WeldWerks Brewing Co.

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WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #196
Ranked #647
4.43 | pDev: 5.42%
May 01, 2022
Mar 15, 2016
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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4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

2021 version.

Pours black that sits in the glass like some sort of black fountain pen ink. No head formation. It somehow has a visible weight to it, foreshadowing a heavy beer. Heavy oily legs cling to the glass after the slightest of swirls turning the glass into a caramel color.

Aroma is heavy fudge, chocolate, and molasses with hearty roasty and toasty malts underneath. More subtle notes of spice, char, and dark fruits create a little more subtlety in this dark liquid. It pushes the hearty brownie batter, fudge notes hard, with a soft emphasis on barrel.

Flavor profile is roasty and toasty malts with heavy fudge, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and caramel. Dark fruits are the only departure from the otherwise whiskey-soaked brownies. Barrel elevates the finish, brining with it some extra roasty char that counters some of the initial soft sweet notes. Balance is right down the middle, offering a little natural sweetness that concludes with a mild bitterness.

Mouth feel is thick and slick with a near creamy consistency. It has just enough river silt in the bottom to lose that rich creaminess, though it doesn't detract from the experience.

Overall, rich and full with a steadfast focus on plain hearty imperial stout. Not much else to say, it's not adventurous in flavor profile, instead providing a wonderful, straight-forward barrel aged imperial stout.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 500mL bottle. 2021 version. Bottled 08/17/2021.

May 01, 2022
4.5 by BEER88 from Washington on Feb 19, 2022
4.75 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jan 16, 2022
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4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Benish from Wisconsin

2021 bottle. Poured like syrup, like, literally. At the nose is a ton of dark bitter cocoa, not overly sweet. Taste is again heavy baking cocoa. As it warmed up, it became a little more complex, with notes of soy sauce and Port, especially near the finish. Abundant oak and bourbon when nearly room temperature. Sweetness minimal, I wouldn’t describe this as a pastry stout. The combination of flavors seem somewhat odd and viscosity is off putting but still tasty nonetheless!

Dec 18, 2021
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4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

2021 bottle.

No head, black color, thick and oily.

Rich, thick, velvet chocolate and fudge. Roasted, oaky, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, Black Forest cake. Seems heavily charred.

Weldwerks stouts are great, but they are becoming too thick. This is another example of that. It’s more a solid than a liquid at this point. Everything is great, just tone it down a bit.

Nov 25, 2021
4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Nov 22, 2021
4.5 by Radcpa from Washington on Nov 17, 2021
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4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by clausthaler from Massachusetts

Wow big smoke tobacco if you told me this was made by those German fuckers at Eicht schlernkla I’d probably believe you this goes extendo extendo smoky
For your standard bba not sure which barrel (s) promulgated this big thick milkshakey and massive Smokey chocolate vibes they definitely melted a Fuxk ton of choclarine in here I feel anyway you know it’s good and unique but maybe 75$ Secondary tops.
Alll in all It’s. A nice bba stout 2021 edition with exarcebated smoke chocolatey

Oct 31, 2021
4.5 by msumike89 from Colorado on Sep 09, 2021
4.19 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 25, 2021
4.65 by kjkinsey from Texas on Feb 28, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by darktronica from Indiana

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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4.83/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

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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4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by beergoot from Colorado

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
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Oct 12, 2020
4.28 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 05, 2020
4.17 by Beerbom from California on Sep 18, 2020
4.6 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin on Jul 18, 2020
4.35 by GarrettBoots from Georgia on May 17, 2020
4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Mar 05, 2020
4.02 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Dec 28, 2019
4.35 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Nov 16, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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
4.77 by maltznhopz from Nevada on Sep 30, 2019
4.23 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Sep 29, 2019
4.49 by cd34 from Illinois on Jul 25, 2019
4.33 by Sirnickatnite from Texas on Apr 25, 2019
4.38 by Mebuzzard from Colorado on Jan 23, 2019
4.4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Dec 02, 2018
4.5 by adusso415 from Colorado on Nov 10, 2018
4.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Oct 22, 2018
Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

2018 18 mos. 4.48
2017 17 mos. 4.50
2019 4.50

Oct 14, 2018
4.65 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Aug 25, 2018
4.5 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Jul 17, 2018
4.44 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Jul 14, 2018
4 by gelasin from California on Jun 06, 2018
4.5 by Kurmaraja from California on Jun 04, 2018
4.23 by mig100 from Texas on Jun 02, 2018
4.6 by Eziel from Ohio on Feb 12, 2018
3.88 by atone315 from Wisconsin on Feb 08, 2018
Medianoche from WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 81 ratings