Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 830
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 94
Gots: 258 | 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 Hopdaemon39
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

What an interesting beer! Jet black in color with very little head, decent retention though.

You can smell the rye as soon as you open the bottle- lots of rye, some bourbon booziness and toffee.

Tastes more like liqueur than beer really- rich and sweet, with rye, toffee, whiskey booziness but surprisingly little given the ABV. There's a little smoke in there towards the end and generally mixed in but I did not find it to be crazy smokey.

Mouthfeel is incredibly heavy but not cloying. Just sip very slowly there's a lot to savor. I'm sure this is killer during the winter months. (586 characters)

Photo of challenja
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smoking wood served in a snifter at Church Key Dc
A:sacloth black dark cocoa with a disappearing brown frothslip
s:cherry sweet candied fig jam Venezuela milk frothed chocolate strong cherry oak resin
T:beautifully crafted candied fig jam smoked beechwood rye whisky barrel dry end junipers.
M: sweet medium bodied porter. Extremely smooth and silky. Juniper jam dry rye alcohol finish.
O: this is an artist's beer. Carefully crafted for the smokey beer nerd in you. Bruery bravo (479 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Jet Black and with an aggressive pour you get a mocha head about an inch that dissipates quickly

S: Get the wood upfront like a burned down campfire, maybe some barrel characteristics alcohol some vanilla

T: you get this nice sweet beautiful barrel aged stout/porter taste and then it washes away into what a smoldering campfire smells like. Which is quite amazing

M: this beer does well here nice thick viscous what you want out of a dark beer to chew it just lovely

O: I'm impressed. This isn't a beer I could drink a lot of but what it purports to do it does well. I'm curious as to what this beer would have been without the smoke, because I think there is an amazing barrel aged porter here sans smoked malt. (722 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a FW tasting glass. Vintage 2014.

A: Pitch dark; much blacker than anticipated. Hint of head fades quickly. Black and opaque.

S: This smells like an Islay scotch. Rich, smoky, and present astringent alcohols. Hint of fruit. Toasted grain. God, this is smoky.

T/M: Oh my god. What joy! So rich, so sweet, so smoky. Enormous caramels. Rich malt. Gentle, waves of smooth-sweet booze. There is a savory quality amidst the sticky booze-malt that is obviously reminiscent of bacon.

O: An exceptional beer, that I am so glad I shelled out for. Highly recommended. An interesting, complex smoky-sweet-rich-deep-big-nice beer. (653 characters)

Photo of Bucephalus123
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark, opaque reddish-brown, with minimal coffee-colored head.

S: Malty, with sweet whiskey notes; not overwhelming. I was expecting a more pungent flavor.

T: More malt flavor with coffee and sweet vanilla. A smoky, very savory finish that lingers.

M: Medium.

Overall, an impressive and distinctive beer. It's not for every day, and it's not exactly a summer beer. Would likely be excellent with smoked cheese or fish. (462 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into two Biltmore house jam jars re-purposed to beer glasses. they act like great snifters fyi.

beer is thick oily and very dark. a very bright flashlight only reveals a thick chocolaty appearance with little dark color showing. very little head or carbonation.

nose is chocolate, molasses and booze.

taste is phenomenal. all of the above + extra goodness. really beefs up the appeal of the beer. mouth-feel is also very nice. sweet medium body. could be a little fuller but it does sit nicely on the tongue.

overall this is a high recommend. (562 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a couple years ago. likely 2012

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger of dense light tan head that is quick to fade to a collar around the edge of the glass and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of smoke, chocolate, and some vanilla and caramel from the barrel
T: taste is smoke with caramel, vanilla, chocolate and a slight coffee presence with more sweet smokyness and a slight woody quality. swallow is more smoke, some alcohol, wood, chocolate and rye whiskey flavors
M: this beer sits at about a medium on the palate with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: fairly smooth on the palate until the swallow and then it reminds you that it's a big beer with a bit of a burn and some bite. I picked up three bottles this year so it will be interesting to try it when fresh but it will probably be much less refined and a bit more rambunctious. (905 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into two wine glasses. Shared this one with my dad. A little pre-Father's Day enjoyment. The short review: we both loved it.

A nice muted whiff of smoke, and a balanced whiff of the rye aging. A bit of caramel in the nose as well.

Taste matches the smell. It's quite delicious, and paired well with the gruyere cheese slices we enjoyed with this beer.

A little syrupy, but not super thick mouthfeel. Pleasant going down the ol' gullet.

Give this one a try. I'm surprised it's not rated higher. Deserves a top 250 spot, if my opinion matters. (569 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle: This one pours an inky, opaque dark brown color. There was just a wisp of a dark tan head on it. It has a big, rich nose. Some smokiness, rye, cocoa, slight spice, maybe some coffee and vanilla. The taste is very good. Many flavors are melding together, but none are really overpowering. Rye, smokiness, cocoa, some alcohol, some caramel with some other stuff going on in there also. This is quite nice. (417 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
13% ABV, 12/12/13 on neck of bottle.

A - Pitch black, this inky porter pours with a fleeting mocha head that settles to a halo of tight bubbles; not surprising for it's strong alcohol percent.

S - Cold-pressed black coffee and dark chocolate push through the big aroma of peat smoked scotch, oak, and sharp rye whiskey for a boozy but complex nose that begs to be sipped warm and slowly.

T - Surprisingly mellow considering the aroma, the flavor is rich with milk chocolate while subtly hinting at coffee. Spicy rye compliments the beer nicely, helping tone down some of the big sweetness the malts offer while warming whiskey flavors swirl in the finish as suggestions of smoke waft in.

M - Sweet from beginning to end, the robust maltiness is smooth, mellowed out by underlying roasted malt bitterness and warming, thinning alcohol that leaves the perfect dryness on the tongue.

O - The combination of rye malt and it's inherent spiciness and rye whiskey barrel aging works wonderfully in this robust, full-bodied porter, finishing with some smoothness that isn't taxing on the tongue like quite a few of their other bigger beers are. As a whole, Smoking Wood is a fantastic beer but with a name like Smoking Wood, I half expected some heavy smoke. I'm not overly disappointed but I think a stronger smoke profile would be a wonderful addition to the beer. (1,405 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (792 characters)

Photo of cooch69
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is without a doubt my favorite Bruery Beer. And the Bruery is one of my favorite American Breweries.

Pours a think, dank super dark brown. Impenetrable almost like a thick wood stain.

Nose greets the senses with burnt fireplace logs the morning after a fire, sweet bbq sauce, a generous amount of wood and whiskey and lots of chocolate malts. Very rich and satisfying.

Taste is extremely savory and rich. Full of Chocolate, wood, booze, charcoal, and bbq sauce. The smoke is nearly perfect although it could be a tad more.(I like lots of smoke) This bottle is a 2013 and I need to try a 2014 soon because I'm curious if the recipe drifted anywhere this year.

Full, thick mouthfeel without being over the top to the point I couldn't drink a few glasses. And a smooth carbonation. Really satisfying overall

If you like smoked beers, grab this. It takes the idea of A german Rauchbier an improves upon it in complexity to make it even better than the best German made ones. (982 characters)

Photo of Jjski
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm on vacation, so I've raided the cellar and brought the BIG guns to camp in the Adirondack mountains. It's -11 ( negative, below zero, crispy crunchy cold for all the So-Cals on BA) . We r cold and we like it. The skis are waxed and the snowmobile is tuned and running well

2012 Vintage. Label says to cellar up to 3 years.

A- back, scant tan lacing

S- old leathery brown sugar

T- hot alcohol, but not balanced. followed by astringent dark roasted rye. Whiskey dry finish. Very light smoke which is overwhelmed by the alcohol burn in the nostrils

M- a bit on the thin side for the heat it throws

O- not outstanding. Unique in the rye , smoke and barrel. I love huge beers and buy anything from Bruery that I can get. It could use 2 more years in the cellar. It is certainly big, but not broad. There are hints of developing complexity in the background, but they are smashed down by heat.

Out of the blocks, it's a rye fueled, astringent, smoky flame thrower. Had Berserker with a comparable ABV last night, which was far better. (1,044 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer, well integrated, but probably bigger than it needs to be for the payoff you get out of it. Seemless weaving of flavors of smoke, burnt caramel, and light rye. The smoke fades after the beer has been in the glass for awhile, and the rye is just a little too light throughout. Still, it's pleasant enough if it becomes a little simple in the end. (357 characters)

Photo of vgarneth
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've never been upset with a brew from The Bruery, so they've done it again with this selection. First of all, I'm a big fan of Rauchbiers from Bamberg, Germany.; however, this one isn't as smoky (a typical characteristic of the style). Nonetheless, the appearance is an amazingly deep caramel color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla, caramel, rye malts, and dark fruit are all balanced throughout. The mouthfeel is akin to a soft, elegant Merlot or Red Bourgogne with it's velvety, smooth finish. I've been on a rye kick lately, so there's another plus for this one. It's still hard to believe that this beer is 13%, but with almost half of the bottle gone I am a believer now. (675 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 13,0% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a wine glass and a snifter.
No bottle date.

Appearance: The beer appears pitch black in the glass with a backlight revealing fairly thick slices of deep red along the edges of the glass. A rough pour yields a creamy dark tan head that lasts reasonably well and leaves a few thin patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: The nose is not quite what I had in mind given the description (it’s much sweeter that I expected), but it smells delicious nontheless. The rye barrel character (soft sweet vanilla and a characteristic spiciness) combines fantastically with a light campfire smokiness, sweet chocolate and caramel to make up the bulk of the aroma. After some warming, a little char, liquorice and a general sweet dark fruit character.

Taste: As with the nose, the flavor is far sweeter than I had expected, but that is no problem for someone with a sweet tooth as big as mine! The rye whiskey character is again perfectly balanced against the flavours of the bases beer and gives the flavor a fantastic richness. There is a little more smoke (campfire) than the nose suggested as well as notes of charred wood, a certain spiciness, brown sugar, a little chocolate, liquorice and a dark fruitiness. As the beer warms it becomes pretty damn sweet and the balance initially provided by the smokiness falls by the wayside.

Mouthfeel: The first thing noted in the mouthfeel is just how smooth it is! The carbonation is just north of a medium level and would usually be a bit too much for me; however it is so velvety smooth that it is hardly noticed. The body is medium-full and offers a light stickiness.

Overall: Smoking Wood – Rye is a fantastic barrel aged porter that is far too drinkable for 13%! The beer probably would benefit from a little more smoke to balance the sweetness, but I still happily crushed the bottle and will buy it again. (1,917 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged about a year, shared by Cam in Portland. Thanx Cam.

Black pour. Brown head. Thick ring left at the end.

Lots of peppery whiskey in the scent, big smoky roasted malt and caramel. Huge spice+smoke profile, almost cigar-like.

Whiskey barrel, smoke, charred oak, and spice dominate the taste. Only a light porter base of dark caramel, chocolate and roast. Good amount of rye noticeable as well. Smokiness is maybe a bit over the top but it works well here.

Low-medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel though maybe a bit thin. Smoke and whiskey specifically make this a sipper but really not bad for 13%.

Whiskey/rye/smoke profile is great, I could see how this beer could be a bit much for some people though. Definitely a 750ml to split and sip on - it's kinda like smoking a cigar, eating bacon, and drinking whiskey, all while being a little too close to a campfire. (873 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark brown body with a tan head. About what I'd expect from a porter.

S - Nice aroma of smokyness coming from the smell. It's not a damp bonfire type smoke, but may'be smoked meat. Rye barrel spices, slight chocolate and a twinge of tartness lingers.

T - Dark Malts, smokey, turns a bit tart, rye spices along with barrel notes come out and ends with a nice smokey finish.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Pretty chewy and on point, though the alcohol burn is evident.

O - To me, it tasted slightly infected. I've never had a non-tart one, but I'm digging this infected one. (592 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a black color.

The aroma has tons of smoke and umami, chocolate.

The flavor follows with smoked bacon, a umami flavor to almost give it saintliness because it has the smoke. There's coffee and dark chocolate in there as well and this gentle woody barrel character with spicy rye note in the middle. The alcohol is decently hidden.

Not very sticky nor too sweet. This drips of smoke and a huge imperial stout. Some people may only be able to have a few ounces, but as a smoked beer lover, this was fantastic. (528 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours black essentially. The head is dark tan and it fizzles up then pops away to a thin ring that leaves random lacing stripes.

S-That is smoky for sure. Bonfire smoke. Cured meat. Oaky bourbon. Rich, deep base of roast, char and chocolate. Spicy.

T-Again, pretty aggressively smoky. Rye whiskey barrel notes aren't too sharp but they can be detected.the smoke really control the flavor here but there is a lot to enjoy behind the smoke. At its base, it's a big, full stout. Some dark fruitiness, too. Finishes with a smoke and oak combo.

M-Huge body. Chewy and viscous. Hot and sticky.

O/D-A must for smoky beer lovers. I enjoyed it more that I was expecting to. A whole bottle is too much me. (701 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,584 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger frothy mocha head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black and opaque. Lacing is spotty and sparse with no cling. Thick legs. Solid and ominous.

Nose is booze, chocolate, cocoa, roast, smoke and prunes. Rich and enticing.

Opens sweet roast and smoke. Prunes and plum. Chocolate, molasses, oak and booze. Hot and rich in the middle. End is fudge and more roast. Chocolate and sweet dark fruit aftertaste. Nice.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Rich and heavy in the mouth and goes down hot and smooth. Finishes messy with a sticky, filmy aftertaste. Really good.

A real solid beer all the way around. From what I remember, this is a bit better than the bourbon version. Another reason why The Bruery should just stick to making high ABV, dark beers in my opinion. (889 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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 :( (1,328 characters)

Photo of 1000Bottles
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice - not hot as I would expect from a 13% beer. Rye flavors come through the smoke well, and the smoke continues to permeate the palate through to the finish. Hop bitterness is somewhat apparent, but pushed back and balanced well. No fresh hop funk getting in the way of the malts, smoke and rye. Very nice overall - I would highly recommend this beer! (354 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.97/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (3,114 characters)

Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.