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Poterie - Scotch Barrel-Aged | The Bruery

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4.32/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.80%

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 and fermented with our house yeast strain. This edition was 100% aged in oak barrels that previously held Scotch, imparting a subtle smoky complexity to complement the robust flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
84
pDev:
5.79%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
32
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep and ruddy brown beer that's slightly mahogany which is topped by a dense finger of slightly rocky light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of intense dark fruits with some caramel, toffee, and oak along with some slight mulling spices.
T: Taste is dark fruits with some nice spice followed by the caramel and toffee. Dark fruits come back for another round with a strong taste of plums along with a little bit of oak. On the swallow this on is more dark fruits and toffee with a slight milk chocolate note along with a little more spice and lingering dark fruits.
M: This beer has a thick and slightly chewy mouthfeel while still being slightly silky on the palate. Carbonation is surprisingly effervescent but it does not detract from the flavors of the beer at all. The beer has a drying finish due to the ABV.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and a really nice amount of complexity. Time on this one has helped to mellow out the roughness and smooth the sharp edges on this beer. Well worth a try if you still have these laying around.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a teku
Bottled 2016

A- pours a murky brown color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that has good retention and leaves a bit of lacing behind

S- malty caramel & toffee notes up front, along with dark fruit aromas of fig, date & raisin. Tobacco & leather, along with licorice. There's definitely a smoky undertone, but it's subtle. Closes out with spicy oak, vanilla & booze

T- bold malty sweetness up front gives immediate notes of caramel and toffee, followed by a variety of dark fruits; fig and date up front, along with raisin & black cherry. Mid-palate gives notes of tobacco, maple, brown sugar, fruitcake & brown bread. The finish brings out some barrel notes of spicy oak, vanilla and subtle scotch that adds a hint of smoky peat, but more of an undertone than anything. Lingers of more caramel and oak, dark fruits and a hint of booze

M- medium-heavy body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish. The booze is present, but not nearly at the level of 14.8%

O- great complexity, but well balanced; caramel/dark fruits/barrel. The alcohol is hidden very well, you'd never know that this one is creeping up on 15% abv, well done

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/15/2015. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, plum, fig, cherry, date, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, maple, toffee, whiskey, vanilla, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, peat smoke, chocolate, leather, tobacco, brine, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Touch of booze in the aroma as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready/light roasted malt, and scotch barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge raisin, prune, plum, fig, cherry, date, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, maple, toffee, whiskey, vanilla, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, peat smoke, chocolate, leather, tobacco, brine, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, maple, toffee, whiskey, vanilla, toasted oak, brown bread, light licorice/molasses/smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready/light roasted malt, and scotch barrel flavors; with a solid malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, lightly slick, and slightly sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 14.8%, with zero barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged old ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready/light roasted malt, and scotch barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the very mildly bitter finish. Obviously not a heavily peated scotch barrel, but had some great unique complexities. Same amazing base Old Ale as usual. Perfectly balanced fruity yeast and rich malt complexity; with amazing barrel integration. A highly amazing offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of Corkykab
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wowzers... was drinking this as a gift from a friend at home alone and wondered why I was feeling punchy after one pint... then I looked at the label’s alcohol content and understood. An ale this strong has no right to be so drinkable and tasty... awesome stuff!

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Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brpendergast85
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of elemenohpee1
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cvm4
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours the usual murky brown body with a tan one finger head.

S - Toffee, caramel, dark fruits and oak are intertwined with a soft scotch character. It's not peaty or smokey at all to me.

T - The taste just adds more depth to the beer, along with brown sugar on a lip smacking finish.

F - Full bodied and low carbonation. Smooth body with an expected abv heat.

O - In typical Bruery anniversary beer fashion, this is a boozy old ale that adds a new twist with the scotch barrel.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wamba
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brewski
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breadwinner
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I thought this had, rather than smoky scotch, an almost vinuous note to it. Apropos of The Bruery, this is all about excess, loads of dark fruit, loads of booze, a bit of cola, heavy and wet body. Enjoyable in the way a slice of cheesecake is - richly decant and one is more than enough.

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Photo of DVMin98
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kbuzz
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Royal violet foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 12/15/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours an opaque, deep chocolate brown with almost three and a half fingers of pale head. The foam sizzles away, leaving a couple trace wisps, a thin rail around the edge and no lacing to speak of.

Sweet aromas of Scotch, toffee, dark fruit, caramel, oak and that familiar Bruery house yeast that is so noticeable in their anniversary ales.

As predicted by the nose this tastes boozey sweet. Caramel, Scotch, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruit, caramel, light Belgian yeast, toast and a healthy dose of alcohol.

Sludgy, full body with light carbonation. Scotch continues to shine through in the aftertaste along with a sweet blend of toffee and dark fruit.

Another year and The Bruery found yet another kind of barrel for their consistently stellar anniversary old ale. I'm no fan of Scotch but it works very well here, further advancing my much-tested theory that this beer works with any barrel.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seedyone
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Ahhhmmm, I don't know what to say. I want all of is I can get so don' look for it.

It's deep dark secerts are not fr everone.

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Photo of briancathy
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of whatname
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Poterie - Scotch Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 84 ratings