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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 504   ABV: 16.8%
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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, fermented with our house yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. This means that a portion of each anniversary ale is saved in oak barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character as the years go by. The result is layered in robust and complex flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.

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


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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
poisoneddwarf (2247) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 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

3rd rating, from 7/25/15, as Sucre, 2014 vintage: at least a year old here. 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, molasses, licorice. Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head that falls after a couple minutes into a ring and skiff of foam. Taste is sweet, boozy, coconut, dark fruits imparting some tartness, tannins. Full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. Great beer, but it’s just not as interesting as my first impression back in 2012 when it was called Fruet. I don’t know if the quality has gone down, if my tastes have changed, or if I was just more in the mood for this behemoth of a beer back then when I rated it for the first time. 8,4,8,5,18=4.3


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
lownote (493) - Austin, Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Pours a muddy brown with a big tan head. Aroma is pretty vinegar like, some alcohol, with a little sweetness. Taste is very rich. Sweet, tart, some spiciness and wood. Pretty thick body. Super complex beer but not my favorite. The tartness is a bit out of balance to make it really drinkable

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a minimal ring of off white head. Aroma and taste of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit.
Earlier Rating: 6/16/2013 Total Score: 4.5
Bottle. Strong aroma of wood. Very nice taste of port, fruits, and alcohol. Pours dark brown with nice lacing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (4472) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2016
From a bottle. Pours opaque tawny brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like booze, earthy malt, dried dark fruits, some tobacco, and faint ash. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like booze, earthy malt, dried dark fruits, some tobacco, and faint ash. Thanks jheath99!
Earlier Rating: 6/16/2013 Total Score: 3.9
From a big bottle. Pours murky dark brown. Very strong aroma. Smells like port wine, chocolate, raisins. Very strong and sweet flavor. Tastes like brown sugar, alcohol, raisins, plums. Medium body and low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (4919) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours murky brown. Aroma is vanilla, oak, bready malts, dark fruit notes, and some tobacco character. Flavor is rich and malty with strong barrel sweetness and woodiness, some boozy spice, and layered dark fruit and caramel notes. Full body.
Earlier Rating: 2/9/2013 Total Score: 4.4
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thick, frothy beige head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is port, plums, raisins, cookie and caramel malt, oak, fresh dough, and black cherries. Flavor is sweet malts, booze, heavy dark fruit esters, oak, and a hint of vanilla; finishes like a good glass of port, lightly sweet and boozy. Full body and low carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zebra (1659) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2016
750-ml bottle from wlvliquors. huge boozy sweet malty nose, beautiful dark violet color, scotch (ale, not whisky), very sweet, super boozy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3775) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2016
750ml bottle thanks to Darrel (share on 6/11/16). Hazy dark amber pour with a small ring of beige head. Like Sucre, big boozy aroma and taste, with elements of vanilla sweetness and woody elements. Some smoky hints as well recalls toasted marshmallows. Another bomb from the Bruery.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (13843) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Capped 750 shared by Marcus. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of bourbon vanilla and dark treacle. Med ++ body (or full). Flavor is bourbon/vanilla/wood/dark treacle/dark fruit. Clearly not smoky Scotch here. It’s sweetish, treaclish, heatish, fruitish. Extremely delicious.
Earlier Rating: 9/17/2010 Total Score: 4.2
750, capped and waxed. Probably from Perry’s Liquor a few months ago. Pours really brown black with some light tan bubbles. Aroma is sweet, astringent, oaky, bourbon. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Heat is noticeable, but the heavy body tends to hide it - until it goes down. Warms the tum. Flavor is a touch sour, a touch fruit, oak/wood, definitely bourbon, and maybe some bitter. Finish is smooth, with light lingering sour. I’m starting to imagine some chocolate - if so it’s very dark. Good drink for sure.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (8903) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark brown with a nice beige head and a treacle and bourbon aroma. Thete is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with a lot of bourbon and vanilla. This is a huge beer!
Earlier Rating: 10/1/2010 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle from Monument Wines. Pours brown with a thin beige head and a sour wild yeast aroma. There is a rich sour brown flavor with heavy amounts of oak and whiskey. A pleasure to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3351) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle share, labeled as the Bourbon Barrel Aged Bois, thanks to syndicate I’m sure… another big badass Bruery beer. A deep brown color with a small ring of creamy beige head. Nose is rich, boozy. Woody, vanilla, and bourbon. Big sweet flavor, more impact from the barrel treatment along with vanilla, toffee, and dark fruits. Decadent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (1579) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 26, 2016
Bottle shared fourways. Pours a dark, clear, reddish brown with a bubbly, tan head. Aroma has bourbon, coconut, toffee, booze, caramel, vanilla, prunes, dates, figs, some cherries. Taste is surprisingly port vinous acidic, woody, dry, sweet licorice, caramel, coconut sweet. Long, barrel dry, fruity after taste. Well hidden alcohol, smooth, oily body, average, slightly fizzy carbonation. Tasty, vinous and nice!


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