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The Bruery Smooth Criminal

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

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler (3521) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Gross pour, pretty much toilet water. Great smell of caramel and burnt brown sugar and figs. Taste is great, peach skin, sugary with a touch of melon. Quite boozy but not much for 15%

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1854) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Dark brown. Very boozy barleywine. Lots of caramel. The bourbon is there but almost overpowered by the strong beer. This is a solid barleywine. Not king Henry but on par with the beers below like moas.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (4693) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Dark malt, spices, sweet, dank aromas. Flavors are dark, spiced, barrel like, and full.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7452) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle from The Bruery. Pours reddish brown with a transient beige head and a sour fruit and toffee aroma. There is a burnt molasses and vanilla flavor with a slightly sour slightly bitter finish and a warm alcohol trail. Very tasty. A fortunate accident indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1342) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle from the bruery.com pours murky brown. Aroma of booze. Taste is big booze with a Carmel backbone.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1196) - New York, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Mac, 05/28/2014. Pours dark brown, cream tan head dies to a thin ring of lacing around the glass, ample carbonation still apparent. Aroma is spun golden caramel, vanilla raisin, subtle chocolate, light airy yeast quality in the middle with light jammy tartness, smooth transition to round bourbon finish. Taste is caramel, golden raisin, touch of grassy bitterness and roast mid-palate, vanilla and bourbon. Thick body. Overall, a lighter version of the anniversary beer, a few interesting notes and accents from the saison. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2014
So I walk into a bottle share while visiting Sante Dairies. Got a sample. Good aroma. Sweet. Malty. Fruity. Bourbon caramel apricot, dates. . Tad hazed orange brown c poor. Ok head and lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, Sweet hot finish. Good stuff. Tad hot. But of course at 15%. Aroma has a lot going on. Flavor not quite as much. But real good beer overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Advocate_Ames (501) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2014 Pours amber brown with a sticky off white foam head that ends up clinging to my glass. The aroma is rather complex. I smell sweet bourbon, carmel and toffee like malts, walnuts, brown sugar, oak, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet bourbon booze, defined malt character, candy sugar sweetener, and a slight dark fruit taste. The finish has a malty bourbon flavor with a soft acidic like taste. It is a very odd taste but fades quickly. Overall this was an interesting brew. I?d have it again just to see if my opinion would change.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle:   Big English Barley Wine or Olde Ale, can’t really tell.   Doesn’t have all that figgy or dark pitted fruit that an Olde Ale might have, so.... leaning towards big English Barley Wine.   Certainly malty, heavy, strong Bourbon aspects.   Fairly full bodied.   Big bruiser of a malty English Barley Wine style beer.   Lots of breadiness, caramel, toffee, with a touch of dark pitted fruit.   Old Ale.. really?


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle pours amber brown with thin tan head. Bourbon dominates aroma with borwn sugar and caramel malts. Complex taste with caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, oak. Palate on the thin side for a beer this strong. Finish alcohol burn and some tartness. Alcohol very forward.

Sort of a light version of the anniversary beer. The saison adds a little tartness otherwise mostly moderates the strong flavor of the anniversary beer.


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