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The Bruery Smooth Criminal

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


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (17722) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle. Clear deep golden amber brown color, flat. Aroma of candied caramel. Taste is boozy spiced caramel. Sweet stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (14045) - San Leandro, 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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11810) - , 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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (10585) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
750mL bottle, pours a filthy dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is hugely malty, with loads of bourbon barrels and caramel. Flavour is similar, with highly sweet caramel and bourbon barrels that accentuate everything. Fairly yeasty as well which muddies things up a bit. Good, but needs some refining.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10350) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10284) - 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!).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (10050) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
750ml bottle. Weird combination of flavors, another Bruery beer that I don’t understand.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (8967) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle - Caramel and tons boozy notes with some coconut. Hazy gold with a decent beige head. Butterscotch, stone fruit and booze. Not bad, but a bit too much booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8124) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle share @ Cycle, St. Pete. Brune-ambrée, col moyen blanc cassé-beige. Arôme met de suite en évidence pas mal de booze, note de bourbon, caramel, pointe de biscuité. Palais est fruité sec rappelant le raisin, sucre brun, Bourbon sur une fine note fruitée noire. Petite note levure belge? qui semble être balancée par un profil plus anglais.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8010) - 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.

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