Bois - Rye Whiskey Barrel | The Bruery

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Bois - Rye Whiskey BarrelBois - Rye Whiskey Barrel

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HopHead84 on 05-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -8%

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 jlindros
4.61/5  rDev +6%
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 Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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 mdfb79
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -8%
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 HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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: Oak blends with vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and a slightly spicy rye whiskey presence. Alcohol is noticeable but not harsh. Date and raisin are evident.

T: Caramel, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, rye whiskey. Great integration of the flavors. This is good right off the bat. Nicely blended. Date with raisin and prune. Earthy dried fruit with a subtle alcohol presence and a lower moderate level of bitterness. Very sweet throughout.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with alcohol warming.

Overall: Very good. I drank the bottle over two days and it tasted great both days.

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Photo of rudzud
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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 barczar
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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 DefenCorps
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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 cbutova
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
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 rlee1390
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Dope
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double layer of wax extremely annoying to get off. Finally get the cap off and it gushes everywhere. GRRR.

A: A really dark brown pour. Smallish tan head that fizzes out fast. Decent retention but zero lacing.

S: Big super sweet caramel and molasses notes. Toffee too. Mild raisin. Rye presence isn't strong but you get a decent whiff when you swirl it. Boozy sting.

T: Huge monsterously sweet caramel, molasses and toffee. Extremely sweet. Rye is more noticeable here, providing a very strong sharp rye whiskey note. Mild dark fruits in the middle. Big big beer, huge booziness and stinging alcohol in the aftertaste. Warms the belly immediately.

M: Heavy, cloyingly sweet.

O: Well, I wasn't a fan of the bourbon version even though I loved Cuir and Fruet. Too harsh and too sweet. I like this better than the bourbon version however. The bourbon made this beer even more sweet, this one is attempting to balance with the spicy rye whiskey bite. It's still very sweet and super boozy. I think it could benefit from some age on it. Except there's no way I'm dropping the mega $$ on this one again for an experiment. Alas.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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 KYGunner
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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 ThickNStout
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Chico1985
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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 pmarlowe
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
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 DovaliHops
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours the same as the other variants. Murky mahogany color with a large off-white head that goes down rather quickly. Scent is slightly "spicier" than the other variants. The whiskey seems to come through the most out of this version of Boise in my opinion. Sweet, dark fruits and burnt sugar. Tons of vanilla and oak. Peanut brittle and toffee, with some very smooth whiskey aromas. This one is a whiskey bomb, but not in a boozy way. Taste is sweet whiskey up easily shows the rye characteristics moments after it touches your tongue. Spicy rye and bread-like flavors, immediately followed by a malt bomb and tons of dark fruits. Cherries, plums, dates, raisins, and dark chocolate. Very complex. For me, this is the most complex of all the Boise variants. Finishes with more barrel, vanilla, and the perfect amount of whiskey booziness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and a little bit sticky. Drinkability is high, considering how tasty this beer is. Overall, this is my favorite Boise. I have now tried all of them (still need to rate Brandy from my notes). This one is a top shelf Old Ale with barrel aging at its finest. Will be buying more of this version of Boise for sure.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%

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 claaark13
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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 GuyFawkes
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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 IKR
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark-brown with a modest sized light-beige head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Moderate whiskey notes, brown sugar, dark fruit notes (think raisins and prunes) and mild toffee notes. Nice aromas but my initial impression is it's slightly muted in comparison to previous versions of the Anniversary beers.

Taste: Whiskey, some fruity sherry notes, raisins, some brown sugar, mild spicy rye notes and mild oak notes. The beer finishes drier and less sweet than the bourbon bal-aged versions of the Anniversary beers. The aging in the rye Whiskey barrel is a nice touch. Very mild alcohol presence, great for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: The rye whiskey aging results in a nice anniversary beer variation compared to the Bourbon bal-aged versions, resulting in a drier and cleaner finishing beer. The Anniversary beers are always top notch and this one continues the tradition.

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Photo of BWood
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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 +2.1%
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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Bois - Rye Whiskey Barrel from The Bruery
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