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Zesty Mounds | The Bruery

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4.08/5
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36 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel-aged Beer Day is our staff’s day for premiering flavors that cannot be achieved outside of the art of the blend or by any one beer. This staff-winning blend, created by Jennifer Anderson, Conner Coghill, Adam Funderberg, Jeff Scott, Andrew Stretch and Patrick Traster, showcases mounds of candy bar-esque flavors, with vanilla, coconut, cacao nibs from TCHO and orange zest folded into an exclusive fusion of some of our darkest, richest and most malt-forward bourbon barrel-aged beers.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
36
pDev:
5.88%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is 47 degrees and served in tulip glass. A gentle pour on the beer produced a one finger medium brown color. The head on the beer is airy and foamy. The head dissipated quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. The color is dark brown nearly black and opaque.

The aromas in the beer are oranges, molasses, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, bready, coconut, molasse,
a touch of char, sugar, and earthiness.

The flavors in the beer are oranges, molasses, bourbon, oak vanilla, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, bready, char, coconut, molasses, a touch of char, bourbon, burnt sugar, yeast, and earthiness.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and rich.

The body of the beer full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

The beer is like a candy bar great flavors. The beer tastes simple yet complex. Great flavors, would have like to have a chewier body in the beer.

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Photo of Sauced4life
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maroon foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery’s Society. Bottled 9/25/17. Served in a Bruery snifter. Enjoyed 4/8/18.

Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown but rests in the glass essentially black. An initial two fingers of loose tan head gradually dissipates to a thin haze and frothy band, imparting only a few small streaks of lace.

Sweet smells of chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak, faint orange and a hint of coconut.

Rich flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit, signature Bruery yeast, wet oak, vanilla, tangy orange zest, a hint of toasted coconut and a little alcohol.

Full, rich feel with subtle carbonation. The strong, bittersweet dark chocolate lingers in the aftertaste with complements of bourbon and orange-tinged cooked sugar.

The Bruery again shows their deft hand in riffing on a theme. Many notes present in Zesty Mounds certainly conjure images of chocolate confections and the bourbon barrel aging serves to make it an adult liquid candy bar.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kidzord
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of durlta
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbw314
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furlinator
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

Tan to mocha forming head at a little over two fingers tall, slightly soapy, but settles to a good bowled puck. Very opaque, but also a bit thick bodied looking and almost pudding colored walnut brown. Aggressive and big, if a bit forboding.

Right off the opening and pour, a giant Hersheys milk chocolate bar quality seems to fill the room. More exploration of the aroma yields more nutty to hazelnut quality. Unfortunately the orange quality takes a little bit of exploring to discover and there's not much coconut. Still it's a really well put together scent. Thick round oak seems to also add more depth as well for an excellent aroma experience.

Palate is quite unexpected. Surprising amount of unexpected citrus quality on a roast and somewhat char like body. Very small mouthfeel with not much hinting barrel character, supportive but doesn't have the rich thick and glorious qualities you would expect. Grand marnier boozy hot warmth on the finish as well, with some dark chocolate bitterness which is quite nice. Melding orange and chocolate angle is done well, but lacks a bit of the hinting rich qualities the nose seemed to insist.

Overall solid, but also a bit lacking.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psumjl269
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Coconut is not that good here. The Bruery makes much better beer than this.

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

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a dense finger of tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the glass with some floaties in there as well.
S: Smells of intense bourbon barrel notes, chocolate, coconut and some slight citrus.
T: Taste is coconut and vanilla up front with some oakj and chocolate, slight orange zest as well with some roasted malts, slight smoke followed by some molasses notes. Swallow is is more coconut, orange, vanilla, bourbon barrel and chocolate.
M: This beer is full bodied on the palate with a slightly slick feel and soft carbonation while the beer has a drying finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It almost tastes like it has a little too much going on. The flavors are good and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Slight heat at times if you get a little careless drinking it but overall smooth. It will be interesting to see how time changes this one.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of advanracing62
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maltznhopz
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a snifter appears black in color with a brown head.

Nose is earthy almost dirty like earthworm smell after it rains. Some wood evolves as it warms up.

The taste is raison, coconut and booze mixed with faint chocolate aftertaste.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. It is different and needs to be opened and breath a bit before the listed ajuncts become noticeable.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Zesty Mounds from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 36 ratings