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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: 197 | 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 justintcoons:
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3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.
$22.99/bottle in PA.

Super-dark brown, basically black with 1 finger of brown head.

Campfire, dark chocolate, smoked meats, rye whiskey and gasoline. This is a boozy one.

Campfire smoke, smoked meats and bacon. Fudge, dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream and thick caramel. The rye whiskey picks up on the back end and is overly boozy in flavor. A touch of scorched oak. This tastes like it can fuel a NASA space shuttle.

Medium-full bodied, smooth and WARMING.

Very complex, but misses the mark for me. This beer has all the things that I like yet it doesn't blend well. The 13% abv is extremely apparent. Probably the manliest beer I've ever drank. Save yourself some money and drink some gasoline.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 15:19:10 | More by justintcoons
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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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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