Brewtus | Monocacy Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Monocacy Brewing Co.
Maryland, United States

Style: American 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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Reviews by wiscokid920:
Photo of wiscokid920
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of daliandragon
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Smakawhat
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
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 +1.2%
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 +6.9%
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 nhindian
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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 ThisWangsChung
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +0.2%
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 +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jat133
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
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 petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkrass
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of PprBurke
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kgammell1
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of earlholman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beachtrvlr
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Brewtus from Monocacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 231 ratings