bytemesis (2133) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bois version (2013) with thanks to Felipe. Pours hazy chestnut with a small tan head and good lacing. Aroma is very sugary and malty, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, with just a bit of whiskey. Flavor is sweet with some rye present, light woody notes and astringence and little bitterness. As it warms up it becomes more comples with oak and vanilla notes. Medium body, a bit hot, but considering the ABV it is remarkably restrained. All in all a helluva beer.
barn0216 (298) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Bois aged in rye. Burnt caramel brown color, not much foam but it keeps a thin layer permanently. Almond, nutty, a little alcohol, wood. Similar flavor profile, a bit more peanut brittle for lack of a better phrase. Warm but very understated for 15 abv. Just good, hard to explain why it is so enjoyable. It just is.
Steve_0 (1912) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Mattís with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small cream colored head and decent lacing. Coconut, whiskey, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, raisins, and figgy aroma. Taste is big raisins, figs, toffee, caramel, coconut, earthy, and roasty with a light alcoholic burn on the finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Another good one.
arminjewell (5143) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, Bois version, dark brownish red pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of chocolate, dark fruit, lots of spice, hints of lots of oak, dark chocolate, lots of molasses, finishing bitter, sweet, slight earth.
adnielsen (7555) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Mattís house from our Reserve Society membership. Pours a bit hazy reddish appearance with a thin tan head. Somewhat oxidized, caramel, spicy whiskey, apple, plum aroma. Pretty tasty, chocolate, caramel, slightly boozy, woody, vanilla flavor. I like this better than the Oak Bois but not as good as the bourbon version.
Jesterdeal (1465) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of Bois aged in Rye shared at Daveís wedding. Aroma is liquid Heath bar. Chocolate, toffee, and a hint of molasses. Pours murky ugly brown with an ugly root beer float head. Taste is very nice with chocolate, toffee, tootsie roll, tobacco, and caramel. This was a great treatment. Still has an unsettling tobacco tartness up front but Iím sure this will mellow.
DesertDevil (326) - Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750-ml bottle (2013 Bois). Pours a dark copper with a filmy head. Aroma of sweet, syrupy rye whiskey, toffee, heavy oak tones, and brown sugar. Perfect smooth blend of rye, caramel malt, cinnamon, brown sugar, with a dry oak finish on the taste. Slight heat, but not as much as the other spirit-aged versions. My favorite Bois; this needs no more aging, itís ready now.
hallinghansen (1683) - Odense S, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trade from Sean9689, thanks buddy. Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering, 2013. Medium brown body with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is malt, hops, dark fruit like raisins, plums, dates, oak. Flavour is sweet, dark fruit, alcohol, oak, whiskey.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bois - Rye Whiskey
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown / amber hue that shows deeply hazed, lighter version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet brown-whole-grain bread, rich caramelized malt notes, nutty, sherry like oxidation notes, and then some spicy, whiskey like notes towards the finish add some bite and balance to the up front richness and sweetness. Brown sugar syrup, vanillin notes, and caramelized toasted coconut aromas combine to make this seem like some sort of rich, decadent dessert. As the beer warms up hot alcohol, spicy wood notes, and whiskey like notes become a bit more noticeable.
Sweet, rich, satiating, and dense as it slides across the tongue. The carbonation is light in comparison to the rich body of this definite sipping beer. The alcohol is extremely well hidden for a beer of this strength, and it ends up being quite smooth despite the alcohol and the Whiskey barrel treatment. The sweetness is tempered by the richness, there is a nutty, slightly sherry like oxidation, as well as an almost smoky, salty, peat smoke like character that lingers just a bit in the finish. Ample notes of vanillin and toasted coconut are accentuated by the caramelized sweetness, and there is a touch of spicy woody character in the finish, all of which are barrel derived.
Once again, I am quite a bit more impressed with this Bois variant than I was expecting. The alcohol is so well hidden for a beer of this strength, it is still warming and alcoholic, but it is well held in check and drinks like a beer far smaller than it is. You definitely have to be in the mood for a sweet, rich beer though; a small serving is definitely a good way to finish off the night.
JPDurden24 (1379) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bois rye aged bottle. Dark reddish brown, off white head. Boozer rye whiskey and some nice beautiful tasty brew. The best of the bois variants. Damn Tasty!