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Bois - Brandy Barrel - The Bruery

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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.36%

Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SubpoenaDeuces on 05-28-2013)
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Photo of timc100


4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours darker than the bourbon varient - dark murky ruby/dark brown, minimal to zero beige head. Aroma of huge brandy - dark fruits, apple skin, cherry, booze - some of the dank mustiness of the old ale as well as some cocoa. Strong boozy oak and some vanilla. Taste is very vibrant - strong brandy fruits, vanilla, caramel, molasses and some chocolate - more impressive than the aroma. Mouthfeel is perfect - full, creamy little-to-no carbonation.

Outstanding. Very different from the bourbon and drinking wonderfully right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 03:01:39 | More by timc100
Photo of rudzud


4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Share bottle between me and JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear hazel nut with a thin light cloud for a head.

S - Aromas of bready malts, sweet brandy and bourbon along with dark raisins galore.

T - Taste is nice brandy, sweet malts, nice caramel, awesome vanilla from the bourbon. Very nice chocolate dark fruits (figs and raisins).

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, just slightly syrupy.

O - Overall this was a very fun and delicious beer with real, big brandy flavours. Very, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 03:04:48 | More by rudzud
Photo of Resuin


4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a big snifter. This was bottled on 04/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby/brown and leaves a nice big finger of off-white/light tan head.

Smell: Big brandy, oak, plums, sweet figs, black cherries, molasses, vanilla. Very complex and lots of sweet flavors in the aroma.

Taste: Nice - not as overly sweet as I was expecting after the smell: Plums, brandy, black cherries, finishes smooth with oak and some more brandy. Still quite sweet, but definitely not overbearing to me. Nice, complex, balanced profile.

Mouth-feel: Relatively low carbonation (but definitely enough) with a medium to heavy, creamy body. Alcohol is really well masked by the sweetness.

Overall: This is a great, big beer. Lots of complex flavors in both the aroma and taste. This is better balanced than I was expecting and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:35:45 | More by Resuin
Photo of jlindros


4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Share bottle with rudzud and I shared with various people at my cellar cleaning.

Light fizzy head, hint light with dark mahogany ruby light.

Nose sweet candy, plenty of dark fruit raisin galore and plum, brown sugar, candy, nice brandy juicy character.

Taste pretty sweet, candy, caramel, toffee, dark fruit brandy, dark candy bar, little choc caramel, little nutty, warming booze little tingly character, brandy like fruit, brandy soaked raisin and fig.

Mouth med bod, little syrupy, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, good sweet characters, mild brandy with actual brandy, dark fruits, etc.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 04:16:17 | More by jlindros
Photo of rlee1390


4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Deep ruby with nice carbonation, a one finger brownish head that dissipates very quickly.

S-Brandy. The barrel imparts a great spice and dark fruit note. Rounded out with caramel. Smells sweet and fruity.

T-Very similar to the nose. The brandy barrel is a great touch. The spices mixed together with the fruits are great. Caramel and chocolate rounding it out.

M-Medium to heavy, has the most carbonation out of the variants.

O-Easily the best variant, the brandy barrel was a great, gave off lots of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 15:45:36 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Deep brown with a surprisingly large head. Thick khaki collar.

Smell - Brandy is strong. Apple aroma. Caramel and booze.

Taste - And it's just like smell. Sweet, brandy liquor flavor. Caramel. Boozy. Rich.

Mouthfeel - Boozy as hell. Sweet and diabetic.

Overall - I'm always a sucker for these beers. Very sweet and I don't love the brandy barrel, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 02:04:05 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of ThickNStout


4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 4/17/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a thick mahogany hue, opaque center when held to the light. Little head, a mere haze of retention and no lacing.

Boozy aromas of sweet candy apple coating, rich caramel, dates and sharp alcohol.

Taste maintains that boozy hot theme indicated by the nose. Sweet, candy sugar, dates, caramel, apple skins, that signature Bruery yeast character, brown sugar and a hearty wallop of alcohol. The flavors are rich and intense enough to stand up to the heavy handed booze heat. Quite good.

Slick, heavy feel with moderately low carbonation and a noteable alcohol cooling effect. Brandied dark fruits and toffee finish.

A distinctly different experience from the bourbon barrel original. Many of the same flavors are present but it's pretty amazing what a difference the brandy barrels make. While I prefer the bourbon variant this was a great comparison which makes me more excited to try the new American oak and rye whiskey variants.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 11:42:59 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip...got this as a member of the RS. Big fan of the anniversary beers, and had the "normal" Bourbon version last night.

a - Pours a murky, deep reddish-brown color with two fingers of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Some nice lacing left on the glass. Looks a little redder than the normal bourbon version and previous years.

s - Smells of brandy, caramel malts, sweet toffee, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, brown sugar, raisins, figs, plums, wood, bourbon, roasted malts, light vanilla, and molasses. Very nice nose; a little sweeter than the bourbon version and a little more dark fruits. I like the bourbon nose a little bit better, but they are both awesome and close.

t - Tastes of sweet brandy, caramel malts, toffee, sweet brown sugar, raisins, figs, plums, sweet dark fruits, light vanilla, toasted malts, and molasses. Taste is very good, even better than the bourbon version. The bourbon version had a lot of noticeable alcohol in it whereas it is hidden much better in this brandy version. Equally as sweet with a little more dark fruits to it.

m - Medium to full, body and low to moderate carbonation. Not as much alcohol to it as the bourbon version. Tiny bit more carbonation than the bourbon version. Nice body, but also not as thick and a step down from the bourbon version.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot; another great anniversary beer. While I think the bourbon version had a slightly better nose (I like the bourbon more than brandy), and a better mouthfeel, the taste of this one was much better, and hid the alcohol much better, much like Fruet did. This one is also sweet and has a lot of caramel and sugar to it like the bourbon version, but more dark fruits. Awesome beer, well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 00:16:35 | More by mdfb79
Photo of claaark13


4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cellar temp into a FFF Teku that doesn't have contamination from mrvonzipper.

A - Like the other Bois, medium brown. Head looks better than Rye, worse than Oak.

S - Sweet dark fruit, in a Stille Nacth way, not in a Bruery way. The sweetness comes without booze, it is really nice. Hint of fruity booze, but overall aroma is pleasant.

T - Sweetness upfront, blends nicely to sweet dark fruit. Sweet, dark fruits dominate, with some booze pushing through after each sip sticks to the palate. Sweet and smooth finish. No dryness like the rye, sweeter and fruitier with no spices, unlike the Oak.

M - Slightly less thick than the other for some reason.

O - Really good. Better than Oak, but worse than Oak. Complexity isn't there, but the sweetness of the fruits are much better than found in the Rye. This one should probably be consumed as fresh as possible, like most Brandy beers IMO. Currently, Oak Brandy Rye in that order. To hell with Bourbon, that will hit shelves.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 03:12:40 | More by claaark13
Photo of alpinebryant


4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy fizzy topped amber mud brown with later just some small bubbles around the edges. This was my most anticipated of the BOIS series, so I opened this one first to try after receiving it from jpaco47. Thanks for picking up my shipment!

S: Aroma of sweet purple plum, black cherry, oak tobacco and even some sweet purple grape. Dark fruit overall blend.

T: A great leathery mix of grape and plums along with tobacco and brandy / sherry flavors as desired from the Brandy barrels. This really hit the spot for me off the bat despite being a little leary at the fizziness on first pour. After letting it sit for a few minutes, the leather comes pouring out. A great combination of sweetness , oak and leathery fall tastes here. I am reminded of Adam from HOTD a little bit and excited how this is tasting in its first year in the bottle. I dont know that it needs any more aging as it tastes great now and I fear can only go downhill. It really is a nice blend of sweet with the oak doing a balancing act with Brandy barrels and caramel.

M: Thick and leathery in body with a medium carbonation. I find this less syrupy than Cuir was and more enjoyable as well.

O: Overall this could be my favorite since and possibly more than the Coton blend. I may have to go back and revisit to compare notes now vs. 3 years ago.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:50:56 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of HopHead84


4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Bottle into a Bruery snifter.

A: Dark reddish brown with a substantial frothy reddish beige head rising an inch above the liquid. It looks creamy as if sits there for a few minutes.

S: A decadent nose, as expected, with caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. Oak attempts to push back the sweetness, but it barrels ahead, undeterred, with a harmonious barrage of brown sugar and port-like dark fruit notes that lays waste to the hollow defenses. The wood's spirit is broken, but its redolence lingers. There are notes of grape and plum skins with a bit of prune in there as well. An alcohol sting penetrates the nostrils.

T: Plum blends with grape, chocolate, caramel, leather, and oak. Tobacco is a welcome addition. There's an upper low to lower medium level of bitterness that blends with oak and tannins, and this helps to offset the sweetness a bit. There's that same dark fruit skin note here that I found in the nose and it augments the impression of bitterness. The finish is brown sugary sweet with caramel, port notes, bitter unripe plum skins, and oak.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with alcohol warming. This is tannic and dry as well.

Overall: A nice beer. I think some time will allow the bitterness and alcohol to fade a bit and the flavors to meld. It's quite good now, but I'll save my other bottle for another year as I expect it to improve.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 05:22:51 | More by HopHead84
Photo of DefenCorps


4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with my dad, but this takes me back 4 years to the first time I had a bal Bruery beer, the brandy papier, thanks to Shane.

A hazy reddish brown with a dense beige head that falls off to a disk leaving some lacing, this looks great. The Bose is a blend of brandy and the base beer with the marriage of brown sugar , toffee, buckwheat honey and the brandy notes of pomace, raisins and moderate liquor sweetness. A moderate leather note is present, as is some tobacco. Excellent.

As good as the nose is, the palate's better. Sweet, no doubt, but incorporating the sherry and port notes of the brandy with the base beer sweetness harmoniously, this is excellent. Honey, toffee, caramel, leather, tobacco, brown sugar, molasses and a blend of white and red grape sweetness and flavor are present. A long, sweet finish with honey, sugar and brandy is present. Full in body with a moderate level of carbonation that dies out appropriately, this beer is excellent. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 06:24:35 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of beerpirates


4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

75 cl bottle poured into a tasting glass

Hazy dark brown coloured with nearly no head
Sweet aroma of caramel, liquorice, dark chocolate, oak and vanilla.
Sweet flavour of caramel, liquorice, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla , raisins and alcohol.
Sweet and warming alcoholic finish.
Nice brew !

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 14:51:06 | More by beerpirates
Photo of DovaliHops


4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours the same as the other versions. A murky mahogany color with a medium, off-white head that goes down rather quickly. Scent is oaky up front with some sweet whiskey/brandy aromas. Scent is a little less pungent in the booze department as the other ones. Very sweet, with toasted malt and graham cracker aromas. Some sweet, burnt sugar aromas, with some dark fruits as well. Vanilla and brown sugar. Taste is very similar to the aroma, just like the other variants. I must say, I am very impressed with all the different versions of this anniversary brew. Those who bought multiple bottles will not be let down. Although the booze is not as present in the nose as the other versions, it is definitely there in the taste. Exquisite brandy and oak flavors, with sweet vanilla and some toffee. Dark fruits and more sweet, burnt sugar flavors. Toasty and delicious! Mouthfeel is full bodied, and definitely a sipper. Took me three nights to drink this one...thanks to the wonderful Bruery bottle stopper. Drinkability is high. Overall, considering this is my last variant to review on BA, I have ranked them in the following order: Best - Rye, Next Best: Bourbon, Last Best: A tie between American Oak and Brandy. All are world-class in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 07:26:06 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of beerloverofbham


4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jaap for bringing this to a recent tasting. Served in a tulip.
Smells sweet and boozy--a lot of the brandy comes out in the front. Tastes of molasses, toffee, marshmellows and slightly burned brown sugar. Not a lot of mouthfeel, or lacing. Smooth finish. Curious to try other incarnations of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 16:37:30 | More by beerloverofbham
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a murky muddy affair not unlike Melange 3, or the other anniversary beers for that matter. It has a gentle head that has a beatuiful "coffee in the garbage disposal" turbid gurgle to it that lets you know that shit is about to get real. The lacing tries its best but the clear sheeting wipes the slate clean like an incriminating etch a sketch pretty quickly.

The taste presents a toasty char, fig, caramelized dates, there is an after dinner port/sherry aspect to this that is like a quad taking n0x and getting lats blasting like bat wings. The taste is ridiculously barrel forward and leaves a wafty almond/fusel aspect to it that piggy backs behind the sweet notes with a stern authority. You aren't afraid of detention, but when the brandy barrel kicks in you know you are about to be suspended as fuck and your liver is gonna be stopsign red.

In all honesty, this is not some massive session beer that you can rock hard and put away wet. This beer will dominate your palate, push other beers to the backseat and make you file a cell transfer request to the tastebud warden. If you can put away a bottle of this, you can join the club of underlying alcoholism, your secret is safe with me. In summary, this is extreme, yet refined, boozy, yet addicting. I killed the entire bottle but other vagina mouths will likely complain about things they don't know about. If you are one of those "modified pullup" drinkers that cant handle BCBS fresh, put this away for 9 months and leave the rest of us out of your unmerited complaints.

a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 06:38:37 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
Bois - Brandy Barrel from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.