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Fruet - The Bruery

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 725
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 2.94%
Wants: 219
Gots: 411 | FT: 30
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Unlike previous anniversary beers, ALL Fruet is 100% bourbon barrel-aged.
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Photo of ThickNStout
4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750mL bottle from Luekens Liquors (on line). 31.99. No bottling date but it is their 2012 Anniversary beer. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a beautiful deep murky brown with a quarter finger dark cream head. The head maintains a nice ring around the beer and actually leaves a spot or two of occasional lace. It's a beauty.

Wow! It's rare that a beer smells so great even as the cap is coming off. An explosion of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee and rich dark fruits. Every whiff reveals more that I want to come back for. Fantastic.

Holy crap! My nose wasn't lying. The flavors deliver and then some. Layers of bourbon, vanilla, brandied dates, toffee, caramel, raisin, earthy oak, sweet cashews, toasted grains, faint citrus peel and of course a bit of booze. My description can't possibly do justice to the myriad of outstanding flavors going on. As in the nose, every sip reveals more that I can enjoy. No doubt there is alcohol in there but it goes down incredibly easily for such high abv.

Wonderful syrupy heavy feel with just enough carbonation to keep it from seeming dull. The booze has a nice tickling burn towards the back of the tongue. Sweet boozy toffee finish.

Outstanding in every aspect. By far the best old ale I've ever had and one of the 2 best beers I've had from The Bruery. So rich and complex. Is it expensive? Sure, but I've been happy with plenty of beers a third of the price that aren't nearly a third as good. Well worth the expense in my opinion and I'm thrilled to have another to lay down for a while. (1,550 characters)

Photo of shuntstout
4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Consumed 2/9/13 we poured this beer into a Rogue Santa's Private Reserve flute.
Appearance: is a deep brown with a nice ruby red shining through at the bottom of the glass. Head was very little and dissipated quickly but was toffee colored while it lasted.
Smell: Wow that smells delicious! From the bottle its oak, vanilla and dark fruits battling. Poured into the glass the aroma destroys and I get more oak with an intense bourbon/fudge blast that is just mind blowing!
Mouthfeel: I think its a wee bit thin because of the alcohol percentage but it is almost spot on. Fuck my life this is a good brew!
Taste: At 15.5% this beer is "slammable" with a pleasant burst of booze to set it off. ABV is definitely not an issue I could drink this all day if it wasn't actually 15.5%. Nuttiness is very pronounced with a young sherry or port finish. Not overwhelming like Utopias or anything its really balanced and delicious.
Overall: We threw a splash of it on each of our 3 Filet Mignons that we were pan searing... This is the most outstanding BB Old Ale I have ever had, I can't believe the %, the $ and the flavor. Will definitely be seeking out more of these and you should too!
Thank you Bruery (1,200 characters)

Photo of Netdigger2
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a deep brown with an off white head and had a bunch of lacing.

The smell has a bunch of caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla notes, with traces of fresh fudge. It smells very rich.

The taste is caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla and has a decadence that I've very rarely ever experienced.

The carbonation is on the lower side, but enough to keep the mouthfeel on the medium side and highlight the beauty of this beer.

Absolutely fantastic! ISO. (455 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml into snifter.

A - Brown with copper highlights.

S - Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit. Boozy.

T - Bourbon, caramel, and vanilla dominate with hints of cherry, bread, and molasses. Complex and very delicious.

M - Incredibly creamy and smooth. Full bodied, low carbonation, warming alcohol.

O - One of the best beers ever. Not only is it a great example of the old ale style, but it has distinct character and a great balance of flavors. Very drinkable at 15.5% ABV. (482 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a caramel color with reddish hues and rocky yet minimal tan head. The head quickly fades leaving a mere dose of bubbles and spotty lacing.

S: Holy dark fruits; figs, raisins, plums. Caramel, toffee, wood and bourbon. A very stikging beer on the nose bu man was it plesant.

T: A tsunami of booze soaked figs and raisins greet the taste buds initially, followed by a wash of heat, caramel, toffee, loads of sugar, waves of molasses, vanilla, Earth, wood and more sticky sugar. The finish is hot, stikcy yet decadent and oh so tasty.

M: Lower carbonation but big bodied, just right for the style. Loads of flavor whop the palate minites after tasting, mouthfeel is warming, sweet and I almost dont want to swallow.

O: Probably the bst Bruery beer I have consumed to date. The style was on point and the barrel again was fantastic! Damn was this good. (862 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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!! (1,211 characters)

Photo of Brandywine
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep brown verging into red, sunset orange and then golden yellow. Poured a thin head that's the exact same color as the golden beige wax on the bottle. Huge alcohol legs. Tight bubbled lacing stays around the rim.

Smell: Rum soaked apples baked in brown sugar, bourbon, caramel, raisins, dark fruits, fig, clover honey. Absolutely no booze at all!

Taste: Honey, caramel, toffee, brown sugar baked apples. There's a surprising apple tartness that acts as an amazing counterbalance to the sweetness. No booze in the flavor either. The end of the tongue has a sweet but subtly off sweet grapefruit, orange or lime citrus note drizzled in honey. As it warms up the dark fruit and bourbon really explode, maybe black cherries. As it approaches room temperature it picks up brandy characters with the bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Definitely full but not cloying.

Overall: This is one of the most rich and decadent beers I've ever had. Super complex but somehow balanced between epic sweetness and subtle tartness and huge alcohol that doesn't even register in the flavor profile. (1,085 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Windmill Farms
San Diego, CA

Liquified caramel and toffee in a glass with a moderately-sized (surprising!) dark brown head that fades away relatively quickly to become a thin ring atop the beer. Leaves irregular spots and long splotches of stick down the glass. A gorgeous barrel-aged old ale.

Lots of caramels and melted toffee candies collide in the aroma, along with chocolate covered cherries and raisins, rich butterscotch; compelling, integrated, rich bourbon and barrel, with a very mild vanilla presence, and just a hint of alcohol warmth. Staggering.

Sweet toffees, caramel, raisins, bourbon, alcohol warmth, and oak combine for a supreme drinking experience. This is rich, coating, complex, evolving, and simply delicious. I'm not sure I've had a better example of a barrel-aged old ale.

Medium-full body with a coating, creamy, yet low carbonation. Appropriately rich and decadent.

Perhaps The Bruery's best barrel-aged beer yet (that I've had the pleasure of tasting). (1,001 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the generous state of Wisconsin for importing The Bruery stuff, even in small quantities. Picked up this massive beer with the massive price tag a week or so after the release, only a couple left on the shelf. Could only pull the trigger on one for the ransom demanded. Let's hope it's good. 750ML, Bottle #92, split with my wife.

Pour is a dirty, rusty brown with surprising pop for a blended high Abv brew. Smells as lovely & complex as I imagined: bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, sweet malts. Lovely.

Freut comes wielding a frozen rope of bourbon - sinus-clearing, head-throbbing-in-the-morning, sweet-vanilla bourbon. Huge vanilla & bourbon break through the front window & all else is a misty afterthought. Great caramel squares, then to the nose with plenty of molasses, brown sugar, & sweet base. Drying honey, oak, & shriveled fruit on the back end. Then the lovely vanilla/bourbon combo takes over like a vote-seeking politician.

This. Fucking. Rocks. Bourbon, great, vanilla, great, complexity, great, subtleties, great. Hands-down the best new beer I've had a lot of sipping days. World-class beer. I should have bought two. (1,160 characters)

Photo of chrisrose30
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, thanks to the local Davis Nugget for having this in stock! Couldn't believe they had it.

Upon pouring the beer into a tulip glass, I can see an almost oily viscosity instead of lacing, and the head dissipates quickly. The beer is a hazy orange-brown color, very beautiful. On the nose, there are hints of bourbon, fruity sugar, and raisins. Truly delightful.

The taste is wonderful, but this beer isn't messing around. It borders on a sweet bourbony mess, but skirts that line with a complexity of flavors - there isn't only sweetness here, but rum, raisin, plum, and a myriad of other flavors that mellow out the alcohol. God this is great - it almost doesn't taste like a beer, but a port of some sort. Very good.

Overall, if you haven't tried this, it's worth the 30 bucks to pick one up. For its style, it is definitely worth it. (850 characters)

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A) Ruby Brown and clear. Light brown foam, normal buubles, and quickly disappears. No lacing on the side of the glass, more like an oily sheen.

S) Raisins and sweet sherry are the first flavors I detected. The sugary notes could be lots of things: caramel or toffee, brown sugar or molasses...name it and it's probably here. Definitely get the bourbon barrels with big vanilla and booze. Super seductive.

T) It's sweet, but more of a fruit sourced sugar. There's a quick off-set to the sweetness from, I don't know maybe semi-sweet cocoa. No doubt there's alcohol heat, but it's mitigated by a huge cacophony of flavors. It's thick, but that's to be expected.

O) In the league of big, big brews, this is Fruet holds it's own. These beers are by design complex, but this brew takes the layers of flavors to the max. Bottle says it could be aged for a decade or more, I would love to have a case to try through the years. One word in sum-up, outstanding. (955 characters)

Photo of ao125
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is just a brilliant beer. I think my favorite from 2012. I think at one point I said I wanted this beer to have my babies. I still stand by that. The only kicker is the price tag, at around $30 a bottle, give or take - depending on where you find it.

A: Pours a chestnut brown with a finger of head, that dissipates quickly.

S: Big vanilla, oak, bourbon, and stone fruits

T: Tastes exactly like how it smells, and it's glorious. It's sweet, bordering on cloying - but everything about this beer is so over the top, that it works.

M: Thick, chewy, and mouth-coating. I wouldn't expect anything less.

O: Just, wow. Despite the high price, I bought six bottles of it to age and drink over the next few months. At 15.5% abv, this can only get better. (757 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle, big thanks to CKYnick01

Appearance: Cloudy, dark unfiltered brown. There's a tiny beige head but it recedes quickly, which is expected given the abv.

Smell: Barrel notes galore! Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, slight oakiness, brown sugar, candied fruits, toffee, sherry sweetness. Excellent.

Taste: Such a perfectly blended beer. Caramel and vanilla sweetness roll out, perfectly blended over a steady bourbon background. As they subside into the middle of the drink, candy sweetness creeps up on the tongue and spikes up on the palate. Immediately after, a bourbon punch to the tongue is felt and is tasted thereafter and into the finish, slowly fading out. There is a little bit of alcohol heat at the end (but much less than I expected), but this drinks so damn smooth for the abv. Wow.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation but that's to be expected of a high gravity beer. It's creamy and a pleasure to drink. Really smooth, again; this drinks like a Sherry.

Overall: This is the best old ale I've ever tasted. It is blended masterfully and drinks so smooth for the 15% abv; if I did a blindfolded taste test with this, I wouldn't even guess that it's over 10%. Just a very unique, and close to perfect beer. (1,223 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass around 57-58 degrees.

A very slow decant and tilt doesn't produce much head. What does is maybe 2-3mm tall but manages to always keep a tan collar (3.5). Some carbonation does come up and noticeable through a dark brown and mostly red body. Aggressive center punch pour gives VERY creamy top, uniform bubbles, and frothyness though looking much better (4).

Nose is truly wonderful. A great mix of malt caramel thickness and milky chocolate, hints of salt. No heat off this at all, but also a real nice sense of thickness coming, the beer feels big. THere's a faint hint of smoke but only after I go back to examine after tasting.

Taste is a big surprise. My first impression is cherry fruit, hinting of Flanders. Then out pops caramel and wonderful salt. Finish hits big and thick but controlled, warming pit in the stomach of booze but not in the back palate. Front has a nice tight carbonation, but an oh so nice creamy texture and feel. Malt caramel rich, fruit strong, warming milk. Chocolate angle though seems missing from the nose, but I don't care.

I am getting another to either just drink again or perhaps cellar and check out in a year. This is a big surprise from nose to palate. Great complicated and full of unique flavors, extremely impressive. Well done! I'd share but the bottle was gone easily... I want Fruet Single Barrel! (1,388 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle split three ways into wine glasses. Thanks to BA morningthief for sharing this with his wife and me.

Appearance: Pours a dark, semi-translucent chestnut. Not much head or lacing.

Smell: Oak barrel, raisins, almonds, molasses. Brown sugar. Very bold.

Taste: Toffee, powerful better-than-Bourbon-County-Stout barrel influence (vanilla, caramel, each very multidimensional), caramel, cookie dough, molasses. Light sweet prune flavor in the finish, along with some nice boozy heat. Not dry and not heavy, just rich and amazing.

Despite all the complex richness, it's bold and hot enough to avoid even approaching "too rich," and ends up coming off as "deep and decadent." Totally delicious. The Bruery anniversary beers get better every year.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Hot but not 15.5% hot. Low but sufficient carbonation.

Overall: I would drink this beer every day if I could. The anniversary beer blend has pretty much achieved perfection at this point. (984 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Red tinted murky brown with a brown ring of head. It's appearance isn't really a 4.25, but it's a damn good beer and I don't want that dragging my rating of it down.

S: Like an old ale. A delicious old ale. Dark fruit, plums, figs, chocolate, maybe peach, maybe raspberry, maybe strawberry (I don't remember it that vividly, but this is what I put in my notes), Vanilla and oak bourbon character, which is always nice, as well as that typical old smell (old yeast?) that you get in old ales. Again, it didn't smell that great, but the bourbon helped, and I don't want it dragged down for that.

T: The taste is what makes it such a great beer. Dark fruit and plums again, raisin, vanilla, oak, excellent bourbon character, molasses, and a bit of alcohol that cuts the sweetness and actually enhances the taste of the beer (I said in my notes it makes this a well balanced beast).

M: Full bodied, alcohol heat, but not too much (I do love my whiskey, so maybe I'm a bit numb to it), not overly carbonated or harsh.

O: It's a lot like North Coast's Old Stock Cellar Reserve. It's a delicious old ale, made more delicious by bourbon barrel aging, and it has excellent bourbon character. As of writing this, out of 615 beers I've had, this is number 10. I have to thank Agentmunky for sharing his bottle with me. Is it worth the $30+ pricetag? No, but get a bottle anyways. Get two. Age one. This beer is worthy of a try, if only once. (1,437 characters)

Photo of Juuroumaru
4.73/5  rDev +7%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened this baby up at our epic tasting last night.

Poured a murky, opaque tan/brown that did not look very appetizing. No obvious sediment, but simply murky. Off-white, short lived head. Very odd, since this bottle has not been disturbed for a while. Oh well, moving on. Very sweet, sweet, SWEET nose with huge notes of caramel, treacle, and a hint of molasses. Raisins and even a hint of gingerbread. Vanilla and more caramel here. Definitely getting a bunch of bourbon in the nose as well. The flavor is just as I described, but even more so. The bourbon flavors are abound during the entire experience. Finish is sweet and sticky. Nicely carbonated, big body to boot. Very nice find if you are into big, sweet beers. (721 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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Light fizzy fluffy head covering surprising for the abv, super dark molasses like no light coming through beer.

Nose, awwww, so good, dreamy, full of bourbon, vanilla, oak barrel, toasted oak, sweet caramel malts, toffee, light cocoa, chewy malts, barleywine-esque, brandy soaked raisins, plums, hint of booze, light bready malts, bread pudding, hint of booze, light pie like spices. Oh man so good.

Taste sweet! Sugar, fruit flavors, fig, date, raisin, etc in brandy and syrup. Chewy malts, darker malts, plenty of caramel, toffee, etc. Booze is heavy and hot, almost tingly, with hint of esters even. Light cocoa, vanilla, tons of bourbon, oak, toasty, etc. Cognac like raisin and fig, etc. Finish is pure awesomeness, vanilla, bourbon, light booze, brandy soaked raisin, light cocoa, caramel, toffee, hint of bitterness, toasty oak. I think I'll be sipping this for hours, not because it's boozy or syrupy, but because its so delicious and I just want to prolong the greatness as long as I can.

Mouth is velvet smooth with a heavy mouth, plenty of booze, decent carb for the overall beer.

Overall, gluuuggggmmmggggrrraahhhh!!! Just friggen delicious, I can almost feel it melting in my mouth as I go even. Damn so good! This is close to a desert island beer. (1,314 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split this with my wife tonight.

Served in a wine glass.

A: Poured a maroon color, VERY cloudy, without much head to speak of.... maybe a slight of white sillouette of a head.

S: Coconut bourbon scent which buried the fruit (isn't coconut a fruit?). My wife said it best: "Smells like a Kona Coffee coconut macaroon minus the coffee."

T: Tastes like a coconut macaroon, through and through. Not the fruit presence like "Cuir," not the booze of "Coton." Never tried Papier before. The sweetness gave it sort of a coconut pie-esque flair , along with an uber sweet "Chess Pie."

M: Sure, this was sweet, but it was so awesome in that respect. Dessert city! Only the slightest sliver of carbonation.

O: Is my review for this one going to be higher than "Cuir?" I guess I need to check that out now. Pretty awesome.... (820 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a cloudy, hazy strawberry brown with a nice off white head that lingers for quite a while.
S- Smells so complex, lots of caramel, burnt sugar, smoke, oak, apple cider and bourbon.
T- Wow, what a complex monstr of a beer. More like a cognac. Tons of sweet caramel, bourbon, brown sugar, juicy raisins and so much more. This beer is so complex it would take pages to desribe it. Lingering aftertaste make it a sipper for sure.
M- Feels thick and dense, sticky sweet and creamy.
O- Overall one of my favorite old ales and I can`t wait to get a vertical going. (565 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep ruby brown with tan head that slims down into a light fuzz

S: bourbon, brown sugar, caramel

T: sweet boozy dark fruity - reminded me more of an English barleywine than an old ale - this is a super-decadent bourbon beer

M: the sugars mask any astringency from the high abv completely, medium-weight feel, slightly sticky; sugary booze aftertaste

O: yes, an epic beer - but at $36 for the bottle? For aficionados, no doubt a must-buy; this is a bourbon-laced treat that's gonna be gone in the blink of an eye (518 characters)

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in to a Bruery tulip

A - flat caramel brown with very minimal carbonation present that disappears entirely after a couple minutes; minimal bubbly head that goes quick

S - fig; sugar; bourbon; oak; caramel; vanilla; sugared raisins; molasses; booze; this one hit me on the nose 2 feet away from the bottle when I popped the top

M - brown sugared dark fruits; dates; fig; caramel; molasses; vanilla; damn good bourbon; oak; butterscotch candy; as it warms, cotton candy

M - an easy-going full body; smooth; minimal carbonation; sticky like BCBS but not as; rich and sugar-coated

O - after a big night last night, I had no intention of opening up a 15.5% beer on a Sunday; however, I wanted to get excited about RS13 and hadn't had this beer; thankfully, I cracked this delicious number open and real happy I did. It's full of sugary, caramel, dark fruit tastiness with that bourbon-boozy focus in a smooth and creamy beer. With a little bit of snow falling and temps in the single digits, this is a perfect evening sipper. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,194 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottle #16237. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very sweet, the brew smells like maple, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, dark fruit and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like maple, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, dark fruit and some sweet booze. And it just seems to get better and better as the beer warms (I let the bottle sit out of the fridge for about 1/2 an hour before opening it). Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. For a brew that's 15.5% ABV, it's dangerously drinkable. I think this is an excellent overall brew, and I would love to drink one again sometime. However, it is pricey at $34.99 a bottle. (819 characters)

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Fruet from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.