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Bois - American Oak Barrel - The Bruery

Not Rated.
Bois - American Oak BarrelBois - American Oak Barrel

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very good

21 Reviews
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Reviews: 21
Hads: 170
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 24.2%
Wants: 31
Gots: 76 | FT: 14
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: largadeer on 05-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to Rocket80 for sharing this one.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, alcohol, and slight wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee syrup flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some rich aromas and flavors, but I am not getting a strong wood presence with this treatment.

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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown amber. Small off-white head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Booze. Caramel. Brown sugar. A little fruity.

Taste - It's much oakier here. Oak throughout. Caramel up front. Not as sweet as I thought. The booze, oak, and oxidation combine to give it a sherry flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy, but not as heavy as I thought. Medium low carbonation,

Overall - Without the bourbon, this isn't as exciting. Still a decent beer, though.

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Cellar temp into a beautiful Oerbier stemmed tulip.

A - medium brown with a slight red hue, thick off white head, thicker than other variants.

S - Fairly clean at first. Seasoned oak. Seriously, it is like sticking your head into an oak barrel that has been affected by a slightly spicy old ale. Malts are more evident than in variants, sweetness is remarkably subdued. Nutmeg? Some sort of similar spice comes through after it breathes a bit.

T - Spiced and malty wood comes through, boozy and unsweetened dark fruits, only a tad bit of dryness on the finish that also takes on some heat to the tongue. After a bit, there is a nutmeg spice that comes through and reminds me of pumpkin pie. Just like in the aroma.

M - Fairly thick.

O - This is my favorite of the variants as of them being fresh, and I'd honestly anticipated the exact opposite. The oak literally guides the great base flavors through a favorable experience without any immense sweetness evident in the others. I'll buy more. I doubt much improvement will be seen with age, but I don't think it will be terrible in 10 years. It reminds me in many ways of the Papier variants, but with carbonation and more complexity....and obviously x15,000 less rareness.

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Pours a hazy mahogany hue with surprisingly solid head retention and clinging lace. Heavy American oak presence on the nose - woody, spicy, earthy. Plenty of rich toffee sweetness, though it's decidedly more balanced and less sweet than the bourbon barrel version. The palate is similarly oak-heavy, very spicy and woody, with huge tannins. The base beer is rich and sweet enough to balance the American oak barrel, just barely. Big toffee and burnt sugar notes pop out mid-palate, leading into a drying earthy finish. This is an interesting variant of the anniversary series; the new American oak barrels do a lot to balance out the sweetness.

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Bois - American Oak Barrel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.