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Bois - Brandy Barrel - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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world-class

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.6%
Wants: 74
Gots: 104 | FT: 19
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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brother_kenneth

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-04-2013 02:36:15 | More by brother_kenneth
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-25-2013 04:06:55 | More by SkiBum22
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warnerry

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-09-2013 22:30:08 | More by warnerry
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Callmecoon

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

09-17-2013 19:40:04 | More by Callmecoon
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catboy

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-12-2014 21:06:56 | More by catboy
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7.8%

01-05-2014 02:24:36 | More by jtladner
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

08-24-2013 18:47:51 | More by acurtis
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timc100

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

02-23-2014 03:01:39 | More by timc100
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.8%

09-24-2013 03:31:31 | More by Beerontwowheels
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-16-2013 13:32:04 | More by Hessian257
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.8%

08-06-2013 01:30:16 | More by Gonzoillini
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Crazydaddyo

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-10-2013 14:43:37 | More by Crazydaddyo
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

10-08-2013 02:04:05 | More by Alieniloquium
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beerhan

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

12-09-2013 23:07:13 | More by beerhan
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BuschLeagueOC

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

07-19-2014 22:54:21 | More by BuschLeagueOC
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mobius387

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

06-23-2013 22:16:46 | More by mobius387
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beerloverofbham

Washington

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

06-11-2013 16:37:30 | More by beerloverofbham
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IKR

California

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

05-10-2014 20:47:04 | More by IKR
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-31-2013 11:03:44 | More by GRG1313
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DrewSimm

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

01-11-2014 07:03:34 | More by DrewSimm
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claaark13

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

08-24-2013 03:12:40 | More by claaark13
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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tourdot

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

07-04-2013 13:10:09 | More by tourdot
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Danimal25

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-09-2014 14:20:38 | More by Danimal25
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LakerLeith

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-29-2014 01:06:16 | More by LakerLeith
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Bois - Brandy Barrel from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.