Smooth Criminal | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ever accidentally blend two brews, curse a bit, and then smile when tasting the excellent result? Us too. Smooth Criminal is the splendid result of moving a bit too quickly in the brewhouse. An accidental addition of Saison De Lente to a fermenter full of our Anniversary ale led us to ask, "Anni, are you okay?" She was. Smooth Criminal showcases rich malt, flavorful hops and oaky goodness in a harmoniously unique ale.

Added by rudzud on 02-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
280
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
65
Trade:
14
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 280 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BWood
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: typical murky red/brown with no head. Not sure if any barleywines ever look that great.

S: quite lovely. Brown sugar and wood. Hints of vanilla.

F: great malt goodness. Nice barrel character. Subtle vanilla hints.

F: having been aged for 3 years this beer is very smooth. The tongue coats and flavor last for well after the sip.

O: great beer. Love how this aged. That typical barley wine bite was filled down.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobinLee
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmoen
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zekenyce
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of erjaq
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nawpnawp
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle opened in 2016.

Pours a hazy light brown with nice carbonation, but very little head. The smell is quite boozy up front, but with notes of raisin and vanilla -- very reminiscent of So Happens It's Tuesday. As the name suggests, the taste is pretty smooth. A lot of the bourbon comes through and is at the forefront. The other notes play a very minor role. There is a sweetness that I expected from the nose that is missing. The taste of booze is masked, but the warmth definitely hits you quickly.

This beer came out quite good. The story of it being an accident is pretty cool. I'm glad I have extra bottles of this to try at a later date.

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Photo of Klourie
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear burgundy pour with thin lacing, no carbonation.

S - Maple and brown sugar, molasses.

T - Maple, toasted brown sugar, molasses, and alcohol effervescence.

M - Thick, viscous, velvet-like, smacking sticky.

O - Big maple molasses.

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mltobin
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbuzz
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bung
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of needMIbeer
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sirhc3034
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Smooth Criminal from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 280 ratings