The Bruery Mocha Wednesday

Since I’m considered essential personnel, I’m still going into work everyday. One of the small slivers of positive things about this whole pandemic is that my commute has been cut in half. We’ve been working extended shifts and I’ve been hitting my daily goal of steps before I leave for work everyday, so I’m exhausted and relaxing on the couch. Let’s see how this beer was.

ABV: 19.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mocha Wednesday makes its return! The perfect follow-up to Black Tuesday, this beer adds layers of artisan dark chocolate and bold coffee flavors, especially when consumed fresh, thanks to cacao nibs from San Francisco-based TCHO and freshly roasted coffee from Mostra Coffee.”

Random: Val bought me TCHO chocolate years ago and I really enjoyed it. It had a nice flavor and the dark chocolate was pleasantly bitter.

The beer poured with a one finger, light tan colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black. There was no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts and coffee and dark chocolate. There was some alcohol as well. The taste was remarkably smooth with lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and dark coffee. The alcohol was there and brought some heat, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with coffee and dark chocolate. This was a really strong beer, but had a lot of good flavor. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Bruery Grey Monday

Obviously, I’ve avoided talking a lot about the global pandemic and it’s because I feel like I need a distraction from it. I work in clinical trial supply, so I’m still going to work every day, but it’s still stressful. So, I’d prefer to talk about beer instead.

ABV: 19.9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Grey Monday is a special, limited edition version of our Black Tuesday imperial stout to which we’ve added hazelnuts to the barrels while the beer ages. Originally concocted for a molecular gastronomy dinner at a favorite Orange County restaurant a few years ago, this variation on our already popular stout was an instant hit both among the restaurant diners and our own staff, begging to be brewed again and bottled up.”

Random: One of my favorite candies has dark chocolate and hazelnuts in it.

The beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky dark brown with no carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of dark chocolate and some sugar sweetness that quickly went into some nutella notes. The taste was even better than the nose. There was a lot of dark chocolate and cocoa powder that went into hazelnut notes. There was some vanilla and oak as well with some alcohol warming. The body was thick and heavy and chewy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with dark chocolate and hazelnut. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Bruery Black Tuesday

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I’ve waited years to try. I’m so excited to crack it open, so let’s see how it was.

ABV: 19.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as the Great Crash, was a major stock market crash that occurred in 1929. It started in September and ended late in October, when share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed. It was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States, when taking into consideration the full extent and duration of its aftereffects. The crash, which followed the London Stock Exchange’s crash of September, signaled the beginning of the Great Depression.”

Random: For some reason, I never made the connection between the beer name and the Great Depression.

The beer poured with a small, tan head that was about a quarter of a finger high that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color that was almost black. I could see some carbonation. The nose was filled with vanilla and bourbon and quickly went into dates and plums. The taste was intense. It started with dark chocolate, booze and then went into vanilla, bourbon and dates. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with lots of bourbon and dark chocolate. This beer was outstanding and complex. It isn’t cheap and it gets a lot of hype, but it was definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Bruery Vindictive II

Val and I took a nice, long walk today. Given everything else going on, we’ve been trying to get as much exercise as we possible can. We’re both still going to work everyday, but it’s definitely super stressful. We’ve been trying to avoid the news and just distract ourselves. Anyway, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 16.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “If some of the best wines are blends of several grape varieties, imagine what could be achieved when applied to beer. This Black Tuesday varietal is blended and fermented with must from 75% destemmed and 25% whole cluster Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grapes from Sans Liege. After nearly a year in oak, this release vanquishes the boundaries between wine and beer.”

Random: I’m starting to watch a series on keeping big cats in Florida. As much as I love cats, I wouldn’t keep big cats outside of a zoo or their habitat.

The beer poured with no head on top of an inky, black head that showed no carbonation whatsoever. The nose had a lot of chocolate, cocoa and some bourbon as well. There was some red wine notes as well with oak and vanilla. The taste started with the same cocoa note, but quickly went into red wine, vanilla and brown sugar. There was a lot of booze and vanilla as well. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with red wine and cocoa powder. This beer was outstanding and I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Aardwolf Sprinkles On Top

As a child, I loved neapolitan ice cream, so I was curious to give a neapolitan beer a try.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida as well as the southeastern United States, and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. It is the seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968. Consolidation gave Jacksonville its great size and placed most of its metropolitan population within the city limits. As of 2018, Jacksonville’s population was estimated to be 903,889. The Jacksonville metropolitan area has a population of 1,523,615 and is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Florida. Jacksonville is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River in the First Coast region of northeast Florida, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and 328 miles (528 km) north of Miami. The Jacksonville Beaches communities are along the adjacent Atlantic coast. The area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. Under British rule, a settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and the Cow Ford to the British. A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States gained Florida from Spain; it was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.”

Random: The brewery is located in Jacksonville, but the website had almost no information about the brewery.

The beer poured with a two finger, tan head. It dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black, with no carbonation visible. The nose started with significant booze and some cocoa powder. There was vanilla as well, but I couldn’t pick up much strawberry. The taste was very, unpleasantly sweet to me upfront. I got strawberry extract along with milk chocolate and some vanilla and lots of white sugar and lactose. The booze was really strong to me and the body quite heavy. There was light carbonation and the finish was sticky and sweet with lactose and chocolate. This beer just didn’t do it for me, but I’m not a huge fan of super sweet beers. Give it a try if you like the style.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

The Bruery Chocolate Rain

Tonight’s beer is one that tends to get a lot of hype. Let’s see if it’s deserving of all of the hype.

ABV: 19.6%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “If you aren’t already familiar with Chocolate Rain, it’s time to get to know her, because she’s about to become your best friend. Originally created as a single cask conditioned version of our Black Tuesday imperial stout for one of our release parties several years ago, Chocolate Rain has now taken on a life of her own. The base beer is a select few bourbon barrels of our imperial stout that can range anywhere from 16-21% in alcohol. Once those barrels are chosen, we spend an entire day slicing fresh vanilla beans to add to those barrels along with cacao nibs that are sourced by San Francisco based TCHO chocolatier. After a few months soaking up those rich, dessert-like flavors, the barrels are blended to taste and the result is one of the most decadent beers that we make. Rich in chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon, it truly puts the ‘imperial’ in imperial stout.”

Random: I’m not sure quite why we need to gender the stout in the description, but hey, whatever.

The beer poured with less than a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly, with no lacing on the glass. There was a slight crown left on top of the dark brown, almost black body. The nose was strong with roasted malts, prunes, dark chocolate and lots of bourbon and oak. The taste was even bigger. It started with oak and bourbon and quickly went into dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla and smoke. It had a slight sweetness as well. The beer was hot, but didn’t indicate almost 20% ABV. There was moderate carbonation to it and it was super thick. The finish was lengthy with bourbon and roasted malts. I thought this beer was outstanding and glad I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Bruery Terreux S’mores BBLs

Here’s another beer from my Bruery stash. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 16.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “S’more BBLs is the next up in the BBLs lineage. This member-exclusive beer is one of the world’s highest ABV sour beers; and was conceptualized as a Bruery Terreux homage to our tradition of brewing high gravity, barrel-aged stouts. This big, viscous sour beer is a carefully crafted blend of Tart of Darkness & Black Tuesday, aged with marshmallow, graham crackers, cacao nib, and vanilla. Inspired by the the flavors of the gooey, decadent campfire dessert with which it shares its name. One sip will have you asking for… s’more.”

Random: We had fire tables at our wedding and they had s’mores supplies. A lot of people ended up outside and seemed to enjoy it.

The beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly, but only left a small amount of lacing on the glass. It also left a significant crown on top of the dark brown body. There was no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had the expected milk chocolate, graham and vanilla characteristics. There was a bit of bourbon as well. The taste started with bourbon and then went into graham and vanilla. The milk chocolate gave it some sweetness and there was a significant alcohol note as well. I got a hit of tartness too, which definitely made this beer unique. The body was on the lighter side of what I expected with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and the tartness hung around. I thought this was a really interesting beer and I’m glad I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0