The Bruery Smooth Criminal

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


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Ever accidentally blend two brews, curse a bit, and then smile when tasting the excellent result? Us too. Smooth Criminal is the splendid result of moving a bit too quickly in the brewhouse. An accidental addition of Saison De Lente to a fermenter full of our anniversary ale led us to ask "Anni, are you okay?" She was. Smooth Criminal showcases rich malt, flavorful hops, and oaky goodness in a harmoniously unique ale.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (7959) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 15, 2017
Bottle, 2014. Pours clear reddish hazel, medium beige head, dissipates slowly with pretty good lacing. Aroma is malty, dark sugars, toffee, raisin, date, pine, caramel, bourbon. Flavor is pretty sweet with a light bitterness, dark and malty, bourbon and hints of vanilla. Not getting much influence of the saison parent, but perhaps its primary effect is to cut the sweetness of the Anniversary beer. Cant believe this is still rocking 15%; not really feeling it, which is dangerous. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (7144) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 11, 2016
750ml bottle thanks to Darrel. Pours out muddy brown topped with a ring of a head. Nose is big typical bruery booze sweet candy malts bourbon barrel vanilla notes and spice. Taste is more of the heavy sweetness booze and rich malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7656) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours muddy brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, chocolate and bourbon. Malty flavor with bourbon warmth before a sweet caramel and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1493) - AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2016
750 ml bottle 2 year old tick Dark brown, light brown collar. Big bourbon notes, dark fruits, vanilla. Sweet caramel nose with lots of booze. Big, boozy and lots of barrel barleywine. Massive beer. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and dark fruits. Nice but needs to be shared. Big flipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (3212) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours a cloudy brownish orange with no head. Aromas of vanilla caramel dark fruits candied orange peel. Taste is sweet and boozy. I dont hate it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6588) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2016
Pours a dark orange with a white head. Aroma is oak and caramel, Flavor similar, but way too sweet and boozy like everything else they make.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (2141) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
The beer pours a warm brown with some mahogany glow to it. Polished wood paneling and oiled leather. Some haze. Small creamy white head, fading. The aroma is treacle and molasses with a vanilla bourbon overlay. This is a fancy caramel booze dessert. Its almost too sweet and inviting to be considered refined. Alcohol is kept out of the way. Its like someone wanted to make candy bourbon for kids. The taste isnt quite as guiltily sweet. More wood. Like licking dried up bourbon syrup off a worn oak desk. The beer does lack the chewy depth of the old ale all stars, but it still scratches that sticky caramel itch. Round but not thick on the feel. Solid and reassuring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12596) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2016
This beer pours a murky orange-brown color with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit and malt. Full-bodied with a sweet and boozy bourbon character and notes of caramel malt and dark fruit. The finish is sweet with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2015
[ bottle ][ 1oz ][ @tasting ][ $ ? ][ snifter ][ 11.14.15 ]
hazy sepia, creamy white head. Harsh toasty underattenuated sugary mess nose, BBQ. heavy caramel sugar profile, tons of underattenuated chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (8076) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2015
750ml bottle pours a murky brown with some creamy, white head. Nose has tomato paste and BBQ sauce and brown sugar and booze. Woof. Flavor is just too god damned sweet, caramel, dates, raisins, some nougat. All sugar. Full bodied, booze finish.

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