Bois - American Oak Barrel-Aged | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by largadeer on 05-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
175
pDev:
8.42%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
81
Trade:
16
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Ratings: 175 |  Reviews: 23
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4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with my dad.

Pouring a clearish hazy brown with a dense, beige head with excellent retention and even a little lacing, this looks great! The nose is a blend of the typical Bruery anniversary goodness. Toffee, caramel, buckwheat honey, plums, raisins, and this time around, a fresh oak character that's actually tastefully done (i.e. does not taste like a lumber yard). Instead, it's toasted, spicy, and with tannins but with minimal vanillin. A pleasant heat is also present.

The palate opens sweet with the booze and oak tempering the sweetness. While ot as boozy as the bourbon versions are, there is a prominent alcohol note is present. With plums, prunes, honey, caramel and nearly burnt toffee lending sweetness, the oak with its blend of spice, tannins and earth. Sweet on the finish, with the tannins lingering and countering the sweetness, this beer is full in body, moderately carbonated and very very tasty.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, reddish brown color, very similar to the bourbon variant. Medium, off-white head that goes down quickly. Scent is packed with wood tannins and whiskey. Not sure what "American Oak Barrels" are filled with, but it definitely has some whiskey aromas. The aroma is great on this one. Such heavy dark fruit aromas and oak...great barrel profile. Flavor on this one is a little strange... Just like it smells, but the flavor is a bit tart. Great whiskey and dark fruit, but slightly tart and spicy. Balances out the sweetness of the base beer quite a bit. However, the slightly tart and spicy flavors could put some people off. Not this guy! However, I will say I enjoyed the bourbon version a bit better. Mouthfeel is full bodied and pretty smooth...less sticky than the bourbon. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, the alcohol tends to linger a bit longer with this variant, however, the sweetness is balanced with a slight hint of tartness. Great beer, but prefer the bourbon. We'll see how the other ones are.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of largadeer
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 175 ratings