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Fruet - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

618 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 618
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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Damian

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:54:26 | More by Damian
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a rather modest head that fades quickly to a ringlet; leggy, with spots of foam sticking to the chalice

Smell: Bourbony-aromatics, with caramel, brown sugar, plum, vanilla, cashews and maple

Taste: Booze-laden Bourbon, bringing a range of flavors, including caramel, plum, maple, vanilla, cashews and piney hops; after the swallow, there is a brief alcohol burn, with all of the flavors noted up front re-appearing in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I have had mixed experiences with some of the Bruery's high ABV offerings but this one is the real McCoy; lots of complexity and a very impressive mouthfeel (some of the earlier Bruery efforts were flat)

Thanks, aslamm75, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 23:52:21 | More by brentk56
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 16:14:56 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:03:21 | More by Immortale25
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a teku glass. I believe this has about 1 year of age on it.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown and leaves behind a finger of tan head which disappears pretty quickly.

Smell: Strong, sweet chocolate and bourbon, vanilla, and molasses - even the smell packs a punch, I can only imagine the taste.

Taste: Definitely bourbon and chocolate up front, as well as some fruits such as peach, pear and apples - a very interesting combination. Raisins and plums come out quite strong as well in this one. Finishes very sweet as well, with more bourbon.

Mouth-feel: Heavy bodied and very creamy and syrupy/sticky. Light carbonation but there is some there. I wouldn't peg this one as high as 15.5% so the alcohol is well hidden.

Overall: A very tasty barrel-aged ale. The bourbon shines in this one as well as the sweet chocolate, vanilla and fruit flavors. While it does have some of the familiar characteristics from your standard barrel-aged imperial stout, it has some stark differences, especially in the second half of the flavor with its lighter/fruitier flavors and its super sweetness. This is a fantastic, biig beer and has tons of flavor screaming at you.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 23:07:44 | More by Resuin
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 06:29:07 | More by Etan
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these from claaark13 and youbrewidrink. Thanks guys!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottle 11,169 of one billion
Drunk beside White Chocolate

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, light tan head with decent retetion. Head fades rather quickly to a bubbly wisp and a ring. Mahogany red in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. A ring and touches of wisp remain until the end but leave no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon on this. Oak, toffee, caramel and booze. Bold and forthcoming with lots of bourbon, though the toffee and caramel notes from the base ale seem to hold up alright.

TASTE: Very boozy up front. Toffee, caramel and brown sugar from the base beer, then lots of bourbon and alcohol from the barrels. Oak, vanilla and some nutty flavors through the middle into the finish. A bold and lingering aftertaste of bourbon barrel, wood, caramelized nuts and some vanilla. Pretty flavorful and interesting, though still too boozy to be top class.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down okay and finishes sticky. Heat on the palate for sure. Better than average for the ABV and style.

OVERALL: This is actually really good. It's still too hot for top marks, though the complexity is definitely there, as the base beer is able to play a role in the flavor profile and mesh well with the barrel aging. Moreover, the mouthfeel is still good enough not to detract from the experience. This was leagues better than White Chocolate for sure, as the flavor and aroma was bolder and more complex, while the feel was still big and creamy enough to support it all. Definitely recommended, but be wise and share.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 12:34:00 | More by Jeffo
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ngeunit1

California

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark-brown with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. Fades very quickly.

S - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, caramelized malts, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dark fruits, English yeast, and some booze.

T - Sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, caramelized malts, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, some smoke, dark fruits, English yeast, some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Great complex Old Ale. The barrel character is really great and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 04:39:32 | More by ngeunit1
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Almost a year's age on it now!!

Pours out an incredibly dark brown with a very thin head (it is 15.5% after all).

The aroma is amazingly complex. I get a ton of dark fruits, there is butterscotch, toffee, caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak and a slight smokiness too. It almost seems like there is a different aroma I pick up with each sniff. There is definite alcohol on the nose too.

The taste is almost overwhelming (in a good way)! It begins with a decent amount of bourbon and boozy taste which then carries into the butterscotch, toffee, caramel and molasses. There is a ton of dark fruits; dates, figs, plums and raisins. A decent amount of vanilla and just a touch of oak as well.

The body is full and the mouthfeel is rich and creamy. You can smell, taste and definitely feel the alcohol, but it's not overwhelming despite being so strong.

This beer has so many layers and elements to it that it's almost hard to put into words. It's very dark fruit focused and pretty sweet, which does help with the alcohol bite a bit. This is an amazing beer, but my only problem is that it does get a bit sweet for my palate as it warms up. This is a definite winner and should be tried at least once!!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:38:40 | More by JohnnyMc
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:40:02 | More by chanokokoro
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Lucho

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 06:49:41 | More by Lucho
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Boulevard tulip glass.

I've been trying to share this beer since at least around the Fourth of July, and I finally got to do it. Lord. This stuff pours a deep, dark sienna topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose brings to mind an image of a cinnamon roll drizzled generously with molten caramel, all with a glass of bourbon on the side to wash it down. A bit of boozy heat exists, but not much. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit of oak, some applejack, and some extra booze for the sake of it. For once, the heat, though strong, doesn't really detract all that much from the enjoyment process. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a damn fine beer, one that was worth the wait for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 02:25:25 | More by TMoney2591
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nataku00

California

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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

Had on 2013-03-02 in Lititz, PA

A - Clear tan w short head that fades fast.

S - dark cherry, oak barrel, med roast malt

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

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

O - Top tier.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

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

750ml Bottle number 622. Served in a Founders snifter

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle, big thanks to CKYnick01

Appearance: Cloudy, dark unfiltered brown. There's a tiny beige head but it recedes quickly, which is expected given the abv.

Smell: Barrel notes galore! Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, slight oakiness, brown sugar, candied fruits, toffee, sherry sweetness. Excellent.

Taste: Such a perfectly blended beer. Caramel and vanilla sweetness roll out, perfectly blended over a steady bourbon background. As they subside into the middle of the drink, candy sweetness creeps up on the tongue and spikes up on the palate. Immediately after, a bourbon punch to the tongue is felt and is tasted thereafter and into the finish, slowly fading out. There is a little bit of alcohol heat at the end (but much less than I expected), but this drinks so damn smooth for the abv. Wow.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation but that's to be expected of a high gravity beer. It's creamy and a pleasure to drink. Really smooth, again; this drinks like a Sherry.

Overall: This is the best old ale I've ever tasted. It is blended masterfully and drinks so smooth for the 15% abv; if I did a blindfolded taste test with this, I wouldn't even guess that it's over 10%. Just a very unique, and close to perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750mL bottle from Luekens Liquors (on line). 31.99. No bottling date but it is their 2012 Anniversary beer. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a beautiful deep murky brown with a quarter finger dark cream head. The head maintains a nice ring around the beer and actually leaves a spot or two of occasional lace. It's a beauty.

Wow! It's rare that a beer smells so great even as the cap is coming off. An explosion of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee and rich dark fruits. Every whiff reveals more that I want to come back for. Fantastic.

Holy crap! My nose wasn't lying. The flavors deliver and then some. Layers of bourbon, vanilla, brandied dates, toffee, caramel, raisin, earthy oak, sweet cashews, toasted grains, faint citrus peel and of course a bit of booze. My description can't possibly do justice to the myriad of outstanding flavors going on. As in the nose, every sip reveals more that I can enjoy. No doubt there is alcohol in there but it goes down incredibly easily for such high abv.

Wonderful syrupy heavy feel with just enough carbonation to keep it from seeming dull. The booze has a nice tickling burn towards the back of the tongue. Sweet boozy toffee finish.

Outstanding in every aspect. By far the best old ale I've ever had and one of the 2 best beers I've had from The Bruery. So rich and complex. Is it expensive? Sure, but I've been happy with plenty of beers a third of the price that aren't nearly a third as good. Well worth the expense in my opinion and I'm thrilled to have another to lay down for a while.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 Bottle. I'm really excited/nervous to try this.

A-dark brown. looks quite murky. thin tan head

S-very strong smelling!! thick dark caramel and a lot of dark fruits. quite boozy. definitely has the bourbon barrel aspect to it.

T-comes in with a very thick flavor, the same as it smells except with a bit more of bourbon flavor. it's a wonderful flavor and is very smooth. the alcohol hardly touches the tongue. matching after-taste with mostly caramel. it's all very smooth.

M-thick low carbonation with a wet finish

O-considering the ABV, this is about as smooth as it gets. Truly the taste itself is just okay. it's definitely complex but the flavors themselves are just mediocre. Really the only thing I have to really complain about is the fact that I spent $30 for this bottle. I always put down big bucks for Bruery beer, and most of the time it's for beers that I've had multiple times. For me, you really can't put a price on trying a new one, I'll pretty much pay whatever it takes...but that doesn't mean I'll ever buy another bottle. For this beer, I definitely will not. I'm glad I tried this to kill the suspicion, I'll even finish the bottle with a smile, but I can find many other better ways to drop $30 next time I go to the store.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:04:00 | More by AdamBear
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shuntstout

New Mexico

4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Consumed 2/9/13 we poured this beer into a Rogue Santa's Private Reserve flute.
Appearance: is a deep brown with a nice ruby red shining through at the bottom of the glass. Head was very little and dissipated quickly but was toffee colored while it lasted.
Smell: Wow that smells delicious! From the bottle its oak, vanilla and dark fruits battling. Poured into the glass the aroma destroys and I get more oak with an intense bourbon/fudge blast that is just mind blowing!
Mouthfeel: I think its a wee bit thin because of the alcohol percentage but it is almost spot on. Fuck my life this is a good brew!
Taste: At 15.5% this beer is "slammable" with a pleasant burst of booze to set it off. ABV is definitely not an issue I could drink this all day if it wasn't actually 15.5%. Nuttiness is very pronounced with a young sherry or port finish. Not overwhelming like Utopias or anything its really balanced and delicious.
Overall: We threw a splash of it on each of our 3 Filet Mignons that we were pan searing... This is the most outstanding BB Old Ale I have ever had, I can't believe the %, the $ and the flavor. Will definitely be seeking out more of these and you should too!
Thank you Bruery

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a cloudy, hazy strawberry brown with a nice off white head that lingers for quite a while.
S- Smells so complex, lots of caramel, burnt sugar, smoke, oak, apple cider and bourbon.
T- Wow, what a complex monstr of a beer. More like a cognac. Tons of sweet caramel, bourbon, brown sugar, juicy raisins and so much more. This beer is so complex it would take pages to desribe it. Lingering aftertaste make it a sipper for sure.
M- Feels thick and dense, sticky sweet and creamy.
O- Overall one of my favorite old ales and I can`t wait to get a vertical going.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split this with my wife tonight.

Served in a wine glass.

A: Poured a maroon color, VERY cloudy, without much head to speak of.... maybe a slight of white sillouette of a head.

S: Coconut bourbon scent which buried the fruit (isn't coconut a fruit?). My wife said it best: "Smells like a Kona Coffee coconut macaroon minus the coffee."

T: Tastes like a coconut macaroon, through and through. Not the fruit presence like "Cuir," not the booze of "Coton." Never tried Papier before. The sweetness gave it sort of a coconut pie-esque flair , along with an uber sweet "Chess Pie."

M: Sure, this was sweet, but it was so awesome in that respect. Dessert city! Only the slightest sliver of carbonation.

O: Is my review for this one going to be higher than "Cuir?" I guess I need to check that out now. Pretty awesome....

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- Bottle#16855. Labels claims contains alcohol. 15.5% to be exact. 100% barrel aged. Sampled between 58f-64f as recommended.

A: Strong carbonation presence within a coal black body. Bready dark khaki head sits a finger high and stays the course eventually settling to a creamy milky covering.

S: Big wiff of burbon upon uncapping. Burbon tones are very evident with some prunes, sweet dark fruit and black coffee. Licorice and anise hints also come about.

T: Boozy burbon, you feel the entire 15.5%abv on this one. Creamy coffee, sweet dark fruit and some toffee sweetness. Silky vanilla laced roast, incredibily smooth with some licorice and anise and burnt grain sweetness. Sweet figs, molasses and sugary raisins only add to the sweetness of this drink which is a bit overpowering at times.

M: Silky smooth texture, incredibly smooth velvety, medium bodied with a warming of burbon and dark fruit sweetness.

O: The label states this contains alcohol, and that is an understatement. This beer shows its alcohol and sweet nature at an early age, only wish i had a bottle to age of which the label claims suitable for decades. Very sweet and boozy, must drink at recommended temp and consider splitting with a friend. Slow sipper alone and very sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 00:17:20 | More by beerthulhu
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DmanGTR

New York

4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened this baby up at our epic tasting last night.

Poured a murky, opaque tan/brown that did not look very appetizing. No obvious sediment, but simply murky. Off-white, short lived head. Very odd, since this bottle has not been disturbed for a while. Oh well, moving on. Very sweet, sweet, SWEET nose with huge notes of caramel, treacle, and a hint of molasses. Raisins and even a hint of gingerbread. Vanilla and more caramel here. Definitely getting a bunch of bourbon in the nose as well. The flavor is just as I described, but even more so. The bourbon flavors are abound during the entire experience. Finish is sweet and sticky. Nicely carbonated, big body to boot. Very nice find if you are into big, sweet beers.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a caramel color with reddish hues and rocky yet minimal tan head. The head quickly fades leaving a mere dose of bubbles and spotty lacing.

S: Holy dark fruits; figs, raisins, plums. Caramel, toffee, wood and bourbon. A very stikging beer on the nose bu man was it plesant.

T: A tsunami of booze soaked figs and raisins greet the taste buds initially, followed by a wash of heat, caramel, toffee, loads of sugar, waves of molasses, vanilla, Earth, wood and more sticky sugar. The finish is hot, stikcy yet decadent and oh so tasty.

M: Lower carbonation but big bodied, just right for the style. Loads of flavor whop the palate minites after tasting, mouthfeel is warming, sweet and I almost dont want to swallow.

O: Probably the bst Bruery beer I have consumed to date. The style was on point and the barrel again was fantastic! Damn was this good.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 13:24:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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Gobzilla

California

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:57:02 | More by Gobzilla
Fruet from The Bruery
99 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.