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Bois - Brandy Barrel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 71
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:
Beer added by: SubpoenaDeuces on 05-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 220 | Reviews: 21
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From a bottle, pours a dark mahogany brown with ruby red hues; decent head with good retention.

Nose is sweet, molasses, sugar, with some citrus notes and of course, lots of brandy and oak. It smells like this is another booze bomb from The Bruery. The flavors are sweet, candied green apples, brandy and oak notes, dark fruit, a little cocoa. It's warm down the throat, still way too boozy for me at 15%. If it dried out a little, it would be delicious.

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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.

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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.

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Bois - Brandy Barrel from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.