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The Bruery Smooth Criminal

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


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (182) - Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Poured from a bottle obtained at the Bruery. Aroma is of dark fruits, brown sugar, and booze. Appearance is a dark cloudy amber brown with a one finger light tan head. Taste is of prunes and molasses with a slight bitterness. Palate is very good with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Overall an excellent English Barleywine. Cheers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours murky brown with tan head. Nose is caramel and alcohol. Taste is caramel and toffee. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (2811) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (2516) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Dark brown. Very boozy barleywine. Lots of caramel. The bourbon is there but almost overpowered by the strong beer. This is a solid barleywine. Not king Henry but on par with the beers below like moas.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9950) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2566) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (2827) - California, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (848) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11274) - 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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