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Fruet - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

617 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 617
Reviews: 126
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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kojevergas

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a small generic glass at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, California. Reviewed from notes. I decided to give The Bruery a third or fourth chance after being pissed off many times about their overrated garbage beers that cost an arm and a leg. I keep hoping they have something good to offer other than Black Tuesday, and I keep discovering they do not. Expectations were thus low but strangely hopeful. Cost was $7.50 plus tax and tip (ouch).

Paired with barbecue and sweet potato fries.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a nontransparent dark red. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Tart fruit, cream, yeast, booze, and chocolate. A moderate strength aroma. I don't detect bourbon.

T: Tart fruit, booze, cream, and poorly handled mild hops. Badly balanced and built. Foul cherry - as though spoilt - comes through. A bland yeast note is present. Not complex or subtle. Far too boozy, ruining the balance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and of okay thickness. Carbonation is okay but inadequate to support the flavours (which may be a good thing...). Doesn't suit the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. Certainly not a beer I'd get again. Doesn't hide its ABV really at all. A low quality beer. Overpriced. This is their anniversary offering? Really?

D+

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 22:23:27 | More by kojevergas
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

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

Poured into a Founders tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy dark caramel/brown. Small tan head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Lost of candied sugar, molasses, figs, caramel, bourbon, some mild vanilla and oakiness in there too.

Taste: Basically the same as the nose. The bourbon and oakiness really linger in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Viscous. The beer grabs hold of your mouth and really sticks the favors to them. Only mild carbonation.

Overall: This is one intense beer. Each of the flavors and smells is very intense. Personally I like them to blend together a bit more, but thats just my personal feelings. I feel like this will age very well and smooth off some of the rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 03:11:51 | More by stereosforgeeks
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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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effyeaAB

New York

3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My very first review on here so this is pretty cool since I'm reviewing this particular beer.

A: Murky brown color, like burnt caramel, very viscous looking on the pour. I poured it into a wine goblet from up high so there was a slight head that formed but that went away within seconds and settled to a light light brown film that continued to fade away after a minute or two.

S: Amazing! Lots of raisins, figs, cinnamon (more than likely the booze aroma). It was like smelling a fruit cake made exclusively of dark fruits then dipped in a vat of bourbon and yes I love that aroma so the 4.5 on the score is well deserved.

T/M: Just as I assumed from the appearance, it's thick, it's heavy and just flat out gnarly. Super hot on the way down, could benefit from a little cellaring but it's very tasty fresh, after all it's a 15.5% beer these are things that are to be expected after all.

O: Great beer from Bruery, I've never had any of their Anniversary beers before granted I do have a bottle of Cuir that I've refused to open until I had someone to share it with but my gal got us this and today was the perfect to open it. I don't know how much longer they can continue to make these beers b/c I'm thinking that they have to be running out of the Papier and Coton, right? But as long as they keep making them I'll keep drinking them.

Also... That 15.5% wasn't a typo... Wow...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 19:30:05 | More by effyeaAB
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a good temperature with a small, foamy, light tan head that settled out quickly and no lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy amber brown. Aroma is a very volatile blend of malt, dark ripe fruit, yeast, wine. Flavor's like nose with sweet on top followed with equal proportions of bitter and carbonic tang. Very rich and intense. Body is huge; can't imagine taking a huge mouthfull, but this has a few soft points mixed in with great carbonation for perfect mouth sensory values. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and without the sense of the power. A great sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 21:46:25 | More by drpimento
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xenjoiii

New York

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

Bottle 08337 into HFS stemware.

A: Poured a dark brown/deep mahogany with a finger of tan head that receded into a thick film around the walls of the glass.

S: Molasses, bourbon, toffee and tiny bit of heat

T: Heavy butterscotch notes followed by mellow toffee character. Tons of bourbon in the finish.

M: Thick and syrupy. Light carbonation.

O: Good? Yes. Worth the price tag? No. Despite the high price, if you a fan of BBA Old Ales, this is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:19:48 | More by xenjoiii
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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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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 Bottle. I'm really excited/nervous to try this.

A-dark brown. looks quite murky. thin tan head

S-very strong smelling!! thick dark caramel and a lot of dark fruits. quite boozy. definitely has the bourbon barrel aspect to it.

T-comes in with a very thick flavor, the same as it smells except with a bit more of bourbon flavor. it's a wonderful flavor and is very smooth. the alcohol hardly touches the tongue. matching after-taste with mostly caramel. it's all very smooth.

M-thick low carbonation with a wet finish

O-considering the ABV, this is about as smooth as it gets. Truly the taste itself is just okay. it's definitely complex but the flavors themselves are just mediocre. Really the only thing I have to really complain about is the fact that I spent $30 for this bottle. I always put down big bucks for Bruery beer, and most of the time it's for beers that I've had multiple times. For me, you really can't put a price on trying a new one, I'll pretty much pay whatever it takes...but that doesn't mean I'll ever buy another bottle. For this beer, I definitely will not. I'm glad I tried this to kill the suspicion, I'll even finish the bottle with a smile, but I can find many other better ways to drop $30 next time I go to the store.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:04:00 | More by AdamBear
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing to help it get a grade; otherwise I generally use "Hads" these days.

Pours thick dark brown with a khaki head that quickly fades. Looks inviting.

Nose is all sweet dark chocolate, roasted grains, sherry, molasses and sweet dried stone fruits.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy but not thick. Pleasant mouth with a rich quality.

Flavor profile is heavy sherry and molasses. There are notes and tones of dried stone fruit, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and roasted grain. There is a pretty good undertond of bourbon and apricot liquor. Can taste the alcohol but not a bad thing and does not detract.

Finish is heavy sherry and molasses.

All in all this a complex effort and one that may well be good with several food profiles, especially roasted meats and some desserts. Can also be a sipper. Tasted at room temperature al of this beers character really came through.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 05:16:35 | More by GRG1313
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of bourbon and oak notes, as well as a good bit of maple. The flavor is very similar. The maple and bourbon notes really come through up front. Unlike the non-barrel-aged version of this beer I have tried (Papier), the alcohol is not well hidden. I also get some vanilla and caramel malt notes, as well as a hint of dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 02:56:26 | More by Mora2000
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to bigsippin for helping me out. Bottle #09973.

4.0 A: Murky dark brown color. Two fingers of tan, creamy/frothy head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a beer so massive and a very short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Not nearly as bourbon forward as I remembered 100% Cuir to be, but no issues as it still smells great. Like many a Bruery beer, this one is quite sweet. Caramel, molasses, and a bit of toffee. Big raisin and date character with lesser amounts of tobacco, plum, and currants. Tons of brown sugar. Bourbon contributes a well received leather foremost with earthiness, oak, and vanilla secondary. Oh yeah, and the booze is very well hidden. Very nice.

4.0 T: The taste is as intense as the nose. Big brown sugar, big raisin, big tobacco, big caramel, big molasses, big toffee, big plum. Dates, currants, leather, oak, and vanilla secondarily. This is supremely sweet, so sipping this is requisite. I dare say it's too sweet, but it still tastes pretty good. This has rounded off its edges over the years while maintaining potency. It's also boozy, but it's not overly boozy. Rather, it's what you'd expect at 15.5%.

4.0 M: Heavy body. Good mellow carbonation. Good creaminess. I would have given this a higher score if the excess sugar didn't cause amylase aggregates at the back of my throat.

3.5 D: This beer is definitely maturing. Solera FTW. However, it's still sweet as hell and probably always will be. It's a good sipper, though, especially if you're in the mood for a sweeter brew. Glad I bought a few extra.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 23:49:59 | More by DavoleBomb
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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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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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FosterJM

California

4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1307th Review on BA
Draft to Libbey
6oz

@Bruery Provisions

App- A very cloudy ruddy brown/red with high density. Not a head per se but some khaki bubbles. Decent stick as it slid down the glass.

Smell- Has a lot of malty sweet notes behind it. Still a bit young. Creamy raisins and plums without a trace of the booze. Missing the oak and vanilla of the barrel as per the earlier ano series as well.

Taste- Still a bit young and fresh but incredibly drinkable. The ABV is completely hidden on this one. The flavor profile is more of a quad as well. Still a little bit of caramel with a large dark fruit note with zero burn. Still a touch cold and as warms had more of a creamy flavor.

Mouth- A large medium body with a medium thick carbonation at points. Fruity residual with a touch of cream on it.

Drink- Its very tasty. I didnt like it as much as Cuir and I believe this one needs a little bit of time (I hope it does well. Papier isnt holding up particularly well right now)

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 21:43:18 | More by FosterJM
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep red with no head with bits of light passing through, decent lacing. Nose is full of molasses and brown sugar with hints of vanilla. Bourbon is somewhat subdued, however the boozieness is present. The taste starts sugary sweet and takes on fruity notes of figs and plums. Finish is warming and features some bourbon, primarily vanilla. Body is heavy and mildly carbonated.ots of flavor here, a sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 00:24:33 | More by homebrew311
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml into a duvel glass.

A: deep brown with hints of ruby and slightly toffee colored finger and a half of head that dissapates nicley into a film... Not much lacing. A deep and delicious looking brew.

S: sweet dark fruits and alcohol are my first whiff impressions here. Caramel and sweet apple, raisins, toffee, prune,brown sugar, dark chocolate, the burbon is present as well, with notes of vanilla and a hint of lightly toasted coconut... This brew smells thick, sticky and complex, I really enjoy all the aromas here, although the beer does smell like its going to be a sweet one!

T: deffinatly sweet And boozy are my first impressions, much like the nose, caramel and toffe, raisins, prune, brown sugar, dark chocolate, I feel like the burbon character takes it a step up from the nose providing a nice toasty oak and loads of vanilla and burbon flavor, but not an overwhelimg amount.... It seems to bring nice balance.

M: oily, syrupy and viscous.... Full bodied and a deffinate sipper, low carbonation that works nicely here. Dry on the finish.

O: a good brew with some serious complexity and depth. A bit on the sweet side for me, but a great brew all the same. Really glad I for to try this... Was super pumped to here the bruery was putting out all 100% for this years anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:21:34 | More by PeterIngemi
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Arbitrator

California

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. I picked this up on a recommendation (from largadeer, of all people -- you'd think I would learn to ignore him after he proclaims everything "amazing"). Opened during a screening of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with my coworkers.

A: Pours a reddish-chestnut body with a surprising amount of large-bubbled beige head. My coworker, who has been frothing at the mouth for more King Henry since I shared one with him a long time ago, remarked, "This looks like King Henry!"

S: Rich, caramelly bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, even dark fruits. My concern with this beer was that the dark fruit component would be treacly and overpowering as it was in one of the previous vintages, but it is not; they dialed it back for this batch. Raj, my eloquent coworker, remarked, "This smells like King Henry!"

T: This is kind of what I imagine a bourbon liqueur to taste like; it has that rich, caramelly, vanilla-touched barrel flavor with base beer characteristics of molasses, brown sugar, figs, and raisins. To say it is sweet is an understatement, but the beer deals with it pretty well (see below). Raj, to my amusement, pronounced that "This tastes like King Henry, but not as good!"

M: Rich, oily, and slick. The beer is overly tannic (oak and the skins of raisins and figs) and has a pronounced astringency in the finish; but it needs this, I think, to deal with the sugar -- and it needs the sugar, I think, to deal with the booze. And it needs the booze, I believe, to justify the price. It's all connected. Anyway, the sugar produces a strong burn (not to be confused with alcohol heat), and the tannins create astringency in the finish. This is definitely a weak spot of the beer.

O: I didn't expect to like this as much as I did, even though it was waxed. I figured, Bruery + expensive would give me license to hate on this in unlimited quantity. But... I really enjoyed it, and so did everyone else. Unanimously the hit of the tasting.

And no, it doesn't really smell or taste like King Henry, but for people looking for a quick fix, this is a passable substitute. I raise my glass to you, Patrick Rue, and utter a solemn, "Candi sugar" in your general direction.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 05:41:41 | More by Arbitrator
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Holland

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with minimal head, very thick looking

S: bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, roasted sugar

T: very sweet, but full of dark fruit character with tons of caramel sweetness along with wood flavor, which wasn't as prominent as I thought it would be.

M: thick, well carbonated, but thick and sticky

O: only the sweetness is keeping this from a much better score. Amazing that the barrel is so wonderful for the beer, but doesn't take too much away from the regular old ale flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 01:04:21 | More by Holland
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of head. Poor retention and lacing, but the beer is 15.5%.

S: Strong bourbon with a ton of toffee and caramel. Very intense, very nice.

T: Very sweet, caramel comes out upfront with a very nice bourbon character. Coconut, dark fruits - the bourbon comes out so well in this.

M: On the thick side with low carbonation.

O: Very sweet, very big, but very good. The bourbon comes through amazingly in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 16:14:15 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a velvety mahogany / chestnut tone; with a somewhat aggressive pour yields a finger of frothy beige head. modest retention and lacing. bold, assertive nose delivers ample doses of bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit. very sweet but deliciously complex smelling beer.

rich, sweet, and complex flavor follows right along those lines: tons of the aforementioned notes, from the bourbon and toffee to the vanilla and dark fruit characters, it's all there. booze is there as well but relatively well-hidden for a 15.5% monster. the sweetness is an impact player, especially as the beer warms - though thankfully never quite makes it into the dreaded cloying realm (although it teeters on the brink). thick, velvety, full-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a very flavorful and tasty beer. again, my biggest criticism would be that it's a bit too sweet for my preference, but in small doses it's very enjoyable. moreover, i don't think it's worth the $37 this bottle cost.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 22:38:18 | More by BostonHops
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fathers day present for me from my wife. Pours a dark caramel color. Not much head, but a bit of crackles from the carbonation. Smells BIG! Lots of alcohol, bourbon a bit of caramel and dark fruit. Taste is big bourbon. The base beer is hidden because of too much bourbon, but I like it. Full mouthfeel, smooth yet harsh. Overall, this needs a ton of time. Like, 2 years at least. Very good still, because I like bourbon heavy beers. However, with a few years, I think things will blend together better instead of being one big hot mess.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:58:16 | More by 1Adam12
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with friends and poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a mahogany color that is cloudy with lighter yellow hints around the edges. A tan head fades down to a thin film with big bubbles holding around the edges.

The smell is packed with full on barrel character. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, booze. burnt sugars and bready grain. Coconut through the middle gives way to a mildly oxidized touch with some raw woodiness being the last characteristic noted.

The taste is initially of burnt sugars; toffee, caramel, vanilla, molasses, some oak and hints of oxidation. Some coconut flavoring and tangy whiskey accented alcohol emerge as the brew warms. Overall there is quite a bit of residual sugar masking the alcohol that really doesnt start to make itself known until it warms up.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is an awesome sipper with huge barrel presence that I found to be excessively enjoyable. A touch of oxidation breaks up the sweetness an once warm starts to become quite boozy. Highly recommended but not something to be had everyday considering the price point on these.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 18:02:30 | More by stakem
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RandomBattle

New York

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bruery tulip (Yay!).

Appearance - Pours a deep dark amberish brown, very close to black but less opaque. Nice 1 finger off white head that hangs around for only a few sips. Pretty but not impressive.

Smell - Barrel aged Bruery beers seem to have a very distinct and similar aroma that I notice in each one. Going beyond that it smells of sweet dark fruits, some light oak toast, and some very light cocoa.

Taste - Again with the dark fruits but mixed with some delicious caramel and toffee flavors surrounded by a gentle bourbon oaky sweetness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Soft and easy going, it's an excellent sipper with only the slightest trace of alcohol and an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall - I have, probably, enjoyed this beer the most out of their previous Anniversary beers, maybe because of the full on barrel aging? I'm looking forward to aging and drinking more of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 20:21:17 | More by RandomBattle
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- Bottle#16855. Labels claims contains alcohol. 15.5% to be exact. 100% barrel aged. Sampled between 58f-64f as recommended.

A: Strong carbonation presence within a coal black body. Bready dark khaki head sits a finger high and stays the course eventually settling to a creamy milky covering.

S: Big wiff of burbon upon uncapping. Burbon tones are very evident with some prunes, sweet dark fruit and black coffee. Licorice and anise hints also come about.

T: Boozy burbon, you feel the entire 15.5%abv on this one. Creamy coffee, sweet dark fruit and some toffee sweetness. Silky vanilla laced roast, incredibily smooth with some licorice and anise and burnt grain sweetness. Sweet figs, molasses and sugary raisins only add to the sweetness of this drink which is a bit overpowering at times.

M: Silky smooth texture, incredibly smooth velvety, medium bodied with a warming of burbon and dark fruit sweetness.

O: The label states this contains alcohol, and that is an understatement. This beer shows its alcohol and sweet nature at an early age, only wish i had a bottle to age of which the label claims suitable for decades. Very sweet and boozy, must drink at recommended temp and consider splitting with a friend. Slow sipper alone and very sweet.

Serving type: bottle

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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

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