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Fruet - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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616 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 616
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is exactly the same with a slight alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer and I think it is definitely the best blend of the anniversary series so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:10:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery

Murky dark amber/mahogany color with a small tan head. Rich bourbon and vanilla aromas, plenty of dark fruit, and amazing sugar character. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Taste is super sweet and sugary, but the bourbon and oak notes keep it in check to an extent. Great vanilla and dark fruit character. Super rich and full in body.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 22:00:46 | More by womencantsail
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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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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Reserve Society. Served in a Bruery tulip, shared with Amyliz4. The appearance is a dark caramel with a thin, bubbly head that very quickly dissipates.

Nose is incredibly smooth and full of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Flavor adds some caramel sweetness. Super rich and creamy. The flavor has a bit of tannin and alcohol toward the finishi, but is otherwise quite nice. Overall, this is quite excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 15:29:04 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brown in color. It poured with a layer of large bubbles covering the surface and left a collar around the edge.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bourbon in the nose along with some hints of fruit and sweetness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is somewhat more complex with notes of caramel, fruit and oak.
M: It feels rather full-bodied on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a lot of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong and is one that needs to be slowly sipped, although if you wait for the beer to warm up the flavor really begins to develop. It’s a nice beer to close out the night with.

Note: Bottle #644

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 02:34:03 | More by metter98
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is pretty amazing. Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is dark brown and clear with a lazy but nice tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is great, bourbon, heat, malt, wonderful.

Beer is nice, easy drinking, smooth going down. LIke all the anniversary beers available, this beer is wonderful. Nice heat without being boozy, nice mouthfeel, not too thick, nice sweetness without being cloying. I love anniversary time of year, every year. I will definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 15:20:16 | More by drabmuh
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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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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Share with rudzud as part of our RS membership.

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 13:18:09 | More by jlindros
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Halcyondays

California

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours brown with a creamy medium off-white head, good thick lace.

S: Gorgeous barrel character and vanilla, amontillado sherry, molasses, gobs of caramel. Fantastic.

T: Oaky vanilla malt with a lot of complexity. Semi-sweet overall, heavy caramel, brown sugar.

M: Full-bodied, soft carbonation, certainly hot at times but never distracts from the beer like it did with Coton.

O: The best fresh of the anniversary beers from these guys, the solera system is really starting to round out the beers and making them much more approachable fresh. Just straight up tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 00:17:08 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 13:24:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/18/12 notes. Got a few bottles of this frmo the Reserve Society, split my first bottle with jslot38. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky reddish-brown color with one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, sweet dark fruits, toffee, caramel malts, molasses, wood, vanilla, sugar, and roasted malts. Very nice mix of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and sweet fruit; awesome nose.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, bourbon, oak, caramel malts, toffee, wood, sugar, molasses, vanilla, roasted malts, and toasted malts. Sweeter than the nose and more sweet dark fruits and less vanilla. Very nice, though I like the nose a touch more.

m - Full bodied and low carbonation, the body is very smooth and creamy. For an ABV of 15.5% ABV it is extremely easy to drink. The alcohol is there, but feels like 9-10%.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot and think it's the second best anniversary beer I've had, aside from 100% BA Cuir. Tons of bourbon, toffee, and sweet dark fruits which blend very well together. If you like sweet thick beers definitely seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:57:55 | More by mdfb79
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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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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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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out right before the Sonnen/Silva II fight. Not exactly the Here We Go the fight sponsors envisioned. Dark brown and red, relatively decent appearance of the head, sure its thin, but its more than was expected of a beer of this nature, dark mocha like head, small bubbles. Aroma, big time roast, alcohol, barrel, molasses, vanilla.

Taste, decadent. While a big sipper, it isn't super challenging, the vanilla and oak come out bigger, sweetness helps cover up some of the beer's massive strength. Dark fruit is smooth, not bitter or offputting in its forthrightness. Brown sugar, how come you taste so good? Mild leather component that is a good thing. Bourbon, toffee and caramel just in the right proportions. All melds together so well, just like Voltron I guess.

The bottle shop chain here kept pricing these at $18.99 and I kept buying them. While its great fresh, who knows what happens with time to them. I'm really doing my best to break these out at almost every special occassion, but its difficult sometimes, because you better bring at least 2 friends to drink this beer. Its huge, and delicious. Best of the anniversary series yet, and that is saying something.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 23:49:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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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

02-08-2013 00:17:20 | More by beerthulhu
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man, what a nightcap!

The beer is dark auburn with a thin off white collar.

The aroma is pleasant, offering malt, oak, booze, fruit, bourbon, toffee, caramels, oh my, what is taking place here?!?

The flavor follows suit, with a wonderful assault of flavors. The Bruery seems to have the recipe for 15%+ abv old ales / barleywines down pat. Wow. Go Patrick, wif yo bad self. A tad sweet, but never cloying. A barrage of tastes, to include toffee, oak, booze, bourbon, brandy perhaps. One could hurt thyself if left unattended with this beer.

Medium bodied with a warming alcohol finish. moderately low carbonation.

Delicious. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 03:33:28 | More by Huhzubendah
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 23:45:37 | More by smakawhat
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HopHead84

California

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/29/2012

On tap at Stone.

A: Swamp water brown with a slight reddish tinge. Finger of beige froth that lingers for a minute.

S: A burst of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Light wood notes accompany treacle, maple, and brown sugar. Earthy and lightly boozy with a little coconut and dark chocolate. Date and plum are evident. Incredibly rich and aromatic.

T: Vanilla brown sugar cookie with loads of caramel and a little fudge. Bourbon is very strong but alcohol is well hidden. Toffee blends with an upper low earthy bitterness. Very decadent. 

M: Full body with lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is thick, sticky, chewy, and smooth with lots of alcohol warming.

Overall: Very good. If you liked the other barrel aged anniversary beers you'll like this, and if you didn't like them this won't change your mind. A perfect beer for sipping or chugging.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2012 15:02:49 | More by HopHead84
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #644

A: Pours a murky dark mahogany in color. The beer has a half finger tall dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is all bourbon - caramel and toffee sweetness with oak, vanilla, and burnt sugar. Moderate amounts of alcohol present in the aroma of this beer as well. There are very light hints of light fruits which show up as the beer warms.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by the flavors of bourbon - sweetness is contributed by malts with the flavors of caramel and toffee with some light fruits as well. There are lighter elements of bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar, and oak in the taste as well. Moderate hints of alcohol is present.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Makes a great pairing with dessert after a meal - matches really well with rich chocolate, very complementary flavors. You don't need a large pour of this beer and it is one meant to be very slowly sipped over quite a bit of time... Would probably be great with a cigar sitting by a fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:16:54 | More by dbrauneis
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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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largadeer

California

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle that has been open for a couple days and allowed to breathe a bit. Served around 58F.

Appearance: Rust colored, muddy, almost opaque. Pours with a thin head that doesn't stick around long. Very leggy, almost syrupy, when swirled.

Smell: Dates, maple syrup, molasses and vanilla matched by leathery oxidation and a touch of cocoa. Slightly vinous and port-like. Bourbon is evident and lends a bit of heat. Pretty spectacular aroma on this beer. It's sweet, but not excessively so - the sweetness seems toned down compared to 100% barrel aged Cuir.

Palate: Rich creamy caramel and vanilla, maple syrup and a touch of molasses. Solera blending has really worked in this beer's favor; the high level of oxidation balances out the sweetness, lending flavors of leather, cocoa and sherry. The mouthfeel is full and silky with low carbonation. Alcohol is surprisingly restrained. Tannins and alcohol dry out the finish a bit.

Overall: Another impressive anniversary ale, which at this point is the best thing The Bruery is making as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 05:24:58 | More by largadeer
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 21:47:10 | More by bluejacket74
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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

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Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.