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May is our anniversary month and we are excited to release Bois, our fifth anniversary ale this week! This beer is brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method, where a portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age.

Editor’s Note: This is the entry for The Bruery’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Anniversary beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (2788) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle of Bois and bottle of Fruet cheers to Bruce and Paul for Bruce’s birthday bash at CBC Islington. Nose is sooooo sweet - think stewed raisins, toffee, fudgy caramel, woody, vanilla beans, huge liquorice and brown sugar. In your face sweet as you would expect from Bruery. Works well enough. Tastes quit woody and vanilla forward, loads of creamy lactose, stewed dates/raisins, choc full of dark fruits. Some nice tarty berries seem present in the Bois. I found both of them had an odd vinous kick which worked very nicely. Tasty but very sweet stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7005) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bruce and Paul for sharing at Bruce’s Birthday Bash (a Fruit and a Bois), CBC Islington 07/02/14. I went for the bottle named after me ! Murky mahogony brown with a moderate beige covering. Nose is toffee, dark malts, spice, pitted fruits, tarte tangy fruit aromas, earthy cocoa. Taste comprises rich toffee fudge, dark fruits, light bourbon, Xmas cake, touch of booze, chocolate notes. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light booze coated finale. Decent stuff, very easy drinking affair for the ABV!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cirrhosis (1175) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
Wow holly shyt what am I smelling, this smelly retardedly awesome, the aromas is herculean in strength, cherry, coffee, soya sauce, coconut…….. this list can go on for a while. The aroma is so thick I can feels its fingers molesting my nose. Goes down so smooth, how is this 15%?!?!?! Borders on to sweet but stays acceptable. Cherry, vanilla, mild soya, kind of smoky but not, lots more awesome. So much going on, massive in the complexity. This is the liquid jizz of a beer god.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4138) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2014
750ml bottle shared by Smith. Sugary Bruery-style Old Ale. Burgundy-brown body. Oily, patchy head. Really sugar and alcohol forward. Brutal. There is no subtlety, but for 15% that is forgivable. Comes off like a gimmicky booze beast still. Dark fruit, brown sugar. Massive beverage, some Old Ale feel somewhere in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (921) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 BOIS 750 ml bottle pours a hazy brown with an off white head. Toffee and boozy aroma. Vanilla coconut bourbon and sweet malt taste. Great beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VertBaconStrips (2023) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
Simply amazing aroma - sweet, vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, mellow red licorice, lightly roasted coconut, light smoke, there might be more but all of that combos into such an esquisite blend that it matters not. The taste is also sort of bold but complex. Almost overly sweet, some alc but faint, raspberry pepper, plum, mellow molasses, breath in the alc, sweet molasses, light anise, white chocolate. Very good! Thanks Brad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2014
18/I/14 - 75cl bottle as Fruet (gold wax) @ RBBWG III, my place - BB: n/a (2014-113) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!

Clear red brown beer, aery beige irregular head, unstable, dissipates immediately. Aroma: lots of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, some chocolate, bit spicy. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: lots of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, alcohol, dark sugar, molasses, more alcohol. Aftertaste: caramel, sugary, sweet, little smoky, alcohol, lots of vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastmaster (206) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Dark dark violet brown color. Beautiful. Head dissipated. Boozy. Super complex, Toffee, malt, raisin, oak?, licorice. Wow. Marshmallow. So sweet. May smell boozy, but tastes dangerous. Medium heavy mouth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BMMillsy (1152) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Bottle shared with Beastmaster that I brought back from my visit to the tasting room! This is the Bois 5th Anniversary edition. Pours murky reddish brown with a one finger caramel khaki colored head. Huge huge aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla, figs, oak, brown sugar, bourbon. Lordy this smells amazing. Flavor is big oaky toffee up front with some nutty pecan flavor like pecan pie with bourbon poured on top. Finishes with a beautiful lingering vanilla caramel marshmallow. Wow this is amazing and a flavor profile I haven’t had since BB4D. Medium heavy body, honestly way lighter than I expected as Bruery beers tend to get syrupy. But, this is nice with the perfect amount of carbonation to keep this surprisingly drinkable. This is a real masterpiece of an Old Ale. Malt and caramel and vanilla galore. Oooh yeah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (3807) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
(fruet) pours dark brown-reddish with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. burnt caramel, buttery caramel, chalky and chewy chocolate and nutty malts, other strong roasty notes, but also dark fruits like cherries, pepper, loads of bourbon. moderate carbonation - feels somewhat fizzy, medium body - oily and a bit sticky, sweet and not necessarily cloying finish. a nice sipper.

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