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Smokey And The Bois | The Bruery

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BA SCORE
4.32/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels with Vanilla Beans & Cacao Nibs. Collaboration with Rare Beer.

A careful blend of Black Tuesday (a much-coveted, bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout), Smoking Wood (an imperial rye porter, offering malts smoked with beech- and cherrywood), and Bois (an exceptional, bourbon-barrel-aged old ale). This exclusive release also uses Nacional cacao nibs from Mindo Chocolate Makers, a bean-to-bar chocolatier who works directly with Ecuadorian growers.

Aroma on this is quite generous: vanilla, almond, powdered doughnuts, cotton candy. Notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, and smoke are met by mellowing influences like crème brûlée and milk chocolate. A warming integrated vein of alcohol provides a nice lift. The finely bubbled, and relatively subtle, CO2 adds just enough extra texture for everything to present itself fully.

Color, a deep, chocolate brown lightens to a cola color, a maple-syrup-ness at the edge. From Black Tuesday's contributions: char, burnt caramel, bitter chocolate. Those are matched with the layered, caramel-y richness this gets from Bois, adding heavily detailed core notes of toffee, nougat, and the caramelized sugars that serve as a crucial note for this beer. Then that third blending, the Smoking Wood, adds in softer bittering elements from its beechwood- and cherrywood-smoked malts.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
252
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
68
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 252 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rypkr
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

RIP Burt Reynolds.

2014 vintage

L - teku pour. Paper thin. Looks like coca cola. 1 finger fizzy head that lasted less time than it took to load ba.com

S - classic bruery. Big sticky sweet sugar/alcohol. Dates, plums, raisins, caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, light peat smoke, ocean water (strangely), and more alcohol.

T - Alcohol! And then LEATHER, equal parts peat smoke and wood smoke. Cherry taste is very big as in most big bruery beers but it's somewhat clouded by the iodine like peat smoke.

It's more one dimensional than I hoped. It's hot, peaty and less flavorful than most of their offerings. I enjoy it, but it's not on par with their more renowned offerings.

F - slick, oily, thin but sugary. Carbonation still big 4 years later. Hot. Very, very hot. If beers indeed do "mellow out" with time I'd be scared to drink this fresh.

O - it's hard to rate a beer with this much flavor and punch less than slightly above average (isnt average like a deschutes fresh squeezed?). That being said I'm let down by the bruery with this beer. I'm giving this a 4.25 but that's only because I'm rounding up from 4.13

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sometimes you read about a beer and think oh man, this is gonna be like drinking shit, but then your reality hits expectations right in the mouth. Pours a dark color in between Black Tuesday and the dark anniversary series. Brown head on the top, 1/4". Aroma had a little bit of everything, the bourbon, the smoke, the vanilla, the drizzled caramel and toffee cracker jack like notes.

Taste, wow, I actually like this! At the time, I was anti anything Smoking Wood, it just wouldn't go away, every month, some new Smoking Wood beer, variant etc. . . This covered the alcohol well and the sum of its parts was nice, the vanilla helped chill the excessive smoke out. Very layered, chocolate, caramel, smoke, roast, charred oak and other woods, bourbon, vanilla, you name it.

I mean, this beer is strong as shit, but enjoyable to drink. And I totally thought I would hate it. Shows what I know.

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Photo of stakem
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from the Bruery and cellared 3 years prior to consuming. The brew appears black in color with a brown head that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is roasty and smokey with an earthen feel almost anise-like with chocolate, caramel and vanilla.

Taste brings the smoke with earth and roastiness with plenty of booze, dustiness, caramel and vanilla.

Full body with modest carbonation. Pretty decent stuff. The smokiness helps to cut the monotony of booze/sweetness but at 3 years old this is still a little rough around the edges.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at a tasting a ways back, from notes…I think I got this bottle from billverstien
Dark cola liquid, bourbon galore, cinnamon out of nowhere? Not the smoke I was expecting, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, caramel all over, some leather and I’d never guess this was 16.2%

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of cvm4
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a black coffee body with little to no head. What head that did appear was medium khaki in nature. Not really any retention to the head or lacing on the glass.

S - Overall smell of bourbon with vanilla entrenched. Definitely Black Tuesday dominate with sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Mild smokey aroma on the back.

T - Dark fruits intertwined with chocolate and vanilla along with a mild smokey backbone.

F - On the light side of full bodied with low carbonation. Velvety and creamy mouthfeel. Obviously, with the abv there is some heat.

O - Fantastic beer here! It's everything I'm looking for: complex, boozy and decadent.

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Photo of SimcoeKid
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of suckaj
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mbw314
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Svyturys30
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MaineBeerDinner
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: dark brown, khaki head non persistent
S: bourbon on the nose with molasses, fig and notes of burnt wood
T: tootsie roll, heavy smoke, brown bread, bourbon
F: heavy, lasting taste, lingering smoke to a fault
Distinct, distinctive for the anniversary but not something I'd want the same of often

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Photo of JoshBrews
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stillyman11
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eiwatts9
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jason3125
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Intlpostman
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer with a finger of semi dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and hints of smoke. Slight dark fruits and toffee as well.
T: Taste is chocolate and dark fruits mingling with coffee and vanilla. slight smoke and a little booziness. More dark chocolate and smoke. Swallow is bourbon barrel and booze with some vanilla and caramel with some lingering smoke and coffee.
M: thick and creamy on the palate with soft but adequate carbonation and a semi-dry finish
O: This is a monster of a beer and it's absolutely fantastic. The flavors are all top notch and the complexity of the blend is unreal. It's a little boozy but it's also over 16% ABV. It's tasting great right now but it will be interesting to see what another year or two does to my remaining bottles.

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Photo of Btip1969
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KAP72
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Smoky with a lot of barrel aged flavor. Vanilla flavor is masked by rest of flavors in beer. Cocoa blends with barrel aged beer into one cohesive BA bad ass beer.

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Photo of kidzord
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KAP1356
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Smokey And The Bois from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 252 ratings