WeldWerks Brewing Co.

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WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #205
Ranked #595
4.43 | pDev: 5.42%
Jul 28, 2023
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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Reviewed by hopley from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
I've heard about this beer and finally had a 2019 22 oz bomber in July, 2023.

Poured viscous oil like dribbles, pretty amazing looking thick beer.

Smelled like heavy roasty char dark chocolate.

The dark char dominated the taste with very little barrel.

Mouthfeel was about as thick and cloying as you can get, for better or worse.

Overall - I can't say I was overly impressed with this beer as the char was overpowering, and the barrel was underdeveloped. I'll take the mouthfeel as that's a feat in itself, but despite the craftsmanship in putting this beer together, it is not my thing and I had a hard time drinking it.
Jul 28, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle at share. Near black pour , relatively flat. Aroma is rich, whiskey, coffee, burnt toast and mild sweetness. Taste is more of the thick black roasty body with elements of vanilla and coconut. Very boozy.
Jun 26, 2023
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Rated by stortore from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
fobab 2022. 2022 edition.
Mar 10, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jan 16, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by paulish from New York

Jan 13, 2023
Rated: 4.33 by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Jan 01, 2023
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2022 Vintage. 13.7% ABV. Opened 12/14/2022.

First “regular” Medianoche I’ve experienced; a very solid non-adjunct expression. Boozy oak, dark fruit, & baking chocolate. With temp, noticeable tannin, prune, and a touch of charred barrel and umami. Finishes smooth albeit heavy and sticky.
Dec 20, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by JonB25 from Delaware

Nov 24, 2022
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Reviewed by IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2022 edition: Thicc as usual, this year's bottle has a lot less chocolate notes than the previous few years, but that just allows the barrel notes to step to center stage, reminiscent of Voodoo-level barrel notes.
Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pitch black pour with a brown head. Giant chocolate fudge and bourbon barrel lead the nose, vanilla, wet earth and molasses support. Taste is a clinic in how to get heavily mashed malts to bond with the barrel: rich chocolate fudge, full molasses, bourbon, toasty oak with vanillins, drier dark fruits, and caramel, while still having some earth, a kiss of anise, and leather to balance. Feel shows off the barrel to with strong and complex character, yet smooth, warm, and thick malts carry through the sip with some chew and depth.
Nov 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
500 mL bottle. 2021. Inky black, viscous. Smells of heavily roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, a little oxidation. Tastes of sweet fudge, bitter roasted malt, oak, bourbon, and alcohol. Sweet, heavy, thick, boozy. Tough to drink much of and it hits very hard, but it's tasty.
Jul 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jan 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Benish from Utah

4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Nov 22, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Radcpa from Washington

Nov 17, 2021
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Reviewed by clausthaler from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.5 by msumike89 from Colorado

Sep 09, 2021
Medianoche from WeldWerks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 93 ratings