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Smooth Criminal - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

175 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.58%
Wants: 27
Gots: 54 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

heresy22, Monday at 06:53 PM
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4.07/5  rDev -0.2%

Mersh, Sunday at 01:59 PM
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4/5  rDev -2%

Carb-Overlord, Oct 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

oline73, Oct 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

DanGeo, Oct 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

MaseFace, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
15% ABV, 2014 Edition

A - Muddy brown in color, Smooth Criminal pours with a slightly unattractive appearance and lack of clarity but it's nicely formed off-white head sticks around longer than anticipated for it's high alcohol content.

S - A familiar and potent aroma greets the nose with haste; typical Bruery bourbon barrel-aged beer. It's heavy bourbon warmth, thick vanilla, and undertones of charred oak are all too common but the rich maltiness beneath brings out wonderful complexities of bread and Fig Newton filling with the sweet-smelling likes of caramel and toffee.

T - Soft suggestions of the accidental blending of Saison De Lente peek through with just a small pinch of lemony tartness but the huge malty base of the beer overwhelms with bold caramel and toffee sweetness with dark stone fruits pulling through behind. There is, of course, plenty of bourbon barrel character in the flavor ranging from the complimentary vanilla notes to warming booze and charred oak, bundling the whole beer up in a nice little package.

M - Big and boozy, Smooth Criminal might have a robust, creamy texture but, the its bold body thins out slightly with the warming, high octane finish of 15% and bourbon warmth!

O - So The Bruery's accidental Smooth Criminal blending might not have much Saison De Lente character in it - next to none at all - and it might be all too reminiscent of the big and boozy anniversary beers they've released but, this beer is still damn tasty for an accident and it'll certainly get the job done.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

None of the saison flavors really come through. But nice barrel with a a lot of caramel, malt and toffee.

rlee1390, Sep 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Calen301, Sep 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

MarkyMOD, Sep 21, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

Dec 2013 bottle, opened Sep 2014

A - An attractive cranberry ice tea body. Off-white head settles into a thick halo with nice retention and low lace.

S - Great complexity. Vanilla, black strap molasses, prune, chocolate chip muffin, pecan, port wine, Raisinets, Tootsie Roll, charred oak, caramel, maple syrup, and oats.

T - Wow. Lighter and boozier than a classic barleywine, but it works extremely well with the profile. Sweet prune, burnt caramel, charred oak, herbal bitters, dandelion, bourbon, chocolate covered raisins, honey, blackberry hard candies. Really nice oak, maple syrup, and burnt caramel finish.

M - Light and surprisingly well carbonated which works perfect for the beer.

O - An outstanding experimental (accidental) barleywine. The aroma and flavor have world class complexity and balance, and the farmhouse nuances and carbonation elevate this beer to elite status. It's rare that novelty outperforms convention, but this beer is the perfect example of power of stochastic evolution.


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4.72 Smooth Criminal
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.40 4.40 4.00 4.25 4.50 ------- 4.31 10% 0.43
S - 4.80 4.90 4.80 4.70 4.87 ------- 4.81 20% 0.96
T - 5.00 4.10 4.70 5.00 4.96 ------- 4.75 40% 1.90
M - 4.80 4.50 4.60 4.85 5.00 ------- 4.75 10% 0.48
O - 4.80 4.60 4.70 4.80 4.80 ------- 4.74 20% 0.95

vfgccp, Sep 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

chadwicktorres, Sep 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

CowsandBeer, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Armando_Perez, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Jdotswizz, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jplopez21, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

moarmare, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Schlafly33, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Bottle opened on 6.11.14

Better then expected. A bit overly sweet.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

sendbeer, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Zaphog, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

beergorrilla, Aug 09, 2014
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Smooth Criminal from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.