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


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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 435   ABV: 14.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
I mean, it smells really good, rich caramel, some fruitiness, fringes of bourbon. But its extremely sweet, to the point of being saccharine, and I couldnt drink more than 2 or 3 oz. This anniversary series has been a disappointment to me, and was actually kind of a signal to me that my palate was moving far past booze for booze sake beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3672) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2016
August 13, 2016. Bottles at Bruery Bonanza 2016 as Cuir and Papier. Thanks for sharing!
Dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is sweet, malty, boozy with caramel, raisins, prunes, dark sugar and alcohol. Taste is sweet, slight boozy and bitter. Finish is warming alcohol, sweet burnt caramel, raisins, some sherry notes and a touch of cardboard. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.

Papier showed more signs of oxidation and had too much cardboard notes and had a metallic touch to it.

Cuir was in better shape and just had minor cardboard notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (951) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
A: Cloudy, deep brown coloured with a thin light brown lacing. N: Vanilla, figs, dates, bourbon, rye bread T: Dried fruits like figs, hint of apricot, aluminum, bourbon O: Decent. Have a bit problem with the metal mouthfeel...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (4379) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2016
Draft at Broken Barrel anniversary. Murky brownish pour with minimal head. Nose is papery with oxidation. Taste is slightly better. Super sweet raisins, overall ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7093) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle @ The Levi Tasting. Deep brown with a small head. Aroma is salty, rich. Chocolate. Similar flavor. Umami. Salty. Rich. Leathery. Full body, oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (767) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle shared at tasting. Caramel brown pour. Sweet boozy aroma. Taste follows, nice balance between sweet and boozy. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (2888) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
2011 vintage shared by Caleb - thanks!! Dark brown pour, massive toffee nose. Smooth, sweet, boozy, bourbon, really nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9774) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bomber thanks to Caleb! Amber brownish orange pour. Boozy. Wood. Diabetes sugary, like many of Bruerys beers. But its good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (2250) - Lille, 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (4698) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (6066) - 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.

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