gunnfryd (9346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at TSODRSG 13. Amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is vanilla, brandy, malt, caramel. Flavour is alcohol, brandy, malt, vanilla, caramel, wood. Full body. Very nice beer.
jackl (3476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kenny! Bottle @ Bruceís. The pourís reddish brown with a small head. The nose is toasted almond and pistachio. Rich apple, red fruits. Dusty cocoa and dark chocolate. The taste is cherry, more chocolate. Almond ice cream. Boozy dessert cake. Mild woody accents. A touch of booze, but much easier to drink than Iíd feared. Full body, soft carb. Not bad at all, pleasant.
adnielsen (7586) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Mattís house from our Reserve Society membership. Pours a hazy reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Fairly spicy, dark grape, caramel, cinnamon, chocolate, a bit boozy aroma. Rich plum, dark grape, caramel, a bit goopy flavor. Actually my favorite of the series.
arminjewell (5149) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark red brown pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of big brandy, oak, slight chocolate, coffee, hints of nice brandy, more chocolate. Taste is a mix of brandy, dark chocolate, hints of earth, nice spice, nice dark fruits, slight earth. The best of out of the batches.
Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Mattís with friends. Pour is murky brown with a big cream-colored head and great lacing. Toffee, caramelly, tangy, dark fruity, cocoa, bourbon, light coconut, and figs in the aroma. Taste is big toffee, caramel, raisins, figs, licorice, dark fruits, bready, tangy, and brandy with a slight burn on the backend. Syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Nice stuff and probably my favorite of the variations.
cbfobes (1942) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a local tasting, tasted side by side with the regular Bois, honestly, both of these things were sweet bombs and kind of tasted the same, this one had a little more fruit on the finish due to the brandy but man this thing was huge. Tons of dark fruits mixed in with caramel and malt, thick mouthfeel, the booze is in the finish but it isnít dominant by any means.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. not sure what year but I believe it is a 2010. pours thick, hazy mahogony with no head and some floaters. intense fig and raison aroma. wet cardboard, fig, big raison, bourbon, oak. warming. hell yea
DesertDevil (326) - Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Bois, 750-ml bottle. Pours a dark, clear copper. Aroma of sharp brandy and sickly sweet syrupy malt and a hint of raisins. Quite sharp taste of sweet, hot brandy, maple syrup, and brown sugar (with a touch of oak). Sticky texture; hot finish. Nice, but too boozy and green right now; it needs some age.
madvike (2383) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Bois Brandy, drank next to the regular Bois - Pours hazy dark brown with a thin light tan ring of head. Nose is smooth booze, sweet and warm brandy, with lots of dark bread malt. Taste is smooth, sweet, sugary, warm and boozy. Itís all running together at this point. Thin and gently carbonated. Just too sweet for me to really enjoy.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A vigorous pour into my teku glass produces a rich amber stained, dark tan colored head that is almost four-fingers in height. The beer is a dark, caramelized brown color that shows opaque when held up to the light. A whiff of the bottle before I pour it sees a rich, aged, caramelized malt character being noticeable. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit notes (prune, caramelized dates, and ample raisin notes), concentrated brown sugar, sugary brown grain notes, aged notes of port and a hint of sherry, perhaps a touch of pepper, and a definite smooth brandy character. The latter contributes lots of dense brandy like fruit (even some cherries, on top of sweet desert wine like grape notes), a dusty, woody oak character that is noticeable after you dig through the malt, and some accentuated toasted nutty notes that lightly accentuate the dense nuttiness that is here from the age and malt character. The nose gets quite a bit more spicy, and even a bit hot as it warms up, but it still remains quite balanced.
Not as sweet as I might have expected, the sweetness is rounded, with an aged smoothness to it, and my first sip has a hint of tartness to it that really plays up a vinous / brandy character. Ample aged character leans towards soft, densely nutty sherry, some touches of port, concentrated, oxidized caramel, and some dusty lingering notes on the palate. Touches of spicy alcohol provide a very light kick in the finish, but this is surprisingly smooth. Oxidized brown bread that has been quite caramelized, brown sugar syrup soaked cake,molassesnotes, accentuating nutty notes, and sweet brown cake like notes form the bulk of the malt character. The body is just quite dense, but without being nearly as heavy as a rich, 15% abv beer should be. The brandy / barrel character is just so well integrated here.
The first aromatic notes of a soft, second pour yields an musky cheese / funky butter note that reminds me of European versions of the same. The carbonation is much more prickly, but with the density of this beer, a stop on the tongue to savor and contemplate the heft seems naturally appropriate and this knocks out the carbonation that could otherwise be a bit too prickly. I really canít imagine any of the other versions of this beer being more smooth, and well integrated as the Brandy is; I havenít had any of the others yet though (but soon), but this is quite well balanced. I had my highest hopes for this version of the beer, and it has exceeded the expectations that I had. I am not sure how this is going to age, it could actually get phenominally better if the oxidation stays relatively stable and the alcohol is able to smooth out even more, but I really donít have a good guess here; this could be anywhere from just about peaking, to having just started on a longjourneyto perfection.