Ebony And Oak | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by EgadBananas on 07-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by kojevergas:
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3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a Verdugo branded stem-tulip at Verdugo's anniversary event some months ago. Reviewed from notes. Due to the nature of the event (standing room only, crowded) I couldn't go into as much depth as I would normally have liked to. Please forgive the truncated review below.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger head of tan colour. Nice creaminess and frothiness. Good (~6 minute) head retention. Nice even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. Looks good overall.

Sm: Messy bourbon notes. Cream. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. I'm not finding any roasted character, which is disappointing. Rich. Some coffee. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.

T: The bourbon notes are great, complementing the rest of the flavour profile very well; great. Dark malts and chocolate malts fill out the body. No booziness is noticeable, luckily. I do get some light roasted character, thankfully. I always get disapoointed when drinking a stout without any roast at all. Well balanced, if lacking true richness and evocative quality. Fairly complex. It sags in the second act, losing flavour and complexity. Nicely constructed, but it leaves something to be desired. Could really use more subtlety, as well as some more careful balancing. I like it, but the base beer seems weak and lacking in comparison to the superior bourbon notes.

Mf: Lightly creamy. Smooth and wet. Nicely carbonated. Nice thickness and body. Has pretty decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but fairly forgettable for a bourbon stout. Hides its ABV decently. I wouldn't get it again. A pretty pedestrian offering from The Bruery. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Disappointing.

Low B-

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, solid black brew with a nice, fairly thick tan head, with excellent retention.

Aroma is sharply sour, with big oak notes, dark fruit, and hinting at a wild flavor. Bourbon notes are very soft and subdued, as is any roastiness.

Flavor certainly has some significant sourness up front, but far more approachable than the aroma would have led you to guess. This fruity tartness is followed immediately by thick chocolatey waves of roasted barley, and finished off by a growing boozy sweetness from the bourbon. Oak and vanilla make appearances throughout.

There's a decent, tart sting up front, followed by a very smooth body. A little thin for a stout, even a BBA stout. A little alcohol heat on the back-end.

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Unfortunately, the beer loses a few points on the overall flavor and feel; while it's very interesting, I want more STOUT in my stout!

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Ebony And Oak from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 144 ratings