48FanInCali (728) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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".
RedSox2004 (1291) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Mora2000 (5780) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
joeneugs (3327) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Errl (1642) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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..
baraciisch (1920) - USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
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fitwitchik (352) - USA - FEB 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!!
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ABUSEDGOAT (2413) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Bacterial (1628) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!