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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

677 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 80
Gots: 232 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: phichifiji00 on 11-20-2011)
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Reviews by Thehuntmaster:
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 13,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a wine glass and a snifter.
No bottle date.

Appearance: The beer appears pitch black in the glass with a backlight revealing fairly thick slices of deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour yields a creamy dark tan head that lasts reasonably well and leaves a few thin patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: The nose is not quite what I had in mind given the description (it’s much sweeter that I expected), but it smells delicious nontheless. The rye barrel character (soft sweet vanilla and a characteristic spiciness) combines fantastically with a light campfire smokiness, sweet chocolate and caramel to make up the bulk of the aroma. After some warming, a little char, liquorice and a general sweet dark fruit character.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavor is far sweeter than I had expected, but that is no problem for someone with a sweet tooth as big as mine! The rye whiskey character is again perfectly balanced against the flavours of the bases beer and gives the flavor a fantastic richness. There is a little more smoke (campfire) than the nose suggested as well as notes of charred wood, a certain spiciness, brown sugar, a little chocolate, liquorice and a dark fruitiness. As the beer warms it becomes pretty damn sweet and the balance initially provided by the smokiness falls by the wayside.

Mouthfeel: The first thing noted in the mouthfeel is just how smooth it is! The carbonation is just north of a medium level and would usually be a bit too much for me; however it is so velvety smooth that it is hardly noticed. The body is medium-full and offers a light stickiness.

Overall: Smoking Wood – Rye is a fantastic barrel aged porter that is far too drinkable for 13%! The beer probably would benefit from a little more smoke to balance the sweetness, but I still happily crushed the bottle and will buy it again.

Thehuntmaster, Jan 28, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thinner creamy deep beige head atop.Dark fruit and vanilla stands out most in the nose,as the beer warms some toasted oak shows through more along with sweet sharp alcohol.Wow this beer kicks ya in the pants, dark fruit,vanilla,smoke,and a sharp rye element in the finish on the palate.A whole lot going on over top of a very big alcohol presence makes it harder to drink.It has alot going on but the alcohol is to big for me to enjoy it much,I respect the flavor complexity but it may be to big for me to be honest.

oberon, Mar 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

DanGeo, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

sabitu, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

warnerry, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Doomcifer, Friday at 01:51 AM
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4.85/5  rDev +20%

mctizzz, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

fo1ksguitar, Feb 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

thaghost, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out an opaque black color with a nice 2 fingers of nice tan colored head off of the pour but it quickly fades to a foamy ring. Not much lace, but a bit of alcohol legs is noticeable from a swirl of the glass.

Smokey aroma, plasticy at first with some smoked meats and campfire taking over, mixes well with some whiskey notes, some milk chocolate creeps in, some dark fruits as it warms.

Really nice taste, lots of complexity, more than the aroma led to believe. A nice level of smokiness, campfire like with , nothing too overbearing, blends very well with some very nice whiskey flavors, just the right amount of booziness, nuances of oak barrel, chocolate, rye spiciness. Lots of deep dark dried fruits as it warms. The flavors meld together and compliment each other so nicely.

A thick mouthfeel, but staying true to the feel of an imperial porter rather than the thick viscous feel of an imperial stout.

A very nice beer, all the complex flavors really work well with one another. The bruery continues to amaze.

dogfishandi, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this one, Nathan!

Nearly black in color with a moderately sized brown head that doesn't leave much stick to the glass. Pretty color.

The aroma is very smoke-forward, especially at colder temperatures. The smoke quality is almost pork-like. As the beer warms, more and more sweet aromas arrive, including molasses and some caramel.

The flavor follows a similar avenue, with the meat-like smoke character presenting initially at colder temperatures, and sweeter, earthier, vanilla and molasses notes coming further and further to the forefront as the beer warms. The

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Appropriate and a joy to drink.

This was one of my all-time favorite smoked beers, as I'm usually not a fan. This one started somewhat plain and simple at cold temperatures, but warmed up and sweetened nicely. Nathan's wife paired this with homemade pork ribs, potatoes, and baked beans and it made for a truly wonderful pairing.

ehammond1, Jan 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

sourdog, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

TKEbeerman, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

doremite, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown pour with a substantial (1+") amount of tan head on top, took a little bit to fade, not much lace. Aroma was definitely big on the smoke and wood, so its a perfect 5 if you solely judged it based on matching the name of the beer. Still a good go on the whiskey/boozy aroma, a relative soft touch.

Tough to taste the rye on this one, the smoke and wood really dominates the taste perceptors as well. Alcohol is pretty evident, especially for a Bruery creation. A little bit of chocolate and vanilla can creep into the flavor profile. The big smoke burn bitter effect can be quite challnging at times, the more you drink of it, the easier it is to finish. I think this beer is good in small quantities, like most big smoked beers, I could never even fathom drinking an entire 750 of this to myself.

Had this at the barrel party.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of whoneeds8
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass black with a thin tan head. The scent of whiskey was noticable as soon as I opened the bottle. The scent in the glass makes certain that it's a rye whiskey along with the scent of smoked wood. The flavors of the smoke come out first followed by the whiskey. It's then balanced out by flavors of smoked bacon (not a gross flavor like a voodoo donut bacon flavor). Hidden in all that are slight bitter hops. The body is medium and for the high abv, alcohol burn is barely noticable.

whoneeds8, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

williamjbauer, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

simoen, Jan 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

schoon, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

01001111, Jun 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Beer21, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

johnyb, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

acurtis, Jul 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ste5venla, Jul 12, 2012
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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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