Chronology:24
The Bruery

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Style:
Old Ale
ABV:
17%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 6.07%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
41
From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  6
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Chronology:24 is the fourth and final installment in a two-year long, four-part experiment with barrels and time. We 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, we took a quarter of the barrels, blended them and bottled them. This fourth bottling represents the flavors imparted in the base beer after 24 months of barrel aging.
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rand from California

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into tulip glass

Dark brown appearance, viscous with no visible carbonation, no head.

Wafts of burnt sugar and bourbon make the bouquet, ushered by ample alcohol volatiles. Stodgy aromas with nuances of toasted cocoa, vanilla and raisin.

Flavors are chocolate-forward, and less boozy than its older brethren. Oaky and smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Hints of carob and clove play off huge malty character, leading to a long, sweet finish.

A tasty, decadent treat. Seems the extra aging has made this one markedly smoother, but I saved a few bottles to do a vertical, so at some point I’ll confirm. Might let these age for awhile though.

Dec 25, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/27/2016. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No glass lacing, and a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, and brown bread/dough; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, cocoa, leather, tobacco, wood, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, and brown bread/dough; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, cocoa, leather, tobacco, wood, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, peppery hop bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, dark fruit, cherry, apricot, red apple, brown bread/dough, licorice, molasses, cocoa, leather, tobacco, wood, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness balance; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and extremely full body; with a very creamy/silky/slick/syrupy/velvety/bready, and lightly sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Mild increasing warmth of 17%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged old ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth to sip on slowly for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. This is definitely the sweetest beer I've ever had from them. It's surprising that the barrel didn't take over the beer like with the "Days Of The Week" series. This was barely boozy at all. Got smoother as it warmed up. Fantastic balance/complexity between super rich malts, fruity English yeast, and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected. Liked most of the Anniversary Old Ales a lot more.

Jun 16, 2019
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep bronze wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 5/27/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a murky, mud brown with a finger and a half of beige head. The froth quickly crackles away, leaving a thin halo on top of an opaque brown body and no lace.

Aromas of brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, Bruery yeast and wet oak. Outstanding.

Tastes of bourbon, toffee, oak, Bruery house Belgian yeast, brown sugar, cooked caramel, candied dark fruit, vanilla and an appropriately respectable slap of booze. The flavors blend beautifully and creat a rich, decadent experience. Despite that alcohol presence this goes down much smoother that the abv might lead you to expect.

Heavy, full body with that vacillates between creamy and syrupy with a wonderfully understated carbonation. Bourbon, toffee and yeasty dark fruit make for a delicious, sweet finish.

The first "old ale" edition of the Chronolgy series has been a blissful experience so this final installment arrives with a bittersweetness. The additional bourbon and oak imparted by extended time in barrels has raised each episode a notch above it's predecessors. Each and every one has been incredible so the fact that it is also a case study with four chapters is a bonus. I'll savor my remaining bottles of all four releases, with "24" as the crown jewel.

Aug 15, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much like all the other chronology beers, this one looks like bourbon, although I will acknowledge this one takes on an older barrel appearance slightly when compared with the 6 month variation. Aroma is big and bold, still has those mild brown sugar, vanilla and oak notes.

Taste pulls a very smooth experience to the forefront, all that bourbon, brown sugar, maple, oak, vanilla, heat, caramel. Enjoyable in small quantities. I really like this beer, but its extremely high price point necessitates it being super world class, whereas I simply find it to be very good. A lot like those anniversary ales in its ability to be a drinkable relative to its abv liquid cracker jack.

Jul 29, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not getting the praise (read "hype") it deserves - for real.

A clear, head lacking brew that looks more like a nice Sherry in the glass than beer, this one is super well balanced and with awesome nutty, brown sugar, maple, vanilla and heavy bourbon characteristics and flavor profile. This is "whale worthy" and simply a great effort.

Jul 09, 2016
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johnInLA from California

4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

Dark Brown, light brown, medium head which diminishes.

Nose has oak bourbon, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit.

Taste has oak, bourbon, cherry, caramel, chocolate, and raisin.

Feel: This is a full bodied, syrupy, chewy ale, the warmth is surprisingly mild for a beer of this ABV, which makes for a very pleasant finish.

Overall, This is another excellent Old Ale from The Bruery. The oak is a bit strong, especially when the bottle is first opened, as you might expect from two years in the barrel. But it is not overwhelming. The result is a complex ale, which grows more complex as it oxidizes.

This beer has a high price point, but I think its worth it.

Jun 26, 2016
Chronology:24 from The Bruery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 41 ratings