The Bruery

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Strong Ale - American
3.95 | pDev: 9.11%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Dark Ale aged in bourbon barrels and finished in wine barrels
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 14 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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stakem from Pennsylvania

2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a tulip appears a dark mahogany with ruby clarity and light khaki head that fades quick to a ring around the perimeter.

Aroma is vinous with brown sugar, raw oak earthy and herbal.

Tastes raw oak, vinous, herbal almost medicinal with plenty of boozy and a bacterial tanginess outside what you would expect from the wine barrel aging.

Medium in body with modest carbonation, its ok at best and unfortunately has been getting worse with every bottle ive opened. This is a classic example of a beer that sounds great on paper that just didnt pan out.

Feb 13, 2018
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IKR from California

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2017 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest-sized dark beige head that slowly faded. So far so good as it's a good looking beer.

Smell: Bourbon notes feature prominently in the nose followed by mild brown sugar, and faint coffee/roasted malt aroma. Maybe it's the power of suggestion but I think I get faint wine notes. Nice nose on this one.

Taste: True to the nose, the bourbon notes have a prominent presence followed by roasted malts notes, mild brown sugar, modest dark chocolate, and tannic oak notes. The finish is fairly dry and while the bourbon is prominent it does not taste sweet.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: A good Strong Ale. The bourbon bal-aging is nicely complemented by the wine bal-aging resulting in a taste profile that features strong bourbon notes but does not have a lingering sweetness. I should have got more.

Sep 23, 2017
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johnInLA from California

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Serving temp 50F

Dark brown, off white, slightly frothy medium head, which mostly diminishes.

Nose: red wine, chocolate, oak, cherry

Taste: Oak, caramel, chocolate, cherry, red wine.

Feel: Medium body, creamy texture, malty finish.

Overall: Red wine was dominant in the nose but was milder in the flavor, with chocolate, caramel and oak standing out more in the flavor. Cherry started to come through as it warmed/oxidized.

Very good

Jul 30, 2017
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 14 ratings