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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (620) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a tan head and lacing. It has a nice aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, and some nuttiness. The flavor is dark, rich malt up front with a strong bourbon backbone and sweet, earthy finish over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (7387) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
750ml bottle. Weird combination of flavors, another Bruery beer that I don’t understand.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3553) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark amber woth medium frothy white head. The aroma is candy sugar, rich malt, and oak. Medium mouthfeel with nice candy sugar, vanilla, roast, and nice sweet finish. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a deep brown color with an averaged sized of white head. Woody (more in the aromas), bourbon (more in the tastes), vanilla, caramel, and some fruitiness. The alcohol will creep up on you (and it did on me the next morning when I woke up with a headache!).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2607) - California, USA - APR 12, 2014
11 apr 2014, tap at the Bruery. Brown and a bit murky. Nose is fruitcake with lots of walnuts. Med body, syrupy, mildly fizzy. Figs/prunes, big alcohol that lasts all the way through and into the finish, lots if walnuts, it's a bit harsh, either from alcohol or the nutty taste. It's a shame because there is a great beer in here it just gets overshadowed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1257) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2014
A bit lighter than a typical old ale. Retains a swirl of manila head.

Smells like melted caramely heaven. Caramely and a touch astringency with a pinch of spice on the palate. Not as bad as expected.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - APR 4, 2014
This is an excellent ale, but needs some time in the cellar. Chocolate on the nose, strong alcohol presence, and a caramel kick in the pants. The flavor goes on for quite some time, dry, cocoa, and malty sweet. Just a tad too much alcohol right now.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1842) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2014
March 22, 2014 - on tap at Bruery tasting room. Dark orange pour with limited head. Tropical fruit, malt, caramel and alcohol in aroma. Taste was consistent with aroma, very sweet and fruity. Finish was a bit dry with some alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (724) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Bomber. Brownish pour with decent off white head. Nose is a lot closer to the Anni beers than the saison. Malty with lots of toffee, vanilla and marshmallow. Tastes follows but with a slight funky bite. I have a real hard time calling this a BW (as the Bruery does) since it is just a blend of two non barleywines. Still a great beer although it is a fairly one dimensional "blend".

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1252) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Hazy medium brown color with red highlights and a one-finger tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lace. Big oak aroma up front, accompanied by vanilla, caramel, brett, and brown sugar. Caramel sweetness and alcohol are most prominent in the flavor profile, which includes hints of oak, Belgian yeast, clove and pepper. Medimu to full body, light carbonation, prickly mouthfeel and a lingering sweetness.


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