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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

671 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 80
Gots: 229 | FT: 30
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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Photo of champ103
2.73/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark black color. Not totally opaque, but close. A two finger tan head forms and gently recedes. Light lace.
S: Smoke, wood, chocolate, burnt sugars. Tons of meaty smoke in the finish.
T: Follows the nose with charred wood, chocolate, burnt sugars all intermingling with smoked meat. A bit over attenuated with the sweetness, and the smoke is over barring.
M/D: A full body and low carbonation. Sticky and syrupy. I can only take this is small doses. With the smoke, sweetness, and alcohol this is way to hard to sip and enjoy for me.

This is over barring, and not something I particularly enjoyed. Not something I would recommend.

champ103, May 19, 2012
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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sampled March 2012
A soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger thick, pale brown colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown, moving towards black color that shows opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells dominantly of smoke up front; the smoky phenolics have an edge to them that is not quite a smooth as your typical Beechwood smoked malt, it is perhaps a touch like burnt plastic and definitely has a funky-plastic like edge to it, that is typical of Briess’ cherrywood smoked malt. The smoke pretty well consumes any other beer notes, and when you try to really dig into the nose, this just brings the phenolic, plastic like notes out even more. I will say that the plastic phenolics are kept to a reasonable enough level that the aroma is on the enjoyable side for me, but I have still have yet to have had a beer brewed with the Briess cherrywood smoked malt that is actually better off for is use. There are some subtle, almost fleeting hints at a rich toasted / roasted character, but the smoke makes it hard for me to individually pull these aromatics out.

Lightly sweet, with a prickly, almost effervescent carbonation and the beer tastes significantly different than I was expecting. There is a soft bourbon like fruitiness to this beer and in the finish there is a vanillin / coconut flavor that lightly interjects along with some warming alcohol (but not nearly as much as I would expect from this beer), a touch of lingering, woody spiciness and a touch of charred roasted malt. There is a subtle woody spiciness that perfumes the whole of the flavor profile, this mixes well with a savory, somewhat smoky, toasted / roasted malt character. The smoke character is quite light compared to what I was expecting from the flavor. This beer is actually quite a bit more light bodied than I would have expected; in fact it really could use more thick malt character and even a touch of sweetness to balance out the barrel and smoke character better; having said that, it doesn’t quite come off as way too thin, but it definitely needs more heft to really have a good balance. As the beer warms up the smoky phenolic notes become a bit more noticeable in the finish, and somehow the plastic like notes are boosted a touch by the Bourbon character. There is an almost cherry like flavor to this beer; it seems influenced by the smoked malt and the Bourbon influence, though it leans a touch toward the chemical side of cherry flavor. The alcohol spiciness and heat becomes a bit more noticeable as the beer warms up and this is likely influenced by the woody barrel ageing as well.

I like that the Bourbon character plays a clearly supporting role here. Having said that, this beer once again proves that cherrywood smoked malt just never quite cuts it; I have still yet to have had a beer where it plays a totally positive role. This is not a bad beer, I certainly like the idea, but the execution isn’t quite there; in the end the various notes (thin body, soft Bourbon notes, smoke, and roasted malt) are a bit too discordant and fail to achieve a great balance.

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Two kinds of smoke and a rye-barrel treatment? I'm in. This stuff pours a bleak mahogany-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises light cedar, hickory smoke, and sourdough. Wait, no roasted malts? No cocoa or anything beneath the wood and smoke? Intriguing... The taste brings in more of the same, with some very light roasted malts, very light dark chocolate powder (there we go!), and lot's more sourdough. Unfortunately, the smoke doesn't meld well with the barrel here, creating an odd (and frankly semi-inexplicable) flavor on the tongue. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, what seemed like a pretty badass concept has sadly manifested itself as a bit of a mess, with the smoke, the barrel, and the base never really coming together in any semblance of cooperation.

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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.