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Smooth Criminal - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 27
Gots: 70 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 02-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ever accidentally blend two brews, curse a bit, and then smile when tasting the excellent result? Us too. Smooth Criminal is the splendid result of moving a bit too quickly in the brewhouse. An accidental addition of Saison De Lente to a fermenter full of our Anniversary ale led us to ask, "Anni, are you okay?" She was. Smooth Criminal showcases rich malt, flavorful hops and oaky goodness in a harmoniously unique ale.
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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 21
Photo of Fern13
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ldhughes3
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dropbombs25
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised by this; after reading the mixed reviews I was hesitant to dive into this or try and trade it, but I eventually figured I had to try it. Up front is a nice bourbon barrel ale/barleywine flavor, essentially sucre...middle you get a little bit of alcohol burn and the end is a nice tart/sour finish with hints of apple and lemon that was unexpected but pleasantly nice. Typically I don't care for sours or tart beers, but this just worked and blended well in this one. I'd definitely seek this out again.

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of masterofsparks
3.07/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Tastes more or less like the anniversary ale until the finish, where the accidental saison addition peeks its head through, giving it an off-putting medicinal flavor that I did not like.

Photo of imperialking
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boozy smell. Kind of sour apple. Slight burn

Photo of Beer4B
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of john0721
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, off white head which quickly diminishes.

First pour out of bottle I get lots of caramel in the nose. Oak starts to come out as it warms with some subtle perfume.

Lots of caramel in the flavor. Brown sugar, Dark fruit and oak as it warms.

Is this better than the anniversary beer (the base beer)? no.

Yet, it stands up well on in its own.

An excellent beer, that I would buy again.

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A solid beer. I loved how you could taste the barrel character without a big, heavy beer to muddy it up.

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of master_platypus
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smells great, looks ok. Does not taste great. Nope

Photo of bsling
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beernazi
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

just weird, can tell the blend was accidental, no one in their right mind would actually do this on purpose...probably why they gave it free with reserve society membership

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopazoid
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ParadoxGuitarist
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DRBiser
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mbw314
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of memphischas
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Smooth Criminal from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.