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
Ratings:
277
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.44%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
68
For Trade:
14
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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nawpnawp
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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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4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
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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4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage

L - Pours an opaque murky brown body with a one finger tan head. In about a minute, the head basically goes away without any lacing.

S - Big caramel, oak and bourbon on the nose. A bit sweet, but the smells coming at you are so good.

T - What you think is going to be a big boozy sipper, is watered down by the Saison De Lente. Granted, the anniversary ale is dominant, but there are some moments where the saison sneaks through.

F - On the light side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. The big, boozy anniversary ale loses to the dryness of the saison. It's crazy how a 15% abv beer can be this thin.

O - It leads you to believe it's going to be a big sipper, but it's not smooth and the crime is the lie from the nose.

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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Smooth Criminal from The Bruery
4.13 out of 5 based on 277 ratings.
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