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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2494) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2014
2013 Bois bottle. Murky reddish-brown with a small big-bubble head that collects to a messy ring. Huge, rich aroma of coconut, burnt caramel, oak, toffee, almonds, dark fruit, and chocolate syrup. Tastes moderately sweet and boozy. Not as much alcohol and booze as I expected for a 17% BA beer. Tons of caramel, coconut, dark fruit, and almonds. Full body. Thick and syrupy. Touch of alcohol heat in the finish. Great BA beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Severely oxidized, and not harmoniously so, this strong ale struggles to plow beyond simple fruity sugars and powerful alcohol heat for a most disappointing sipping experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the misty copper.
-This strangely lacks malt flavors; it’s all alcohol, residual sugars and oxidation.
-The alcohol blast cannot be that of an all-malt brew.
-Drinkability is extremely low, but mostly because of this beer’s lack of flavor interest.
-The oxidation is voluntary here (it’s too intense not to be?), but it doesn’t work much with the grain bill or general flavors generated by the brew. One of the worst quality/price ratios I’ve seen in the world of beer.

Bottle; gros merci Martin et Michèle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (5388) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Hazy brownish with a minimal head. Vinous and very sweet with oak, a lot of alcohol, toffee, dried fruit and bourbon. The body was thick and the aftertaste long. A beer to sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (3903) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2014
From 750ml bottle. Yellow wax. Deep brown, thin white head. Plummy, rye bready, some sticky sweetness. Alcohol coming through a little. Plums, raisins, bread. Long dark fruity finish. Good but not awesome. Alcohol coming through too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jookos (3158) - FINLAND - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle@sbwf14. Dark brown. Old vinous, porty nose. Overripe plums figs, just dark fruits galore. Full thick slight oily body. Herby intensive, soft vinous, really flavourful. This is great. Too stupified to describe all its glory, but real good.

-- bb

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14423) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle @ Bestofbeers.dk Pours dark unclear brown with a off white head. Dark fruit, bourbon, port, wood, caramel. Full bodied. Slick and oily. Tasty sipper @ Halling partybash quaffer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (14768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Draft at Churchkey courtesy of solidfunk, thank you sir. Hazy brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of licorice and concentrated chocolate syrup. Taste is sweet (duh) candy covered licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3521) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
Clear red brown colour, slight dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, malts, bourbon, light chocolate. Sweet flavour, bourbon, quite bitter, caramel and wood. Finish astringent wood, lingering sweet, vanilla and bourbon. Nice stuff.
(from 75cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent 2014. As Fruet. Thanks for sharing, Klaas!!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dansac (107) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Delicious, huge, bourbon, vanilla, booze. Very sweet, carbonation is soft, mouthfeel is creamy. Huge, huge beer. Just an incredible barrel aged monster.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2014
On tap at Palate Milford. Poured hazy red brown with creamy tan beige head. Strong aroma of bourbon and barrel char vanilla. Light carb need bod. Sweet caramel vanilla bourbon taste. Pretty good high octane stuff.

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