Bois - American Oak Barrel - The Bruery
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Reviews by siege06nd:
4.23/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Reviewing this one for realz. Poured into a hefty DFH snifter...
A. Chestnut brown with touches of ruby in the light. Murky and impenetrable. A good half finger of tan head emerges and sustains throughout the session. Lacing is also finely beaded and consistent. A burly brew.
S. Classic old ale, with overripe stone fruits, tobacco, toasted cashew, caramelized brown sugar, toasted bread, raisins, cherries, and toffee. A spectacularly complex nose that recalls a different scent every time the aroma wafts up from the class. The oak aging is very subtle here, with the spicy and earthy notes of the wood just barely making themselves known within the context of the other aromas in the bouquet. A decadent and delicious nose on this one.
T. Big doses of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, and toffee. Pretty solid tannic backbone from the wood aging also. All of this is rounded out with a big kiss of booze. She's a ringer at 15%. Not quite as complex as the nose suggested, but still quite excellent. The oak aging is much more apparent here than in the nose, with a fairly prominent drying character all around.
M. It's boozy, a little too much so. It's also quite sweet. These qualities are characteristic of The Bruery's big beers to the point that it's predictable. You certainly know what you're getting into after you've tried a few of their bigs. The finish has just a little too much burn for my taste, detracting from some of the other flavors and leaving each sip somewhat unresolved.
O. This is a fantastic old ale. The oak aging adds a nice dimension and stands up well against the other very bold flavors. The nose is also complex, decadent, and one of the finest in the Old Ale category I have encountered. The Bruery has a good thing here, and I understand why they continually revisit it. Where this one loses a few points, and it's true of most big Bruery beers, is the tendency of the booze and residual sugar to overwhelm the flavor profile. "Overwhelm" is probably too harsh a word, but it does step off the line a little more than it should. That said, it's an enjoyable drink. Not a bottle you will want to put down by yourself (assuming you are even physically capable of doing so), but certainly something you can enjoy with a friend (or two) or enjoy over the course of a couple of nights. The Bruery anniversary beers have been a special event for many years now...American Oak Bois is no different. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 01:07:27 | More by siege06nd
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3.94/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I appreciate Stakem sharing this with me, enjoyed in a small tulip.
the color is dark brown with light haze and visibly carbonated with light ring of beads but no head. The smell has a big wood aroma -dry toast scent with light charred odor and slight malt sweetness with mild raisin odor. The feel is very good, full vinous and tannic with medium carbonation and slight woody tannin througout with drying alcohol in the finish.
The taste is interesting with wod playing a big part up front and malt with light toasted flavor following and caramel from the malt is nice with mild woody tannic taste and lots of alcohol giving the flavor a drying effect as it finishes. The wood is strong yet still doesn't hinder the flavor of the base it does not necessarily blend well though. Overall I enjoyed this -not as good as rye or bourbon but nice wood flavor, pretty awesome consider the strength. This is a lot better than most that utilize raw wood.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2014 14:57:04 | More by Slatetank
3.63/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle pours a mahogany color that is clouded with a fairly firm tan cap. It displays a head more prominent than the other versions and a swirl reinforces the visuals with legs of alcohol that stick and fade down the sidew of the glass.
The aroma of this varient is similar to that of cinnamon toothpicks. It is raw and woody with a bit of raisony appeal and a solid booze inclusion. The raw oak comes off quite tannic and too spicy in my opinion.
The taste reinforces the raw oak and tannic feel of the virgin barrel. Notes of cinnamon spice are prevalent before the onset of booze. Like the aroma, this one is raisony with a tangy finish before going back to the raw/harsh oakiness.
This is a medium bodied brew with relatively light carbonation but in comparison to the other treatments it has slightly more life in the feel. It was very distinct with its raw oaky feel and paired well as a basis of comparison verse 3 other treatments. Overall this was not as bad as I was expecting it to be (I normally dislike raw barrel character.) Having said that, it still was my least favorite of the 4 iterations sampled.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2014 14:55:18 | More by stakem
Bois - American Oak Barrel from The Bruery
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