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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   EST. CALORIES: 507   ABV: 16.9%
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May is our anniversary month and we are excited to release Sucre, our sixth anniversary ale this week! This beer is brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method, where a portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age.

Editor’s Note: This is the entry for The Bruery’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Anniversary beer.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
poisoneddwarf (1767) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Initial rating, as ’Fruet,’ 11/11/12: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle, thanks Brenn79! Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is awesome--full of rich artisan caramel and wood; also in there: licorice, booze, dark fruit. This is my favorite type of aroma in a beer right now. Taste is a sledgehammer of awesome flavors; it’s sweet (not cloying), sour, very savory. The bourbon and oak are in your face, but not overpowering. Alcohol burns the throat going down. Licorice is strong in the finish. Soft carbonation, full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. This reminds me of Firestone Walker 14, also an anniversary beer, which is my favorite beer of all time. This is right up there. Amazing. 10,3,10,5,20=4.8

7/24/13 rating, as ’Bois’: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. 15% ABV. This is the beer to celebrate four years of rating on this site. Pours a muddy dark brown with orange highlights; has a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is oaky, boozy, caramellly, raisins, licorice, sticky buns. Taste starts out sweet and savory before quickly turning sour, leaving a little bitterness behind in the finish. Hot alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation fairly soft, body full. I drank this too soon, dammit. I rated Fruet after six months of aging. This one has only been a couple months since production. That hot alcohol definitely needs to tame down a bit. I’m really kicking myself for not buying another bottle. Give this one at least six months, but I think a year or more would be best. At least I know for next year. 8,3,8,5,16=4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (893) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Drinking a 750 ml bottle of Fruet. Aroma is rich and full of caramel, toffee and tootsie rolls. Moderate raisin, fig and prune notes. Medium light alcohol, bourbon and oak notes. Pours a murky brown with some red hues and a small, fairly thick, dark tan head that recedes to a thin film. Flavor is fairly sweet with lots of caramel and toffee. Lighter notes of burnt sugar, tootsie rolls and faint toasted bread. Moderate notes of raisin, fig and prune. Medium light bourbon notes and light oak with a hint of coconut and vanilla. Moderate alcohol spice and medium bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a pretty enjoyable beer that while rather sweet has a lot of complexity as well. Bourbon and oak are well balanced and secondary. Like drinking a liquid candy bar followed by a chaser of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimspady (203) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2014 Sat in the cellar for about a year. Malts, slight chocolate, some alcohol burn on the palate. Hides the 15% very well. Still sweet though. Like a liqueur or port.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westchesterco (1113) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a cloudy brown with a slight head the aroma is boozey and of great. The taste is bourbon and vanilla and an after taste of sherry and black licorice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2331) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle. Moderate dark bread, roasted and molasses for the malt. moderate herbs for the hops, light leather for the yeast, with tobacco, bourbon, brown sugar and raisin. Head is small, frothy, light beige with fiar lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is dark murky brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and lightly acidic. Palate is full, syrupy, with a soft to lively carbonation. Malty sweetness and thick, syrupiness highlight this Old Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4546) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Fruet. Pours deep mahogany into a tulip. White head with little retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet dried pit fruit and fig aromas. Thin with sweet caramel and hot pit fruit front upfront turning to very hot vanilla and bourbon in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (263) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Aroma is caramel, toffee, figs, molasses. Appearance is ruby, light light brown head. Taste is the same as aroma, plus booze, but still smooth. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation, amazing. Overall, wow. Almost 4D. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yiannnos (921) - , CYPRUS - NOV 18, 2014
Shared. Dark brown colour. Rich taste, syrup, plums, vanilla, dark fruits,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenclansman (881) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - NOV 10, 2014
Wow what a beer. Super rich and full. Even though it has such a high alcohol volume, it is very well hidden. Of course you get it, but not as much as you expect. Wood, bourbon, vanilla...very nice beer,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Thanks to Andy for ordering this out of the Porter’s cellar. Maple syrup on the nose and in the taste. Fizzled than expected, which I love. Bottle - Porter Beer Bar - Atlanta, GA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2348) - Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle (Bois): Thanks, Doug. Syrupy brown, murky pour with only translucency near the very top. Light-tan colored cap that fades quickly to a film & collar. Aroma of sticky caramel, molasses, brown sugar, & super heavy, robust booze. Smells BIG. And very SWEET. Touch of vanilla & deep, dark fruits. Taste coats the palate with warm booze, sticky toffee coated plums, caramelized dates, raisin preserves, bourbon pungency... Wow. Touch of nutty oak, some woody brown sugar, & burnt toffee lingers in the finish. Sticky body, heavy & thick. Coating. Gets a bit hot as it warms, but certainly a lovely sipper. [8-3-8-4-15; 3.8 overall]

Bottle (Sucre): Now dammit, I know this is basically the same beer as Bois (or any of the previous 100% bourbon anniversary ales from years before) but I did not enjoy my first experience with Sucre nearly as much. Very, VERY hot. Hotter than ever. Super sticky sweet, too, but the heat & the booze seem to clash & make a mild mess, rather than offset like you’d hope for. Toffee, raisin, plum, molasses, anise, hot wood, & strong booze. Burnt brown sugar, light vanilla. Flavorful, sure, but hard to drink more than a couple ounces. [7-3-5-3-12; 3.0 overall]

Overall score will be a composite of all iterations... I guess.

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