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The Bruery Smooth Criminal

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Old Ale
Placentia, California USA


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Ever accidentally blend two brews, curse a bit, and then smile when tasting the excellent result? Us too. Smooth Criminal is the splendid result of moving a bit too quickly in the brewhouse. An accidental addition of Saison De Lente to a fermenter full of our anniversary ale led us to ask "Anni, are you okay?" She was. Smooth Criminal showcases rich malt, flavorful hops, and oaky goodness in a harmoniously unique ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1781) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
The beer pours a warm brown with some mahogany glow to it. Polished wood paneling and oiled leather. Some haze. Small creamy white head, fading. The aroma is treacle and molasses with a vanilla bourbon overlay. This is a fancy caramel booze dessert. It’s almost too sweet and inviting to be considered refined. Alcohol is kept out of the way. It’s like someone wanted to make candy bourbon for kids. The taste isn’t quite as guiltily sweet. More wood. Like licking dried up bourbon syrup off a worn oak desk. The beer does lack the chewy depth of the old ale all stars, but it still scratches that sticky caramel itch. Round but not thick on the feel. Solid and reassuring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10421) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2016
This beer pours a murky orange-brown color with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit and malt. Full-bodied with a sweet and boozy bourbon character and notes of caramel malt and dark fruit. The finish is sweet with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2015
[ bottle ][ 1oz ][ @tasting ][ $ ? ][ snifter ][ 11.14.15 ]
hazy sepia, creamy white head. Harsh toasty underattenuated sugary mess nose, BBQ. heavy caramel sugar profile, tons of underattenuated chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (6654) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2015
750ml bottle pours a murky brown with some creamy, white head. Nose has tomato paste and BBQ sauce and brown sugar and booze. Woof. Flavor is just too god damned sweet, caramel, dates, raisins, some nougat. All sugar. Full bodied, booze finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (4591) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle at the DC Gathering. From the Reserve Society. Dark brownish with light beige head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, light herb, caramel, malt, chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (18662) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle. Clear deep golden amber brown color, flat. Aroma of candied caramel. Taste is boozy spiced caramel. Sweet stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bule (1525) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2015
750ml bottle pours a dark brown color without much head. Huge burnt toffee flavor. Bourbon is a little harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (11200) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
750mL bottle, pours a filthy dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is hugely malty, with loads of bourbon barrels and caramel. Flavour is similar, with highly sweet caramel and bourbon barrels that accentuate everything. Fairly yeasty as well which muddies things up a bit. Good, but needs some refining.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (9806) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle - Caramel and tons boozy notes with some coconut. Hazy gold with a decent beige head. Butterscotch, stone fruit and booze. Not bad, but a bit too much booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8269) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle share @ Cycle, St. Pete. Brune-ambrée, col moyen blanc cassé-beige. Arôme met de suite en évidence pas mal de booze, note de bourbon, caramel, pointe de biscuité. Palais est fruité sec rappelant le raisin, sucre brun, Bourbon sur une fine note fruitée noire. Petite note levure belge? qui semble être balancée par un profil plus anglais.

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