Brewtus | Monocacy Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Monocacy Brewing Co.
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the shadows of a dark and opulent curtain spring the robust aromas of locally roasted coffee and hardy malt. Deep-seated hop bitterness rallies with these conspirators, delivering a well-balanced thrust of assertive flavor to a bland tyrant. Raise a glass in celebration of liberating taste. Et tu, Brewte?

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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of darktronica
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cars7wines
3.06/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really excited looked great the nose was great the first sip was great....but then this horrible after taste...sorry what where they thinking?
I read many reviews on this beer and many comments about a roasted coffee after taste....not the four pack I tried.....just a horrible taste.

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Photo of 1971bernat
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of vlt_for_beer
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RBorsato
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of CantDrinkEveryBeer
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: Dark ebony with a thin, tan head that leaves pleasant lacings when swirled.

Smell: One of the best-smelling beers I've ever had. Dark roast coffee, semisweet chocolate, and a hint of rye bread make for a strong, delicious bouquet. Olfactorily perfect.

Taste: Arabica coffee is in the forefront here, with rich, toasted marshmallow malts, and a decent hop presence as well, providing contrasting bitterness to the rich flavors that dominate. There's a complex, well-balanced flavor here, touching on several notes and coming together quite nicely into an accomplished whole. Splendid.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly sharp, and somewhat drying – I'd chalk that up to the coffee and the higher ABV.

Overall: This is a wonderful stout. It simply tastes great, offering complexity as well as easy drinkability. Coffee and beer are both great on their own, but they're even better together, and this demonstrates why. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kevintaraross
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aulani
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to snifter, the appearance was a murky dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Slight stringy lace - sliding.
The aroma had some roasty to semi-sweet chocolate malts and then a light earthy hop bitterness rolling about underneath.
The flavor was moderately roasty with the sweet and bitter portions coming in fairly nice, somewhat balanced. Aftertaste was the roastiness of the malts. Light bitterness was there.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Fair roasty sort of grip along my tongue.
Overall, pretty good Imperial Stout that I could come back to.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monocacy Brewing in Frederick, MD.

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a good bit of lacing and a small head.

This smells like nutty and caramelly coffee, with fudgy chocolate, oatmeal cookie, dark roasted malt, pecan and dark fruit- this smells delicious.

The bartender informed they use a Moroccan roast from their next door neighbors- Dublin Coffee Roasters. It's f delicious and adds a really nice tasty complexity to this beer. I get pecan and hazelnut, dark fruit, slight acidity, with a big fudgy chocolate character, and a nice roasty bitterness. This is so well rounded and well brewed.

This is medium bodied, a bit chewy, with a good level of carbonation.

This is a really cool beer to have as year round beer- it's tasty, and has a really excellent use of coffee.

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Photo of BJB13
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Wow! They aren't kidding about the coffee!

Pours pitchy and near black with a small reddish brown head that recedes quickly to a crown but lifts with a swirl of the glass and has nice, fine lacing. The nose is robust and dominated by fresh ground coffee aromas. I am not a coffee drinker so the smell of this brew reminds me of going to the grocery store with my grandmother 35+ years ago and buying coffee from the grinder. An all but forgotten memory. There is some roasted malt aroma hiding in the back but this one broadcasts the coffee aroma. The taste is the same, black coffee! The coffee is strongest up front but continues all the way through to the bitter end. Literally. Some hop bitterness stands up at the finish. In the middle, roasted malts start to come through along with something sweet trying to surface. It's thick and creamy with a long finish, definitely a sipper.

If you like coffee flavored stout, try this!

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Photo of BabaBeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rrs
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is an outstanding in your face coffee brew. If you do not like coffee then this is not for you.

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Photo of AMCPhD
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PprBurke
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jat133
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee notes are very strong in this beer. I really enjoyed the strong coffee scent off the initial pour. Leaves a nice dark brown head after you pour it. The beer is very dark almost black when it comes out of the bottle. It's has a very sweet malty finish with very subtle hops. The finish is smooth but almost thick and syrupy like. ABV is 8.5% overall a great beer. I had a 60 min IPA before hand and then this was my second beer of the night w the high ABV it ended up being the perfect night cap for me.

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChittyChambers
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Adam1993
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daliandragon
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The coffee jumps out at you really strong. That's the first thing you notice. Nice lace, a very dark brown head and crazy sweet coffee in the nose are followed by blasting pine laced hops but eventually overwhelmed by roasted malt. Heavy on the tongue and thick in texture. This is a seriously strong effort from Monocacy.

So, full disclosure, I moved to Maryland six months ago from North Carolina, where the beer scene is pretty strong. I have been mostly unimpressed in the local stock since my arrival, but this Brewtus changes the calculus at least a little. Watch Monocacy.

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Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: An alluring aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate, and some hops.

T: Tasted of some roasted malt, a lot of coffee, some chocolate notes, a little bit of hops (not too much), a bit of molasses, and some dark fruit (raisins, perhaps). Definitely a coffee-centric stout, but this isn't a bad thing. It's extremely enjoyable. not as complex as I would have thought, but this isn't a problem.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer has its flaws, it's still very drinkable. Quite easy to drink.

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Brewtus from Monocacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 227 ratings