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Bois - The Bruery

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Reviews: 139
Hads: 1,272
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 124
Gots: 537 | FT: 95
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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 stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml wax capped bottle, 04/02/13 stamped on the bottle so I'll assume that's the bottling date. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a murky dark reddish/brown color with about a half inch tan head that didn't stick around for very long. Not much lacing, either. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit (figs, plums, raisins), molasses, brown sugar and caramel. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some red grapes, maple and woodiness noticeable. It's a little boozy, but not as much I thought it would be. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. I thought this was pretty good. Is it $35 a bottle good, I'm not quite sure. But I did like this a lot! (770 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
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. (547 characters)

Photo of bpasquini
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! (1,213 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (3,152 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,197 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark caramel burgundy color with a thin finger of dark tan head. Head faded into a lasting fuzzy collar.
S: Tons of leather and still a ton bourbon despite the age. Tobacco and chocolate are prominent as well. Oxidization and/or the older components of the beer are noticeable with hints of musty cardboard and sweet sherry. Sweet smelling overall, raisins, honey, brown sugar, boozy.
T: Follows the nose, boozy leather, caramel and tobacco, sweet sugar, musty cardboard and oak, boozy slightly warming bourbon, tons of chocolate, warming leather and tobacco and booze. Lingering sweet and sticky aftertaste. Earthy and mildly spicy finish.
M: Full body, sticky, chewy, slick and heavy mouthfeel and body, bubbly but unobtrusive carbonation, booze is noticeable but not hot.
O: Really good. Tons of chocolate leather and leafy tobacco. Very smooth but still boozy. A great and easy sipper. (928 characters)

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,269 characters)

Photo of impending
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A

750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep dull luster walnut, garnet revealed when just an inch remains, minor brief head the color of the wax, little lacing. literally sticky

Funny, writing about what I sense in the scent, sometimes you write something unexpected but not this time. It is exactly what you want it to smell like. delicious, intoxicating

Amazing how little needs to touch the tongue to experience the full deep flavor
considering the length of the most welcoming aftertaste
you can make this last forever
it resides in the crevices of your mouth, saturates, then leaches out wonderfully slow
cheers
jd (613 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark mahogany, light mocha-finger width head which dissipates quickly, carbonation rising, zero lacing.

S - Bourbon, aged fruit-figs?, raison, cherry

T - Aged fruit-raison/prune/mild grape, black licorice, very sweet chocolate, carmel, bourbon. finish does come with a bourbon/licorice heat.

M - Full body, great carbonation, frothy, creamy, raison/prune lingers

O - Wow. the aged fruit/bourbon is excellent. mouth is awesome. Yes, fairly hot at points- but at 15ABV-it is very drinkable. makes my tummy warm and puts a smile on my face. I would suggest to split this bomber into at least thirds. Very thick and very sweet. Yes- it was $30 but if you got a few bucks to spurge- certainly recommend it. (709 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery is becoming king of the "Big Beer" and this beer is no different.

The head on this one is an inch and a half of toasted bread soft tan. There really is a lot of carbonation for a 15% brew, but it is very bubbly and the head fades quickly leaving just a skim and no lace to speak of. Body is a deep root beer brown with a considerable murky feel to it.

The nose immediately speaks to my heart with big rich Bourbon tones all over. Buttered toffee, carmel and molasses are all very present. Definitely smells sweet.

Enters the mouth just as expected... sweet, but not overly so. Dark fruits dance with raisin bread and rum cake. A hint of sour fruit twang hits the back of the taste buds as you take repeat sips. There is nice balance here for how big and rich it is. So much complexity with the dark fruit, big alcohol, bready sweetness and even a bit of tartness. This one is definitely a sipper.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, thick but not heavy. A perfect after dinner beer. A wonderfully complex monster of a brew. (1,031 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,486 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 15,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled and split between a wine glass and a snifter.
# 0067 pt 5 04/04/2013 stamped on the bottle.

Thanks to futura123 for this bottle.

Appearance: I am always surprised at the size of the head on the beers in this series and Bois is no exception with a rough pour yielding a massive cream coloured head. The head retention is good, but there is nothing in the way of lacing.
The beer settles a medium brown (fairly cloudy) in the glass, with a back light revealing a deep red colour and bright golden edges and a swirl results in fantastically heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: The initial nose seems a little lighter (as in not dark) and sweeter (is that possible?) than I remember from previous anniversary releases, with a ton of sweet perfumed vanilla, sweet buttery caramel and a little booze all present at the outset. As the nose begins to open up, a sweet fruity character emerges (cherries, golden raisins, figs and prune) alongside toasted malt, an earthy note, a little oxidization (the pleasant kind), treacle sugar, and a light nuttiness.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is pretty damned sweet but thankfully it stops just shy of being too much and I don’t foresee any problems crushing the entire bottle! Notes include: Sweet vanilla, a touch of oxidization, sweet buttery caramel, butterscotch, toasted malt, treacle sugar, a hint of oak and a rich Christmas pudding like fruitiness. There is some booze noted, but less then I would expect from 15%.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation here is a little higher than I remember in the previous varieties, but the level settles down pretty quickly and becomes fantastically creamy. The body is full, chewy and wonderfully sticky.

Overall: Another fantastic anniversary beer from the brewery, however it is probably my least favourite of the 100% Bourbon editions I have had (Cuir and Fruet). (1,896 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,611 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big toffee aroma, very rich. Prune, raisin, and dates add complexity.

Very plum, prune, and raisin flavor, with nice sweet balance, a hit of heat, and rich caramel sweetness. Pretty hot, but delicious. (202 characters)

Photo of JReites
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL poured into a wine glass

A: Poured a murky brown with a 2 finger khaki head that dissipate quickly. Not much lacing after each sip but initial pour looks beautiful.

S: Strong belgian yeast smell with dark fruits, thinking figs, prunes, raisins etc. when smelled from the bottle. Once poured, bourbon smell masks the dark fruit smells. Overall a great smell for the style.

T: When drank at colder temps, the bourbon and dark fruit taste is very smooth and warming. Lots of bourbon up front with hints of toffee, caramel, and vanilla. As this beer warms, it becomes more hot and sweet.

M: Well bodied and carbonated. As it warms, booziness begins to set in.

O: Overall, an excellent beer from the Bruery. Great concept of an old style and the barrel aging process gave this beer another dimension. Not an everyday drinker but definitely a very good beer. (867 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz wax dipped bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
04/11/13
Served in a tulip

Muddy brown appearance. The beer poured slightly thin for something of this magnitude. A wispy, frothy film topped the liquid and quickly dissipated to a lasting, bubbly ring.

The aroma was outstanding. Super sweet and bourbony, but not overly boozy. Loads of fresh vanilla bean. Had I not known, I might have assumed that this was a vanilla-infused beer. Tons of oak/wood. Intense dark fruit notes. Quite plummy and prune-like. Lots of maple and brown sugar sweetness as well.

The booziness was very prominent in the flavor profile and almost overshadowed everything else initially. Brown sugar and dark fruit notes came through strong on the front end. Raisins, plums and prunes were quite apparent. Lots of sweet caramel and toffee notes. Maple and vanilla appeared in the center. Slightly spicy. Boozy, bourbony notes hit hard in the dry, woody, slightly tannic finish. As the beer sat, the alcohol presence subsided a bit and more of the subtle flavors came forth.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Surprisingly thin for a 15% ABV beer. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid was slightly sticky and contained a fine, zippy effervescence.

As its name implies, Bois has an immense amount of woody/oaky character. While the aroma was spectacular, the flavor profile was somewhat overwhelmed by the huge alcohol presence. I would love to revisit this in another year or so and see if the booziness has decreased at all. (1,554 characters)

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.34/5  rDev 0%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of ms11781
4.34/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,609 characters)

Photo of tmzl
4.34/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,056 characters)

Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.