Bois - The Bruery
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3/5 rDev -30.7%
1 pint 9.4 fl oz thick brown glass bottle with beeswax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at a bottle shop in the L.A. area years ago for $30.00 USD and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've tried other beers in this solera series and they disappointed. 15% ABV. 2013 anniversary. Reviewed as an old ale because the label clearly identifies it as such.
Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: One finger wide. Pale light khaki colour. Okay consistency. Smooth. Somewhat even. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is awful - about 40 seconds - but it's forgivable given the 15% ABV.
BODY: Dark opaque brown-black. Nontransparent; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.
Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special for the style. It's not unappealing...
AROMA: Chewy fig, appealing bourbon (replete with vanilla and a kiss of oak), burnt sugars, hint of molasses, caramel, toffee, raisin, and some medicinal notes (e.g. a hint of grape).
An inoffensive aroma of average strength. Not particularly appealing, but the bourbon is nice.
No yeast character or hop notes are detectable. Fruity booziness is present throughout.
TASTE: Chewy raisin, warm boozy fig, molasses, caramel. Some muted reticent bourbon character, including a hint of vanilla. No rich oak character comes through. Treacle. Depleted dark fruits. A kiss of sweet port. Sugarcane. Rum-soaked alcohol-redolent fruit. Dates. A flavour I'd assert is tobacco - though I've never really smoked.
It's boozy as all hell, and has no balance whatsoever; it's a chaotic mess. Incohesive, and certainly not gestalt.
Complicated, but not intricate in a refined sense. Lacks subtlety. Very overt and heavy-handed, lacking a focus.
INTENSE flavours. But they're not really deep. Flavour duration is well above average.
TEXTURE: Chewy, smooth, relatively dry, withered....it feels like caramelized candied raisin. Tough. Heavy. Full-bodied. Unnecessarily heavy and weighty on the palate. Sticky. Lightly syrupy. Overcarbonated (in spite of its age and ABV). This is overbearing on the palate and impedes drinkability. Certainly not refreshing.
Poor presence on the palate. This taste fits in with the conventions of an old ale, but does a poor job attempting to complement the taste.
OVERALL: Hmm. She's a sipper, and the booziness is obvious from the first sip. This is yet another overpriced overrated mess of a solera beer from The Bruery, and isn't a beer I'd recommend to anyone. I'm glad I have help from a friend trying to finish this bottle; I'd hate to try to take one down alone. Not sure why people seem to love this. And can we get a moratorium on bottling difficult-to-drink dessert beers in large format bottles?
This emperor has no clothes. Fucking acrid.
08-21-2014 02:19:42 | More by kojevergas
4.23/5 rDev -2.3%
Big thanks to Doug for breaking out this bottle - much appreciated! Bois pours a thick and deep, syrupy brown color that's only translucent up near the top of the brew, right below the head. The cap is light-tan in color and plumps up nicely before it breaks down into a swampy film and collar on the top of the viscous brew. Pretty much what you'd expect from a super high gravity old ale.
Sticky caramel, sweet molasses, brown sugar, and a heavy, heavy booziness that flows in and out of your nostrils, from one side of the other. This beer smells big. It smells big and sweet... and that's because it *is* big and sweet. Mild hints of vanilla and plenty of sweet dark fruits creep out, rounding out what is quite a large and robust aroma.
I take one sip and my palate is immediately coated with a warm, boozy, and sticky lathering of caramel, toffee, and sweet, plum and raisin preserves. The booze is ever-present and a touch more than warming, almost crossing over into "hot" territory. I will say, though, that the intense booziness sure helps to cut the equally intense malt sweetness that Bois is made of.
The afterthought is still loaded with finishing sweetness; toffee and caramelized sugars, with fading touches of sweet plums and raisins as an nutty and oaky kiss of death swoops in and leaves your palate feeling like you just made out with a stave covered in brown sugar. The body is thick and plump like Anna Nicole Smith yet still sexy smooth like Cameron Diaz's first appearance in "The Mask".
I still struggle with the question of "why does The Bruery choose to bottle their borderline hard alcohol level beers in gigantic ass bottles," as this would be another solid choice for twelve ouncers or even nips. It'll take you a while to trounce through six ounces even, but it'll be very tasty and decadent along the way. A very nice old ale that's as robust on the palate as it sounds on paper... or, excuse me, papier.
07-31-2013 11:22:41 | More by tectactoe
4.99/5 rDev +15.2%
750mL poured into a snifter
A: A murky brown with a nice tan head.
S: Initially there's a big dark fruit presence, but as the beer opens up a bit you get slammed with bourbon. Beautiful smell.
T: Right off the bat there's a sweet taste, almost cider-like. A huge bourbon caramel blast comes through shortly after along with a beautiful finish of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and bourbon. Unbelievably complex.
M: Great body and perfect carbonation. As this one warms up, the booziness comes through.
O: A beer I will always crave. Couldn't drink this guy every day, but The Bruery nailed this style. Would love to age this one.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2013 16:05:19 | More by Kjanisch7
4.24/5 rDev -2.1%
750ml bottle at fridge temp into a snifter.
Pours a murky dark brown color, minimal light tan colored head, nice legs.
Big sweet caramel, molasses, lots of bourbon booze, lots of nuttiness, possibly from the yeast.
Follows the aroma, with a bit more complexity, lots of dark fruits mingling with big caramel and molasses sweetness, smooth bourbon booziness, slight coconut, decent barrel character.
Big, fairly thick, sweet and boozey.
A pretty stand up BA old ale, on par with what I would expect from the bruery. Big, sweet, and boozey. Maybe too sweet?
02-10-2014 00:28:32 | More by dogfishandi
Bois from The Bruery
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