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Bois - The Bruery

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935 Ratings
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Ratings: 935
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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tmzl

Slovenia

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: very dark amber. Poured with thick, surprisingly big head with even bubbles. Fast retention. Low carbonation. Very nice, promising, inviting.

Smell: Can't miss the big brandy notes. Then come the fruity ones - raisins, deep dark fruits. Reminds me of raisins in rum. Lots of sweet caramel malt with some smokey notes. There is a slight alcohol note. And there comes a very nice subtle sour, tart aroma - lifts up the whole experience.

Taste: Porto, plum wine, dates. Huge malt, middle a lot of caramel, smokey, burnt wood/sugar. Low on bitterness, but very nice sour after-mid taste. Also some funk in there. Rich and complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body, low carbonation. Very smooth, plate fullness, syrupy. There is some warming effect from high alcohol content, but overall the high alcohol is very well hidden. Leaves you slightly dry.

Overall: Rich and complex, very strong with a lot to offer, yet balanced and rewarding. I'm thinking to buy a bottle and let it rest for a few years, a little age can probably take this beer even higher.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 22:13:58 | More by tmzl
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Dark and murky reddish brown. Not much of a head. Nothing after a while.

Smell - Bourbon, toffee, buckets of caramel. Quite fruity.

Taste - Sweet and bourbony. Even fruitier. Toffee and caramel. Boozy. Even a little bitter. Maybe that's just an abundance of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - A sipper. Boozy as hell. Medium heavy, not as syrupy as I thought it might be.

Overall - Way over the top, but good. I always like these beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 19:11:38 | More by Alieniloquium
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a - 4 - it's a good looking beer, not as amazing as I thought though. Very nice dark brown mahogony color, no head (abv high).
s - 4.75 - Smokey, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, coconut, kind of like a bonfire.
T - 4.75 - HUGE sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, just amazing, like a syrupy butterscotch smokey oak awesomeness.
M - 4.75 - Alc incredibly well covered for the 15%. Aftertaste is sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, leaves a nice syrupy feel. Medium-heavy mouth feel.
O - 4.75 - GREAT old ale. I love this one. It's one of those kinds of beers that you just can't compare to anything else. It's in the same league as double dba but I couldn't compare the two. they're both too good for that.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 02:09:02 | More by ISmith87
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HookemHoos

Virginia

4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ML Bottle which was shared among many in snifter glasses

A: Poured a dark brown redish color with a minimal amount of carbonation and thin head.

S: The smell was of bourbon (tons of it), vanilla and sugar.

T: Following the smell, the taste gave you a ton of bourbon with notes of vanilla and sugar to follow. There was a smaller amount of fruit notes.

O: It was a very enjoyable beer but in small quantities. I don't know that I could handle anything more than a shared amount.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 13:38:22 | More by HookemHoos
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Thepleasantimbiber

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle purchased at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles, poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: If your beer is going to have a weak point, best to have it in the most inconsequential category. A cloudy, thick brown liquid which coats the inside of the glass. Minimal head, nothing spectacular to look at.

Smell: Smooth yet powerful aroma assaults you as soon as your nose nears the glass. WOW. Tons of brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and alcohol. The scent is a beautiful invitation to drink, as it should be.

Taste: Delicious. Like a massive English Barleywine. MORE bourbon, caramel-sugar sweetness. Some light dry fruit is present, but the alcohol cuts low through the whole affair. As it warms everything is fuller, the ABV is more in your face with each rising degree.

Mouthfeel: Thick and luscious, slight carbonation.

Overall: Having not tried the previous 4 Bruery anniversary beers, I can't speak to how this compares; purely on it's own, this beer is fantastic. The taste is wonderfully complex, and the alcohol packs a wallop, as evidenced by my having stopped and started this review several times over the course of an hour. Excited to buy and age a few more of these to see how they smooth out. Definitely worth the high price tag if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 03:20:45 | More by Thepleasantimbiber
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mmapes

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The most I've paid for a bottle, but purchased because it's supposed to beat Old Stock from North Coast -- a personal favorite. Pours cloudy, dirty. Basically no head. It's kinda ugly.

Scent is wood, then alcohol, then maybe some dark dried fruit.

Sweet first, fruity, syrupy, maybe a little cloying. Very sweet on second thought, with a long oaky finish mellows the syrupy start. It's 15% ABV which is very high, but it doesn't taste hot -- the sweetness hides it perhaps. Velvety, carmely. Old stock is sharper than this. The more I sip it the more I like it -- the complexity comes out after the initial sweet shock.

Very expensive -- $34 after tax for a 750ml. But I would consider buying some more for the cellar. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:51:36 | More by mmapes
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ckollias

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this large bomber bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a brownish hue with amber highlights and a tan head that lasts forever ending in a wispy lace and not trail.

S: Syrup malt aroma with some oak and dark fruit scents.

T: Strong alcoholic burn with a malty syrup flavor and complex dark fruity flavor.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation

O: Great brew – lots of complex flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:41:56 | More by ckollias
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger frothy cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. Lacing is thick but sticks close to the head. Oily legs. Real nice.

Nose is sweet booze. Molasses, brown sugar, caramel and oak. Deep and enticing.

Opens molasses, honey, dark plum and prunes. Brown sugar, leather and booze in the middle. Oak, caramel, toffee, and more molasses at the finish. Ends sweet and hot with a sweet, caramel and molasses aftertaste. Solid.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down hot and sticky. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste that coats the mouth. A touch thin.

Pretty par for the course for a Bruery Anniversary big. Big and bold with accented sweet flavors. Pretty straightforward but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:27:52 | More by SpeedwayJim
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I sort of yawned through the last couple bourbon barrel beers I tried. Can one from The Bruery continue with this trend? I sure hope not. Let's find out.

The Bruery Bois, (pronounced: "Bwah")Anno 2013 Anniversary, 100% Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels. CONTAINS ALCOHOL. (Good to know.) The Bruery, Placentia, CA. Orange County, CA. Alc. 15% by Vol. (Eeep!) And a lot of teeny, teeny type. I'll try to read it later.

We have a murky magenta look here, muddy, dusky brown that nears purplish. Slim tan head that slips down swiftly.

Let's smell it, already. Whiskey wakes you right up with this one. But there's lots of complexity below. Much richness. Vanilla and cherry, with cocoa tints and some molasses. Sweetness, a whiff of smoke, plenty of wood character, and a ton of balance. Starts intense and forceful, but begins to mellow in the mouth.

Let's taste this sucker: Big-time bourbon flavoring in this massive ale. Here'a a beer that needs a water back. Large showing of fig, date, raisin, other dark fruits. Fullest body, low bitterness, moderate sweetness, woody character. Some charcoal,

"This sturdy beer marks our fifth anniversary and we are grateful for the outpouring of community. Together may our supporters, our brewery, and this beer grow in complexity and refinement over the years."

Lovely sentiment, but that didn't tell me all that much. The back label copy doesn't deliver on the details, either, except that it calls it an "old ale." Well, there's something. One big-ass, bourbon-y old ale. Yum-alicious, I says.

This one does buck that trend, as there is great flavor and complexity beyond the effects of the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:18:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours an opaque, muddy brown color with some lighter brown/orange tinges at the sides of the glass. Once the beer gets to the bottom of the glass it becomes transparent so perhaps this isn't as opaque as it looked. But a second pour confirms that it is indeed opaque when the glass is full (relatively speaking). A strong pour shows that there is light carbonation but there is no head or lacing to speak of, as expected. Looks pretty good for the style.

The nose is excellent. There's a good hit of bourbon up front with some vanilla prominent as well. Those two aromas come across first but there is a lot more going on. Caramel, toffee, some wood and a bit of coconut are here as well. It gets sweeter as it warms but it wasn't all that cold to begin with. Really nice.

The flavors match the aromas but they are far more balanced. Not that the aroma wasn't balanced but the bourbon and vanilla are here and don't dominate the other flavors as much. Really well integrated notes of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel and a bit more wood than in the nose. All here in almost equal parts. There is a touch of booze at the finish but it's expected and welcome.

This beer is huge. Thick but not viscous with low carbonation. Pretty standard for a 15% ABV barrel-aged old ale. Compliments the nose and taste nicely. Touch of a booze burn at the finish.

This beer is excellent. Flavors are already well integrated, nose is almost there. There's nothing wrong with it now but if a couple years smooths it out a touch this beer will be right up with the very best of style.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:44:36 | More by ms11781
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bpasquini

California

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a little heavy, dark ruby in color, left a small tan head, no lacing on the glass, very murky as well

S: To me the first thing I notice is alcohol, but it quickly transitions to bourbon, some vanilla, caramel, and slight dark fruits, I can't quite make out what they are but they are there, smells very nice, the alcohol presence is a little overwhelming at first but it mixes wonderfully

T: This beer definitely takes you on a ride, at first you get alcohol presence mixed evenly with bourbon, like the smell the alcohol flavor quickly transitions into bourbon and caramel, then the vanilla and caramel mix a little finishing dry with tart dark fruits and a bit of alcohol again, this beer definitely has some heat to it but as it warms it becomes mellower

M: Medium-thick in body, to me it seems oily even though it finishes dry, I'm sure with a couple years of time on this the mouthfeel and drinkability would be just right

O: Great beer if you can handle the alcohol presence, if you can't and have one I recommend aging it for a few years, wishing I aged mine but if I can grab another one I will be aging it for sure, this is making me want to try more of The Bruery's high ABV beers, Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 05:04:46 | More by bpasquini
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

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

Appearance: Looks like cloudy rust water, with a 1/2 finger of khaki head.

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, oak barrel. This smells like the best baked item you could ever dream of. Oh, and it also brings the zeitgeist of King Henry.

Taste: Delicious, but hot! Bourbon is the first thing that hits you, followed by rich chocolate and toffee. Middle of the tongue gives you nice, sweet roasted malt that overshadows the Bourbon. As the sweetness and malt fade gradually, the Bourbon conversely creeps back into the picture. The finish is boozy with a Bourbon punch and some background malt.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, with moderate carbonation as you'd expect for the style. A sipper, but pretty easy to drink.

Overall: This is hot right now, and if it has one flaw, it's just that. Unless you're a total n00b, there's no way you'd peg this less than 10%...it warms going down, that's for sure. I wish I could afford to buy a ton of these to age because in 5 years or so, this will most likely be a masterpiece once the booziness subsides.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:38:21 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a murky muddy mahogany with a nice thing and dense quarter inch head that is cream in color. Seems pretty thick on the pour.

Nose is amazing. Boozy heat that is then enveloped by some great dark fruit sweetness and some nice caramel and molasses notes. Heavy notes of butterscotch and caramel mixed in with some nice Bourbon notes. Slight vanilla and wood notes balance out the sweetness that then comes back near the end of the finish to entice you even more. So complex and fruity.

The flavor as expected is true to the nose. Starts off with heat as expected with some nice molasses, slightly burnt caramel notes off extreme sweetness with subtle roast. This brew is pretty complex but since its fresh and its 15% there is definitely some heat. As the brew warms the complexity opens up even more. There are leathery notes that offsets the sweetness and then the sweetness come back and punches you in the face. Whiskey and spirit soaked prune and raisin notes come to mind. There is even some chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate notes that I can pick up on as well as some pineapple. The sweet fruit notes even have a slight sour fruit component that is barely noticeable. The body is full and the ABV is up there. Silky and smooth and oily mouthfeel to begin with. Then the brew gets a bit thiner and warmer. Even the mouthfeel is complex!

Overall a very complex brew that is pretty strong but has some delicious well crafted flavor. Each flavor speaks for itself but works well with others. Even the ones I can't pick up on.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 00:27:18 | More by JoEBoBpr
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laminam

Washington

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

Tons of caramel and vanilla notes. It assaults the senses and washes down in a creamy, sublime fashion. This is one of the best beers I've ever had, and hides the alcohol pretty well for being this young. I expect it to compete well with Fruet given some time in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 20:25:39 | More by laminam
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter at a Bruery tasting

A: Cola brown, clear, a tan half finger head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: Bourbon and vanilla dominate. Could sit and smell this one for days.

T: Strong, sweet bourbon. Leathery. Malty. Robust. Drinks like an English barleywine. Vanilla creeps in for a soothing effect. Sip slowly; that 15% will zap you quickly.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Ungodly good. Share among friends. Would go well with a chocolate chip cookie.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 17:54:02 | More by brewskifan55
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared among many snifter glasses

Dark, murky brown/deep red body with a thin carbonation level across the top that fades quickly

The scent is a bourbon punch in the face that rounds out a bit to get some sweetness along the lines of deep fruits almost akin to a red wine.

Oak, vanilla, dried red fruits, with loads of bourbon and brown sugar. This is a perfect after dinner drink given the booze that isn't particularly well disguised and a definite sweetness. Coming across very much like a barleywine to me. This beer will likely improve with age as that bourbon heat should calm somewhat. An enjoyable beer but 4-5 oz was plenty for me in one sitting given the alcohol level and the heat that it produces on the nose and taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 15:25:22 | More by PHBoiler
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pkalix

California

4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

yep. that's it. burnt sugar. kind of toffee-like, caramel-y, sweet. barrel, wood. very smooth. very boozy, but not in a 4-loco boozy kind of crap way. this is nice. as Matt said yesterday when we had it on tap at the bruery, it's like a 'shot', instead of a beer. he's a Blue Moon guy. he struggled with the tart Hottenroth... so yeah... and he probably has never had anything above 6% before. I schooled him though by taking him to Noble, Valiant and The Bruery...
no head, no lacing, no carbonation. it just sits there waiting for you to take a sip. medium feel, medium heaviness. light mahogany color. the smell is the taste.
hard to rate the 'appearance' when this is so typical of these types of brews but it is a beautiful color and, although it does just 'sit there' it has a powerful, majestic look to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:36:43 | More by pkalix
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tut2528

Illinois

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

A: thick murky bright brown body creating a ½ fingers worth of tan colored head formation. Moderate lacing. Enormous alcohol legs observed on the sides of the glass.

S: big ass bourbon front and center! Hot damn! Big oak and vanilla permeate through the bourbon notes…raisins, plums, caramel and molasses also make their presence know. Love the aroma but brace yourself for the bourbon notes

T: following the nose… huge bourbon notes front and center, big alcohol soaked dark fruits (raisin, figs), huge sweet sugary molasses and a huge vanilla and oak in the finish. As you can tell this is one big ass beer

M: holy crap is this thick! I can chew this son of a bitch! Leaves an awesome sugary molasses note on the palate that helps out with the immense bourbon and alcohol.

O: this is such a big ass beer….might be tough doming this one… but it is thoroughly enjoyable and exactly what I want in a Old Ale. For comparison purposes… BB4D > Bois.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:11:00 | More by tut2528
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metter98

New York

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a short beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of bourbon are present in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Much like the smell, the taste of bourbon from the barrel aging stand out in the overall taste, which also contribute strong notes of vanilla.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is quite strong, but the alcohol doesn't render this undrinkable. It definitely doesn't taste like a 15% beer and is more like a 9% beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 21:54:44 | More by metter98
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DrewskiWhit

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/2/13
Poured into a snifter

A poured about a 1 finger head which dissipated and left a foam ring which hung around throughout. Lots of legs on this thing. Deep hazy brownish red color. Sorta resembles fat bastards stool sample

S lots of strong scents. A very strong aroma. Its familiar but I can't place it. Definitely oaky, almonds, some alcohol is detectable. Maybe a touch of coffee or chocolate. Definitely smells complex

T follows the nose for the most part. the taste starts with an oaky almond thing followed by lots of sweet dark fruits on the back. Can taste the alcohol and definitely feel a warming in the chest. Again its complex and the flavors are very strong I just don't love it. Its a sipper.

M more carbonated than I was expecting which I think really helps the drinkability and to mellow the beer out a bit.

O this is clearly a very well crafted beer but personally I just don't love the flavors. I enjoyed it but couldn't give it an "outstanding" rating as I doubt I'd drink it again.

Bottom Line: a well crafted unique beer with flavors that just aren't my thing

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 02:37:08 | More by DrewskiWhit
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rand

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Knb Del Cerro, poured into small goblet

A: Deep mahogany-red, viscous. Almost no head, but the beverage leaves patches of lacing around the glass.

S: Booze, oak, cherries, honey-coated multi-grain bread. The bouquet is large and district, with alcohol warming the nose.

T: Big toffee-sweetness at the front, backed by notes ripe fruit, especially cherries and raisins. Oaky as can be, the alcohol and wood notes dry the palate. Spicy and tingly toward the back, as it finishes sweet with lingering notes of cherry.

M: Rich and chewy, but the balanced flavors keep things from feeling too weighty.

I don't want to overrate these beers, it seems like the last several have been approaching near-perfection, but the Bruery is just killing it. This has so much flavor and so much potential to go off-the-rails, but all of the aspects are so well contained and reined in, making a 15% ABV Old Ale as drinkable as possible.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2013 22:30:13 | More by rand
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n2185

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a murky brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweetness here: caramel, vanilla, brown and burnt sugar, and a little toffee. There are some oak notes and dark fruit underneath, but mostly it's a barrage of sweet smells.

T: sweetness dominates here as well. Caramelized sugar, caramel, vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar. Oak and sweet bread come through bsfore a moderately boozy finish.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet and a bit hot.

O: a good beer overall, but so sweet and boozy that it's difficult to drink more than a few ounces. I'm glad I could try it on tap and not have to tackle a whole or half a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2013 21:46:16 | More by n2185
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Zaplt

California

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence - Dark ruby hazy. Little tan head with very little retention.

Aroma - Vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, caramel, sweetness!

Taste - Amazing layers of deep sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruit - plums, dates, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Roasty toasty woodiness, yum!

Mouthfeel - Sweet and full bodied. Moderately low carbonation.

Overall - Delicious complex beer. The sweet caramel and fruit matches well with the bourbon and oak. Delicoius brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 17:48:12 | More by Zaplt
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a murky, thick-looking brown with a moderate tan head that recedes quickly. Nobody ever said these beers looked good.

S: Thick aromas of bourbon, spicy oak, burnt caramel, marshmallow, raisins, and brown sugar waft up.

T: The taste is quite sweet, but balanced out by a bit of dry bitterness from the oak tannins and alcohol. Tannic vanilla and toffee, a bit of fruity prune, hot bourbon, caramelized grain, some pleasant sherry-like notes from the oxidation (maybe from the previous vintages in the blend?).

M: The beer is relatively thick but with a constant underpinning of soft carbonation. Obviously a bit of a boozy feel from the bourbon and ABV, but nothing out of proportion.

O: Another enjoyable beer in the series. This and Fruet are also a serious improvement over Cuir and the beers before that. Pricey, but worth it once a year.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 03:29:53 | More by Etan
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Going well past the notions of beer, this highly savory and succulent elixir begins to show what could be with barley liqueur. Its a transcendent ale that easily uproots Port wine as an after-dinner aperitif.

As the dark tawny beer pours, a dainty creme of foam is slow to rise and quick to fall. After a few swirls of the glass, the beer sheds its beery-like appearances in favor for brandy legging and quiet calmness.

But each of those swirls flood the air with mouthwatering aromatics: molasses, brown sugar, toffee and chocolate waft about as it draws the nose closer. Tangy port wine and brandy notes become the counter scent to malt while dark, pitted and stone fruits become the bridge that connects the two.

The most supple of sips easily coat the mouth with rich malt sweetness that span the gamut from maple to black-strap molasses, heavy toast, chocolate, singed caramel, light coffee and slight mesquite-type smoke. Its a highly complex taste that doesn't stop there: rum-soaked fruits of cherries, grapes, dates, figs, raisins, plumbs add even more to the malts. Layers of walnut-type bitterness, vanilla, weathered oak, leather and tobacco can also be found as the beer changes with each sip and temperature correction.

Lush, velvety and absolutely seductive, the beer coats the mouth like oil. Its syrup-heavy feel may be cloying to some, but its savory and succulent for me as a dessert-type beer. Warm, rewarding and silky smooth, the beer lingers indefinitely into the next sip and with nary a hint of its 15% power.

The Bruery certainly kicks year five off with a serious bang. If this is what's in store for the next 365 days, then I'll be one spoiled cat!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 16:39:30 | More by BEERchitect
Bois from The Bruery
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