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Bois - Brandy Barrel | The Bruery

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Bois - Brandy BarrelBois - Brandy Barrel

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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.

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 257
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of dvmin98
5/5  rDev +15.5%
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 SubpoenaDeuces
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of HopHead84
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
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 DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SanFranJake
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of gibgink
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of catboy
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of striker2160
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of timc100
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours darker than the bourbon varient - dark murky ruby/dark brown, minimal to zero beige head. Aroma of huge brandy - dark fruits, apple skin, cherry, booze - some of the dank mustiness of the old ale as well as some cocoa. Strong boozy oak and some vanilla. Taste is very vibrant - strong brandy fruits, vanilla, caramel, molasses and some chocolate - more impressive than the aroma. Mouthfeel is perfect - full, creamy little-to-no carbonation.

Outstanding. Very different from the bourbon and drinking wonderfully right now.

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Photo of Beerontwowheels
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of brother_rebus
3.21/5  rDev -25.9%
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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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 Hessian257
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

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Bois - Brandy Barrel from The Bruery
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