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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (3272) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2014
From notes. This was shared at a tasting put on by @mikem409 on November 7. The pour is a really dark orange, almost a bit brown with a khaki head that falls down to a good collar pretty quickly. The aroma is good, but a bit strange. There is a lot of bourbon on the immediate nose, and it rolls through a solid malt phase. There is some dark fruits and maybe a little caramel. There is a little citrus that doesnt seem to belong on the back end, which I think comes from the blend. The flavor is a little more musty and funky. There is a light breadiness behind the dark fruits and bourbon heaviness. Licorice is also a little more prevalent here with the caramel. The mouth feel is pretty thin for a good old ale. Its not quite watery, but is far from viscous. It does cling lightly to the mouth. The aftertaste is sweet and strangely fruity. Not really my thing, but Im glad I got to try it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle: Hazed, deep brown pour with a dark khaki head that almost fizzes its way down to a foamy collar. The nose has notes of coconut, molasses, bourbon, wood, prunes, & toffee candies. A little bit of damp mustiness & maybe a slight hint of tropical pineapple is the only sign of saison in the aroma... Mostly old ale. Saison De Lente shows up a bit more in the flavor... Light farmhouse yeast, musty earth, & mild breadiness, however this beer is still dominated by the old ale. Heavy bourbon soaked wood, prunes, tart redcurrant, vanillin, anise, licorice, & hefty caramel sweetness. A touch of apple, must, & boozy wood in the finish. Sticky mouth feel. Not bad, but kind of messy. Would rather just have a saison or an old ale, straight up,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (2019) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Pour is hazy orange minimal head. Aroma of burnt sugar and citrus. Taste was sweet and abv is hidden well, lots of toffee and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (15912) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours caramel brown. Nose and taste oak, bourbon, toffee and caramel. Nutty. Full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate raisin, vinous notes, toffee, bourbon, and a hint of maple syrup. It pours hazy orangish-brown with a minimal head. The flavor starts with toffee, raisin, and a touch of honey. The finish has light maple syrup, bourbon, and faint vinous notes. Its medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle @ 10 East Since I love extremely sweet beers, and extremely sour beers and extremely bitter beers and...well...this was extremely sweet and it was really nice. Vanilla and dates, some bourbon soaked raisins in brown sugar and caramel sauce. No hop presence noticeable. Its not cloying in any way and its not boozy which are both admirable. Comes across like an English barleywine, but I can definitely see an American Strong Ale too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Golden pour with a bit of funk coming off the nose. Old ale with a slightly sour element works out pretty well but I wouldnt get it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (4697) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2014
I dont remember much about this one, but I do remember I liked it and it was good. Brown and nutty, silky body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fluffy (2466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2014
sampled at bottle share. very rarely to barleywines impress me, but this one was spot on amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6151) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2014
(750ml bottle) cloudy deep and rich brown with offwhite edge bubbles. Nose of rum raisin, bourbon, funk like a saison, cream. Taste of rum raisin, toasty sugar, bourbon, rich and decadent. Slightly funky too.

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