9 Ladies Dancing
The Bruery

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From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 14.84%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
175
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 28, 2021
Added:
Sep 20, 2016
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  49
SCORE
82
Good
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Notes: American Strong ale brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla, coffee and lactose.
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Rated: 3.89 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by RMW66 from Australia

Nov 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.44 by SFC21 from Florida

Jan 30, 2021
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a off-white and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a hazy brown red color that looks really nice.

The smell is good. It has a variety of spices surrounding the dark fruit note, which is the strongest and central note. The dark fruit note is a ripe plum. The central is then followed by a combination of cacao nibs and a light coffee note. There are some light lactose notes that blend well with the coffee notes.

The taste is good. It has a more unified and complex mix of the different notes and more strongly resembles tiramisu. The dark fruit note isn't there anymore and is replaced by a coffee mixed with lactose and a light vanilla note. The cacao nib comes out as well but is really light and gets lost in the coffee.

The feel is good. It has a heavy but thin body with tingling carbonation.

Overall, one of the better and indulgent beers in the series. This is good after being aged for a year but would probably have been better fresh.
Jan 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania

Jan 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Stengelfoot from California

Jan 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by brocktune from Virginia

Dec 23, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by ClePaul from Ohio

Dec 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
L: Pours a muddy brown with a small white head and very little lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel, a bit of earthiness, dirt, vanilla, hints of bourbon even though it isn't bourbon barrel aged. Smell of alcohol, smells solid.

T: Sweet caramel, vanilla, cherry and a touch of bourbon, some alcohol burn. Feels like something is missing.

F: Slick and oily, big body.

O: This is average, though I might have held on to my bottle for a little too long.
Mar 15, 2020
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Reviewed by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2019 rebrew - 375 ml. bottle poured into Trillium The Six States glass.

L: Medium to dark brown beer, 2F foamy slightly off-white head, leaves no lacing and a tiny cap and ring.

S: I get more vanilla and cocoa nibs, though muted, than anything else. Not much coffee or malt. If I use my imagination, I sort of get the boiled vegetables note some reviewers mention. That could also be an effect of aging or recipe change since I think this may be the only review of the rebrew to date.

T: Again, muted vanilla and cocoa nibs. You definitely notice them along with the strong ale malt. Coffee does appear a bit underneath on the back end. The dairy sugar definitely is present, but doesn't do a whole lot. ABV is well-hidden and there is little heat or bitterness. The trouble here is you go from ale to stout at something in between and it never gets comfortable.

F; Medium to full-bodied, little carbonation. Construction is meh, balance the same. It really doesn't know what it wants to be, when it comes down to it.

O: Wicked Weed does this sort of thing much, much better. It was a nice try, though.
Mar 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Dec 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by GetTheYayo from Pennsylvania

Dec 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.97 by Budlum from Maryland

Dec 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Dec 03, 2019
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Huge bomber sent over from Hinda65. Thanks man!
Crane Snifter.

Appearance is murky and looks kinda like if you mixed orange crush and iced tea. It's not what I was expecting, maybe a stout? Butter colored head of 2 fingers, very thick, lots of lace, nice.

Aroma of coffee, cocoa nibs, slight vanilla, and cooked carrots. Actually, the cooked carrots kind of take over a bit. Weird but cool. The coffee and cocoa nibs are still there playing tag in the background.

I get coffee and caramel and lactose in copious amounts on the flavor, with some white chocolate and some of that carrot cake action. A good sampling of golden biscuits here too. At the end there's a nice brown sugar-white chocolate sweetness that pops up and ends the beer nicely. Not sure how to score, because this is so unique, so I'll stick with 3.75.

Creamy yet slightly watery feel, lots of pleasant alcohol warmth, and good level of carbonation. No complaints.

Overall, an interesting and funky beer, no surprise from the Bruery. It's not bad at all. Definitely check it out if you want to kiss your sobriety goodbye and feel like something really strange and really sweet. I've got another bomber tucked away sent from a buddy in Cali, and supposedly it ages very well so we'll see what that does.
Sep 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Jul 06, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had this at the Bruery's tasting room. Was the first beer in a flight. Pours a dark color similar to a stout but without the viscosity and not quite as dark. Hefty 2/3" off white/tan head. Aroma is all about the candy. Smells like dessert. With coffee. Interesting, you get some pastry stout like qualities in the nose, but there is also that dark fruit booziness familiar to the BDSA category.

The taste doesn't push the coffee as much. The sweetness is there, but I didn't find it to be problematic, actually thought it was one of the better beers of Christmas from them. It was really good at hiding the alcohol. The bitterness of some BDSA's was tempered by that sweetness that wasn't excessive. Carbonation was just fine. Looking at the reviews, I guess there's some bottles that are compromised, but I can say on this day, it was pouring just fine on draft and was kind of impressive.
May 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.61 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.65 by robebo44 from Virginia

Feb 26, 2019
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

2.09/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5
Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark chestnut hue with a thick off white head that fades to leave thick wisps.

S - Aromas of boiled root vegetables, cabbage, spoiled milk, little vanilla. Like human sweat.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with those fetid cabbage and vegetables soaked in spoil milk.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slick.

O - Overall this was a downright terrible. Rotten and spoiled milk mixed with garbage.

Serving Type: bottle
Feb 17, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

2.1/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75
Split with rudzud
Light fizzy head decent retention and lacing, semi hazy darker auburn colour

Nose is terrible, boiled squash zucchini cabbage, that basically dominates just about everything, under grassy a touch of toasted malts, biscuits and smokey gravy, weird fruits

Taste more cooked vegetables, cabbage, zucchini, squash, etc, also soy sauce, fermented ketchup, more biscuits and smokey gravy, so bad

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little warming alcohol, detect carb, but still slimy

Overall wow this is horrible
Feb 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by heysuz from Indiana

Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by MikiMo from Texas

Jan 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.94 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 25, 2019
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Reviewed by sjdevel from Utah

4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
LOOK: dark brown with very little carbonation - high ABV may play a part in this. Stays slightly active throughout with a decent foam ring.
SMELL: rich malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, raspberry, strawberry, toffee, wood
TASTE: Wow - a punch of bitterness and strong alcohol bite. Rich dark fruit and then rush of sweetness, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and coffee. There's also prune, raisin, banana, and toffee. This gets really sweet but then dries out some with spices kicking in at the same time. Alcohol warmth comes in quickly, but not overly boozy. Very flavorful and desserty (lactose addition is the culprit).
FEEL: Fairly full bodied - was thinking it should be fuller if it was a stout, but this is higher ABV and more Barley Wine -ish.
OVERALL: This is a super flavorful beer and definitely a dessert beer. Not one to drink outside on a hot day (not a lawnmower beer). I really enjoyed this one and it is a slow sipper at 11.3% ABV. This is more on the Barley Wine side with chocolate and coffee. Very good. I thought this one was amazing. I see a few bad ratings on here that this was way too sickly sweet and a mention of it needing "truckloads of yeast" to still not being able to eat up the residual sugars. The Lactose (milk sugar) is indeed the sweetness experienced here - truckloads of yeast could not change that - yeast will not milk sugars - hence the residual sweetness. I think it is ridiculous that people give beers bad ratings across the board for not liking the flavor (like giving it an overall score of 1 and 2-3s across the board). People like this should not be drinking "adult craft beers" and should stick to drinking the beers that ABInbev crank out from rice and sugar. Beers from The Bruery are not random crap beers. They put so much into every beer and they are so complex and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this beer to any true craft beer drinker that enjoys complexity and something that doesn't taste like dirty bubbly water.
Jan 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.32 by q33jeff from New Jersey

Dec 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by mschrei from Illinois

Dec 23, 2018
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Reviewed by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

This is my first beer from the ever-incrementing-number-Christmas-Series from the The Bruery. I find this beer very exquisite from the label and its own concept. So, let's dive into another brue from The Bruery, 9 Ladies Dancing that should have >2 years on bottle by now.

A: Pours a black brown body that moves with a beige head. It's good on visible carbonation, not too syrupy and appears to be a very competent Belgian Strong Dark Ale, despite not being one.
Dec 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Dec 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.03 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.48 by srw from Virginia

Nov 06, 2018
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

1.95/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Haven’t had these anniversary beers in a long time, 750ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is dark brown tinged with red. Smells sweet. That’s it.

9 Ladies Dancing is a triumph in converting tons of adjuncts into serious blah. Tons of sugary lactose drives this instantly into dentist-visit territory. And then there are sugar-soaked herbs, touch of chocolate, sugar sugar sugar! Two ounces would have been enough. It would take a truckload of yeast to put down this much residual sugar.

People talk about Black Tuesday being too sweet, but I could drink that until dawn’s early light. This is sickeningly sweet without the benefit of being tasty. To the drain.
Nov 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Oct 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.72 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Aug 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.86 by sisterofba from Maryland

Aug 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.54 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Jul 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.57 by Timtac from New Jersey

Apr 21, 2018
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from an 18 month old 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a plum hue when held up to the light. Fair tan cap that faded almost immediately leaving no lacing. The aroma is more like wine than beer, grapes and leather. The flavor is more chocolate forward but the grapes are still there. Not much vanilla at all. The feel is thin and without much carbonation. Not one of this Bruery's better efforts.
Apr 05, 2018
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