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Bois - Brandy Barrel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 74
Gots: 109 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SubpoenaDeuces on 05-28-2013)
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Reviews by DovaliHops:
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4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

DovaliHops, Jun 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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acurtis, Aug 24, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

timc100, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

BuschLeagueOC, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19%

mobius387, Jun 23, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

beerloverofbham, Jun 11, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage
Served in Bruery Tulip

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark-brown with a modest sized light-beige head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Moderate Brandy notes, brown sugar, dark fruit notes (raisins and prunes) and modest grape notes. Nice smelling beer. The Brandy bal-aging works well with the dark fruit notes present in all the Bruery's Anniversary beers.

Taste: following the nose, moderate Brandy notes, some fruity sherry notes, raisins, a touch of brown sugar, and mild oak notes. I expected this one to be fairly sweet but the beer finishes drier and less sweet than perhaps all the other Bois variants. The Brandy is apparent but again I feel it's a nice complement to the taste profile. Very mild alcohol presence, great for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: The Brandy bal-aging results in a very good Anniversary beer variation. For me it's either the Rye whiskey version or the Brandy version that take top billing of all the Bois variants. The Bruery is going through a few growing pains at the moment but when they nail a beer it's top notch.

IKR, May 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

claaark13, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Bois - Brandy Barrel from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.