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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 83
Gots: 234 | FT: 29
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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is without a doubt my favorite Bruery Beer. And the Bruery is one of my favorite American Breweries.

Pours a think, dank super dark brown. Impenetrable almost like a thick wood stain.

Nose greets the senses with burnt fireplace logs the morning after a fire, sweet bbq sauce, a generous amount of wood and whiskey and lots of chocolate malts. Very rich and satisfying.

Taste is extremely savory and rich. Full of Chocolate, wood, booze, charcoal, and bbq sauce. The smoke is nearly perfect although it could be a tad more.(I like lots of smoke) This bottle is a 2013 and I need to try a 2014 soon because I'm curious if the recipe drifted anywhere this year.

Full, thick mouthfeel without being over the top to the point I couldn't drink a few glasses. And a smooth carbonation. Really satisfying overall

If you like smoked beers, grab this. It takes the idea of A german Rauchbier an improves upon it in complexity to make it even better than the best German made ones.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured a thin but extremely dark black. No carbonation and no head whatsoever

Smell - Rich wood and smoke smells with roasted malts and a warm alcohol presence

Taste - Where to begin? This beer is incredibly complex and definitely a sipper. The ride first starts out with a sweet malt character in play with smoked wood and alcohol esters. As it leaves the mouth the wood really shows its presence with an earthy malt character, followed by a nice warming alcohol bite. But then about ten seconds after the beer is swallowed, a massive smokiness comes up off of the tongue and fills your mouth. It honestly tastes like you have just enjoyed a smorgasbord of delicacies at a backyard barbecue. This flavor was totally unexpected but absolutely amazing and made every single sip a wonderful experience.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is thin for the flavor but fitting for the ABV coming in at 15%. This beer needed to be thin in order to let it evaporate quickly on the tongue and let the flavors come to life. Just what it needed to be

Overall - I wasn't expecting much out of this beer as I haven't been a huge fan of smoked beers in the past but man was I blown away. This was unlike any other beer I have ever had and I am so glad I picked one up as it is truly a masterful experience. If you see this beer, do not hesitate to pick one up. You will not regret it

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass, pours a deep black with a dark tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, slightly hazy

S: sweet malt with tons if smoke, oak, hickory

T: like sweet smoked barbecue ribs, lingering smoke flavor, notes of whiskey

M: heavy and oily, lower carbonation, alcohol noticeable

O: wonderful flavor if you like beer that tastes like smoked meat

M_C_Hampton, Jan 19, 2013
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really excited to try this one! I've been trying to decide on a good ~20 dollar bottle to get and sip on, and picked this one up after hearing about it on Beer Geek Nation's Top 10 from 2012.

A - 4.25 - The beer is a dark brown/black with a nice film of brown bubbles on top that sticks around forever.

S - 4.50 - Huge smoke, chocolate, molasses, wood barrels, it has a really wholesome, full smell to it, like a steak dinner in a glass (in a good way, no literally).

T - 5.00 - Wow, if I had anything to compare this to maybe there'd be something I could say wasn't quite right, but this is so good. CHOCOLATE, SMOKE, dark fruits, good cigars, it's like smoking a cigar by the campfire but I'm sitting here watching a movie. The smokey flavor just lingers in your nose forever, I'm pretty amazed.

M - 4.5 - Medium-heavy mouth feel. Alc is there but it fits (especially at 13%). Aftertaste is smoke, it even sticks in your nose like you were just at a bonfire or something.

Overall - 4.75 - Great beer. Unique as all hell. I'd buy it again if I could afford it haha.

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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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