Oct 14, 2015

Monocacy Brewing Brewtus

This bottle of Monocacy’s Brewtus was picked up back in August (and enjoyed that month, as well) in a convenient four-pack. I’d never had anything from the Maryland company before and the prospect of trying out an imperial coffee stout sounded as good an introduction as any.

This 8.7% ABV brew uses locally sourced ingredients including Dublin Roasters’ coffee beans. In fact, there’s more coffee in these 12 oz bottles than most cups leaving Starbucks. Robust, rich and roasty, Brewtus is easily up there in my top five for best coffee stouts. That’s a hell of a way to start a relationship with this brewery.


The beer pours like decades old motor oil — thick and viscous with a rich, light brown cap of foam.

Monocacy Brewing Brewtus photo


Loads of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, a touch of anise and a distant campfire char mingle wonderfully.


Wow. As stated above, there’s probably more coffee than stout in here, and I love it! Robust, incredibly full-bodied and flavorful. Dark chocolate accompanies roast coffee, anise a hint of lactose perhaps and a smooth, lingering soft char. A light-to-moderate level of sweetness fades cleanly to a light bitterness. There’s not sign of alcohol to be found.


Brewtus is an impressive beer. Chewy, full-bodied and incredibly flavored, the beer goes down deceptively well. The four-pack that I had purchased didn’t last as long as I would have liked, but that just gives me the excuse to hunt down some more.

Rating: 4/5

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