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RATINGS: 615   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 504   ABV: 16.8%
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 year’s 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.

Editor’s Note: This is the entry for The Bruery’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Anniversary beer.

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VamboladeTolly (2171) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle. Pours darker brown with bsmall beige /brownish head. Aroma: sharp sweet alcohol, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, dried dark fruits, brandish, nice vanilla, bourbon touch. NICE. Taste: heavy sweat, with some balancing sourness, fruits and berries- dried and fresh, toffee, strawberries tipped in butterscotch and milk chocolate, alcohol warmness and warnings. Full body. Sweet-sourish finish.

Juks (936) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2017
750ml bottle, thanks Harri. Pours clear dark reddish-brown colour, small head stays as ring. Sherry, red wine, sweet cherry notes, wood, booze in aroma. Rich booze caramel, port wine, vanilla, cocoa in taste. Very silky and soft texture. Cognac-ish warming aftertaste, lingonberry. Low carbonation. Nice, if I’m not taking this as a beer. Warmer.

beer_queue (145) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Boozy & syrupy sweet; caramel, dark fruits, vanilla. Overall tastes so much like many other high ABV bourbon-barrel-aged Bruery beer. The whole isn’t greater than the sum of its parts. Not worth the price tag.

Cavie (4769) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2017
Enjoyed at BTBF 2017. Murky brown color, beige head. Sweet malty aroma, syrupy, dusty. Oak flavor, sweet and syrupy, warmth that lingers forever.

ehaak26 (658) - - MAR 17, 2017
Mini-snifter at Pazzo’s. Aroma includes toffee, vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. Taste quickly became overpoweringly sweet in my opinion.

Hoprider (726) - 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%.

thepatrickman (1442) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2017
Tasted as part of a 7 year Bruery vertical, so it’s 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, it’s 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 everyone’s taste buds. It’s 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 -- I’d 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 don’t do a tasting this intense on a Thursday.

sulawang (1183) - - 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 I’ve 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.

SG111 (1968) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottled at Clubhouse BFD event. Bottle said Bois. From untappd notes. Unsure of pour. Aroma is werther’s original, butterscotch, bourbon, oak, sweet. Flavor is cherry, craisin, butterscotch, caramel, oak. Quite sweet, but good. Very happy to finally get to try this.

jbethea (67) - Miami, 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;

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