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Bois - American Oak Barrel - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

140 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 36
Gots: 73 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 05-29-2013)
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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A-Very deep ruby, some carbonation and not much head.

S-Lots of oak, smoky, beef jerky, campfire-almost reminds me of a smoked beer.

T-Starts similar to the nose with lots of wood (which partially throws of the balance) and then more of the smoke beef jerky life flavors. As it warmed some dark fruits cam through.

M-Medium to heavy in bodied with some carbonation.

O-A good beer, not sure if it warrants the price and the worst of the variants.

rlee1390, Dec 17, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 4/22/13. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a familiar russet hue, opaque in the center but showing mahogany highlights under the light. A decent finger and a half sandy head that lingers a bit and leaves a few specks of lace.

Aromas of hot boozy oak, faint dark fruit, sugars and earthy spice. Overall more subdued than other variants, almost dominated by that woodsy barrel.

Familiar flavors of plums, dates, molasses, toffee and mild vanilla under a heavy oak barrel blanket. Lots of woodsy oak, buttery, sugar, spicy and a hefty wallop of alcohol.

Oily medium heavy feel with a tad more carbonation than other variants. Dryer and lighter. Boozy oak chips and liquer soaked dark fruit finish.

Not bad. This seems less sweet but it may just be more white sugar than brown sugar.I suspect I'd have a better opinion if I hadn't tried the bourbon and brandy variants which are both more to my liking. Still overall enjoyable and I'm glad to have another that I can lay down for a few years.

ThickNStout, Sep 09, 2013
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Bois - American Oak Barrel from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.