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Bois - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,150 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,150
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 120
Gots: 513 | FT: 87
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-14-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bpfrush, Jun 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Jslay013, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of impending
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A

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
cheers
jd

impending, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of tbone1384
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

tbone1384, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Beer-A-Lot, Jun 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

derkfromwi, Jun 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

madtowndmb1, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Amalak
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Amalak, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

DrinkSlurm, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Pdrufo, Jun 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

swh1972, Jun 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

OtisCampbell, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Impfan, Jun 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

cdmillard, Jun 28, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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...

barleywinefiend, Jun 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

DruRho, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Sparky44, Jun 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Lucnifter, Jun 28, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark, rich brown/black with hints of ruby as light hits the edges. Minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S: Big caramel and toffee aroma. Lots of alcohol and sweetness. Hints of wood, leather and tobacco notes follow.

T: Wow, this is a big, boozy sweetness bomb. I guess I shouldn't be surprised with it coming from the Bruery. Lots of caramel notes, brown sugar, vanilla, and a punch of alcohol heat. Deep, complex leather and tobacco notes follow. Not bad, just way, way too sweet.

M: A bit thin, but creamy. Very hot. Nicely carbonated.

O: This is a big, complex beer. Decent, but it needs to sit a while. I'm looking forward to trying to try some of the other variants for sure.

vonnegut21, Jun 28, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks cw577enfield!

Dark swampy brown body capped with a thick, dense layer of khaki carbonation. Plenty of booze legging.

Certainly smells sweet. Caramel/toffee, powdery cocoa, molasses, mushy fruit, maple, bourbon heat... complex. Big.

God that is a big fucking beer. It's muted at first but after a second or two on the palate I'm overwhelmed with massive bourbon sweetness and intense red fruits, almost tart in some ways... papery tobacco flavor at the tip of the tongue. It finishes out sticky and sweet with a lingering burn in the back of my mouth. Kind of a mess, to be honest.

I took down BT and M3 solo, so I thought this wouldn't be an issue. But... alas. This might take a while.

yamar68, Jun 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bcm75, Jun 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Dagsy, Jun 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SkeeterBoganski, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

UNCCTDawg, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Gobzilla, Jun 26, 2013
Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.