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

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 37
Gots: 68 | FT: 15
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  16.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 06-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very complex and has lots of flavors of dark malts and vanilla from the bourbon barrel aging.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer hides its alcohol very well and tastes a lot more like a 10% beer compared to a 16% beer.

Serving the: bottle

Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2014 Vintage

A: Pours a clear but still opaque extremely dark brown (almost jet black) in color with hints of very light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint garnet red + cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that reduces to a couple of small patches of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, bourbon, oak barrels, vanilla, cocoa, and smoked malts.

T: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with moderate amounts of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla with moderate flavors of cocoa and smoked malts. Light amounts of bitterness and alcohol in the finish which fade pretty quickly.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming.

O: This is a great beer with some really nice flavors from the smoke, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and cocoa. A slow sipper and one I am very happy to get the chance to enjoy.

Photo of nmann08
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Jeff for this novelty. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy 1 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is pitch black with stringy and spotty lace with moderate stick and huge, oily legs. Blend 3 big beers and guess what the result looks like? A BIG BEER.

Nose is huge amounts of smoke. Chocolate, vanilla, booze, and honey round out the dense flavors. Aromatic and enticing.

Opens chocolate, roasted malt, smoke and bourbon. Huge booziness comes forward in the middle propping up vanilla, molasses, leather, oak, and sweet soy sauce and prune flavors. Dark fruit, fudge, and more booze in the finish and aftertaste. Pretty good. Interesting that you can taste each aspect of the blend that went into this.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and hot in the mouth and goes down syrupy and thick. Finishes hot and messy with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Supports the flavor nicely.

I'm not a huge fan of the Bruery but their big beers have always been top-notch. This is no different and its an interesting take on blending 3 beers that have very distinct and prominent flavors. Worth trying!

Photo of IKR
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of KYGunner
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Crimson wax sealed 750mL bottle acquired through the Bruery's Society. Bottled 6/10/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours near-black, deep, dark chocolate with a half finger of tan head. Settles in the glass opaque other than a thin dark molasses brown halo under the light. No lace or retention to speak of.

Not as much in the nose as I'd expected given all that went into this. Booze, bourbon, burnt sugar and some muddled hints of cocoa and vanilla. Opens up a bit over time but without developing the rich bouquet that I know the individual parts can deliver.

There is so much going on in the flavor that it can be hard to pin down the separate aspects. Cocoa, concentrated dark fruit, caramel, toffee, molasses, nougat, barrel, sweet heavy cream, vanilla, wood char, bourbon and fudge. All of this swims in a booze heat that never relents but doesn't detract from my enjoyment. Every sip reveals a slightly different blend.

Syrupy, creamy, full body with subtle-yet-appropriate carbonation. The aftertaste remains just as busy as the flavor- plenty of boozey heat, molasses, bourbon soaked oak, caramel, toffee and smoke.

The Bruery has created another delicious mélange of their beers. Smokey and the Bois certainly tips its hat to Black Tuesday, Bois and Smoking Wood and brings a few new aspects to the experience. But ultimately as outstanding as this is, I don't think it is quite as good of a strong ale as Black Tuesday is an imperial stout or their anniversary ale is an old ale. Still glad to have tried this and happy to have another to enjoy soon.

Photo of mwilbur
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown with 3/4 inch dark mocha head. Decent retention. (4)
S: Can smell this potent brew at least a foot away...the high ABV probably helps the projection. Wow! Dark chocolate, soft bourbon, dry cacao nibs, vanilla, hint of whiskey rye, mild smoke, and a hint of toasted oak. Lots going on here. (4.75)
T: Super smooth dark chocolate (seems to straddle the boundary between darker milk chocolate and lighter dark chocolate...akin to a 40-45% cacao bar), smoked and charred wood (?oak, cherry, more?), vanilla, spicy rye, wonderfully rich malt, hint of cacao nibs, and finishes with a relatively subdued bourbon alcohol burn (relative to the ABV). With warming, dark dried fruit emerges. (4.75)
M: Amazingly smooth. Heavy body, but ABV is still fairly well hidden. Creamy feel and sweet. Pleasant bourbon burn in the finish. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate. (5)
D: Tremendous blend. An amazing sipper...deep, dark, and complex. Seek it out! Simply wonderful...especially when the temps start heading south. (4.75)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.44/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not bad for a smoke beer.

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and sweet, the beer manages to mask the alcohol content (a high 16.2 %) without killing off that amazing bourbon finish. It's beyond smooth, and the smoky notes are actually pretty subdued in comparison to the aforementioned bourbon, plus vanilla and caramel flavors. The aroma is also an incredibly enjoyable mix of warm chocolate, malt and a hint of smoked wood. Highly recommended brew.

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud from our membership.

Nice big bubbles creamy fluffy darker 1/2 finger head that fades at a fair pace, little lacing, decent legs, pitch black color.

Nose is big, smoked malts, little roasted smoke and hint of peppery, nice campfire like smoke but not overly, some cocoa and dark choc, nice complex aged soft malt old ale thing, toffee and caramel, creamy dark choc.

Taste brings choc, earthy cocoa dust, dry cocoa dust, grainy dark choc, choc syrup, lots of dark malt, soft aged malt and complex, chewy caramel toffee etc, with nice malts and candy in general, hint if booze with candy notes. Light but nice smoke, little campfire, little bitterness and touch of char, etc. Finish dry fair bitterness, little cocoa and nice aged malt, etc.

Mouth is semi thick but not as creamy or fudgey as I expected, decent carb, no real booze.

Overall pretty nice.

Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +15.2%

The beer has a beautiful balance of smokey camp fire and char in the front. Onto lots of vanilla and huge caramel sweetness and roasted malt and chocolate, hints of coffee. The cacao bitters the beer out.

The oak on the end helps the beer out.

One of the best blended beers or any beer that Bruery has produced.

Photo of timfc
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We drank this the same night that we drank World Wide, Bourbon County, Luscious, and a couple of other things.

The fundamental take-away: this was the best beer of the night.

What's terrible as a review is that the entire review is: holy crap.

The color is dark, ruby or burnt/toasted with a small lacing around the edge.

The aroma combines the roast malt, a tiny hint of smoke, some barrel, and a bit of alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel: full, tongue coating, lush.

The flavor: In comparison, everything else we had was one-note. This opens on the tongue for a minute or so after each sip. It's insane.

Overall: I'm sad that I have one more bottle.

Photo of Devman171
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, thanks Donnie!, Pours murky dark brown. aroma is rich sweet malts and bourbon with light smoke. Taste is really rich sweet and smooth booze and dry smokey finish, well done!

Photo of MLDucky
3.21/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The smoking wood flavor was over-powering for me.

Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date but released almost a year ago I think.

A: Pours a very very dark brown. Not quite black but close. Good sized fizzy brown head that disappears fairly quickly. Zero lacing.

S: Whoa. Big, boozy and sweet (duh). Loaded with caramel, vanilla and dark fruits. Smoked malt is notable but not harsh. Just sorta floating in the background. Boozy sting.

T: A lot going on in this one. Loads of sweetness up front. Huge caramel and vanilla. Sweet chocolate too. Lots of stinging bourbon. Smoked malts kick in quickly with sort of a medicinal, band-aid flavor mixed with a campfire. Stinging booze in the finish with more notes of toasted sugar, toffee, caramel, every malty and sweet flavor under the sun. Not much stout quality to it, it tastes mostly like Bois and Smoking Wood than anything. Lingering oak and bourbon between sips. Belly-warming alcohol content.

M: Heavy, thick, syrupy and boozy as hell.

O: Crazy beer. Imagine every malty or sweet flavor you've had in a beer and then imagine them all in the same beer. That's pretty much what this is. It all works together well but the smoked malts are giving me a band-aid flavor that I'm not too happy with. Other than that, fantastic blend.

Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a really dark brown almost black hue with a thin head that fades to leave a creamy halo.

S - Aromas of chocolate, sweet malts, very little smoke, faint bourbon, light vanilla, really faint booze.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice smokey notes, caramel, sweet malts, faint chocolate, light booze, nice light toffee, good chocolate. The smoke is very earthy and dense, almost cigar like.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, lightly creamy, nice smokey finish.

O - Overall this beer was nicely smokey, good chocolate. Very nice pleasant smoke and chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%

-Bottle- Pours oily but not thick oily. The color is a very dark brown that, when gathered in my glass, becomes black. The head is almost nonexistent. When I shove my nose to the glass, I am met with a massive, hulking, dark aroma. I initially picked up on the big, boozy dark fruit scents. Dark chocolate, dark coffee, smoke and wood. The first sip is a palate stunner. The flavors are covered in the remnants of wood and char. There is a bunch to talk about. Espresso, dried dark fruit, esters, dark chocolate, slightly burnt brown sugar. All the flavors are set to 10. The booze is proudly assertive. Long, lingering alcohol finish that reminds me of sipping a liqueur. The body is oily and surprisingly not as viscous as one would think. This is a blend of big, Bruery offerings, I shouldn't be surprised by its power but I still am.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 01/10/15 notes. Got a bottle of this in the RS last year, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a reddish tint to it, one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Smoke, roasted malts, caramel malts, sweet bourbon, oak, cocoa, and vanilla. Full body and moderate carbonation. Not nearly as hot as some of their other big beers like BT and Sucre.

Overall I thought this was very good but personally I like the anniversary beers and the BT variants better. Worth checking out for sure but I was fine with 1 bottle...would spend hte money on multiple M3's, BT/CR/GM's, and anniversary beers.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from trade with Homer. Thanks buddy! Pours dark brown and settles pitch black in the glass with a two finger mocha brown head that is very bubbly and recedes quickly. Aroma of peat and smoke and bourbon, molasses, some roast, dark fruit, and a little caramel. Not much vanilla, maybe a hint of chocolate. Flavor follows closely with lots of smokeyness, light roast, huge bourbon notes, alcohol, with relatively masked chocolate and vanilla that I was hoping to get a bit more of here. Not nearly as cloying as Chocolate Rain, and the smoke balances nicely. Overall, an improvement on Black Tuesday for me, but inferior to both Bois and Smoking Wood (Rye), which are my most favorite beers in their respective styles. Maybe a bit thin on the palate, with medium low carbonation. The thinness might be a product of the heavy alcohol heat coming through. Tough to tell. An interesting blended experiment here, but the adjuncts don’t really shine through, and the Smoking Wood seems to dominate here. That, of course, still makes this a nice after dinner drink and quite delicious.

Photo of Sean32
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this. Could go for another one

Photo of sgameroz
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent cuvée with lots of smokey, toasty and roasted flavored. Very lucky to have had it.

Smokey And The Bois (Rare Beer Collaboration) from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.