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Bois - The Bruery

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939 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%


Brewed by:
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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.

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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:44:36 | More by ms11781
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 22:13:58 | More by tmzl
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JReites

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 03:36:44 | More by JReites
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mdfb79

New York

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 17:13:22 | More by mdfb79
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 04:13:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2013 22:18:17 | More by cbutova
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 19:34:56 | More by Thehuntmaster
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weonfire

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 00:53:26 | More by weonfire
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impending

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 05:02:57 | More by impending
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Thepleasantimbiber

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 03:20:45 | More by Thepleasantimbiber
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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

02-11-2014 21:55:33 | More by magictacosinus
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Bois from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.