Bois Fumé
The Bruery

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English Old Ale
4.1 | pDev: 9.51%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: This rustic beer is the result of barrel aging a blend of our Anniversary, English-style old ale, with Smoking Wood, an imperial smoked rye porter. Bois Fumé, meaning 'Smoking Wood' in French, is pleasantly sweet with a dry, peaty finish.
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

A beautiful "mistake" by Bruery with the backstory of how this beer was created with a mistake of pulling of the beers into the other's fermenter.

The Smoking Wood takes a back seat of its smokiness, but still offers the roasted malt to help this brew out. In general, the Bois stands out this its rich sweetness, and the barrel of oak and vanilla shine through.

Not as incredible as Smokey and the Bois as the smoke is slightly hidden, but still a really incredible blend.

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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud.

Pours a decent fizzy head that fades very quickly, decent legs, pitch black beer.

Nose brings sweet candy malts, fudgey cocoa notes, caramel toffee, dark dried fruit is long gone, some but milder smoke, nutty toffee notes, candy like, dark choc notes.

Taste brings sweet candy malts, into big smoke, like campfire and Ardbeg peat smoke, candy caramel notes, toffee nutty notes, candy bar notes, etc, sweet syrupy, some booze heat. Finish has mild booze with mild candy sticky sweetness but semi dry, little candy, caramel and toffee, candy and mild bitter notes.

Mouth is thick syrupy, decent carb, hint of booze.

Overall good, I felt the smoke was a little out of place but still enjoyable and not as intense as I thought it would be.

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4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

ABV-killed loose tan over viscous black-brown. 4
Hot buttered rum with soy underneath. 4.25
Beef jerky, black rum, Muscavado, ash, cola, smoke, and Marmite. Vanilla creaminess as it warms. 4.5
Heavy, smooth, chewy. 4.25

Umami to the max, oak later as it opens. Big on sugar, but no heavy coffee or chocolate from the porter. Huge, but at 16%, what did you expect? Fairly epic. 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cooch69
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First Off Let me be the first(maybe) to say that this Beer is Better than Bois, but not as good as Smoking Wood.

This beer tasted more similar to Smoking Wood than it did Bois, and I like SW better so that may be the reasoning.

Dark brown pour with a decent head and lacing considering the 16.2 ABV.

Aromas of Charred Wood, Bourbon, Caramel, Dark Malts, chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and alcohol.

Taste is robust but not as much as it had the potential to be. Still this works in its favor by making it smoother and more sessionable. Only a 4.5 or 5 ounce sample was received but I feel 12 ounces of this would be near perfect.

Still not one bad beer yet tonight.

Good job Mr. Rue, keep the good beers coming!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Medium khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Lots of bourbon and oak. Light smoke. More brown sugar and caramel.

Taste - Some chocolate that quickly turns to caramel and brown sugar. Some light smokiness with the chocolate. Bourbon gets stronger and wood becomes even more dominant. Astringent and boozy as hell.

Mouthfeel - Extremely boozy. Very sweet. Rough.

Overall - Way over the top, but it's tasty.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of wordemupg
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 4/4/17, thanks Beersnake1 for the bottle

a darkest cola when held to the light, two fingers of foam fall in no time leaving no lace but some legs and some color stick to the glass

s more smoke then I was expecting, peaty smoke, very earthy, chewing tobacco, hard toffee, some cocoa, brown sugar, not a whole lot of wood.....well un-burnt wood anyways, just a hint of booze and that's impressive all things considered

T smoked chocolate, leather, peat is still very noticeable, nice mix of chocolate smoke, and caramel, slightly more booze then the nose but much less then one would expect, some spicy somethings hiding in the background

M has weight but nowhere as thick as I would've guessed, oily inside and sticky on the lips, numbs the lips just a little with some heat but fairly tame, chocolate and peat have some staying power

O a bit of an odd mix but it works fairly well, fairly smokey but that's not a bad thing at all, just caught me off guard

I'm not really sure why I'm surprised that "Smoking Wood" would smokey, I'm guessing Bois isn't making up 50% of this blend.....

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3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a snifter. The brew appears a dark brown to black color with a tan cap. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

It smells smokey almost like phenolic scotch/pete with vanilla and barrel. A touch of caramel and oak.

The taste is super smoked with a hint of pete and big alcohol. Mild vanilla oak rawness and some roast before some minerals and a meaty aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied, light carbonated offering. It has a big warming factor which is kinda surprising considering the 2 beers that went into the making of this dont seem that big by themselves. Im not sold that this is any better as a blend - i like the individual components of this more than the blended hodgepodge that this has become.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
16.2% ABV, "Best enjoyed fresh but may pleasantly evolve over time if cellared properly." 12/11/13

A - The fizzing sound of carbonation is surprising coming from the near pitch black beer. Its tall cap of khaki foam disappears rather quickly though, leaving a light ring of bubbles clinging to the glass' wall.

S - Warm bourbon heat dominates the nose with a charred oak barrel characteristic pulling forwards more than the bourbon itself, though slightly solventy alcohol does generate a nice tingle in the nostrils. Blackstrap molasses, burnt brown sugar, and dark chocolate evoke the sense of impending diabetes as wafts of gentle smoke rise from the warming beer.

T - Incredibly sweet burnt brown sugar crusts a molasses and bourbon-soaked nougat-filled dark chocolate candy bar that's sure to awaken the senses! The smooth bourbon is quite warm, bordering on boozy but it's charred oak works beautifully with just a pinch of smoke on the end.

M - Oddly enough, this beer doesn't seem nearly as carbonated as the fizzing sound on the pour made it seem. Smooth but very sweet, Bois Fumé is nearly cloying and syrupy but cut by dry alcohol - a very warm finish.

O - If you've experienced one of The Bruery's high octane stouts, or variations like Bois Fumé, you're probably no stranger to the strong sweetness associated with the majority of them but, Bois Fumé does a good job of distinguishing itself. This dark, sweet beer marries a subtle waft of smoke with the bourbon barrels' charred insides for a joyous matrimony of flavors that's sure to develop wonderfully over time - I'll be hanging onto my second bottle for a while.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Bois Fumé from The Bruery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 255 ratings