Bois - The Bruery
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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
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
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
Bois from The Bruery
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