Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Bois - Brandy Barrel - The Bruery

Not Rated.
Bois - Brandy BarrelBois - Brandy Barrel

Educational use only; do not reuse.

26 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 26
Hads: 247
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 23.04%
Wants: 72
Gots: 106 | 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:
Beer added by: SubpoenaDeuces on 05-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 26 | Hads: 247
Reviews by claaark13:
Photo of claaark13
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

 976 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of dvmin98
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer hits every right spot for me. Perfect carbonation, perfect amount of barrel, not too boozy. Great brandy flavor. Super apple-y. This was my 1457th beer and perhaps one of my top ten ever. I hope they release more of this in their archive sales. I will buy all I can.

 283 characters

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.67/5  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.

 1,567 characters

Photo of HopHead84
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

 1,402 characters

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SanFranJake
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of freshflesh
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of catboy
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of timc100
4.64/5  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.

 530 characters

Photo of Beerontwowheels
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Hessian257
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of blues_fever
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

 409 characters

Photo of beerhan
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of BuschLeagueOC
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Bois - Brandy Barrel from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.