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Bois - The Bruery

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144 Reviews
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 1,284
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 123
Gots: 539 | FT: 97
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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 BEERchitect
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.52/5  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.

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Photo of tut2528
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of gr0g
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Houser
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really brown, like opaque brown except around the edges. smell is boozy, brown sugar, molasses really sweet. booze dominates, but the dark fruits show as well. taste is awesome. i love these ba old ales. they just work so well together, and bruery does it right. so many complex flavors and carbed perfectly, not flat, but good carbonation style considering. great beer!

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Photo of bcheng
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of rhartogsq
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shard bottle at a beer bar in DC last night. The aroma was simply awesome. it never eroded. The beer was a touch thinner than I was expecting. Overall, the beer was great. Don't have much for tasting notes, sorry.

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Photo of Tele
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 10.23.15

A: 4.25 The beer opens with what sounds like a surprising amount of carbonation for 2.5 years old. Pours a murky, brown-red with a one-inch tan head.

S: 4.75 It smells quite sweet, but immediately you can tell there is a lot going on. There’s loads of bourbon, of course, but plenty of toffee, caramel, vanilla, honey, banana, and cinnamon. This reminds me of an amped up Sucaba.

T: 4.5 Taste is similar to the nose. Starts off rather sweet with the bourbon and caramel flavors, but it quickly moves to a surprising amount of malt presence, providing just enough roast to round things out. A bit of coffee and spice work into sweeter vanilla and raisin flavors finishing with some raspberry and slight booziness – almost like a cognac barrel flavor.

M: 4.5 The body is great and doesn’t feel too heavy. Carbonation is also really nice. Definitely pretty drinkable for 15%.

O: 4.5 This is a very impressive beer from The Bruery. There’s a lot going on but it’s really balanced. I was worried this would be too sweet and boozy for 15%, but it is much better than expected.

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Photo of shangwang
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of korguy123
4.57/5  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.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
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

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of weltywm
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of t420o
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
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


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Photo of BMMillsy
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

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Photo of Jjski
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Bois from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.