Bois - Brandy Barrel-Aged
The Bruery

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English Old Ale
4.35 | pDev: 7.59%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of DVMin98
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer hits every right spot for me. Perfect carbonation, perfect amount of barrel, not too boozy. Great brandy flavor. Super apple-y. This was my 1457th beer and perhaps one of my top ten ever. I hope they release more of this in their archive sales. I will buy all I can.

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Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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 HopHead84
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Bottle into a Bruery snifter.

A: Dark reddish brown with a substantial frothy reddish beige head rising an inch above the liquid. It looks creamy as if sits there for a few minutes.

S: A decadent nose, as expected, with caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. Oak attempts to push back the sweetness, but it barrels ahead, undeterred, with a harmonious barrage of brown sugar and port-like dark fruit notes that lays waste to the hollow defenses. The wood's spirit is broken, but its redolence lingers. There are notes of grape and plum skins with a bit of prune in there as well. An alcohol sting penetrates the nostrils.

T: Plum blends with grape, chocolate, caramel, leather, and oak. Tobacco is a welcome addition. There's an upper low to lower medium level of bitterness that blends with oak and tannins, and this helps to offset the sweetness a bit. There's that same dark fruit skin note here that I found in the nose and it augments the impression of bitterness. The finish is brown sugary sweet with caramel, port notes, bitter unripe plum skins, and oak.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with alcohol warming. This is tannic and dry as well.

Overall: A nice beer. I think some time will allow the bitterness and alcohol to fade a bit and the flavors to meld. It's quite good now, but I'll save my other bottle for another year as I expect it to improve.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a murky muddy affair not unlike Melange 3, or the other anniversary beers for that matter. It has a gentle head that has a beatuiful "coffee in the garbage disposal" turbid gurgle to it that lets you know that shit is about to get real. The lacing tries its best but the clear sheeting wipes the slate clean like an incriminating etch a sketch pretty quickly.

The taste presents a toasty char, fig, caramelized dates, there is an after dinner port/sherry aspect to this that is like a quad taking n0x and getting lats blasting like bat wings. The taste is ridiculously barrel forward and leaves a wafty almond/fusel aspect to it that piggy backs behind the sweet notes with a stern authority. You aren't afraid of detention, but when the brandy barrel kicks in you know you are about to be suspended as fuck and your liver is gonna be stopsign red.

In all honesty, this is not some massive session beer that you can rock hard and put away wet. This beer will dominate your palate, push other beers to the backseat and make you file a cell transfer request to the tastebud warden. If you can put away a bottle of this, you can join the club of underlying alcoholism, your secret is safe with me. In summary, this is extreme, yet refined, boozy, yet addicting. I killed the entire bottle but other vagina mouths will likely complain about things they don't know about. If you are one of those "modified pullup" drinkers that cant handle BCBS fresh, put this away for 9 months and leave the rest of us out of your unmerited complaints.

a very good beer.

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3/5  rDev -31%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Resuin
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a big snifter. This was bottled on 04/17/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby/brown and leaves a nice big finger of off-white/light tan head.

Smell: Big brandy, oak, plums, sweet figs, black cherries, molasses, vanilla. Very complex and lots of sweet flavors in the aroma.

Taste: Nice - not as overly sweet as I was expecting after the smell: Plums, brandy, black cherries, finishes smooth with oak and some more brandy. Still quite sweet, but definitely not overbearing to me. Nice, complex, balanced profile.

Mouth-feel: Relatively low carbonation (but definitely enough) with a medium to heavy, creamy body. Alcohol is really well masked by the sweetness.

Overall: This is a great, big beer. Lots of complex flavors in both the aroma and taste. This is better balanced than I was expecting and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Bois - Brandy Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 264 ratings