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Smokey And The Bois (Rare Beer Collaboration) - The Bruery

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 32
Gots: 39 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  16.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels with Vanilla Beans & Cacao Nibs.

A careful blend of Black Tuesday (a much-coveted, bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout), Smoking Wood (an imperial rye porter, offering malts smoked with beech- and cherrywood), and Bois (an exceptional, bourbon-barrel-aged old ale). This exclusive release also uses Nacional cacao nibs from Mindo Chocolate Makers, a bean-to-bar chocolatier who works directly with Ecuadorian growers.

Aroma on this is quite generous: vanilla, almond, powdered doughnuts, cotton candy. Notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, and smoke are met by mellowing influences like crème brûlée and milk chocolate. A warming integrated vein of alcohol provides a nice lift. The finely bubbled, and relatively subtle, CO2 adds just enough extra texture for everything to present itself fully.

Color, a deep, chocolate brown lightens to a cola color, a maple-syrup-ness at the edge. From Black Tuesday's contributions: char, burnt caramel, bitter chocolate. Those are matched with the layered, caramel-y richness this gets from Bois, adding heavily detailed core notes of toffee, nougat, and the caramelized sugars that serve as a crucial note for this beer. Then that third blending, the Smoking Wood, adds in softer bittering elements from its beechwood- and cherrywood-smoked malts.

(Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 06-11-2014)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

From a bottle, pours dark brown to almost black. It looks very thin, not much head.

The nose is incredible. Wood chips, vanilla, oats, cocoa, powdered sugar, graham cracker. The flavor is very boozy, up front, in the middle, hot at the finish. Does this really need to be 16%? The flavors are great. I love the vanilla, the oak, the dark chocolate and toffee. The finish is milky.

This a great beer, probably ages well. I am just thrown by their desire to make this 16% rather than 12-13%. Just alot of booze.

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4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, caramel, toffee, smoke, vanilla, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, smoke, vanilla, and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and smoke bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great balance between the smoke, vanilla, and cocoa qualities all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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2014 Vintage

Appearance: Very dark-brown with a modest sized dark-beige head that dissipated fairly quickly. Very "stout-like" in appearance, let me add nice looking stout..

Smell: Brown sugar, dark fruit notes (raisins and prunes), moderate bourbon notes, mild toffee and mild smoke notes. Nice nose on this beer.

Taste: Bourbon, brown sugar, moderate smoke notes, a touch of dark chocolate, faint raisins/prunes, and mild oak notes. The flavors complement each other well with no one flavor covering up any of the others. Typical of most high ABV Bruery beers, the alcohol is remarkable subdued especially considering it's more than 16% ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. For a strong ale this is spot on for me.

Overall: Good blend resulting in a good beer. As the beer warms the smoke presence becomes more pronounced in the nose and taste but never to the point where the other flavors are masked. An interesting strong ale and a must try for smoked beer fans.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

The nose is smoky, salty, and meaty with a strong turn towards beef jerky. I don't really catch any notes of Bois. The flavor starts with sweet brown sugar and chocolate then moves to char, smoke and campfire coals. A sweet beef jerky meatiness cuts through this from beginning to end. I love Rauschbiers and I love Bois but this combination did not balance well and disappointed me.

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Smokey And The Bois (Rare Beer Collaboration) from The Bruery
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