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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (432) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2014
750 mL bottle shared at an impromptu tasting at Tippins. Thanks Dom! The pour is darker garnet-ish brown with a touch of off-white head and some great lacing that’s left. The aroma is delightfully sweet. There is a strong molasses presence to accompany the bourbon, and the dark fruits come through beautifully. There is a touch of vanilla and caramel on the deep inhale, with a glorious bourbon presence. This has the makings for a wonderful Old Ale. The taste starts out with the good bourbon and vanilla and moves through a great dark fruit character with a full molasses flavor bursting through on the back end. There is a light bourbon burn on the far back, and it’s just delightful. The mouth feel is perfect. It’s pleasantly thick, viscous, with just enough carbonation to keep a light head there. The aftertaste is just wonderfully light and bourbony to go with a sweet vanilla and molasses lingering note. Delightful!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontape (155) - Valley Village, California, USA - APR 12, 2014
2013 bottle. This is not really my thing but it’s definitely interesting. Heavy, thick and sweet. Strikes me as a beer version of port or sherry, which makes sense considering the solera blending. Chocolate, bourbon, caramel, raisin, barrel flavors, boozy warmth, Powerful stuff, worth a try. Two more sips and I won’t be able to type.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (2494) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Tasting at Colin and the Vikings. Courtesy of rlgk.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Raisin, dark fruit, alcohol, chocolate, alcohol.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, raisin, dark fruit, alcohol, chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nocturne (632) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2014
Rating a bottle of Fruet as this seems to be aliased. Pours brown with a short head. Nice bourbon, chocolate and toffee aroma. Lovely taste with all of the aroma elements but adding a generous helping of dark fruitiness. Alcohol heat lurking but not oppressive; fairly drinkable for the ABV. Very nice old ale that seems to walk the line between imperial stout and barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maarten1993 (200) - - MAR 29, 2014
Drank during an awesome tasting at Thijs’ place 28-3-2014. Very sweet, almost like a barley wine. Carbonation, present alcohol taste. Chocolate after taste. Magnificent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5217) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle (75 cl), courtesy of rlgk. CLear chestnut, no head. Intense malty aroma with raisins, fudge, and some chocolate, along with alcohol and some vanilla oak. Full bodied, low carbonation. Sweet, low to medium bitterness. A bit over the top.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
solros (88) - stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
Doft: spritig. Smak: socker söt. Har en spritig eftersmak. Ölen är välbalanserad efter spriten, man känner att den är stark men på ett retande sätt. En tung öl med goda förutsättningar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle at Colin And The Vikings in Nol 2014-03-22. Clear deep amber beer with a decent offwhite/beige head. Malty vanilla aroma, caramel, toffee, grapes, roasted, licorice, chocolate, cocoa, yeasty notes. Malty caramel flavor, raisins, figs, prunes, warming alcohol, licorice, chocolate, some hazelnuts. Sweet but very very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2377) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours dark chestnut brown with a small goldenish brown head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, biscuits, sweet indonesian soy sauce, cocoa powder, charred wood, vanilla fudge, shredded coconut, caramelized almonds, hay, liquorice fudge and hints of moist soil. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and heavy malty with caramel, biscuits, raisins, prunes, vanilla fudge, alcohol, shredded coconut, caramelized almonds, hay, butterscotch hard candy, bourbon, charred wood and hints of soil. Mouthfeel is round, soft, slightly sticky sweet, boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and malty with caramel, vanilla fudge, bourbon, leather, prunes, raisins, charred wood and hints of dried cherries. Too much of everything but still very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mattkorsgaard (10) - Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2014
On tap at Noble Fir. Pours a dark brown. Moderate carbonation. Wonderfully sticky sweet aroma. Dark fruits mild barrel. Wonderful beer. One of my faves.

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