Bois - Brandy Barrel - The Bruery
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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
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
4.11/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml pours a mahogany color with a khaki head that persists longer than the other barrel treatments sampled. Also, legs of alcohol are noticed droopin down the wall of the glass.
The aroma contains quite a bit of vinous aspect before blending to the expected vanilla and oak with a slight hint of coconut/caramel. The spirit reinfoced booziness is actually an afterthought considering the vinous notes that stand out.
The taste is tangy and vinous with oak and hints of papery to cardboard-like oxidation. A slight herbal aspect before blending to caramel and dare I say chocolate grain? A very unique flavor combination that is strikingly different than the other barrel treatments.
This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation in the feel but visually has more going for it than the others. There is something about that vinous touch of brandy that I loved included in this. It really stood out and I liked this significantly more than the bourbon, rye and american oak versions. I just wish it didnt display so much oxidation for only being in the bottle for a year.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2014 15:46:14 | More by stakem
Bois - Brandy Barrel from The Bruery
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