Smooth Criminal - The Bruery

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 30
Gots: 50 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: rudzud on 02-02-2014)
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Photo of jlt6116
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another Bruery split with rudzud but also shared with threelions.

Light fizzy head nice lacing, super dark molasses brown color.

Nose is very nice, big dark malts, sweet candy caramel toffee and a little char, lots of caramel, great toasted oak with some bourbon notes, potent booze and some sweet estery booze.

Taste brings lots more sweet candy malts, little nutty, great toffee and caramel, sweet molasses and little esters, some booze but maybe not 15%. Pretty sweet overall, balances the booze, brings nice aged soft malt taste too. Some oak, not a ton tough, nice bourbon though, almost rummy bourbon, with brown sugar and more caramel. Finish is little boozy, more lingering candy toffee and caramel, faint earthy hop.

Mouth is full bod, light but decent carb, booze hidden well.

Overall great. Booze a little strong on the nose but hidden fairly well on taste, little light on carbonation bit otherwise great. Glad I have another to age.

Photo of PG2G
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros and Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark caramel with a thin head that fades to leave a light halo.

S - Aromas of bourbon and caramel. Boozy on the nose, alcohol burn, loads of English notes, toffee, aromatic.

T - Taste is malty sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon, light alcohol, malts, delicious smooth bourbon and vanilla.

M - Mouthfeel is really on the thin side of carbonation. Alcohol hidden.

O - Overall this was really tasty, great bourbon notes with the alcohol hidden wonderfully. Delicious.

Serving type: Bottle

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bram325
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4/5  rDev -1.7%

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Hopbully
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A: poured into a snifter to a deep brown with some reddish hues.Topped by a finger of light tan head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing. small collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of bourbon and wood with notes of vanilla, caramel, dark fruits and leather
T: taste is sweet and a little boozy with some nice vanilla and caramel flavors, slightly fruity but also surprisingly smooth. good barrel flavors and a good bit of wood on the palate. swallow is some hot alcohol but a lot more sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon and dark fruits.
M: fairly large feeling on the intake but on the palate it feels surprisingly light with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: It needs some time to settle down but it's pretty good semi fresh. lots of good flavors and complexity but there's a lot of alcohol as well.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jeffdillon
2.92/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of _morandi_
4.15/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of NHbeerguy
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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Smooth Criminal from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.