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Bois - The Bruery

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945 Ratings
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Ratings: 945
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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CloudStrife

New York

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 19:21:48 | More by CloudStrife
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.
Celebrating my last day at work after being laid off.

A- Super murky, dark brown almost black pour. Tight bubbled, two finger light tan head. Loads of alcohol on the glass and minimal lacing.

S- The wallop of bourbon on the nose from three feet away is remarkable. Bourbon, brown sugar, plums, figs, vanilla, some chocolate and coffee. Burnt toffee, some alcohol with a loads bourbony goodness.

T- Bourbon right up front, dark stone fruits, some chocolate, a huge punch of vanilla on the tongue with bourbon and alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium body, medium to low carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 00:33:35 | More by korguy123
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DovaliHops

California

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively to make a nice, large creme brulee - colored head that goes down quickly. The beer itself is a murky, reddish brown color. Very nice-looking old ale. Scent is unbelievably good. I don't know why it's unbelievable considering how good Fruet was. Sweet bourbon aromas with cherry and oak. A good amount of vanilla and toffee with some melted caramel aromas. Very rich and bold, with dark fruits and burnt sugar. The aroma is just so inviting! Taste is just as good as I remember Fruet being. Tingly, sweet bourbon up front with some booziness. Sweet vanilla and oak with cherry and plum flavors. This beer is ridiculously complex and you can just taste the depth of this beer with each and every sip. As the beer warms, the flavors really open up, and so does the booze. This one seems to be a little more harsh when fresh than Fruet was. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit hot. Drinkability is high, as it is very tasty...just sip slowly. Overall, this beer is fantastic! I'm not sure if it's as good as Fruet was fresh, but this is delicious. Can't wait to taste the other variants!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 07:47:23 | More by DovaliHops
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a murky brown color with a light tan head which quickly fades to a ring of foam.

S: Smells like a great combination of boozy wood, bourbon, fig and brown sugar. Very sweet, with toffee and molasses. Almost a maple syrup.

T: Similar flavors to the aroma, but with brighter fruit. Cherry, raisin, apple and fig are prominent. Booze and oak contrast the overall very sweet beer. Molasses and maple lend to the sticky, lingering finish. Reminds me of French toast.

M: Medium-thick but very sticky. The lingering stickiness is tempered somewhat by a notable boozy heat.

O: Fantastic beer. Very much a desert beer. Incredibly sweet and incredibly complex.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 03:26:52 | More by WankelEngine
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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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sjones5045

New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 21:34:17 | More by sjones5045
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RaulMondesi

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source itself - The Bruery, in Placentia, CA

Raul is ineffable. Couldn't tell you. Couldn't tell you what is going on right here. But if Mount Vesuvius were erupting with Bois, Raul would run through the natives and straight for it. Glorious thick texture. Glorious thick everything.

Raul does this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2013 05:36:29 | More by RaulMondesi
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gr0g

New Jersey

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
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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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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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

an expensive bottle of beer, but a unique one, and one worthy of the most special occasions. hazy caramel color on this, dense as anything, without a ton of head just some patchy white wisps around the edges of my wine glass. the nose on this is a mind bender, its beautifully rich and nuanced, with butterscotch, liquid caramel, brown sugar, maple, oak, vanilla, graham cracker, and booze dancing around with one another in an aromatic orgy of epic proportions. the just radiates decadence, with sugar and alcohol, but when i taste it, its neither hotly boozed up, or diabetic sweet. great use of barrel and blending techniques here, i get a ton of oak and bourbon notes, and the butterscotch is there. its like melted werthers candies. vanilla too, and a lot of grain, somewhat of a barleywine or an old ale, american and english both, sweet but not overdone, and refined in a way that is equaled by few other brewers. this series has been nuts, and this is perhaps the finest of them. i cannot remember the last beer i had so rich and interesting, and also so entirely unique from the field. alcohol can never really be taste, but it can certainly be felt. be sure to share this bottle. an arrogant fools errand it would be to attempt a bottle solo. a must try, this is magical beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 16:22:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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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
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bcheng

Virginia

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

This is so tasty, and OMG the fragrance - I can just sniff it the whole time. Fantastic mix of beer and bourbon, oak barrel, and mouthfeel. Due to the bourbon, it's somewhat hot, and sweet; definitely a sipper. My only issue, I had a bit much and it caused hangover for me the next day, from the bourbon no doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 00:43:19 | More by bcheng
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DoubleJ

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has it really been five years since The Bruery opened its doors? Time flies when you're brewing fun, and Bois is just one of many that The Bruery has done. A small 4 ounce sample poured at the source. On to the beer:

Chocolate brown colored and hardly given a head at all. A bit of white lace rings around the sides of the glass. Not many legs stick around the glass, a little unexpected for a beer of its strength. The aroma of Bois is a winner, first bringing a succulent base of fudge. Coconut and booze add to the depth, along with white grapes and bourbon soaked in oak. The taste is less focused on the fudge and more focused on raisins, boozy grapes, a soft roastiness, toasted coconut, and a little of that alcohol pushing its head through. Still a great overall however. It's a full bodied beer with a low amount of carbonation of booze that gently pinches.

The Bruery, in a nutshell, is in this beer. Barrel aged, blending different vintages of the same base, and delectable. A beer that's sure to give you some "wood". Happy 5 Patrick and Co!

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 17:39:02 | More by DoubleJ
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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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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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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

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

Pours a deep plum with not much head or lace, must be 12%+.

The smell is bourbon barrel, dark malts and candy sugar.

Bourbon, roasted malts, caramel citrus and earth swirl in the taste. Very barrel heavy, but nice and smooth. Good, thick mouthfeel.

Another great barrel aged beer from the Bruery. I'm not sure I'm ever disappointed by any of their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 04:28:34 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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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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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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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Birch. This is the Bourbon Barrel Bois.

A - Awesome, pitch black, brown, foamy head.

S - Incredible. While a bit boozy, it just smells so caramely, sugary, and delicious.

T - As others at the bar said, "Boisome." Amazingly smooth, pretty boozy, but as it is in rare cases, boozy in a good way. Knocks you on your arse, but again in a good way. Sip it. Sip and savor.

M - Perfect mouth for the flavors and texture. A little creamy but not overly.

O - This is a "wow" beer. As in wowza. May have to get some more before it disappears.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 17:29:05 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque brown very close to black. The first pour us very heady. Thick bubbly mocha colored foam. Surprising for a beer of such alcohol content. Eventually dissolves to a thick ring around the glass.

The aroma is deep and complex. Fruit notes are most prominent. Classic english barleywine style dark fruits are clearly represented in the form of dates, raisins and figs. Secondly the aroma of warm toffee makes it seem like it will be a thick, sticky and sweet treat. As it warms to the appropriate/suggested temperature the barrel notes come through more clearly; Oak, vanilla and caramel.

Sweet malty character on the tip of the tongue. Bright crystal malts shine through in the form of buttered toast, cocoa powder and brown sugar. Fruit flavors of cherry and prune juice come through mid palate along with a peppery spice from the noticeable alcohol. Barrel notes come through quickly after with deep caramel, oak and vanilla. Slight notes of bourbon come through on the finish.

M - medium, very close to full bodied. Viscous texture with a slightly watery edge. High carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer. So smooth but complex. I'd gladly buy another one to enjoy for next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 03:28:45 | More by Teleweizen2
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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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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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Zorro

California

4.44/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 05:59:54 | More by Zorro
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magictacosinus

California

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared on my brewing buddy's birthday (we're both PS members). Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a red solo cup (yup...), but luckily paired with La Gloria Cubana cigars!

I couldn't see it, so I poured a little bit into a clear glass nearby just for this portion, to the laughter of some. Whatever, a visual evaluation only takes about 40 seconds anyways! Tanned brown in color, with some surprising amount of clarity (although it's nearly opaque when held against the light) as well as cloudiness. A surprisingly amount of head and lacing, all colored with an off-khaki tone. Really viscous and ridiculous looking, and exactly what I'd come to expect of this brewery.

Whoa! This is ridiculous - even by The Bruery's standards. An explosion of sweetness both from the malts and yeast, as well as the heavily soaked Bourbon elements and other complex aspects taken in part from the wood aging (through the solera method). Big, sweetened caramel covered raisin notes, with intense dates and plums. There's no hoppiness to speak of (except for perhaps a brief zestiness), but it's earthy as as all hell - and, no surprise, slightly oxidized tasting at this point, as the older batches that made this up in the blend are starting face the challenges of developing huge Sherry notes. It's not particularly refined on this end - indeed, so far, they smell more like umami offerings (mushrooms, soy sauce) rather than woody Sherry-like goodness. It's off-putting at first, but adds a savory element that balances additional sweetness from the barrel, which consists of butterscotch, vanilla, and toffee. Shows a good degree of toasted oak flavor, maybe even charred, with tobacco and leather. Super, ridiculously complex - if it weren't for the off-umami notes I'd give this a perfect score.

This is very much a wow-factor beer, but as many have pointed out, it's very, very sweet and decadent in a way I've never experienced an old ale before. Even the Fruet I had during DLD last year was less sweet than this, and I believe the bourbon is at fault here. Luckily, it's far less buttery, and the initial blast tastes like bourbon caramel soaked raisins, with intense notes of prunes and dates. Highly intense, and very sweet - the vanilla, toffee, and butterscotch do not let go here. My friend and I love a good bourbon, but he even remarked that it was a bit too intense even here. Nevertheless, the cigars really helped cut the sweetness down, and enhanced the tobacco and spiced elements of the beer, as well as provide a powdered fudge bitterness that was nothing but astonishing. Drinks super thick, but never syrupy, and you cannot taste the alcohol on this - ESPECIALLY when paired with a cigar. How they did it, no clue, but it's probably one of the best beers they've made yet.

This is really a beer that bends the style, and while it isn't even close to my favorite from The Bruery, it was one of the most memorable beers I've had that was brewed in 2013. It's definitely really sweet, and the cigar pairing is highly recommended. Not every booze bomb The Bruery has made has been brilliant, but this is definitely a terrific effort from them.

Serving type: bottle

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