The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Old Ale
4.21 | pDev: 6.89%
May 01, 2021
Jan 05, 2015
Notes: Chronology:12 is the second in a 4 part experiment with barrels and time. They brewed a beer rich and malty with undertones of brown sugar, toffee and toasted French bread and set it to age in bourbon barrels. Every six months they take a quarter of the barrels, blend them and bottle them.
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Next in the series that was supposed to be shared with rudzud
Pours a decent off-white bubbly head covering with lower retention, touch of lacing but nice legs, dark molasses brown color with no real light getting through

nose big sweet caramel toffee and molasses as expected, caramel candy bar, a bit of the paper oxidation again with some port wine notes, some sweetened dark fruits like candied date, little biscuity malt and butterscotch, candied raisin, a little buttery oak and vanilla, with a touch of bourbon candy, and perfumey semi strong alcohol

Taste quite sweet again but fruits come out front, dark candied fruits, molasses covered fig, candied date, sugar raisin, with those sweet caramel flavors, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, some sweetened prune juice, very light papery oxidation that gets a little waxy and port wine like again, touch of bitterness, a bit of the sweet toasted and biscuity malts, a little butterscotch into light vanilla and buttery oak, light whiskey again, sticky sweet finish with mild perfumey hot alcohol

Mouth is fuller bod, rich syrupy, med frothy carb, fair warming tingly alcohol

Overall about the same as the 6, not much more to it, but then again the age and oxidation may have affected it
May 01, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Look: mostly clear dark bronze. Some bubbly off white head on the pour.
Smell: oh man. Semi sweet rich ass butterscotch.
Taste: more of the same. As my buddy I’m sharing with said, liquid scotch butterscotch. Even better than the 6.
Sep 20, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - The beer poured a caramel brown color with a tan head crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose radiated sweet booziness. The sweetness was almost candy-like.

Taste - The initial impression was caramel. This beer had more caramel presence that Chronology 6. The bourbon was also less forward. What I did not like about this one was the sour apple whiskey impression. Was this starting to go bad? The profile rounded out with a dry warming finish.

Mouthfeel - The style by nature is not particularly thick, but this one has some viscosity.

Overall - I am not certain whether this one was starting to go bad, but of 6, 12, and 18, I liked this one the least.
Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from fridge temp. Pours dark brown - almost black. Decent amount of head. Nose is candy and caramel. A bit of brown sugar, roasted wood, and a bit of dark fruit. Oak is definitely there as well. Taste is fantastic. Tons of toffee, brown sugar, maple, oak, cherries, bread, malts, nuts, and raisins. This is really tasty. Mouthfeel is thick, and the alcohol is definitely detectable (but it doesn't seem like 16.7%!). Overall, a fantastic BA ale from the Bruery.
May 11, 2019
Rated: 4.66 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Apr 13, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by Kurmaraja from California

Mar 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 4 by IrishColonial from Texas

Sep 13, 2017
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Reviewed by DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice and boozy, but this is very sweet, which kind of detracts from the flavor. I get a good amount of barrel. Nice body. Overall, its a great beer, but just wish the sweetness was a bit muted.
Jul 03, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by oline73 from Maryland

May 20, 2017
Rated: 4 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

May 16, 2017
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice caramel-cola brown with 2 inch head with tight bubble formation that quickly recedes.
S: Soft, sweet bourbon hits first, followed by caramel, dark dried fruit, leather, brown sugar, vanilla, and a hint of charred wood.
T: Wow...quite the rollercoaster. Soft caramel malt, brown sugar, and fruit leather hits first, quickly followed by sweet bourbon, vanilla, charred wood, leather, and an interesting red wine note. The alcohol note bursts forth in the finish with a warming burn. Love how this plays different notes across the palate. With warming, a note of red berries emerges too.
M: Medium to medium-heavy body...surprising light on the palate given the hefty ABV. Initially sweet, then the alcohol kicks in with a decent burn burgeoning in the finish.
D: This one started solidly, then grew on me the deeper I got into it. Perhaps I was influenced by the ABV... Nice complexity of taste that had excellent progression across the palate.
Feb 28, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by jaydoc from Kansas

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 4.72 by Armando_Perez from Florida

Feb 14, 2017
Rated: 4 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by wcu80 from Georgia

Jan 09, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by smithj4 from New York

Jan 08, 2017
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2015 vintage; drank 10/15/15 @ Fischman's.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown appearance.

Khaki head; minimal lace.

Marshmallow, burnt caramel & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Raspberry, marshmallow, milk chocolate & vanilla flavors; no booze heat at all. Dessert perfection; bravo!!
Dec 30, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by siege06nd from Virginia

Dec 15, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by billab914 from Virginia

Dec 15, 2016
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Reviewed by Dope from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 5/21/15

A: Brown slimy gunk on the underside of the cap. Interesting. Pours a dark brown with a good sized brown head that fizzes out in a few seconds. No lacing, appears practically still.

S: Heavy caramel, molasses, figs and raisins. Brown sugar too I'd say. Pretty sharp alcohol too but not as bad as I was expecting.

T: Yup, more of the same. Huge, bold old ale flavors. Tons of caramel and vanilla with a toffee, molasses and fig undercurrent. Heavy bread in the middle. Brown sugar on the back end with oaky vanilla. Pretty big alcohol sting and belly-warmth afterwards.

M: Heavy and boozy.

O: Beer was aged for a year and then in the bottle is another 1.5 years. Could definitely use a bit more, it's quite boozy but it's also almost 17%. Quite sweet with huge barrel and malt flavors. Bruiser for sure, share this bottle because it'll put you under otherwise.
Oct 27, 2016
Rated: 4 by imperialking from Illinois

Oct 26, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by 2GOOFY from California

Oct 23, 2016
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured right down the middle of a snifter from a waxed 750ml bottle. It produced a pretty decent cream colored head that you definitely don't get with a less aggressive pour, but it still dissipated quickly into a quarter thick ring around the outside of the glass. It is a chestnut brown and very muddy/murky.

Smells very rich. Molasses, carmalized brown sugar, baked bread, lots of bourbon, some sour fruit, significant alcohol, and a touch of apple cider vinegar.

For as much aroma as it has, there are probably even more flavors. In addition to everything above, I also notice the oak/tannins, some red grape skin, a touch of coconut, raisin, and a big spicy kick that I am sure isn't the alcohol, but not sure what to attribute it to. Almost rye like.

The one thing that I can't overlook is the alcohol. Yes it is almost 17%, but I swear the 6 month version wasn't this boozy. It hits you early and often, and any lingering flavors seem to be drowned out a bit by astringency.

The body is very nice. Not to thick and syrupy, but not thinned out by the barrels either. The biggest knock is the alcohol burn.

This was interesting and fun. I would love to try the 6 and 12 month side by side. I think that in a lot of ways this one might have more flavor depth if memory is correct, but the alcohol presence in this one seems much stronger even though the abv doesn't reflect it. I drink plenty of bourbon neat, so it doesn't bother me, but objectively speaking it is a bit too much for a beer. All of that being said, it still is a very tasty beer and has plenty of flavors to enjoy.
Sep 12, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Part of the flight from the Bruery. Glad I got to do 'em this way. Anyways, brown pour, minimal head, looks like its not all that thick. Aroma was booze, bourbon, brown sugar and oak.

Taste was boozy, sweet, brown sugar, not bitter, smooth. This one drops more of what was 6 without seeming more boozy. Molasses, syrup, whateva. Given its abv hides it well despite still being boozy, whatchagunnado when its this big. Its good, but I could see where it gets tiresome if you're drinking more than 8oz of this.

EDIT: So I had this out of the bottle about 5 years after that original review. It was vastly superior to when it was fresh. Previous scores: 3.5/3.75/3.5/4/3.75 = 3.66; UPGRAYYEDD!!!
Jul 26, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by orangesol from Pennsylvania

Jul 04, 2016
Rated: 4.46 by Beer21 from Florida

Jun 03, 2016
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Rated by rlee1390 from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
The best of 6-18. The oak and bourbon are there but to not overpower and compensate for the sweetness.
May 22, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

May 21, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

May 09, 2016
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Again, thanks to canadianghetto for being able to try this.

A: Pours a dark copper/brown than Chron 6. Still very cloudy and opaque. A one finger white head forms, and recedes with a bit of lace.
S: Very sweet malts up front. Lightly toasted, baked bread even. A tannin like character is more prevalent than the 6. The wood character is a bit more well rounded.
T: Sweet candied sugar and caramel. Again, wood tannins are more apparent. Lots of booze, almost ethanol like. Still seems a little one dimensional.
M/O: Again, a big, viscous body. Oily and overly thick. Boozy, thick, and one dimensional. This is a slow and almost harsh sipper.

Again, thanks to Will for letting me try this. It just does not hit with many other Old Ales easily attainable on the shelf. One dimensional, sweet and boozy is the name of the game.
Apr 11, 2016
Rated: 4.31 by ryanflc from New Jersey

Apr 03, 2016
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown that's nearly black with a finger of dense light tan head that fades to a small collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of caramel, vanilla, coconut, toffee, toasted malts and some oak with a little fruitiness
T: Taste is caramel and toasted malts with vanilla, hints of coconut and toffee. Slight oak as well with a little dark fruit flavor going on. Swallow is a little boozy with more bourbon barrel goodness. A bit of molasses, caramel, vanilla, plums and oak lead most of the finish on this one.
M: This one is full in the mouth with light but adequate carbonation and a drying finish from the ABV
O: A bit more complex than its younger counterpart. Really nice flavors and complexity with some great bourbon barrel notes. I definitely prefer this to Chrono 6. This one is a sipper as well but it is a little boozy and pretty sweet.
Mar 26, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by shoegueuze from California

Mar 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia

Feb 23, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by kerry4porters from Arizona

Feb 20, 2016
Rated: 4.35 by ldhughes3 from Louisiana

Jan 23, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Jan 19, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by dddddddd from Washington

Jan 05, 2016
Chronology:12 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 82 ratings