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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,484
Ranked #4,835
4.11 | pDev: 6.33%
The Bruery
California, United States
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Notes: Share This: OC is a rich, imperial stout infused with orange-chocolate flavors. To achieve the orange-chocolate flavor profile in this beer, we use orange zest, vanilla and TCHO cacao nibs.
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a soapy and rocky two finger tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of coffee and a hint of orange.
T: Taste is chocolate with a touch of vanilla, roasted malts, a little coffee, and a hint of orange zest. On the swallow there's more oranges, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a touch of vanilla.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a slightly syrupy feel on the palate. Carbonation is somewhat low feeling but also effervescent while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty tasty beer. I wish I would have pulled one of these sooner to see how well the vanilla popped when it was fresh but it's still a fine beer. The beer has some nice flavors and a good amount of complexity without showing any faults.

Jan 07, 2021
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle, 2017 edition. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a one finger brown head that had decent retention and left lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma: Roasty, dark chocolate, cacao, coffee, with notes of vanilla and citrus zest.

Taste: Much like the aroma, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cacao, coffee, vanilla, and orange notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied, with soft carbonation.

Overall: An excellent Imperial Stout with great roast and chocolate flavours. The orange citrus notes also complement the chocolate well. I do wonder whether due to the age of the bottle (three years), any of the adjuncts have toned down a bit, but the chocolate to citrus proportion is great right now.

Aug 21, 2020
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottled in early March of 2020, opened in mid August of 2020.

L-Poured into a tulip glass. Thick and dark. Almost pitch black.
S-Sweet and buttery cracker, chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, and imperial soy sauce. Some orange is there as well. I get it to an extent, but not overly so. Overall very autumnal or even wintery.
T-Sweet molasses, butterscotch, chocolate and vanilla right up front. Slight coffee like bitterness at the end with a smooth finish. Very nice.
F-Thick. Very low carbonation.
O-Another solid beer from the Bruery. Nothing life-changing but very well crafted stout and a great one to "share". I would try it again.

Aug 21, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

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

S - Aromas of almost artificial chocolate, syrupy and sweet. The orange is nonexistent.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, super creamy milk chocolate, thick and luscious. The orange is really non-existent. The finish is lightly bitter and acrid but the chocolate is really pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a solid enough stout. That orange was non-existent, however, the creamy chocolate was pleasant.

Serving Type: bottle

Oct 05, 2019
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle from (£8.40):
This one was quite a thick, opaque black & oily looking beer with a thin surface lacing that's beige but has a few bubbles around the circumference plus a little lacing on the sides too. The nose is strong with plenty of dark malts & some alcohol, dark chocolate & a little vanilla sweetness alongside hints of oak. The taste is very similar with lots of oak, vanilla & chocolate & there's a tiny bit of orange right at the end too, it was a little unusual though. It's definitely a boozy beer with most of the alcohol seemingly showing, it's quite warming & thick with a smooth, full body but the nose wasn't the strongest but the taste was & it's definitely one to take your time with. 

Apr 30, 2019
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dansmcd from Australia

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty winter warmer. Big notes of bitter dark chocolate and orange peel backed by vanilla. Licorice allsorts on the nose. Enjoyed it very much all to myself (share this pffft) over a rainy afternoon in front of the footy.

Apr 14, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Anthracite; orange blossom, dark chocolate, cigar smoke, deep vanilla, cocoa, a ton of pure vanilla, vague orange + some roast; medium-full, smooth.

4 4.5 4.25 4.25 4

Orange, cocoa, + vanilla

Deep, round, real. But nothing cuts across the vanilla, so it plays too sweet. Desserty + not overly candied for it, yet - considering the brewery - not quite transcendent, either.

Dec 21, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big fizzy head, decent retention and lacing, pitch black

Nose roasted malt, cocoa, burnt chocolate, orange zest, vanilla, caramel, little nutty

Taste loads of vanilla real and imitation, orange vanilla candy, chocolate orange candy, nice creamy rich chocolate, cocoa, mild roast, caramel nougat candy bar, touch bitterness, hint of booze late

Mouth is thicker but creamy rich, decent carb, hint of alcohol late

Overall really interesting beer and good, alcohol hidden well but a bit thin, a little imitation too but nice

Sep 24, 2018
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first Bruery offering courtesy of @2beerdogs
Pours a dark brown almost black with two fingers of tan head.
Smells is dark roasted malts, cocoa, and vanilla.
Taste follows, strong roasted flavors, cocoa nibs, slight bitterness. Not picking up much from the orange zest, maybe a hint on the backend. The vanilla is definitely there and I believe helps keep the bitter notes balanced out a bit.
I like a nice full bodied stout, this one fits that bill for me. Smooth texture. Good carb levels.
Overall an impressive beer.

Jun 11, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First pour- Very dark brown, large tan head. Specks of amber if I hold the glass up to light. Large 2 finger head of tan foam. Leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Next, the nose. Sponge cake, chocolate, vanilla. Roast?

First sip neither of us could place. We both knew it was something delicious but nothing we could pinpoint. After many, many first sips I’m getting something creamy and nutty(?). Some raisins or figs, molasses. Faint dusty chocolate, ash, coffee. Faint flavors of bourbon and coconut from wood?

I’ve been nursing this one. Floral rather than clove honey? Faint soft citrus?

Medium bodied, smooth (especially at warmer temps), drying finish.

May 06, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had 7/15/17.

Pours near black and opaque, with a one inch head of darker foam and darker, soapy lacing. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla, chocolate, malt, smoke, some toffee. The taste is a little more malt forward, then chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, molasses. Very smooth and creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Orange? Where? I got nothing. It’s a very good stout, but I’ve had a few others in the series, so I know that already. The vanilla and the cacao nibs come through well, but the orange was the draw. With the high price point, might have passed on this.

Feb 19, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like dry semisweet chocolate and espresso, with some vanilla and creamy caramel.
T: It tasted like vanilla and dark chocolate and orange peel, with French roast coffee and creamy caramel. It had a clean, dry, and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with a little smooth carbonation. Big chewy body.
D: This was an interesting brew with complex and well balanced scent and taste. The body was excellent and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink. Would likely age really well. Fresh is still great, but not the most delicious beer.

Dec 28, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a silky dark black with a small tan head. Smells of orange zest, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and some booze. Tastes of fresh and slightly sweet oranges, orange zest, light spices, chocolate, light coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts. Heavy smooth body with light carbonation. Overall an outstanding flavored stout. The interplay between the orange and the chocolate is some of the best I’ve seen, and the orange really pops. My first beer by The Bruery and it makes me want more.

Dec 28, 2017
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2017 vintage, bottled on 3/07/17. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee and orange zest. For the most part I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma. I do think the cocoa/fudge flavor is the strongest, but the other flavors are all noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick, smooth and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a good imperial stout, although next time I'd like to try this one fresher (just bought this bottle a couple weeks ago). Defintiely worth a try! $23.99 a bottle.

Dec 18, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours nearly black in color with a thin creamy off-white head that has short retention and leaves nothing behind

S- aroma is dominated by vanilla and cocoa nibs, which gives undertones of chocolate cake, fudge & a hint of coffee

T- very sweet up front with vanilla leading the way , followed by plenty of cocoa nibs. Mid-palate gives flavors of chocolate icing, and vanilla cream. The finish gives hints of coffee, with the orange zest finally making an appearance. Lingers of vanilla and cocoa

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, abs hidden well

O- very sweet throughout with both vanilla and cocoa, was hoping to find more orange zest in the flavor and aroma though

Oct 08, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - almost black and almost no head with a dark brown film and skimming, lots like syrup
Smell - smells like chocolate and vanilla and booze
Taste - chocolate, vanilla and orange along with some booze
Feel - medium body and a slight fizzy carbonation
Overall - great complex different stout

Sep 25, 2017
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had Share This O.C. at the Yard House, Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Georgia, on draft into tulip. Little head, a lot of flavor, and sticky finish.

Sep 25, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just a really nice imperial stout - jet black color, tan head. Aromas are big char and some orange and vanilla.

The orange comes forward on the taste, but then the vanilla and cacao start to dance. How an 11% ABV beer can drink this smooth is beyond me. Well done by The Bruery.

Sep 24, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate and vanilla malt on the nose, Jaffa cakes, cacao nibs, and roasted grains on the palate. One of The Bruery's best values, I'm glad to see that it's relatively cheap and a portion still goes to charity. Not in the same echelon as their day-of-the-week stouts, but approachable at 11% abv and still a nice take on a Belgian-style flavored stout.

Sep 07, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to pilsner glass.

LOOK: black, no head,
AROMA: citrus, barley, cocoa,
TASTE: smooth, but astringent.
FEEL: medium to full body.

Strange combination. not bad, but I would not revisit. None of the "Share This" brews have been that great; but I like the idea of changing up a few additives, and of course the idea of proceeds going towards good causes.


Sep 01, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a large, thick bottle, this brew is utterly black. The head is creamy, light brown, and thick. The beer has lots of vanilla, a little orange cream-cicle, and pale malt. The taste is equally flavorful, with vanilla and malt dominant, along with plenty of roasted flavors. Full in body, velvety, and very good.

Aug 27, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle - one of the more sensibly priced big offerings for this brewery available around these parts.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with scant red-cola basal edges, and four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly brown head, which leaves some well-eroded limestone structure lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, gently roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, citrus vodka, a further free-range ashiness, those dry vanilla cookies, and subtle earthy, weedy, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, chocolate-covered orange candies, melted Creamsicles, a faint wispy smokiness, licorice root, and more well understated earthy, herbal, and somewhat soused floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite laid-back in its barely-there frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and actually smooth, with a wee airy creaminess settling in once things warm up a tad out of the ol' basement fridge. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa, citrus, and vanilla sort of swirling around the lingering big-boy malt.

Overall, this is a rather pleasant and quaffable re-creation of that Yuletide standard: Terry's Chocolate Orange (the homemade version, with the amped-up booze, that is). And the best part is that it's not really all that sweet, so it makes for a nice sipper on a solo Friday night.

Aug 26, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice and fluffy coffee brown head that dissipates to the point where all is left is a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a dark black chocolate whose appearance strongly resembles a coffee thinness that hides its true body.

The smell and taste are both pretty good. Both have a soft vanilla that mixes well with the cocoa and seem to the dominate notes in both. The coffee notes are a bit light and come out more in the taste, which gives it a good roasted note. The alcohol is also fairly present but seems to hurt the beer more than help it. As for the orange note, it is both light and present at the same time. What one would recognize as a orange isn't there bu there seems to be a slight tanginess. Nothing of it in the smell.

The feel is pretty good. It's a heavy bodied beer with a fluffiness but with a slight carbonation bite. The body itself is still heavy but it's coffee thin.

Overall, it's a good beer and worth drinking. For a beer that's been made for a good cause, I'd say get it or at least try it. While the orange is a bit disappointing, the other notes make it a decent imperial stout.

Aug 13, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tried this at the Bruery 9th anniversary party. Good party, good beer, exceeded expectations on both fronts. This pours black like a stout and with a 1/3" tan small bubbled head with decent retention. Aroma hits those sweet orange chocolate notes as advertised. Not bunk.

Taste, much like the coffee version, this makes double digit alcohol easy to swallow. Nice orange meld with the flavor. I mean, its not as good as the chocolate version, but its better than the pepper version one. Definitely gets uniqueness points as I don't think I've had orange (definitely not this much) in a stout, and it isn't weird for the sake of being weird, the beer really does work.

Great mouth feel on this one. Smooth. Good lord almighty, beer, you go down good. You ain't even trying, cause you wrote the book. There ain't nobody, that do me like you. The way you move that roasted body. . . Beer, you're so smooth. Miss you Dr. Carroll would share this beer with you.

Jul 28, 2017

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Could get a little light through edges of glass. Didn't get much off the nose of this beer, and feel was a bit thin. Flavor really did not come out until it warmed. Lesson learned for future Bruery brews not to drink them at fridge temp.

Jul 27, 2017
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