Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 836
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 94
Gots: 256 | FT: 35
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Reviews by jlindros:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got around to drinking this, shared with Ricky and knocked us on our asses.

Pours a smaller but decent fizzy darker head, nice legs on the side, no light getting through the super dark beer.

Nose brings lots of smoke and dark malts, some char between roast, black malt and some of the smoke, camp fire smoke with almost Islay whisky like smoke but not really peat, smoldering wood chips, speaking of which nice wood and oak like aromas with some vanilla and toasted oak.malts also bring dark choc and caramelized molasses heavy sugars but not super sweet, nice black malt and roast overall, and some caramel and fluffy nougat.

Taste starts with dark malts, tons of them, some black malt, a little burnt acrid roast, even some bakers choc, caramel, little nougat, etc. Then smoke, nice smoke with campfire and smoking oak chips, with some smoked whisky like flavours, into some whisky, to get the rye I really have to dig but there's some whisky flavor more of a young whisky, with a nice but light toasted oak. Semi sweet with a little syrup, with some warming slightly fusel booze. Finish is long syrupy little sticky, some mild bitterness but lots of dark malts, little dark choc, more whisky and oak, and lingering slightly tannic charred smoke.

Mouth is full bod, thick little syrupy, lots if booze warmth esp in the throat, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, good smoke, nice whisky almost Islay like whisky, good dark malts lots of great dark malts, cocoa, toasted oak, etc, rye is very light but whisky is there. Overall way too boozy though and hard to drink much.

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Photo of bobWFMU
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A beer on the furthest edge of complexity, whereas any more complex and it would be overbearing, burdensome and confusing, and any less complex it would still be an incredible experience. The tobacco-like smoke notes in the flavor put me in front of an open fireplace, glowing pipe in hand, as the stars turn in unison over a blue tinted snow blanketed earth outside the frosted window.

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Photo of Radome
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
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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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.85/5  rDev +18.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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