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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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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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nataku00

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a mug. Beer is a dark reddish brown/mahogany with thin tan colored head that's barely there. Plenty of alcohol legs on this big beer.

Nose is great, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, leather, coconut, vanilla, oak.

Taste follows the nose, toffee and caramel forward, with some of the darker flavors and the barrel notes accenting. A bit boozy though, but somewhat expected.

Full body, sticky and sweet, with mild carbonation that's barely able to survive the high abv. Flavorful and rich beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 07:52:44 | More by nataku00
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on 2013-03-02 in Lititz, PA

A - Clear tan w short head that fades fast.

S - dark cherry, oak barrel, med roast malt

T - tart dark cherry, raisin, toffee, port, coconut, delicious

M - Heavy body light carb. Syrupy but alcohol dries it out nicely.

O - Top tier.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 19:16:08 | More by Tucquan
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle number 622. Served in a Founders snifter

Appearance: Murky looking brown in color. Very hazy. There was a thin, wispy coating of head along with a light tan collar around the edges of the glass.

Smell: The aroma hits you in the face from the second you pop off the cap. Lots of sweet bourbon and vanilla along with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits, with fig being the first that came to mind. I'm also getting hints of maple and butterscotch. Booze is present but not overpowering, and hidden extremely well for 15.5%

Taste: Follows the nose closely with notes more bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and fig. There's a noticeable coconut flavor in the taste that I wasn't getting in the aroma. This is also one of the sweetest beers I've had.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied. Sticky, slightly syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Alcohol heat is definitely noticeable.

Overall: Excellent barrel aged old ale from the Bruery. The star of this beer is definitely the aroma. I could just sit here and smell this beer all day. If you don't like sweet beers, you may want to stay away from this one, but otherwise I highly recommend seeking it out. I'd suggest splitting it with at least one other person as it does pack quite a punch.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:43:56 | More by Jonada
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:18:10 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:02:14 | More by ThickNStout
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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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shuntstout

New Mexico

4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 02:39:42 | More by shuntstout
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:18:01 | More by kirok1999
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.74/5  rDev +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....

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 00:49:35 | More by Chaney
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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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DmanGTR

New York

4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 18:56:38 | More by DmanGTR
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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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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured a pale yellowish brown in color with pale brown highlights and a thin head the left only a few bubbles of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of dark frutiness such as figs, plums and dates with good caramel, molasses brown sugar sweetness, plenty of bourbon booze heat, subtle burnt sugar but with vanilla notes.

T: lots of booze was very apparent on the palate on the first sip with great caramel, molasses, brown sugar sweetness alongside plenty of dark fruit, good bourbon barrel character, nice oaky wood accents, vanilla flavor and mild burnt sugar notes.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a very sweet, oaky woody, dark fruity, bourbon boozy and silky finish.

O: thought it was a solid old ale all around and was glad to finally get a chance to tick it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:57:02 | More by Gobzilla
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BierJager89

California

4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 18:50:00 | More by BierJager89
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 22:57:15 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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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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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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SkiBum22

New York

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

A - Pours hazy brown in color. Nice layer of large bubbles covering the surface and left a collar around the edge.

S - The smell is all fruit and bourbon, big cherry and plum mixing in with vanilla, oak, and hints of alcohol.

T - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, bourbon, oak, caramel malts, toffee, wood, sugar, molasses & vanilla. Sweeter than the nose for sure.

M - Full bodied with low to medium carbonation, extremely smooth and surprisingly easy drinking.

O - Amazing beer. I had this then a few months later I had Cuir 100% with a year on it. Both amazing beers and makes me really excited to see how this one ages. I somehow managed to drink this bottle by myself. It took a while but I enjoyed every sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 16:38:37 | More by SkiBum22
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened to close out 2012 and welcome in 2013... Bottle #00861... Cheers...

A - Two finger's worth of actively cascading, audibly fizzy, rich and dense dark khaki colored head... Decent retention... What remains is a mostly full veil of lacing and thin collar... The color is a slightly murky medium-to-dark mahogany... Some medium sized carbonation bubbles sit on the bottom of the tulip and the rest rise at a medium to quick pace towards the top of the glass...

S - The rich robust bourbon barrel aging notes are first and foremost... They are smooth and well rounded... A bit beneath the surface lies a malt bomb... Toffee... Caramel... Dark sweet desert breads... Molasses... Perhaps some dark fruit notes as well... Raisins mixed brown sugar... Fairly intoxicating...

T - Toffee and caramel... Caramel and toffee... The malty sweetness overtakes the boozey bourbon no the palate... Brown sugar notes... Raisins... Dark fruits... Some candied apple notes... Vanilla... The bourbon notes are ultra smooth, ultra rich and ultra satisfying...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... A bit chewy... There's smooth and smoother, but this may be the smoothest... Limited carbonation... Sleek... A bit sticky... An absolute pleasure...

D - Wow - I could nick name this brew "Captain Smooth..." It's like liquid seduction in a bottle... It's delectable and delicious in every facet... This one was worth every bit (and then some) of the inflated price I paid... I wish I could get by grubby little paws on some more... If you stumble across any - buy it... If you're sitting on a bottle - what are you waiting for? This is an excellent world class beer in every sense... Oh yeah, I almost forgot - It's a sipper...

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 03:05:17 | More by philbe311
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Lerxst

Florida

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 13757 poured into a tulip

A-Pours a murky, very dark brown. Hints of light coming through around the edges creating dark ruby highlights with a bubbly one finger beige head that receded quickly and left just a few spots of lace.

S-There is a lot going on here. Its tough to describe it all, but I'll give it a go. Ripe, dark fruit, toffee, caramel, molasses, bourbon, butterscotch, vanilla, brown sugar. A rich dessert type aroma permeates the nose. A cornucopia of decadent, rich goodness. Well done.

T-As with the nose, there is a lot going on here. Dark fruit-figs, plums, dates. Bourbon comes in mid palate but acts as a complement to the other flavors without trying to dominate. Some toffee, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla swirl around the taste buds with just a hint of boozy heat on the back end but I'd never guess this beer is 15.5%. All of these aspects work well together making this one an old ale to savor and sip. There is an ample sweetness that I suspected might become cloying but it never did. This beer just works!

M-Not quite full bodied but almost there with light carbonation that works well. Coats the palate, slick and somewhat creamy.

O-An excellent beer from the Bruery. This is a big, bold sipper perfect for cold nights. The nose and taste are very luxurious. This one was a pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 00:57:15 | More by Lerxst
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ehammond1


4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 00:53:49 | More by ehammond1
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bottle 15737 poured a thick syrupy mix into my Delirium tulip. Dark molasses caramel in color with a hug head that stuck around for most of the drink and had heavy settling at the edges within a few minutes.

S: Aroma of mixed toffee , plum, caramelized sugars, leather, tobacco, oak and bourbon. Lots of bourbon here on the 100 percent Barrel aged mix, more than I have tasted in the past from the other anniversary ales from The Bruery.

T: Wow there is really a good mix of bourbon in the mix here. I have not traditionally tasted this much bourbon in Coton or Cuir. There is a ton of leather and oak barrel up front along with sweet plum and dark fruit flavors and old ale yeast mixing together nicely. A nice bitterness level for an old ale and the long slow roast flavors of an English old ale with Solera method.

M: Thick and chewy with a little too much carbonation.

O: Overall this is a very good Old ale. Glad to have a few of these to save for special occasions and enjoy for years to come. I enjoyed this more than I remember Cuir pleasing me with more bourbon and less unintentional aftertastes / burnt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 18:14:21 | More by alpinebryant
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harrymel

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 14280

Pours dark tawny, with a little caramel foam atop. Nougat, alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, gobs of sugary malts - decadent nose. Taste is rich as fuck - lots more caramel, toffee, almond roca, wood, bourbon, nougat, vanilla, alcohol, candied apricot, and a touch of syrup (maple). Medium bodied with really low carb and a wet yet dry feel comes together silky and long lasting. Goddam Bruery, I really wish I didn't like their higher end beers, but this is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 07:11:25 | More by harrymel
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spicelab

Australia

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle shared at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Deep mahogany with a minimal beige head that falls to a slight collar.

Big rich aromas of pungent marmite, brandy snap, treacle, butterscotch, Anzac biscuits and dark dried fruits, leavened slightly by a nice wooden edge.

More intense fortified notes of booze soaked muscatels, toffee fondue and gingerbread.

Thick and gigantic. Carbonation feeds into a bit of a rough boozy edge, but that's kind of expected really.

Pretty garagantuan beer, with just enough wood to rein in its excesses. Reminiscent of a bigger, ballsier version of HotD Adam From The Wood.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 04:52:43 | More by spicelab
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