Bois - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by OBeerMeGreatOne on 05-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
158
Ratings:
1,341
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gaddabble
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.

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Photo of bdiiorio
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
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.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
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.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WanderingFool
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of DTown
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
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

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Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shirtless_mike
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jams1220
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
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!

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