Vindictive | The Bruery

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3.87/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
If some of the best wines are blends of several grape varieties, imagine what could be achieved when applied to beer. This Black Tuesday varietal is blended and fermented with must from 75% destemmed and 25% whole cluster Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes from Sans Liege. After nearly a year in oak, this release vanquishes the boundaries between wine and beer.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
49
pDev:
14.73%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
9
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of kingjohnh
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Soneast
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeardedWalrus
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, but doesn't resemble an imperial stout in any way shape or form.

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Photo of rudzud
2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

Finally split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a nice ruby mud no head but really phenomenal legs.

S - Aromas of nice juicy Syrah grapes, light chocolate, old almost stale beer. Cloyingly sweet, rock candy, sugars. Rotten grapes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with strong soy sauce. Like soy sauce and spoiled milk had a child out wed lock. Sticky sweet, little grape jelly, light wine notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, little sweet and sticky. Slick and boozy.

O -Overall this was quite possibly the worst Bruery beer I've ever had. Disgusting.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Split with rudzud
Light fizzy head fades instantly, dark maroon color, bit of legs

Nose is terrible, rock candy melted into grape skin pile fermented in the hot sun, sweet candy grape, bad

Taste even worse, cloying sweet soy sauce, vegetal fermented baby regurgitated prune juice, saw dust like chewing on freshly cut pine wood, salt and brine

Mouth is slimy salty briny fizzy carb boozy

Overall fuuuuuuuuuuu

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Photo of CharlesK
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nataku00
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, cola, quick half finger tan head that fizzes away immediately

Not much aroma, some grape skins, brown sugar, toffee

Tannins, drying and chalky, red wine up front, slightly tart, mellows into oak, brown sugar, light coffee. Wine finish

Thin, mild carbonation, leaves a drying red wine tannin finish.

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Photo of kevanb
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, dated 10/27/16, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, nearly black but with obvious garnet hues and a bubbly tan head that dissipates quickly with no retention nor any noticable lace. The aroma is very vinous, tons of red grape, lightly acidic, dark chocolate, intense oak, strong grains, light stone fruits and brown sugar. The flavors are very powerful, strong oak barrel, very intense red wine grapes, almost jammy but very vinous, stone fruits with chocolate, light brown sugar and soft dark grains. The mouthfeel is slick, medium body but with nice heft, definitely feels a bit like wine, almost a tart and crisp finish.

Verdict: Definitely getting the red wine here, and then some more red wine influence, and even some more! What I'm not getting, is a defined stout character that carries this beer and I'm not convinced of the cohesion. A very novel experiment and I could see how this would work for some, but not for me.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale lavender wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 10/27/16. Served in a Bruery snifter. Enjoyed 8/22/17.

Pours dark mahogany brown, fully opaque but for the pale hazey edges under the light, with just shy of a finger khaki froth.

Aromas of tangy grape must, wet charred oak, burnt caramel, strong Belgian-yeasty dark fruit character and a little chocolate, all with a distinct cooling alcohol tingel.

Chocolate, grapes and oak are immediately present in the flavor. Bruery yeast, burnt sugar, must, caramel and fruit skins. The hearty alcohol almost seems absent until mid palate, at which point it becomes a soft boozey blanket.

Velvety full feel with fairly soft carbonation. The label is really delivered in the aftertaste- chocolate covered Bruery yeast, semi-tart grapes and oak are all there in spades.

I’m not fully on board with The Bruery’s obsession with beer wine hybrids but Vindictive worked better for me than the couple Wineification releases I tried.

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Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at SAVOR 2017. This was an interesting blend of a strong stout and wine. It was a little harsh on the finish, but it was otherwise delicate and bold and well balanced.

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Photo of Bunuelian
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishColonial
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucoli
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark plum color and opaque. Not a lot of head. Strong red wine smell. Tannin is moderate and the raspberry tart smell. Some faint alcohol smell. Good berry note. Very faint yeast and chocolate in the smell. Taste is strong red wine with tannin. Faint yeast and moderate alcohol. Nice moderate wood in the finish. Feel is thin like wine.

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Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10/24/17 draft @ ChurchKey Washington, D.C.

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Photo of BWood
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: murky Dr Pepper look with slight red hue. Like a cab wine with carbonation.

S: the wine takes the front here. Mostly get the grapes.

T: slight base beer but mostly a dry syrah flavor. Nice melting of flavors.

F: not much after flavor or thickness. But I'm sure it's not intended to be.

O: nice variation of a beer/wine combo.

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Photo of Resuin
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter. Bottled 10/27/2016.

A: Pours a deep brown and leaves a finger of tan head that fades very quickly to a later around the rim.

S: Grape must, oak, toffee, molasses, vanilla. Very nice.

T: Raisins, caramel, big toffee, grape juice, vanilla. Quite sweet with a long toffee finish.

M: Creamy with a medium body. Sweet and a bit sticky. Low to medium carb.

O: A tasty, quite interesting stout hybrid. The grapes definitely come through and add something interesting to the stout/barleywine flavors that accompany it. As it warms, more red wine notes come out.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.61/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of billab914
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours almost flat with a muddy color. Nose is actually nicely complex. Purple grape must, grape skin and pulp, chocolate, fudge, booze and oak. Beer opens sweet grape skin and pulp. Hints of sweet soy sauce, chocolate, oak, tobacco and booze in the middle. A touch spicy and accented on the finish. Good complexity. The feel is more wine than stout. Flat, slick on the palate and hot going down. Its ok.

A nice creation but if I wanted wine, I'd just drink wine. Straddling the line here isn't always a good thing.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of elemenohpee1
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Felt like Wineifications were better. This is just too wine'y. Maybe some more time will help.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Vindictive from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 49 ratings