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The Bruery Smooth Criminal

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


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RATINGS: 64   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1986) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Pour is hazy orange minimal head. Aroma of burnt sugar and citrus. Taste was sweet and abv is hidden well, lots of toffee and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours caramel brown. Nose and taste oak, bourbon, toffee and caramel. Nutty. Full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6428) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate raisin, vinous notes, toffee, bourbon, and a hint of maple syrup. It pours hazy orangish-brown with a minimal head. The flavor starts with toffee, raisin, and a touch of honey. The finish has light maple syrup, bourbon, and faint vinous notes. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle @ 10 East Since I love extremely sweet beers, and extremely sour beers and extremely bitter beers and...well...this was extremely sweet and it was really nice. Vanilla and dates, some bourbon soaked raisins in brown sugar and caramel sauce. No hop presence noticeable. Itís not cloying in any way and itís not boozy which are both admirable. Comes across like an English barleywine, but I can definitely see an American Strong Ale too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Golden pour with a bit of funk coming off the nose. Old ale with a slightly sour element works out pretty well but I wouldnít get it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (4032) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2014
I donít remember much about this one, but I do remember I liked it and it was good. Brown and nutty, silky body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (2395) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
sampled at bottle share. very rarely to barleywines impress me, but this one was spot on amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2014
(750ml bottle) cloudy deep and rich brown with offwhite edge bubbles. Nose of rum raisin, bourbon, funk like a saison, cream. Taste of rum raisin, toasty sugar, bourbon, rich and decadent. Slightly funky too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Big Strong beer. Lots of huge malt characters with added oak and good hops. One big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6263) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared at the Beer Heads bottle share in Falls Church. Pours a hazy dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of carfamel and butterscotch. Flavors of apricot, fig, oak and vanilla. Smooth, somewhat sweet finish.

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