Fruet - The Bruery

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 725
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 2.94%
Wants: 220
Gots: 412 | FT: 31
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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 SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In what can only be described as one of the most decadent and sinful ales I've ever had. The nose holds sweet caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, espresso, maple and fudge brownie.

This drinks like a liquefied turtle dessert with nutty pecan surrounded in caramel and smothered in rich milk chocolate. Hints of maple, molasses and toffee compliment a truly delicious beer. (370 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown/amber color with a 1/2 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- Brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, leather.

T- Sweet malts, tobacco, leather, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Syrupy with a slightly dry finish.

O- Amazing old ale! Great blend and balance of flavors. (328 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours cola colored with a thin dark tan head that faded into a bubbly color.
S: Boozy and sweet smelling. Bourbon and vanilla dominate with spicy boozy scents and darker flavors.
T: Very sweet flavors of vanilla, caramel, honey, butterscotch, milk chocolate and slight leather. The finish is full of tobacco, brown sugar, sticky molasses and faint peat, and the aftertaste is boozy with spicy bourbon. Red grape, raisin, and bakers chocolate poke through as well. Mild bitterness balance throughout.
M: Thick body, low soft carbonation, thick sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Almost no trace of booze. Masterful.
O: Extremely decadent and smooth. Super easy to drink, very integrated and delicious. Dangerous. (737 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.51/5  rDev +2%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

The bottle shop chain here kept pricing these at $18.99 and I kept buying them. While its great fresh, who knows what happens with time to them. I'm really doing my best to break these out at almost every special occassion, but its difficult sometimes, because you better bring at least 2 friends to drink this beer. Its huge, and delicious. Best of the anniversary series yet, and that is saying something. (1,184 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with some friends on 6.28.13
Bottle #: 1383

A - Pours a deep dark, opaque brown, almost black with a few dark tan bubbles that quickly fade.

S - Wow, lots of bourbon, vanilla, carmel, toffee, choclate. Really nice.

T - The taste is spot on as well. Vanilla, chocolate, carmel, and lots of Bourbon.

D - Heavy body with mild carbonation.

O - A great beer with lots of layers of vanilla, carmel, bourbon. It just got better and better with each sip. (464 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz wax dipped bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Bottle number 16625
Served in a tulip

Review #775

Hazy, crimson-mahogany appearance. A thin film of spotty, light tan bubbles capped the liquid. The bubbles quickly dissipated to a ring of froth.

The aroma was amazingly complex and intense. Super sweet with loads of brown sugar and dark fruit goodness. Plums and raisins came through strong. Punchy, port-like notes as well. Lots of coconut and vanilla from the bourbon barrels. You could tell that this is a high ABV beer, yet it did not come across as overly boozy. Overall, amazingly well balanced.

The taste was nearly identical to the nose, except perhaps a hair more subtle. Sweet caramel malts and coconut hit hard right off the bat. Rich and plummy with notes of port soaked raisins, toffee and brown sugar. Somewhat spicy. Tons of vanilla on the finish. There was a subtle booziness as well. At 15.5% ABV, the bourbon barrels contributed many interesting flavors but not a lot of heat.

The body was a bit disappointing. It was thinner bodied with a very fine and mild carbonation. The liquid almost felt a touch flat.

All in all, The Bruery came through big time with this fourth anniversary ale. Like many other of their high ABV releases, this one was huge on flavor but managed to subdue its alcohol prowess remarkably well. It definitely was worth the steep ($35) price of admission. (1,443 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If birthdays tastes this good, who need cake? Just bring me Fruet! To kick off their fourth year, this masterfully blended and perfectly aged ale celebrates all things "olde" but with a manly bourbon kick!

The beer decants more like port or sherry than it does of ale, but with the faint carbonation that allows a dainty creme of foam to simmer to the top, the ale's tarnish head looks more like espresso froth than beer also. Its tawny, auburn bronze body is dark through the center but lightens to a golden color at its edge. Mild speckling lace creeps down the glass with a turbulent swirl.

Strong aromas of malt sweetness take over the room as the beer pours- boisterous toffee, molasses, maple and bourbon waft about and does so in highly seductive fashion. Mildly toasty, the taste of buttery cashews, faint chocolate and coffee weave into the malt complexities for a robust character as well. Fruity with drunken grapes, dates, figs and plumbs all give a darker and more deviant turn as the ale seems savory with port and sherry as much as it does of bourbon.

That first sip captivates the taste buds with sultry sweetness- just as the nose suggested. Black-strap molasses, maple syrup, and seared toffee gives a taste that hinges on peanut brittle except for a more robust toast, cocoa and kona-type taste. As the fruits weave into its taste, so do the savory, umami-rich taste of dark, dried, stone fruit that seem to have been dipped in soy sauce. Lightly salty and sweet- it hits all the savory parts of the tongue. Finishing with the unmistakable taste of charred wood, vanillans and booze- its bourbon influence is obvious but never overwhelming.

And its decadent character continues as the ale lays a thick and somewhat oily coat on the mouth to fully saturate the taste buds. Its light carbonation aids its chewy texture as there's little to pull the beer from the surfaces of the mouth. This allows for a patient development toward finish with slowly growing alcohol warmth, a quietly drying taste, and an indefinite linger of sherry and bourbon.

Fruet is a special occasion beer that'll rival the best of port wine or sherry. Its lavish malt flavors work harmoniously with the bourbon barrel influences for a highly rewarding taste that's not easily forgotten. (2,282 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter: bottle #14242, bottled in early 2012. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a small fairly dense khaki head head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, date, fig, peach, pear, apple, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, oak, leather, tobacco, brown sugar, coconut, licorice, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness. Incredible complexity and balance of dark malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, peach, pear, apple, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, molasses, toast, bourbon, oak, tobacco, leather, brown sugar, licorice, coconut, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness. Slight earthy/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, pear, apple, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, toast, molasses, licorice, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, tobacco, leather, coconut, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity and robustness of dark malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an incredible malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, slick, and lightly sticky/syrupy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish for 15.5%. Overall this is an absolutely world class old ale style. All around incredible complexity and balance of dark malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. An insanely delicious and smooth high gravity offering. (1,796 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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... (1,721 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (908 characters)

Photo of Lucho
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dense beautiful dark brown that is non translucent. with a vigorous pour there is a one finger head that foams up and dissipates in 60 seconds. All that remains is a perfect light tan ring around the glass.

Smell: Bourbon! but wait, there are some sweet caramel note with bourbon soaked figs and dates. There is tons of vanilla also and then with a decent swirl of the glass I get some alcohol burn but not too much considering.

Taste: Bourbon all the way. Its like drinking a thick carbonated bourbon. Then there is the sweet vanilla and lots of it. You can tell this is a bourbon beer with all the characters of a good bourbon. There is not so much dark fruits in the taste but there is caramel. surprisingly not much alcohol burn on this one. It drinks smooth considering. But the more I drink it there is an alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: nice and heavy, not too thick. The bourbon and vanilla sit on your tongue and beg you to take another sip. The only down side is the carbonation is mostly gone.

Overall: This is an awesome beer. I usually don't love barrel monsters but this is a great one. The price tag is the only problem at $32. oh well, its the bruery. A must try IMO. (1,225 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice merky brown/redish color to it. It has a thin tan head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, dark fruit (plums, raisins) and molasses.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of bourbon and vanilla, some chocolate, sweet toffee/caramel, molasses, dark fruit (mainly plums and raisins), some cherries and oak. Very nice balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. (630 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
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! (490 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/29/2012

On tap at Stone.

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

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

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

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

Overall: Very good. If you liked the other barrel aged anniversary beers you'll like this, and if you didn't like them this won't change your mind. A perfect beer for sipping or chugging. (864 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

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

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

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

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

O: The best fresh of the anniversary beers from these guys, the solera system is really starting to round out the beers and making them much more approachable fresh. Just straight up tasty. (596 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,452 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle 15,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
Bottle Number 12936

100% BA Cuir was one of my all time favorite beers, so I am really looking forward to this one!

Appearance: Similarly to Cuir, Fruet appears a dark brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a beautiful deep red colour with bright golden-amber edges. A rough pour generates a large cream coloured head that lasts reasonably well for the Abv, but doesn’t leave anything in the way of lacing. A swirl coats the glass in a sticky film and heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Oh man, this smells phenomenal! The initial nose offers a ton of sweetness and a fantastic soft vanilla bourbon character. As the beer begins to warm the nose opens up offering sweet caramel, toffee butterscotch, soft vanilla, toasted coconut, brown sugar, rich dark fruits ( dark cherries, raisins and even some fig), earthy leather, a little oak, some molasses and some toasted nutty notes. The alcohol is shockingly well hidden for 15,5% - even at room temperature there is only a trace noted.

Taste: As the nose suggested, the flavor here is superb. Rich dark fruits combine in perfect quantities with a sugary sweetness and a rich bourbon character. Flavour notes include: Sweet dark caramel, butterscotch, buttery vanilla, brown sugar, cherries, raisins, figs, toasted nuts, a hint of maple, some leather a little oak and some bourbon like alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel: As the rest of the beer, the mouthfeel is just about perfect. The body is just shy of full and wonderfully sticky, with a medium level of creamy carbonation.

Overall: Fruet is a fantastic barrel-aged old ale. I am so glad The Bruery decided to age the entire batch in bourbon barrels - the extra 75% makes a world of difference! It is going to be an exercise in self control to age my other bottle for a few years as I plan to do! (1,866 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
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! (810 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. Snifter. Anniversary 2012, Bottle Number 10714

A- Pours a murky medium brown color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that's short-lived and quickly dies down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Just about no lacing.

S- Rich chocolate, caramel and barrel notes with some booze fume. Also some raisin.

T- Heavy raisin flavor that's very sweet with chocolate and caramel undertones. It's almost like the flavor is the inverse of the aroma. Also has some sherry, vanilla and brown sugar notes. The oak isn't as apparent as it is in the aroma, but it's still there. Alcohol is insanely well-hidden for such a mammoth of a beer. Slightly nutty.

M- Very sticky, sytupy and somewhat sharp from the alcohol. Barely any carbonation and a full body.

O- The flavor of this beer is phenomenal. If you're a fan of Old Ales, high gravity beers or both, this is a must-have. (929 characters)

Fruet from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.