And then I had Mocha Machine... And then System of a Stout... And then Mocha Wednesdsay... And this belongs in those ranks!

...yes... Clearly I'm from SoCal ;)

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I give The Bruery a lot of flak for being the most overpriced brewery in the U.S.A. (aside from maybe FiftyFifty or Nebraska Brewing Co.), but I picked this one up anyway hoping it'll be on par with something like Black Tuesday. Cost was $17.99 for the 750ml bottle. In a gimmicky marketing move on par with what I'd expect from a lesser brewery like Stone, they've included a hashtag on the label.

2016 edition. "Imperial stout with coffee." Ostensibly brewed with Filipino coffee from Mostra. 11.90% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Syrupy and viscous as it's poured, Share This Coffee yields a tan colour head with a nice creamy soft-looking consistency. Not an ideal dark rich tan with a shining complexion like you'd find in the best coffee stouts, but competent. Adequately thick and of excellent (~10 minute) retention. Uneven lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body is, predictably, an opaque black. Dark but not the jet or ink black of the best imperial stouts. I see no yeast or sediment within. Too opaque to tell if it's filtered or not (I imagine it is).

It's a typical look for a coffee imperial stout. Not unique or special, but appealing in a general sense.

AROMA: Alright, they've got my attention with the coffee character - anything but your buddy's Folger's homebrew, Share This Coffee boasts a rich roasty coffee character with expressive java notes and seemingly good depth of flavour. Not the roastiest most evocative coffee aroma I've encountered, but easily a 7/10 and distinctive instead of generic. So many coffee stouts have weak noncommital coffee notes; this commits, suggesting slightly roasty cold brew with a hint of cream and no bitter edge to it.

Dark malt and chocolate malt sweetness keeps the coffee in check. I detect no overt hops or yeast (to style).

There's not much diversity of flavour, but it delivers in terms of the style's fundamentals, nailing the coffee and the robust malt sweetness. Some roasted barley character would be nice, and if we're nitpicking the coffee aroma could be better, but overall this suggests one hell of a canonical coffee stout. Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE: I got excited, and for the most part this delivers on the promises of the aroma. The coffee lacks the depth of flavour I hoped for, but it's anything but shallow, and coffee is definitely committed to in this build, with balanced notes of cold brew and cream underscored by a chocolate malt sweetness. Not roasty, not rich, but coffee-forward to be sure.

Gun to my head, I'd figure this for 9% in a blind taste test. (Shows what little I know). But it's balanced, and the malty sweetness cancels out any coffee bitterness. No burnt notes here, but also no roasted barley. I wouldn't be surprised if lactose sugar was used given the relatively high sweetness.

I don't find any obvious flaws, aside from that the high sweetness will get to me while drinking it solo. (Yes, you can hide behind the "share this" gimmick if you want, but let's not pretend that the bomber format isn't inherently profit-maximizing in comparison to smaller format bottles). Yet that minor flaw aside, there are no faults or off-flavours...only shortcomings. The big issue here is its simplicity; it delivers in terms of the malt sweetness/coffee one-two punch, but that's really all there is to this build...it's enough to satisfy coffee stout enthusiasts, but it won't dazzle those who're familiar with good examples of the style (even widely distributed offerings found at grocery stores).

TEXTURE: No coarseness or dryness from the coffee, mostly because there isn't any roast in play. Full-bodied but smooth, wet, and creamy, again evoking cold brew more than a steamy cup of fresh java. Not too heavy, but a little syrupy sure.

OVERALL: Perhaps the brewers hoped for more of a unique coffee character given their decision to source Filipino coffee (a fact they gush about on the label in an obvious marketing ploy, nevermind that neighbouring Vietnam and Indonesia by most accounts offer better exports). This is a competent albeit somewhat basic expression of the coffee (imperial) stout style that disguises its high ABV well without offering anything dazzling - especially to those who regularly consume the likes of the (vastly better priced and vastly better tasting) Founders Imperial Stout. I wouldn't pick up another at $17.99 in NYC, but I'd love to see this in 4-packs or the like. Worth trying once, sure, if only because the coffee character is interesting and effective.

High B- (3.45) / WORTHY

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taketh and then giveth away, the Bruery's Coffee "Share This" highlights the lands, culture and people to make Mostra coffee with an imperial coffee stout, using those special beans to much delight to lovers of both coffee and stout. But then part of the proceeds of the beer return to Mostra coffee's regional charity.

The beer itself is a ominously dark brown saturation with tawny golden edges. Easily mistaken for espresso, even a delicate creme of froth adorns the rim. High coffee aromatics carry a nutty, chicory, almost licorice-like scent with char, soil and cocoa lurking in the backdrop. Its taste is robust and sweet with caramel, simple syrups and toasted toffee.

As the sweetness and roast mingle on the middle palate, its saturating effects reveal sweet caramels and toffees, all seemingly of the over-cooked variety. Bittersweet chocolate, roasting walnut, burnt toast and a kiss of molasses precede a soft finish of whipping cream, vanilla and mild syrup. Bitter with hops and coffee, a smooth bite in the beer's waning taste is soothing like sweetened espresso.

Warm and lightly boozy, the beer's peppery finish is kaluha-like and bourbony. Full in body, but lighter in the viscosity department than possible- preferring a lightness and moderate drinkability, sharing textures with coffee as well.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/2/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big nutty dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toasted dark bread, caramel, vanilla, toffee, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, light pepper, light licorice/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Light booziness in the aromas as it warms. Taste of huge nutty dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toasted dark bread, caramel, vanilla, toffee, light smoke/char, herbal, wood, light pepper, light licorice/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of nutty coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toasted dark bread, caramel, vanilla, toffee, smoke, char, herbal, wood, light licorice/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/char/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from char/herbal bitterness, lightly increasing thorough the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial coffee stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering; and would definitely be a good candidate for aging to balance out the hop flavors and bitterness.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 bottle...NOT shared...in fact, I poured it into one of them full 750 holding bruery glasses. Upon first sips, really nice....good stout flavor with a heavy handed dose of what feels like cold brew. The coffee cuts through really well and compliments the beer...if not overbears it. Good flavor, not such a massive beer like so many other bruery beers, but this 750 is gonna be a bit of a chore, but much like making my bed and mowing the lawn...I work hard for my money so this chore will be completed without haste. Happy to have tried, not something I'd look for again, but definitely worth the tick.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml 2016 edition poured into tulip 16/9/16

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, dense and dark two finger foam quickly falls but leave 4 distinct rings on its way down

S coffees strong and earthy, bakers chocolate, burnt brown sugar, faint smoke, more coffee, a hint of booze and then you get the coffee

T the roast is darker then the nose, burnt espresso and charred wood, slightly more booze but still well hidden all things considered

M not as thick as you might guess but still some weight behind it, some heat but manageable, slick inside and a little sticky on the lips, big fruity espresso finish just keeps going

O massive for a coffee stout but I'm liking it all the way, this much caffeine and booze can't be a bad thing right?

I'm not sure if I'm going to be up all night from the coffee or pass out on my face from the booze. Not a cheap bottle of beer but I don't regret buying the single bottle but one was enough.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gibgink
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Studfarm69
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PUbeer
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle - made with Mostra coffee, this also appears to be a charitable effort aimed at raising money for wheelchairs in the Philippines - that's a thing.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of red cola basal edges, and three fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some splendid spooky forest entrance lace around the glass as it slowly but surely recedes.

It smells of earthy and acerbic coffee beans, grainy and slightly roasted caramel malt, some indistinct nuttiness, wet dirt after a rain, a touch of black orchard fruitiness, Scandinavian licorice candy, and some subtle nose hair-tingling boozy esters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, Sambuca, bittersweet cocoa, earthy nuts, more damp ground, a much lessened, but still heady cafe-au-lait character, vanilla-laced brown sugar, and a soft leafy and weedy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly sturdy in its supportive frothiness, and nothing more, the body a dense medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, with a strong airy creaminess arising shortly after take-off here. It finishes off-dry, the coffee still moderating the big bad malt-borne essences - and aided and abetted by the generally well-hidden alcohol, likely.

Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable large and in charge coffee stout, so many different java shop flavours abounding (well, maybe not the booze, at least not in my neighbourhood). Easy to drink, especially as the big coffee opening settles into a more leveled affair sooner rather than later. Worthy of a try, even (or maybe especially) if you don't intend on following the titular directive.

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into 22 oz nonic pint glass

A: very little head but a mocha head . Body is a deep obsidian.

S: Deep coffee notes, molasses, bakers chocolate.

T: Roasted coffee is huge, layered tastes of almonds and nuts.

M: Beautiful creamy mouthfeel makes this beer huge and it is so it is well desevering.

O: This beer is easy to drink even though the ABV is high. The coffee and the stout meld well.This is a beer you need to seek out.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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