Matrimoniale | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 06-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 8
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Quiroga for sharing this beer and congrats to Kyle and Lauren!

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a bit of amber highlights and a bit of murk.

S: There is a nice bit of barrel to this beer. Vanilla and spirit (bourbon, probably) with some toffee and caramel. There is a lot of smoke from the smoked porter on the nose. Hints of dark fruits on the back end.

T: Smoke really dominates the flavor. There is a fair amount of roast, smoke, cocoa powder, and lots of oak. Some sweet vanilla flavor, leather, and bourbon. Slight sweetness from toffee and caramel is also present.

M: Medium to full in body with a low to medium carbonation.

O: I wasn't expecting so much smoke flavor, but it was still a good beer. Very complex.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Congratulations to Kyle and Lauren! Thanks to Kyle for sharing the bottle on 5/28 and thanks to Chris for sharing it at Stone Sour Fest 2011. A blend of...roughly 56 bottles created.

A: Appears a deep brown in the snifter with some clarity near the edges and a small head that quickly fades.

S: Notes of vanilla meld with caramel, brown sugar, toffee, earth, and oak. As strong as the bourbon barrel anniversary beers are, the smoked porter is still quite pronounced. Brandy notes are light. I detect a little plum, prune, and date, as well as milk chocolate. Rye is faint. Aromatic and very nice.

T: Bourbon caramel with milk chocolate, rye, and oak. Vanilla is light but evident. Once again the smoke comes through, though it's not as strong as it was in the nose. Alcohol is very well hidden for the ABV. Light brandy character with some midpalate brown sugar sweetness. On the whole, this is drier than I expected. Finishes with caramel, bourbon, smoke, and oak, with just a little booze.

M: Medium in body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, silky, and sticky. Alcohol warming is evident in the finish.

Overall: A delicious beer that was a pleasure to try, and one that should hold up well in the cellar. Congratulations once again.

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Matrimoniale from The Bruery
4.2 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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