Poterie | The Bruery

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4.33/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Poterie is French for “pottery”, the traditional eight-year anniversary gift. Our eighth anniversary ale, Poterie, follows in the footsteps of our anniversary releases before it, which are loosely based on an English-style old ale, fermented with our house yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. This means that a portion of each anniversary ale is saved in oak barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character as the years go by. The result is layered in robust and complex flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.

Added by Wowcoolman on 01-04-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
195
pDev:
6.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
83
Trade:
8
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4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stortore
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 3/24/16, had 1/13/18.

Pours an opaque dark amber, with a one and a half inch foamy head and some loose, foamy lacing. Aromas of figs, dates, molasses, caramel, malt, oak, coconut, raisins, some bourbon, light tobacco. Smells terrific. The taste is more bourbon forward, then malt, figs, molasses, oak, dates, caramel, light vanilla. Tastes terrific, too. Incredibly smooth for the ABV, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

Incredible aroma, great flavor, the anniversary ale gets better every year. Amazing depth and complexity. I’m sure I don’t do them justice in a review. Comes with a high price point that’s worth every penny.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie35
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin dark brown color with a beige frothy head.

The aroma is boozy with plenty of dark grape notes. Prune and lots of other dark fruits. Fig. Strong. One dimensional

Deep and figgy. Plenty of dark grapes and prunes. Candied honey. Some light carob. Scorched caramel and vanilla.

The feel is moderate. It has prickly carbonation and a fusel alcohol burn. Sticky yet dry?

A big boozy mess. Some nice dark fruit but the burn kills.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
4/13/16
Served in a tulip

Somewhat murky, chestnut brown appearance. The syrupy body was capped by a frothy, two-finger tall, tan colored crown that quickly fizzled away. No head or lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was incredibly punchy and complex. Quite sweet with big toffee, caramel and brown sugar notes. Loads of maple and dark fruits too. Raisins and plums for sure. Intense vanilla notes. There was a big, boozy, slightly oxidized quality that reminded me a lot of sherry. I definitely picked out the bourbon as well. Good dose of oaky barrel.

The flavor was equally as interesting but slightly sharper. Super malty and robust on the front end. Quite sweet. Loads of toffee and caramel. Big dark fruit notes as well. Raisins and figs came to mind. Vanilla appeared in the center. Some almond notes too. More sweetness and toasted malt character on the back end. Moderate amount of oaky barrel. The beer finished boozy, but not overly so, with an intense, oxidized, sherry-like note and some lingering heat. There was an unexpected slightly sour, vinous twang as well. Really unique.

Nice creamy, frothy mouthfeel. Quite syrupy and slick on the palate. Fuller bodied for the style. The liquid contained a fairly zippy, greater than expected effervescence. Given the beer’s exceptionally high alcohol content, this drank exceptionally well.

Every year I look forward to The Bruery’s anniversary beer, and Poterie struck me as being one of the most interesting releases to date. While quite sweet, the oxidized/sherry character and sour twanginess added loads of complexity to this 16-plus percent ABV beast of a beer. This is definitely worth the steep price tag, especially if split amongst three or four people.

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Photo of thoglund
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BWood
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sold anniversary beer from the Bruery. Nice strong ale flavor with a good bourbon barrel. The nose is in your face bourbon with sugar and malt and some dark fruit. Taste is similar. Sweet up front. Alcohol is very present but in a good way. Solid beer. Goes down easy and warms you up.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown in color with a very murky complexion that you can't see through (think dirty riverwater). There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is a massive wallop of sweet bourbon and a plethora of malt. I'm tasting a hefty dose of malt, leather, bourbon, and figs. The mouth is very sticky, chewy, and warm with alcohol.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Poterie from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 195 ratings