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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6735) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2015
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 3 Oct 2014) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty nose with notes of caramel, honey, treacle and burnt sugar. Malty, vinous taste with caramel, treacle, honey, burnt sugar, dried fruit and a fiery, sweet finish with a certain alcohol punch. Full body, very sweet. There’s a certain bitterness, but it’s mainly overshadowed by alcohol and sweet malt. Hardly balanced, but quite tasty and enjoyable in moderate doses. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (1191) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Fruet bottle shared. Massive aroma of plums, raisin, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Taste is very sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky. Packs a punch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (722) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Draft at the bruery. Pours a medium nut brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, vanilla, sweet. Flavor has a brown sugar sweetness, bourbon, vanilla, slightly boozy. Medium to heavy body, creamy, delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
750ml bottle (Bois) into a tulip. From notes. A: Pours a murky dark brown color. There’s a one finger khaki head that retains horribly - in other words, par for the course from a 15% monster. No lacing is left behind, either. S: Very intense, mostly in a good way. The vanilla is huge, the bourbon is huge, the oaky notes are huge, and the dark fruits are huge. I even get some faint coconut touches. On the first whiffs, the booze is very intense, only to calm down as it warms up. My subconscious tells me the actual flavor is going to be WAY too sweet, but even still, this aroma works well. T: Dark fruits open this one up in a big way. It doesn’t take long, however, to realize just how fuckin’ sweet this one is. Holy shit, this is like drinking bourbon spiked with brown sugar - about six tbsp’s worth, to be precise. The finish tries to negate all dat sugar with some oaky and bourbon-y notes; it’s not particularly successful. All it really does is inject a bit of unnecessary harshness into the massively cloying beer without really balancing it out. On the plus side, it *does* become slightly less harsh as more is imbibed. That does NOT make all the ridiculous sweetness any more palatable: it’s far too moronic and out-of-wack throughout. It’s not even that complex, either. M: This practically burns going down. Cripes on a stick, this one feels rough. It’s too carbonated, too thin, and too sweet all at the same time. It seems like The Bruery was trying to give this good drinkability for the style, and they honestly succeeded - but at what cost? The slender feel clashes badly with the incredible sweetness, so it’s not like it’s that drinkable. O: When I sip this, I’m seriously contemplating dumping it - it’s that overwhelming. This is a textbook example of a beer that’s over-the-top big in all the wrong ways. A big beer that’s structured well can be a beautiful thing (see: Black Albert), and this just isn’t. It’s not HORRIBLE per se, just hugely disappointing for over $30 (!) a bottle. Emperor Bois, you have no clothes, plain and simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle. Pour is murky brown with a very small tan head that fades quickly. Notes of oak, plums, vanilla bean, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Finish is very sweet with a slight warming alcohol flavor. ABV is well masked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1013) - 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 (214) - 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 (1241) - 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 (2381) - 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 (4694) - 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.

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