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Brewtus | Monocacy Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle to a Guinness pint.

Pours like slightly thinned motor oil.. little head, no lacing here. Black. Smells like a hearty dose of malts, accented with chocolate, and what I believed to be a host of fruity goodness (blackberries?). The taste was close to the aroma.. but better. Very smooth, with just a hint of bitterness on the backend.. and a vanilla finish that lasted a a minute or so. Not boozy at all.

I drank this after having a couple of IPA's, so the hoppiness may have been muted a bit. Similar to a few Imperial Coffee stouts I've had before, it does have its own distinct flavor. A very well done stout!

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Photo of cambabeer
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heavy pour, molasses looking, pitch black pour into a wine glass. Formed frothy head, dark tan with reddish hues, which settled to a thin ring that's sticking around. Extremely minimal carbonation can be seen. Chocolate raisin at first in the nose followed by espresso with vanilla. Loads of chocolate malts in the taste, loads. Coffee bitterness, just a serious chocolate covered espresso beans. Some hops come in the backbone and aftertaste, but the malt is what's in charge. Still somewhat sweet in the middle, but this is killed by the malt, roasted coffee, and hop bitterness along with the alcohol at the end. Yep, good beer.

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Photo of Damian
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine & More, McLean, VA
MBC No. 14-001
Served in a snifter

Near pitch black appearance. Oily and viscous. The beer was topped by a small, frothy, saddle brown head that quickly fell to a lasting collar. A few streaks of lacing trickled along the glass after each sip.

Outstanding aroma. Mocha notes dominated. Loads of coffee. Nice mix of sweetened, creamed coffee and earthy coffee grounds. Really fragrant. Dark, fudgey, chocolate notes came through strong. There was an intense cocoa powder note as well. Vanilla was also quite apparent.

The flavor profile was similar to the aroma but not quite as rich or smooth. Roasted malts led things off. Dark chocolate followed. Like the nose, quite fudgey. Loads of cocoa powder. Espresso appeared in the center. Slightly bitter. Hint of vanilla and sweet cream, which nicely offset the bitterness. More roast on the back end and in the finish. A subtle booziness came through as well. Moreso than I anticipated for an 8.6% ABV beer.

The only disappointing aspect of this was the mouthfeel. It was surprisingly light and over carbonated. The beer contained a zippy, aggressive effervescence that made the liquid feel frothy and rather airy. I think if this was classified as a stout rather than an imperial stout, I might have been more forgiving with my score.

Brewtus is an amazing coffee-infused beer that straddles the territory of an American stout and an imperial stout. The fact that this is an affordable, year-round offering that can easily be found throughout the D.C. metro area makes it even more noteworthy.

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Photo of Lucular
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Incredible amount of coffee flavor and aroma. Beautiful tan head, nice mouthfeel, highly recommended. My favorite beer from the 5-beer sampler at the brewery.

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Photo of Trbtodd
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a medium colored tan head. Aroma off the back screams coffee with a slight roasty scent and some yeast. Taste follows the nose, with those coffee beans really balancing out well. Great mouthfeel, good carbonation with a creamy body.
This beer has the taste of the actual coffee beans which is very strong, as opposed to a brewed coffee taste. Love this beer!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, near black body with a filmy, beige cap. Huge coffee aroma! Rich chocolate character. Chocolate covered espresso beans flavor. Some bitter chocolates in the finish. Medium - thick body. Solid.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer poured into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a light brown red head. Smells of coffee, lots and lots of coffee. Tastes of coffee and slight raisin. Beer is full bodied yet extremely drinkable, good carbonation. Overall a superb game.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour is excellent. Very viscous. Black as oil. The very dark brown head isn't real substantial, and doesn't last very long even with a hard pour, but it does retain a fizzy ring the whole time.

Smells like roasted coffee, chared grains, some molasses, and a little bit of chocolate. Pretty well rounded aromas, but the coffee is dominant.

When it comes to flavor, the coffee kicks in your front door and punches you in the mouth. There is a lot of bitterness. Very ashy, like burnt coffee grounds scraped off the bottom of a kettle. There is some nice sweet molasses, and a hint of fruit. I continue to let the beer warm, and it improves for me, but am still having a hard time not being overwhelmed by black coffee.

The body is a mixed bag for me. While the base is very full, and has a nice texture, the carbonation is off. Too fizzy. If it were dialed back, I would be in the 4.25 range at least.

As a disclaimer, I am not a coffee drinker. That being said, I love me some coffee beers. This one is actually bordering on Peche Mortel territory in a lot of ways. I gives me glimpses of other phenomenal beers like FBS, Trillium Night and Day, or Terrapin. It just doesn't integrate that coffee profile nearly as well. I would still recommend it. I suspect a coffee junkie would drool into it.

Edit: I don't think I hung with this one long enough. As I found the bottom of the glass and it was approaching room temperature, it really started to balance out. I bumped my taste and overall score a bit. I still think the coffee flavor is a bit harsh, but this beer is much better warm than cool.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an inky black, minimal light brown head. Smells strongly of expresso, cocoa, smokey, roasted malts. Tastes very expresso forward, tempered by sweeter malts, cocoa, and well balanced. Medium bodied, clean finish.
Overall, great coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a Belgian Tulip.

First off, I've been waiting to try this brew for some time now... Today is my lucky Day! Let's get talking about this brew....tus. Off the Jump this thing Pours Massive Black Body! You know what they say, Blacker the Berry, Sweeter da Juice! This brew was crowned with a Deep Mocha Head, quasi Ten FIDY-ish in appearance. This is a Perfect looking Imperial Stout!

I'm all over this aroma like flies on a Turd. This thing is an IMPERIAL COFFEE STOUT! Huge Coffee roast on top of a Sweet Cocoa Body. Mild nutty Notes with a dap of Molasses. This Aroma is banging in its Richness!

Tasting this Should be a Chore.. First picks up a Balance of Roasted Malt sweetness and Coffee. Second wave of Chocolate and Molasses that are Shaking the Tastebuds with excitement! This thing is like drinking a Candied Coffee Bean! This finishes dry with subtle bitterness balancing the sweetness. Aftertaste is still being dominated by Chocolate, Molasses and a touch of Fruity esters (Pear flavor again). The feel on this is Medium-light body with fizzy Carbonation.

Overall: This brew plays the role in astonishing fashion! No obvious flaws on this brew, except the Feel could be Smashingly Heavy with a Smooth Texture. It lacks in that department, but that's personal preferences talking. The appearance on this brew is something to experience. It has the look of Marshal Zhukov and Ten FIDY that had a Coffee Forward Baby. I don't give out fives but this appearance is exquisite. The aroma and flavor has no Flaws in them, IMO. This brew is definitely belonging of the upper tier Coffee Stouts. This is Less bitter than Peche Mortel but has a weaker feel/finish. This brew is Recommended!

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Photo of Beejay
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a at about the color and consistency of black oil. a very small tan head rises out of the body of a beer, only to disappear nearly as quickly.

S: This is what I want a coffee impy stout to smell like. Rich chocolate, roasted grain, and espresso. The smell is rich, sweet, and aromatic,

T: Roasted grain, mocha, and dark chocolate. Lovely, but lacking the complexity that the aroma promised.. Perhaps when it warms a bit. It does open up a bit as it warms, but the aroma is the highlight for me.

M: Fairly thick but with a somewhat high carbonation for the style.

O: Overall pretty good, but slightly less than amazing.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black as night. Rich, dark roast coffee. Damn. This is solid. Medium bodied and carbed, helps to push and coat your mouth in flavor. Short, dry finish. Good stuff. Probably the best non barrel aged coffee stout I've ever had.

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Photo of beachtrvlr
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very strong coffee flavor with some bitterness. Also a dark chocolate flavor comes through and lingers in my mouth.

Very dark brown in color. Nice tannish brown head, though it dissipates fairly quickly.

I smelled more of a chocolate scent than coffee when I first poured the beer.

Lightly carbonated. Smooth feel.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was a little worried about the coffee and the booze being overpowering in this one, but it was actually done quite well. Dark pour: not much head. The coffee flavor is indeed VERY prominent and forward, which could be off-putting for some. There's just enough chocolate and sweetness in the finish to counter the above. Not a super sweet beer, but not exceedingly dry either. Note: the booze is fairly buried in the mix.

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Photo of delta490
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black. no light getting through this. There's a thin cap of mocha-colored head that quickly settles to a light disc across the top that leaves small soapy lacing. The aroma takes a second to open up but big rich coffee and cocoa notes with a hint of sweetness. The taste is a little more restrained, but still good. The coffee is much less pronounced and it tastes more like a dry stout than its aroma would've indicated. Strong chocolate malt with earthy hops and the coffee in the background. The body is also more along with a dry stout, thinner and crisp with a tingle of alcohol on the finish.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour yields just a fine haze of tan head over what is a deep brown, near black beer. Nose is crazy coffee, a bit of sweetness (maybe dried fruits?), chocolate as the beer warms, Taste is similar: roasted malt, big coffee flavors, some chocolate in the background. Light bitterness. Nose little bite at the back of the mouth, I guess from the fairly mild carbonation. Flavor is good, although doesn’t quite deliver on the delicious, huge nose. Body is smooth, fairly thick body, maybe a little thin for the style. Very subtle fizziness on the front of the tongue. Overall a really tasty beer, one I’ll go back to. And it's local!

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty brew. Lots of bitter coffee, some chocolate and spices. A bit thin but it doesn't detract. Second beer from this brewery and both impressed.

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Photo of Morrow702
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is likely my favorite coffee stout to date. I have had the KBS and the BCCS and the Brewtus still wins for me. It's hard to describe... It's this feeling of drinking a quality cup of coffee that's masquerading as a beer. It's smooth. It has a nice aroma, and it's one of the few beers I feel Ok about enjoying with my breakfast :)

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Photo of username
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date on bottle. Really like the design/artwork/presentation.

Pours a deep mahogany, practically black. Perhaps a little light can shine through it, but only around the edges. Scant tan head that dissipates into a nicely retained surface-film. Some lace.

Smells like burnt roast coffee grounds. The smell is magnificent in terms of strength; very odiferous although one-dimensional.

Tastes like coffee with some beer added. The coffee dominates, though is blended very well with the beer to the point where I'm not totally sure whether I'm drinking a beer or an unusual coffee.

Feel is medium-heavy. Has some substance, has some meat, but not so much so to render it undrinkable or 'thick'. Again, well balanced. Leaves a definite coffee aftertaste and some lingering hop bitterness muddled together.

Ultimately, a pretty fantastic brew IF you're into coffee-laden imperial stouts. The phrase, 'would you like some coffee with your beer?' would best represent this. It is very, very coffee-forward, almost to a fault. If you do not enjoy coffee, do not purchase this beer.

Compared to Flying Dog's Kujo (another Maryland-brewed, coffee imperial stout), well, there is no comparing the two. Brewtus absolutely slaughters Kujo, and is on a whole different level.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a nearly black color. The head is a finger high and tan in shade. Retention isn't very special, but I like the head's creaminess. Minimal lacing sticks to the glass. (3.5)

Smell: This - THIS - is what I like in a coffee stout. Lots of black coffee, counterbalanced by additional roasted malts and dark chocolate. Know what this reminds me of? Founders Breakfast Stout, sans the oatmeal. I also like how there's a nice roastiness beyond just black coffee, and the subtle graham cracker notes, and just about everything else. (4.5)

Taste: Black coffee opens it up nicely. I'll give it about a 6 out of 10 on the coffee intensity scale. It ends with pure dark chocolate, backed by some roasted barley and *maybe* a twinge of hop bitterness. Only thing is, it's not very complex to me - just coffee, roast, and chocolate. Still, those three notes intermingle with one another extremely well. (4)

Mouthfeel: This is NOT creamy like FBS - instead, it's bitter, dry, and a little rough. I could stand to lose some of the latter, but I do like how dry and easy to drink it is (though the finish is still very long). Carbonation is medium, poking through the slightly slender body well. (3.75)

Overall: I've fully accepted the grim reality that Founders will never distribute to Maryland (thanks, Hop & Wine Distributors of Northern Virginia), and as such, I've been looking for that FBS alternative. Wait...this is from Maryland? And it's year-round? Huzzah! In my mind, this can easily hang with FBS in terms of quality and drinkability. Hopefully, this will make its way to the rest of MD, so I can drink the hell out of it. (4.25)

4.12/5: A year-round coffee stout that's genuinely impressive? Done.

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Photo of nhindian
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Within the glass, Brewtus has all the makings of a beer that looks like a freshly pressed cup of Joe. It is a flat black with an especially frothy head that lasts and lasts - it actually never really seems to completely fade away. This leads to lacing to coats all 360 degrees of the glass in a sexy curtain.

Aroma - One whiff of this beer and it's like I'm back in the office; the amount of coffee coming out of this beer is huge and it mixes seamlessly with a sweet chocolate note. It's not overly roasty, but instead takes on a cold-pressed mocha impression.

Taste - Much like the nose, the taste is all coffee and very smooth. More of the roasted bitterness shows up here, as the chocolate falls back into a bittersweet role. Rounding out the flavor is a subtle toasted nut and oatmeal quality that is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is beefed-up with a thick, creamy texture that benefits greatly from the addition of oats. It sort of reminds me of a coffee milkshake and is a treat to drink.

Closing Arguments- This was a fantastic introduction to this new-to-me brewery. The coffee is spot-on and reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout in the way that it integrates with the chocolate notes. I could see this being a favorite in the colder months and I will definitely keep my eyes peeled the next time I find myself near Frederick.

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Photo of xcdarrel17
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Didn't think this was a great example of a coffee stout. Coffee seemed a little harsh to me and not well paired with the stout base. Mouthfeel improved as it warmed.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-04-06 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz bottle

A - Opaque deep, dark brown with a 1-finger brown head that fades quickly. Just a bit of lace.

S - Coffee and more coffee. Some mocha. Medium roasted grain. Minerals.

T - Rich chocolate, coffee, milk, light char, well-toasted sourdough bread and a metallic/mineral flavor that adds a touch of sharpness in a good way. Aftertaste is well-balanced with all these flavors with just a bit of emphasis on the roasted bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial at first but it has some effervescence to cleanse the palate. I really like the feel.

O - This is one fine coffee stout. Getting up there with Founders Breakfast Stout in many ways. Impressive.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-visit from bottle 12/2015:
Decent amount of head atop a medium viscous looking pour. Some lacing.
Coffee is a nice medium level in the nose, light smokey wood.
Little bitter roasted malts, wood notes, toasted bread make the backbone. Coffee play dearly and well with the base. Warmth brings a tiny bit of licorice.
Feel is medium in body, nice carbonation, not sticky at all.
Solid brew, one tick up in taste rating - especially from a properly warmed beer.

On cask:
Always feel strange rating on cask, so this will be brief rather than full review:
Appearance is just short of nitro, initially, but fades a tad, still nice foamy edge and lacing.
Nose is coffee with a hint of woodiness, and to a lesser degree, chocolate.
Taste is cocoa, coffee, cola, light bitter woody ending.
Feel is a bit light, but very smooth, low carbonation from cask.
Definitely a decent beer, solid stout; need to see how it seems non-cask.

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Photo of DIM
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This had black body and it came with a small, dark mocha colored head.

Plenty of roasted coffee beans in the nose, but the chocolate-y malts are more prominent. Very little alcohol to be found. Tastes as the smell suggests oonly better. Light bitternes with strong roasty cocoa and coffee make this a very satisfying big stout. Not as coffee-forward as some, but I appreciated how balanced this was.

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