WeldWerks Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #200
Ranked #1,096
4.45 | pDev: 5.39%
WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Notes: Just a few weeks after we opened Weldwerks in February of 2015, we brewed our very first batch of imperial stout to age in bourbon barrels, the beer that would become known as Medianoche.

It all starts with barrel selection, and we source a wide variety of casks across a range of spirits, ages, toast levels, char levels, and geographical origins.

We age each batch to express as much barrel character as possible, typically from 15-20+ months.

The base recipe is built from the ground up, using both the barrel and time as essential ingredients. In order to maintain the characteristic rich, viscous mouthfeel and to prepare the beer to withstand the ravages of the extended time spent in the barrels, we utilize triple mashes and overnight boils sometimes exceeding 30 hours.

Regardless of the batch, Medianoche is always a reflection of the hard work, patience, endless pursuit of improvement, and uncompromising dedication to to excellence we value at Weldwerks.
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darktronica from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2019 release, aged for 19 months. Quite thick and syrupy on the pour, which eventually musters up some dark brown head. No legs per se, so much as it simply coats the glass uniformly when swirled. WeldWerks has certainly nailed their concept here, with extreme barrel character and oak tannins. Plenty of vinous notes and bitter dark chocolate that remind me a bit of Mikkeller's Black Hole or De Struise's Black Albert and Cuvee Delphine. Dark stonefruit, wheated whiskey and some evidence of oxidation. Quite distinctive from other BBA stouts.

Feb 13, 2021
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: A deep brown to black pour, with a sticky and dense pile of caramel-hued head that settles slowly to a thin ring and presents some lacing.

S: Nose is very intense roast and char. Wow. This over a bakers chocolate and a beautiful bourbon, oak, and touches of walnut, vanilla, and dates.

T: Amazing! Loads of roast and rich and bitter chocolates. A malty masterpiece.

F: Over a 30 hour boil! And it shows. This mouthfeel is achieved by the very few and makes this stout truly great.

O: Not a complex as a BCBS, but that roastiness puts this in the vein of a BA Ten Fidy, but so much better. This deserves a seat at the table alongside the top stouts out there. More folks need to try this one.

Dec 27, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tar black body; dense and foamy dark brown head. Deep and rich smells; dark cocoa and bitter chocolate; some grain char; dry oak; slight presence of dried figs and dates; a breath of booziness. Deep, rich milk chocolate and cocoa; vanilla with a touch of cinnamon; faint whisper of light bourbon; chocolate fudge. Heavy, heavy body; dense and oil-like; soft; sludgy goodness coats the palate and lingers long afterwards; chewy; a mild sense of alcohol presence but well-hidden with a dull and delightful heavy sweetness.

In a word - wow! What an incredibly dense and wonderful imperial stout. This is how I imagine a near perfect stout to be. The head is amazing for a nearly 13% ABV, and the soft, muted sweetness and well-hidden booziness is exceptional in its balance and depth. Throw in some nuanced spiciness and you have a masterpiece of a dark ale. Get it if you can!!!

Bottle label info: BOTTLING DATE: 04/16/2020

Oct 23, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to tacosandbeer for this bottle!

A - Dark brown pour with a thin burnt toffee colored lacing ring and clings to the sides of the glass like cough syrup oozing down. Pretty awesome.

S - Oak, char, Bourbon/Whiskey, dark fruit.

T - Dark fruit, sweet dark malt, light smoke, oak tannin, and lingering char.

M - Big, thick, and silky smooth while lip smacking sticky.

O - This beer is impressive which is an understatement. Recommended!!

Sep 30, 2019
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

17month - this thing is fire, so well balanced, good barrel and no heat. awesome mouthfeel, full bodied and luscious chocolate malts. was really looking forward to this and it did not disappoint.

Nov 22, 2017
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rmpic82 from Kansas

4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Medianoche 09/22/2017 - really nice fudge shop nose, reminiscent of Maman. Sweeter malty and barrel notes and more length than depth. Really good one here.

Oct 15, 2017
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MileHighBeerGuy from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure where an 87 BA Score comes from exactly but it seems criminally low for this beer. Had the single barrel on draft first week of May 2017. Killer BA Stout. Big barrel presence without being too hot. All the typical notes you'd expect in a good stout: chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, nuts. However, the mouthfeel is what separates the good stouts from the great and this one has the thick and creamy mouthfeel that the world class BA stouts have.

May 11, 2017
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Tommo from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single barrel version on draft at the brewery. Absolutly amazing, meets expectations in every way. Huge bourbon aroma on the nose that blends so well as it warms. Big body, super smooth with lots of creamy chocolate and dark roast on the pallet. Overall an excellent BA stout

Apr 12, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with burnt red edges and a thick mocha souffle on top that recedes to a thin ring.

Smell is ultra roast, black peppery oak, nuts, maple, and cedar. Next level stuff here.

Taste is really rich and roasty, with chocolate, bitter cocoa and coffee, hot barrel, roasted walnut and almond.

Dry but full and frothy. A perfect stout body, but hot.

Mar 25, 2017
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raynmoon from Colorado

4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2017 batch on tap at weldwerks.

Pitch black in the glass with a dark brown head that sticks around. Nose is wood and bourbon forward, followed by big dark chocolate on the taste. Mouthfeel is huge. A touch of heat comes through that melds really nicely with the big chocolate and vanilla notes. Super fudgey.

Overall, really excellent. Love this. Not quite as complex as maybe Bourbon County or Parabola, but great at what it is.

Mar 20, 2017
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 71 ratings