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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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chrisrose30

California

4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 02:58:18 | More by chrisrose30
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2BDChicago

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 02:39:19 | More by 2BDChicago
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Treebs

Illinois

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

750 ml waxed bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Not sure who shared this guy, but thanks!

A: Pours a dark cherry and brown body with some dark orange edges. Crazy combo. A light tan head forms on the pour and dissipates to a bubbly ring that leaves some splotches of lace.

S: Light bourbon and oak upfront with some candied sugar, dark fruits and some back end sweet caramel.

T: The taste is a little more barrel forward than the nose, but the sweet caramel flavors really cut into it. There is a light leathery component in addition to some candied figs that really add another layer flavor.

M: Slight chewy with medium carbonation. The body isn't too heavy and for 15.5% this is surprisingly drinkable.

O: The barrel aging thin the body just enough to make this scarily drinkable for 15.5%. I really don't think the beer needs much time for the heat to die down and the flavor to integrate. I'd sit on this guy a little longer and that's it.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 00:35:14 | More by Treebs
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axeman9182

New Jersey

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

750 mL bottle, thanks to JRSD for shipping it out to me. It was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Fruet pours a murky deep mahogany, with about two fingers of khaki foam crowning the beer. Head retention is alright, but there's not much lacing to be found. The nose has plenty of brown sugar, with some caramel and bourbon showing up as well. The flavor profile is a beautiful fusion of base beer and barrel aging. The beer opens with plenty of caramel and a bit of a vanilla undercurrent. The back end is highlighted by brown sugar, but there's definitely some oak and bourbon, as well as a light touch of coconut. The alcohol is present and warming, but definitely not boozy. The mouthfeel is wonderful, highlighted by a full and rich body. The carbonation does enough to cut through all the malt, but otherwise stays out of the way. All in all it's not nearly as syrupy as some other beers with similar ABVs. My first Bruery anniversary beer was Coton, which I found to be a bit sweet and boozy. Cuir found the beer mellowing out a bit, and now Fruet shows a project really hitting its stride. I can't wait to see what future anniversary beers from The Bruery bring.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 03:58:59 | More by axeman9182
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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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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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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

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

reviewed from notes taken on 7/29/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: murky medium brown bodied beer with 1 finger of tah head.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee. Massive barrel notes explode out of this beer!

Taste: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar, and molasses. A hint of dark fruits mostly fig and dates. This beer is sweet, but isnt cloying at all. Nice complexity and well integrated bourbon barrel. Mighty fine beer!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. As always, the Bruery makes a very big alcoholic beer rediculously smooth. You know its big yet, it drinks with a warming sensation without any booze burn. This is what the bruery excels the most in my mind.

Overall: So we did an Olde Ale Tasting featuring Cuir, BA Cuir, Coton, and Fruet. Fruet won hands down with no contest. Its that good. This is my second time trying this beer and its wowed me both time I have drank it. Its easily in the top 3 Old Ales that I have ever drank; its on the same level as 2009 BA Old Stock Ale. This is a wonderful beer; just hate the price tag...$29 a bottle plus tax.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 20:13:22 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Pahn

New York

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 04:09:34 | More by Pahn
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Duff27

Illinois

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

Tan head leaves a collar on a murky copper brown body. Cap head left for the most part.

Dark fruits well integrated with the barrel notes.

Omnom. Boozy caramels, yes. Subdued cocoa-age. "Vanilla". Drinks great for being 15+%abv.

Full mouthfeel, near perfect carbonation for the style/abv.

Best barrel aged beer I've had since King Henry. There I said it. A pleasure to drank on, wish it wasn't $30 each but good for The Bruery to have a beer that can go for that. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 21:03:36 | More by Duff27
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

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

Fruet pours a dark brown/near black, with a small, light tan head. Very minimal lacing.

The aroma is sweet and loaded with bourbon. Notes of oak, vanilla, molasses and dark fruit (plum & cherry) are also present.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is chewy and slick, oily, with light carbonation. The flavor is loaded with chocolate, dark fruit, oak, vanilla and cherry. It finishes with some medicinal alcohol and once gone the dark fruit lingers on the palate.

Overall this beer is packed with flavor with bourbon dominating. Would be good to age for a while. Also, for over 15% abv there's surprisingly no alcohol burn.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 18:49:34 | More by WanderingFool
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, shared with mdaschaf & my girlfriend. Served into a snifter.

A: Rustic medium to dark brown colored body with very minimal tan head. Thick bubbles formed around the edges and seemed to last, but the lacing was virtually non-existent.

S: Burnt sugar, toasted caramel, sweet and sticky bourbon, chocolate and caramel malts. Hints of the wood/oak barrels sticks out on the back. Wonderful smelling beer.

T: A big wash of sweet bourbon and candied caramel is up-front. Middle of the palate brings waves of oak, vanilla and molasses. It's warming and somewhat sweet but the barrel aging here did this beer wonders, very well blended.

M: Lower carbonation though just enough for the style of beer that it is. Very smooth and rich, while a bit sticky in the finish.

It could be that this is 100% Bourbon Barrel aged, but I enjoyed this one much more than I did any previous years. This is ready to drink now without much heat or overt sweetness at all. I can't wait to see how this does in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 15:26:52 | More by ShanePB
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brotherloco

California

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

750ml bottle. Bottle Number 09337. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very dark, mostly opaque flat brown. Ruby red highlights when held up to light. About a finger of beige foam that settles to a ring of large bubbles. Only bits of lacing left behind.

Aroma bursts with sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, marshmallow, and toasted bread. Very rich and decadent. There's a sting of alcohol as you breath it all in, but it is very well integrated.

Initial flavor is intensely sweet and rich. Many notes from the nose are present with a dominant sherry-like flavor. A subtle bit of alcohol emerges in the finish, but it is amazingly well buried given the ABV.

Medium-full bodied with medium soft carbonation. Drinks somewhat thick, but appropriate for such a big beer.

I've enjoyed all of the Bruery anniversary beers so far, but love that we all got the 100% bourbon barrel version this year. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 01:37:28 | More by brotherloco
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WillCarrera

Ohio

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

750 ml bottle, bottle number 01941, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark mahogany color, produces a finger of tan head that recedes to a collar. Leaves no lacing but who's expecting lacing anyway?

S- Smells pretty nice, lots of bourbon and vanilla as well as caramel, brown sugar and molasses. The aroma also has a fruity aspect and some oxidized notes of leather. The aroma is sweet and pretty boozy, and has more whiskey on the nose than in the flavor, but seems to be pretty balanced.

T- Good lord. This beer is delicious, after having Cuir recently I was a bit apprehensive, but this beer is leaps and bounds better. The flavor follows the nose with a sweet blend of vanilla, caramel, sherry, molasses and oak. Also getting notes of leather and a bit of boozy warmth on the finish. It's very sweet but everything is integrated beautifully and the alcohol is amazingly well masked for over 15%. After the hot and overly sweet experience that Cuir was, I'm totally floored by this.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, rich feel, a bit of boozy warmth but nothing at all hot.

O- An excellent beer that I can only see getting better with age, the flavors are amazing and for such a big, rich beer it's actually very drinkable, this is a really wonderful sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 06:50:52 | More by WillCarrera
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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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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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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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maximum12

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 02:30:15 | More by maximum12
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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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Florida9

Illinois

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

A: dark brown, slight cloudy. Forms a smallish light tan head hat reduces down to a thick ring around he edge. Some light lacing.

S: rather aromatic with lots of toffee. Caramel, oak, brown sugar, vanilla, fusel spice, and lots of alcohol.

T: sweet toffee, caramel, and oaky, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, raisins and brown sugar. Finishes sweet and malty and alcoholic.

M: this is a big beer with lots of alcohol. Mild bitterness, restrained carbonation.

O: as noted above, this is a big, aggressive beer. Very flavorful, nice, but it's an absolute brute that couldn't possibly be enjoyed alone.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 00:30:06 | More by Florida9
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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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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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jmarsh123

Indiana

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

Pours dark toffee with a small beige head fading into a wisp, but clinging nicely to the edges of the glass.

Smells of toffee with a load of sweet vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of booze. Fantastic aroma although it is on the sweet side.

Big brown sugar and chocolate kick up front along with some vanilla, but not as much as the aroma. Sweet sticky toffee/caramel in the middle with a kiss of booze competing with the sweetness near the end. Alcohol is very well integrated for a 15.5% beer this young.

Smooth creamy and decadent mouthfeel. A little on the sweet side with lowish carbonation.

This keeps getting better every year. It's a bit sweet which limits drinkability, but doesn't become cloying. Great flavors and well integrated alcohol. This one is great fresh and I can only see it getting better with a little time.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 22:10:44 | More by jmarsh123
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, as recommended by the label.

Appearance – Pours an extremely dark, somewhat cloudy ruby red / caramel color. A nice foamy head that lasts a minute or so, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass. A thick lacing that oozes back into the beer.

Smell – Brown sugar, caramel, maple, oak, honey, chocolate, and of course, bourbon. I’m generally not a fan of this much bourbon, but the sweetness is a nice compliment to it.

Taste – Maple syrup, port, brown sugar, chocolate, and lots of bourbon. Again, the sweetness complements the bourbon nicely.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy and silky, with an alcohol burn that’s tempered by the sweetness.

Drinkability – A excellent bourbon beer. A bit strong and I can feel the 15.5%abv, but it’s very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 05:41:18 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice murky and muddy caramel color. There is a faint head that tries to pop up but it mostly fizzles to a thin ring around teh glass. Quite oily out of teh bottle and also after a swirl that brings up a slight matt of a head with very dense almost cappuccino like bubbles.

Awesome nose. Sweetness with some molasses and carmel and brown sugar. Nice dark fruit notes. Some nice sweet slight honey notes and great boozy sweetness. Upon second inspection the molasses really kick in as well as some slight woody vanilla notes that play really well with the suit dark fruit notes. Nice bourbon notes.

Flavor is amazing. Starts off with some awesome molasses and great dark fruit notes. Raisins, figs and tons of carmel. Nice slight spicy cinnamon notes and some good woody and sweet vanilla hints. Wow. Very impressed. Definitely boozy and hot but its still appealing. Reminds me of some smooth Bourbon. Nice bourbon notes and sweetness. Finishes with some sticky caramel notes and a nice oily, thick and heavy mouthfeel. Im happy I have a second one of these. As the beer warms some slight cider notes come through. Slight sweet apple notes plus cinnamon. Very nice brew.

My first attempt at The Bruery Anniversary series. Im quite impressed. It makes me want to search out the others. It has great sweetness and nice hotness at this point. Some age would do it good but its still is tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 00:18:10 | More by JoEBoBpr
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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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