The Bruery

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American Imperial Stout
4.02 | pDev: 16.67%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 25 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank 11/23/19 @ Golgi Apparatus.

If this was Wine Advocate, I'm sure my score would be higher. Take the hint from the bottle...this looks, smells & tastes like red wine. It's fine, but it's really not beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice deep ruby black.

S - Aromas of super rich cab grapes, flashes of chocolate and alcohol.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of grapes, the signature black Tuesday is a decent but I think this needs to evolve in the bottle.

M - Mouthfeel is still because it's wine, alcohol is noticeable.

O - Overall this was a very interesting beer. I think this will evolve lovely in the bottle. Looking forward to it.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Split with rudzud
No head, still looking, long thick legs, deep purple color

Nose ridiculous oak, raw sweet earthy oak, sweet red wine and rich syrupy heavy dark malt, fruity dark red wine and candy like

Taste super oaky, medium toast fresh oak, sweet red wine, little tart berry, grape as earthy red wine, hot tingly alcohol and tannin, syrupy feeling due to lack of carb as syrupy, very little malt, vanilla too from oak,

Mouth is fuller bod rich syrupy and hot alcohol, no carb

Overall a really interesting, but not a beer really

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black wax capped 750mL wine bottle acquired through The Bruery’s Society. No bottling date but this was released late 2017. Served in a Bruery teku. Enjoyed 1/10/19.

Pours deep cranberry with almost no head. Rests in the glass essentially black with some burgundy highlights. A few bubbles cling around the edges but that is the entirety of the retention.

Vinous aromas of red wine, wet wood, dark fruit skin and vague cocoa.

My palate makes a double take upon first sip because this tastes so much like wine. Red wine, tannins, wine-drenched wood, dried raspberry, cocoa, a bitter balsamic bite and some alcohol.

Dry, full body with no carbonation to speak of. Finishes like red wine-filled dark chocolates and old, wet wood.

The Bruery has finally bridged the gap between beer and wine. Yount is only vaguely recognizable as Black Tuesday, or even beer, having taken on so much wine-like grape and French oak character. I acknowledge their job well done in this experiment but would personally prefer beer to remain beer.

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Photo of rand
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL wine bottle into a giant Bruery snifter

Looks more like wine than stout - dark red with no carbonation. It goes without saying there is no head or lacing.

The nose is as advertised - a nearly 50/50 hybrid of wine and stout. Oaky, with subtle notes of unsweetened cocoa and coffee. Plenty of grape, obviously, with a lingering vanilla sweetness.

On the palate, brew leans more wine than beer, but not in the disjointed way some other wine-beer hybrids have been rendered. Plenty of grape must and tannins, dried by a robust oakiness. The stout aspects impart sweet notes of butterscotch and bourbon, with a healthy dose of vanilla.

Chewy, velvety complexion, and without any carbonation to speak of, washes down like a full bodies Cabernet. As the beer warms, it's reminding me of a nice port of tawny.

Interesting brew and quite tasty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is exquisite, one of the more unique and compelling non wild beer wine hybrids out there as far as i am concerned. its an absurd beer, and it makes me love the bruery even more than i already do. thanks to my friends for sharing this rarity with me, what a treat! it is a black tuesday base, seemingly blended with straight up red wine, but apparently blended and aged on cabernet sauvignon grapes, aged additionally in french oak. the packaging is gorgeous, a heavy, deep punted napa cabernet type bottle, weighty and waxed and dark, sleek and sexy, more wine than beer here. the pour is a crimson tinted deep brown, totally still, with traces of sediment and insane legs on it when i swirl the glass, it slowly runs down in a beautiful arrangement of streaks, as pretty here as any glass of wine, especially if you are a beer drinker, the viscosity is mental. the aroma is crazy here, as much wine as beer, which i find to be insane considering this starts with black tuesday, one of the biggest and most absurd stouts in the game. i smell bourbon, lots of it, tannic white oak, heavy napa red wine, prunes and raisins and cherries and blackberries and vanilla beans and roast, chocolate, and booze. its warm and fruity and jammy and nuanced and rich and bold. there are a lot of tannins here, its tart almost, the wine aspect is at least as prominent as the beer, so much fruit here, the skins and juice and even finished wine, almost chocolate dipped with the richness of the black tuesday. bourbon and wine booziness both, i like it being still, and the fruit and the roast together run long and delicious through the finish. so much wine, crazy to think it can almost overpower a beer as huge as black tuesday. this was one of a kind and totally special, a brilliant beverage thats sure to age super well! wow, mind blown.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Yount was absolutely phenomenal. I paid a pretty penny for this bottle and shared it with friends- we were stunned. It barely tastes like "Black Tuesday with Napa Cabernet Sauvignon must"; instead it tastes just like plain Cabernet, but with enough beer elements to keep interesting/different. Hard to describe and so out there.

At first we were like "WTF?" but soon after we were swooned and wowed and utterly won over. This is something so unique and so American, it cannot be missed.

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Photo of mohaghandi
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mind blown!
Completely unique, completely different than any beer I’ve tried to date.
More of a wine than a beer, but rather than a red wine, it’s really more of a BLACK wine.
Tried slightly chilled, but I feel like this might be even better at room temperature.
Almost no carbonation, silky tannins of red wine with a malty backbone.
Big step in the right direction for The Bruery!

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Photo of stakem
1.95/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Id like to take this opportunity to deviate from my normal review format and tell you a little story. A beer as special as this deserves a unique circumstance.

About 7 years ago I got my first taste of a beer from this little known place called the Bruery. Black Tuesday absolutely knocked my tits off. If only I could get a bottle. Wait...all you gotta do is become a member of their society and every year you can buy multiple bottles?! Holy shit, where do I sign up!

Membership status was later acquired, thousands of dollars spent on bottles, styrofoam shippers and fedex shipping charges. I would arrive at bottle shares with these unfamiliar liquids and like the Metallica song, I was the fucking hero of the day. Noone in our group had experienced brews of such magnitude and deliciousness. How the hell is a single brewery producing this many fantastic beers? Everything they make is so great, take all my money and give me the max of everything you will allow me to purchase!

But little did we know that times were changing and ideas were stewing down at the Bruery head quarters. Sours could no longer just be sour, they needed to be so intense they inflict pain upon the indulgent. And their other beers changed too... their classic example of a Berliner Weisse called Hottenroth was an iconic example of the style in which other berliners would be measured against. However, that wasnt good enough, things needed to change - it needed to become more face ripping sour with adjuncts and foeders and price increase oh my! Dare I say, Black Tuesday didnt even need to be black anymore but a mere dark brown was OK. Other flavor arrangements were made, some think tank really was griding their gears - ah ha lets start making things that mimic cocktails and taste nothing like beer. Brilliant! And then things that never should be started getting sour and wild.

Now, in their most glorious attempt at saving face - they have this wine facination. It really started showing itself with wineification, vindictive and now yount. From the onset, a beer that truly tasted like a grape version of black tuesday to now a mess of a wine which you would expect to be served from a box.

Yount is the perfect beer to showcase exactly how a brewery can have an identity crisis and completely lose track of who they are. This beer is described as black tuesday with skins and must of grapes - yet nearly nothing about Black Tuesday remains in this liquid other than its fresh solvent kick of harsh alcohol coupled with raw, over-oaked tannins, bitterness and balsamic vinegar.

This beer was advertised as being the beer everyone wants but only we the hoarders can get. What a crock of shit. Thank the lord I didnt give in an buy any of the extra bottles that were offered to us. For $49.99 (pre-discount) they should be ashamed of themselves. I hope everyone who wants to try this gets a chance and can be half as disappointed as I am.

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