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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 698
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 84
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: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.