poisoneddwarf (1592) - 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
Scopey (5276) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruet vs Bois at Bruce’s Birthday Bozze-Fest. They pour deep ruby-brown with a small beige head. The nose is woody, must, leather armchair, vanilla, bourbon and brown bread. The taste is wood, leather, raisin, orange peel, bourbon, vanilla, grape skin, vinous, candy, booze, leather, earth and fig with warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Overall the bois is fruitier, jammy and more vinous. Pretty big, intense stuff either way. Solid, but pretty heavy duty stuff.
Sarapeaches1990 (12) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great gift for the big brew bachelorette party. Almost like a Porto sangria carbonated blende of goodness. Again only one bottled poured. So just got a sipper. But great stingy raisin flavor great balance, light on fizzy. But such a stupendous flavor for what was offered. If I had the fullb750 I’d bev burnt toast. This type of brew will get the Venus from woman and the men from mars to hook it up!
krompt (611) - - FEB 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Crompt brought this to my house from heaven. We grew wings and could not see straight. How do you expect us to drive?
AirForceHops (2552) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Reserve Society gold wax top. Dark dirty brown pour without any head. Nose is molasses, figs, toffee and bourbon nuance. Flavor is rich and complex. Port wine hints mixed with toffee, bourbon vanilla, oak barrel, dark fruit hints and levels of bourbon goodness. The heat is mild even at 15%. The warming sensation after the sip is very light and sensual. This beer will age beautiful. Borderline sweet right now but it’s not cloying. it is completely fantastic right now. The depth of flavor is awesome.
maneliquor (2717) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
Theydon_Bois (6391) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Cirrhosis (1160) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
nuplastikk (4086) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
olr1984 (835) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
VertBaconStrips (2013) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!