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Bois - The Bruery

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939 Ratings
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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%


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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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright iridescent auburn coloring poured a bit cloudy and supported a thin layer of loose knit bubbles.

Dried fruits hit the nose but then a rush of chocolate, toffee, and caramel hit next. What's exciting is that it is all surrounded by a strong maple aroma that blends with all the aromas.

The taste is so creamy with a light butter and brown sugar. The dried fruit presence is light but I get prunes, dates and raisin. Then chocolate, toffee(which was strongest), and maple all rush in for a vastly complex and ethereal experience.

The feel is full and creamy as well, with a slight thickness and a completely hidden 15 pct ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 00:00:30 | More by KYGunner
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shleepy

California

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

Bottle purchased at K&L in Redwood City. Poured into a Cantillon glass.

A: Dark brown, with a small head.

S: Very oaky, with a lot of vanilla. Slightly herbal.

T: Much like the smell. Like a very good barleywine that was barrel-aged for a long time, but without too much bitterness. It does taste like it it's strong, but hard to tell that it's an astonishing 15% ABV.

M: Smooth.

O: A solid stong, oak-aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 06:26:28 | More by shleepy
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t420o

California

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

Bruery Bois

A- pour yields a 1 finger light mocha head on a murky brown body. Slight ring on the edges but not much lacing as expected. 4.25

S- smell is an excellent mix of bourbon, toffee, caramel, tobacco, bread, slight roasted coffee. Alcohol is there, but it's nice. 4.5

T- phenomenal. Much like the nose there is bourbon, toffee, caramel, tobacco, dark bread, ripe dark fruits, light vanilla. Love it 4.75

M- medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Slightly sticky. 4.5

O- I keep having this beer and its amazing every time. A treat 5

A+

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 05:51:29 | More by t420o
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a wedding snifter.

Nothing better than bacon sammiches, a bounce castle, and more-than-ample beer supplies. This piece of equipment pours a brackish sienna topped by a half-finger of off-sandstone foam. The nose comprises buttery toffee, rich caramel, mild bourbon, light vanilla bean, a whiff of dark fruit, and an iota of wood. Man, I'm starting to run out of ways to say "a little bit"... The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of dark fruits, but the caramel, toffee, and bourbon are taking no prisoners here. In the best way. Oh yes. The body is a hefty medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a thick feel. Overall, a damn fine beer, par for the course in this anniversary series.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:29:29 | More by TMoney2591
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mdfb79

New York

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/26/13 notes. I LOVED Fruet (and Cuir with some time on it), so got a few of these and all the variants in the RS this year. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky, deep dark mahogany-brown color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like all the other years.

s - Smells of caramel malts, sweet bourbon, toffee, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, roasted malts, light vanilla, and molasses. Awesome, very sweet, nose, with tons of bourbon and caramel, as to be expected. Reminds me a lot of Fruet.

t - Tastes of sweet bourbon, caramel malts, toffee, sweet brown sugar, alcohol, leather, smoke, vanilla, toasted malts, sweet dark fruits, light vanilla, and molasses. Taste is good but more alcohol and stronger than the nose. More noticable alcohol immediately than last year's Fruet.

m - Full, thick body and low carbonation. Some alcohol, more than Fruet, but very, very nice body.

o - Overall I liked this beer a lot, though was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, this is a great beer and I fully expect it to become amazing with more time on it, but I've found over the last 3 years that the anniversary beers have been getting better and better fresh each year, and this was a small step back from Fruet last year. Tons of bourbon and caramel throughout, but a little more noticable alcohol in the taste this year. I can totally see this being too sweet for some people, but I love them. If you like the previous years, this will be another you like. Glad I have more bottles to try in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 17:13:22 | More by mdfb79
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark caramel color and opaque. It has a viscous and flat appearance.

Huge boozy notes of bourbon... Oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee.

The cloying sweetness is just too much. It's boozy as hell, but I can appreciate that. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla with just a touch of dry wood.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and sugary sweet. Very thick.

This was just way too sweet for my liking. The flavor profile was nice, but fighting through even as pint was a chore. That, combined with the price point, makes me suggest pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 15:56:47 | More by Vonerichs
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon, vanilla, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is an alcohol kick after each sip as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great bourbon presence that comes through especially well in the flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 18:22:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Darkish brown with a foamy light brown head. Some light shines through, but pretty dark.

S- Tons of sweet bourbon, coconut, caramel, slight nutty aroma too. Very nice.

T- Sweet bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, honey, burnt sugar. Very deep and complex.

M- Medium carbonation, full bodied, warming alcohol presence, lingering aftertaste.

O- Excellent beer. Tremendous depth and complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 20:36:48 | More by stephenjmoore
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Bainbridge Barrel House in Philly. Served in a 6 ounce snifer.

Appearance: Dark muddy brown with a solid finger's worth of creamy looking foam on top. Head sticks around for a while, with some lacing. Almost looks like a nitro pour.

Smell: I don't even need to put my nose near it. Lots of bourbon, oak, and booze coming off of the snifter.

Taste: It's good. Following the nose, there is lots of bourbon, charred oak, and hot alcohol. Mixed in with those flavors are molasses, vanilla, and lots of dark fruits like raisin, date, and fig. As the beer warms a bit, the bourbon and oak flavors start to dominate. Throughout it all, there is a prevailing note of really warm alcohol; I could feel it in my stomach after the first sip.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky, with a decent amount of carbonation and a very long, boozy, bourbon-y finish.

Overall: I can't really say anything bad about this beer. In fact, I can say lots of good things. But somehow, it fails to live up to the hype for me. This isn't to say that it's bad, and I'm glad that I got to try it once, but I don't know if I'd seek it out again, especially for the very expensive bottle price.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 22:43:21 | More by weltywm
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Picked up a bottle in Hudson, which I wouldn't have done, for $32. But Fruet was so damn good that I just couldn't resist. 750ML melee' weapon split with my wife, who did the actual shopping & picking up of the now open bottle.

Pour clocks in at a ruddy, sunburnt brown, with a touch more carbonation than expected, like a Coke that's been open for a half-hour. The nose leans on the indescribable. Looming bourbon notes, thick caramel, & heavy vanilla dominate, but there are dark fruits muddled in underneath. Oh, & the alcohol sting. My eyes are watering already.

Bois is a boozy Ali jab to the palate, after which it kicks you in the lungs. Wow. Alcohol is prime-time, leaving a warm, fuzzy trail from my tongue all the way into my intestines. Beyond that is a beer fairly different that the smell. The barrel is still big & bad, but close behind is a flair of mission figs, dates, plums, & all that jazz. A wave of boozy caramel washes the mid-section clean, before the alcohol & mouthfeel seize the finish. The mouth on this is notable: sticky & cloying to the point of Elmer's. Nonetheless, my curiosity to see where all this is going has lead me to devour this too quickly.

High point here is a sterling tasting experience, but it doesn't quite live up to my lofty expectations. Very interesting, very good, but not the powerhouse that some of the Bruery's big beers are. I would have run out for more Fruet were I able; this one, I'll be able to leave on the shelves. Still. Wouldn't turn one down. Ever.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 01:58:51 | More by maximum12
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud as our membership goes.

Decent fizzy head fades fairly quickly light lacing, nice legs, super dark molasses brown color.

Nose is great, tons of malts, toasty brown malts, big caramel toffee candies, bit of molasses, nice aged soft malt, sweet candy syrup, light booze, some fluffy nougat like, touch of cocoa. Some light vanilla barrel and bit of bourbon.

Taste brings lots of sweet malts, smooth and rich little creamy with a big alcohol burn and tingle. The big malts bring more caramel candies, molasses, toffee and light nutty, hint of cocoa again, light fluffy nougat, etc. Nice fluffy soft aged malts, almost chewy, with some nice soft dried fruits hint plum and candied raisin and nice fig, hint brown sugar. Also some light vanilla like flavours, hint coconut from the barrel, nice bourbon notes, and plain oak. Mild bitterness. Finish is sticky syrupy sweet, just a touch of acrid burnt syrup, nice soft aged dark malts, hint bourbon vanilla barrel.

Mouth is full bod, little syrupy, plenty of warming tingly but clean booze, decent carb. Soft creamy feel too.

Overall great, maybe not as good as the last couple French named beer series, but nice malt flavours and soft aged feel, barrel is a nice addition but not seeing enough, booze is where I expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 22:48:24 | More by jlindros
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A truly amazing beer. So many complex flavors and smells that every drink picks up a different flavor. A dark molasses like color, notes of chocolate, bourbon, any many many other flavors that I'm too unsophisticated to describe.

All I know is that this beer smells amazing, tastes even better and is a must drink. I can't articulate all of the subtleties, but strongly suggest you explore for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 02:08:42 | More by Ncpogs
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros, poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a murky molasses hue with a thin blanket that fades to leave a thin halo and light legs.

S - Aromas of rich molasses, nice sweet malts, warning booze, nice raisins, inviting and aromatic.

T - Taste is nice sweet malts, toffee, vanilla, huge bourbon, gentle molasses. Nice raisins and light dark fruits, finish is a bit on the syrup side, alcohol is mighty strong.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice consisting the ABV. Carbonation keeps it from being to heavy.

O - Overall I really liked this beer, still a bit hot but that will fade over time. Glad I have a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:06:01 | More by rudzud
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a now defunct Buckbean taster glass. Brown pour, almost no head on it. Aroma was nice and luxurious, we had this a day or two after we drank the American oak version, and this one let the bourbon come out a lot more than the former. Lots of that boozy cracker jack aroma going for it, quite delicious if you ask me.

Taste, strong, but delicate, it doesn't let the alcohol assault your mouth. Plenty of that caramel, more toffee this year than Fruet seemingly. They are quite similar. A little bit of vanilla and coconut. Dallop of brown sugar. Molasses-ish. Despite the ability to absorb the high alcohol content, it is not a viscous or heavy beer per se.

These anniversary beers from the Bruery are solid bets to keep being good and like this every year. The first couple were a little hot at first, but it seems Fruet and Bois were good to go, and the best ones yet. Kudos. Easily worth $30.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 04:13:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. This was bottled 04/11/13 which is about 3 months ago as of this review.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, cola, nearly black color and leaves about a finger of off-white/light tan head.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, plums, figs, a hint of cherry. Very, very big, sharp, sweet aroma.

Taste: A smack of vanilla, sweet bourbon hits first, followed by some cocoa, lightly roasted malts, and dark fruits (plums, figs, raisins). Lots of very sweet flavors. Finishes with some nice, sweet bourbon and a touch of heat. Alcohol is well masked by all the flavors and sweetness.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium to heavy, creamy body. Finishes very smooth.

Overall: This is a huge beer - lots of intensely sweet flavors coming together very nicely to give this one its massive profile. The bourbon and vanilla flavors take center stage in a great way. This is a very nice desert-type beer, one to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:43:26 | More by Resuin
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Burger in Santa Cruz

A - Dark murky brown. Completely opaque. Amber towards the bottom. Thin layer of dirty white head. 45

S- Intense bourbon, charred oak and vanilla aromas. Toffee, brown sugar, molasses.

T - Huge barrel notes: sweet vanilla and bourbon with a big charred oak presence. Toffee, dark caramel, raisins, brown sugar. Incredibly smooth for the ABV.

M - Full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 15:21:52 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 04:49:14 | More by mfnmbvp
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.33/5  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.

yummy.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 04:31:25 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.4/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2013 22:18:17 | More by cbutova
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 03:55:42 | More by artoolemomo
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Gmann

New York

3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:56:12 | More by Gmann
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 11:22:41 | More by tectactoe
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:10:24 | More by smakawhat
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.69/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 01:47:27 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:19:36 | More by chugalug06
Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.