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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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810 Ratings
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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 90
Gots: 251 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: phichifiji00 on 11-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and aged in rye whiskey barrels, Smoking Wood is a delicious demonstration of what wood has to offer when it comes to beer. This imperial smoked porter is brewed with a hefty amount of rye malt, contributing to a full body and light spiciness. Toasty oak, caramel and vanilla flavors balance the smokiness, contributing to an intense yet refined flavor profile.
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Ratings: 810 | Reviews: 161
Photo of BeerSD
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sa93
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of jessealmlie
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jmamay22
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a very dark opaque black. The tan head holds well and provides some lacing. The nose carries a strong smoke scent and peat whiskey influence, which imparts an Islay iodine/salty air inter-playing with rye spice. Beneath the strong smoke and barrel characteristics there is some rich caramel and malt depth. Very enjoyable nose.

Things begin to fall apart in the taste. The rich smokey whiskey become overly phenolic and imparts a harsh character that subtracts from the rich malt undercurrent that was in the scent. The balance between each characteristic falls apart. Smoke, rye, and oak create a very fine line to walk and going over the top with each characteristic only makes it more difficult. It was well achieved in the scent, but there is a harsh phenolic presence in the flavor that detracts from the overall beer. The rye spice increases the whiskey presence creating an unpleasant effect. The mouthfeel is full and rich with a long semi-sweet finish.

I had high expectations for this beer. Some have been met, but overall somewhat disappointing. The roast flavors do not meld well with the oak, whiskey and rye. The Bruery often creates over the top great beers, but this one is out of place.

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BillRoth
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TonyJ815
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tridge85
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jfstilling
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Radome
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a globe glass.

L - Color is darkest mahogany, which does not allow light through. The head is thick, light brown and persistent on the surface and in lacing.

S - Strong aromas of coffee, chocolate, ovaltine, smoke, sharp rye whiskey and wood. It reminds me very much of the incredibly complex aroma of Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Maron, but this beer also has the addition of whiskey.

T - The flavors follow the aromas. Chocolate milk (or ovaltine) and coffee dominate at first, then give way to the whiskey, smoke and wood in the finish. Hops flavors are not obvious, but there is enough bitterness to balance all the malt sweetness. Only flaw I taste is a small metallic tinge in the finish.

F - Medium to heavy body; moderate carbonation witha silky feel. Strong hops bitterness blends with the high alcohol heat, but these are not overly assertive because the overall flavors are so strong.

O - Wow, what a great beer! It is very reminiscent of DFH Palo Santo Maron, but this one "goes to 11" because of the whisky flavors and aromas.

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4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mmmmmmm. Need more. Perfect! Time to go shopping again.

Photo of Plasmafunk
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Summerteeth
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EuphonicHops
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nickgiraud
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buzz3d
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I look into a snifter of Smoking Wood....I'm looking into the abyss of flavor....

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This pours a dark chocolate cola color. What an aroma. There’s a hint of smoke that plays well with the vanilla and oak. The vanilla and oak come out on the flavor as well as a mellow warming booze. Like heat without the burn. This one was one to savor and enjoy. I’m glad I got a chance to try it in good company.

Photo of rspauldi
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fireslayer
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of midnightcowboy818
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.