Douberd (4400) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(The Bruery Bois (French Oak)) Bottle 750 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 15%
Dark brown red colour on the body, with a finger of thick and creamy, beige head on top, pretty good retention.
Aroma has lots of vinous notes, alcohol, light vanilla, old wood, cork, faint chocolate.
Taste follows, moccha now, dark fruits, little bit of raisins, alcohol, vanilla, molasses, wood, vinous notes, very complex, there are lots of things going on here that I canít exactly put my finger on them.
Medium thick body with good carbonation, sticky palate.
koleminer20 (1850) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared at a tasting hosted by Steve Hackley on September 25. Thanks Steve! This was poured from a 750 mL bottle, shared by Mike, thanks! The pour is a murky dark brown with a thin collar of khaki colored head and no lace. The aroma starts off with all wood. Iím getting a lot more cedar in it than I would call oak, but itís pretty good. The aromas are full of caramel and toffee to go along with a light roasted malt and that strong woodiness. There is a plethora of dark fruits here at disposal as well. I like the smell of bourbon Bois better, but this does have its high points. The flavor is also good. Lots more of the oakiness (this time itís actual oak, not tasting like cedar) comes through and compliments the caramel and dark fruits greatly. There is a little more vanilla that seems to pop through than in the nose, as well as some brown sugar. Itís a little sweeter, and good. The mouth feel is a little light. Itís thin. Good carbonation and an excellent lingeringly dry, dark fruity finish. Man, I had no idea there were so many Bois variants!
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle pours a dark murky brown with zero head, vanilla caramel and big oak taste, very tasty
AirForceHops (5770) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml shared by Adamchandler. Aroma is similar to a barley wine, raisins, dates, figs and caramel. No oak until the flavor.
Flavor is reminiscent of an English barley wine, sticky toffee character, with the huge dark fruits. The flavor even has a light oxidation note which I like in Barley Wines... Ok, ok the brewery calls this an Old Ale but it tastes like a BW. The oak comes out a lot in the back end of the sip. ABV is not real noticeable which is amazing. I enjoyed sipping this post BCTC tasting session. Great night!
djd07 (8213) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong wood, vanilla, oak tannins, Thick mouth, very sweet, caramel, oak tannins, brown sugar, light dry finish, very good.
baraciisch (2726) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany brown in color... Aroma of French oak, caramel, toffee.... Flavor is fairly mellow, vinous, French oak notes, caramel, toffee... Really vinous finish... Amazing
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Bacterial (2712) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dirty water brown pour with a slight white head. Big boozy nose with a little wine in the backend. Weird. Malty moved to grape and heavy oak. Meh.
DesertDevil (684) - Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. Sharp aroma of apple brandy, a heavy vinous note, caramel, brown sugar, and charred oak. Pours a muddy dark amber. Sweet taste with a heavy apple wine tone, a bunch of booze, and dark grapes. Slightly gritty texture. While hardly my favorite Bois variant, the vinous characteristics make this beer more enjoyable than I expected.
crossovert (10758) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle. This one is definitely quite balsamicy. At this point maybe with them reblending these beers a bit of balamic oxidation is starting to occur, liek a balsamic sherry. It is okay at best.
slowrunner77 (9214) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
an odd yet appealing twist on the Bois line. stands out more than the others though not my favorite. Sweet overripe old ale and chardonnay notes....just hinting at fruit, oak and tartness.