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The Bruery
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
3.97 | pDev: 7.56%
Apr 18, 2022
Oct 26, 2016
Very Good
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Notes: Let’s move beyond the concept of grabbing a beer, and reach for something bigger. Share This beer and be part of helping friends become mobile for the first time in Mexico - the source and inspiration of select ingredients in this beer. Each release in our Share This series spotlights unique ingredients and an important cause. Share This: Mole is a mole-inspired imperial stout collaboration with Chef Anne Conness, featuring ancho chilies, chipotle peppers, cinnamon, vanilla and cacao nibs. For each bottle we produce, Free Wheelchair Mission receives one dollar.
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Rated: 4.25 by freewill35 from Indiana

Apr 18, 2022
Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 29, 2021
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Reviewed by 98green from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2016 vintage to snifter in April 2021. Look is deep black an opaque, thin tan head. Smell is roasty malts, smoky too. Taste brings more from the smell, chocolate and smoky wood. In the way back is some subtle spice, and some of the adjuncts. But you have to think deep to notice. Feel is on the thinner side for such a big beer, and the ABV is very well hidden. No boozy burn. Overall a nice beer that has aged well. A total steal at $2.99 on close out. No idea how this one drank originally.
Apr 14, 2021
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Reviewed by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours very dark brown color with a 2 finger head that quickly recedes leaving no lacing.

Smells of chocolate, anise, cinnamon and faint pepper skins.

Flavor follows the nose. Nice depth of flavors. Deep and complex. Not boozy or cloying which I appreciate.

Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation.

This is really good. I bought this bottle 4 years ago and forgot about it. This aged well and is drinking really nicely.
Jul 19, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 05, 2020
Rated: 4.11 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 21, 2020
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750 ml bottle, 2016 version, into the test glass
A - Umber in color, with active carbonation. A thin but never ending cap of espresso froth rides the surface.
S - Dark cocoa, chilies, and yes a mole quality to the nose. cigar wrap tobacco, a hint of cumin, certainly some cinnamon as well. Vanilla is so delicate.
T - Dark fruit and cocoa forward, cinnamon is stronger here, the peppers are spicy but balanced. Again, the flavors role up to mimic Mole. Very nice flavor to the offering
M 0 Medium in body, not to spicy, the feel wants to be slick but enough acidity stops that quickly. The finish is quick and dry, I wonder what yeast was used? Linger is polite and cocoa driven. Think last sip of Mexican hot chocolate.
O - A very good offering with lots of depth, I enjoy the tension within the flavors complex but not a street fight, more of a dance between Sharks and Jets. Worth trying
Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 4 by GClarkage from California

Nov 11, 2019
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Split with JLindros. 2016 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a fat mocha head that fades to leave light lacing and a dense blanket.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, light spice. Definitely smells like an old stout. The vanilla is subtle and the age has diminished the pepper elements.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice slightly smokey and charred peppers. Almost stale tobacco flavour as well which is unfortunate. There is faint vanilla but for the most part this drinks like an old chocolate covered cigarette.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little creamy.

O - Overall this was a very underwhelming beer, really old stout with tons of artificial chocolate and old tobacco.

Serving Type: bottle
Oct 05, 2019
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Split with rudzud, 2016 vintage
Pours a huge darker colored dense creamy head, with great retention and soapy lacing, jet black color

Nose super chocolate almost fake chocolate, a little vanilla, faint cinnamon, mostly faded, little pepper

Taste sweet chocolate, creamy milk chocolate and hot cocoa, again a bit of fake imitation chocolate, some vanilla and little spicy cinnamon, hint of pepper and some alcohol and spicy heat, little smokey pepper ancho chile like, some bitterness especially late, mild sticky finish, lingering spicy heat and bitterness

Mouth is med bod, creamy rich but lower carb, mild warming alcohol and spicy heat, sticky sweet

Overall just pretty poorly done
Oct 05, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle. Bottled on '11/08/16'.
Black colored body, with medium brown back lit edge. One finger of light tan head which works itself back to a creamy cap. Leaves behind some tendrils of lacing.
Aroma has a backbone of dark roasted malts, and other smells join in - cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon. There is a booze factor, and a whiff of the peppers.
Taste is a solid stout base of dark roasted malts, and rich mixture of chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. After all is said and done, the peppers leave a slight presence in the mouth, along with a vegetal addition. There is slight smoke from the malts but very little bitterness.
Medium plus mouth feel, with a very smooth texture. Supportive carbonation.
This beer drinks very easy for its higher ABV% and allows for a great mixture of flavors that suggest a mole. The chiles are present but do not burn, but rather combine well with the cinnamon and chocolate.
Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by Beer21 from Florida

Jun 11, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Matuhg from Michigan

May 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Lovely dark color with nice thick creamy tan head. Smell is good and first thought was chocolate but on second thought, I can't put a finger on it. The taste is the same way. It's very good and it escapes me. Not sweet at all and not very alcoholic either. Enjoy the taste nonetheless. Maybe a touch of heat. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and goes down easy. Overall I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again. Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce magnum bottle into a snifter/tulip. 2016 Edition.
Apr 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a pitch black coloration with a large, fluffy head. Smell is dominated by roasted, caramel malt, chocolate and cinnamon, as well as some chili heat and just a hint of vanilla and coffee. Taste follows the nose, with roasted, caramel malt, chocolate and cinnamon on the forefront, the cinnamon standing out particularly, and lighter notes of chili heat, vanilla and just a hint of licorice and coffee. Finishes with a light sweetness, medium bitterness and some chocolate and spice lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

While this does have a rather nice overall balance of sweet, bitter and spicy notes, with a good amount of chili heat, the cinnamon is a little overbearing for my personal taste. It also lacks a certain richness and depth of flavor to be truly great, but is still rather enjoyable if you don't mind the almost overpowering cinnamon presence.
Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Mar 02, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by deereless from Colorado

Dec 23, 2018
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Reviewed by RMW66 from Australia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Brewski in Brisbane. Tasted alongside Prairie Bomb. Not quite in the same league as Bomb, but that is no criticism as few are. Overall a very enjoyable imperial stout.
Aug 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Ahypercube from California

4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Got a 750 mL bottle of this from a friend, who got it from another friend. Thank you, Daniel. This is delicious.

I spent about five minutes searching for a bottled date, until I realized that this is a special version of this beer and it was only brewed once. Also, the year is on the label. Noting that, this is the oldest RIS I have ever had. Seems it was cellared well.

L: A well carbonated stout for sure, as an 8-oz pour brought up over a finger of solid mocha brown head. Retention isn't eternal, but better than you'll find in any BA stout. Pitch black body, pretty lacing.

S: Chocolate is first, but before the coffee even rears its bitter head, a bit of that heat comes out. Next is smoky chipotle, a touch of grassy green bell pepper aroma, then cinnamon and vanilla. Roasty coffee dominates the finish.

T: Very simple: not too sweet, even for a moment. Bitter dark chocolate, smoky chipotle, toffee, black coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and charcoal. Very strong, bold flavors, with just a bit of decorative flair.

F: Perfect RIS. Heavy and smooth, like velvet. The touch of heat helps keep the finish clean.

O: I wish this style had more production. Peppers are an excellent addition to Imperial Stouts. I can't believe I will probably never have this beer again. What a shame. Oh well, at least they still make Bomb!
Jun 17, 2018
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Reviewed by TheBrewsky from California

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Bottled 11/30/2016
Look: Pours dark brown, near black in color. 2 fingers worth of sparkly tan head which dissipated rapidly, leaving generous amounts of residual lacing on the glass.
Smell: Pepper spice upfront, with some natural vanilla aromas. As it warms, the cinnamon comes out a little more, as does the chocolate. The smell reminds me of a really muted churro aroma, with a pepper addition.
Taste: Follows the nose for the majority. The pepper and vanilla is upfront, with a sweet cacao finish. I can't fully make out the cinnamon, since it seems to blend with the pepper flavor. Nice vanilla aftertaste, giving a lingering sweetness. The peppers are presented forward, but not overpowering.
Feel: Light in body and weight, with moderate to high carbonation. The feel is somewhat lacking, but still enjoyable.
Overall: This is an easy drinking stout. For 11.1abv, I can't detect the alcohol. I do wish I tried fresher, but it seemed to hold up well. I appreciate that for every bottle produced, the Free Wheelchair mission received a dollar. I am grateful to have tried. Cheers!
May 20, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
2017 edition.

Dark coffee brown color with a towering head of 3 fingers. Leaves webby lace on the glass as it recedes.

Aromas of coffee and hot melted chocolate, light ancho chili, holiday fudge, sweet hazelnut butter.

Flavor, wow the pepper really comes on strong, I coughed a few times. Starting with some melted milk chocolate malted milk balls, it swerves into chili pepper, vanilla, hot fudge, cinnamon, caramel, hot chocolate, peppermint, and light hints of coffee.

Feel is a little on the chalky/yeasty side, but retains a nice alcohol heat and carbonation. Probably the weakest point of the beer.

Overall, a very strong offering from The Bruery. Nice work here.
May 19, 2018
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2016 edition, and I have to say aging it works for me. Brought it last May on the bus to Dark Lord Day, and it had serious heat. Now it's quite flavorful with plenty of chocolate and vanilla layering with mild heat. Glad I was drunk enough after DLD to buy another bottle.
May 05, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Apr 07, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by byronic from Canada (ON)

Apr 04, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by bennyman12 from Missouri

Mar 31, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois

Mar 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep black color with a two-finger creamy khaki head that has short retention before settling into a film floating on top

S- has a bit of charred/burnt malt up front, almost coffee-like. Undertones of pepper flesh & cocoa. Vanilla and cinnamon are there, but a bit hard to pick out

T- charred malt, milk chocolate & cocoa nibs up front, followed by some vanilla sweetness as well as a hint of cinnamon. The pepper comes out near the finish, with a pepper skin flavor. The heat barely comes out on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- some of the adjuncts are a bit hard to find at times, but the pepper heat is just right
Mar 22, 2018
Rated: 4 by crob3888 from California

Mar 19, 2018
Rated: 4 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

Mar 15, 2018
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
First off, I'm very excited for this beer because I love stouts with spices like this. Peppers and cinnamon. Probably my favorite. But I find they are either really good to me or really bad. So well see how this goes.
As pouring into the tulip glass, you can see the beer is dark brown. After the pouring is finished, a beautiful thick and creamy looking crown made up with tons of very small bubbles and more rising to the top to join. The crown is the color of light caramel.
The smell is filled with the spices. The peppers to the cinnamon are present giving a little sting to the nose, while the sweet notes of vanilla and cacao nibs tame it out.
And now for the taste. Wow, the first initial taste shows me the balance this beer is made with. Everything goes together very nicely. The vanilla and cacao nibs are the perfect amount of sweetness while the peppers, chilies and cinnamon lend just enough of a spicy hand. Even had hints of a caramel sweetness.
The peppers leave a warm tingling on the tongue as this smooth and very creamy beer goes through.
Overall, this one didn't let me down. The peppers maybe could've lended a bit more heat, but then the vanilla and cacao nibs wouldn't of came through like they did. It was a really good balance in the end and all of the flavors worked perfectly together to form a enjoyable, well made beer.
Mar 11, 2018
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2/23/18 bottle
Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by themayorkoch from Ohio

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by JuiceMan818 from California

Jan 21, 2018
Rated: 4 by AngEo from Texas

Jan 15, 2018
Rated: 3.68 by jaydoc from Kansas

Dec 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Pencible from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: This poured an opaque black with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like cocoa powder and chili peppers, with some smoky coffee and cinnamon and vanilla.
T: It tasted like milk chocolate and vanilla and cinnamon, with some smoky coffee and chili peppers. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a delicious brew with complex and well balanced scent and taste. The body was solid and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Might age ok but doesn't need it. Recommended.
Dec 23, 2017
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Quick:. Pours a dark black with about a pinky's worth of brownish head. Little retention or lacing. Smell is cinnamon and other spices. Dark fruits are also present. Taste is actually ba bit boozy followed by the nice blend of flavors that make a nice Molé. Pepper is present and makes for a nice finish. Feel is full body with a decent carbonation. Finish is slick.

Not a bad beer, but I am left wanting on this one. It seems there is a little something missing to make this a great beer.
Dec 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Everydayoff from Thailand

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2016 release, 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Crude opaque black in color, the pour builds up very thick fluffy tan head that stands with good retention before slowly subsiding to a lasting foamy patch on the surface and leaving some spotty and patchy lace on the glass-side.

The aroma is inviting and infused with sweet vanilla, cocoa, dark and creamy chocolate, cinnamon, dark bread, fudge, molasses, syrup, nut, and subtle roasted. Chili is just mild through a nose with slight peppery and smoky touch.

Sweetness is upfront in the taste with its vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, dark and creamy chocolate, molasses, and syrup. Also there are notes of fudge, nut, dark bread, and roasted just like the aroma. Chili lends its heat and peppery spice at the end that is being a nice complement to add some depth and deliciousness. The end and aftertaste is lasting with big residual sweetness and some chili heat and spice.

Rather full body yet a bit sticky but not cloying with smooth mouthfeel and mild carbonation but it is crisp enough to carry all the things well. The feeling is well rounded while finish is very dry and pleasant overall.

This is like a dessert in glass. So rich and sweet and same time very tasty yet perfectly hiding the alcohol making it very easy to drink. Spiciness from chili is much pronounced when it is warm. It reminds me of Bomb! in some thought but not as great as that masterpiece.
Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 4 by nrbw23 from Ohio

Nov 24, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Nov 24, 2017
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