poisoneddwarf (1795) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Initial rating, as ’Fruet,’ 11/11/12: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle, thanks Brenn79! Pours muddy brown with a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is awesome--full of rich artisan caramel and wood; also in there: licorice, booze, dark fruit. This is my favorite type of aroma in a beer right now. Taste is a sledgehammer of awesome flavors; it’s sweet (not cloying), sour, very savory. The bourbon and oak are in your face, but not overpowering. Alcohol burns the throat going down. Licorice is strong in the finish. Soft carbonation, full-bodied, velvety mouthfeel. This reminds me of Firestone Walker 14, also an anniversary beer, which is my favorite beer of all time. This is right up there. Amazing. 10,3,10,5,20=4.8
7/24/13 rating, as ’Bois’: 750 ml wax-dipped bottle. 15% ABV. This is the beer to celebrate four years of rating on this site. Pours a muddy dark brown with orange highlights; has a medium beige head with decent retention. Aroma is oaky, boozy, caramellly, raisins, licorice, sticky buns. Taste starts out sweet and savory before quickly turning sour, leaving a little bitterness behind in the finish. Hot alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, carbonation fairly soft, body full. I drank this too soon, dammit. I rated Fruet after six months of aging. This one has only been a couple months since production. That hot alcohol definitely needs to tame down a bit. I’m really kicking myself for not buying another bottle. Give this one at least six months, but I think a year or more would be best. At least I know for next year. 8,3,8,5,16=4.0
BlackHaddock (4275) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
24th Jan 2015: shared bottle at the Cotteridge Wine meet. Poured a dark brown with a thin beige head. The nose was an interesting semi-sweet affair with caramel, vanilla, whiskey and wood esters. The taste had the same feel with added alcohol and a mixed fruit salad in the body. Fairly sweet overall, but a lovely blend of obviously good base beers.
tommann (2923) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small head. Aroma is sweet bourbon, soy sauce and sugar. Taste has sweet brown sugar and bourbon. Sweet and boozy.
Garrold (1908) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share. Cotteridge Beano. Hazy red. No head. Big fruits, not unlike Vimto cordial. Blackcurrant, too. Heavy, and syrupy.
maxodom (22) - - JAN 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
great color, not much nose. tastes of salted caramel. Overall a very good beer.
GlasgowTAD (171) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium brown with an extremely active and bubbly brown head that soon fizzes away into a brown ring, leaves no lacing. Aroma is raisins, figs, dates, banana, caramel and toffee. Taste is caramel at first, then vanilla, raisins, butterscotchy bourbon, toffee and a pleasant pleasant alcohol warmth. This beer is very sticky which results in a loooong sweet finish.
Beerdedone (2785) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as fruet #11877. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla and oak. Flavor of rich bourbon, sweet caramel, dark fruit, oak/wood, toffee, and vanilla. Oily sticky texture, full body, low carbonation.
Svesse (6506) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 3 Oct 2014) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty nose with notes of caramel, honey, treacle and burnt sugar. Malty, vinous taste with caramel, treacle, honey, burnt sugar, dried fruit and a fiery, sweet finish with a certain alcohol punch. Full body, very sweet. There’s a certain bitterness, but it’s mainly overshadowed by alcohol and sweet malt. Hardly balanced, but quite tasty and enjoyable in moderate doses. Nice one.
MrFecesious (1136) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruet bottle shared. Massive aroma of plums, raisin, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Taste is very sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky. Packs a punch.
Dr_Fellini (636) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the bruery. Pours a medium nut brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, vanilla, sweet. Flavor has a brown sugar sweetness, bourbon, vanilla, slightly boozy. Medium to heavy body, creamy, delicious.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle (Bois) into a tulip. From notes.
A: Pours a murky dark brown color. There’s a one finger khaki head that retains horribly - in other words, par for the course from a 15% monster. No lacing is left behind, either.
S: Very intense, mostly in a good way. The vanilla is huge, the bourbon is huge, the oaky notes are huge, and the dark fruits are huge. I even get some faint coconut touches. On the first whiffs, the booze is very intense, only to calm down as it warms up. My subconscious tells me the actual flavor is going to be WAY too sweet, but even still, this aroma works well.
T: Dark fruits open this one up in a big way. It doesn’t take long, however, to realize just how fuckin’ sweet this one is. Holy shit, this is like drinking bourbon spiked with brown sugar - about six tbsp’s worth, to be precise. The finish tries to negate all dat sugar with some oaky and bourbon-y notes; it’s not particularly successful. All it really does is inject a bit of unnecessary harshness into the massively cloying beer without really balancing it out. On the plus side, it *does* become slightly less harsh as more is imbibed. That does NOT make all the ridiculous sweetness any more palatable: it’s far too moronic and out-of-wack throughout. It’s not even that complex, either.
M: This practically burns going down. Cripes on a stick, this one feels rough. It’s too carbonated, too thin, and too sweet all at the same time. It seems like The Bruery was trying to give this good drinkability for the style, and they honestly succeeded - but at what cost? The slender feel clashes badly with the incredible sweetness, so it’s not like it’s that drinkable.
O: When I sip this, I’m seriously contemplating dumping it - it’s that overwhelming. This is a textbook example of a beer that’s over-the-top big in all the wrong ways. A big beer that’s structured well can be a beautiful thing (see: Black Albert), and this just isn’t. It’s not HORRIBLE per se, just hugely disappointing for over $30 (!) a bottle. Emperor Bois, you have no clothes, plain and simple.