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Smooth Criminal - The Bruery

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 29
Gots: 51 | 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 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.

SHODriver, Sunday at 01:38 AM
Photo of jeffdillon
2.92/5  rDev -28.3%

jeffdillon, Nov 20, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +2%

_morandi_, Nov 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Mikeyson4, Nov 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

wulfie85, Nov 10, 2014
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LoveStout, Nov 10, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

NHbeerguy, Nov 10, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -16.5%

tectactoe, Nov 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

LeeEvolved, Nov 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

acurtis, Nov 08, 2014
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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%

WCW, Nov 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

NRo, Nov 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

DeadeyeOTDO, Nov 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

heresy22, Oct 27, 2014
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4.07/5  rDev 0%

Mersh, Oct 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Carb-Overlord, Oct 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

oline73, Oct 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

DanGeo, Oct 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

MaseFace, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

CaptainPancakes, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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
Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +22.9%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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Smooth Criminal from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.