Geburtstagskranz | The Bruery

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 47

American Imperial Stout | 9.50% ABV

The Bruery
California, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. It’s a surprise. Close your eyes, make a wish, take a sip. Now open and behold this bottle crafted to celebrate our friend’s sixth birthday. Inspired by the flavors found in black forest cake, this recipe called for a rich imperial stout, with notes of chocolate, barrel-aged character, sweet vanilla and tart, juicy cherries. We couldn’t be happier to craft this bottle to help our friends celebrate. Cheers to them (and you!)
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 47
Photo of HattedClassic
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice looking creamy brownish tan head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a pretty good dark chocolate brown that has a nice liquid cake texture to it.

The smell is good with an overall chocolate milk cream smell to it. The chocolate notes are there with moderate caramel note with notes of light coconut. there isn't much cherry unfortunately.

The taste is pretty good. Unlike the smell, the taste does have the tart cherry notes that stand out rather distinctly from the cocoa and milk chocolate creaminess along with a sweet vanilla and light coconut. The overall effect really does make it seem like a German chocolate cake. Interestingly, the bourbon is incredibly light or completely invisible at times.

The feeling is good. It's a heavy bodied beer but is very creamy, which makes it fairly drinkable.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer that lives up to its description and definitely worth it as a desert.

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Photo of stortore
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass, as suggested on the label. Bottled 5/8/17, had 7/14/18.

Pours near black, opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head and some slippery lacing. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, malt, toffee, caramel, oak, some cherries, light molasses and coconut, a hint of bourbon. The taste is a little more focused- chocolate, vanilla, malt, cocoa, fudge, cherries, some caramel, light oak, a little bourbon. Smooth, somewhat creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Not sure if this was fully barrel aged or 50%, but in any event, the bourbon is subtle but contributes. Great blend of complex aromas and flavors. The chocolate and vanilla are the highlights, also the cherries in the flavor. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2017 bottle.

Pours a dark brown, medium viscosity. Thin, brown head rises to the top.. not too much, but it leaves small patterns of lace and settles into small shapes at the top of the beer.

The cherries come out a lot on the nose, lightly tart, balanced with a pleasant cherry cordial sweetness. An emergence of dark fruit as it warms, along with touches of bourbon and caramel. Definitely got that Black Forest cake influence.

Pretty similar characteristics as found on the nose. Tart cherries and undertones of dark fruit balance a contrast of bourbon glaze, oak, and baker’s chocolate. Finishes fruity and sweet.

Good medium viscosity , very smooth. Creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation with a warming, mildly sticky finish. On the verge of being a little too syrupy, but it’s not at all offputting.

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Photo of stakem
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a tulip appeare black in color with a khaki head that leaves a full wall of lace.

An aroma of cherry, roast, coffee and chocolate with a bit of earth.

It tastes of tart cherry and vanilla with lingering mild tartness before getting contrasted by chocolate.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Every adjunct is accounted for and noticeable in this. Probably the single best stout ive had from the Bruery in years.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery’s Society. Bottled 5/8/17. Served in a Bruery snifter. Enjoyed 1/23/18.

Pours black with a tall four finger pillar cap of deep tan head. The froth shrinks to a foamy blanket and full halo, leaving behind some beautiful huge curtains of lace.

Smells of chocolate cake, dark fruit, sweet vanilla-tinged bourbon and caramel. Quite sweet and really enjoyable.

The flavors are a smooth and rich blend. Fudgy chocolate, caramel, well integrated tart cherry, a little bourbon glaze, faint vanilla, toasted oak and a light tickle of alcohol.

Creamy, medium full body with fluffy carbonation. The finish brings to mind chocolate chery cake with boozey vanilla glaze.

Another excellent stout from The Bruery, this one not hot as fire. They’ve done a great job imparting a fairly accurate German chocolate cake character. I know this was a collaboration of some sort but I hope this returns at some point.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours espresso brown with a one finger beige head that slowly fades; shards of lacing

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla and tart cherries, with Bourbon lifting the profile

Taste: Upfront cherry vanilla temper the chocolate, with the roasted malt underneath; more chocolate flavors build, through the middle; after the swallow, the oak and Bourbon make an appearance, with the finish bringing back the cherry and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A pretty good interpretation of a Black Forest cake

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[IMG] Wow is all I can say. This ups my street cred, thanks @2beerdogs for this monster. Poured just above room temp and got this massive 2 plus finger light brown head that leaves excellent thick webs of lace as it slowly settles into a thin layer of bubbles. 4.5

Smell is vanilla, smoke, dark chocolate, tobacco, coffee grounds, and tart black cherries. 4.5

Taste follows cherry starts and doesn’t let go, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, tobacco, and pipe tobacco. 4.5

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium slightly creamy, moderate carbonation, actually not very dry, and at 9.5% ABV drinks bigger but goes down easy because different flavors come up sip sip after sip, smell after smell. 4.5

Overall this is a crazy complex stout that almost overwhelms the palate. Wow 4.5

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

Creamy rich top tan head, filling on a short pour with an easy filling two fingers of lathery suds, and milkshake top retention. Walnut dark body, opaque as night and a dark rust like red and brown body color. Aggressive and inviting.

Aroma seems divine. Creamy touches of malt and vanilla character, with a thick milk chocolate angle that seems gooey. Not much of a fruit angle, but a good sensing cake like sweetness that kicks in nicely. Robust and rich sensing, just an excellent nose.

Palate tones things down, but in a very nice way. Simple bodied with a soft if hinting wet palate feel. More sensing flavors of actual tart cherries not hinted on the nose which is a very nice touch, but comes more unexpected in the experience. Mid palate hits with soft cherry notes, slightly runny and just lightly tart if that. Milky sensing mouthfeel with chocolate notes, and light dusting cocoa powder abound. Powdered sprinkles and jimmies seem quite a noticeable flavor in this which makes for a shaved chocolate kick, along with a cake like vanilla tastes to match.

I can definitely see the black forest cake angle in this, but goes for a lighter easier drinking experience. Barrel and oaky character seems considerably muted if not absent, but a still delicious beer is to be had.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has good retention and eventually settles into a ring around the edge

S- aroma opens with dark roasted malt and chocolate, followed by vanilla icing that actually resembles a chocolate cake. There's also plenty of dark cherry laced throughout, as well as chocolate fudge, caramel, whipping cream & cake batter. Barrel notes are there, but subtle, adding a bit of wood and enhancing the vanilla

T- opens with sweet cocoa and vanilla, along with dark roasted malt that is just a hint smoky. Mid-palate brings out a dark cherry tartness that cuts through the sweetness up front, along with notes of caramel, cake batter, vanilla cream & milk chocolate. The finish brings out just a hint of barrel character, oaky wood and more vanilla. Lingers of cherry and chocolate cake & tootsie roll

M- medium-heavy body with moderate-light carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky finish, abc hidden well

O- this one tastes spot on to the description. Chocolate cake notes throughout, accentuated by just enough cherry tartness to cut through the sweetness, outstanding

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Photo of BWood
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: dark Coca Cola look with a nice head.

S: bourbon slightly at the front. Definitely some cherry in there also. Nothing too strong.

T: cherry is a big part of this. Reminds me of three philosophers but stout style.

F: some carbonation and a little sting at the end.

O: good beer. Not great. But a nice drinker.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/8/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, chocolate syrup, cake batter, and juicy/lightly tart cherries; with lighter notes of bourbon, toasted oak, dark fruits, and smoke. Damn nice aromas with awesome balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, cherries, vanilla, cocoa, and light-moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, chocolate syrup, cake batter, and juicy/lightly tart cherries; with lighter notes of bourbon, toasted oak, dark fruits, and smoke. Light roasted bitterness, bourbon/oak spiciness, and cherry tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, cream, toffee, fudge, chocolate syrup, cake batter, cherries, and light bourbon/oak on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, cherries, vanilla, cocoa, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet and cherry tartness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from roast bitterness and fruit tartness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, rich, creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly chalky/tannic/acidic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%. Overall this is an amazing fruited imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, cherries, vanilla, cocoa, and light-moderate bourbon barrel flavors; insanely smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Amazingly well balanced between all flavors. Very rich without being overly sweet or slickly heavy for a dessert stout. Nice barrel presence for only being 50%. Tastes exactly like frosted cake all the way through, they really nailed the idea. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of IKR
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a generous-sized dark beige head that slowly faded. Nice lacing down the glass. So far so good as this is a nice looking beer.

Smell: The vanilla and mild Bourbon dominate here. I also get a bit of cherries in the nose. The aromas aren't upfront but what's there is good.

Taste: Upfront cherry, strong vanilla, and prominent roasted malts. Some chocolate and mild oak notes also come through. The finish features the cherry and vanilla notes along with the barrel notes (Bourbon and tannic oak) in the finish. The taste profile is alcohol free.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a generous level of carbonation. The feel is fairly light but it allows the beer to go down easy.

Overall: Good beer. The vanilla and cherry are well integrated in the taste profile and the chocolate notes also come through. The Black forest cake simulation was a success.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky dark brown with massive mocha head. Seriously, like 3 inches with great retention

Smells of raspberries, cherry, and chocolate

Taste has nice characteristics of cocoa and vanilla

Silky smooth, and surprisingly light. Not sugary or super sweet...surprising, and refreshing

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Photo of BeanBump
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice blended beer that skews on the dessert-y side but isnt overly sugary nor heavy. I could drink this all day. The chocolate, vanilla and tart cherry combo nails the black forest cake they were going for. If you have the chance to grab a bottle or taste some on tap, do it.

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Geburtstagskranz from The Bruery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 47 ratings