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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%
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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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3.3
emacgee (4675) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours a dark copper brown with a thin light tan head. Pour shows little to no carbonation, very thick. Nose is interesting, very sweet, candylike, spicy, some phenol, Belgian yeast, rummy, some raisin and caramel. Flavor is thick and sweet, underattenuated, cloying, astringent, some soy. Thick and spicy palate with an astringent character. Did not care for this.

3.6
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2009
750 ml bottle #2795 from Plaza Liquors - This is the first time I have ever come across a bottle that has had two coatings of wax on it. Still, it peeled off fairly easy. Pours a cloudy brown color with a thin and short lived light tan bubbly head. No lacing. Lightly carbonated. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, dark esters, and vinous. Flavor is sweet toasted malt, esters, alcohol, and light oak. The alcohol is quite noticeable, but doesn’t burn. Full body. A nice beer. Shit, now I have to finish this bottle myself.

3.6
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
750 ml bottle - purchased from South Bay; very slight hiss upon open with trace bubbles along the edge; dark, dense caramel pour; aromas of candy, caramel, bourbon, cookies, dark fruit; also resiny and boozy; wow, very sharp one first; super thin texture, flat and oily; big time booze masking almost all flavor; what does come out is sweet, almost citrus fruit with brown sugar and light caramel; abrasiveness wears off quickly though allowing for some flavor to shine; I would think even a little more body would do wonders; kind of a letdown and hope some age will help; last week I had the Alesmith 2005 Decadence and this isn’t even in the same ballpark; ah, a 750 of this by myself? i’ll be passed out by 8 pm!!

3.8
nickd717 (4683) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Bottle shared by alfrantzell on BA - thanks, Arne! Dark reddish brown pour with no head, just a ring, and not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is very nice with brown sugar, coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and fairly complex, with lots of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee, prune, raisin, oak, vanilla, and mild roast. This is a very sweet beer, but I like ’em that way sometimes. Palate is smooth with medium body and minimal carbonation. Did Lost Abbey have a hand in this? Long finish though with some alcoholic warmth. Good stuff.

3.5
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2009
750ml bottle #2234/4777. Very unique aroma. Smells almost oxidized which is surprising given how young this beer is. Dark, rum soaked fruits and alcohol initially hit the nose. Wet cardboard, vanilla extract, cheap sherry, toffee and caramel as well. Open for almost an hour and I’m still not getting a whole lot of aromatic complexity. An aggressive pour yields a nearly still beer with a watery khaki head that quickly goes away. Rusty dark brown and nearly still in the glass. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma. Grain alcohol soaked fruits, plenty of cardboard and nutty sherry. Almost like sipping on vanilla extract infused with hazelnuts. Sure, there are some toasted nut and creme brulee flavors, but the 14.5% really overpowers everything. For a beer this size, the palate is leaning toward the thin side. I expected something with a lot more of a lush and textured body. As it stands not, the initial mouth feel is quite average with a slightly syrupy feel toward the back of the tongue. Alcohol is present throughout but asserts itself on the finish.

I really wanted to like this beer, but the almost grain alcohol like qualities on the nose on the finish really take away from what I think could be a fantastic beer. Oh well... I have a couple of bottles that I’ll lay down for a few years. Thanks Craig!

4.7
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Darker brown color with a light head. Aroma is filled with roasty, burnt caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar, creme brulee, and vanilla. Flavor is a great mix of vanilla, light oak/bourbon, warm caramel, vinous fruit, and raw sugar. Nice mouthfeel that gets better as it warms. Truly a beer that is great at cellar temps and will hopefully be a recurring brew. Cheers to the Bruery for crafting a fine brew worthy of praise and redefining what such a style can be!

3.9
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2009
On tap at the Bruery. Dark brown pour with a long lasting head. Funky aroma. Flavor is tart, with some bleu cheese, and nice funkiness.

3.7
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a dark brown. Still with zero head. Very low almost non existant carbonation. Fine for the style. Nose is crazy wood and bourbon with some cherry pit, hazelnut and smoke. The nose is amazing the flavor is a mess though. Super super boozy and ridiculously sweet up front. Its good but almost impossible to drink. I could barely drink a quarter of a glass. Thank god I was sharing this bottle. This one needs a good couple of years to settle down. Its way to young and boozy right now. This could be great in a few years. Right now its got a ways to go.

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mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2009
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. chocolate brown with no head. nose is heavy bourbon, vanilla and leather. nice on the palate with a smooth flavor of bourbon and vanilla, finishing with ash and leather.

3.8
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle at bourbon barrel aged Big Sound release. This brewery makes thick syrupy beers. This is liquid toffee that is very very strong. This is just butterscotch.


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