Sucré - Tawny Port Barrel-Aged
The Bruery

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From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Style:
Old Ale
ABV:
15.1%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 9%
Ratings:
146
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 13, 2021
Added:
May 04, 2014
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  57
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Broke this out for one of the UFC ppvs at E's house. Was surprisingly better than expected.

Pours a dark ruddy brown. The anniversary beers while great, sometimes vary in appearance in terms of sexiness. The aroma pops very nicely. Old world earthen aroma, tobacco, brown malt, toffee, dark fruit, dark grape, twisted wood.

The taste is yet another good sipper. The dark fruit is there, but then there isn't a ton of that dark fruit heat and bitterness. These are interesting grapes used if so. Everything takes on this gracefully aged vibe, and I guess in Sep 2020, this beer was already around 5 years old at least. The mouth feel is smoother than anything about this beer would have led me to believe. Hid alcohol relative to its massive strength. That there was a hint of smoke and leather made it more impressive.

This impressed me for the unique vinuous and other old world feels. I never had it fresh so its hard to know, but this felt like a master class in both barrel aging and cellar aging.

Sep 13, 2021
Photo of Beersnake1
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

2014 bottle opened in 2021. Poured from fridge temp. Pours dark brown with little head. The port is immediately evident on the nose. Really nice - definitely on the sweet side. Not getting a ton of Cherries, blackberries, toffee, red grapes, maybe a touch of sour patch kids, yeast, wet oak, and prunes. The nose is really interesting. Again sweet, but definitely not cloying. Getting a ton of dark fruit - that seems to dominate the palate. Sour cherries, currants, dates, raisins, blackberries. I get some toffee, bread, and maybe a hint of molasses. I wish I was able to try this one fresh, as I have no idea how this has evolved. Great beer!

Mar 07, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 3/8/14; drank 8/8/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Murky brown appearance.

Minimal dark tan head; almost no lace.

Raisin, rum, cinnamon & booze heat notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Raisin & rum flavors up front; cinnamon bite on the finish.

This narrowly avoids being cloying; interesting but not great.

Oct 17, 2019
 
4.25 by Eziel from Ohio on Aug 01, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Aug 25, 2018
 
4.5 by bdiiorio from Connecticut on May 05, 2018
 
4 by oline73 from Maryland on Mar 30, 2018
 
4.06 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Oct 06, 2017
 
4.5 by Josholson666 from Minnesota on Nov 28, 2016
 
4.83 by sludgegnome from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Nov 12, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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

Nov 12, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by scottfrie from California

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.

Nov 04, 2016
 
4.15 by Kevinpitts from Illinois on Oct 27, 2016
 
4.25 by imperialking from Illinois on Oct 26, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

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.....

Oct 20, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

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.

Jul 17, 2016
 
3.79 by BeerOps from Illinois on Jun 12, 2016
 
4 by jwat from Pennsylvania on May 28, 2016
 
4 by drummermattie02 from Texas on May 17, 2016
 
4.04 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Mar 27, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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.

Feb 14, 2016
 
4.4 by Claydoe4 from California on Jan 31, 2016
 
4.25 by Lucoli from New York on Jan 17, 2016
 
4.38 by BDeibs from Colorado on Dec 05, 2015
 
4 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Nov 25, 2015
 
4.1 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire on Oct 16, 2015
 
4.31 by Domvan from Texas on Sep 15, 2015
 
4.16 by MarkyMOD from Colorado on Sep 08, 2015
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3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stakem from Pennsylvania

A muddy brown looking beer with a khaki head that is quick to fade.

The smell displays a raw oak feel before vinous rasiony alcohol mixing with some earthy char, caramel, toffee and brown sugar. More oakiness is present with each whiff as well as oxidation and a neutral solvent booziness.

The taste is oaky with raison and papery oxidation. Mildly vinous with solvent booze and earthen almost bitter and herbal towards the back. The richness of the vinous port charcater is nice but the other characteristics kinda clash with this.

This is full bodied and lightly carbonated. If the solvent character was held back a little along with the herbal/bitterness this one would have been my favorite sucre treatment but as-is its middle of the road.

Sep 02, 2015
 
4.28 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Aug 30, 2015
 
4.38 by Beer21 from Florida on Aug 29, 2015
 
4.5 by mikepcarney from Ohio on Aug 24, 2015
 
4.24 by ronricorossi from California on Aug 18, 2015
 
4.09 by CJNAPS from California on Jul 20, 2015
 
4.47 by chrisjws from California on Jul 19, 2015
 
4.1 by rlee1390 from Indiana on Jul 11, 2015
 
4.25 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on May 19, 2015
 
4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona on May 16, 2015
 
4.41 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on May 11, 2015
Sucré - Tawny Port Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 146 ratings