Sucre - Tawny Port Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Sucre - Tawny Port Barrel AgedSucre - Tawny Port Barrel Aged

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 12
Gots: 49 | FT: 9
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lucnifter on 05-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of timc100
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tons of port influence. Very vinous, dark red wine fruits of currants, dark cherries. Decent amount of oak and tannic as well. Sweet and robust, very balanced and interesting.

I've had bourbon, brandy, American oak, and rye aged versions of the Bruery old ales so far, and I think this port variant is my favorite.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
15.1% ABV

A - Ruby highlights make their way through the rich mahogany colored beer giving the cloudy concoction a nice hue beneath the stable khaki cap of foam.

S - Tannic grape skin introduces tawny port straight into the nostrils with little hesitation, gently transitioning to a malty old ale aroma that smells like its been cellared for quite some time. Toffee slivers cut through caramel sweetness, paving the way for warming alcohol on the finish.

T - Complex maltiness continues to develop as the beer warms, bringing dark stone fruit flavors to the surface through the toffee and caramel sweetness. The beer's smooth maltiness makes for a wonderful body to be aged in port barrels. The inherent dark fruit tones blend beautifully with the barrel's unique oak notes and tannic grape overtones make for a completely unique experience.

M - Robust maltiness gives the beer a big body but the grape skin tannins from the port barrel aging cut the sweetness with a touch of tartness and, of course, at just over 15% ABV, the warming alcohol finish dries out the palate nicely.

O - I wouldn't necessarily call myself a Port connoisseur but I definitely do love me a good snifter of the dessert wine, and a nicely aged old ale is wonderful as well. The Bruery's Sucré aged in tawny port barrels almost perfectly blends the two, maintaining the integrity of both beverages while marrying them with pure class. A brilliant barrel-aged beer to be sure.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

Burgandy wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through the Bruery's Society. Bottled 3/8/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

My glass is filled with that familiar mahogany mud colored nectar. About a finger and a half biege head with some burgandy hues at the edges under the light but this is otherwise opaque. The bubbles settle to a nice surface haze that leaves no lace.

Beautiful nose of toffee, dates, oaky vanilla, boozed soaked and sugar crusted dark fruits and a healthy dose of tawny port. Simply delightful and I can't get enough.

As expected the flavors are an incredible blend- raisins, toffee, tawny port, dates, caramel, oak, vanilla, leather, thrt signature Bruery yeast, sugar and a semi-hot but balanced alcohol. The port comes through beautifully and serves to really highlight the dark fruit notes of the base beer. Outstanding.

Syrupy, thick feel with soft carbonation. Those booze soaked and sugar crusted raisins and dates return for a decadent finish that lingers on the tongue .

Tawny Port barrel aged Sucré is arguably my favorite of The Bruery's anniversary ale variants that I've tried so far. The dark fruit and sweet notes of tawny port seem to be a near perfect compliment to the old ale. This one is truly outstanding and takes me back to that magical first time I tried Fruet.

Photo of IpeeA
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phu-nom-mih-null! Deserted island beer for sure!!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for The Bruery Sucreversary held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, port wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, tawny port, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tawny port presence that comes through a bit better in the taste in my opinion.

Photo of mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this in the RS last year. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep reddish brown color with one finger of reddish brown head and moderate carbonation evident. Sweet dark fruits, oak, port, caramel malts, leather, fruity malts, wine, and toasted malts. Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Some heat.

Overall decent but very strong and very fruity. Good but not my favorite variant.

Photo of BillRoth
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bruery pub. Excellent variant. My personal favorite from the 5 variants I tasted. Rich port nose and flavor come out as a perfect pairing with the old ale. Add in the 14.5% ABV...and you have a wonderful sipper on a winter evening. Expect it would be outstanding with a med bold cigar as well.

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -2%

Sweet plums. Great smell. Might show the most barrel character of all the treatments.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.48 overall rating is correct.

Type: 32-oz. hydro flask
Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass
From: Beer Advocate’s heresy22
Price: N/A
Purchased: Jan. 25, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 2, 2015
Misc.: Opened it on Feb. 1; Reviewed it on Feb. 2

Thanks Chris!

Poured a brown, reddish, murky color with minimal head. Couldn’t see any bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. No retention. Not docking this as much as half of it was finished yesterday, certainly affecting the look. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled port dessert wine, caramel, toffee, tobacco, sour fruit, plum, woody malts, purple grape, buttery malts and faint chocolate. (Smell - 4.38)

Tasted very good, even better than the smell. Got plum, leathery tobacco, dates, port wine, caramel, toffee, purple grape, woody malts, sour fruit, light chocolate, vanilla and sweet sugar. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Just fantastic. (Feel - 4.88)

This was just a great beer. I can’t stop thinking about it. Lovely. (Overall - 4.50)

4.48 | 99 | A

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.99/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Less sweet than the Madiera barrel aged Sucre, just right.

Sucre - Tawny Port Barrel Aged from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.