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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (996) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
"Fruet". Pours a dark brown with a low beige head that leaves zero lacing. Nose is of bourbon, ethanol and brown sugar. Taste is of rich caramel, butter (the good kind) and bourbon. Carbonation is low, mouthfeel is sticky. Surprising enough, alcohol is not too hot and warming. Really nice!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
75cl bouteille @ RBBWG III, thanks Klaas. Golden wax and as ’Fruet’. Couleur cuivrée, col léger beige. Arôme est assez subtil aux notes maltées et caramel, le tout sous couvert des belles effluves de Bourbon. Palais de Bourbon, légères notes boisées offrant une certaine rondeur et douceur de vanille en bouche. Caramel assez présent avec un léger sucré résiduel et un niveau alcool qui ressort fort bien.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to Klaas. Waxed & drank as “Fruet”. Dark brown with very little to no mocha head. Nose is huge thick mocha, lots of vanilla, bourbon, sweet, touch chocolate sauce. Taste is huge vanilla, brown sugar, lots of mocha, caramel, sweet bourbon, very thick, coffee with milk. Thick body, rich stuff, quite enjoyable. Doesn’t really warrant the sky-high price I believe that these usually go for but very solid never the less.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NatKadaw (93) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
Quickly dissipating head. Smells exactly like red licorice soaked in bourbon. Tastes of cherry, Bready malts, bourbon, biscuits, toffee red wine. Warming and pleasant alcohol heat. Very nice. Drinking out of a tulip I get huge red licorice smell.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
gendv138 (354) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
From notes (6/16/13). Draft at ChurchKey, full glass poured into a snifter. Pours black with some brown hues, not much head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, bourbon, cinnamon. Tasting notes of chocolate, coconut, dark fruit, bourbon. Medium body with a boozy warm finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (3833) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
750ml capped and waxed bottle pours a lighter amber color with a finger of white head that leaves no lacing behind. Aroma is bourbon and caramel. Taste is bourbon with a caramel malty sweetness and a herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Something was clearly off with this brew and certainly not worth the $47 I paid for it. When I rinsed the bottle there was some black flakes that came out from the bottom of the bottle. Bourbon was definitely the dominating flavor and there was no complexity that I would be expecting from a brew in this price range. I am definitely not spending another $47 to find out if this is just a bad bottle or if this beer truly deserves the rating that it earned. One dissatisfied customer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (1772) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 5, 2014
Bomber. Big bourbon nose, massive dark sweet fruit, some fumes. Deep copper color. Overly sweet vanilla-infused fruitiness / alc. hits pretty hard in mid / finishes slick and sweet. Medium body. Good caramel and bourbon, but it soon gets too intense and ends up cloying.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sitzds (264) - - JAN 2, 2014
On tap at The Bruery poured into taster. Deep brown color with a fleeting tan head that vanished. Some streaky legs, though. Aroma is toffee, bourbon, vanilla, wood, dark fruits, and booze. Taste is similar with roasty malts and brown sugar sweetness heavy up front. A tiny bit of woody/nutty bitterness comes through. There’s some nice alcohol warming, too. Medium-full bodied, slick textured, low-moderate carbonation, boozy finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (3430) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2014
750ml bottle in a teku glass. Pours deep brown/ruby with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of oak and bourbon, chocolate, lightly roasted, and smoky malts, some light dark fruits, a little alcohol, and some light spices. Flavor the same with a lot of oak and bourbon but a nice balance and the alcohol is well hidden. Smooth, thicker texture. A good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (7948) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle shared at the 8th Richmond Industry Gathering, 12/1/13. Pours a dark hazy rust color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of whiskey, caramel, mild candied fruits, vanilla and wood in the finish. The taste is raisin, vanilla, wood, toffee, mild citrus. Medium bodied, hot.


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