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Bois - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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world-class

933 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The traditional fifth anniversary gift is something made of wood, or "Bois" in French.

Bois is our fifth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. A portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year's production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Bois is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.

(Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-14-2013)
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle split with my dad.

A dark brown, clear at first, with a dense, light brown head with decent retention and nice legs, this looks solid. The nose is great, as is usual for the series. Boozy caramel sweetness with vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit and brown sugar, this smells great. The palate opens full and sticky sweet with a big bourbon booziness, vanilla, mild oak tannins and fruit. Candied figs, prunes, brown sugar, jaggery are all present. Full in body with moderate carbonation, this beer has a long, sweet finish. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 07:32:26 | More by DefenCorps
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hops and Pie. Nice orange color, small head at first, then it's gone. Aroma is a bit if booze. Flavor is a delicious bourbon barrel barley wine, rich, great bourbon flavors, sweet but then it gets a little too sugary. This was really tasty but it's so sweet and so strong that I can't imagine drinking a whole glass of this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 02:22:00 | More by ArrogantB
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.
Celebrating my last day at work after being laid off.

A- Super murky, dark brown almost black pour. Tight bubbled, two finger light tan head. Loads of alcohol on the glass and minimal lacing.

S- The wallop of bourbon on the nose from three feet away is remarkable. Bourbon, brown sugar, plums, figs, vanilla, some chocolate and coffee. Burnt toffee, some alcohol with a loads bourbony goodness.

T- Bourbon right up front, dark stone fruits, some chocolate, a huge punch of vanilla on the tongue with bourbon and alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium body, medium to low carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 00:33:35 | More by korguy123
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque brown very close to black. The first pour us very heady. Thick bubbly mocha colored foam. Surprising for a beer of such alcohol content. Eventually dissolves to a thick ring around the glass.

The aroma is deep and complex. Fruit notes are most prominent. Classic english barleywine style dark fruits are clearly represented in the form of dates, raisins and figs. Secondly the aroma of warm toffee makes it seem like it will be a thick, sticky and sweet treat. As it warms to the appropriate/suggested temperature the barrel notes come through more clearly; Oak, vanilla and caramel.

Sweet malty character on the tip of the tongue. Bright crystal malts shine through in the form of buttered toast, cocoa powder and brown sugar. Fruit flavors of cherry and prune juice come through mid palate along with a peppery spice from the noticeable alcohol. Barrel notes come through quickly after with deep caramel, oak and vanilla. Slight notes of bourbon come through on the finish.

M - medium, very close to full bodied. Viscous texture with a slightly watery edge. High carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. So smooth but complex. I'd gladly buy another one to enjoy for next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 03:28:45 | More by Teleweizen2
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bois pours a dark amber color with a nice large creamy lacing head. There is a strong aroma with alcohol notes, a sharp malt bite, and an overall scotch like aroma. The taste was much the same, sharp malt flavors, a kick form the alcohol, a bit sour, and scotch like flavors. Good full flavors, bold feel, and easy to drink. Overall a very complex and excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 21:49:15 | More by vette2006c5r
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

an expensive bottle of beer, but a unique one, and one worthy of the most special occasions. hazy caramel color on this, dense as anything, without a ton of head just some patchy white wisps around the edges of my wine glass. the nose on this is a mind bender, its beautifully rich and nuanced, with butterscotch, liquid caramel, brown sugar, maple, oak, vanilla, graham cracker, and booze dancing around with one another in an aromatic orgy of epic proportions. the just radiates decadence, with sugar and alcohol, but when i taste it, its neither hotly boozed up, or diabetic sweet. great use of barrel and blending techniques here, i get a ton of oak and bourbon notes, and the butterscotch is there. its like melted werthers candies. vanilla too, and a lot of grain, somewhat of a barleywine or an old ale, american and english both, sweet but not overdone, and refined in a way that is equaled by few other brewers. this series has been nuts, and this is perhaps the finest of them. i cannot remember the last beer i had so rich and interesting, and also so entirely unique from the field. alcohol can never really be taste, but it can certainly be felt. be sure to share this bottle. an arrogant fools errand it would be to attempt a bottle solo. a must try, this is magical beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 16:22:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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magictacosinus

California

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared on my brewing buddy's birthday (we're both PS members). Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a red solo cup (yup...), but luckily paired with La Gloria Cubana cigars!

I couldn't see it, so I poured a little bit into a clear glass nearby just for this portion, to the laughter of some. Whatever, a visual evaluation only takes about 40 seconds anyways! Tanned brown in color, with some surprising amount of clarity (although it's nearly opaque when held against the light) as well as cloudiness. A surprisingly amount of head and lacing, all colored with an off-khaki tone. Really viscous and ridiculous looking, and exactly what I'd come to expect of this brewery.

Whoa! This is ridiculous - even by The Bruery's standards. An explosion of sweetness both from the malts and yeast, as well as the heavily soaked Bourbon elements and other complex aspects taken in part from the wood aging (through the solera method). Big, sweetened caramel covered raisin notes, with intense dates and plums. There's no hoppiness to speak of (except for perhaps a brief zestiness), but it's earthy as as all hell - and, no surprise, slightly oxidized tasting at this point, as the older batches that made this up in the blend are starting face the challenges of developing huge Sherry notes. It's not particularly refined on this end - indeed, so far, they smell more like umami offerings (mushrooms, soy sauce) rather than woody Sherry-like goodness. It's off-putting at first, but adds a savory element that balances additional sweetness from the barrel, which consists of butterscotch, vanilla, and toffee. Shows a good degree of toasted oak flavor, maybe even charred, with tobacco and leather. Super, ridiculously complex - if it weren't for the off-umami notes I'd give this a perfect score.

This is very much a wow-factor beer, but as many have pointed out, it's very, very sweet and decadent in a way I've never experienced an old ale before. Even the Fruet I had during DLD last year was less sweet than this, and I believe the bourbon is at fault here. Luckily, it's far less buttery, and the initial blast tastes like bourbon caramel soaked raisins, with intense notes of prunes and dates. Highly intense, and very sweet - the vanilla, toffee, and butterscotch do not let go here. My friend and I love a good bourbon, but he even remarked that it was a bit too intense even here. Nevertheless, the cigars really helped cut the sweetness down, and enhanced the tobacco and spiced elements of the beer, as well as provide a powdered fudge bitterness that was nothing but astonishing. Drinks super thick, but never syrupy, and you cannot taste the alcohol on this - ESPECIALLY when paired with a cigar. How they did it, no clue, but it's probably one of the best beers they've made yet.

This is really a beer that bends the style, and while it isn't even close to my favorite from The Bruery, it was one of the most memorable beers I've had that was brewed in 2013. It's definitely really sweet, and the cigar pairing is highly recommended. Not every booze bomb The Bruery has made has been brilliant, but this is definitely a terrific effort from them.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 21:55:33 | More by magictacosinus
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dogfishandi

New York

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks BryanK

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?

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:28:32 | More by dogfishandi
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.99/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color. There's a one finger khaki head that retains horribly - in other words, par for the course from a 15% monster. No lacing is left behind, either.

S: Very intense, mostly in a good way. The vanilla is huge, the bourbon is huge, the oaky notes are huge, and the dark fruits are huge. I even get some faint coconut touches. On the first whiffs, the booze is very intense, only to calm down as it warms up. My subconscious tells me the actual flavor is going to be WAY too sweet, but even still, this aroma works well.

T: Dark fruits open this one up in a big way. It doesn't take long, however, to realize just how fuckin' sweet this one is. Holy shit, this is like drinking bourbon spiked with brown sugar - about six tbsp's worth, to be precise. The finish tries to negate all dat sugar with some oaky and bourbon-y notes; it's not particularly successful. All it really does is inject a bit of unnecessary harshness into the massively cloying beer without really balancing it out. On the plus side, it *does* become slightly less harsh as more is imbibed. That does NOT make all the ridiculous sweetness any more palatable: it's far too moronic and out-of-wack throughout. It's not even that complex, either.

M: This practically burns going down. Cripes on a stick, this one feels rough. It's too carbonated, too thin, and too sweet all at the same time. It seems like The Bruery was trying to give this good drinkability for the style, and they honestly succeeded - but at what cost? The slender feel clashes badly with the incredible sweetness, so it's not like it's that drinkable.

O: When I sip this, I'm seriously contemplating dumping it - it's that overwhelming. This is a textbook example of a beer that's over-the-top big in all the wrong ways. A big beer that's structured well can be a beautiful thing (see: Black Albert), and this just isn't. It's not HORRIBLE per se, just hugely disappointing for over $30 (!) a bottle. Emperor Bois, you have no clothes, plain and simple.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:42:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
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gcg1988

Alaska

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love beers aged in whiskey/bourbon barrels. Most of these i try are usually not quite as thick as this. but i thought that added to it. It was quite sweet, the caramel stays on your tongue long after you have placed it back down. I thought it was great, a little heavy and hard to finish the large bottle alone, I would share with fellow beer appreciating friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 09:38:39 | More by gcg1988
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.27.14

A - Pours a amber-cola brown with a tan head that slowly moves to the edges.

S - Caramel, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, burnt sugar.

T - Same as the nose, but sweet and lots of heat in the finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy, super sweet body.

O - Nice toffee-caramel, but awfully sweet and hot. This will be epic in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 05:44:22 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 15,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled and split between a wine glass and a snifter.
# 0067 pt 5 04/04/2013 stamped on the bottle.

Thanks to futura123 for this bottle.

Appearance: I am always surprised at the size of the head on the beers in this series and Bois is no exception with a rough pour yielding a massive cream coloured head. The head retention is good, but there is nothing in the way of lacing.
The beer settles a medium brown (fairly cloudy) in the glass, with a back light revealing a deep red colour and bright golden edges and a swirl results in fantastically heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: The initial nose seems a little lighter (as in not dark) and sweeter (is that possible?) than I remember from previous anniversary releases, with a ton of sweet perfumed vanilla, sweet buttery caramel and a little booze all present at the outset. As the nose begins to open up, a sweet fruity character emerges (cherries, golden raisins, figs and prune) alongside toasted malt, an earthy note, a little oxidization (the pleasant kind), treacle sugar, and a light nuttiness.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is pretty damned sweet but thankfully it stops just shy of being too much and I don’t foresee any problems crushing the entire bottle! Notes include: Sweet vanilla, a touch of oxidization, sweet buttery caramel, butterscotch, toasted malt, treacle sugar, a hint of oak and a rich Christmas pudding like fruitiness. There is some booze noted, but less then I would expect from 15%.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation here is a little higher than I remember in the previous varieties, but the level settles down pretty quickly and becomes fantastically creamy. The body is full, chewy and wonderfully sticky.

Overall: Another fantastic anniversary beer from the brewery, however it is probably my least favourite of the 100% Bourbon editions I have had (Cuir and Fruet).

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 19:34:56 | More by Thehuntmaster
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with Beastmaster that I brought back from my visit to the tasting room! Pours murky reddish brown with a one finger caramel khaki colored head. Huge huge aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla, figs, oak, brown sugar, bourbon. Lordy this smells amazing. Flavor is big oaky toffee up front with some nutty pecan flavor like pecan pie with bourbon poured on top. Finishes with a beautiful lingering vanilla caramel marshmallow. Wow this is amazing and a flavor profile I haven’t had since BB4D. Medium heavy body, honestly way lighter than I expected as Bruery beers tend to get syrupy. But, this is nice with the perfect amount of carbonation to keep this surprisingly drinkable. This is a real masterpiece of an Old Ale. Malt and caramel and vanilla galore. Oooh yeah.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 04:12:21 | More by BMMillsy
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml waxed bottle poured into tulip 12/1/14

A looks like cola, big tan head fizzes out quickly leaving zero lace, some fat legs and enough bubbles to give it a slow boil look
second pour has some foam with retention, my glass must have been dirty, still no lace

S big notes of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, wood, some port, a little chocolate, brown sugar covered raisins, some booze but I'd never guess its as strong as it is, faint smoke, more vanilla and bourbon

T heavy bourbon with the booze included, woody, a little spice I didn't smell, some booze soaked plum, not to far from the smell but I preferred the nose

M fairly full, hot and numbing, some tannins, not flat but low carbonation, a little slimy well after the fact, hits my chest just before the brain, a little sticky on my lips,woody bourbon sticks around to savor

O bourbon forward beer no doubt, big for sure and it drinks like a bad-ass, hot, woody, and intense all-around

This brew will be young in 5 years, world class stuff down the road but pretty tasty today, I can't say its worth 46$ but I just had to try it and will need to flip a coin to decide if I grab one to age or not.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:14:22 | More by wordemupg
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, shared with two other friends

A- Pours a dark dark brown color, cloudy, cannot see through it. Not a very attractive beer looks like dark poopy water. Thin light brown lacing around the glass.
S- The aroma is very nice. Bourbon upfront, nice vanilla notes, brown sugar. The bourbon takes over this beer. Really looking forward to trying this.
T- Wow delicious! Big big vanilla buttery bourbon goodness. Very rich, this is definitely a beer you need to share with others. The abv comes out strong as it warms up. Brown sugar, toffee, sweet malt.
M- Big mouthfeel, leaves a sticky feeling in your mouth, dry finish. Nice heat in the backend.
O- Really enjoyed this beer. Great dessert beer, could not of drank this on my own. Glad to have shared this with a couple of friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 00:28:05 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a 1 finger head that dissipates to a thin ring. Blotchy lacing. Looks like Coca-Cola.
S: Bourbon up front. Toffee/caramel, and vanilla notes follow.
T: Bourbon up front. Extremely sweet with toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Alcohol is noticeable but easy to drink with the high ABV.
M: Fills the palate. Dry and sticky.
O: ABV becomes more present as it warms up. Lots going on with this beer, very complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 00:26:32 | More by N_Schleret
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml matte gold wax enclosed bottle, one recently arrived, and under dire circumstances, it would seem, to Alberta. #welcometoABWinterBitches

This beer pours a hazy, very dark red-brick amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, silkily foamy, and somewhat bubbly pale tan head, which leaves nothing beyond a few random specks of lace near the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of concentrated caramel and toffee pudding, with a certain flor-heavy fortified red wine yeastiness, besotted French oak staves, a prune, dried cherry, and raisin fruitiness, melted brown sugar, rather hot, nose and upper palate crinkling boozy Bourbon, citrus cream, and a certain old musty basement essence. The taste is big and sweet, the heady toffee and caramel gaining a bit of a watery treacle co-conspirator, followed closely by more dark fruits, now muddled and wine-like in their bearing, cold, reduced demarara sugar, soft cognac and Bourbon barrel notes - vanilla and alcohol, mostly - a weirdly ethereal yeasty essence, some mild milky cocoa, and a further isolated wood grain alcohol that seems to pop up at random intervals.

The carbonation is quite understated, and damned near absent at times, almost to the point of inspiring a Trent Reznor ode, the body a dense medium-heavy weight, and actually quite incredibly smooth, very little else putting up their dukes here, once gain, incredulously. It finishes sweet, sure, and more than a tad boozy, but it all seems well restrained, controlled via nods of the head and ancient scripts.

Wow, I had my doubts, but this 5 Year anniversary offering from the Bruery (would, normally, would be so trite in such situations, but here it is, so very worthy!) delivers, even at this early juncture. Maybe not the most complex old ale out there, but it has more than enough 'old' character to back up this pedigree, amongst a stellar bourbon and wine-adjacent woodiness that brings us full circle, of a sort. And maybe I could complain about the generally AWOL bubbles situation, but meh, did I not already mention what style of beer this was?

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 20:48:49 | More by biboergosum
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-murky medium brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Lots of caramel, toffee and sherry-like sweetness. Booze fume is quite noticeable but not too intense.

T- Very sweet with more toffee and some dark fruit. The sweetness lingers quite a bit but helps mask the booze. Has the usual intense sugary malt found in the other anniversary ales but this one's a bit more toned down than Cuir and Fruet. A bit of oak, vanilla and a ton of raisin. Drinkable enough for how strong it is.

M- Syrupy and a bit thick. There's a slight burn in the back of the throat after each sip. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Might've been plucked a bit too soon since the sweetness and alcohol are both a bit too amplified, but still quite good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 03:43:41 | More by Immortale25
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle into a snifter
bottled on: 4/10/13

A: Pours an opaque dark mahogany with just under 1 fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly. Leaves absolutely zero lacing but some alcohol legs are noticable.

S: Aroma is huge, I can literally smells this beer as it sits 3 feet away from me on the table. Tons of sweetness, candied sugar, caramel and toffee. I also get a moderate about of booze, along with bourbon and oaky-vanilla from the barrel. Hints of vinous dark fruits and cocoa complete the aromatic profile. Very complex and quite frankly, wonderful.

T: The initial sip is vinous dark fruits up front, followed by candied sugar and toffee on the finish. Its very sweet, but thats balanced by a significant booziness. I generally am a fan of big boozy beers, but this may be a little much even for me. Lots of ethanol booze, as well as a significant amount of heat going down, which combine to detract from the other flavors in the palate profille. It somewhat mellows out as my palate adjusts. I then get some bitterness, subtle bakers chocolate, and oaky bourbon.

M/D: Pretty harsh at first, as it has a prominent burn going down. I actually haven't had a beer with this much heat in a long time, and I am quite surprised by this because Ive have many other high ABV Bruery beers and have generally found that they are one of the best at masking the huge ABVs. It does mellow out as I make my way through the drink. Its full bodied, and rather syrupy. Even for the ABV and style, drinkability is only fair. It does smooth out as it warms though, and gives a nice full bodied warming sensation on this cold night.

O: I love Old Ales, they are one of my favorite styles. This one was very good, but not exceptional. A bit harsh right now, but I suspect with time this one will only get better. Its hard to compare beers I drank over a year apart, but if my memory serves me right I prefer Fruet to this one. I look forward to doing an Anniversary vertical one day to compare side by side.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 02:48:17 | More by zac16125
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Zorro

California

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed brown colored ale with a minor tan colored head formation.

Boozy and fruity from the moment you pop the cap. Scents of whiskey and berries with some caramel and chocolate and toffee scents. Distinct black pepper scent. Vanilla is quite strong with this beer. Very complex scent I am sure I missed 6 or so subtle scents.

Starts out boozy with a noticeable alcohol sting and a notable chest warmth, with an unanticipated peach after taste. Strong whiskey flavor mostly vanilla and caramel. medium sweet this has flavors of oak and cork in it. Peach and apple flavors this beer never tastes quite the same between sips. Not very spicy all I am picking up is black pepper. Mild tongue anesthesia from the ABV this beer really packs a punch. After a bit the more earth flavors show up, mushroom and musk with just a touch of pine bark. Certainly a flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a very tasty beer that is probably wasted on a 16 1/2 hour workday mind. Still this certainly is one of the best beers out there in Pliny The Younger and Abacus levels of greatness. This cost me $30 and I did not get cheated out of my money, it is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 05:59:54 | More by Zorro
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sjones5045

New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours darker and hazier than a traditional old ale. Looks like a dark cider. Luckily the appearance is the only down side to this beer.

Decided to open early to see if it's something that I want to buy again and age. Bottle says to age for a decade. The smell is a very oak boozy whiskey. Very strong.

The taste is very good. The heat is strong from the booze but overall it's a nice smooth feel with all that booze that will only get better with age. I felt like certain taste were trying to come through but the oak and whiskey overpowered. Again, with some serious aging this beer can only get better.

Overall, I really liked this beer early in it life that I will definitely get a few to age for years.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 21:34:17 | More by sjones5045
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Jmamay22

New York

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This old ale pours a cloudy cola colored amber. The tan colored head fades quickly to a thin collar. The scent is a wonderful bouquet of vanilla, molasses, raisins and plum. I expected a more pronounced alcohol scent, but there is really none that I perceive as unpleasant. Very expressive sugar scent that gives the impression of a well aged and complex rum.

The taste is equally enjoyable, beginning with a pleasing burnt sugar flavor that progresses to a spiced vanilla and woody complexity that is very enjoyable and shows the full character of the bourbon barrell aging. Everyypthing comes together so well it makes me wonder how any old ale could be produced without barrell aging. They seem so well meant for one another.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a more expressive and fuller carbonation than I had initially expected. The finish is well balanced and refrains from being cloyingly sweet with a nice warming character without the burning sensation you may have with such a high alcohol content.

Highly recommended, but carries a very high price. I'm glad I purchased two bottles as I'm looking forward to seeing where the beer goes and develops with time.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:37:31 | More by Jmamay22
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CloudStrife

New York

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle poured into a snifter. 04/11/13 on the bottle.

A: Pours a clearish dark brown ruby appearing almost black in the glass. An off white head sits on top, dissipating in a minute or two. Leaves some spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Initial bourbon right off the bat with a sweet dark fruitiness as well. A bit of breadiness as well as toffee or carmel. Yeast adds almost a belgian dubbel sort of aroma.

T: What a finely tuned blend here. There is the obvious bourbon flavoring but layers upon layers of complexity behind that. Great dark fruit character that gives you a raisiny, grape or fig quality. Sweet malts that provide rich carmel, toffee and vanilla. Oak mellows out the flavor, bourbon adds the perfect aftertaste.

M: Full body with a great creamy mouthfeel. Bourbon doesnt come across too hot but is certainly warming. Very smooth for 15%. Mild carbonation, finish is clean considering all the sweetness going on here.

Overall I wish I had more of this beer. Really tasty and only going to get better with age. As I said this one has layers of flavor that are blended fantastically. Cheers to many more Bruery anniversaries!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 19:21:48 | More by CloudStrife
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FosterJM

California

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1772nd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750ml
App- A very cloudy ruddy brown/red with high density. Not a head per se but some khaki bubbles. Decent stick as it slid down the glass.

Smell- Has a lot of malty sweet notes behind it. This was better than Fruet Got more of the Solera method down. Creamy raisins and vanilla without a trace of the booze. Has more of the oak/vanilla I wanted.

Taste- Still a bit young and fresh but incredibly drinkable. The ABV is completely hidden on this one. The flavor profile is more of a old ale again as well. Still a little bit of caramel with a large dark fruits note with zero burn. At cellar temp was quite easy to take down alone.

Mouth- A large medium body with a medium thick carbonation at points. Fruity residual with a touch of cream on it.

Drink- Its very tasty. I didnt like it as much as Fruet and I believe this one was good to go right from the start.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 22:23:52 | More by FosterJM
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown color along with a small soapy-foamy beige head that left a touch of lacing throughout. The aroma was intensely boozy with prominent alcohol head radiating from it and elements of molasses, caramel, wood, and a vanilla-coconut combination. The flavor was bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, coconut, and dark fruits - very boozy which made me wish I let this bottle sit for awhile. Long finish of toffee, dark fruits, caramel and coconut. Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. I have the Bois variants (brandy, bourbon, and rye) so I am quite excited to try these out, however, I am going to let those bottles sit until later this year to let off some of the heat I experienced from this base beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 18:59:23 | More by CuriousMonk
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