Bois - The Bruery

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Reviews: 135
Hads: 1,264
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 2.99%
Wants: 126
Gots: 538 | FT: 94
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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 PsilohsaiBiN
4.54/5  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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of shangwang
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with my neighbor who was kind enough to grab this for me. Poured chestnut brown with a very thin veil of head and little lacing. Intense smell; made me imagine figs soaked in brown sugar and bourbon. Awesome taste, loads of vanilla and and toffee. Like creme brulee. Thin mouthfeel that surprised but worked. Extremely enjoyable. (345 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.56/5  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! (1,102 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (1,154 characters)

Photo of korguy123
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 2013 bottle poured at about 60 degrees. Brownish ruby color and basically opaque with quick fizzling head leaving ring.
Smell bourbon, butterscotch, toasted brown sugars, leather, dark fruit.
Taste follows nose with some booze heat that gets less aggressive after each sip.
Feel thick and viscous
Overall delicious and hard to believe 15% abv. Probably one of the best in style (381 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: into the center of a large snifter, deep mahogany brown beer with a thin foam on top; slid down inside the glass without a trace

S: a face-full of bourbon soaked fruit; dank, rich malt sugars and whiskey

T: carrying over from what you smell, rich chewy fruits are presented - like raisins, figs, dates, and plums; sweetness of fruit accompanies, in addition to brown cane sugar and toffees; airs of wood and whiskey hover over the palate; hints of spices and even some heat as the alcohol asserts itself, bring even more depth to the drink

M: medium weight, slight tackiness/stickiness, minor coating, faint drying on finish

O: I've been a real fan of old ales, bourbon barrel beer, and The Bruery's anniversary ales, so its no surprised I dug this. One of those beers you folks with discipline will age for years - this thing'd be insane for those purposes - but then maybe you shouldn't be reading this, because I contend this beer is amazing immediately, too! A typically strong take on the style, complemented perfectly by barrel aging. (1,047 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into wine glass at Torst in Brooklyn. $10 for 5oz...well worth it!
Pours a deep brown with the slightest lacing/rim of foam.
Aroma is fantastic! Dried fruit, wood, booze, vanilla...huuge
Taste is nothing short of spectacular. Sweet dried fruit, vanilla, tobacco, sweet bourbon...wow. All are just so dominant that they blend so well. So much flavor is going on here. The booze is sharp but works well with all of this flavor. It doesn't feel like its 15%.
This is quite possibly the best old ale ive ever had. Truly amazing! (541 characters)

Photo of weltywm
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Bainbridge Barrel House in Philly. Served in a 6 ounce snifer.

Appearance: Dark muddy brown with a solid finger's worth of creamy looking foam on top. Head sticks around for a while, with some lacing. Almost looks like a nitro pour.

Smell: I don't even need to put my nose near it. Lots of bourbon, oak, and booze coming off of the snifter.

Taste: It's good. Following the nose, there is lots of bourbon, charred oak, and hot alcohol. Mixed in with those flavors are molasses, vanilla, and lots of dark fruits like raisin, date, and fig. As the beer warms a bit, the bourbon and oak flavors start to dominate. Throughout it all, there is a prevailing note of really warm alcohol; I could feel it in my stomach after the first sip.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky, with a decent amount of carbonation and a very long, boozy, bourbon-y finish.

Overall: I can't really say anything bad about this beer. In fact, I can say lots of good things. But somehow, it fails to live up to the hype for me. This isn't to say that it's bad, and I'm glad that I got to try it once, but I don't know if I'd seek it out again, especially for the very expensive bottle price. (1,177 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Angels Baseball finally televised in the Bay Area vs the A's this past Thursday - Sunday, and now tonight on ESPN vs Texas. Time to open this Bois all to myself.

A - Dark, dark Black Cherry Red in the 12oz tulip it's poured in. Solid 2" head but retention fades fast as expected. Looks beautiful.

S - Moment of truth of where my $30 went. Boom! Not at all dissapointed. Big vanilla bourbon barrel, accompanied by toffee, caramel, big flavor or raisins, and chocolate. Everything is in harmony. Nothing overpowers. All seems to be in place with a fair amount of heat on the nose, but not nearly the amount you'd expect from the 15%ABV.

T - Matches the nose with the perfect amount of heat on the back but not nearly the amount the 15% would suggest. If it's too hot, get the hell out the kitchen.... Everything is in complete harmony for such a big beer. Almost speechless. I've seen reviews saying this is too sweet. Gimme a break. Yeah, it's tad bit sweet as expected for the style and ABV, but make no mistake about it, I'll finish this bomber myself tonight and am having a hard time finding any flaws with this beer. The barrel aspect of this beer is near perfect. Again, see smell. Heavier on the dark fruits the further you get into it. Delicious.

M - that sticky barrel lingers like you'd prefer your resinous hops to from a favorite DIPA. Not at all syrupy or thick, but not thin either. Quite easy to put down for the ABV. Barrel lingers but keeps you coming back for your next sip. Before I knew it, 12oz gone in 25-30 min.

O - wish I bought another to see how it ages. $60 would have been worth it for two. Although not apples to apples (kinda), this beer is everything I expected out of 2013 Sucaba that 2013 Sucaba never delivered. For me at least. I'm not at all a fan of overly sweet beers or beers that run over $20 but this is one of the best bourbon barrel aged beers I've had.

Recommended if you have the funds. (1,942 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bruery Bois

A- pour yields a 1 finger light mocha head on a murky brown body. Slight ring on the edges but not much lacing as expected. 4.25

S- smell is an excellent mix of bourbon, toffee, caramel, tobacco, bread, slight roasted coffee. Alcohol is there, but it's nice. 4.5

T- phenomenal. Much like the nose there is bourbon, toffee, caramel, tobacco, dark bread, ripe dark fruits, light vanilla. Love it 4.75

M- medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Slightly sticky. 4.5

O- I keep having this beer and its amazing every time. A treat 5

A+ (542 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with Beastmaster that I brought back from my visit to the tasting room! Pours murky reddish brown with a one finger caramel khaki colored head. Huge huge aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla, figs, oak, brown sugar, bourbon. Lordy this smells amazing. Flavor is big oaky toffee up front with some nutty pecan flavor like pecan pie with bourbon poured on top. Finishes with a beautiful lingering vanilla caramel marshmallow. Wow this is amazing and a flavor profile I haven’t had since BB4D. Medium heavy body, honestly way lighter than I expected as Bruery beers tend to get syrupy. But, this is nice with the perfect amount of carbonation to keep this surprisingly drinkable. This is a real masterpiece of an Old Ale. Malt and caramel and vanilla galore. Oooh yeah. (779 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 4/10/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a very murky, cloudy, dark brown with a 2 finger tall light brown head which quickly recedes leaving zero lacing. The head eventually settles to a firm, half finger's height. Massive alcohol legs.

Aroma: (4.75)
Sweet figs jump right out of the glass towards your nostrils, followed by layers upon layers of dark fruit; black cherries, freshly sliced plums. Underneath the fruit there are aromas of sun worn leather, sweet caramel, toffee and bready biscuit malt backbone. The massive barrel presence sounds cascading notes of vanilla, coconut and some nice bourbon sweetness. For 15%, the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well.

Taste: (4.75)
Staying consistent with the fruit forward nose, sweet figs greet your palate immediately followed by plums, cherries and a distinctly musty leather-like character that is attained by the extensive aging process that Bois has gone under. Middle of the taste, there is a bright twang of a slightly tart cherries, again from oxidation in the bourbon barrels. Before the off dry finish, a massive, sweet malt backbone closes the ale with notes of toffee, caramel and sweet breads. Lingering impressions of figs, plums, cherries and a unique nuttiness. Huge barrel presence in the finish with light tannins, vanilla and coconut. The 15% is masterfully hidden, but some alcohol does peak through as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Very robust, slightly oily in texture thanks to the high ABV. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
Wow, this is an absolutely amazing Old Ale. Complex, rich and hides the ABV incredibly well. The Bruery uses the Solera Method in aging their anniversary ales; meaning every year, The Bruery puts out a new batch of the same recipe, but each year they hold back a sizable portion to blend in with the most recent ale. In other words, Bois has a portion of every other previous anniversary beer in it, adding more depth and complexity to it than the other previous anniversary ales had upon release. This is a truly masterfully Old Ale, that is sweet, yet never cloying. Highly, highly recommended. Cannot wait until next year's version! (2,198 characters)

Photo of Jjski
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bourbon soaked figs and raisins drizzled with vanilla scented caramel brandy. Leather, tobacco, epic old aleyness. A definitive sherry type oxidation with orange peel hints, dark toffee with a faint bitter sourness with boozy finish. Boozy? It's 15%, that's the way it should be. expansive yet perfectly cohesive.

What it is, what shall it become? The standard. (367 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very murky brown color, with some orange hues around the edges. Not so much cloudy or hazy as it is murky...like a shallow river after a storm. With such high ABV, the head is fleeting, but while it's there, it's a tan color of uniform bubbles.

Notes of bourbon, vanilla, toffee and leather dominate the nose, particularly the bourbon. It smells every bit of 15% ABV.

What a great taste. It tastes like a toffee coffee cake. Between the toffee, vanilla, Belgian yeast and burnt sugar, it could pass for a dessert. Not sure if there is such a thing as bourbon cake, but that's what this tastes like. It's amazingly good.

This beast is surprisingly drinkable. It starts off somewhat sweet and very smooth, very buttery feel. Full bodied and almost chewy. The heat builds in intensity as it works it's way a cross the tongue. Finishes with bourbon warmth and a bit of sweetness from the vanilla notes. A slight burn to the lips remains til the next sip.

A spectacular beer and well worth the $30 I probably paid for it. Obviously a celebratory beer. (1,075 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real interesting looker. Deep garnet red body, with a clear character, and very dark, nearly purple in color, and some hard to see carbonation. Tan like head, lots of snapping carbonation and fades to a thin collar that always gets repopulated. The body color is truly exceptional.

An absolutely fantastic nose on this beer. Deep caramel stickiness, mild coffee, slight vanilla, and sugar cream, it totally smells like burnt sugar and perfect crème brûlée. Buried dark fruit of faint cherry but deeper plum, a little bit controlled heat, and quad like sensing warmth. Very impressive, this is like a quad without the sugar and a subdued mild cream and caramel, it's nearly perfect and so unique.

Palate brings much of the enjoyment from the nose, but a big surprise. Heavily fruit forward and large. Wine like warmth and quad character but no sucrose sweetness. Plums. Cherries, moving to a light bodied finish. Palate is very light for such long blended barrel aging, oak tones very subdued. Light caramel action, sticky toffee, the fruit dominates but let's the giant caramel come through.

Overall, it's impressive as all get out. It's like a quad without the sucrose, the Creme Brulee without a sticky rush and sugar buzz. It's fantastic. (1,293 characters)

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Pours up a half of a finger's worth of head which dissipates almost immediately. The head appeared to be a light to medium beige while the body is a nearly opaque chestnut brown which shows hints of purplish maroon when held up to the light.

Nose- This may be the best aroma (from a beer) that I have ever had the pleasure to smell. Coconut dominates and then shows toasted almonds. Basically, the profile is that of a warm, fresh macaroon. Cherry and chocolate notes hide themselves under the coconut and almond but they are there. Some buttery and caramel notes. This is a definite 5. If the palate is likewise, this is going to be one of the best beers I've ever had. Alcohol appears after you swirl it.

Taste- Raisins and cherries are the first things I encounter while the coconut, almond, and chocolate sit in the background. A fair amount of booze but any brewery that could hide 15% probably should be sued. This is everything that I got on the nose with a good amount of heat. That is to say this is alcoholic deliciousness. I had my qualms about purchasing a 30 dollar bottle of beer but no longer. This may even be a repurchase. This beer has so much presence and so much integration when it would completely permissible for it to be messy. Instead, it wows. Toffee, vanilla, and hints of oak. It is difficult to parse individual aspects because of the rich balance. Chocolate and bourbon become more dominant aspects as this beer opens. It is starting to get a little messy.

Mouthfeel- Heavy bodied with some syrup to it but still manages some silk and smoothness. Light carbonation but this works with the style.

Drinkability- Terrifying. The heat begins to mellow and makes this beer very dangerous. Only the price tag reins in my desire to partake heedlessly.

Overall- Almost perfect (but slightly declining as I drink more). Do not be wary of the price tag. Pay the 30 bucks (maybe even the 35 that it goes for in some markets). After you drink it, you will know why you paid such a price. This does start to get a little messy as it opens up more but this only detracts slightly. (2,118 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (971 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

yep. that's it. burnt sugar. kind of toffee-like, caramel-y, sweet. barrel, wood. very smooth. very boozy, but not in a 4-loco boozy kind of crap way. this is nice. as Matt said yesterday when we had it on tap at the bruery, it's like a 'shot', instead of a beer. he's a Blue Moon guy. he struggled with the tart Hottenroth... so yeah... and he probably has never had anything above 6% before. I schooled him though by taking him to Noble, Valiant and The Bruery...
no head, no lacing, no carbonation. it just sits there waiting for you to take a sip. medium feel, medium heaviness. light mahogany color. the smell is the taste.
hard to rate the 'appearance' when this is so typical of these types of brews but it is a beautiful color and, although it does just 'sit there' it has a powerful, majestic look to it. (813 characters)

Photo of HookemHoos
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always to style. Poured into an appropriate Bruey tulip.

Murky brown brew with yellow/cream fizzy crackling soapy head that brows quickly and large, but disappears just as fast. . Needs a lot of time to mellow and settle. I'm anxious to see if it will clarify with age.

Heavenly spice/vanilla/whiskey/booze. Impressively smooth aroma. Only a mold burn on the nose, still it's a damn near 5.0; like a 4.9, but not great enough to round up to a 5.0

Whoa. Booze bomb without the booze. Smooth, righteous, thin, smooth, resinous, crisp/clean vanilla, smooth carbonation with just enough snap. Booze hits hard on first swallow, but mellows into a uniquely fantastic brew. Sweetness is VERY well done; no where near overwhelming. Drink at around 50 degrees. Awesome - killer 5.0

This is one outstanding brew and should be considered a must try. I will definitely seek a few* more for the cellar. Highly recommended as a celebratory "once in a blue moon" type of brew. I cannot wait to see where this brew is in 10 years... Happy moving; the start of something new.

I'm giving increasingly tougher grades with each brew I drink, but that should stand to show this in one fantastic, kick-ass, smokin' hot brew.

* the meaning of few hurts at $33/750ml (1,253 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle picked up locally. enjoyed from a bruery snifter.

a - wow...that's SOME wax. spent a good 5 minutes working it off...but worth the effort. beer poured dark purple brown with a nice foamy almost belgian looking head that left a thick skin that hung out. glistens.

s - ZING! smells perfect. deep rich complex dark fruit and leather. booze soaked wood. candied sweetness. these anniversary beers really make me appreciate old ales. really tows the line of strong ale.

t - oh my. the flavor exceeds the awesomeness of the nose. this beer is flat out perfect. deep dark plums grapes figs, perfectly ripe...no maybe just teetering on overripe and juicy. thick and rich.

m - lush. abv is masked magically

o - this is a masterpiece. big and bold and makes no apologies. reminds me of BA 2TD or even Bells BA Batch 9k. (821 characters)

Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.