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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: 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.

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4.31
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27.84%
 
 
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Photo of n2185
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a murky brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweetness here: caramel, vanilla, brown and burnt sugar, and a little toffee. There are some oak notes and dark fruit underneath, but mostly it's a barrage of sweet smells.

T: sweetness dominates here as well. Caramelized sugar, caramel, vanilla, toffee, and brown sugar. Oak and sweet bread come through bsfore a moderately boozy finish.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet and a bit hot.

O: a good beer overall, but so sweet and boozy that it's difficult to drink more than a few ounces. I'm glad I could try it on tap and not have to tackle a whole or half a bottle.

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

750 ml (1 pint 9.4 fl oz.) bottle, with bottled on date 04/10/2013 printed on the side of the bottle. This is beer review #300 for me, so I'm breaking out this bad boy. Took the plunge, and managed to get the very last bottle at my local beer store for $30, my third beer from The Bruery. Exponentially stoked to be able to try this beer, expectations are as high as can be based on this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about a finger of quickly dissolving tan head, fading away to some bubbles. Body is a beautiful dark chestnut brown with some orange hues. Opaque; no light shines through, but it looks beautiful around the edges when held to the light.

S - Wow, what a phenomenal smelling beer. Big beautiful dark candied fruits: figs, dates, raisins, plums. Creamy earthy oak wood. Walnuts, almonds, chestnuts. Caramel malts. And just a hint of alcohol fumes. Reminds me in some ways of a fine wine.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark candied fruits (figs, plums, dates, raisins, & some tart chocolate covered cherries), earthy nutty walnuts & almonds, sweet syrupy caramel malts, burnt brown sugar, and some alcohol heat on the finish. Huge complexities arising from the oak wood characteristics; this is easily one of the most complex tasting beers I've ever had. Tons of subtle oak wood, vanilla & whiskey flavors with every sip.

M - Feel is heavy, sticky, and syrupy with some lingering alcohol heat, but that is to be expected. Goes down way smooth for being such a big beer. Perfect carbonation.

Overall, an intense monster of an ale. Not an endeavor to undergo lightly. This thing is packing some serious punch, in more ways than one. Big bottle, big flavor, big alcohol content. The enormous 15.00% abv is destined to doom me, but I can safely say that it is worth it, and was definitely worth paying $30 for at least one bottle, although it is probably not something I would do again. If you can still get this beer in your area, get it while you can. I look forward to the next annual release from The Bruery.

The Bruery Bois ---4.5/5

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Photo of FosterJM
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1772nd Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750ml
App- A very cloudy ruddy brown/red with high density. Not a head per se but some khaki bubbles. Decent stick as it slid down the glass.

Smell- Has a lot of malty sweet notes behind it. This was better than Fruet Got more of the Solera method down. Creamy raisins and vanilla without a trace of the booze. Has more of the oak/vanilla I wanted.

Taste- Still a bit young and fresh but incredibly drinkable. The ABV is completely hidden on this one. The flavor profile is more of a old ale again as well. Still a little bit of caramel with a large dark fruits note with zero burn. At cellar temp was quite easy to take down alone.

Mouth- A large medium body with a medium thick carbonation at points. Fruity residual with a touch of cream on it.

Drink- Its very tasty. I didnt like it as much as Fruet and I believe this one was good to go right from the start.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one before but got it again at Pint night at the Columbia Ale House. Got it and Sucre at same time to do side by side comparison. Excellent looking beer, Bois is slightly darker than Sucre but Sucre wins on smell with a slightly richer smell then Bois. The taste to me is very similar, Bois wins out slightly because it is just a bit smoother with less bite from the alcohol. Overall this is a world class beer and one of my all-time favs. Only ding was in smell, and that is probably just because I was comparing it to Sucre which was slightly better.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright iridescent auburn coloring poured a bit cloudy and supported a thin layer of loose knit bubbles.

Dried fruits hit the nose but then a rush of chocolate, toffee, and caramel hit next. What's exciting is that it is all surrounded by a strong maple aroma that blends with all the aromas.

The taste is so creamy with a light butter and brown sugar. The dried fruit presence is light but I get prunes, dates and raisin. Then chocolate, toffee(which was strongest), and maple all rush in for a vastly complex and ethereal experience.

The feel is full and creamy as well, with a slight thickness and a completely hidden 15 pct ABV.

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Photo of ADZA
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to mrkennedy for this, pours dark murky brown hue, little head and rim of lacing,nose is boozy butterscotch with sweet bourbon,full feel with light carbonation,tastes are boozy bittersweet butterscotch that finishes with a sweet bourbon oakiness snd overall a top drop thats aged so well definately the right time to drink it cheers.

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Photo of pkalix
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

yep. that's it. burnt sugar. kind of toffee-like, caramel-y, sweet. barrel, wood. very smooth. very boozy, but not in a 4-loco boozy kind of crap way. this is nice. as Matt said yesterday when we had it on tap at the bruery, it's like a 'shot', instead of a beer. he's a Blue Moon guy. he struggled with the tart Hottenroth... so yeah... and he probably has never had anything above 6% before. I schooled him though by taking him to Noble, Valiant and The Bruery...
no head, no lacing, no carbonation. it just sits there waiting for you to take a sip. medium feel, medium heaviness. light mahogany color. the smell is the taste.
hard to rate the 'appearance' when this is so typical of these types of brews but it is a beautiful color and, although it does just 'sit there' it has a powerful, majestic look to it.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Darkish brown with a foamy light brown head. Some light shines through, but pretty dark.

S- Tons of sweet bourbon, coconut, caramel, slight nutty aroma too. Very nice.

T- Sweet bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, honey, burnt sugar. Very deep and complex.

M- Medium carbonation, full bodied, warming alcohol presence, lingering aftertaste.

O- Excellent beer. Tremendous depth and complexity.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark, rich brown/black with hints of ruby as light hits the edges. Minimal head that dissipates quickly.

S: Big caramel and toffee aroma. Lots of alcohol and sweetness. Hints of wood, leather and tobacco notes follow.

T: Wow, this is a big, boozy sweetness bomb. I guess I shouldn't be surprised with it coming from the Bruery. Lots of caramel notes, brown sugar, vanilla, and a punch of alcohol heat. Deep, complex leather and tobacco notes follow. Not bad, just way, way too sweet.

M: A bit thin, but creamy. Very hot. Nicely carbonated.

O: This is a big, complex beer. Decent, but it needs to sit a while. I'm looking forward to trying to try some of the other variants for sure.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours some extremely creamy head that is lightly tan, and dissipates unusually quickly. The beer itself is a reddish brown that is opaque. The beer has a slight wine appearance to it despite it being a beer.

The beer has strong caramel noted and very deep vanilla scents from the barrel. The smell has a slight alcohol note to it as well, but it is somewhat faint. The beer also has a dark fruit note that comes off as a raisin, but it is quickly overwhelmed by the caramel and vanilla notes. The beer taste is similar to the smell. Strong caramel notes mixed with smooth vanilla. In addition to the caramel, the malts also have a slight toffee taste. The alcohol also makes a much stronger appearance in the taste, and gives off a slight wine taste. The fruits are also more prominent, and not just raisin. In the taste, some funk from the yeast is noticeable , and blends well with the alcohol taste. The malts also gives off a light toast taste that is barely noticeable. Also, the beer has some burnt sugar notes.

The mouthfeel is very, very smooth with a slight alcohol burn at the end. The beer ends with a very dry, and bitter finish. The carbonation is very little, and has a very tiny bite. Overall, this beer is a very, very good, and very complex old ale. The beer slightly resembles a slightly carbonated, and sugary wine.

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Photo of Chaney
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My wife and I celebrated our 5th wedding Anniversary recently and this was our brew of choice. Nice idea, huh?

Served in some gourmet, foo-foo, super expensive wine glasses.

A: Poured pretty much a deep, rich, leather-like brown maroon color, without much head to speak of. In the BBA world, that's not a factor anyway.

S: Super raison and bourbon-like with a tapered off sweetness that hit the snout just the right way. Molasses, dates, crushed Flintstone Vitamins can all be found here.

T: OMG. First off, I couldn't believe how smooth this was. Hell, even my beer-hating wife absolutely loved this. The bourbon washed over the dark fruit, giving it so much friggin dimension. You could actually taste every ingredient individually. Remarkable!

M: The sweet elements rolled off the tongue, inviting me to come back for more and more. Of course the carbonation was low, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

O: With best new beer of 2013. As a matter of fact, it was the best one of 2012, 2011, and 2010 as well. My highest recommendation!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger frothy cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. Lacing is thick but sticks close to the head. Oily legs. Real nice.

Nose is sweet booze. Molasses, brown sugar, caramel and oak. Deep and enticing.

Opens molasses, honey, dark plum and prunes. Brown sugar, leather and booze in the middle. Oak, caramel, toffee, and more molasses at the finish. Ends sweet and hot with a sweet, caramel and molasses aftertaste. Solid.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down hot and sticky. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste that coats the mouth. A touch thin.

Pretty par for the course for a Bruery Anniversary big. Big and bold with accented sweet flavors. Pretty straightforward but still enjoyable.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown color along with a small soapy-foamy beige head that left a touch of lacing throughout. The aroma was intensely boozy with prominent alcohol head radiating from it and elements of molasses, caramel, wood, and a vanilla-coconut combination. The flavor was bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, coconut, and dark fruits - very boozy which made me wish I let this bottle sit for awhile. Long finish of toffee, dark fruits, caramel and coconut. Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation. I have the Bois variants (brandy, bourbon, and rye) so I am quite excited to try these out, however, I am going to let those bottles sit until later this year to let off some of the heat I experienced from this base beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bois pours a dark amber color with a nice large creamy lacing head. There is a strong aroma with alcohol notes, a sharp malt bite, and an overall scotch like aroma. The taste was much the same, sharp malt flavors, a kick form the alcohol, a bit sour, and scotch like flavors. Good full flavors, bold feel, and easy to drink. Overall a very complex and excellent beer.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this large bomber bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a brownish hue with amber highlights and a tan head that lasts forever ending in a wispy lace and not trail.

S: Syrup malt aroma with some oak and dark fruit scents.

T: Strong alcoholic burn with a malty syrup flavor and complex dark fruity flavor.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation

O: Great brew – lots of complex flavors and aromas.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery is becoming king of the "Big Beer" and this beer is no different.

The head on this one is an inch and a half of toasted bread soft tan. There really is a lot of carbonation for a 15% brew, but it is very bubbly and the head fades quickly leaving just a skim and no lace to speak of. Body is a deep root beer brown with a considerable murky feel to it.

The nose immediately speaks to my heart with big rich Bourbon tones all over. Buttered toffee, carmel and molasses are all very present. Definitely smells sweet.

Enters the mouth just as expected... sweet, but not overly so. Dark fruits dance with raisin bread and rum cake. A hint of sour fruit twang hits the back of the taste buds as you take repeat sips. There is nice balance here for how big and rich it is. So much complexity with the dark fruit, big alcohol, bready sweetness and even a bit of tartness. This one is definitely a sipper.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant, thick but not heavy. A perfect after dinner beer. A wonderfully complex monster of a brew.

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Photo of Amalak
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I had at Torst in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A. It is black with a red and tan head with some lacing.
S. so heavy and lovely. A lot of malt, cherry and alcohol.
T/m. This is lovely. Even of the tap it tastes like an aged beer. It's strong and full bodied, but it is a great barley wine.
O. So good but very strong.

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Photo of Damian
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz wax dipped bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
04/11/13
Served in a tulip

Muddy brown appearance. The beer poured slightly thin for something of this magnitude. A wispy, frothy film topped the liquid and quickly dissipated to a lasting, bubbly ring.

The aroma was outstanding. Super sweet and bourbony, but not overly boozy. Loads of fresh vanilla bean. Had I not known, I might have assumed that this was a vanilla-infused beer. Tons of oak/wood. Intense dark fruit notes. Quite plummy and prune-like. Lots of maple and brown sugar sweetness as well.

The booziness was very prominent in the flavor profile and almost overshadowed everything else initially. Brown sugar and dark fruit notes came through strong on the front end. Raisins, plums and prunes were quite apparent. Lots of sweet caramel and toffee notes. Maple and vanilla appeared in the center. Slightly spicy. Boozy, bourbony notes hit hard in the dry, woody, slightly tannic finish. As the beer sat, the alcohol presence subsided a bit and more of the subtle flavors came forth.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Surprisingly thin for a 15% ABV beer. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid was slightly sticky and contained a fine, zippy effervescence.

As its name implies, Bois has an immense amount of woody/oaky character. While the aroma was spectacular, the flavor profile was somewhat overwhelmed by the huge alcohol presence. I would love to revisit this in another year or so and see if the booziness has decreased at all.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared among many snifter glasses

Dark, murky brown/deep red body with a thin carbonation level across the top that fades quickly

The scent is a bourbon punch in the face that rounds out a bit to get some sweetness along the lines of deep fruits almost akin to a red wine.

Oak, vanilla, dried red fruits, with loads of bourbon and brown sugar. This is a perfect after dinner drink given the booze that isn't particularly well disguised and a definite sweetness. Coming across very much like a barleywine to me. This beer will likely improve with age as that bourbon heat should calm somewhat. An enjoyable beer but 4-5 oz was plenty for me in one sitting given the alcohol level and the heat that it produces on the nose and taste.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a murky muddy mahogany with a nice thing and dense quarter inch head that is cream in color. Seems pretty thick on the pour.

Nose is amazing. Boozy heat that is then enveloped by some great dark fruit sweetness and some nice caramel and molasses notes. Heavy notes of butterscotch and caramel mixed in with some nice Bourbon notes. Slight vanilla and wood notes balance out the sweetness that then comes back near the end of the finish to entice you even more. So complex and fruity.

The flavor as expected is true to the nose. Starts off with heat as expected with some nice molasses, slightly burnt caramel notes off extreme sweetness with subtle roast. This brew is pretty complex but since its fresh and its 15% there is definitely some heat. As the brew warms the complexity opens up even more. There are leathery notes that offsets the sweetness and then the sweetness come back and punches you in the face. Whiskey and spirit soaked prune and raisin notes come to mind. There is even some chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate notes that I can pick up on as well as some pineapple. The sweet fruit notes even have a slight sour fruit component that is barely noticeable. The body is full and the ABV is up there. Silky and smooth and oily mouthfeel to begin with. Then the brew gets a bit thiner and warmer. Even the mouthfeel is complex!

Overall a very complex brew that is pretty strong but has some delicious well crafted flavor. Each flavor speaks for itself but works well with others. Even the ones I can't pick up on.

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Photo of Houser
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really brown, like opaque brown except around the edges. smell is boozy, brown sugar, molasses really sweet. booze dominates, but the dark fruits show as well. taste is awesome. i love these ba old ales. they just work so well together, and bruery does it right. so many complex flavors and carbed perfectly, not flat, but good carbonation style considering. great beer!

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark caramel color and opaque. It has a viscous and flat appearance.

Huge boozy notes of bourbon... Oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee.

The cloying sweetness is just too much. It's boozy as hell, but I can appreciate that. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla with just a touch of dry wood.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and sugary sweet. Very thick.

This was just way too sweet for my liking. The flavor profile was nice, but fighting through even as pint was a chore. That, combined with the price point, makes me suggest pass on it.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle has smells of dark fruits, toffee, leather, carmelized sugar, bouron, and vanilla.

Tastes much the same with a little bit of musty wood. The bourbon is more noticeable in the nose than the taste, but either way, it provides a little more heat than flavor.

Slight syrupy thickness.

It is still a pretty boozy beer, but not as much as some other Bruery stuff.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Bruery poured into taster. Deep brown color with a fleeting tan head that vanished. Some streaky legs, though. Aroma is toffee, bourbon, vanilla, wood, dark fruits, and booze. Taste is similar with roasty malts and brown sugar sweetness heavy up front. A tiny bit of woody/nutty bitterness comes through. There’s some nice alcohol warming, too. Medium-full bodied, slick textured, low-moderate carbonation, boozy finish.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: into the center of a large snifter, deep mahogany brown beer with a thin foam on top; slid down inside the glass without a trace

S: a face-full of bourbon soaked fruit; dank, rich malt sugars and whiskey

T: carrying over from what you smell, rich chewy fruits are presented - like raisins, figs, dates, and plums; sweetness of fruit accompanies, in addition to brown cane sugar and toffees; airs of wood and whiskey hover over the palate; hints of spices and even some heat as the alcohol asserts itself, bring even more depth to the drink

M: medium weight, slight tackiness/stickiness, minor coating, faint drying on finish

O: I've been a real fan of old ales, bourbon barrel beer, and The Bruery's anniversary ales, so its no surprised I dug this. One of those beers you folks with discipline will age for years - this thing'd be insane for those purposes - but then maybe you shouldn't be reading this, because I contend this beer is amazing immediately, too! A typically strong take on the style, complemented perfectly by barrel aging.

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Bois from The Bruery
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