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

The Bruery Atta Boysenberry

Tonight’s beer is a fruity selection from The Bruery. I don’t think I’ve a raw boysenberry, but I love boysenberry preserves. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 13.8%

Style: Wheatwine

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The exact origins of the boysenberry are unclear, but the most definite records trace the plant as it is known today back to grower Rudolph Boysen, who obtained the dewberry–loganberry parent from the farm of John Lubben. In the late 1920s, George M. Darrow of the USDA began tracking down reports of a large, reddish-purple berry that had been grown on Boysen’s farm in Anaheim, California. Darrow enlisted the help of Walter Knott, another farmer, who was known as a berry expert. Knott had never heard of the new berry, but he agreed to help Darrow in his search. Darrow and Knott learned that Boysen had abandoned his growing experiments several years earlier and sold his farm. Undaunted by this news, Darrow and Knott headed out to Boysen’s old farm, on which they found several frail vines surviving in a field choked with weeds. They transplanted the vines to Knott’s farm in Buena Park, California, where he nurtured them back to fruit-bearing health. Walter Knott was the first to commercially cultivate the berry in Southern California. He began selling the berries at his farm stand in 1932 and soon noticed that people kept returning to buy the large, tasty berries. When asked what they were called, Knott said, ‘Boysenberries,’ after their originator. His family’s small restaurant and pie business eventually grew into Knott’s Berry Farm. As the berry’s popularity grew, Mrs. Knott began making preserves, which ultimately made Knott’s Berry Farm famous.”

Random: I remember going to Knott’s Berry Farm as a child and getting soaking wet on a log flume ride.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pink head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, deep red color with no visible carbonation due to cloudiness. The nose had huge berry notes up front with some vanilla as well. There was some bourbon and a kick of booze smell as well. The taste started with the same large berry note and a touch of tartness. There was some sweetness as well with vanilla and raspberry syrup. There was an undertone of oak and a big hit of booze. The body was on the heavier side and needed a bit more carbonation to have this go down easier. It had a lengthy finish with berries and booze. I wish this beer had a touch more balance, but I’m glad I tried it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

The Bruery Rice & Beans

I finished a really good book a few days ago about stories about the East German underbelly. It was about 250 pages and I finished it in a night. It’s called Stasiland and I highly recommend it.

ABV: 7%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the mybeerbuzz.blogspot.com website, “Here’s another new can coming from The Bruery in Placentia, CA. This is Rice & Beans and it will be a blonde ale brewed with rice, lactose, cinnamon, vanilla and Terra Mia coffee beans. The beer will roll in at 7.2%-ABV and you’re looking at the 16oz can.”

Random: I’ve been drinking a lot more espresso at home lately. I’m favoring the Intelligensia espresso.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It was rather thick and dissipated quickly. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was clear and golden-yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with fresh cinnamon. There was some light coffee as well with a touch of vanilla, but cinnamon dominated. The flavor had a bit more balance, but not much. It was still filled with cinnamon, but had some lactose, along with the same light coffee note. I didn’t pick up a lot of rice either. The alcohol note was a bit strong for my taste, but the body was medium thickness. There was moderate carbonation. The finish went away within a few seconds and had the same cinnamon. This wasn’t my favorite take on a horchata and I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The Bruery Apfelsap

It was almost 60 degrees today, which is unseasonably hot for this time of year. I miss the cold. I really don’t like warm weather. Maybe we’ll have one more cold snap.

ABV: 15.6%

Style: Wheatwine

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “An apple is a sweet, edible fruit produced by an apple tree (Malus domestica). Apple trees are cultivated worldwide and are the most widely grown species in the genus Malus. The tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe and were brought to North America by European colonists. Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures, including Norse, Greek and European Christian tradition. Apple trees are large if grown from seed. Generally, apple cultivars are propagated by grafting onto rootstocks, which control the size of the resulting tree. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples, resulting in a range of desired characteristics. Different cultivars are bred for various tastes and use, including cooking, eating raw and cider production. Trees and fruit are prone to a number of fungal, bacterial and pest problems, which can be controlled by a number of organic and non-organic means. In 2010, the fruit’s genome was sequenced as part of research on disease control and selective breeding in apple production. Worldwide production of apples in 2017 was 83.1 million tonnes, with China accounting for half of the total.”

Random: Val and I are going to Germany later this year and I’m very excited.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick, slightly off-white head. It dissipate slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and mahogany with some carbonation visible. The nose had some apples and apple brandy with some brown sugar. There was an alcohol scent as well. The taste had a big note of apple brandy and apple juice. There was a caramel note with brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon as well. The alcohol note was a bit too strong for me and the body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with apple brandy. This wasn’t my favorite beer from The Bruery, but I’m glad I tried it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0