The Bruery Reviews




MrOrla
4.4
The Bruery Chocolate Rain
Bottle @ Boys night out, at the hill of the dragon. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of choko, cocoa, huge vanilla, caramel toffee candy. Taste is heavy fudge vanilla, caramel, labre lavre, vanilla, bourbon. Waow
Saturday, September 24, 2016

ansalon
3.7
The Bruery Ride That Bear
Pours murky brown with a medium frothy off white head. Aromas of caramel, butterscotch, rye bread, marinated fruit. Taste is marinated fruit and caramel with nutty notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

BucannonXC5
3.8
The Bruery Blue BBLs
Type: 750ml bottle (25.4 oz.) Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass From: Beer Advocateís heresy22 Price: N/A Purchased: N/A; Received on Sept. 10, 2016 Consumed: Sept. 11, 2016 Reviewed as: American Double/Imperial Stout Misc.: Could not read the bottle, but earlier that I read that it was bottled in January 2016; ABV on bottle is 16.3 pct.; Wax top Thanks, Chris! Got the privilege of getting to try this after Chris game me most of the bottle. I have to admit it sounds interesting. Basically a barrel-aged blend of Black Tuesday and Tart of Darkness, with blueberries added. Weíll see how this comes out. Poured a medium-to-dark/light black-brown color with no head. Awful lacing. Minimal retention. Tried not to knock this too much in that I got it after it had been opened. Minimal lacing. Minimal retention. (Sight - 2.00) Smelled a nice mix of stout and tart on the tongue, which Iím pleasantly surprised about. Recently I got to try a Melange that similar blends (70 percent stout, 30 percent sour) and that was really more sour. Getting notes of that Black Tuesday first though. Chocolate, bourbon, toffee and sugary brown sugar. On the other side I got dark blueberry, blackberry, purple grape. earthy red wine and some oak. Iím digging it. (Smell - 4.50) Taste came in a tad hot and warm, but settled as it went down. Really viney and red winey. Almost getting some Port wine in there. Blueberries, dark fruits - purple grape, pomegranate, black cherry and maybe even a touch of plum. More sour/tart than the nose. Also got bourbon, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, hints of dark maple syrup, blueberry skins (yes I read the bottle for that one, but I agree) and caramel. Came in hot and boozy, but does not taste anywhere near 16.3 pct. as it warmed. Lovely. (Taste - 4.00) Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25) I really liked this one. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.25) 4.11 92 A-
Saturday, September 24, 2016

tennisjoel
3.1
The Bruery Or Xata (2015-)
Spiced up blonde ale. Iím getting a heavy dose of cinnamon, vanilla, spruce, breadiness almost french toast. Interesting concoction. Unique. Gets a little old but some points for originality.
Friday, September 23, 2016

linusb
4.1
The Bruery Colonel Kernel
A: Light cloudy brown coloured with a one finger white head N: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge T: Toffee, vanilla fudge, bourbon O: Very nice and complex! Love it!
Friday, September 23, 2016

solidfunk
3.8
The Bruery Tart of Darkness - Cherries & Vanilla
Certainly some cherries and vanilla, though the former not as strong. Pours brown with ok head and lacing. Sweet finish.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

radagast83
4
The Bruery Share This: Coffee
Draft at Snallygaster 2016. Poured a very dark, almost coffee-like color with a small white head. Aroma was like a cup of coffee, vanilla, some dark chocolate notes. Flavor was similar, roasted, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Alcohol is pretty well hidden here.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

radagast83
3.9
The Bruery Tart of Darkness - Cherries & Vanilla
Draft at Snallygaster 2016. Poured a soda black color with a very small head. Aroma was roasty, like the base version, is a lot of cherries. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Oaky. Dried fruits, plum, with a cherry finish.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

cmacklin
4.3
The Bruery Poterie
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a medium, short lived, tan head that fully dissipates. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, overripe dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, toffee, dark fruit, licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla and oak with a bourbon warming finish. Full body with a sticky, oily texture and soft carbonation. Wow, lots of complexity. Excellent, a world class old ale.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

islay
3.7
The Bruery Tart of Darkness - Cherries & Vanilla
Tiny pour, on tap at Autumn Brew Review in Nordeast Minneapolis, Minnesota. Consumed on 9-17-16. Pours dark brown with an amber hue and a moderate amount of beige head. Milky appearance. Cherry and vanilla scents. Some sourness in aroma but mostly a sweet smell. Nice, quite tart flavor. Sour cherry and rhubarb as well as tart apple. Roasted malt finish. The aroma is too sweet but flavor is just right. Medium body. Frothy in the palate. Good stuff!
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

bulldogops
5
The Bruery Smoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel
Rating #2183 - 2015.11.17 - Bottle from CBI - Pours jet black with a luxurious velvety tan head with excellent retention. Aroma is heavy on wood smoke, oak, vanilla, rye spice notes Toffee flavours throughout, accented by vanilla bean, creme caramel and brown sugar notes, punctuated with controlled smoke. Just awesome.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

hopdog
4
The Bruery Poterie (Scotch Whisky Barrel Aged)
750ml bottle. Poured a muddy brown color with an off white head. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, some earthiness, wood/oak, whiskey, vanilla, and some alcohol in the finish (it is near 15%) ...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

popery
3.2
The Bruery Bourbon Barrel Aged 6 Geese-A-Laying
750 ml bottle. The beer is a warm medium brown. It appears pretty clear, maybe a little haze but itís relatively dark. Very small beige head, fizzles away quickly. The aroma is much fruitier than expected. Lots of berry flavor. Some vanilla, spice and booze from the bourbon barrel. Light raisin. Pretty good caramel background despite the fruitiness. A bit floral. Taste is tart berries on top of sweet caramel. The barrel flavors kinda clash for me. Moderate oaky bitterness. Fairly boozy. Odd spiciness. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and slick. Not bad really, but not my cup of tea.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bule
3.7
The Bruery Arbre - Alligator Char
750ml bottle pours a black color with a beige foamy head. Licorice flavor. Some tannins from the barrel.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

markextrae
3.4
The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel
sample from bottle, light hazy golden colour with a white head. nose of crisp notes, light malts, citrus, hay, riped fruits, yeast, riped banana, sweet yeast, candy sugar, light dry herbal aftertaste
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

bulldogops
3.9
The Bruery Jardinier
Rating #2143 - 2015.11.02 - Tasting @colordevino - . mildly hazy, golden yellow pour with a bubbly white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is yeast, coriander, and floral whiff. Taste is mildly sweet, herbal. Crazy body for 4.5%. Finish is quite smooth. Delicious.
Monday, September 19, 2016

MarcoDL
4.3
The Bruery Chronology: 24 Old Ale
Draft at the Bruery. Muddy dark pour. Aroma has rich heavy bourbon, raisin, nuts, malt and booze. Rich heavy taste of thick bourbon, ripe red fruit, raisin, caramel, vanilla, oak and a truly unending evolving finish. Over the months, these beers got thicker, richer and with more ripe fruit and smooth bourbon vanilla. Fantastic series.
Monday, September 19, 2016

MarcoDL
4.3
The Bruery Chronology: 18 Old Ale
Draft at the Bruery. Muddy pour. Aroma of lots of bourbon, vanilla, raisin, nutty malt and ripe fruit. Taste is rich, with thick bourbon, nutty malt, hazelnut, vanilla, red ripe fruit and an infinite finish. Wow.
Monday, September 19, 2016

MarcoDL
4.2
The Bruery Chronology: 12 Old Ale
Draft at the Bruery. Aroma of raisin, ripe fruit, bourbon vanilla and hazelnut. Flavor has bourbon, hazelnuts, vanilla, oak, caramel, ripe red fruit and a long finish. Softer than 6 and somewhat better.
Monday, September 19, 2016

MarcoDL
4.1
The Bruery Chronology: 6 Old Ale
Draft at the Bruery. Aroma of heavy bourbon vanilla, malt, nuts, raisin and booze. Flavor has lots of bourbon booze, malt, raisin, ripe fruit, nuts and soft vanilla. Nice.
Monday, September 19, 2016

MarcoDL
4.1
The Bruery Colonel Kernel
Draft at the Bruery. Muddy pour. Aroma of bourbon vanilla and corn. Taste has muddy malt, corn, lots of bourbon, raisin and booze. Typical classic bba barley wine. Nice.
Monday, September 19, 2016

MarcoDL
4.1
The Bruery Dodie
Draft at the Bruery. Aroma of herbs, malt, red fruit and some vermouth dryness. Strange taste of lots of herbs, raisin, caramel, soft bourbon and indeed dry vermouth. Unique brew, nice.
Monday, September 19, 2016

MarcoDL
3.6
The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel
Draft at the Bruery. Golden pour. Aroma of yeast, candi sugar and herbs. Taste has soft yeast, basil, peppery spices and some grain. Original brew.
Monday, September 19, 2016

MarcoDL
4.3
The Bruery Melange #15
Draft at the Bruery. Dark brown pour. Aroma of creamy vanilla, nuts, oak, ripe fruit and marshmellow. Rich taste of soft vanilla, nuts, bourbon, ripe fruit, creamty marshmellows and a long evolving finish. Creative, special and really tasty.
Monday, September 19, 2016

MarcoDL
4.1
The Bruery Melange #14
Draft at the Bruery. Aroma of coffee, strong bourbon vanilla and raisin. Rich taste of soft raisin, vanilla, mild roast, chocolate, booze, nuts and molasses. Boozy long finish. Delicious.
Monday, September 19, 2016

ABUSEDGOAT
4.1
The Bruery Melange #15
Clear brown, small head, minimal lace/retention. Aroma of Rocky Road Ice Cream. Big walnut with notes of chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, bourbon barrel. Never smelled anything like it, but the balance with the walnut flavor/aroma is really well done. Big beer of course, full bodied without being as boozy as some of their other offerings.
Monday, September 19, 2016

jc1762
4.3
The Bruery Tart of Darkness - Cherries & Vanilla
Tap at Snallyghaster 2016 into a solo cup showing black with a finger of latte colored foam. The nose is vinous and tart with a light vanilla note. The palate is well carbonated and light bodied. Highly tart but attack shows a lot of clean bing cherry notes, mid-palate shows slight red wine tannic edge with a big clean surge of vanilla and mint mouthfeel on the finish and linger. This is very tart, but a lot of great flavors going on here.
Sunday, September 18, 2016

ciocanelu
4.1
The Bruery Poterie (Scotch Whisky Barrel Aged)
Very dark brown pour, not quite black with a decent head for the high ABV. Aroma hits hard with a lot of barrel character and dark dried fruit. Taste starts with sweet malts but gets quickly replaced by a quite intense astringent tartness. It finishes with dried dark fruit notes like figs, prunes and dates. Body doesnít feel very heavy but the alcohol is quite present and makes it a bit hard to drink. Overall itís a very complex and interesting beer but the weird tartness in the middle taste and the intense alcohol heat keeps it away from being really great.
Sunday, September 18, 2016

MarcoDL
4.4
The Bruery Mash and Vanilla
Draft at Bruery. Strong rich aroma of vanilla, bourbon, raisin and ripe fruit, wow. Taste is rich and smooth, with thick bourbon vanilla, raisin, ripe fruit, creamy toffee, caramel and a long evolving boozy finish. This is amazing.
Sunday, September 18, 2016

MarcoDL
3.9
The Bruery Share This: Coffee
Draft at Bruery. Black pour. Strong aroma of espresso coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. Taste has roasted coffee, roasted malt, cream, soft chocolate and a long soft finish. Nice.
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Quick3Beers
4.2
The Bruery Rueuze (2012-2014)
2013 vintage found on the bottom shelf of a local liquor store. On sale! Pours a very nice golden amber from a bottle. Aroma of apricot and barn. Flavor is a white balsamic vinegar tart apricot. Very good beer.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bule
3.6
The Bruery Arbre - Medium Toast
750ml bottle pours a black color with a bit of head. Good hop bitterness, but harsh resiny tannins. Alcohol accentuated.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

jake65
3.7
The Bruery Or Xata (2015-)
Bottle found at the Lewiston Smokes N Suds. Pours a lighter shade of golden honey with a large, but fizzy and short-lived white head. The aroma is mild, itís sweet and reminiscent of a blond ale with bits of cinnamon. Taste is on the sweeter side, but not as heavily sweet as I would have thought coming from The Bruery. Good carbonation, picking up light cinnamon and a sweet honey and vanilla finish. The vanilla really lingers. Good, overall I liked this more than anticipated.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

JohnnyJ
3.2
The Bruery Geriatric Hipster Club
Bottle. Cloudy amber brown pour, with minimal head. Low carbonation. Sweet, bourbon, caramel malt, some orange, dark fruit, dark bread, and light bitter herbs. Medium bodied. Ok.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

keepersj12
3.3
The Bruery Jardinier
The floral aroma is my favorite part of this beer. The flavor has a bit of spice and some pepper. A little thin, but very light and refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, September 17, 2016

hapjydeuce
4.1
The Bruery Chocolate Rain
Bottle generously provided as a gift by Greg Fisch. Stoked to try this one. Thick oily appearance with light carbonation. Immediate aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, cherry, vanilla. The flavor is pretty damn well balanced considering the outrageous alcohol content. Flavor a of rich coffee, chocolate, anise, licorice. Ends with warming alcohol heat, oak and bourbon. A lot better than I expected it to be. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, September 17, 2016

bulldogops
4
The Bruery Autumn Maple
Rating #2122 - 2015.10.10 - Bottle shared with friends and foes @revolutionyeg 10%. No pumpkins for this brew, itís a yammajamma. Clear, amber pour with a hint of cloudiness. Aroma is yeast, brown sugar, orange zest. Taste is brown sugar, toffee malts, grains, mild spiciness. Delicious, like a PSL quad.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

popery
3.8
The Bruery Sucrť (Madeira Barrel)
750 ml bottle. The beer is a deep amber. Fairly clear. Smallish beige head. Thin layer of bubbles. Just a bit of lacing. The aroma is full of toasted malt flavors. Big caramel, toasty bread, treacle, molasses. Sweet vinous barrel character, present but not overwhelming. A little bit of over sweet bubblegum flavor. Some definite booze heat, but it works with the beerís flavors. Some nice sweet fruitiness, dates, plums, a little raisin, prune, etc. Taste is sweet with lots of malt richness. Light bitterness from the oak. The barrel flavor is a bit sweet against the richness of the beer for me, but itís still a tasty dessert. Full, round mouthfeel. A bit sticky. Solid.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bule
3.6
The Bruery Arbre - Light Toast
750ml bottle pours a black color with a bit of a head. Sharp tannins from the new oak overpower a little. Accentuating the alcohol harshness. Some smokiness.
Friday, September 16, 2016

superspak
4
The Bruery Dodie
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/27/2016. Pours slight hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, corn, spicy rye, toasted brown bread, oak, bourbon, cherries, orange zest, juniper, coriander, cardamom, clove, sage, ginger, anise, berries, red grape, herbal, and oak/tasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruit/spices, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, corn, spicy rye, toasted brown bread, oak, bourbon, cherries, orange zest, juniper, coriander, cardamom, clove, sage, ginger, anise, berries, red grape, herbal, and oak/tasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, spicy rye, toasted brown bread, oak, bourbon, cherries, orange zest, spice, anise, berries, red grape, herbal, and oak/tasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruit/spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/spice balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, lightly slick/syrupy, and slightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish; with zero booziness. Overall this is a great barrel aged Manhattan cocktail inspired strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruit/spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable and unique offering.
Friday, September 16, 2016

ABUSEDGOAT
3.9
The Bruery Mash and Vanilla
Nearly black pour, surprisingly large light tan head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is vanilla, dark sugary malts, bourbon, alcohol, caramel. Full bodied, sweet, sticky, the vanilla is just short of being overpowering. Tasty beer, but actually doesnít have a ton of complexity for all the stuff going on.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Radek Kliber
3.6
The Bruery Share This: Coffee
Where and how: tasting VB (from GG)
Aroma: red peppers, coffee beans, some hear , soft vanilla.
Appearance :
Top: tanned mid sized top .
Base: dark brown
Palate : medium bodied.
Taste: acidic, heavy dose of coffee character with heat of peppers. Interesting.

Friday, September 16, 2016

radagast83
3.8
The Bruery Melange #14
4oz draft at Rustico - Alexandria. Poured a relatively dark, but not totally pitch black color (though the bar has low-lights, so itís hard to really tell). Flavor was an initial blast of heavy chocolate notes (milk chocolate, not chocolate malts) with a vanilla extract note, light boozy barleywine cardboard. Alcohol is most certainly there, boozy, but not terribly boozy like some high ABV beers Iíve had. Took a few sips to really start digging it.
Friday, September 16, 2016

jkwood04
3.9
The Bruery Mocha Wednesday
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a small head. Aroma of coffee, sweetness and chocolate and roasted malts, some more sweetness, ethanol, and some oak/bourbon. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Thick texture. A cool beer but not necessary.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

hayduke
3.7
The Bruery Melange #10
Sampled at GABF 2015 and again in a bottle share at RBSG 2016. In the tasting glass brown with a tan head. Hose of chocolate and spices Medium body and alcoholic mouth feel. Flavor is rich chocolate malts with a lot of spice and it finishes that way. Interesting flavor and good drinking..
Thursday, September 15, 2016

hayduke
3.7
The Bruery Jardinier
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass gold with a white head. Nose of funky fruit. Medium to full body. Flavor is fruity. Dank earth finish. Good stuff.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

hayduke
4
The Bruery Freckle
Sampled at GABF 2015. In the tasting glass black with a brown head. Hose of roasted malts with lots of chocolate. Full body, Creamy yet alcoholic mouth feel. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and spices. Finishes spicy and sweet.. Nice
Thursday, September 15, 2016

hayduke
3.7
The Bruery 7 Swans a Swimming
Sampled at GABF 2015, In the tasting glass brown-amber and beige head. Nose of sugar and fruit. Medium body. Distinct alcohol. Flavor is as aroma with a spicy finish. Very rich and decadent.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

piwnepodroze
3.8
The Bruery Colonel Kernel
Pułkownik Kernel jest wyklejającym, potężnie słodkim piwem, zdominoTowanym przez mocny burbon, ktůry świetnie kontruje tę słodycz. Są karmel, wanilia, suszone owoce i moc! Gdyby tylko nie ten wygląd paskudnej kałuży.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Jimbo2
4.1
The Bruery Colonel Kernel
Very full boadied, low carbonation, quite sweet, but with really nice woody flavours and a solid touch of bourbon.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016