You Asked For It | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with vanilla.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,672
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
22
pDev:
6.37%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer21
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BAsbill
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FlintB
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from about 5 degrees warmer than fridge temp. Pours a nice jet black color with quickly fading head. Nose explodes immediately after pour. You don't have to get very close to absorb this one! Picking up huge amounts of chocolate and vanilla right away. The bourbon/sweetness comes through after that. A nice tough of caramel and a deep malt note. I am definitely smelling similarities to Black Tuesday. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, toffee, dark cherries, and some licorice. The body is definitely thinner than other big Bruery stouts, and the alcohol is dangerously hidden. Overall, this is a great beer that would be perfect in cans. This was a 750ml bottle.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bammer21
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingjohnh
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Bruery tulip glass. Packaged August 7th 2018.

Tan mocha head, light and fluffy with some fine swiss cheese bubbles, but has a bit of snappy sounding cola to it with a quick fast dissolve. This has me concerned. Settles to a bubbly collar, with a simple good opaque very dark mahogany reddish black/brown appearance.

Aroma give towards a more nutty than sweeter range. Touches light roast, with a hazelnut to walnut like thickness, minus the tannins. Not much sensing barrel qualities, but there is some hint of round thickness on the nose. Not much diversity but a good rushing big stout, but also not really sensing vanilla either.

Geez these Bruery big stout. Taste is downright dangerous. Surprisingly very light bodied, and flirts with a cola mouthfeel but not too bad. Rich touches of roast and some woody tannic thick almost licorice to molasses finally makes an appearance. The finish is a big mix of qualities. Touches milky black licorice a faint hint of molasses and wood, but a sweetness probably brought on by vanilla, but comes out to me undefined.

This thing clocks in at big abv but I can't tell. Just another tasty big stout from the Bruery.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/8/18. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly foamy and fluffy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, bourbon, toasted oak, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Some increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, bourbon, toasted oak, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, bourbon, toasted oak, nuttiness, dark/brown bread, light licorice/molasses/dark fruit, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering roast bitterness and bourbon/oak/alcohol spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky, fairly sticky/chalky/tannic, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Lightly increasing warmth of 16.2%, with mild barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic flavored barrel aged imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, vanilla, bourbon barrel, and light fruity yeast flavors; smooth and dangerously easy to sip on slowly for the enormous ABV; with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Right in line with a majority of the BT variants. Impressive, but not mind blowing. A bit more tannic/drying than the base beer. Outstanding balance of rich malts and vanilla flavoring; with great barrel integration. Not overly boozy/tannic for the young age. Bruery imperial stouts are unique in that they are not very roasty/charred on malts like most others; but also insanely high in alcohol. Very similar to Black Tuesday with added flavorings. Not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV, from lingering bitter/spicy/alcohol dryness. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of elemenohpee1
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrueryDC
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of huge and intense vanilla with bourbon barrel goodness slathered on top. Nice chocolate note as well. Slight coffee but a good bit of oak on the nose.
T: Taste is very vanilla forward while the dry oak, chocolate and coffee try to make an appearance. Hint of caramel and roasted malts but really just a boatload of vanilla. Swallow is a little boozy with some roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, lingering barrel, and even more vanilla.
M: This beer is on the heavier side of medium in body which makes it light for the ABV in my opinion. Carbonation is low but more than adequate for the style. The high abv ensures that this one has a drying finish despite all the sweetness.
O: Overall this beer is a vanilla haymaker. Tons of vanilla just straight to the dome. The complexity of the base beer is a little hidden in the background on this one but overall it's still damn delicious. It's worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Daniellobo
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucnifter
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeff1973
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You Asked For It from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 22 ratings