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Bois - The Bruery

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144 Reviews
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 1,284
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 123
Gots: 539 | FT: 98
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml (1 pint 9.4 fl oz.) bottle, with bottled on date 04/10/2013 printed on the side of the bottle. This is beer review #300 for me, so I'm breaking out this bad boy. Took the plunge, and managed to get the very last bottle at my local beer store for $30, my third beer from The Bruery. Exponentially stoked to be able to try this beer, expectations are as high as can be based on this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about a finger of quickly dissolving tan head, fading away to some bubbles. Body is a beautiful dark chestnut brown with some orange hues. Opaque; no light shines through, but it looks beautiful around the edges when held to the light.

S - Wow, what a phenomenal smelling beer. Big beautiful dark candied fruits: figs, dates, raisins, plums. Creamy earthy oak wood. Walnuts, almonds, chestnuts. Caramel malts. And just a hint of alcohol fumes. Reminds me in some ways of a fine wine.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark candied fruits (figs, plums, dates, raisins, & some tart chocolate covered cherries), earthy nutty walnuts & almonds, sweet syrupy caramel malts, burnt brown sugar, and some alcohol heat on the finish. Huge complexities arising from the oak wood characteristics; this is easily one of the most complex tasting beers I've ever had. Tons of subtle oak wood, vanilla & whiskey flavors with every sip.

M - Feel is heavy, sticky, and syrupy with some lingering alcohol heat, but that is to be expected. Goes down way smooth for being such a big beer. Perfect carbonation.

Overall, an intense monster of an ale. Not an endeavor to undergo lightly. This thing is packing some serious punch, in more ways than one. Big bottle, big flavor, big alcohol content. The enormous 15.00% abv is destined to doom me, but I can safely say that it is worth it, and was definitely worth paying $30 for at least one bottle, although it is probably not something I would do again. If you can still get this beer in your area, get it while you can. I look forward to the next annual release from The Bruery.

The Bruery Bois ---4.5/5

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, 50°F into Snifter.

A: Dark , but not black, brown-red. 1/2" head. very little lacing.

S: Sweet, boozy, grape, dark, nutty and fruity. Very pleasant, and inviting...

T: Sweet! Fruit everywhere. Raisins, Cherries, Plum, wow.... Bunch of boozy goodness, and the barrel sweetness is present up front. Great balanced beer. Slight hop finish, with a bitter "drink more now" after taste.

M: Smooth, silky and full. Very nice presence on the tongue, and no pressure to finish. Light carbonation. Very syrupy.

O: Just Damn. Glad I have an extra to age. Very much worth the cost of acquisition.


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Photo of cbutova
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken on August 3rd at the Armsby Abbey.

A- A six ounce pour from the tap into a small tasting glass (the small Cantillon one actually). Dark brown body might as well be opaque with a tiny light brown ring of bubbles atop it. Some spotty lace but nothing significant and on par with other 15%+ beers I have had.

S- The dark fruit and barrel feel immediately brings me back to the few times I have had Black Tuesday. It has a huge syrupy old ale caramel feel right away, which I think is the signature of this style along with massive raisin, date, fig fruit notes. Inviting. When you add a great vanilla-oak-whiskey attribute from the barrels it becomes really inviting. Slight nutty and cocoa hints from the malts.

T- Just like the nose this beer is driven by a massive Old Ale aged caramel and raisin dark fruit feel. This is a huge beer. Slightly oxidized but what good Old Ale doesn't have some of those sherry aged hints. The bourbon oak barrels are blended in well and the vanilla from that makes this feel like a dessert in a way. Cocoa hints add to the complexity and are stronger than I usually get in Old Ales.

MF- Super oily and syrupy thick bodied with a nice moderate level of carbonation from the tap. Pretty damn hot from alcohol but the flavors are big enough to support the heat.

Great use of barrels in a true beast of beer. The base Old Ale is massive and contains all of the great things I look for in the style. A six ounce pour was perfect for this one.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Pours up a half of a finger's worth of head which dissipates almost immediately. The head appeared to be a light to medium beige while the body is a nearly opaque chestnut brown which shows hints of purplish maroon when held up to the light.

Nose- This may be the best aroma (from a beer) that I have ever had the pleasure to smell. Coconut dominates and then shows toasted almonds. Basically, the profile is that of a warm, fresh macaroon. Cherry and chocolate notes hide themselves under the coconut and almond but they are there. Some buttery and caramel notes. This is a definite 5. If the palate is likewise, this is going to be one of the best beers I've ever had. Alcohol appears after you swirl it.

Taste- Raisins and cherries are the first things I encounter while the coconut, almond, and chocolate sit in the background. A fair amount of booze but any brewery that could hide 15% probably should be sued. This is everything that I got on the nose with a good amount of heat. That is to say this is alcoholic deliciousness. I had my qualms about purchasing a 30 dollar bottle of beer but no longer. This may even be a repurchase. This beer has so much presence and so much integration when it would completely permissible for it to be messy. Instead, it wows. Toffee, vanilla, and hints of oak. It is difficult to parse individual aspects because of the rich balance. Chocolate and bourbon become more dominant aspects as this beer opens. It is starting to get a little messy.

Mouthfeel- Heavy bodied with some syrup to it but still manages some silk and smoothness. Light carbonation but this works with the style.

Drinkability- Terrifying. The heat begins to mellow and makes this beer very dangerous. Only the price tag reins in my desire to partake heedlessly.

Overall- Almost perfect (but slightly declining as I drink more). Do not be wary of the price tag. Pay the 30 bucks (maybe even the 35 that it goes for in some markets). After you drink it, you will know why you paid such a price. This does start to get a little messy as it opens up more but this only detracts slightly.

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Photo of Gmann
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with a slight reddish hue. The head is short and dense and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is sweet. Big vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and caramel notes. There is a boozy tart cherry aroma.

The taste is of a brown bread malt. Plenty of sweetness to go around. There is a big dark berry sweetness that is quite noticeable. It's a bit tart as well. Caramel and subtle bourbon, some vanilla. Cherry? Lots of booze could use more of an earthy malt presence. Little too sweet.

The feel is moderate with semi soft carbonation. Quite sweet and boozy on the palate. Sticky in the finish. Slight belly burn.

A good but not great big beer. A little one dimensional.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real interesting looker. Deep garnet red body, with a clear character, and very dark, nearly purple in color, and some hard to see carbonation. Tan like head, lots of snapping carbonation and fades to a thin collar that always gets repopulated. The body color is truly exceptional.

An absolutely fantastic nose on this beer. Deep caramel stickiness, mild coffee, slight vanilla, and sugar cream, it totally smells like burnt sugar and perfect crème brûlée. Buried dark fruit of faint cherry but deeper plum, a little bit controlled heat, and quad like sensing warmth. Very impressive, this is like a quad without the sugar and a subdued mild cream and caramel, it's nearly perfect and so unique.

Palate brings much of the enjoyment from the nose, but a big surprise. Heavily fruit forward and large. Wine like warmth and quad character but no sucrose sweetness. Plums. Cherries, moving to a light bodied finish. Palate is very light for such long blended barrel aging, oak tones very subdued. Light caramel action, sticky toffee, the fruit dominates but let's the giant caramel come through.

Overall, it's impressive as all get out. It's like a quad without the sucrose, the Creme Brulee without a sticky rush and sugar buzz. It's fantastic.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Angels Baseball finally televised in the Bay Area vs the A's this past Thursday - Sunday, and now tonight on ESPN vs Texas. Time to open this Bois all to myself.

A - Dark, dark Black Cherry Red in the 12oz tulip it's poured in. Solid 2" head but retention fades fast as expected. Looks beautiful.

S - Moment of truth of where my $30 went. Boom! Not at all dissapointed. Big vanilla bourbon barrel, accompanied by toffee, caramel, big flavor or raisins, and chocolate. Everything is in harmony. Nothing overpowers. All seems to be in place with a fair amount of heat on the nose, but not nearly the amount you'd expect from the 15%ABV.

T - Matches the nose with the perfect amount of heat on the back but not nearly the amount the 15% would suggest. If it's too hot, get the hell out the kitchen.... Everything is in complete harmony for such a big beer. Almost speechless. I've seen reviews saying this is too sweet. Gimme a break. Yeah, it's tad bit sweet as expected for the style and ABV, but make no mistake about it, I'll finish this bomber myself tonight and am having a hard time finding any flaws with this beer. The barrel aspect of this beer is near perfect. Again, see smell. Heavier on the dark fruits the further you get into it. Delicious.

M - that sticky barrel lingers like you'd prefer your resinous hops to from a favorite DIPA. Not at all syrupy or thick, but not thin either. Quite easy to put down for the ABV. Barrel lingers but keeps you coming back for your next sip. Before I knew it, 12oz gone in 25-30 min.

O - wish I bought another to see how it ages. $60 would have been worth it for two. Although not apples to apples (kinda), this beer is everything I expected out of 2013 Sucaba that 2013 Sucaba never delivered. For me at least. I'm not at all a fan of overly sweet beers or beers that run over $20 but this is one of the best bourbon barrel aged beers I've had.

Recommended if you have the funds.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always to style. Poured into an appropriate Bruey tulip.

Murky brown brew with yellow/cream fizzy crackling soapy head that brows quickly and large, but disappears just as fast. . Needs a lot of time to mellow and settle. I'm anxious to see if it will clarify with age.

Heavenly spice/vanilla/whiskey/booze. Impressively smooth aroma. Only a mold burn on the nose, still it's a damn near 5.0; like a 4.9, but not great enough to round up to a 5.0

Whoa. Booze bomb without the booze. Smooth, righteous, thin, smooth, resinous, crisp/clean vanilla, smooth carbonation with just enough snap. Booze hits hard on first swallow, but mellows into a uniquely fantastic brew. Sweetness is VERY well done; no where near overwhelming. Drink at around 50 degrees. Awesome - killer 5.0

This is one outstanding brew and should be considered a must try. I will definitely seek a few* more for the cellar. Highly recommended as a celebratory "once in a blue moon" type of brew. I cannot wait to see where this brew is in 10 years... Happy moving; the start of something new.

I'm giving increasingly tougher grades with each brew I drink, but that should stand to show this in one fantastic, kick-ass, smokin' hot brew.

* the meaning of few hurts at $33/750ml

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Photo of nick_asian
4.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Really dark brown with a good tan head going for it. Just looked amazing in the glass.
S: A LOT of dark chocolate was going on in this bad boy. Has good bourbon smells, oak/smoke, and vanilla.
T: Tasted everything I smelled plus some dried fruits. Very well balanced with all the characters, especially the bourbon. Hid the boozy-ness. A little more carbonated than I'd prefer, but still excellent levels.
M: Awesome full bodied and silky texture. It's so smooth that you kind of don't want to take your time with it...
O: Definitely one of the best beers I've had yet. I'm going to have to spring for another...

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Photo of Charliechu
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I been seeing these around Northern California so I thought it would give it a shot.
For one, this is a very expensive bottle, anywhere from $30-$40 a piece.

First impression was the overwhelming smell. Personally I thought it smelled a bit like fish sauce, if you guys know what I mean. The pour was very nice, great head! The first taste came a bit extra boozy, but its finished finished pretty smoothly. Definitely serve this in a sniffer . Overall, I thought it was a decent beer, but for the price I think there are much better ones other there.

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Photo of John_M
3.24/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Given how expensive this beer is, I was very glad it was available for only $5 for a 4 ounce pour at PIB.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, as I pick up considerable dates, rum raisans, coconut, vanilla, pineapple, caramel and light chocolate. The beer smells as if it will be rich and sweet, but on the palate, I found this to be an absolute train wreck. Granted, the flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, but this beer was so sweet and boozy, it was setting off my gag reflex. I've tried a number of these barrel aged nectar bombs in the past (Coton, 5 golden rings, cuir, etc.), but nothing really compares to this in terms of sweetness. Next to the word cloying in the dictionary, they should have a picture of this beer. Mouthfeel was full, with a long, sweet, soft boozy finish.

I thought it was tough to get through a bottle of Black Tuesday, but that beer is almost sessionable in comparison to this monstrousity. An interesting effort, but I think from now on I'm going to give these barrel aged old ales from Bruery a pass.

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Photo of Kjanisch7
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of JReites
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL poured into a wine glass

A: Poured a murky brown with a 2 finger khaki head that dissipate quickly. Not much lacing after each sip but initial pour looks beautiful.

S: Strong belgian yeast smell with dark fruits, thinking figs, prunes, raisins etc. when smelled from the bottle. Once poured, bourbon smell masks the dark fruit smells. Overall a great smell for the style.

T: When drank at colder temps, the bourbon and dark fruit taste is very smooth and warming. Lots of bourbon up front with hints of toffee, caramel, and vanilla. As this beer warms, it becomes more hot and sweet.

M: Well bodied and carbonated. As it warms, booziness begins to set in.

O: Overall, an excellent beer from the Bruery. Great concept of an old style and the barrel aging process gave this beer another dimension. Not an everyday drinker but definitely a very good beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle picked up locally. enjoyed from a bruery snifter.

a - wow...that's SOME wax. spent a good 5 minutes working it off...but worth the effort. beer poured dark purple brown with a nice foamy almost belgian looking head that left a thick skin that hung out. glistens.

s - ZING! smells perfect. deep rich complex dark fruit and leather. booze soaked wood. candied sweetness. these anniversary beers really make me appreciate old ales. really tows the line of strong ale.

t - oh my. the flavor exceeds the awesomeness of the nose. this beer is flat out perfect. deep dark plums grapes figs, perfectly ripe...no maybe just teetering on overripe and juicy. thick and rich.

m - lush. abv is masked magically

o - this is a masterpiece. big and bold and makes no apologies. reminds me of BA 2TD or even Bells BA Batch 9k.

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Photo of Chaney
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My wife and I celebrated our 5th wedding Anniversary recently and this was our brew of choice. Nice idea, huh?

Served in some gourmet, foo-foo, super expensive wine glasses.

A: Poured pretty much a deep, rich, leather-like brown maroon color, without much head to speak of. In the BBA world, that's not a factor anyway.

S: Super raison and bourbon-like with a tapered off sweetness that hit the snout just the right way. Molasses, dates, crushed Flintstone Vitamins can all be found here.

T: OMG. First off, I couldn't believe how smooth this was. Hell, even my beer-hating wife absolutely loved this. The bourbon washed over the dark fruit, giving it so much friggin dimension. You could actually taste every ingredient individually. Remarkable!

M: The sweet elements rolled off the tongue, inviting me to come back for more and more. Of course the carbonation was low, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

O: With best new beer of 2013. As a matter of fact, it was the best one of 2012, 2011, and 2010 as well. My highest recommendation!

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Photo of dar482
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours out in a mahogany caramel color that is murky, but also lets some light come through.

The aroma is huge raisins, tons of sweet molasses and caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, sherry, bourbon, but also that pop of booze in the back that uplifts it.

The flavor follows with that deep rich caramel sweetness. It's heavy on the rich deep dark raisins and fruit, but also on the back, there's that drying oak and alcohol that picks up the beer in a wonderful way. My friend actually compared this to port or madeira.

The body is pretty big and sticky, but I've had bigger and stickier barrel aged barley wines. The crazy thing is that the booze and oak drying on the back really picks up this beer to give a punch of drinkability. I really do like that about this beer, though it seems a lot like a beer that could use some aging.

I do think that Melange 3 was better because of the bigger silky feel and sweetness, but this is super enjoyable. Incredible beer.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a murky mahogany, with puddles of tan head. Very little lacing.

S: Candied sugars, bourbon, butterscotch, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, and a flash of soy sauce. A ton going on here.

T: Intense dark fruits plow through immediately--prunes, raisins, black cherries, plums. Bourbon, molasses, a hint of chocolate, vanilla, and oak form the middle. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak finish it off.

M: Very hot, as it's young still, but nonetheless fantastic. Chewy, with very little carbonation. Slick.

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Photo of gr0g
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany-brown in color. One finger head of very fine bubbles. Absolutely massive aroma wafting out of the glass. At first, it's a huge dark fruit bomb with rum-soaked raisin, plum, and what have you. Big time caramelized sugar note followed by vanilla. Finally, fusels hit, a bit strong but not invasive and overpowering.

Sweet and heat are the most apparent aspects at first, though neither is too strong. At 15% ABV, they've done a great job at keeping alcohol burn/sting to a bare minimum. The sweetness level is high but short of cloying, though it could stand to be tempered a bit. The fruit presence is just as massive on the palate as it is on the nose. In addition to the sugared raisin and plum, there's another flavor that brings a slight tartness that I can't quite nail down. It helps to dampen the sweetness. Some oaky, cherry flavor comes in on the finish. The fine carbonation has a light touch but fades a bit quickly.

After one 8 oz glass, the sweetness starts to overwhelm the palate. This is a sipper if there ever was one. Absolutely huge in terms of aroma and flavor. My first Bruery anniversary and first barrel-aged Old Ale. This is excellent right now, but after some time to mature, this could be an epic beer.

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Photo of impending
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep dull luster walnut, garnet revealed when just an inch remains, minor brief head the color of the wax, little lacing. literally sticky

Funny, writing about what I sense in the scent, sometimes you write something unexpected but not this time. It is exactly what you want it to smell like. delicious, intoxicating

Amazing how little needs to touch the tongue to experience the full deep flavor
considering the length of the most welcoming aftertaste
you can make this last forever
it resides in the crevices of your mouth, saturates, then leaches out wonderfully slow

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Birch. This is the Bourbon Barrel Bois.

A - Awesome, pitch black, brown, foamy head.

S - Incredible. While a bit boozy, it just smells so caramely, sugary, and delicious.

T - As others at the bar said, "Boisome." Amazingly smooth, pretty boozy, but as it is in rare cases, boozy in a good way. Knocks you on your arse, but again in a good way. Sip it. Sip and savor.

M - Perfect mouth for the flavors and texture. A little creamy but not overly.

O - This is a "wow" beer. As in wowza. May have to get some more before it disappears.

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Photo of Amalak
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I had at Torst in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A. It is black with a red and tan head with some lacing.
S. so heavy and lovely. A lot of malt, cherry and alcohol.
T/m. This is lovely. Even of the tap it tastes like an aged beer. It's strong and full bodied, but it is a great barley wine.
O. So good but very strong.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into wine glass at Torst in Brooklyn. $10 for 5oz...well worth it!
Pours a deep brown with the slightest lacing/rim of foam.
Aroma is fantastic! Dried fruit, wood, booze, vanilla...huuge
Taste is nothing short of spectacular. Sweet dried fruit, vanilla, tobacco, sweet bourbon...wow. All are just so dominant that they blend so well. So much flavor is going on here. The booze is sharp but works well with all of this flavor. It doesn't feel like its 15%.
This is quite possibly the best old ale ive ever had. Truly amazing!

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely incredible offering from a brewery not unfamiliar with incredible offerings.

Cognac colored syrupy pour with about a finger of head that quickly dissipated.

Insanely complex aroma (and flavors) of dark chocolate, port, sherry, bourbon, touch of peat smoke, molasses, maple,caramel, toffee, plum, Mandarine orange, kumquat, tangerine, cherry, breadfruit, mango, starfruit, raisin, kiwi, and lime. This creation definitely reminds me of Sam Adams Millennium's slightly trimmer brother. Despite the high level of sweetness, on so many levels, there is a distinctive citric hoppiness that manages to assert itself at the tail end of each sip. There is more than a bit of heat, but much of it contributes to the flavor dynamic, and adds a pleasant warmth, rather than coming off as harsh. I have no doubt that a few years of cellaring would result in an absolute masterpiece.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky brownish, caramel color with great carbonation for this style presenting a nice khaki head. Lacing is substandard but the initial appearance is a winner.

S: BIG dark fruits, WOWZERS! Raisins, figs, prunes soaked in bourbon, caramel and toffee. A little whiff of vanilla and caramelized sugars. Amazingly good. A pungent booze sting is present as well.

T: Whoa. Big heat upfront which seems to get hotter and hotter as it carries on. A big toffee, caramel, sugary sweetness upfront with MASSIVE amount of bourbon soaked dark fruits. GEESH! A bit of vanilla and oak come to play under the decadence but man this beer is relentless. The finish is big, hot, sweet and heavy kinda like a few women I banged as a youngster.

M: Full bodied, well carbonated for this style. Big sweetness and booze on the plate.

O: Another score in the Old Ale department from The Bruery. A bit to hot and sweet even for me...

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Bois from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.