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Bois - Rye Whiskey Barrel - The Bruery

Bois - Rye Whiskey BarrelBois - Rye Whiskey Barrel

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.03%

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: HopHead84 on 05-29-2013)
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Photo of rlee1390


4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Deep ruby, more carbonation than the oak, but still lacking a head.

S-Caramel, dark fruits, rye. Not much spiciness as I was expecting from the barrel.

T-At first it was caramel and dark fruit heavy, but then as it warmed the rye started coming through more and balancing the beer out.

M-Medium to heavy in body with nice carbonation.

O-A really good beer, but I was expecting more barrel character.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 15:39:11 | More by rlee1390
Photo of ThickNStout


4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 04/16/13. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a deep muddy, opaque, ruddy brownwith a finger and a half dirty cream head. Thick retention. Nice lace.

Smells of sweet vanilla, raw sugar, whisky, molasses and familiar funky Bruery yeast. Nice.

Flavors of semi burnt caramel, lightly charred oak, vanilla, brown sugar, the signature slightly funky Belgianesque yeast, toffee, honey, mild spice, as strange as it may seem- bannanas Foster, all with rye whisky constantly drifting in and out. Pretty big booze kick. Tasty.

Oily heavy feel with nice mild carbonation. Boozy hot but with the vague alcohol cooling effect. Rye whisky, toffee and caramel linger in the finish.

Perhaps my favorite after the original. Nice and sweet with the spicy rye whisky helping to keep it from cloying.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 17:52:34 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky amber/brown with a thin film of creamy sand colored head, impressive in its consistency. Recedes to a ring. Very good retention in a thick ring of foam, with a few dots of lace.

S: Boozy vanilla escapes immediately, followed by rich caramel, spiced rye whiskey, marshmallow, toasted oak, cherry and red grape, some char, and mild oxidation which rounds out the aroma.

T: A lot more dried fruit coming through (cherry, plum), solid backbone of toffee/caramel, a little whiskey, with moderate oakyness on the finish. Very nice complexity. Moderate sweetness, but the complexity keeps it from being one dimensional or cloying.

M: Slight alcohol burn, but it's mild as far as Bruery beers go. Round, full body. Light carbonation provides the right amount of structure.

O: Delicious, complex, and well balanced. A superb dessert beer, best enjoyed in small pours.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 20:29:03 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 08/29/13 notes. Have had the normal Bourbon version and the Brandy version in the last few days. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a slight reddish tint, with one and a half fingers of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Not as red in color as the brandy version but still looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of bourbon, caramel malts, toffee, sweet dark fruits , oak, toasted malts, wood, molasses, and brown sugar. Very good nose that is not to hot, and the least sweet nose of the three so far. All are similar, which is a good thing.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, whiskey, toffee, sweet dark fruits, raisins, plums, toasted malts, oak, light spice, vanilla, molasses, and sugar. The taste of this one has more sweet dark fruits and whiskey, and it is sweeter and not as hot as bourbon version. I'd say the taste is better than the bourbon version, but not as good as the brandy version.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is a little thinner than the bourbon version. Would rank the bodies bourbon, brandy, then rye whiskey. Still good though.

o - Overall another very good variation. I think right now fresh, overall I like Brandy the best, then rye whiskey, then the normal bourbon version. I think the bourbon version is the booziest right now, the brandy has the best taste, and the rye whiskey and brandy mask the booze a little bit better than the bourbon. I expect that over time the bourbon version will reach the same height as the brandy one, and I really like all 3. Next up, American Oak.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 14:28:32 | More by mdfb79
Photo of claaark13


4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured at right around 55 degrees into a Bruery snifter, obviously because beer tastes better from its own glassware.

A - Nice off-white head atop a medium brown body with a hint of red. Retention is incredible.

S - Spicy wood, lots of sweetness, candied prunes and a hint of black cherry, light bread.

T - Sweet yet boozy candied prunes, spiced wood with nice and sweet caramel notes, more dark fruits coming through, caramel and black cherries on the finish turn to a slight dryness. There is a slight heat on the throat that falls quickly as the sweetness takes over. It is hard to tell where the spices come from, but I suspect that they are mostly from the barrel and not the overly sweet beer that was within the barrel.

M - Rather thick, which I prefer for the flavors.

O - When I popped the cap, the aroma was terrible. Great great once poured. I like the flavors as well, but it is a bit sweet for the possible complexity that it could let wise provide. It is like a more complex Melange 3, which doesn't really improve it when so sweet. The great thing about the BA Papier set was that they weren't so sweet as base beers, so the barrels added a lot. I hope age will kill the sweetness while allowing for some of the potential complexities to remain, but I fear that won't happen. In the end, still a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:12:41 | More by claaark13
Photo of DefenCorps


4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Third of four Bois variants I've split with my dad this past week.

Looks like any of the other versions, with a creamier, longer lasting head. The nose, OTOH, is unique. The rye whiskey notes bring out the cocoa and chocolate notes in this beer, and enhance the buckwheat honey notes. Brown sugar, toffee, leather, nicely balanced with some tobacco and the rye whiskey. Boozier and not as fruity as the brandy version. Most excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 05:23:16 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of Chico1985


4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris for sharing this elusive beast. Bottle split 3 ways.

Pour is dark brownish red with a small off-white head, surprising retention considering the beer.

Smells like a wonderful rich dessert. Loads of caramel-soaked dark fruits, molasses, some whiskey there.

Taste is great. Sweet and rich flavors. Dark fruits (figs) and caramel in abundance, brown sugar, cocoa, whiskey, vanilla. Whiskey and oak barrel are well integrated and if anything buried by the flavors of a decadent fruitcake. Big sweetness but nowhere near the overpowering level of some other big Bruery beers.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and thick, with lowish carbonation. All too drinkable for the ABV. Really not getting too much alcohol heat at all.

I would compare this to Goose Island's King Henry. Awesome, wonderfully flavorful, frighteningly smooth for such a big beer. It most definitely deserves to be sipped and savored but The Bruery has made that pretty difficult.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 12:31:43 | More by Chico1985
Photo of cbutova


4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gotta thanks my buddy Chris for sharing this lavishly priced bottle. Reviewed from notes taken last night. Had the Bourbon version on-tap just the night before.

A- Split between four tulip glasses from the 750ml bottle, dark brown bodied with some red around the edges. Tiny frothy white head falls pretty fast to a fine-bubbled ring and leaves some tiny spots of lace here and there.

S- Super caramel sweet old ale dessert, pretty much just like the Bourbon version but maybe a bit less whiskey barrel influence. Huge dark brown sugars, caramel, dark fruits like raisin, figs, cherry. Smells sweet but no alcohol comes into play. Smooth oak and vanilla as well as some whiskey from the barrels.

T- Super caramel and dark fruit influence, just a pure Old Ale feel. Figs, raisins, prunes and the like are massive. Pretty damn sweet, not quite at the Black Tuesday level but the syrupy feel reminds me of that. Whiskey is smoother and not quite as pronounced as the Bourbon version. Nice vanilla and oak comes into play with a decent amount of cocoa hints from the malts and possibly the blending process?

MF- Super oily thick body with a moderate carbonation. Just super silky and syrupy texture overall. Some alcohol heat but the ABV is hidden very nicely.

Not quite as much whiskey feel for me as the regular version but very similar nonetheless. Just loving the super caramel and dark fruit Old Ale feel that this beer brings to the table. Sweet and heavy but a great slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:43:34 | More by cbutova
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark ruby body. Flecks of amber in the light. Pours with a small khaki head. Maintains a collar forever.

Smell - Whiskey and dark fruits. Brown sugar. Booze all over. Less intense whiskey than the bourbon version.

Taste - Dark fruits and whiskey. Tons of booze. Brown sugar, but not as rich as the bourbon version.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Boozy as hell. Heavy. Quite the sipper.

Overall - Boozy as all getout. As usual. It's still good.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:44:39 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of IKR


4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Smell: Moderate whiskey notes, brown sugar, dark fruit notes (think raisins and prunes) and mild toffee notes. Nice aromas but my initial impression is it's slightly muted in comparison to previous versions of the Anniversary beers.

Taste: Whiskey, some fruity sherry notes, raisins, some brown sugar, mild spicy rye notes and mild oak notes. The beer finishes drier and less sweet than the bourbon bal-aged versions of the Anniversary beers. The aging in the rye Whiskey barrel is a nice touch. Very mild alcohol presence, great for the ABV.

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

Overall: The rye whiskey aging results in a nice anniversary beer variation compared to the Bourbon bal-aged versions, resulting in a drier and cleaner finishing beer. The Anniversary beers are always top notch and this one continues the tradition.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 20:41:07 | More by IKR
Photo of Dope


3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double layer of wax extremely annoying to get off. Finally get the cap off and it gushes everywhere. GRRR.

A: A really dark brown pour. Smallish tan head that fizzes out fast. Decent retention but zero lacing.

S: Big super sweet caramel and molasses notes. Toffee too. Mild raisin. Rye presence isn't strong but you get a decent whiff when you swirl it. Boozy sting.

T: Huge monsterously sweet caramel, molasses and toffee. Extremely sweet. Rye is more noticeable here, providing a very strong sharp rye whiskey note. Mild dark fruits in the middle. Big big beer, huge booziness and stinging alcohol in the aftertaste. Warms the belly immediately.

M: Heavy, cloyingly sweet.

O: Well, I wasn't a fan of the bourbon version even though I loved Cuir and Fruet. Too harsh and too sweet. I like this better than the bourbon version however. The bourbon made this beer even more sweet, this one is attempting to balance with the spicy rye whiskey bite. It's still very sweet and super boozy. I think it could benefit from some age on it. Except there's no way I'm dropping the mega $$ on this one again for an experiment. Alas.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 02:04:49 | More by Dope
Photo of DovaliHops


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours the same as the other variants. Murky mahogany color with a large off-white head that goes down rather quickly. Scent is slightly "spicier" than the other variants. The whiskey seems to come through the most out of this version of Boise in my opinion. Sweet, dark fruits and burnt sugar. Tons of vanilla and oak. Peanut brittle and toffee, with some very smooth whiskey aromas. This one is a whiskey bomb, but not in a boozy way. Taste is sweet whiskey up front...it easily shows the rye characteristics moments after it touches your tongue. Spicy rye and bread-like flavors, immediately followed by a malt bomb and tons of dark fruits. Cherries, plums, dates, raisins, and dark chocolate. Very complex. For me, this is the most complex of all the Boise variants. Finishes with more barrel, vanilla, and the perfect amount of whiskey booziness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and a little bit sticky. Drinkability is high, considering how tasty this beer is. Overall, this is my favorite Boise. I have now tried all of them (still need to rate Brandy from my notes). This one is a top shelf Old Ale with barrel aging at its finest. Will be buying more of this version of Boise for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 09:34:23 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of HopHead84


4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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: Oak blends with vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and a slightly spicy rye whiskey presence. Alcohol is noticeable but not harsh. Date and raisin are evident.

T: Caramel, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, rye whiskey. Great integration of the flavors. This is good right off the bat. Nicely blended. Date with raisin and prune. Earthy dried fruit with a subtle alcohol presence and a lower moderate level of bitterness. Very sweet throughout.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with alcohol warming.

Overall: Very good. I drank the bottle over two days and it tasted great both days.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 03:15:54 | More by HopHead84
Bois - Rye Whiskey Barrel from The Bruery
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