Bois - Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged
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English Old Ale
4.38 | pDev: 7.08%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bois - Rye Whiskey Barrel-AgedBois - Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged
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Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/16/2013. Wax got a bit brittle, but was easier to remove. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, rye whiskey, toasted oak, vanilla, and brown bread; with light notes of nuts, molasses, licorice, cocoa, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Very slight booze in the aromas as it warms. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and rye whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, rye whiskey, toasted oak, vanilla, and brown bread; with light notes of nuts, molasses, licorice, cocoa, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy hop and rye/whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, apricot, red apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, rye whiskey, toasted oak, vanilla, brown bread, nuts, molasses, light licorice/leather/tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; with solid malt/bitterness and rye/whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and rye/whiskey/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly slick/sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 15%, with no barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged old ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and rye whiskey barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Amazing balance of fruity yeast and rich malts; with perfect rye whiskey barrel integration. Minimal booze/tannins. Not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected of the base beer. These always age wonderfully after multiple years. All variations have been consistently impressive, regardless of barrel.

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Photo of DVMin98
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up for $10 off the 'net. Had one in the closet, but couldn't pass up the deal. Very deep amber color. Smell is dark fruits, booze....flavor is the same...whiskey, dark fruits, candied sugar and even some citrus peel. Heavy bodied, but not quite chewy. This has aged very well, and next to the brandy variant, this is my favorite. Drink em if you gottem because I dont think it could get better than this.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to this one. Three-way split with Matt and Paul. Dark brown-ish mahogany body with a thin, beige collar. Huge malty, alcoholic aroma. Sweet and boozy with a bit of oxidation. Ok.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown with some red highlights topped by a dense two finger light tan head that fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of caramel, toffee, fruitiness, hints of spice, oak and slight vanilla.
T: Taste is toffee, caramel, and some dark fruits along with some spice, and vanilla. There are some nice hints of oak in here too. Swallow is more dark fruits, caramel, and vanilla with some hints of baking spice.
M: This beer has a thick and sticky mouthfeel which is just fine. The level of carbonation is perfect for the ABV and style. Due to the ABV the beer also finishes on the dry side.
O: Holy cow is this beer good. Devilishly well integrated and easy to drink for the ABV. The flavors are top notch and blend together very well with everything in near perfect harmony.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/16/13; drank 4/1/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque brown/orange appearance.

Minimal khaki head; no lace.

Brown sugar & orange peel notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Brown sugar, orange peel & caramel flavors up front; chocolate notes emerged as this warmed. Almost no booze heat. Unique & delicious; pretty much as good as it gets.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank with 3.5 years of age on bottle. Awesome variant. Has a good amount of sweetness. Rye barrel flavor present though not overbearing. A sipper of a beer. Would go great with a cigar!

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Photo of BWood
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: very dark with a nice head that boils down to nothing.

S: malt, booze, whiskey. Good smelling beer.

T: Sharp bite of rye with a beer back. Good combination here. The alcohol is definitely present but no harsh .

F: feels like a 15% beer .

O: very nice beer. I got a large shipment of bruery beers over Christmas. Sucre 3 barrel aged as well as bois 3 barrel aged variety. This is the best so far.

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Photo of MattVerbin
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very much enjoyed this beer, more than I thought I would being that I enjoy bourbon more than whiskey. Very smooth, sweet and easy to drink even with the high ABV. Pleasant surprise.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The nose holds tones of walnut, toffee, caramel, rye and a boozy whiskey.

The flavors are very strong and it gives off the same dessert tone of the original Bois. The toffee, caramel, and chocolate sweetness is tempered by the rye. It finishes a bit boozy but holds on for a more authentic whiskey flavor.

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Photo of barczar
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More spicy than the original, which helps counter the sweetness than. I'm not a big rye person, but it helps, in this case. Still has delicious dark fruit notes.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a medium off-white head. Aroma of loads of caramelized malt with some brown sugar notes and some dry fruits with light liquor notes also noticeable. Taste is mix between some caramelized sugar notes with some brown sugar, vanilla and dry raisins notes. Whiskey and vanilla notes are also easily identifiable. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol notes are noticeable. Big beer for sure with probably too much residual sugars but somehow I found it very enjoyable in small serving.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.
Thanks to pushkinwow for the bottle!

Pours deep brown, short off-white head with decent lacing. Damn, the nose really blows your hair back! Huge malt presence, toasted grains, caramel, molasses, dates; the barrel also has a distinct presence lending heavy vanilla, toffee, warm boozy alcohol, whiskey flavors. The taste is right there also; massively sweet, toasted grain, boozy whiskey, toffee, caramel, raisins and plums, vanilla. It has a heavy body with some carbonation to lighten the feel up, but this is heavy, silky. It is a very complex beer but very sweet. Be sure to share this bottle!

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Photo of jlindros
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with rudzud and threelions. Finally got this beast to the table.

Pours a crazy nice foamy fluffy 1 finger head, leaves messy lacing in the slow fade, nice legs, super dark murky brown color almost black.

Nose is phenomenal, so much awesome malts, aged big dark malts, creamy brown malts, sweety candy and sugar, molasses, brown sugar, etc. Nice barrel and whisky notes, even little rye, nice vanilla and oak barrel, hint raisin and candied fruit, caramel fluffy nougat, very nice soft aged malt.

Taste is ridiculous, amazing malts, soft aged old ale malts, sweet candy bit awesome, sweet syrupy brown sugar molasses, toffee, etc, but all aged nicely, coffee syrup, little roast and toffee, very mild booze notes, hint cocoa. Then barrel, toasty vanilla oak, mild whisky but hard to tell rye, even a little nutty. Chewy nougat too. Finish is sweet syrupy, chewy malts, great barrel rounding, nice whisky, good aged soft malt, very tasty.

Mouth is super heavy bod, nice carb, very little booze.

Overall awesome!

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Photo of rudzud
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros and shared with Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a one finger head that fades to leave light lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, alcohol hidden well did not smell like 15%. Very nice rye whiskey too!

T - Taste is caramel, vanilla, malty sweetness, awesome rye barrel, molasses, light dark fruit. Heavy rolo, toffee and nice sweet malts. Delicious caramel sweetness and barrel notes.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, to be expected, not that syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was very tasty, great sweetness, awesome barrel notes, good rye, very sweet, delicious.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciated that Stakem shared this with me, enjoyed chilled from a taster glass.

The color is dark murky brown with thin very light beige head with tiny bead no lace sticks. The smell is mostly dark sugar caramel and light yeast ester with dried fruit however the rye barrel does impart a nice earthy woody and slight boozy aroma. The feel is full with moderately low carbonation yet not really a cloying sweetness-just has the dark malt and toffee sweetness with a drying alcohol in the finish.

The flavor is great, lots of malt complexity with the yeast adding depth with some caramel and woody flavor in the middle and light vanilla with some gentle alcohol and raisin-like flavor in the finish. The barrel is nice and is well blended with the base I think it does not taste hot, alhouth you can taste the alcohol it is not over the top. Overall a great Old ale and the barrel aging enhances this-So thankful for the opportunity to try it, thanks Adam.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml pours a clouded mahogany color with a few khaki bubbles that rest atop. A swirl revives a cap that is quick to fade but alcohol legs stick to the glass.

The smell is initially oaky with sugary sweet caramel, vanilla and oak that blends to a dark fruited aspect similar to raison and molasses. The alcohol in this version seems tempered quite a bit in comparison to the others.

The taste brings some boozy heat upfront with that previously mentioned raison and raw oakiness towards the back. Inbetween are flavors of molasses, vanilla and caramel that sort of blend the transition from booze to harsh oak.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite boozy in the feel yet much more restrained than the bourbon version. Having drank 4 versions of this back to back, this one did not scream rye to me. However, id probably place it in the top 2 of the variations I have tried for its nuance and overall well blended character.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Deep ruby, more carbonation than the oak, but still lacking a head.

S-Caramel, dark fruits, rye. Not much spiciness as I was expecting from the barrel.

T-At first it was caramel and dark fruit heavy, but then as it warmed the rye started coming through more and balancing the beer out.

M-Medium to heavy in body with nice carbonation.

O-A really good beer, but I was expecting more barrel character.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 04/16/13. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a deep muddy, opaque, ruddy brownwith a finger and a half dirty cream head. Thick retention. Nice lace.

Smells of sweet vanilla, raw sugar, whisky, molasses and familiar funky Bruery yeast. Nice.

Flavors of semi burnt caramel, lightly charred oak, vanilla, brown sugar, the signature slightly funky Belgianesque yeast, toffee, honey, mild spice, as strange as it may seem- bannanas Foster, all with rye whisky constantly drifting in and out. Pretty big booze kick. Tasty.

Oily heavy feel with nice mild carbonation. Boozy hot but with the vague alcohol cooling effect. Rye whisky, toffee and caramel linger in the finish.

Perhaps my favorite after the original. Nice and sweet with the spicy rye whisky helping to keep it from cloying.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky amber/brown with a thin film of creamy sand colored head, impressive in its consistency. Recedes to a ring. Very good retention in a thick ring of foam, with a few dots of lace.

S: Boozy vanilla escapes immediately, followed by rich caramel, spiced rye whiskey, marshmallow, toasted oak, cherry and red grape, some char, and mild oxidation which rounds out the aroma.

T: A lot more dried fruit coming through (cherry, plum), solid backbone of toffee/caramel, a little whiskey, with moderate oakyness on the finish. Very nice complexity. Moderate sweetness, but the complexity keeps it from being one dimensional or cloying.

M: Slight alcohol burn, but it's mild as far as Bruery beers go. Round, full body. Light carbonation provides the right amount of structure.

O: Delicious, complex, and well balanced. A superb dessert beer, best enjoyed in small pours.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 08/29/13 notes. Have had the normal Bourbon version and the Brandy version in the last few days. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a slight reddish tint, with one and a half fingers of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Not as red in color as the brandy version but still looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of bourbon, caramel malts, toffee, sweet dark fruits , oak, toasted malts, wood, molasses, and brown sugar. Very good nose that is not to hot, and the least sweet nose of the three so far. All are similar, which is a good thing.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, whiskey, toffee, sweet dark fruits, raisins, plums, toasted malts, oak, light spice, vanilla, molasses, and sugar. The taste of this one has more sweet dark fruits and whiskey, and it is sweeter and not as hot as bourbon version. I'd say the taste is better than the bourbon version, but not as good as the brandy version.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is a little thinner than the bourbon version. Would rank the bodies bourbon, brandy, then rye whiskey. Still good though.

o - Overall another very good variation. I think right now fresh, overall I like Brandy the best, then rye whiskey, then the normal bourbon version. I think the bourbon version is the booziest right now, the brandy has the best taste, and the rye whiskey and brandy mask the booze a little bit better than the bourbon. I expect that over time the bourbon version will reach the same height as the brandy one, and I really like all 3. Next up, American Oak.

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Photo of claaark13
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured at right around 55 degrees into a Bruery snifter, obviously because beer tastes better from its own glassware.

A - Nice off-white head atop a medium brown body with a hint of red. Retention is incredible.

S - Spicy wood, lots of sweetness, candied prunes and a hint of black cherry, light bread.

T - Sweet yet boozy candied prunes, spiced wood with nice and sweet caramel notes, more dark fruits coming through, caramel and black cherries on the finish turn to a slight dryness. There is a slight heat on the throat that falls quickly as the sweetness takes over. It is hard to tell where the spices come from, but I suspect that they are mostly from the barrel and not the overly sweet beer that was within the barrel.

M - Rather thick, which I prefer for the flavors.

O - When I popped the cap, the aroma was terrible. Great great once poured. I like the flavors as well, but it is a bit sweet for the possible complexity that it could let wise provide. It is like a more complex Melange 3, which doesn't really improve it when so sweet. The great thing about the BA Papier set was that they weren't so sweet as base beers, so the barrels added a lot. I hope age will kill the sweetness while allowing for some of the potential complexities to remain, but I fear that won't happen. In the end, still a pretty good beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Third of four Bois variants I've split with my dad this past week.

Looks like any of the other versions, with a creamier, longer lasting head. The nose, OTOH, is unique. The rye whiskey notes bring out the cocoa and chocolate notes in this beer, and enhance the buckwheat honey notes. Brown sugar, toffee, leather, nicely balanced with some tobacco and the rye whiskey. Boozier and not as fruity as the brandy version. Most excellent.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris for sharing this elusive beast. Bottle split 3 ways.

Pour is dark brownish red with a small off-white head, surprising retention considering the beer.

Smells like a wonderful rich dessert. Loads of caramel-soaked dark fruits, molasses, some whiskey there.

Taste is great. Sweet and rich flavors. Dark fruits (figs) and caramel in abundance, brown sugar, cocoa, whiskey, vanilla. Whiskey and oak barrel are well integrated and if anything buried by the flavors of a decadent fruitcake. Big sweetness but nowhere near the overpowering level of some other big Bruery beers.

Mouthfeel is super smooth and thick, with lowish carbonation. All too drinkable for the ABV. Really not getting too much alcohol heat at all.

I would compare this to Goose Island's King Henry. Awesome, wonderfully flavorful, frighteningly smooth for such a big beer. It most definitely deserves to be sipped and savored but The Bruery has made that pretty difficult.

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Photo of cbutova
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gotta thanks my buddy Chris for sharing this lavishly priced bottle. Reviewed from notes taken last night. Had the Bourbon version on-tap just the night before.

A- Split between four tulip glasses from the 750ml bottle, dark brown bodied with some red around the edges. Tiny frothy white head falls pretty fast to a fine-bubbled ring and leaves some tiny spots of lace here and there.

S- Super caramel sweet old ale dessert, pretty much just like the Bourbon version but maybe a bit less whiskey barrel influence. Huge dark brown sugars, caramel, dark fruits like raisin, figs, cherry. Smells sweet but no alcohol comes into play. Smooth oak and vanilla as well as some whiskey from the barrels.

T- Super caramel and dark fruit influence, just a pure Old Ale feel. Figs, raisins, prunes and the like are massive. Pretty damn sweet, not quite at the Black Tuesday level but the syrupy feel reminds me of that. Whiskey is smoother and not quite as pronounced as the Bourbon version. Nice vanilla and oak comes into play with a decent amount of cocoa hints from the malts and possibly the blending process?

MF- Super oily thick body with a moderate carbonation. Just super silky and syrupy texture overall. Some alcohol heat but the ABV is hidden very nicely.

Not quite as much whiskey feel for me as the regular version but very similar nonetheless. Just loving the super caramel and dark fruit Old Ale feel that this beer brings to the table. Sweet and heavy but a great slow sipper.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark ruby body. Flecks of amber in the light. Pours with a small khaki head. Maintains a collar forever.

Smell - Whiskey and dark fruits. Brown sugar. Booze all over. Less intense whiskey than the bourbon version.

Taste - Dark fruits and whiskey. Tons of booze. Brown sugar, but not as rich as the bourbon version.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Boozy as hell. Heavy. Quite the sipper.

Overall - Boozy as all getout. As usual. It's still good.

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