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RATINGS: 40   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Deep amber pour, tan head. Flavor is sweet up front, some raisiny notes, honey, toothpick, cereal grain, doughy. Interesting if not a bit odd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1208) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2014
A- pours a murky ruddy brown with a finger of light tan head that clings to the glass. Minor lacing. S- rich apple cider, brown sugar, bourbon, wood, vanilla, graham crackers, caramel malts, almonds, pecans, prunes, and a hint of grass. Dirtier as it warms. M- medium to heavy chewy body with a heavy sweet palate that has a large burn. Heavy handed carbonation that overwhelms some flavors on the back end. T- alcohol, bourbon, wood, candied nuts and cider are up front. Minerals, dark fruits, grass, vanilla in the mid palate. Caramel malts, brown sugar with more apples and alcohol at the end. Some bitter hop notes and lemon zest in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (632) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (7565) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
750ml bottle. Weird combination of flavors, another Bruery beer that I don’t understand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3699) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9018) - 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!).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2640) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1276) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1022) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1857) - 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.

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