Bois - American Oak Barrel | The Bruery

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Bois - American Oak BarrelBois - American Oak 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 largadeer on 05-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 172
Reviews by siege06nd:
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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing this one for realz. Poured into a hefty DFH snifter...

A. Chestnut brown with touches of ruby in the light. Murky and impenetrable. A good half finger of tan head emerges and sustains throughout the session. Lacing is also finely beaded and consistent. A burly brew.

S. Classic old ale, with overripe stone fruits, tobacco, toasted cashew, caramelized brown sugar, toasted bread, raisins, cherries, and toffee. A spectacularly complex nose that recalls a different scent every time the aroma wafts up from the class. The oak aging is very subtle here, with the spicy and earthy notes of the wood just barely making themselves known within the context of the other aromas in the bouquet. A decadent and delicious nose on this one.

T. Big doses of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, and toffee. Pretty solid tannic backbone from the wood aging also. All of this is rounded out with a big kiss of booze. She's a ringer at 15%. Not quite as complex as the nose suggested, but still quite excellent. The oak aging is much more apparent here than in the nose, with a fairly prominent drying character all around.

M. It's boozy, a little too much so. It's also quite sweet. These qualities are characteristic of The Bruery's big beers to the point that it's predictable. You certainly know what you're getting into after you've tried a few of their bigs. The finish has just a little too much burn for my taste, detracting from some of the other flavors and leaving each sip somewhat unresolved.

O. This is a fantastic old ale. The oak aging adds a nice dimension and stands up well against the other very bold flavors. The nose is also complex, decadent, and one of the finest in the Old Ale category I have encountered. The Bruery has a good thing here, and I understand why they continually revisit it. Where this one loses a few points, and it's true of most big Bruery beers, is the tendency of the booze and residual sugar to overwhelm the flavor profile. "Overwhelm" is probably too harsh a word, but it does step off the line a little more than it should. That said, it's an enjoyable drink. Not a bottle you will want to put down by yourself (assuming you are even physically capable of doing so), but certainly something you can enjoy with a friend (or two) or enjoy over the course of a couple of nights. The Bruery anniversary beers have been a special event for many years now...American Oak Bois is no different. Cheers!

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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown amber. Small off-white head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Booze. Caramel. Brown sugar. A little fruity.

Taste - It's much oakier here. Oak throughout. Caramel up front. Not as sweet as I thought. The booze, oak, and oxidation combine to give it a sherry flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy, but not as heavy as I thought. Medium low carbonation,

Overall - Without the bourbon, this isn't as exciting. Still a decent beer, though.

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Cellar temp into a beautiful Oerbier stemmed tulip.

A - medium brown with a slight red hue, thick off white head, thicker than other variants.

S - Fairly clean at first. Seasoned oak. Seriously, it is like sticking your head into an oak barrel that has been affected by a slightly spicy old ale. Malts are more evident than in variants, sweetness is remarkably subdued. Nutmeg? Some sort of similar spice comes through after it breathes a bit.

T - Spiced and malty wood comes through, boozy and unsweetened dark fruits, only a tad bit of dryness on the finish that also takes on some heat to the tongue. After a bit, there is a nutmeg spice that comes through and reminds me of pumpkin pie. Just like in the aroma.

M - Fairly thick.

O - This is my favorite of the variants as of them being fresh, and I'd honestly anticipated the exact opposite. The oak literally guides the great base flavors through a favorable experience without any immense sweetness evident in the others. I'll buy more. I doubt much improvement will be seen with age, but I don't think it will be terrible in 10 years. It reminds me in many ways of the Papier variants, but with carbonation and more complexity....and obviously x15,000 less rareness.

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Pours a hazy mahogany hue with surprisingly solid head retention and clinging lace. Heavy American oak presence on the nose - woody, spicy, earthy. Plenty of rich toffee sweetness, though it's decidedly more balanced and less sweet than the bourbon barrel version. The palate is similarly oak-heavy, very spicy and woody, with huge tannins. The base beer is rich and sweet enough to balance the American oak barrel, just barely. Big toffee and burnt sugar notes pop out mid-palate, leading into a drying earthy finish. This is an interesting variant of the anniversary series; the new American oak barrels do a lot to balance out the sweetness.

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Bois - American Oak Barrel from The Bruery
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