Bois - The Bruery
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4.81/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This beer pours out in a mahogany caramel color that is murky, but also lets some light come through.
The aroma is huge raisins, tons of sweet molasses and caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, sherry, bourbon, but also that pop of booze in the back that uplifts it.
The flavor follows with that deep rich caramel sweetness. It's heavy on the rich deep dark raisins and fruit, but also on the back, there's that drying oak and alcohol that picks up the beer in a wonderful way. My friend actually compared this to port or madeira.
The body is pretty big and sticky, but I've had bigger and stickier barrel aged barley wines. The crazy thing is that the booze and oak drying on the back really picks up this beer to give a punch of drinkability. I really do like that about this beer, though it seems a lot like a beer that could use some aging.
I do think that Melange 3 was better because of the bigger silky feel and sweetness, but this is super enjoyable. Incredible beer.
Serving type: on-tap
07-05-2013 06:27:38 | More by dar482
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A: Pours a murky mahogany, with puddles of tan head. Very little lacing.
S: Candied sugars, bourbon, butterscotch, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, and a flash of soy sauce. A ton going on here.
T: Intense dark fruits plow through immediately--prunes, raisins, black cherries, plums. Bourbon, molasses, a hint of chocolate, vanilla, and oak form the middle. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak finish it off.
M: Very hot, as it's young still, but nonetheless fantastic. Chewy, with very little carbonation. Slick.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2013 02:08:24 | More by Heavenisbeer
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Deep mahogany-brown in color. One finger head of very fine bubbles. Absolutely massive aroma wafting out of the glass. At first, it's a huge dark fruit bomb with rum-soaked raisin, plum, and what have you. Big time caramelized sugar note followed by vanilla. Finally, fusels hit, a bit strong but not invasive and overpowering.
Sweet and heat are the most apparent aspects at first, though neither is too strong. At 15% ABV, they've done a great job at keeping alcohol burn/sting to a bare minimum. The sweetness level is high but short of cloying, though it could stand to be tempered a bit. The fruit presence is just as massive on the palate as it is on the nose. In addition to the sugared raisin and plum, there's another flavor that brings a slight tartness that I can't quite nail down. It helps to dampen the sweetness. Some oaky, cherry flavor comes in on the finish. The fine carbonation has a light touch but fades a bit quickly.
After one 8 oz glass, the sweetness starts to overwhelm the palate. This is a sipper if there ever was one. Absolutely huge in terms of aroma and flavor. My first Bruery anniversary and first barrel-aged Old Ale. This is excellent right now, but after some time to mature, this could be an epic beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2013 03:57:00 | More by gr0g
Bois from The Bruery
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