The Bruery Smooth Criminal
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (728) - 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".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1291) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5780) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Dark brown pour with not much of a head. The aroma is fairly boozy. I get some heavy caramel malt as well as some toffee and brown sugar. The whiskey and oak notes really come through in the flavor. There is also a lot of sweet molasses and brown sugar notes. Very sweet and boozy. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer, but a bit messy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3327) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
On tap at the Bruery. This one was very hot with lots of vanilla, bourbon, figs, dates and caramel. Hot alcohol burn in the finish with a syrupy body. Nice dessert beer in small quantities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1642) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2014 Bottle..Pour is dark brown with no head..Nose is sweetness, bourbon, Spice, vanilla..Taste is bourbon, Vanilla, booze, spice, vanilla..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (1920) - USA - MAR 1, 2014
Mahogany brown in color... Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, bourbon... Flavor is caramel, molasses, bourbon whiskey, oak, fairly boozy initially, but notes of spices, dry Brett on finish... Really great accident ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (352) - USA - FEB 19, 2014
Poured from a bomber bought as reserve society into a The Bruery snifter a dark brown with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is straight up BOOZY dark fruit caramel vanilla slightly malty? Flavor is intensively raisin bourbon with a malty sweetness like caramel candy with a heavy splash of molasses. Well carbonated & balanced well considering this is blend of two The Bruery Brews Saison De Lente & their Anniversary Ale. Both so well done! Overall one of the best brews I have had in a long time. Glad I snagged 3!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
On tap @ The Bruery. Murky dark amber pour with a small off-white head. Smells like their anniversary beer. Tons of maple syrup, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Nice chocolate, dates, and a hint of pecan pie. Slight butterscotch. Flavor is quite sweet. Tastes of butterscotch, caramel, and maple syrup for the most part. Slight tartness of raisins. Some dates, plums, and a nice vanilla note. Mild chocolate and nuts. This seems okay fresh, but I don’t see this getting anything but worse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2413) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Mahogany colored, moderate head, good lace and retention for the strength. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, chocolate, wood, alcohol, light hop bitterness. Full bodied, sweet, light alcohol in finish. Unlike some of their other offerings, it doesn’t come off as boozy, but make no mistake it’s still big.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (1628) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Taste thanks to a dude sitting next to me at the Tasting Room who is a reserve society member. This was a great beer. Big bourbon and malty nose. Really nice taste, big and bourbon but still easy to drink, balanced by a strong malt profile with just enough bitterness. Thanks random dude!

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