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RATINGS: 577   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Maple color pour with thin head. Nose of bourbon, molasses, and dark fruit. Taste is sweet with a vanilla, wood, and a good booze kick. A tad bit hot but the BA versions of this series do very well with time. This annual offering (the series) from the Bruery is crazy good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
poisoneddwarf (2294) - Coeur d’ Alene, 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (2046) - Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
750 ml. bottle- Pours a very hazy and dense dark brown to red with a one finger head that reduces to a blanket of tan foam. Aroma is massive complex, I get bourbon, oak, vanilla, malt, very nice. Taste is the same, but with a kind of gritty taste to it, alcohol is noticeable, but at 15.5%, what do you expect. Body is thick, full, carbonation is medium to almost high. Overall the aroma was slightly better, but I thought it was great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (2388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Thinner light tan on a very murky medium brown hue. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, sherry, sweet prune and dark fuit and light fudge in the aroma. Flavor is quite sweet, with slight bourbon, the sweetness mellows slightly and there are some savory nutty qualities but pronounced sherry. Medium body and actually not all that heavy, very warming. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bernatbeer (420) - barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 9, 2012
en botellas,Color marrón un poco turbia,poca espuma,aromas a madera,bourbon,alcohol moderado,en boca compleja,muy acertada maridada con chocolate o café..... Thanks Eric!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle poured into glass. Dark brown color. slightly murky and hazy. Big aroma of bourbon, woody characters, sweet malt and booze. ABV is masked pretty well but could still use a little time to develop. Would be interested to see how this ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1557) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle shared by John, thanks man! Pour is deep, cloudy ruby/ brown, with a small tan head. Aroma is musky with notes of toffee, deep worty malt, faint whisky barrel, and a touch of old basement. This does smell like an old beer, but it’s probably not. flavor is rich toffee malt with loads of smooth vanilla, and fint cocnut. Also a hint of cobwebs. Very nice cool weather sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (2766) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2016 Nov 2012. Bottle at Eulogy. Opaque deep reddish brown pour. Huge barrel aged notes. Potent brew. Raisins. Oak. Cedar. Turpentine. Plum wine. Dates. Figs. Chocolate caramel. Sweet bourbon goodness. Excellent. Pungent alcohol. Aged fruit. Delicious but a bit of a chore to finish. UPDATE: On draft at Bierstube in August 2014. Similar, but maybe tasting more rich dark red fruit which is the dominant factor. Lots of dark brown sugar as well. Great stuff but still a meal and a half to finish. UPDATE: Unexpectedly found this on draft at Bru Craft in January 2016. Only a 6 oz pour. Tan foam ring. Dark syrupy plumy goodness. The Bourbon makes it taste like rich boozy candy. A fantastic full-bodied sipper!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2210) - - OCT 26, 2012
Pours dark with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is molasses and bourbon. Taste is the same but the bourbon really takes the drivers seat. Nice rich texture. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasmusOtt (2363) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle. Thanks Søren (The man). Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted caramel, milk chocolate, dates, prunes and figs. Also vanilla btw. Taste has kinda the same qualities plus some syrup, more vanilla, sugarish and weak butter.

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