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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 504   ABV: 16.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savagesteeler (133) - Warszaw, POLAND - APR 13, 2016
Próbka ma WFP 2016 Świetnie słodkie, nuty suszonych owoców, karmel, szlachetny alkohol, miód pitny, koniak, wanilina . W smaku równiez słodko, cierpko, likierowo, figi, wyklejajaco.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (6083) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2016
Bottled as Sucre: Served in a Chouffe glass: Brown ish beer with a ruby shine and a creamy head. Aroma seems to be mainly consisting out of cognac. A light vanilla, wood, bourbon and caramel tint are present. Flavour is a bit sweet with caramel, sugars, toffee and berries as well as a good more present hint of vanilla and wood. Some spice/alcohol, vanilla fudge and liquor drenched sweetwood. Aftertaste is bitter, vanilla, light herbal and malty. Low carbo, light creamy thicker mouthfeel, close to full bodied. Heavy but delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3631) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2016 On tap at John’s Restaurant & Tavern in Winfield, IL., and snifter served showing a murky, deep brown color, with a finger’s width of tan head foam that reduced to a persistent ring, and spots & strands of lacing. The nose was sweet caramel & toffee, barrel/oaky hints, cherry wood & skins, and lurking, bourbony alcohol. Medium to full bodied, with decent spritz to the effervescence, the taste was similar notes, tart cherry, a touch of Port-like vinosity, and brown sugar sweetness that was a bit too cloying for me. Still a smooth sipper, with pleasant, bourbony warmth, but not noticeably16.2%. Again as a 750 ml. bottle sample at WCD’s 2016 distributor expo. Added esters as prune, fig, and currant, some barrel induced vanilla, tanginess, syrupy texture, but understandably softer carbonation from the continuous jostling of the bottles. Also caught a hint of cocoa on the back upon warming as an additional item of increased complexity. +.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5862) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a large brown foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of residual sugar with some deep caramelized notes is intriguing. Taste is a nice mix of strong caramelized malt notes with some heavy residual sugar notes and light bourbon notes are also noticeable. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol notes. There was light oxidation notes which I didn’t really cared for and the sugar is somewhat too upfront and hides other flavours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maley1 (1116) - Calgary, CANADA - MAR 10, 2016
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of fruits, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, coconut and toffee. Taste of caramel, ripe fruits, toffee, burnt sugar, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, molasses and slight oak. Very complex beer, every sip brings out more and more flavors. Full bodied, lower carbonation, slight alcohol burn on the finish. One of my favorites for sure, excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1332) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2016
On tap & Chuck’s 85th. Pours heavily murky ruddy brown with no head. Aroma is huge boozy woody whiskey and port up front, heavily syrupy notes of pecan, leather, rum-soaked raisins follow. Taste is big, though not oversized, sweetness; toasted vanilla, light oak barrels, incredibly rich syrupy malt that lingers heavily sweet and boozy through the finish. Layer upon layer of flavor, amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11920) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2016
dark chestnut brown, small brown head. Aroma of rye, brown sugar, nuts, alcohol, roasted malts, not at all as brutal as i would have expected for a 16%alc. beer. Flavor is roasted malts, faint fruitiness, nuts, rye, dark toffee, syrup. one of the most gentle really strong beers i have tasted, but yet of course loads of flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (4467) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
At Bruery Sucré Tasting in Bruges. Probably an alias of Cuivre, but since the ABV is slightly different, I risked adding it as a separate entry - please do correct me if I’m wrong. Looks identical to Bruery Sucré Rum Barrel Aged. Aroma very similar to that version as well, but with softer hints of sweet corn and obviously (a lot of) bourbon; more vanilla tannins as well. In the mouth, it comes closer to the Rye Whisky version, but a tad sweeter, more astringent in terms of alcohol and with, unsurprisingly, a strong bourbon flavour in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Biroholik (828) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - FEB 27, 2016
Genialne piwo i w smaku i w zapachu, złożone i ułożone. Kolor ciemnego brązu z umiarkowaną białą pianą. W aromacie karmel, burbon, wanilia, dębina. W smaku to samo, a także wiśnie, miód i czekolada. Potężne ciało, alkoholowa moc, nie gryząca i nie rozpuszczalnikowa. Gładkie, gęste, oleiste i pełne. Dłuuuugi aftertaste! Genialne!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrandNewBrew (32) - - FEB 23, 2016
Can’t even imagine a better beer. Aroma has this unique scent I’ve not come across before that smells of fresh cut sawdust, almost burnt-like, and it’s totally enticing and wonderful. Taste is rich, full bodied, full flavored old ale. Could drink this all night, absolutely perfect beer.

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