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RATINGS: 599   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 504   ABV: 16.8%
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Poterie is French for pottery, the traditional eight-year anniversary gift. Our eighth anniversary ale, Poterie, follows in the footsteps of our anniversary releases before it, which are loosely based on an English-style old ale, fermented with our house yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. This means that a portion of each anniversary ale is saved in oak barrels and blended in with the next years production, providing more complexity and depth of character as the years go by. The result is layered in robust and complex flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.

Editors Note: This is the entry for The Bruerys Bourbon Barrel Aged Anniversary beer.

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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
poisoneddwarf (2476) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2015 Initial rating, as Fruet, 11/11/12: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle, thanks Brenn79! Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is awesome--full of rich artisan caramel and wood; also in there: licorice, booze, dark fruit. This is my favorite type of aroma in a beer right now. Taste is a sledgehammer of awesome flavors; its sweet (not cloying), sour, very savory. The bourbon and oak are in your face, but not overpowering. Alcohol burns the throat going down. Licorice is strong in the finish. Soft carbonation, full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. This reminds me of Firestone Walker 14, also an anniversary beer, which is my favorite beer of all time. This is right up there. Amazing. 10,3,10,5,20=4.8

7/24/13 rating, as Bois: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. 15% ABV. This is the beer to celebrate four years of rating on this site. Pours a muddy dark brown with orange highlights; has a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is oaky, boozy, caramellly, raisins, licorice, sticky buns. Taste starts out sweet and savory before quickly turning sour, leaving a little bitterness behind in the finish. Hot alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation fairly soft, body full. I drank this too soon, dammit. I rated Fruet after six months of aging. This one has only been a couple months since production. That hot alcohol definitely needs to tame down a bit. Im really kicking myself for not buying another bottle. Give this one at least six months, but I think a year or more would be best. At least I know for next year. 8,3,8,5,16=4.0

3rd rating, from 7/25/15, as Sucre, 2014 vintage: at least a year old here. 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, molasses, licorice. Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head that falls after a couple minutes into a ring and skiff of foam. Taste is sweet, boozy, coconut, dark fruits imparting some tartness, tannins. Full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. Great beer, but its just not as interesting as my first impression back in 2012 when it was called Fruet. I dont know if the quality has gone down, if my tastes have changed, or if I was just more in the mood for this behemoth of a beer back then when I rated it for the first time. 8,4,8,5,18=4.3


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehaak26 (423) - - MAR 17, 2017
Mini-snifter at Pazzos. Aroma includes toffee, vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. Taste quickly became overpoweringly sweet in my opinion.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (587) - DENMARK - MAR 11, 2017
Pours a clearish crimson rusty colour with a few beige bubbles. The nose is very oaky and bourbon forward. Some overripe fruit, raisins, port and sweet booze coming through also. The taste is rich with sweet malty notes along with bourbon booze and more fruity vinous notes. The aftertaste is both oaky and slightly bitter and also sweet and sticky. Oily texture, light carbonation. Slow sipper for sure but pretty enjoyable even at 16.8%.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (1221) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2017
Tasted as part of a 7 year Bruery vertical, so its somewhat hard to give a rating, considering that most of the beers are aliased. So, here are my impressions:

Papier: Quite oxidized, which dominates the flavor. Still, its enjoyable as an old ale, and the malts still give off a nice toffee impression.:

Coton: Much less oxidized. Smooth and sweet, without really any heat from the alcohol. Drinks really nicely.

Cuir: This is probably right at the "sweet spot," at 5.5 years. No real oxidization, but all of the alcohol and hop bitterness from some of the younger batches is also tempered. Great, rich malty profile.

Fruet:Similar to Cuir, and also drinking nicely right now. Slightly perceptible hop bitterness.

Bois: Noticeably more aggressive than the batches from earlier years. Some alcohol heat coming through.

Sucre::The smooth malt sweetness from the earlier batches has been completely overwhelmed by alcohol at this point. Bitter and hot.

Cuivre: Even after a night of drinking big, flavorful beers, this made a strong assault on everyones taste buds. Its over a year old, but the individual flavor threads (Malt, hop, esters, alcohol) are too overpowering. Hot -- give it a few more years!

What did I learn from drinking this many Bruery anniversary beers in one night? They definitely benefit from some aging -- Id say that 4 to 6 years is probably their sweet spot, with the heat from the 15%+ ABV giving way to some nice sweetness at that point. Oh, and dont do a tasting this intense on a Thursday.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sulawang (1143) - - MAR 7, 2017
(from memory, drank on March 2, 2017)

Visual: Hefty bottle. Pours root beer brown with a smallish head, mild activity.

Nose: Intense chocolate, butterscotch-toffee, wickedly aromatic (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: slightly fizzy, thicker viscosity, rich intense impression

Mid-palate: butterscotch, (lvl-8-sweetness), vanilla, toffee, liquid barley malt, bourbon, root beer

Finish: licorice, chocolate, background woodiness, controlled alcoholic heat

Summary: Super body, balanced, sippable, and should be shared among friends and family. This drinks unlike any of the 1100 beers Ive tried - a wrecking ball of intensity yet still balanced enough not to be harsh. I probably say this only once it a year but this is something I would like to try again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1654) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottled at Clubhouse BFD event. Bottle said Bois. From untappd notes. Unsure of pour. Aroma is werthers original, butterscotch, bourbon, oak, sweet. Flavor is cherry, craisin, butterscotch, caramel, oak. Quite sweet, but good. Very happy to finally get to try this.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbethea (29) - Summerfield, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Nose is salted caramel. Toffee gives way to barley and notes of licorice. overtones of honey and vanilla on a backdrop of lingering subtle hop. Strong bourbon backbone. truly delicious. well done;

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Turboninja (705) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2017
[email protected], NYC, USA. Aroma like port wine. Also balanced taste with nicely detectable bourbon nuances. Dark fruits like plum. Ultra-wide taste spectrum. Superb.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pilsnertest (237) - SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2017
Bottle at home. Dried fruits. Cherries, fudge, liquorice and bourbon. Smooth and elegant. Some alcohol in aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pintofjoe29 (39) - Dingman Ferry, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle pour into my favorite snifter. Pours a murky brown with a 2 finger head which quickly dies. Rich aroma of bourbon, cherry, and cane sugar. Taste is very bourbon forward with hints of vanilla, fudge, and dark fruit. Mmm... This is an enjoyable sipper. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (10283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle from the dregs run delivery. Thanks Craig! Pours brown with no head. Aromas of bourbon, cherry, wood, vanilla, sweet sugar. Taste is boozy, chocolate, vanilla, fudge. Boozy heat.


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