poisoneddwarf (2022) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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
zickbeer_ye (409) - Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of cocoa, dry coconut, and roasty caramel. Low offwhite head and dark brown body. Sweet malty caramelflavors with smooth chocolate, coconut and minor berry flavors. Smooth and sweet on the palate.
fuzzcro (40) - Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like mud but sure doesn’t taste like it. Good job Bruery. My first time drinking any of your brews and I’m eager to try more!
chinchill (3345) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large shared bottle.
Very full body in this very rich ale. A touch boozy but well balanced.
Some chocolate and a faint touch of coffee.
Appearance: Clear red-brown body.
caesar (5968) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ZZT, small sample. Hazy dark brown color, short head. Aroma of cookie, biscuit, slight spicy, red fruit, bit booze, oak. Quite sweet in taste, cookie, vanilla sweetness, bit boozy alcohol. Wonderful sipper and bringer of hangovers.
onceblind (6108) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep hazy plummy Amber with a thin bubbly off beige head. Deep aroma of plums and raisins and a touch of cocoa and almonds and gentle sugary booze. Flavor is huge with booze, brown sugar, almond, toffee, pecan, cocoa, caramel, raisin, plum, and whiskey notes. Really complex and deep and amazing. Wow.
Abijen (2191) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bruin bier met een gebroken witte schuim kraag. Ruikt vanille, overrijp fruit, alcohol. Smaakt zoet, vanille, alcohol branderig. Nice.
mansquito (4461) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Torst, Brooklyn tap: pours black with small head. Aroma is a whole lot of whiskey. A lot of vanilla. Taste is sweet and with a whole of whiskey and malt. Many malts. So many malts. Many flavors. Such complexity. Wowzers.
ElDesmadre (2507) - Mikołów, POLAND - OCT 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rock solid body, oily, syrupy, very sweet. Brown sugar, pumpernikel, deep malty base. Lots of dried fruit and unripe red fruit. A light bourbon note but definitely not dominating. Great stuff.
NeuroPliny (232) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from oversized bottle shared with JB. Pours opaque mahogany with a quickly fading tan head. Aroma intoxicating with notes of fig, bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavour is dark dried fruit, sherry, blackcurrant, caramel, bourbon, sour green apple, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts well balanced by hops. Moderate to full body. Complex and mellow. Awesome Solera-style ale now 8 years running. Looking forward to next year's release.
chadmasontx (28) - - OCT 7, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a small khaki head. Smells of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is the same with a lot of sweetness. Brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, figs and oak flavors with a rich complexity. Mouthfeel is semi sticky with a thick body and low carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone