Arbre Alligator Char | The Bruery

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4.12/5
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Arbre Alligator CharArbre Alligator Char
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This variation of Arbre spent time resting in barrels treated with the deepest, boldest char possible - called alligator char, imparting characteristics of burnt marshmallows, black currant, caramelized brown sugar, charred oak and dense dark chocolate fudge.

Added by rudzud on 08-03-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
53
pDev:
5.1%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
22
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of CharlesK
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeanBump
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick and heavy like a woman sitting at bus stop in leggings. Between the weight and the char this is a sipper. The flavors are bold and you get a good amount of char. The downside is that the char flavor outweighs the barrel here. You still get SOME barrel, dont get me wrong, but when you buy a beer with "Alligator Char" on the label, what do you expect? This is a perfect cold weather, by the fire, beer.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Q's favorite of the three. Pete, Jon and Jay's second favorite.

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Photo of rypkr
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks @2beerdogs

L - snifter pour. Murky deep brown. Frothy light mocha lacing.

S - I smelled bourbon as soon as I cracked the cap. In the snifter it's vanilla, oaky, sugary, toffee, brown sugar, oily butter, and cheesecake?

T - unique. Beyond your standard double stout. Not at all charred or roasty like the name presumes. Very, very sweet. Lots of raisen and fruit. Certainly bourbon, very vanilla forward bourbon.

M - strangely watery. Very dry and attenuated. Heavy alcohol presence. This beer would be world class to me if it were thicker.

Overall. Taste on point. Mouthfeel failed to round it out. Still, an above average stout. The more I drink this the more I can't agree with it being a stout. There is SO little roast, chocolate or smoke that this imo is better categorized as an American strong ale.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishColonial
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a half finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of fudge, coffee, vanilla, toasted marshmallows, and some barrel char
T: Taste is toasted marshmallows and vanilla with some chocolate, charred wood, roasted malts, and light caramel. The beer has a slight fruity note as well. Swallow is burnt wood with some more marshmallows, coffee and roasted malt
M: This beer is full in body with soft but adequate carbonation and a dry finish
O: Overall this beer is pretty good. This was a fun concept and it's tough to declate a favorite. This beer has a nice complexity and it's interesting to see the effect the barrel can have on the beer. The barrel influence was really nice as well.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I did a side-by-side tasting of all three Bruery Arbre and this one was my favorite; none of them was particularly outstanding, but all of them were tasty and fun to compare.

The char is unabashed in all of them- few nuances. It is all about oakiness and burnt barrel. As such, it can get tiring after a while, and for me it did.

It was three of us and none of us finished every glass, but we all had fun tasting.

I just wish the Arbre series had a bit more depth and a bit of a bourbon taste.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drummermattie02
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a nice mocha head.

S - Aromas of nice chocolate, good char, fudge, oak.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very nice chocolate, good dark roast and char. Char is a bit light than I thought it would be.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a solid beer, the char though wasn't nearly as strong though as the previous bottle

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud
Smaller head, little lacing, pitch black long legs

Nose super dark fudgey cocoa, little Smokey and char, toasted oak, toasted malts, little saw dust, sweet chocolate syrup, caramel and little candy, big fudge little charred barrel.

Taste brings big chewy nougat and chocolate fudge, little Smokey char, fruity flavors, weird dark fruit, little booze warmth and phenol, chemical char and some thing, dark choc fudge char, little smoke, fair oak and toasted char.
Unfortunately very little barrel.
Mouth thicker chewy like little warming booze, lighter carb.

Overall ok, thankfully not nearly as crazy char oak as expected after the last two.

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Photo of rand
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle to snifter

A: Sludgy, jet-black appearance. Crude oil. A tiny rim of bubbles touch the glass at top of the brew, otherwise scant head.

S: Oak and booze anchor the bouquet and penetrate the orofactory organs. Suggestions of unsweetened chocolate, molasses and smoke are noted.

M/T: Burnt oak at the front of the sip, but more layered and complex than the nose portends. Notes of tobacco contrast with carob. Earthy-sweet molasses is smoothed-out by creamy dextrins. Ripe fruit and caramel offset smoky undertones. Closes with a fairly long finish.

From the description, I was expecting something more harsh and thought this had the potential to go off the rails. It's actually damn tasty and instead of adding big, burn-y, smoky aspects, the extra char adds complexion and depth of flavor.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black and silver striped foil cappped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 7/27/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours black with a a little more than a finger of pale khaki head. The bubbles shrink back, leaving a thin donut-patterned layer of haze and a full crown that imparts some scattered splotches of lace.

Smells of dark chocolate, burnt sugar, mild barrel char, sweet pitted fruit and some caramel. Enjoyable.

Tastes of bittersweet dark chocolate, wet oak, burnt caramel, barrel char, dark fruit skins, brown sugar and a little alcohol. This doesn't have the sweeter, rounder flavors I enjoyed in Light Toast but the full on burnt notes work well in their own way.

Creamy, medium full body with soft carbonation. Burnt oak, over cooked fudge, caramel and dark fruit linger in the aftertaste.

The Bruery continues their impressive track record of mighty fine stouts. While not quite to my liking as much as Light Toast, Alligator Char fully committed to its particular blend of chocolate and char in a way that appealed to me a bit more than Medium Toast. This was a cool and educational experiment.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kingjohnh
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taospowder
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Arbre Alligator Char from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 53 ratings