The Bruery Smooth Criminal
The Bruery Smooth Criminal is an English Barleywine. Great story behind this beer. A seemingly tragic mistake was made when Saison de Lente was accidentally blended with the fresh batch of the new Anniversary Ale. (hence the puny name, “Anni are you okay?”) What they ended up with was one great tasting mistake!
Nice cloudy brown color, with a minimal head. Tasting lots of sweet caramel and vanilla, big raisin and some light bourbon. The 15% ABV creates a mild burn that increases as it warms. The addition of the saison creates a lighter, and more carbonated body than you would expect for the style.
This ends up being a more approachable Anniversary Ale, not quite as bold an intense. Big thanks to Josiah for sharing this one!