Chronology:12
The Bruery

Chronology:12Chronology:12
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Style:
Old Ale
ABV:
16.7%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 6.89%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
79
From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  9
Gots
  24
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 79 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by oline73:
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oline73 from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 20, 2017
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2beerdogs from California

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 14, 2015
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wcu80 from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 09, 2017
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johnInLA from California

4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 bottle poured into RS Tulip.

Dark brown, with an off white head.

Chocolate, caramel and oak in the nose initially, which carried through to the flavor.

As it oxidized, the chocolate faded and cherry notes increased.

This beer was good at the start but improved as it breathed.

Definitely a step up from Chronology 6.

Sep 06, 2015
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 23, 2016
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rand from California

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here's my review from Chronology 6

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/16866/153029/?ba=rand

I'm just going to kinda roll these reviews over, adding any notable difference as these are released. As expected, this one is notably sweeter than the 6, both in the nose and on the palate. It's not 'masking' the booze, but it doesn't come across quite so hot. Caramelly malt notes are starting to anchor the flavor profile, making this more drinkable.

Jul 29, 2015
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drewone from California

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

Aug 23, 2015
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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
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claspada from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 05, 2015
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mre4b from California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oct 10, 2015
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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
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

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

May 16, 2017
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billab914 from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 15, 2016
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imperialking from Illinois

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

Oct 26, 2016
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jaydoc from Kansas

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

Feb 26, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Apr 13, 2018
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 04, 2016
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siege06nd from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 15, 2016
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smithj4 from New York

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Jan 08, 2017
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IrishColonial from Texas

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

Sep 13, 2017
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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
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kmanjohnson from California

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 22, 2015
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Gobzilla from California

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 13, 2015
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warnerry from Michigan

3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 29, 2015
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scottiethebody from California

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 27, 2015
Chronology:12 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 79 ratings