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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 80
Gots: 226 | FT: 30
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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.

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ahbithwabm, May 05, 2014
Photo of draheim
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%

750mL into a tulip. Pours a deep chocolate brown w/ a 1-finger reddish mocha head.

Aroma is a blend of bourbon-soaked pipe tobacco, beech smoke, vanilla, and spice. Just a hint of booze. There's a faint cherry syrup smell I often pick up in smoke beers, but it's subtle enough not to distract.

Taste follows nose. Bourbon, smoke, vanilla, chocolate, spice. This is a tasty sipping beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating, medium-bodied. Finishes surprisingly clean for such a big beer.

Overall a really enjoyable beer. There's a lot going on here with the smoke and the rye and the barrel aging, but it works.

draheim, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%

750mL bottle poured into snifter - thanks brad

Inky blackness, thin wispy dark head dissolves quickly into a collar of foam.

Pretty intense smoky scents with toasted oak, beechwood, and bourbony sweetness. Chocolate and vanilla, sticky caramel and bread. Rye spice with alcohol heat.

Wave of booze-soaked smoke and roasted malts with rye spice. Toasted wood, dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Heavy, complex and rich with a lasting alcohol warmth. Smoked sweetness with wood and rye towards the boozy, sticky finish.

Full body, milder carbonation, creamy, sticky and thick on the tongue. If you're into smoked beers, this is a borderline must-have. I seriously can't wait to try another bottle.

xnicknj, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +5%

On tap at Max's yesterday.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty decent lacing and very good head retention. The nose in this beer is pretty good, albeit a bit muted initially. Nevertheless, I pick up considerable chocolate, light peat, coffee and vanilla. Maybse a hint of rye in the background as well. On the palate, this beer is a show stopper, and is really almost too much of a good thing, The beer is so rich, sweet and boozy, but I just can't resist the flavor profile of coffee, single malt whiskey (this beer is so peaty/smokey), chocolate, vanilla and light rye. There's a hint of licorice in the finish as well, which actually helps to tame some of the sweetness in this beer (as does the smokey quality as well). Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the 13% abv. is pretty well integrated into the flavor flavor. Still, ultimately the sweetness and high abv. wear on me a bit, and I think the combination hurts this beer's drinkability.

Enjoyed this one, but really can't imagine ever drinking more than a very small amount.

John_M, Dec 10, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +5%

From 10/30/12 notes. This is actually from the first batch; 750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger plus of fluffy dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, smoke, vanilla, oak, light dark fruits, burnt malts, and toasted malts. Awesome nose; the smoke is there, but some awesome rye bourbon and chocolate come through more. I like this nose better than the newer Bourbon version, but only a bittle bit.

t - Taste follows the nose but a ton more smoke. Tastes of smokey malts, burnt malts, roasted malts, bourbon, alcohol, oak, light vanill, and some light chocolate. Smoke really dominates here; it tastes good, though a step down from the nose and the taste of the Bourbon version.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth, with a little bit of alcohol.

o - Overall a very nice smoked porter/stout again. I think I like the nose better on this one, but the taste and mouthfeel a little bit better on the Bourbon version, so the bourbon wins our for me. Still a great beer though, and glad I have a few coming to me this year.

mdfb79, Oct 31, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +5%

750 ML bottle poured into a Maudite tulip

Awesome extra from Stawn(thanks again bud!!)

The Bruery's smoking wood pours a murky black with a 2finger tan head(I poured hard). Spicy vanilla flavor fills the nose. The taste is big, but the mouth feel is a bit thin in IMHO. It has a sweet taste up front with some classic rye bite on the back end. The body is a bit thin, but I think it adds to the drinkability of this one. It's a bit strong when first drank, but as it warms it becomes more balanced and blends well. IMHO the Bruery is one of the best at barrel aging beers, and smoking wood does disappoint.

Thedaver4220, Jan 26, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: Pours black with faint hints of brown. Nearly opaque in the glass. There was a thin coating of a khaki colored head and collar that stuck around for the whole glass.

Smell: Peat, wood, chocolate, roasted malt, smoked meat, whiskey.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted malt, wood, campfire smoke, ash, a bit of rye spiciness, and hints of grilled meat.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with medium carbonation. Viscous mouthfeel. Goes down pretty smooth for 13%.

Overall: I'm not usually a fan of smoked beers, but I was impressed with this one. It wasn't overwhelmingly smokey or meaty like some smoked beers tend to be, but rather served as a compliment to the other flavors and aromas of the beer.

Jonada, Mar 25, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +5%

750ml capped bottle into a tulip - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours pretty dark brown with a big dark khaki head that fades to a layering and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: My first whiff was that of vanilla and milk chocolate but after that it was mainly smoked malt and hints of vanilla and chocolate. The smoke and barrel aromas really meld together pretty well.

T: The taste is leaps and bounds above the aromas with big flavors of vanilla, buttery whiskey, chocolate malt, smoke, a touch of molasses, and some rye spice on the finish. Everything blends together here perfectly.

M: The feel is creamy and bodied.

O: This is one of the most interesting beers I've had in a while. The smoke integrates with the barrel flavors to really give this beer a unique flavor profile. Highly recommended.

GregSVT, Feb 11, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +5%

A-black color with a small tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark roasted malt, chocolate, smokiness, oak, whiskey

T-chocolate, smoky dark roasted malt, hints of coffee, nice blend of whiskey throughout

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth with alcohol well-integrated

O-a great barrel-aged smoked beer balancing both flavors nicely

MDDMD, Dec 09, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

On tap @ Bruery Provisions

Look: Black and opaque with a 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention some spotty lacing

Smell: Smoked oak chips with a touch of alcohol and coffee

Taste: Lots of smoke on the palate reminds you of smoked meats and BBQ. Some chocolate and coffee notes make up the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and mildly carbonated and a bit sticky

Overall: A really good smoked beer. I didnt get much of the barrel character from this one which is a bit of a let down but anytime this is offered up to me I would not turn it down

DarthKostrizer, Feb 05, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

750ml. Not quite opaque dirty oil dark brown pour. Just a ring of light tan head.

Aroma, large caramel and woodiness. Lighter smoked malt, vanilla, peat. Some bourbon like notes.

Taste, malty caramel and chocolate up front. Cocoa, vanilla, barrel.
The big peaty smoke comes through in the finish along with more rye barrel.

A nice fine carbonation makes this nearly creamy. Big and coating. A little warming, but no where near showing the full abv.

Have been slightly let down with pretty much all Bruery brews I've had to date, except this one. Though the price is steep, this is worth trying.

Bung, Jan 26, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Been eyeballing this one on the shelves for months. Finally taking the plunge!

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped-glass.

A: Poured as black as the Ace of Spades, with lots of particles floating in the vat under close inspection, and really no head whatsoever.

S: Definitely got the coconut (whisky) component to the extreme, along with a hint of rye, and along with a sort of earthy charred or toasted caramel.

T: To say this is full-bodied would be an understatement, with a huge sweet, dessert-like quality to this overall. I wouldn't call this a smoked meat beer... more of a cinged, salted caramel taffy one. Delicious.

M: Thick as snot, without much hottness to my palate. Go ahead and drink this now! No lacing left on the glass, but that's not part of the point here anyway.

O: I encourage you to vary your sip size every time you dig in. I personally found that the experience was different each time. Cheers!

Chaney, May 01, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +4%

Bruery Smoking Wood

A- pour produces a 2 finger mocha colored head resting on a dark brown body. Good retention and lacing. 4

S- nice smell of smoked malt, chocolate, light earthiness, peat, slight alcohol, vanilla. Smells excellent 4.25

T- much like the smell. Smoked malt is most prevalent and gives off a bacon like taste which is excellent and with the light alcohol warmth it goes great on a cold day. Peat, chocolate, light vanilla, and coffee round out the taste. The bacon-like after taste is one of the best after tastes I have ever experienced in a beer. 4.25

M- medium carbonation and body with a very smooth finish. 4.25

O- a great beer that I'd love to have more often but the $22 price tag is a little high for it. 4


t420o, Jun 25, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a rather modest head that fades to a ringlet and archipelago; does a very nice job lacing the tulip glass, however

Smell: Charred beechwood, caramel, licorice and chocolate; vague hints of dark fruit, vanilla and soy sauce

Taste: Opens with the caramel, chocolate and licorice but the beechwood smoked flavors quickly another dimension; dark fruit , vanilla and soy sauce adds yet more complexity, in the middle; after the swallow, the oak and rye flavors arrive to cut the sweetness, with a bacon flavor lingering to finish things off

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A lot of smoked beers are over the top with the smoke but in this beer, the smoke truly complements the other aspects of the flavor profile

brentk56, Feb 09, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +4%

Poured into a snifter. Pours out thick and pitch black. No head, no lace, not surprised at 13%.

Rye, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey start off the smell. Caramel and earth follow to mellow it out. Smoke is noticeable throughout, nice and mild.

The taste begins with a heavy helping of chocolate, caramel and smoked wood. This is quickly joined by rye spice and earthy notes. Whiskey barrel notes finish it up, slightly overwhelming, especially as it warms. Decently balanced for such a heavy beer. Goes down smooth, a bit hot with a hint of carbonation.

Glad I got one for the cellar, this one will age very well!

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 20, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

A - black body, 3 finger brown town head

S - some whisky

T - whisky, chocolate, sweet, brown sugar, oak, very small amount of smoke.

M - smooth carbonation, smooth finish

Very good beer. Smoke was definitely on the lighter side which was surprising but also quite nice. Barrel characteristics were equally as subtle. Very good, mellow beer. I want more.

s1ckboy, Apr 09, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a super dark mahogany to black with a full dark tan head. Nice head retention, thick spotty lace.

S: Lots of barrel character, not what I expected, I expected smoke dominance. Whiskey notes, wood, rye spice, bit of BBQ.

T: Sweet woody notes with really only an undercurrent of smoke, there are definitely more smoke forward beers out there. Dark malt flavours, with a hint of raisin and plum. Big spiritous quality, a direct barrel and ethanol flavour that dominates the back end of the beer which was quite enjoyable.

M: Full-bodied, rich, medium carbonation - biting at time. Ethanol attack on the finish, I can feel it in the gums, but surprisingly clean. The aftertaste is very mild especially in a smoked beer. It attacks full force and then retreats just as fast. An interesting experience. Certainly some lingering flavour, but not to the extent I predicted.

O: I've always been a fan of Rye barrel aging. They bring something unique to the table and can create fantastic flavour profiles as in the case of the now legendary Rye Papier. This one isn't in its league, but it's solid now, how it contains the barrel and ethanol flavours is impressive. The $20 price tag is tough, but it's an intriguing experience and something that would be fun to see how it would age.

Halcyondays, Dec 20, 2011
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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

Big thanks to TheSevenDuffs for sending us this beer in a great trade.

A: Rich and deep black brown, appears clear without sediment. Topped off with a warm tan microfilm head that linger only slightly around the rim.

S: Dry coco powder and malts chased by smokey peat. Hints of wet leaves in the background together with an overall sweetness.

T: Similar to the nose with a more pronounced smokiness and rye whisky overtones which balances out the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel notes from the malts. Warmth of alcohol esters on the finish.

M: Low carbonation with medium body resulting in a smooth creamy feel with noticeable alcohol finish.

O: While more sweet and less smoky than I initially expected, this was and enjoyable beer that paired well with the smokiness of chilli.

FondueVoodoo, Apr 06, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a 1-finger light-brown head on top.

S: Smoke and alcohol are the first impressions, but once I get past that I'm getting some dark fruits (raisins) and molasses. Impressions from the wood too - mainly vanilla.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. It's definitely smoky. Molasses, burnt raisins and prunes are underneath. Also a hint of rye spiciness, and a good amount of wood characteristics - some tannic bitterness and more warming vanilla. Speaking of warming...this is hot from the 13% ABV. Alcohol is noted on the palate pretty quickly and then there's plenty of heat at the back of the palate and down into the belly. Drinking this pre-dinner on a fairly empty stomach is warming my belly quickly - and lightening my head as well. Finishes with char bitterness and drying alcohol. Reminds me of campfires (fire + drunk = campfire).

M: Call it medium, though it feels a bit thin (not surprising, as the base of this beer is classified as a porter; this is not an Imperial/Double Stout, despite appearances and the fact that the beer is being used as a jumping off point for experimentation). Carbonation is modest, the feel is slightly prickly.

O: Interesting. Unlike anything I've ever had - at least, not wrapped together in one beer - and so it's tough to really pin it down. At times the smoke is a bit too much, but once I get used to it, I can appreciate some of the other things going on here.

Kendo, Mar 02, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +3%

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.

ehammond1, Jan 30, 2012
Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.