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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Reviews: 161
Hads: 836
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 94
Gots: 256 | FT: 35
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: phichifiji00 on 11-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown coloured body, at The Bruery Tasting Room. Average mouthfeel, but also very creamy, very smokey like a log in the fireplace. Hits the spot, but why the 10% abv?OK drinkability. Would like something more complex, less intense on the smoke attribute.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thick streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malts, campfire smoke, rye, whisky, and some earthy aromas. Taste is absolutely fantastic with lots of tasty smoked malt flavors that are perfectly matched with the rye whisky and barrel flavors. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a really good smoked beer and one of the best beers I have tried recently.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thin patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose along with some hints of whiskey.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a little smoky and has hints of whiskey towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as medicinal as a rauchbier, but is interesting enough to sip and savor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

truly one of the best beers ive ever had. extraordinarily complex, unique, and brilliantly put together. not sure theres another brewery in the country doing anything quite this refined. this beer pours the color and texture of chocolate syrup, impenetrable to light with a bubbly finger or two of mocha colored head. the nose is incredible, really woody. its oaky and smokey and rich, but rauchbiery, less campfire and more barrel treated, but its got some similar earthen tones. sweet cocoa is present, as is a more luxurious chocolate silk, some english toffee sweetness and caramel malt, and some dark roasted coffee. the flavor is just as complex as the nose, very difficult to describe, except that it comes in waves one after the other so that each nuance can be fully deteced and admired. ive never had a porter this good in my life, im sure of it. the 13% abv is really well hidden for how massive that is, but man could i feel it. had half a bottle and was definitely too drunk to play darts. certainly a beer for sharing! full body with a decadent velvet texture, and finely carbonated. somewhere between the best dessert ever made and foraged subsistence. i absolutely loved this beer and cannot wait for my next one. do not miss this, its worth every penny of the 22 bucks it costs!

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by sandstone. Thanks, Rog.

Opaque dark brown pour. The head is thin but lasting and sticky.

The nose has a really good balance of campfire smoke, chocolate malt, earthy rye and sweet whiskey barrel. I'm impressed by how harmonious it all is. Smoke is the dominant quality, but just barely - it's restrained enough to allow complexities of the beer to shine through.

Roasty, chocolate forward palate. Big wood smoke flavor, earthiness, oak, some heat and caramel from the barrel. Medium-full body. Really nice finish, just enough roast, barrel and smoke. A nice beer, pleasantly modest in both sweetness and ABV for a barrel aged Bruery beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thinner creamy deep beige head atop.Dark fruit and vanilla stands out most in the nose,as the beer warms some toasted oak shows through more along with sweet sharp alcohol.Wow this beer kicks ya in the pants, dark fruit,vanilla,smoke,and a sharp rye element in the finish on the palate.A whole lot going on over top of a very big alcohol presence makes it harder to drink.It has alot going on but the alcohol is to big for me to enjoy it much,I respect the flavor complexity but it may be to big for me to be honest.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Bruery -bal tasting.

Pours dark brown with a big off-white head. Aroma of smoke, salt, wood, and dark fruits, specifically raisin. Smoke is prominent on the aroma, as are salt, raisin, mild chocolate, and molasses. Some wood in there, too. Sort of thin bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

8 ounce goblet - $9.50 at Argosy in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Inky black body topped with a thin beige head that dissolves into a ring.

Smell: Gobs of malty notes on the nose, from smoky molasses to rich chocolate to dark roasted coffee to brown sugar. Stewed fruits. Prominent barrel accents.

Taste: Heavy, plush, tongue-coating maltiness expressing flavors of roasty-toned espresso, dark chocolate ganache followed by a burst of sugary sweetness and piquant rye. Light vanilla, light smokiness. Dark fruitiness, a snippet of black licorice. Great rye whiskey character throughout. Smooth, sweet, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Near full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Warming throughout without being sharply boozy.

Overall: Quite good overall and graciously potent, I found the eight ounces provided was more than ample even at a slow-sipped pace.

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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Lord Hobo during the pre EBF throwdown.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some red coming through at the edges. There is a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: This is a really smokey smelling beer with some dark fruit and sweet roasted malt joining the party as well. Reminds me a bit of BBQ sauce.

Taste: A lot like the smell. Roasty and sweet with a strong smoke presence. There is a lot of wood in the flavor as well. The roast and sweetness have a chocolate like characteristic to them. The finish is smokey and a bit warm from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got around to drinking this, shared with Ricky and knocked us on our asses.

Pours a smaller but decent fizzy darker head, nice legs on the side, no light getting through the super dark beer.

Nose brings lots of smoke and dark malts, some char between roast, black malt and some of the smoke, camp fire smoke with almost Islay whisky like smoke but not really peat, smoldering wood chips, speaking of which nice wood and oak like aromas with some vanilla and toasted oak.malts also bring dark choc and caramelized molasses heavy sugars but not super sweet, nice black malt and roast overall, and some caramel and fluffy nougat.

Taste starts with dark malts, tons of them, some black malt, a little burnt acrid roast, even some bakers choc, caramel, little nougat, etc. Then smoke, nice smoke with campfire and smoking oak chips, with some smoked whisky like flavours, into some whisky, to get the rye I really have to dig but there's some whisky flavor more of a young whisky, with a nice but light toasted oak. Semi sweet with a little syrup, with some warming slightly fusel booze. Finish is long syrupy little sticky, some mild bitterness but lots of dark malts, little dark choc, more whisky and oak, and lingering slightly tannic charred smoke.

Mouth is full bod, thick little syrupy, lots if booze warmth esp in the throat, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, good smoke, nice whisky almost Islay like whisky, good dark malts lots of great dark malts, cocoa, toasted oak, etc, rye is very light but whisky is there. Overall way too boozy though and hard to drink much.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a New Belgium stem-goblet at a SoCal bar. 13% ABV confirmed. Reviewed from notes taken in January 2013.

A: Pours no head at all, just a khaki colour ring floater. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical of the style. Generally appealing.

Sm: Heavy wood/barrel notes. Alcohol and heat. Caramel, dark malts. Rich malty sweetness. Maybe rye. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Some alcohol heat. Dark malts, rye, chocolate malt. Caramel. Sweet. Raisiney. Wood as a background tone, but nothing evocative like oak, cherrywood, or the like - just bland wood. Some slight spicy heat, like chili pepper sans pepper skin. Messy and imbalanced, but somehow not without a bit of subtlety. Mess that it is, I do like it in a general sense.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a bit overcarbonated, and featuring pretty good thickness. Complements the flavour profile fairly well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its high ABV okay, I guess. A decent offering from The Bruery, but not one I'd trifle with again. I like what they were shooting for, but they fell a bit short. Still, the result is probably worth trying once at the right price.


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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from my fast dwindling NC haul...

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Viscious look to this, some lacing & head retention

S: Faint bourbon notes, pancake syrup, peppery & bready notes. Much dark fruit once warmt & the nose just keeps opening up the warmer it gets, more Bourbon, dark fruit & straight alcohol

T: Beechwood smoke, figs, peppery rye & plum notes up front a touch of tanins as well .
Spicy rye , dark fruit & smokeyness as this warms, carob & currants also surface. Finishes smokey, with dark fruit, rye spiceyness, faint coffee notes & with some woody dryness

MF: Fairly thick, slight carbonation, nice warming sensation

Fairly ponderous, between the heft & the smoke, this is a sipper. Not a bad beer, but this one probably was a year or 2 from peaking. If you are patient, wait & you will be rewarded with a better beer IMO. Smokeyness needs to mellow out bit for my tastes. Beechwood smoke is easily overdone & this borders on it...

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a small foamy tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood smoke, caramel, light char, vanilla, toast, oak, whiskey, light spicy rye, and toffee. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with smoked malt and barrel character. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood smoke, caramel, toast, oak, whiskey, vanilla, light spicy rye, and toffee. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood smoke, caramel, toast, oak, whiskey, vanilla, and toffee on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity of roasted, smoked, and barrel flavors; with an awesome balance of barrel character that isn’t overwhelming; and no cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a slick, creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Definitely a slow sipper. Overall this is an incredible imperial smoked porter style! Incredible depth and complexity of flavor with great balance of the barrel, smoke, and roasted flavors; and quite smooth to sip on a slowly. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Nanoslug. Served in a Lost Abbey teku glass.

A - Finger of creamy mocha foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, persistent lace splotches, black body. Nice retention, particularly in this glass.

S - It's smokey alright. There's some rye whiskey presence, plenty of oak and vanilla, smoked meats, hint of hickory, and a touch of alcohol. There's also a hint of salty Play-Doh.

T - Taste is quite nice, with a mix of chocolate malts, smoke, wood, vanilla, and light rye whiskey character. Finishes with dark chocolate and rye fading into a smoked wood aftertaste. Alcohol is quite well-hidden here.

M - Body is a tad light for 10%, but it's on the medium-full side of things. Lower carbonation, smooth texture, and a sticky lip-smacking finish. Not much barrel presence here.

D - Quite easy to drink considering the style and ABV, but definitely a sipper and not a beer I'd open regularly. Still it bodes well for the 2012 Bruery lineup. A nice beer that has plenty of elements working in harmony together.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery glass, in style. I'm not sure what people don't like about this beer, it is a barrel aged smoke beer that actually tastes smokey. Compared to the other version of this, this one was the loser but I think the rye was coming through more than the whiskey.

Beer is dark black with a huge barrier to enjoyment head of dark brown bubbles, heavily carbonated, very aggressive beer.

Aroma is smoky, sweet, spicy.

Beer is light in body, lingering meaty smokiness. Pretty strong flavor with this almost tart like spiciness. Someone suggested, it might have been me, that this beer may be infected, I don't think so but it sure was unique. I might have it again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay for opening this one.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head on top. Nice retention with spotty lacing.

S: The barrel comes through strong on the aroma, some whiskey, vanilla, and brown sugar. There is a little bit of smoke and spice.

T: Nice and malty with a good spice undertone. The smoke was not in your face, probably from the barrel aging. Some vanilla and oak with the smoke coming in on the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Abv well hidden with an appropriate level of smoke.

O: Beer paired great with smoked sausage. Liked the combination of barrel aging with the smoke, makes for a tasty combination.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of smoked malts with definite notes of cherrywood (like I would get from a BBQ pit) with moderate to strong aromas of rye whiskey.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of smoked malts with notes of rye spiciness and cherrywood - slight notes of medicinal/iodine from the smoking but not as strong as in other examples. There are strong flavors of rye whiskey with some caramel and vanilla notes present and just a hint of oak barrel. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: For a 13% ABV beer, the alcohol is very well hidden other than the rye whiskey flavors/aromas. Definitely a strongly flavored beer that needs to be sipped slowly to be enjoyed. Reminds me a lot of good BBQ smoke... Might have matched really well with some smoked meats but unfortunately I finished last night's BBQ leftovers at lunch :(

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Photo of stakem
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears black in color with a rich 2.5 finger froth that is brown in color and surges to the surface when poured down the middle of the glass. It doesn't take long before the cap fades to a thin film across the top and leaves some stringy lines of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is very hearty with smoke coming across like bacon or some other form of beefiness. A very solid roasty grain presence is felt somewhat ashy and acrid with trace amounts of chocolate and coffee. A tingle of solvent alcohol and almost a citrus quality emerge as it warms up. The barrel presence is really mild across the nose but what does emerge are hints of raw woodiness and accenting alcohol.

The flavor of this brew is dry and ashy. A bit charred, acrid, earthy, tobacco-like and strong with bitter roast. Suggestions of raw oakiness appear at times with hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. The smoke aspect is pretty bold in the nose but blends well in the flavor profile mixing with the typical dark grain flavors that are roasty. The aftertaste is a bit beefy and the barrel presence brings out a soft spicy character that is very different from the bourbon version but interesting in it's own right.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 13% alcohol is really integrated well in this brew and it provides a whole lot of character to take in, instead of just smoke and barrel. Really good stuff here. There has been some recent talks about infection in this so I bumped this up on the priority list to give it a try. Luckily, no such dumbness to be found. I really enjoyed the bourbon version and dare I say I like this one just as much but for different reasons. Whereas the bourbon version had some soft almost sweet notes, this one is a bit harsher with raw woodiness that really works with the smoke.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is over-carbonated...pour slowly. Dark brown in color with a fizzy beige head. The aroma is rye and whiskey all the way. Tannic and oaky. Notes of root beer and molasses. Ok flavor. The Bruery makes some phenomenal beers, but sometimes they fall a bit short in their endeavors, which is the case here.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black with a thin, brown head that has little retention

S - smoke, wood, chocolate, pepper, roasted malts, vanilla

T - roasted malts, bourbon, chocolate, smoke, wood, peppery, coffee-like bitterness, some alcohol in the finish

M - full bodied, warm, well carbonated

This was a very intense, intriguing beer. There's rye, bourbon, smoke, an amazing underlying stout, and they are all present and accounted for in the flavor. This was so incredibly balanced and flavorful that I was getting something new or more pronounced in each sip. I am very impressed with this beer. This is one of the more unique beers that I've had lately. It's worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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