Bois - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Style:
Old Ale
ABV:
15%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 9.24%
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
1,188
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 22, 2022
Added:
May 14, 2013
Wants:
  115
Gots:
  512
SCORE
96
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Notes: The traditional fifth anniversary gift is something made of wood, or "Bois" in French.

Bois is our fifth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. A portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year's production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Bois is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.
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Rated: 4.25 by imperialking from Illinois

Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Type: 750-ml. bottle
Reviewed as: Old Ale
Glass: Ball 16-oz. mason jar
Price: $15.00
From: From a Facebook San Diego beer trading group
Purchased: Dec. 3, 2020
Consumed: Dec. 31, 2020
Misc.: Bottled on April 4, 2003; Gold waxed neck

Picked this out on a Facebook San Diego beer trading group from a guy that was trying to get rid of a bunch of stuff. Ended up paying $40 for five 22-oz. barrel-aged beers, including this for just $15. Online description read “Bois is our fifth anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. A portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year's production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Bois is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.” Seems like a great way to finish my New Year’s Eve night.

Poured a dark-to-very dark brown color with two fingers of khaki-tan frothy head. Pretty calm setting underneath with just a few noticeable bubbles. Below average watery lacing. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smelled chewy toffee, caramel, butterscotch, toasted oak, leathery tobacco, smooth bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, toasted oak, chocolate, brown sugar, sugary maple, molasses and hints of port wine. Much of the same from the bottle. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted about as good as the nose. In order got chewy toffee, caramel, butterscotch, boozy bourbon, toasted oak, leathery tobacco, date, fig, raisin, vanilla, toasted oak, brown sugar, sugary maple, sticky molasses and toasted brown bread. Didn’t quite taste 15 pct. ABV. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Sticky texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Really liked this one, which isn’t surprising considering it was from The Bruery. Underrated it slightly overall, but excellent. (Overall - 4.25)

4.33 | 96 | A
Jun 06, 2021
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Reviewed by ghostfacekilla69 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Really mellow with bourbon sweetness, Vanilla, butterscotch, and little sourness at the back balancing things out. Definitely a solo sipping dessert beer at heart, though. Overall, great beer that is dangerously smooth considering the abv.
Jul 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

May 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.49 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Mar 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.91 by brewskis from Indiana

Feb 22, 2020
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Rated by swid from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2013 bottle
Dec 15, 2019
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a wax topped bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: A cloudy viscous caramel/mahogany brown pour. Thin fizzy white head... modest ring of lacing.

S: Rich and sweet. Caramel, sugars, dark fruit, and toffee. Vanilla and booze.

T.F: Just like it smells. Rich and sweet up front. Loads of molasses and toffee... boozy and warming. Fig and raisin. Nice vanilla and bourbon from the barrel. Compliments the big sweet beer nicely. Thick and sticky on the tongue. Better as it warms.

O: A fantastic big, boozy, barrel aged Old Ale. 6 years in and this was still amazing.
Aug 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.46 by Eziel from Ohio

Jul 10, 2019
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Semi cloudy color with deep mahogany with medium to heavy bubbles creating an off-white head rising to just about half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Deep deep whiskey scent, it definitely improves as the beer warms up.

Taste: Complex toffee with hints of malt which offset it with a punch off light bitterness. A touch sweet but the bourbon used to age this beer is on another level. Personally I'm in lust.

Mouth: This is one sticky beer and with it's sweet finish you can put it down for a very very long time and the finish just lingers.

Overall: This brew design is nothing different but it is definitely a gem. It is a touch more complex than it's brethren and honestly it is very hard to keep the glass down. Grab again and again if you see it.
Dec 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.42 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Nov 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Gaddabble from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Sweet toffee/caramel, dark fruit, coconut, bourbon, alcohol. Some alcohol heat even after 5 years, but relatively smooth for 15% ABV. Flavors slightly muddled. Probably a little past its prime but still excellent. Definitely good to share as a whole bottle gets a bit diabeetus heavy by the end.
Jul 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

May 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spieglau BA glass.

Look is a hazy opaque brown with barely a sliver of head.

Aroma is sweet malt with a lot of oxidized dark fruits.

Absolutely amazing! I can't believe this beer is five years old. Incredibly amazing. Goes down super well. Nice snow day sipper.
Mar 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.37 by TrojanRB from Texas

Mar 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Toffee, caramel, figs, plum, oak, vanilla and booze. This is probably a bit past it's prime, as the flavors tasted oxidized. Lots of the sugars aged out. Finishes dry. Medium to medium thick bodied. Still pretty good.
Dec 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Dec 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Dec 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.52 by Rifugium from North Dakota

Oct 13, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Man these anniversary beers are huge and awesome. This is the 5th in the series? A very good beer, just not as good as Fruet (4th and possibly the best of them so far). Pours a dark brown. Looks like a lot of the Firestone Walker anniversary beers too. Blends. The head is tan, deep (1") and impressive. Aroma is super bourbon coming at you. Drowns all the other smells.

Taste, what a great sipper. Still hitting tons of bourbon and caramel notes throughout. I've described these as boozy liquid cracker jacks. Plenty of that burnt and roasted brown sugar throughout the mouth feel, its a big beer, but doesn't drink as big as you might be worried about. Vanilla also helps this drink easier than it should. Held its carbonation well, marshmallow in there too.

Classic stuff. Open a bottle on a special occasion, it ain't cheap.
Sep 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.41 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Aug 13, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The appearance was a super nice dark brown close to black color with a slightly half finger white to off white foamy head that concaves and leaves barely anything in the center of the brew. Holy Be-jeebers, actually, I believe I liked this show. The smell, whoah, how the hell do I explain this one. Okay, its a sort of a cherry to almond to oaky/woodiness and then leading onto a slightly vanilla sort of aroma all delicately packed together and inviting me towards a finer quality of leading me on and into the night of Memorial Day. The taste is sweet and oaky/woody and it leaves a fairly sweet vanilla-like quality of an aftertaste and then ends up leading to a semi-dry yet sweet but not watery finish. I say that because there’s something I had about this beer that seemed to show a fairly watery finish. No worries. On the palate, it sits about a medium to heavy on the body and shows a decent sessionable quality running about the mouth and tongue. The carbonation is decent for the Old Ale style and good for me as there’s just enough harshness pervading the tongue but not overbearing. Overall, in my opinion, this is actually an exceptionally well done Old Ale that I would more than worthy welcome again. Is it up there with Smuttynose’s Really Old Brown Dog Ale, which is actually one the best that I’ve tried to this date? Hmmm...well, to pay $30 to have this again, or ask for a Really Old Brown Dog Ale. I’ll take Smuttynose’s even though I haven’t had that in a super long time.
Jun 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.57 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

May 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.66 by WanderingFool from Massachusetts

Apr 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by rspauldi from Texas

Mar 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.05 by DTown from Illinois

Feb 13, 2017
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Bottled 4/10/13; drank 5/27/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Muddy brown/red appearance.

Minimal khaki head; almost no lace.

Raisin, brown sugar & a hint of booze heat in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Raisin, marshmallow, maple syrup & brown sugar flavors up front; mild booze heat emerged as this warmed. A sweet, tasty dessert treat.
Dec 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.26 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Dec 19, 2016
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Rated by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Dates, fig, maple, bourbon, caramel, molasses, toffee, port wine, very sweet
Dec 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Dec 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by shirtless_mike from Indiana

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Dec 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.29 by jams1220 from New Jersey

Sep 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by Rhyzy from Illinois

Aug 22, 2016
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Reviewed by 4thelvofbeer from Virginia

1.79/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1
This was terrible. Unfortunately, another overrated Bruery beer. I slightly chilled it, look was ok, pour with minimal head. All looked good, but then the taste...sweet, overboozed nastyness. Shared with two other drinkers who were pretty much of the same thoughts.....too sweet, too boozy, and just a real chore to choke down. We took a few sips hoping that letting it warm up would make it better, but it only made it worse as the slight chill was masking even more sweetness and nasty boozyness. Unfortunately, another beer from the Bruery that it massively overrated. Really hit or miss with these one-offs....some are pretty good, this one is awful!
Jul 30, 2016
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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
look: Not sure whether to call this very dark ruby, or dark mahogany. substantial tan head on the pour that recedes to a ring around the rim.
smell: Oh yea! Decadent, rich toffee, vanilla, butterscotch port. Bourbon soaked dark fruit.
taste: And the taste delivers what the nose promises. a little alcohol burn but after 3 years, this is pretty damn smooth. Bad-ass.
Jul 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Jun 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jun 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by capnamerica from Arkansas

Jun 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.26 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Jun 08, 2016
Bois - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
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