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Fruet - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

615 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.05%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Unlike previous anniversary beers, ALL Fruet is 100% bourbon barrel-aged.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-23-2012)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If birthdays tastes this good, who need cake? Just bring me Fruet! To kick off their fourth year, this masterfully blended and perfectly aged ale celebrates all things "olde" but with a manly bourbon kick!

The beer decants more like port or sherry than it does of ale, but with the faint carbonation that allows a dainty creme of foam to simmer to the top, the ale's tarnish head looks more like espresso froth than beer also. Its tawny, auburn bronze body is dark through the center but lightens to a golden color at its edge. Mild speckling lace creeps down the glass with a turbulent swirl.

Strong aromas of malt sweetness take over the room as the beer pours- boisterous toffee, molasses, maple and bourbon waft about and does so in highly seductive fashion. Mildly toasty, the taste of buttery cashews, faint chocolate and coffee weave into the malt complexities for a robust character as well. Fruity with drunken grapes, dates, figs and plumbs all give a darker and more deviant turn as the ale seems savory with port and sherry as much as it does of bourbon.

That first sip captivates the taste buds with sultry sweetness- just as the nose suggested. Black-strap molasses, maple syrup, and seared toffee gives a taste that hinges on peanut brittle except for a more robust toast, cocoa and kona-type taste. As the fruits weave into its taste, so do the savory, umami-rich taste of dark, dried, stone fruit that seem to have been dipped in soy sauce. Lightly salty and sweet- it hits all the savory parts of the tongue. Finishing with the unmistakable taste of charred wood, vanillans and booze- its bourbon influence is obvious but never overwhelming.

And its decadent character continues as the ale lays a thick and somewhat oily coat on the mouth to fully saturate the taste buds. Its light carbonation aids its chewy texture as there's little to pull the beer from the surfaces of the mouth. This allows for a patient development toward finish with slowly growing alcohol warmth, a quietly drying taste, and an indefinite linger of sherry and bourbon.

Fruet is a special occasion beer that'll rival the best of port wine or sherry. Its lavish malt flavors work harmoniously with the bourbon barrel influences for a highly rewarding taste that's not easily forgotten.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 17:56:36 | More by BEERchitect
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Ruby brown. Brown head. Syrupy appearance. Faint wisps on top.

Smell - Lots of vanilla. Bourbon. A little bit of oxidation. Caramel all over.

Taste - Tons of vanilla and caramel. Bourbon is delicious. Brown sugar. Oak is strong in the finish. Not a complex beer, but it's delicious.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Boozy, but not more than I braced myself for. Heavy, but doesn't feel as syrupy as other Bruery sugar bombs.

Overall - As I said, it's nothing complex, but I love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 19:51:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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dgilks

Australia

4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany colour with a small tan head. Fair head retention.

Big melanoidin aroma. Sweet but heavily caramelised. Breast with lots of toast.

Sweet and toasty. Nutty. There is an almost milkiness. Tons of flavour here.

Full body. Moderate carbonation. Okay.

A really solid beer. Tons of flavour. The intense caramel notes are awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 11:56:50 | More by dgilks
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dirtylou

Washington

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, half acre goblet

Buried under a force-field of mustard yellow wax – once I dug the cap out and start dumping, Fruet makes its dramatic appearance. Muddy garnet body and lightly carbonated. Aromatics are complex with heavy notes of sweet raisins and prunes and brown sugar. Bourbon comes through more in the flavor, but still is not overpowering. The sweetness is a bit much but it’s hard to not be mesmerized by the layers of dark fruit, bourbon, molasses and toffee.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 18:25:24 | More by dirtylou
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Joshpu

California

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured an opaque reddish-brown with basically no head.

S: Vanilla, oak, toffee, bourbon soaked cherry or raisin. Lots of fruit.

T: The taste follows the nose really well. Big toffee, bourbon soaked fruit, brown sugar. Fairly sweet overall.

M: Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation and smooth. It's surprisingly light on the tongue for an almost 16% beer. Definitely get the alcohol burn. The alcohol adds to the overall savory sweetness of the beer.

Overall a great old ale. It actually reminded me a lot of Avery's Rumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 09:34:03 | More by Joshpu
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this beer in Livermore, CA from a reputable beer store that increases it's prices as their geeky beers age. For example, since I bought this Fruet 2 weeks ago, I was charged $40 opposed to $30 when it first hit shelves. Whatever.

Popped this bitch open tonight to celebrate finding out into my wife's 5th month of pregnancy that I'm having a Girl!!! And it's Thanksgiving...

A - Musty & murky brown. Some sediment. Ok, but not pretty.

S - straight up prunes and raisins drenched in bourbon. Sweet Caramel. Some vanilla, and boozy heat.

T - See Smell. Never had a more raisiny Old Ale soaked in Bourbon including Alcohol heat. Less Alcohol heat than expected for 15.5% ABV, but make no misrake about it, it's there. A little cloyingly sweet with too much raisin flavor IMHO, even for a Old Ale.

M - best aspect of this beer. Thick, but not syrupy. Full bodied, but very drinkable for the ABV. Impressive!!

O - I can't help but to compare this to BOIS. BOIS is everything Fruet is, but add chocolate, Almond, & more bourbon barrel. BOIS is worth the $30, whereas Fruet I feel is worth $18-$20 TOPPS. Great beer for the occasion, and I'm so happy to say I've had it, but I can't help to feel I've been ripped off some, but hey. I was willing to pull the trigger at the heafty Price tag. For the record, I did not factor at all the price into my score here for Fruet.

Solid barrel aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 04:35:10 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear, dark brown. A half-finger tan head that quickly dissipates. Light lacing.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits. I could smell this one all day.

T: Whoosh! Sweet, smooth, bourbon-y. Dark fruits slide right in. Never saw the 15.5% hit me upside the head. A truly excellent taste.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: One of the best beers I've had. And certainly one of the kings of old ales. Sip slowly and enjoy the moment. It won't come around like this very often.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 23:27:24 | More by brewskifan55
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice merky brown/redish color to it. It has a thin tan head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, dark fruit (plums, raisins) and molasses.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of bourbon and vanilla, some chocolate, sweet toffee/caramel, molasses, dark fruit (mainly plums and raisins), some cherries and oak. Very nice balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 21:16:20 | More by SebD
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Juuroumaru

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A- pours a caramel brown with a light tan head.
S- smells of chocolate and vanilla. almost like the bruery white chocolate they produce.
T- Chocolate vanilla greatness. this beer is very complex between the barrel aging and everything else. a year definately did this beer good.
M- thick like a thin syrup. coats the mouth evenly and has a nice carbonationto it.
O- this beer is AMAZEBALLS with a year on it.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 16:27:53 | More by Juuroumaru
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scottfrie

California

4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours cola colored with a thin dark tan head that faded into a bubbly color.
S: Boozy and sweet smelling. Bourbon and vanilla dominate with spicy boozy scents and darker flavors.
T: Very sweet flavors of vanilla, caramel, honey, butterscotch, milk chocolate and slight leather. The finish is full of tobacco, brown sugar, sticky molasses and faint peat, and the aftertaste is boozy with spicy bourbon. Red grape, raisin, and bakers chocolate poke through as well. Mild bitterness balance throughout.
M: Thick body, low soft carbonation, thick sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Almost no trace of booze. Masterful.
O: Extremely decadent and smooth. Super easy to drink, very integrated and delicious. Dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 18:25:11 | More by scottfrie
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle no. 03217

Beer is a deep brown. Almost no head, which is perhaps not surprising given the ABV.

Nose strongly contains bourbon. Vanilla, oak. Also a bunch of caramel and some dark fruit. The barrel is the dominant part of the nose, but it is quite nice.

Taste is fairly hot. A lot of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Then beneath that a strong malty flavour, caramel and toffee. Some dark fruit as well, but less prominent- a bit of raisin and plum. Hugely rich with big flavours. Really packs a wallop.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily and slick. Quite a lot of alcohol heat.

Overall, the beer tastes terrific, but the abv is very high and the barrel is a bit overpowering. Really nice, but to be approached with care!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:18:06 | More by jrenihan
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with some friends on 6.28.13
Bottle #: 1383

A - Pours a deep dark, opaque brown, almost black with a few dark tan bubbles that quickly fade.

S - Wow, lots of bourbon, vanilla, carmel, toffee, choclate. Really nice.

T - The taste is spot on as well. Vanilla, chocolate, carmel, and lots of Bourbon.

D - Heavy body with mild carbonation.

O - A great beer with lots of layers of vanilla, carmel, bourbon. It just got better and better with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:54:35 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefty, rich, and a complex long sipper.

Presentation: 750 ml brown gold waxed and capped brown bottle. Label with an intricate Bruery emblem in gold, ocher, and brown. It offers a small description of the brew, and anniversary context, with thanks to supporters. Back label has cellaring, and serving notes. Shows bottling year (2012), bottle number (01151), and Alc. by. Vol. (15.5%). Served in a snifter.

A - Deep dark brown pour with deep burgundy edges, fair if short lived head, faint surface memory with a small memory ring and little lacing.

S - Rich nose, complex bourbon, molasses, vanilla, caramel fruitiness…

T - …which unfolds assertively exposing the complex barrels, plenty of boozy wood, bourbon, fruit, hints of charred oak, chocolate and coffee. Plenty of caramel, butterscotch, notes of fruit...

M - Full body, with medium/light carbonation, creamy with some stickiness… It lingers long in the palate.

O - Long complex sipper, it is great on a small dose, and might get a bit overwhelming/tiring in a larger dose. Still quite a treat...

Notes: This might be the best of their anniversary brews that I've tried so far, or might be in a year or two. Coton hit my spot right away and is now a memory. Cuir was nice but I felt it was asking for time, we'll see how that one ages. Fruet has almost the immediate complexity and roundness. It could do with a bit of more time but it is quite memorable if pricey.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 16:28:32 | More by Daniellobo
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz wax dipped bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Bottle number 16625
Served in a tulip

Review #775

Hazy, crimson-mahogany appearance. A thin film of spotty, light tan bubbles capped the liquid. The bubbles quickly dissipated to a ring of froth.

The aroma was amazingly complex and intense. Super sweet with loads of brown sugar and dark fruit goodness. Plums and raisins came through strong. Punchy, port-like notes as well. Lots of coconut and vanilla from the bourbon barrels. You could tell that this is a high ABV beer, yet it did not come across as overly boozy. Overall, amazingly well balanced.

The taste was nearly identical to the nose, except perhaps a hair more subtle. Sweet caramel malts and coconut hit hard right off the bat. Rich and plummy with notes of port soaked raisins, toffee and brown sugar. Somewhat spicy. Tons of vanilla on the finish. There was a subtle booziness as well. At 15.5% ABV, the bourbon barrels contributed many interesting flavors but not a lot of heat.

The body was a bit disappointing. It was thinner bodied with a very fine and mild carbonation. The liquid almost felt a touch flat.

All in all, The Bruery came through big time with this fourth anniversary ale. Like many other of their high ABV releases, this one was huge on flavor but managed to subdue its alcohol prowess remarkably well. It definitely was worth the steep ($35) price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:54:26 | More by Damian
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a rather modest head that fades quickly to a ringlet; leggy, with spots of foam sticking to the chalice

Smell: Bourbony-aromatics, with caramel, brown sugar, plum, vanilla, cashews and maple

Taste: Booze-laden Bourbon, bringing a range of flavors, including caramel, plum, maple, vanilla, cashews and piney hops; after the swallow, there is a brief alcohol burn, with all of the flavors noted up front re-appearing in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I have had mixed experiences with some of the Bruery's high ABV offerings but this one is the real McCoy; lots of complexity and a very impressive mouthfeel (some of the earlier Bruery efforts were flat)

Thanks, aslamm75, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 23:52:21 | More by brentk56
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle 15,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
Bottle Number 12936

100% BA Cuir was one of my all time favorite beers, so I am really looking forward to this one!

Appearance: Similarly to Cuir, Fruet appears a dark brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a beautiful deep red colour with bright golden-amber edges. A rough pour generates a large cream coloured head that lasts reasonably well for the Abv, but doesn’t leave anything in the way of lacing. A swirl coats the glass in a sticky film and heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Oh man, this smells phenomenal! The initial nose offers a ton of sweetness and a fantastic soft vanilla bourbon character. As the beer begins to warm the nose opens up offering sweet caramel, toffee butterscotch, soft vanilla, toasted coconut, brown sugar, rich dark fruits ( dark cherries, raisins and even some fig), earthy leather, a little oak, some molasses and some toasted nutty notes. The alcohol is shockingly well hidden for 15,5% - even at room temperature there is only a trace noted.

Taste: As the nose suggested, the flavor here is superb. Rich dark fruits combine in perfect quantities with a sugary sweetness and a rich bourbon character. Flavour notes include: Sweet dark caramel, butterscotch, buttery vanilla, brown sugar, cherries, raisins, figs, toasted nuts, a hint of maple, some leather a little oak and some bourbon like alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel: As the rest of the beer, the mouthfeel is just about perfect. The body is just shy of full and wonderfully sticky, with a medium level of creamy carbonation.

Overall: Fruet is a fantastic barrel-aged old ale. I am so glad The Bruery decided to age the entire batch in bourbon barrels - the extra 75% makes a world of difference! It is going to be an exercise in self control to age my other bottle for a few years as I plan to do!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 16:14:56 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. Snifter. Anniversary 2012, Bottle Number 10714

A- Pours a murky medium brown color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that's short-lived and quickly dies down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Just about no lacing.

S- Rich chocolate, caramel and barrel notes with some booze fume. Also some raisin.

T- Heavy raisin flavor that's very sweet with chocolate and caramel undertones. It's almost like the flavor is the inverse of the aroma. Also has some sherry, vanilla and brown sugar notes. The oak isn't as apparent as it is in the aroma, but it's still there. Alcohol is insanely well-hidden for such a mammoth of a beer. Slightly nutty.

M- Very sticky, sytupy and somewhat sharp from the alcohol. Barely any carbonation and a full body.

O- The flavor of this beer is phenomenal. If you're a fan of Old Ales, high gravity beers or both, this is a must-have.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:03:21 | More by Immortale25
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a teku glass. I believe this has about 1 year of age on it.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown and leaves behind a finger of tan head which disappears pretty quickly.

Smell: Strong, sweet chocolate and bourbon, vanilla, and molasses - even the smell packs a punch, I can only imagine the taste.

Taste: Definitely bourbon and chocolate up front, as well as some fruits such as peach, pear and apples - a very interesting combination. Raisins and plums come out quite strong as well in this one. Finishes very sweet as well, with more bourbon.

Mouth-feel: Heavy bodied and very creamy and syrupy/sticky. Light carbonation but there is some there. I wouldn't peg this one as high as 15.5% so the alcohol is well hidden.

Overall: A very tasty barrel-aged ale. The bourbon shines in this one as well as the sweet chocolate, vanilla and fruit flavors. While it does have some of the familiar characteristics from your standard barrel-aged imperial stout, it has some stark differences, especially in the second half of the flavor with its lighter/fruitier flavors and its super sweetness. This is a fantastic, biig beer and has tons of flavor screaming at you.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 23:07:44 | More by Resuin
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a snifter.

A. Murky molasses color. Small off-white head.

S. Lots of bourbon and sweet barrel tannins in the nose. Coconut, vanilla, melted toffee, marshmallow, prune.

T. Sweet, rich caramel, buttery bourbon, lightly bitter oak, dried peach, vanilla. Very barrel-forward, in a good way.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation, as expected.

O: Fruet is a bit less grapey (perhaps less of the blend is oxidized) than previous anniversary beers, which I think is a plus. If you don't like bourbon, though, don't drink this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 06:29:07 | More by Etan
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these from claaark13 and youbrewidrink. Thanks guys!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottle 11,169 of one billion
Drunk beside White Chocolate

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retetion. Head fades rather quickly to a bubbly wisp and a ring. Mahogany red in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. A ring and touches of wisp remain until the end but leave no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon on this. Oak, toffee, caramel and booze. Bold and forthcoming with lots of bourbon, though the toffee and caramel notes from the base ale seem to hold up alright.

TASTE: Very boozy up front. Toffee, caramel and brown sugar from the base beer, then lots of bourbon and alcohol from the barrels. Oak, vanilla and some nutty flavors through the middle into the finish. A bold and lingering aftertaste of bourbon barrel, wood, caramelized nuts and some vanilla. Pretty flavorful and interesting, though still too boozy to be top class.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down okay and finishes sticky. Heat on the palate for sure. Better than average for the ABV and style.

OVERALL: This is actually really good. It's still too hot for top marks, though the complexity is definitely there, as the base beer is able to play a role in the flavor profile and mesh well with the barrel aging. Moreover, the mouthfeel is still good enough not to detract from the experience. This was leagues better than White Chocolate for sure, as the flavor and aroma was bolder and more complex, while the feel was still big and creamy enough to support it all. Definitely recommended, but be wise and share.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 12:34:00 | More by Jeffo
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ngeunit1

California

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark-brown with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. Fades very quickly.

S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, caramelized malts, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dark fruits, English yeast, and some booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, caramelized malts, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, some smoke, dark fruits, English yeast, some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Great complex Old Ale. The barrel character is really great and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 04:39:32 | More by ngeunit1
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Almost a year's age on it now!!

Pours out an incredibly dark brown with a very thin head (it is 15.5% after all).

The aroma is amazingly complex. I get a ton of dark fruits, there is butterscotch, toffee, caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak and a slight smokiness too. It almost seems like there is a different aroma I pick up with each sniff. There is definite alcohol on the nose too.

The taste is almost overwhelming (in a good way)! It begins with a decent amount of bourbon and boozy taste which then carries into the butterscotch, toffee, caramel and molasses. There is a ton of dark fruits; dates, figs, plums and raisins. A decent amount of vanilla and just a touch of oak as well.

The body is full and the mouthfeel is rich and creamy. You can smell, taste and definitely feel the alcohol, but it's not overwhelming despite being so strong.

This beer has so many layers and elements to it that it's almost hard to put into words. It's very dark fruit focused and pretty sweet, which does help with the alcohol bite a bit. This is an amazing beer, but my only problem is that it does get a bit sweet for my palate as it warms up. This is a definite winner and should be tried at least once!!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:38:40 | More by JohnnyMc
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml waxed bottle into a The Bruery branded short stemmed tulip glass

Pours a hazy dark amber capped by a light beige one and half finger head. Great retention especially considering this is a barrel-aged brew, little to no lacing. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and booze on the nose. Toffee, caramel, cashews, vanilla, bourbon immediately. Finishes with oak, bourbon, nutty caramel notes, and abundant warming alcohol. Full body, syrupy and smooth. Gentle carbonation. An excellent BA old ale; a sipper with very prevalent bourbon booziness. Exceptional now, however after a few years of cellaring I see this brew doing nothing but improving.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:40:02 | More by chanokokoro
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Lucho

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dense beautiful dark brown that is non translucent. with a vigorous pour there is a one finger head that foams up and dissipates in 60 seconds. All that remains is a perfect light tan ring around the glass.

Smell: Bourbon! but wait, there are some sweet caramel note with bourbon soaked figs and dates. There is tons of vanilla also and then with a decent swirl of the glass I get some alcohol burn but not too much considering.

Taste: Bourbon all the way. Its like drinking a thick carbonated bourbon. Then there is the sweet vanilla and lots of it. You can tell this is a bourbon beer with all the characters of a good bourbon. There is not so much dark fruits in the taste but there is caramel. surprisingly not much alcohol burn on this one. It drinks smooth considering. But the more I drink it there is an alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: nice and heavy, not too thick. The bourbon and vanilla sit on your tongue and beg you to take another sip. The only down side is the carbonation is mostly gone.

Overall: This is an awesome beer. I usually don't love barrel monsters but this is a great one. The price tag is the only problem at $32. oh well, its the bruery. A must try IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 06:49:41 | More by Lucho
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

I've been trying to share this beer since at least around the Fourth of July, and I finally got to do it. Lord. This stuff pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose brings to mind an image of a cinnamon roll drizzled generously with molten caramel, all with a glass of bourbon on the side to wash it down. A bit of boozy heat exists, but not much. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of oak, some applejack, and some extra booze for the sake of it. For once, the heat, though strong, doesn't really detract all that much from the enjoyment process. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a damn fine beer, one that was worth the wait for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 02:25:25 | More by TMoney2591
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