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

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RATINGS: 503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 435   ABV: 14.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
2010 2nd Anniversary Ale. This sturdy beer marks our second year, an incredible year of growth and learning experiences. Together may our supporters, our brewery, and this beer grow in complexity and refinement over the years.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (2545) - FRANCE - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle as Cuir @ The Drunk Monk, Mataro - Spain. Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Oily and really sweet beer. Smell: roasted malt, coffee domination. Very superb complexity. Really nice caramel and sweet domination. Barrel notes. Very complex. Taste: full body super oily. Very sweet and with high coffee roasted malt. Chocolate notes. Really amazing. Aftertaste: coffee and barrel notes. Thanks for this beer!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (5006) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
Bruerys second anniversary beer, vintage bottle at Bruery Sucre Tasting in Bierboom in Bruges. Thin, off-white, lacing head, quickly dissolving in the middle; translucent, coppery burgundy colour, misty. Intense and perfumey aroma of red wine, caramel, hazelnuts, wet oak, vanilla tannins, old madera, cranberry, blue plum, sherry, marmelade, rosehip. Intense, candied sweetness in the mouth paired with dried mushroom-like umami accents, brown sugar sweetness lingering but not cloying; thick but smooth caramelly and honeyish, lightly nutty malt sweetness leading to warming, brandy-like alcohol, quite strongly so and a bit wry, but not disturbing so much seen this beers great complexity; drying woodiness and lovely retronasal vanilla tannins make for a pleasant aftertaste. Great beer, but obviously much more a barley wine than an old ale.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (6301) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Original vintage 750mL from WholeFoods, drunk 2/20/16.
Murky mahogany body is probably quite clear, though its not determinable. Dark beige head atop slowly but steadily fades to nothing.
Lots of chocolate, raisin, light toasted character and tons of prune and grapey-soy oxidation. The alcohol is certainly there, though not harsh/hot at this point. The chocolate-like malt character is pleasant enough but thats about the only enjoyable aspect.
More of the same in the flavor, with low/loose carbonation, too much sweetness (since this is a Bruery beer) and lots of dirt, earth, prune and milk chocolate that just dont go well together with the heavy cherry-vanilla notes. I dont know how I ever liked old stouts/old ales/barleywines. Theyre way too sweet/syrupy and boozey young and then youve gotta find a very small window before theyre flat and oxidized.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (6869) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle 2011 vintage, thanks ClarkVV. Dirty brown color. Aroma is oxidation, wet cardboard, dark fruit and caramel.

Flavor is heavy oxidation. Some dark fruit but this has sat to long. Really to long. Ouch

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (1377) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks ClarkVV red brown with a nice beige head. Aromas of dark fruit caramel and molasses. Taste is caramel bomb with lingering alcohol burn. Whoa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (2541) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2016
More old beer. This one shared by ClarkVV, who is easily The Bruerys biggest fan. Thanks, Clark! Pours red brown with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, dark fruits. Flavor is caramel, molasses, dark cherry. Held up well. Alcohol well hidden.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (2059) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
750ml bottle of Papier pours a brown color without any head. Low carbonation but still ok. Raisins, port and toffee.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (2516) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2015
December 11, 2015 - bottle via Bruery cellar sale. Light brown pour with limited head. Aroma was nice blend of caramel, bourbon and maybe some vanilla and dark fruit. Taste was consistent with aroma. This was fantastic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (4680) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Rating of CUIR, which is the 3rd Anniv. edition and not the same as Coton. Large shared bottle. 4 years old. Very fruity aroma featuring dried plums and other dark fruits. Bitter and sweet with a touch of tartness. Warming but not hot.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Given the bottle is 5 plus years old I am trying to balance what this once was versus what it is now. Lots of caramel sweetness but also some sherry like oxidation. Their Anni beers are spectacular and there is no reason to believe this wasnt at one point. The alcohol has been subdued quite a bit but the oxidation isnt a great replacement for me.


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