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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: 97
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 biboergosum
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of zac16125
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Zorro
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is full.

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

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Photo of sjones5045
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of FosterJM
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of tmzl
4.34/5  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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of HookemHoos
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of mmapes
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of ms11781
4.34/5  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.

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Photo of bpasquini
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of laminam
5/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.3/5  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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.22/5  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.

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