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Fruet - The Bruery

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134 Reviews
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Reviews: 134
Hads: 729
Avg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 221
Gots: 404 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Unlike previous anniversary beers, ALL Fruet is 100% bourbon barrel-aged.
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Photo of BostonHops
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.19/5  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.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefty, rich, and a complex long sipper.

Presentation: 750 ml brown gold waxed and capped brown bottle. Label with an intricate Bruery emblem in gold, ocher, and brown. It offers a small description of the brew, and anniversary context, with thanks to supporters. Back label has cellaring, and serving notes. Shows bottling year (2012), bottle number (01151), and Alc. by. Vol. (15.5%). Served in a snifter.

A - Deep dark brown pour with deep burgundy edges, fair if short lived head, faint surface memory with a small memory ring and little lacing.

S - Rich nose, complex bourbon, molasses, vanilla, caramel fruitiness…

T - …which unfolds assertively exposing the complex barrels, plenty of boozy wood, bourbon, fruit, hints of charred oak, chocolate and coffee. Plenty of caramel, butterscotch, notes of fruit...

M - Full body, with medium/light carbonation, creamy with some stickiness… It lingers long in the palate.

O - Long complex sipper, it is great on a small dose, and might get a bit overwhelming/tiring in a larger dose. Still quite a treat...

Notes: This might be the best of their anniversary brews that I've tried so far, or might be in a year or two. Coton hit my spot right away and is now a memory. Cuir was nice but I felt it was asking for time, we'll see how that one ages. Fruet has almost the immediate complexity and roundness. It could do with a bit of more time but it is quite memorable if pricey.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle no. 03217

Beer is a deep brown. Almost no head, which is perhaps not surprising given the ABV.

Nose strongly contains bourbon. Vanilla, oak. Also a bunch of caramel and some dark fruit. The barrel is the dominant part of the nose, but it is quite nice.

Taste is fairly hot. A lot of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Then beneath that a strong malty flavour, caramel and toffee. Some dark fruit as well, but less prominent- a bit of raisin and plum. Hugely rich with big flavours. Really packs a wallop.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily and slick. Quite a lot of alcohol heat.

Overall, the beer tastes terrific, but the abv is very high and the barrel is a bit overpowering. Really nice, but to be approached with care!

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Photo of nlmartin
4.21/5  rDev -5%
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!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Ruby brown. Brown head. Syrupy appearance. Faint wisps on top.

Smell - Lots of vanilla. Bourbon. A little bit of oxidation. Caramel all over.

Taste - Tons of vanilla and caramel. Bourbon is delicious. Brown sugar. Oak is strong in the finish. Not a complex beer, but it's delicious.

Mouthfeel - A little astringent. Boozy, but not more than I braced myself for. Heavy, but doesn't feel as syrupy as other Bruery sugar bombs.

Overall - As I said, it's nothing complex, but I love it.

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Photo of spicelab
4.24/5  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.

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Photo of Treebs
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The night-capper to a long and successful day. 5 oz. poured into a FFF Teku in June 9th, 2012.

A - Very dark, murky brown coloring that verges on black in improper lighting. Good head for the abv, 1.5 fingers of an offwhite foam. Fair lacing, big alcohol legs.'

S - The Bruery goes big time all the time. Oak, bourbon whiskey, lighter vanilla, blackstrap molasses, caramel corn, light milk chocolate, sugar cane, and some alcohol.

T - Huge dark winter fruit. Raisin and figs. Classic huge swing of bourbon barrel, vanilla, and toasted oak. Strong backend toffee sweetness with a bitter dark mocha aftertaste. Some further heat, but very tolerable.

M - Medium-heavy body (small rejoice here), somewhat smooth, appropriate carbonation, considerable backend warming.

D - As per usual, they do a kickass job at highlighting the Heaven Hill barrels with a deliciously sweet and decadent toffee and caramel swing that has become so distinctive from this brewery. Completely in vein of what I've come across in their other big beers with a bit less heat than I anticipated. I really do wonder how my older anny bottles compare.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mahogany hue with no head or lacing. Nose is amazing - toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar and booze. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of raisins, figs and a sugary quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, but a bit thinner than anticipated, with an almost still carbonation. Overall, this is an amazing beer but it is super sweet. Best shared amongst many.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of claaark13
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #09992, poured slightly warmer than cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Dark brown with a slightly reddish hue. Off-white head...not quite tan. Turns into some thick lacing. Looks very thick.

S - Sweetness stands out. There is bourbon to be found, woodiness, some heat, spiced raisins, toffee. Gets really hot when it warms.

T - Sweet dark fruits with a woody background, mild spices that are coated with sweetness and some caramel notes, brown sugar, bit of vanilla showing with the sweet yet slightly dry finish. Until it coats the tongue, there is a little bit of heat to the throat, but nothing that isn't taken care of by the massive amount of sweet that is going on. So many fruit notes.

M - Thick. Would be near syrup without the carbonation.

O - There is a lot of sweetness that covers up the heat and dry components, but it is still somehow very good and drinkable. A bit of time (12-24 months?) to mellow some sweetness and heat may bring out a little more of the actual flavors in the beer. It is so good and balanced, but unfortunately the heat is being covered by an immense amount of sweetness. I just can't bring it to a 4.5 overall.

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml waxed bottle into a The Bruery branded short stemmed tulip glass

Pours a hazy dark amber capped by a light beige one and half finger head. Great retention especially considering this is a barrel-aged brew, little to no lacing. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and booze on the nose. Toffee, caramel, cashews, vanilla, bourbon immediately. Finishes with oak, bourbon, nutty caramel notes, and abundant warming alcohol. Full body, syrupy and smooth. Gentle carbonation. An excellent BA old ale; a sipper with very prevalent bourbon booziness. Exceptional now, however after a few years of cellaring I see this brew doing nothing but improving.

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Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
(A)- Pours a dark burnt sienna color with minimal froth
(S)- Big leathery caramel and toffee meets subtle molasses and toasty oak
(T)- Similar to the smell. Big caramel and toffee with a kiss of toasty vanilla oak
(M)- Hugely rich and sweet. Not hot necessarily but a big beer nontheless. Good carbonation level for the style with no signs of oxidation yet
(O)- This is aging well. Big and sweet yet starting to smooth out and tone down the harsh edges

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a snifter.

A. Murky molasses color. Small off-white head.

S. Lots of bourbon and sweet barrel tannins in the nose. Coconut, vanilla, melted toffee, marshmallow, prune.

T. Sweet, rich caramel, buttery bourbon, lightly bitter oak, dried peach, vanilla. Very barrel-forward, in a good way.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation, as expected.

O: Fruet is a bit less grapey (perhaps less of the blend is oxidized) than previous anniversary beers, which I think is a plus. If you don't like bourbon, though, don't drink this beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Fruet from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.