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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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90
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599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 71
Gots: 198 | FT: 27
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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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 20:04:51 | More by Thehuntmaster
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-28-2014 00:21:24 | More by discharmingly
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Spider889

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19%

01-27-2014 21:44:32 | More by Spider889
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Shawner

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-26-2014 20:20:35 | More by Shawner
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 15:42:49 | More by Chico1985
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nealbert

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-23-2014 18:20:55 | More by nealbert
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simoen

Belgium

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-21-2014 09:42:22 | More by simoen
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-20-2014 19:47:57 | More by wiltznucs
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bauermj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-17-2014 13:11:53 | More by bauermj
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Zaso

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-12-2014 20:54:10 | More by Zaso
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:32:38 | More by cvm4
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dar482

New York

4.29/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 04:47:29 | More by dar482
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Cory-WC

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-01-2014 23:38:37 | More by Cory-WC
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spw109

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-01-2014 20:19:16 | More by spw109
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-30-2013 00:56:05 | More by 2GOOFY
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 18:35:39 | More by VelvetExtract
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Nightrain87

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-21-2013 01:26:34 | More by Nightrain87
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MattXT

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-18-2013 17:22:30 | More by MattXT
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-18-2013 17:10:41 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +6%

12-16-2013 01:18:14 | More by EgadBananas
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Drucifer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

12-15-2013 23:07:47 | More by Drucifer
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athomasPSU

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-13-2013 20:22:28 | More by athomasPSU
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-13-2013 04:14:13 | More by XmnwildX12
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Poupae

Thailand

4.25/5  rDev +6%

12-12-2013 01:28:47 | More by Poupae
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HugeBulge

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

12-11-2013 17:55:12 | More by HugeBulge
Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.