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Fruet - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

621 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 621
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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Brandywine

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 06:06:04 | More by Brandywine
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draheim

Washington

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

750mL into a tulip. Pours a murky brownish mahogany w/ a thin tan head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

Aroma is bourbon, rum-soaked dates, molasses, toffee, tobacco, leather, booze... Just a complex swirl of rich aromas, one layered on top of another.

Taste follows nose. Dark macerated dried fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and a nice warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is sticky, coating, syrupy. About right for what this beer is.

Overall, as expected, this is a rich, big, bold, complex creation.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 05:41:36 | More by draheim
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matttttYCE

Arizona

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

Bottle #12701. Pours a murky dark brown with red hues. Head is tan colored, small (less than a finger), and lacing and retention are both quite low (but expected from a 15.5% beer). Aroma has alcohol heat up front, then oak, buttery bourbon, toffee, big toffee, straight vanilla extract, brown sugar, stone fruit comes in more as it warms, dark roast, and chocolate covered cherries. The taste is bourbon forward but a little more integrated than the nose. Still plenty of toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, maybe some caramel, stone fruits and roast malts, light chocolate covered cherries, maybe even some peanut brittle. Maybe I'm just imagining things. The body is medium-full, carbonation light-medium, consistency is creamy smooth, but leaning towards full and viscous, and the finish is lengthy.

Overall this isn't my favorite BA old ale but very it's nice. It's hot and could easily benefit from some aging, but that doesn't take away from it. The mouthfeel is wonderful and scarily drinkable for a 'hot' beer at 15.5%. Yeah, good shit.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 05:40:51 | More by matttttYCE
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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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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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beerhan

Ohio

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

A-poured into a snifter. Dark brown with a thin white head and ridiculously sticky.

S-wood, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon .

T-lots of tasty oak with vanilla and brown sugar shining through. A sour bourbon kick with a milk chocolate taste. Very sweet when cold but when warmer it is nice and rich with a woody finish.

M-very light body, almost no carbonation. A little too drinkable.

O-very solid beer but super thin. A beer this strong should not be so drinkable but this was thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 04:02:51 | More by beerhan
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was chilled and served in a snifter. The beer was a little closed up from the cold and had to sit awhile.

A- The body of the beer is a rusy chestnut brown coloration. The head was white but immediatly disappeared.

S- The aroma of the beer is super sweet! Molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, lots and lots of bourbon, dark fruits dates, figs, and raisins, earthy leathery notes finish the aroma.

T- The flavor of the beer is way sweet at first taste. Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, loads and loads of bourbon, dark fruits dates, figs and raisins. This would all be way too sweet; however, the burnt notes of the sugars, cocoa, alcohol heat, a bit of tannins from the fruit keep this beer in check.

M- The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, oily and slick very full bodied. The carbonation is low. The alcohol heat of the beer is very restrained. The beer is very sweet upfront but dries out from alcohol and tannins.

O- This beer is a sipper. Its a nice boozey beer treat for a cold morning. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 13:19:01 | More by nlmartin
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ao125

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 11:59:26 | More by ao125
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip

Pours a lightly hazed deep caramel brown color with a thin layering of beige head. Large, bubbly collar retains throughout the pour while leaving little lacing on the glass.

Intensely boozy, rich and sweet in the nose. Bourbon and caramel mixed with toffee, brown sugar and burnt notes. Oak, leather and vanilla with heavy alcohol warmth.

Sticky sweetness up front driven by vanilla, caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Incredibly rich and complex with roasted layers of dark malt. The bourbon character is up front and slightly aggressive throughout the profile, which I enjoy. Hints of dark fruit with candied notes. Finishes sweet, boozy and warm.

Full body, milder carbonation, sticky, full and heavy on the tongue. Creamy and smooth while drinking, although this is definitely a slow sipper. I wasn't as blown away with this as I was 100% Cuir, but this really brought the barrel heat in a way that I truly love. I don't see buying many more at $30+ per bottle, but this was definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 03:09:54 | More by xnicknj
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle #09408 poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Very dark brown; almost completely opaque with only slight traces of light penetrating around the edges. One finger of cream coloured head that reduced to a few scattered bubbles across the top of the glass.

S - A huge bourbon aroma up front. Plenty of vanilla and oak notes round out a large barrel presence in the nose. Some roast, dark fruit, smoke and cherry notes from the base beer in the background. The barrel definitely dominates the nose.

T - Bourbon notes up front with oak and vanilla flavours come through from the barrel but the presence of the base beer is much more pronounced than the nose indicated. Brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, raisin, plum and cherry flavours all come through from the base beer along with a hint of smoke. Great integration of the barrel and the base beer.

M -Medium to full body. Thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 14:47:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Netdigger2

South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 12:25:29 | More by Netdigger2
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single waxed-top bottle enjoyed at a recent tasting, courtesy of a stalwart gentleman of virtue true. Cheers, Brad!

Poured into a goblet sampler glass. Caramel-chocolate brown in colour, murky, and with a small but sturdy head of foam that survives as a thick ring. The viscosity of this brew is evident with the pour - this brew has some heft to it.

Nose is bloody spectacular, with rich caramel sweetness, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, figs, dates, raisins perhaps, toffee and a rich warming booziness. Divine.

Similar tasting notes as in the nose, and man is it doing it for me. A terrific blend of sweet caramel, booze, vanilla and fruit that, on top of everything else, tastes more like something in the 10% range (minus the thickness, of course). Thick, syrupy, but with sufficient carbonation to keep the sweetness at bay.

Another knockout from the Bruery - a pleasure to drink and share.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 16:31:43 | More by JohnnyBarman
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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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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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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from our Bruery's membership and split with JLindros.

A - Poured a deep dark hue with a half finger khaki head that faded to leave light haloing.

S - Aromas floor me. Huge bourbon ans vanilla notes with nice caramel and toffee with faint barrel. No alcohol on the nose...is this 15.5%?!

T - Taste is almost mind melting. Sweet candy brown sugars, tons of vanilla so so much vanilla. Lots of rich bourbon notes with just some light alcohol. Soft chocolates with subtle dark fruits. This is a masterfully done olde ale.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptional for an old ale. Its almost too carbonated the alcohol on the tongue is masked by the carbonation.

O - Overall this beer exceeds my expectations. Delicious old ale with tons of vanilla and bourbon. So much toasted oak and vanilla. This beer is awesome!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 00:07:00 | More by rudzud
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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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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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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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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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bashiba

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark reddish/brown with a light tan head.

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

Wow this is a fruit bomb, super dark fruit notes, big blasts of cherry, plum, dates, and fig. The bourbon and oak notes start to slowly come out the more you drink along with a sweet bit of alcohol in the finish. Very sweet, desert like. I taste the alcohol, but was shocked to read it was 15%, very well done.

The mouthfeel is thick, yet has a nice dry tart quality.

Very enjoyable and unusual barrel aged beer. The Bruery continues to make unusual and interesting beers that are good.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 12:42:39 | More by bashiba
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AgentMunky

California

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottle 03144. Vintage 2012.

A: Tannish head, less than a finger, tops a ruddy brown beer than matches the rust colored label. Relatively unimpressive.

S: Huge-sweet malts conjure up memories of Cuir. Boozy and harsh, with touch of brandy and maybe hops. Old ale-ish. (Oh, wait, it IS one.)

T/M: MmmHMmmHmmm. I am incapable of speaking, because I don't even ever want this supreme elixir to leave my mouth. Dear gods, how to describe it? Ambrosial grapes; robust, intoxicating molasses that mires the tongue as well as the mind; a thick, viscous body; lighter, fruiter tones (pears and apricots); an odd (stale?) yeast. Impeccable.

O: It looks dull, it smells dull, it tastes...like heaven on earth. One of the absolute best beers I've ever encountered. Highly recommended. Buying another bottle to age.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 07:29:43 | More by AgentMunky
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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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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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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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oline73

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was the last beer we opened at the August Baltimore BA tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a layer of off white head that fades to a thin ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet maple and caramel with some heat from the alcohol. I'm also getting a bunch of dark fruit.

Taste: Really sweet. Lots of maple syrup and dark fruit notes. I'm getting some mild cherry and brown sugar as well. Smooth given the abv with an alcohol burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great desert beer. I'm excited to hold on to my other bottles to try over time.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:28:00 | More by oline73
Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.