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Bois - Brandy Barrel | The Bruery

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4.34/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SubpoenaDeuces on 05-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
261
pDev:
7.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Photo of KAP1356
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep murky brown, big dark dried fruits (dates & raisins in particular) on the nose, caramel, toffee, vanilla as well. Big brandy right up front on the taste, but in a mature not too sweet kind of way, finishes smooth with hints of vanilla and caramel. At almost four years old, this has held up extremely well, and dare I say improved. Bodes very well for the others in set I have sitting in the cellar.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 4/17/13; drank 8/8/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Murky brown/purple appearance.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Brandy, raisin, caramel & booze heat notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Rich raisin, caramel & oak flavors; booze heat emerged as this warmed. Sweet caramel settled on my lips over the course of the session. Pretty much everything you could ask for from an Old Ale.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Poured into a gigantic snifter to a deep brown beer that is topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing.
S: Smells of brandy, dark fruits, toffee, and a little booze
T: Taste is brandy, a little wood, dark fruits, and toffee. The booze is well hidden and some nice grape notes come in at times as well. The swallow on this one is more brandy and wood, grapes, dark fruit and toffee.
M: This beer is full and silky in the mouth with soft but adequate carbonation and a dry finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this beer is incredible. It's extremely drinkable for the ABV and the brandy barrel aging is a really nice twist on things that really complements the base beer. It would be nice for them to re-do this one.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.21/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Disgustingly sweet. Too hot with brandy. Tangy in a bad way.

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Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of peensteen
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Three years' aged. armen's bottle. Brandy wine character over all. Malt in finish. Alcohol well hidden Reddish tinge. Smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of yankeepride
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, mahogany body with a thin khaki hued collar. Aroma of sweet wine, port, brandy, oak. Similar flavor. Soft carbonation. High alcohol throughout. Sweet. Tasty, though best in small doses.

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Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rothobinide
4.86/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of halo3one
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeff1973
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mbw314
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally get to crack this one open! 2013 Anniversary bottle. Pours with exceptional carbonation but head dissipates fairly quickly. I suspect that age has done its damage to the barrel as the brandy is subtle at this point; however, at 15% ABV it is a sipper nonetheless.

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

Barrel-aging perfection.
So much delicious brandy mixes with the base of their anniversary beer with its caramel, toffee and vanilla notes. The brandy isn't too boozy but this is a slow sipper to be enjoyed on a special occasion. One of my favorites. A great body that appears like a candy-like old ale/barley wine and big whifs of brandy and sugars till the end. Semi-sweet with smooth texture. Much easier to drink than the regular Bois or Sucre.

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Photo of MattVerbin
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this iteration of the Anniversary series and would love the Bruery to do more with Brandy. Huge fan of how everything blended together for a unique flavor that I thought was even better than the standard Bourbon barrel aged Bois. Lost Abbey's Deliverance beer (only partially aged in Brandy) had been my favorite Brandy barrel aged beer to date until now. Would pick up more of this in a heartbeat.

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

Tasted as part of a horizontal of all 5 Bois treatments.

Similar appearance to the rest, thick dark brown. The barrel treatment really shines here. It's sweet and fruity; the standout of the set and the only one I could imagine opening a bottle at home to split with my wife.

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Bois - Brandy Barrel from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 261 ratings
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