PB & Jelly Thursday
The Bruery

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American Imperial Stout
4.09 | pDev: 10.02%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage. 750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark brown with soda-like bubbly head dissipating rapidly into no lacing at all.

Nose: Mostly Black Tuesday raisin presence with notable boysenberry. Not getting much peanut butter.

Taste: Black Tuesday base up front with huge dark fruit and bourbon presence. Boysenberry comes in next and then a very subtle peanut butter presence on the finish. More Boysenberry Black Tuesday than PB&J, but great flavor nonetheless

Feel: Thin body typical of very high abv beers. Some heat on the finish but actually pretty smooth and drinkable overall for the abv.

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emyers from Illinois, May 25, 2020
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3.04/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Prune juice dull purple to dark coffee brown with a thin brown collar.

This is syrupy and hot, almost like mead but closer to liquor, but that's no shocker. I did not enjoy. It's pretty hard to do some kind of playful PB&J thing at this altitude...

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Sabtos from Ohio, May 25, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My 1300th beer on Beer Advocate, I began this journey 12 years ago into the world of beer. I decided to open up this beast of a beer from the Burery. I got this beer from my reserve package last year. The beer is 60 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced an airy and foamy head. The beer's head is dark brown with a reddish tint. The head quickly dissipated leaving no lacing on the glass. I am not surprised by the poor retention of the beer. This beer is a monster, stacking up at 19.2 percent alcohol content. The color of the beer is SRM 34 a deep dark brown with ruby hues. The only other item I noticed is carbonation bubbles cresting the surface of the beer. The beer has an impressive appearance.

The aromas in the beer are alcohol, peanuts, fruity berries, molasses, toffee, caramel, toasted sugar, chocolate, oranges, wood, phenol, bourbon, cinnamon, leather, roasted malts, bready, toasted malts, and solvents. The beer has this cloying sweetness with high alcohol and hard to muster up the other aromas. The huge alcohol content hid several aromas. I kept exploring for aromatic compounds in the beer.

The flavors in the beer are berries, orange, oak, bourbon, chocolate, a hint of coffee, leather, tobacco, toasted sugar, molasses, toasted malts, bready, caramel, toffee, a hint of nuts, roasted malts, char, and solvents. The beer gave a pleasant alcohol warming when I sipped. It was hard to taste the peanut flavor, yet is it there in a small amount. The jelly flavor has a stronger flavor.

The mouthfeel of the beer is warming and thick.

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

The beer is amazing! I would have like to tasted a pronounced peanut flavor. The beer hides the alcohol content well. The beer is balanced, for the most part. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and glad I got to try it.

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3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a snifter appears a dark mahogany with ruby clarity and no head formation.

This smells fruity with licorice and is overall a bit medicinal.

It tastes equally medicinal and herbal, bitter and boozy but there is plenty of fruitiness to break it up a bit across the back and stop it from being as harsh as it initially seems.

This is on the fuller side of medium bodied with very light carbonation. No doubt its interesting but boozy as heck. I enjoyed this more than PB thursday as the PB is nonexistent and at least the jelly aspect is noticed here.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Dec 11, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a super dark brown with a good amount of tan/light brown head. The nose is similar to a typical huge beer from the Bruery, but also distinct in some ways. I get the salt, toffee, Belgian yeast, and blueberries/boysenberries. Also getting some bourbon and molasses. The taste is an explosion of flavors. Very sweet and salty - really nice. Deep notes of toffee and bourbon, with salty fruit coming after. I am getting some nuts, and some coca cola flavors on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the weekday beers, and the alcohol is definitely detectable. Overall, it's good, but I prefer the normal weekday beers.

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Beersnake1 from California, Sep 29, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dull maroon wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery’s Society. Bottled 5/1/18. Served in a Bruery teku. Enjoyed 9/6/18.

Pours near-black, dark tea brown with some loose tan bubbles that fizzle away too quickly to be considered head or retention.

The signature sweet, Bruery aromas are on full display. That familiar house yeast is there along with bourbon, berry jam, vague toasted nut, roast and a strong alcohol tingle.

The flavors are as alcoholic and decadent as expected. Bourbon-soaked berries, wet wood, a chalky peanut character, dark fruity Bruery Belgian yeast, cooked caramel, fudge, a little salt, roasty malt and a whallop of booze throughout. It’s damned delicious and mighty hot.

Fairly full body with faint carbonation. There is a roasty note in the boozey, sweet finish that poses an interesting counterpoint to the remarkably faithful peanut butter and berry jam Black Tuesday.

The Bruery delivers yet another successful spin on their classic barrel aged stout. While I think I prefer the peanut flavor in PB & Thursday, I do really like the addition here of those jammy berries on top. We’re now only two days away from perhaps the best week in bourbon barrel imperial stout history.

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4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a slightly burgundy dark caramel color with a thin fizzy mocha head.
S - There is a burst of boysenberry upon opening the bottle. More of the classic bourbon barrel anniversary beer aromas in the glass. Toffee, bourbon, chocolate, ethanol, with hints of berries.
T - The boysenberry comes out nice and strong on the initial sip. There is a nutty flavor in the cheeks as the initial tartness fades a little. Gives it a bit of a berries and cream flavor. There is still that rich toffee, chocolate, vanilla, flavors upon the finish. The alcohol is decently subdued considering it's 19+%.
F - This has more of a creamy texture then some of the other weekday beers. A little too much carbonation as I get that fizzy sensation upon closing my mouth after the sip but before the swallow. There is some chest heat.
O - I think there could be more peanut flavors, as it doesn't scream pb&j. but this is a nice berry variant to BT.

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brewaddict from California, Apr 26, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Teku glass.

Fleeting tan head, marked with just a hint of purple color to it. Fizzes slightly, but dissolves and doesn't return for an empty top. Body color is a deep dark purple almost bloody like appearance.

Aroma is quite grape like. Slightly like concord sweetness, but without a large amount of sugary quality. Touches of light roast, and even a roasted peanut character. Very subtle touches, nothing like a sledgehammer or obvious, just nicely put together in a good solid roasty nose.

Palate goes for some gusto. Sweet purple grape sensing on the palate, with touches of roasted nut. Finishes with a good peanut chew but with a lighter supportive body. Gets a little brandy to port wine like in the body, but not the richness and quality of either. Light bodied but with much fortified wine slickness and flavors. Nice finish with even a touch of biting nut and even some slight hop bitterness.

Fun neat beer, and a bit more sophisticated than your usual just throw a bunch of weird stuff together. They got this one nicely and put some thought in it. Future port barrel request (ruby) with this one may I ask?

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Jan 09, 2018
PB & Jelly Thursday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 36 ratings