Brewtus | Monocacy Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Monocacy Brewing Co.
Maryland, United States | website

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?

Added by BattleRoadBrewer on 02-27-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
193
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
16.08%
 
 
Wants:
19
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 193
Reviews by Mongrel:
Photo of Mongrel
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is really good. Locally, it might be better than Flying Dog's Kujo. Pours thinner than expected. Very dark brown with some lighter shades around the edges and little head to speak of.

Smells decadent, with coffee, dark chocolate, maple, fennel and dark fruits on the nose.

Taste delivers on most of these elements. Big, roasty, black coffee up front, with dark fruit and chocolate following it closely. Goes down really smooth considering the big, roasty flavors and moderately high ABV. There's a nice melding of dark fruit and dark chocolate that really elevates this beer. Like a chocolate covered black cherry.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would like, but coats the palate nicely and finishes dry.

Overall, Monocacy continues to impress with what I believe is only their second bottled beer. And if the price remains where it's at now -- $9 /four pack -- I'll continue to pick it up year round, much like their Riot Rye.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Deep dark walnut brown out of the bottle, good thick viscosity as it fills the glass. Head is quite dark with a big mocha dark brown but only makes about half a finger head. Dissolves to a thin collar, but leaves a good thick leg coating also on the side.

Real big bouquet. Good amounts of ripping bean, but huge notes of peanut butter and dark chocolate. A nice controlled pipping hot warmth as well from the coffee angle, excellently executed with just a hint of mild soft roast quality.

Palate seems to be hitting towards lighter character. Slightly fizzy finish with a mid palate that comes with lots of ripping bean. Slightly oily hop like coating and mild astringency but without any acrid off flavors luckily. Prickly and a bit wet mouthfeel. Good controlled bitter sweetness of dark chocolate on the finish to match with some of the coffee nicely.

It's not bad, but there's room for improvement slightly on the malt angle. The beer for a big imperial comes off a little weak in palate feel and flavor, but a solid decent coffee brewed stout nonetheless with a bizarre aroma to go with it.

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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 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 Omnium
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pitch black with half a finger of tan head, no lacing.
S - Fresh roasted coffee, by far the most potent coffee aroma I've had in any beer to date. Smoke and some light oak kinda wood tone to it, very earthy tones. Outstanding.
T - Massive roasted coffee flavor, roasted malt, burnt wood, lighter mix of earthy hops. Really good, but also very singular.
M - Drier finish, lighter feel despite the alcohol. Not sweet at all either.
O - Really unique coffee brew, by far the most extreme use of coffee I've had, also more of a dry and robust beer than sweeter, which is a great change of pace.

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

Photo of mkrass
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of hagbergl
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I discovered Brewtus on a day trip to Frederick, MD. I spotted it in a local cheese/wine/beer store downtown and liked the sound of a coffee imperial stout. When I brought the four pack to the counter, I asked the clerk whether she had been to the brewery, since it's in Frederick--turns out she actually is one of Monocacy's brewers! Pretty cool. Anyway, story over. Commence beer review.

Appearance (4/5): Deep black with a short tan head of perhaps two-fingers (at most). No alcohol legs on the glass (it's by no means a boozy beer and on the lower ABV side for an Imperial Stout).

Smell (4.25/5): This beer is easily one of the most coffee forward beers I've ever had. The nose is blooming with smells of fresh-brewed coffee, with just a hint of dark chocolate. While it's a bit one noted, that one note is pretty great--Brewtus rocks the coffee hard. The aroma intensifies as the beer warms.

Taste (4.25/5): MORE COFFEE! And while the taste follows the nose, it's more complex--you get a wave of coffee bitterness initially, but then you get a sweeter, chocolate covered espresso bean-like flavor on the back end with a nice touch of roastiness (nothing extreme, though). The beer does not have a strong aftertaste, which makes it surprisingly easy-drinking. While drinking it, you're not liable to think it's a very decadent beer. A tasty Imperial Stout that's actually more of a gentle giant than you'd think, given how aggressive many coffee beers can come off.

Mouthfeel (4/5): When straight-from-the-fridge cold, Brewtus can taste a little thin, so make sure to let it warm a little to get the most out of this beer. The feel benefits a good deal from this, though I must say that even when at the appropriate temperature it cries out for more body and a creaminess to compliment the coffee flavor--perhaps the addition of oats could encourage this?

Overall (4.25/5): Monocacy's Brewtus is, overall, a very good beer deserving of serious attention. One of the most coffee-forward beers I've ever come across, it delivers serious coffee stout flavors in smooth waves of bittersweet goodness. The only tweak I'd say the brewers need to make is with the mouthfeel--it could have a bit more body to it. Having said that, this beer is really good stuff from a very young brewery. I look forward to more from them!

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kgammell1
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of earlholman
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 sisterofba
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 JamLand
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajpowell5
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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Brewtus from Monocacy Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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