Sucré - Tawny Port Barrel-Aged | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Lucnifter on 05-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
142
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
59
Trade:
13
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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/8/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, currant, red grape, port, sherry, red apple, wood, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of oaken vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, licorice, leather, tobacco, pepper, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and port barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, currant, red grape, port, sherry, red apple, wood, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of oaken vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, licorice, leather, tobacco, pepper, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy bitterness, oak spiciness, and wine tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, apricot, red grape, port, sherry, red apple, wood, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, toasted brown bread, light licorice/leather/tobacco, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and port barrel flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness and wine tang/tartness balance; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and wine tang/tartness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly slick/syrupy/sticky/tangy/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 15.1%, with no barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing wine barrel aged old ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and port barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Perfect balance of fruity yeast and dark/bready malts; with amazing barrel integration. Minimal booze/tannins. The port flavors complement the yeast profile perfectly as would be expected. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected of the base beer.

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Photo of bdiiorio
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Josholson666
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sludgegnome
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clearish brown hue with a thin head.

S - Aromas of nice chocolate and good wine and grape. Nice sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, sweet malts, caramel, light grapes, excellent wine.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a very solid beer, nice sweeter light grape, good wine barrels, very nice wine notes.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud

Huge creamy fizzy head fades semi slowly, dark molasses mahogany ruby color

Nose sweet candy, wine like port candy syrup, fruity, grape skin, little musty but sweet port, faint barrel

Taste sweet candy, little syrupy, more port wine, sweet red wine candy, caramel toffee candy, syrupy and sweet, little booze

Mouth is fuller bod, good carb

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Photo of scottfrie
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled 3/8/14.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown color with a fuzzy light tan head that faded into a soft and lasting collar. Spotty lace was left down the glass.
S: Sweet smelling with sweet tawny port notes of grape and cherry mixed with old ale flavors of chocolate, leather, tobacco and caramel. Boozy smelling but not rough.
T: Tons of port, cherry, and grape skins up front followed by more sweet flavors of caramel and dark fruits. I get a touch of cardboard oxidization in the finish mixed with leather and tobacco, and hints of powdery chocolate throughout. The flavor is definitely port-forward, like drinking a more bitter, more chocolaty and caramely port wine. Sweet raisin and sweet cherries dominate the finish.
M: Thick heavy body, chewy mouthfeel, slick and lightly boozy, but no heat.
O: Very smooth and well integrated flavors. Port barrel compliments the base beer extremely well.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml maroon waxed 2014 bottle poured into tulip 19/10/16 I think billverstein sent the bottle a ways back

A clear maroon liquid, large noisy tan head has decent retention much to my surprise but leaves no lace, some wide legs remind me shes a big one

S caramel, vanilla, lots of sweet port barrel, molasses, raisins, cherries, some booze but well hidden all things considered

T more wood, more port, fruitier then the nose with a little less caramel, some leather and tobacco just add to the mix

M not as heavy as I expected but still full, bubbles soften it up, oily on the palate, some heat but hits the chest even more, lots of barrel linger

O I like the barrel choice, the port works well with the sweet base, drinks easy for such a big brew

If I had another I'd sit on it for a couple years, the only reason I had this one for so long was I simply forgot about it. Yet another solid big ass brew from these guys.....

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caramel brown color. Tan head.

Nice old ale. Love the port barrels. Caramel, toffee, molasses, raisins. Sweet and oaky. Vanilla.

Full bodied. Nice carbonation.

Great old ale. Always a favorite.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a nice deep brown topped by a finger of dense light tan head that slowly fades to a small collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of wine with some notes of dark fruits and red berries, caramel and a little oak
T: Taste is the port wine influence, dark fruits, oak, and toffee along with some caramel. Swallow is more of those dark fruits with some red berries, toffee and oak
M: Full in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a drying finish.
O: Overall a very good twist on the regular Anniversary beer. Great flavors and complexity from this one as well. Madeira was better to me but this one isn't bad at all.

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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucoli
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BDeibs
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Domvan
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Sucré - Tawny Port Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 142 ratings