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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 72
Gots: 198 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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 alpinebryant:
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hefty dark brown with a quickly receding chestnut head and no lacing.

S: Aroma of big alderwood smoked malts, rye whiskey barrel and wood all around. Deep sweet malt scents mixing in with the smoke.

T: Deep and rich smoked cherry and alderwood smoked flavors. I have both of these malts on hand and can definitely pick up the flavors of both. Bacon and dry tannic finish on the beer from the alderwood and a nice rich smokiness from the cherrywood malt. The finish is dry and slightly ashy or more woody than I would have guessed, but it is pulled off nicely and very enjoyable.

M: Thick mouthfeel with a medium to light carbonation.

O: Overall this is a a very solid smoked beer. I have heard a few tough judgements on this beer and while it may have been of the bourbon barrel aged, I can say that I am enjoying this one. If only it was in a smaller bottle, I would be much happier overall with this one. I was inspired enough after taking the first sip of this to throw some liquid smoke into some chili that I was cooking when making this.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 22:50:33 | More by alpinebryant
More User Reviews:
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Jet Black and with an aggressive pour you get a mocha head about an inch that dissipates quickly

S: Get the wood upfront like a burned down campfire, maybe some barrel characteristics alcohol some vanilla

T: you get this nice sweet beautiful barrel aged stout/porter taste and then it washes away into what a smoldering campfire smells like. Which is quite amazing

M: this beer does well here nice thick viscous what you want out of a dark beer to chew it just lovely

O: I'm impressed. This isn't a beer I could drink a lot of but what it purports to do it does well. I'm curious as to what this beer would have been without the smoke, because I think there is an amazing barrel aged porter here sans smoked malt.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 23:06:59 | More by SomethingClever
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-21-2014 19:00:34 | More by cervezamigo
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-20-2014 03:40:53 | More by Keith_R
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-20-2014 03:02:50 | More by Zach136
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-16-2014 15:03:24 | More by velcrogrip
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-14-2014 11:42:45 | More by ralerwen
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4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a FW tasting glass. Vintage 2014.

A: Pitch dark; much blacker than anticipated. Hint of head fades quickly. Black and opaque.

S: This smells like an Islay scotch. Rich, smoky, and present astringent alcohols. Hint of fruit. Toasted grain. God, this is smoky.

T/M: Oh my god. What joy! So rich, so sweet, so smoky. Enormous caramels. Rich malt. Gentle, waves of smooth-sweet booze. There is a savory quality amidst the sticky booze-malt that is obviously reminiscent of bacon.

O: An exceptional beer, that I am so glad I shelled out for. Highly recommended. An interesting, complex smoky-sweet-rich-deep-big-nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 22:36:27 | More by AgentMunky
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-13-2014 19:57:38 | More by memphischas
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-13-2014 06:21:11 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark, opaque reddish-brown, with minimal coffee-colored head.

S: Malty, with sweet whiskey notes; not overwhelming. I was expecting a more pungent flavor.

T: More malt flavor with coffee and sweet vanilla. A smoky, very savory finish that lingers.

M: Medium.

Overall, an impressive and distinctive beer. It's not for every day, and it's not exactly a summer beer. Would likely be excellent with smoked cheese or fish.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 00:26:59 | More by Bucephalus123
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-09-2014 03:35:32 | More by meangreenc
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-08-2014 21:09:40 | More by DerrickW
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-08-2014 19:59:13 | More by corysmith01
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-08-2014 16:47:18 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-08-2014 04:58:24 | More by GClarkage
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-07-2014 15:02:14 | More by kerry4porters
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

07-06-2014 21:53:15 | More by FrogOut69
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-05-2014 16:03:34 | More by MSU23
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-04-2014 16:09:19 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-04-2014 02:42:43 | More by GregDuB65
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-04-2014 01:18:39 | More by Philvillani
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North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into two Biltmore house jam jars re-purposed to beer glasses. they act like great snifters fyi.

beer is thick oily and very dark. a very bright flashlight only reveals a thick chocolaty appearance with little dark color showing. very little head or carbonation.

nose is chocolate, molasses and booze.

taste is phenomenal. all of the above + extra goodness. really beefs up the appeal of the beer. mouth-feel is also very nice. sweet medium body. could be a little fuller but it does sit nicely on the tongue.

overall this is a high recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 21:38:59 | More by coriswrasse
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a couple years ago. likely 2012

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger of dense light tan head that is quick to fade to a collar around the edge of the glass and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of smoke, chocolate, and some vanilla and caramel from the barrel
T: taste is smoke with caramel, vanilla, chocolate and a slight coffee presence with more sweet smokyness and a slight woody quality. swallow is more smoke, some alcohol, wood, chocolate and rye whiskey flavors
M: this beer sits at about a medium on the palate with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: fairly smooth on the palate until the swallow and then it reminds you that it's a big beer with a bit of a burn and some bite. I picked up three bottles this year so it will be interesting to try it when fresh but it will probably be much less refined and a bit more rambunctious.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 01:59:22 | More by SHODriver
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-29-2014 15:18:13 | More by needMIbeerinMD
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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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