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The Bruery Smooth Criminal

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


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2979) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Advocate_Ames (527) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6334) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle:   Big English Barley Wine or Olde Ale, canít really tell.   Doesnít 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?

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10346) - 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 (1371) - 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 (797) - 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 (9721) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
750ml bottle. Weird combination of flavors, another Bruery beer that I donít understand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (6441) - 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 (10105) - 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!).

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