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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 71
Gots: 198 | FT: 27
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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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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a tulip
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this up

A-- Poured a dark cola color. Settled black. One finger dark brown head that slowly worked it's way to a nice, thick collar. Good head retention and good spotty lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

S-- ACK...Smoke!!!! lots of initial aroma of smoke. Once it settled down got smoked bacon, salted cashews, chocolate, and slight bits of oak and rye whiskey.

T-- Smoked chocolate and smoked vanilla. Smoke somewhat drops off to dark chocolate, vanilla, and light barrel notes of oak and rye.

M-- Medium bodied and low carbonation. Works well as the barrel notes are soft so the smoke meshes well with the beer. Quite smooth after working way through the smoke.

O-- Struggled with the beer at first but once it opened up it was quite good. Not something I would want a lot of but it is a good change of pace and a beer that is pretty complex. Very much a slow sipper. Took about an hour to get through the bottle being shared.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 14:26:05 | More by mulder1010
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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter.

Poured at 55 degrees, the beer almost looks like it’s nitrogenated. It explodes with dense, creamy bubbles, the cinnamon-colored head getting close to two inches tall. The second pour, at a colder temp, was much more manageable. In both cases, the brew below is deep black.

Fantastic aroma. Milk chocolate, oats, lots of vanilla and maple, tons of caramel. The smoke is subtle, but blends nicely with the other flavors.

Tastes like a fantastic cigar. Smoky, wet tobacco; spicy rye; sweet bourbon. Again there are hints of chocolate, toast, vanilla and toffee. The wood is tannic, making the drink like sucking a cube of rye-soaked oak. A flash of tangy prunes at the swallow. The sweet blend is so drinkable it’s scary.

Soft yet thin body. Carbonation is just a light tingle; alcohol fumes blaze through the throat.

Awesome entendre aside, Smoking Wood has a great aroma and a good flavor. I’d suggest you drink it cold if you don’t want to deal with all the froth.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 04:43:40 | More by Phelps
Photo of alpinebryant


4.05/5  rDev +1%
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
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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured deep brown with good carbonation leaving a medium sized tan cap which resedes leaving a small tan ring clinging to the edge of the glass

S: Nose picks up a dominant smokiness, blend of smoked meat and campfire smoke, some peppery rye with a chocolate base, some citrus and booze sting on the nostrils

T: Palate is greeted with immediate campfire and lighter smoked meat which really persists throughout the taste, even onto the finish its rather prominent. The underlying chocolate and roastiness is nice, the booziness rises in mere seconds and stings from start to finish. The spice, old wood and earthiness and pepperness is evident but moderate, just enough. The citrus is minute but the tart stinging effort is definitely noticable. The finish is stinging, smoke laden, dry. looking for that vanilla everyone is talking about in other reviws.

M: The mouthfeel was a bit thin, a tad bit over on carbonation perhaps,sometimes the heat and give the appearance of thin which is my beef with BT or CR.

O: Good, I thought it was worth the sticker price.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 17:52:55 | More by barleywinefiend
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger frothy mocha head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black and opaque. Lacing is spotty and sparse with no cling. Thick legs. Solid and ominous.

Nose is booze, chocolate, cocoa, roast, smoke and prunes. Rich and enticing.

Opens sweet roast and smoke. Prunes and plum. Chocolate, molasses, oak and booze. Hot and rich in the middle. End is fudge and more roast. Chocolate and sweet dark fruit aftertaste. Nice.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Rich and heavy in the mouth and goes down hot and smooth. Finishes messy with a sticky, filmy aftertaste. Really good.

A real solid beer all the way around. From what I remember, this is a bit better than the bourbon version. Another reason why The Bruery should just stick to making high ABV, dark beers in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:28:13 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage
2012 Vintage Revisions in parentheses

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a generous medium beige head that slowly fades. I also saw some good lacing with this one.

Smell: Smoked wood hits first with the bal-aging elements following, Mild Whiskey, some vanilla notes, and I'm not sure due to the smoke but perhaps some coffee/roasted malt aromas. (2012 mostly the same but has a more upfront/forward nose, with perhaps some additional chocolate 4.5)

Taste: The smoke is prominent, but it doesn't overwhelm the other elements. I get some mild whiskey, roast malts, vanilla, and spicy rye notes with some oak. I think I'm getting some mild dark fruit notes as well. The finish is clean ending with the smoke notes but not in an overt way. Alcohol is very subtle for the ABV. (2012 same but more refined & smoother 4.5)

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

Overall: A pleasant surprise. I was afraid the smoke flavor might be overwhelming but it worked well within the taste profile. The smoke is definitely there but as a fan of roasty stouts I liked this one.(2012 Great beer 4.5)

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 02:06:52 | More by IKR
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Here’s another beer that proves The Bruery is trying to break my bank account. I just can’t stay away, especially when it comes to smoked beers.

A: A body that’s thick as caramel with a deep chestnut hue; not a single inch of head appears. Give it a little twirl and you get a web of wet lacing and a silky brown fizz that slowly recedes.

S: Dark aromas waft into the atmosphere as soon as you pour the first glass. A closer inspection reveals a sweet, layered nose, stacking molasses and brown sugar on top of a hickory smoked, peppered jerky – an aroma that’s not as smoky as it is meaty and savory, like pork with a sugary glaze right off the grill. Maple, vanilla, and leather scents open up more as it warms.

T: A palate so rich it coats the mouth with even small sips – marshmallow, maple syrup, molasses, and toffee thicken every inch of this palate with dark sweetness. Surprisingly, the smoked bacon profile is in no way overbearing, remaining nestled among lightly tannic grain tastes of wheat toast and burnt biscuit in wonderful balance; doesn’t hurt that there’s thick sugars everywhere in this palate to distract, of course. Finishes with a vanilla-touched oak barrel character, with the burn of cinnamon and spicy rye whiskey hanging on for a short, moderately-intense aftertaste.

M: This is a really fizzy beer, though it all feels completely natural: soft carbonation bubbles fiercely like champagne. No alcohol heat or palatable syrupiness, interestingly enough – it really only has medium body. However, that body correlates with a bottle that's about a six-pack of Bud alcohol-wise, so be careful of its drinkability.

O: This is one of the first Bruery beers where I feel I paid too much for what I got, though that’s probably only because I spent around $25 on the bottle. Any price under $20 would be perfect. Money aside, this is a great beer, especially for smoked beer beginners: hickory and bacon in the nose and sweet, boozy darkness in the palate. Great balance and overall, an enjoyable beer to drink – and when it comes down to it, that’s all that matters, anyway.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:02:29 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to Dr G for sharing this -enjoyed chilled in a teku from the 750ml.

The color is opaque dark brown practically black with medium tan head with fine bead and legs that stick to the glass. the aroma is a mix of sweet toffee, smoke and some alcohol esters with woody scent and whiskey is pretty potent in the nose. The feel is dense and intense with lots of sweet malt texture and boozy finish which is warming and dry.

The flavor is pretty much as intense as the aroma leads on with a dark cocoa and wood flavor up front with mild smokiness and toffe-like sweetness with some whiskey coming along in the mid taste and lasting into the finish with mildly sweet lingering flavor.
This was a very big beer both in strength and flavor ...I recommond having at least 3 or 4 appreciative tasters to share this with since I was satisfied with 5 oz.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 13:59:58 | More by Slatetank
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Both the Rye and Bourbon provided by Claaark13. Cheers for the awesome set man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
ABV: 10%

APPEARANCE: A bit of a foamer upon opening, but once it calmed, she pours a 1+ finger, looser looking, crusty, tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a full foam cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. Bistre brown in color with a relentless stream of carbonation up the middle of the glass. Lots of carbonation everywhere. A nice foamy cap remains until the end leaving lots of chunky lacing down the glass. A little too foamy for my style, but nothing wrong per se.

SMELL: Smoky with dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, and some nice rye barrel notes. Oak with light vanilla compliment the smoky malt base, and the rye adds a light tough of spice in there. Bold and well integrated.

TASTE: Lighty smoky out of the gate with some dark chocolate as well, then some rye barrel, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate through the middle into a somewhat boozy finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste of smoke and peaty flavors, milk and dark chocolate, a touch of coffee bitterness and some alcohol as well. Flavorful, bold and well balanced, with nice barrel and smoky notes working together.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Light weight, unfortunately, but quite creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Just a touch too light and carbonated for the style.

OVERALL: This was really, really nice. The aroma was enticing and the flavor quite delicious, though the execution didn't quite work out. Namely, the feel was a little too carbonated and light to really support the flavor profile, meaning this potentially world-class beer didn't quite live up to its potential. Nevertheless, this was a fun treat and I would argue this one is more complex and interesting that the bourbon barrel version. Cheers again Claaark13!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 19:28:13 | More by Jeffo
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from The Bruery tasting I hosted Saturday night.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours black with a 2" tan head. Amazing spiderweb lacing remains on the glass.

S- Peaty, smoke, meat, and slight chocolate.

T- Roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, and slight coffee.

M- Medium body, high carbonation. Has a slightly dry feel and finish.

O- Very good smoked porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 13:42:38 | More by kawilliams81
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4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very dark porter but very nice color
S seriously boozy smell with some smoke
T dark malty flavor with a boozy overtone and a a smoky undertone
M somewhat thick for a porter but obviously sharp because of the alcohol and barrel
O really nice barrel aged beer, a little smoky but to be expected from something called smoking wood... Very cool beer unusual and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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