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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Tasted from the tap at Stone 14th. Murky dark brown in color with mocha like head . Rich and smooth in your mouth without being too thick and overwhelming. Myriad of flavors; sweet caramel malt, molasses, raisin, alcohol, oak, and toffee. Long lasting finish. Very very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Draft at Stone 14th. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Flavor is caramel malt with dark fruits and bourbon, hop flavors linger with other spices and bourbon wood accents, amazing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
CanIHave4Beers (3228) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 Shared at the RBSG 2010 grand tasting. Pours a deep brown with a small head. The aroma is some burnt plastic with some booziness and maple syrup. The flavor is smoky and slightly burnt with a good deal of sweet cherry and woodiness. The palate was particularly brash, my notes say I choked on it... I don’t remember that but I must have! All this in mind this was inexplicably entirely more enjoyable than I am making it sound.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1068) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2010
RBSG Tasting. Thanks Hopscotch! Boozy fruity nose. Seriously molasses-y. Some vinegar. Just too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Opaque deep copper brown with a short lived creamy tan head. Sweet molasses citrus and bourbon aroma and taste with a candy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Poured dark reddish brown, molasses, dark fruits, wood, caramel, little vinious, little spice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2010
Pours dark brown, thin head, spotty lacing. Nose is extremely lifted, much more expressive and forward than the standard Coton. Notes of caramel, oak, vanilla, coconut, toast, very deep & profound. I could smell this all day. Flavours of caramel, raisins, bourbon, there are still some hops here too, and they bring some real spiciness, as well as a vanilla spice brought by the malt and oak. A VAST improvement over the standard Coton, an absolutely classic brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3344) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Sampled at RBSG 2010 Grand Rapids. Ruddy, reddish brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of sweet dried fruit, toffee, caramel, and lots of big bourbon. Flavor is remarkably better than the ’other" version. Hot and boozy, still more sweet than I’d prefer in a beer, but the bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes add a bit of balance to what was a shockingly sweet blend in the other version. Certainly couldn’t drink more than the small sample I had. Mouthfeel is thick, and it finishes hot. This is better, but nothing I’ll pine for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Sampled at the RBSG Summer Grand Tasting (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a nice dark brown with red edges. Aromas are big and malty, toffee and caramel mix with subtle orange marmalade, raisin, substantial bourbon, vanilla tannins, rich on the nose. Initial is thinner than expected, warming bourbon hits fast, caramel and toffee, biscuits, more toffee, a touch of marmalade, touch of light creamy sweetness, cakey, with a decent sweetness, light bitterness and booziness on the back, light raisin and dark fruit. Nice, but nothing overly complex or earth moving, instead it starts to move a bit towards cloying. The flavors are on, but the overall experience just doesn’t hit me right necessarily. A solid beer but I don’t see the appeal compared to some of their better beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to Brian! Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a mocha head that settled to a very pretty ring. Nose is big and malty, full of some very fine bourbon, with a lot of pipe tobacco and old leather. A winner. Heavy in the mouth, quite full of bourbon, with a lot of malt character. Pipe tobacco is really strong here, just a wonderful quality. Initially the carbonation is too strong, it has to sit for a bit. Some tangy flavors that concerns me...it’s hard to tell whether it’s heat from the bourbon or a sour/infection type thing. But that’s kind of allayed with time and I guess it’s just heat. This is definitely for people who enjoy boozy, bourbon barrel beers. A really nice sipper.

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