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The Bruery Smooth Criminal

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


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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12899) - 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 donít see this getting anything but worse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10658) - , 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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10242) - 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 (9713) - 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 (9089) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7459) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6925) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Not a WHOLE lot different than the base, bcause the barrel still is the preveailing component. Maybe a little smaller with a quick earthy shot and touch of tart, but you really gotta work for it. Worthy addition

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5930) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5894) - 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.

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