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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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90
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671 Ratings
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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 80
Gots: 228 | FT: 30
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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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Sammy, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -25.6%

zestar, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

metter98, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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

brentk56, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Texasfan549, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

kjkinsey, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

GRG1313, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

womencantsail, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.7%

kylehay2004, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

oberon, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

largadeer, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

JAHMUR, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

nickfl, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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...

russpowell, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

MasterSki, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Slatetank, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

StonedTrippin, Jan 13, 2013
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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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