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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

Smoking Wood Rye Barrel AgedSmoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged

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538 Ratings
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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.25%

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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.

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Photo of dgilks


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black with a dense, tan head. Fair head retention which is actually pretty good for style.

Barrel. Lots of vanilla, caramel and oak here. The rye barrel really shines through. There is some nice chocolate and toffee. Intense, barrelled, slightly smoky stout.

Big flavours. The sweet malt gives way to a supple oak, vanilla and caramel flavour from the barrel. It is only slightly smoky.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A classic Bruery big beer. Well integrated if strong barrel notes and an intense base beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 09:57:05 | More by dgilks
Photo of jwhancher


3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Barcade Philly. Bruery beer exclusive during PBW. Pours a very solid dark brown with thin lacing and woody highlights. Think it's a combo of wood & bourbon. Smells heavily hickory oaked with hints of bourbon and light spiciness. Tastes smokey with waves of bourbon, oak, cinnamon, spicy rye notes, more smoked malts, and finally subtle hints of cocoa & toffee. Amazingly complex. Such a different beer than any I've ever tried. Feels a little sweet with the bourbon but still well balanced so as not cloyingly too candy like. Alcohol held in check, but it's def there.

This is definitely one to behold. Glad to have finally tried it. Expensive at $8 per glass, but I'd def buy a bottle someday to sip and marvel at home.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 20:47:56 | More by jwhancher
Photo of sweemzander


3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours practically pitch black in color with some subtle tan froth.

(S)- Just a tiny hint of hickory smoke that meets a deep and rich caramel malt profile with a bigger bourbon-like barrel note.

(T)- A good sweetness to it. Ever so slightly spicy with subtle hickory smoke and raisin/caramel. Very bourbon forward.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level mixed with a sweet and rich profile overall. Not quite as smoky as I expected, but well balanced and harmonious.

(O)- Less smoke forward than the bourbon variant; which I think makes this one more successful since it is better balanced versus drinking liquid smoke.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 20:14:09 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep opaque black. Fizzy, frothy tan foam, maybe 3 fingers worth on top. Alright retention. Fades to a bit more than film. Leaves some lacing with each sip.

S - melty dark chocolate and rich mocha greet the nose first. Lots of deep earthy, woody notes of oak. Whiskey and black pepper. Vanilla. All the notes filter though an ever present cloud of smoke with hints of meat.

T - reminiscent of mexican hot chocolate up front with Silky notes of mocha up front along with peppery flavors. Earthy oak and grainy cereal/rye flavors in the middle with sweet notes of vanilla for balance.

M - medium almost full bodied. Silky smooth texture. Creamy, frothy medium carbonation.

O - great stuff. This is an excellent partner for bbq. I would have liked more smoke but it is so flavorful and well balanced i can let that slide.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 11:38:22 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of superspak


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:55:56 | More by superspak
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been eyeballing this one on the shelves for months. Finally taking the plunge!

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped-glass.

A: Poured as black as the Ace of Spades, with lots of particles floating in the vat under close inspection, and really no head whatsoever.

S: Definitely got the coconut (whisky) component to the extreme, along with a hint of rye, and along with a sort of earthy charred or toasted caramel.

T: To say this is full-bodied would be an understatement, with a huge sweet, dessert-like quality to this overall. I wouldn't call this a smoked meat beer... more of a cinged, salted caramel taffy one. Delicious.

M: Thick as snot, without much hottness to my palate. Go ahead and drink this now! No lacing left on the glass, but that's not part of the point here anyway.

O: I encourage you to vary your sip size every time you dig in. I personally found that the experience was different each time. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:21:31 | More by Chaney
Photo of whoneeds8


4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass black with a thin tan head. The scent of whiskey was noticable as soon as I opened the bottle. The scent in the glass makes certain that it's a rye whiskey along with the scent of smoked wood. The flavors of the smoke come out first followed by the whiskey. It's then balanced out by flavors of smoked bacon (not a gross flavor like a voodoo donut bacon flavor). Hidden in all that are slight bitter hops. The body is medium and for the high abv, alcohol burn is barely noticable.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 01:23:46 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out an opaque black color with a nice 2 fingers of nice tan colored head off of the pour but it quickly fades to a foamy ring. Not much lace, but a bit of alcohol legs is noticeable from a swirl of the glass.

Smokey aroma, plasticy at first with some smoked meats and campfire taking over, mixes well with some whiskey notes, some milk chocolate creeps in, some dark fruits as it warms.

Really nice taste, lots of complexity, more than the aroma led to believe. A nice level of smokiness, campfire like with , nothing too overbearing, blends very well with some very nice whiskey flavors, just the right amount of booziness, nuances of oak barrel, chocolate, rye spiciness. Lots of deep dark dried fruits as it warms. The flavors meld together and compliment each other so nicely.

A thick mouthfeel, but staying true to the feel of an imperial porter rather than the thick viscous feel of an imperial stout.

A very nice beer, all the complex flavors really work well with one another. The bruery continues to amaze.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 17:44:50 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. No head. A little on the murky side. Not even a collar.

Smell - Smokey. Nice smoke. Nice meatiness. Whiskey aroma, but nothing really resembling a barrel character. Rye never seems to do that.

Taste - Chocolate is very nice. Whiskey is intense, but still not a lot of barrel character. Smokiness blends very well. The chocolate counterbalances the smokiness well.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, boozy, but it's appropriate. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - This is good, but it's got nothing on the Bourbon version. Rye never impresses me as much.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 02:21:12 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750ml into snifter at cellar temp (50 rising to 60 throughout the review)

Pours with a short, but nonetheless, noticeable tan head over the darkest of brown bodies, with maroon-to-brown edges. Really nice lacing. Pretty beer for a 13% smoker!

Aromas are rich and full. Nice amount of charred wood, as expected. Rubber comes next - esp if you bury your nose in it. Stepping back a few inches, you get whiskey, and distant wafts of dark chocolate and toffee sweetness. Well rounded, for sure.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, as expected. But much lighter on the palate than most Impy Stouts and Porters that clock in at this level (not that there ARE that many). In terms of flavor, the peaty smoke adds tons of qualities, but does not overwhelm. As it warms, you can really pull out the oak/vanilla-bean quality. Rounds out with smoky ham, dark cocoa, and roasted coffee bean bitterness. Just a kiss of molasses to leave you wanting more.

What a wonderful imperial Porter - However, I rated this (score-wise) against the "Smoked Beer" category, in order to be true to the BA guidelines.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 16:28:25 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours black with faint hints of brown. Nearly opaque in the glass. There was a thin coating of a khaki colored head and collar that stuck around for the whole glass.

Smell: Peat, wood, chocolate, roasted malt, smoked meat, whiskey.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted malt, wood, campfire smoke, ash, a bit of rye spiciness, and hints of grilled meat.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with medium carbonation. Viscous mouthfeel. Goes down pretty smooth for 13%.

Overall: I'm not usually a fan of smoked beers, but I was impressed with this one. It wasn't overwhelmingly smokey or meaty like some smoked beers tend to be, but rather served as a compliment to the other flavors and aromas of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:47:33 | More by Jonada
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours out thick and pitch black. No head, no lace, not surprised at 13%.

Rye, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey start off the smell. Caramel and earth follow to mellow it out. Smoke is noticeable throughout, nice and mild.

The taste begins with a heavy helping of chocolate, caramel and smoked wood. This is quickly joined by rye spice and earthy notes. Whiskey barrel notes finish it up, slightly overwhelming, especially as it warms. Decently balanced for such a heavy beer. Goes down smooth, a bit hot with a hint of carbonation.

Glad I got one for the cellar, this one will age very well!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 05:43:10 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 23:14:58 | More by oberon
Photo of ngeunit1


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, smoke, vanilla, oak, rye, whiskey, coffee, earthy hops, some caramel malts, and some booze.

T - Roasted chocolate malts, smoke, vanilla, rye, oak, whiskey, coffee, earthy hops, molasses, caramel malts, some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, smokey, and warming finish.

D - Great smoked porter. The barrel flavors are nice and the beer is well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 04:53:38 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a 1-finger light-brown head on top.

S: Smoke and alcohol are the first impressions, but once I get past that I'm getting some dark fruits (raisins) and molasses. Impressions from the wood too - mainly vanilla.

T: Pretty much follows the nose. It's definitely smoky. Molasses, burnt raisins and prunes are underneath. Also a hint of rye spiciness, and a good amount of wood characteristics - some tannic bitterness and more warming vanilla. Speaking of warming...this is hot from the 13% ABV. Alcohol is noted on the palate pretty quickly and then there's plenty of heat at the back of the palate and down into the belly. Drinking this pre-dinner on a fairly empty stomach is warming my belly quickly - and lightening my head as well. Finishes with char bitterness and drying alcohol. Reminds me of campfires (fire + drunk = campfire).

M: Call it medium, though it feels a bit thin (not surprising, as the base of this beer is classified as a porter; this is not an Imperial/Double Stout, despite appearances and the fact that the beer is being used as a jumping off point for experimentation). Carbonation is modest, the feel is slightly prickly.

O: Interesting. Unlike anything I've ever had - at least, not wrapped together in one beer - and so it's tough to really pin it down. At times the smoke is a bit too much, but once I get used to it, I can appreciate some of the other things going on here.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 22:32:59 | More by Kendo
Photo of kojevergas


3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 20:01:56 | More by kojevergas
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Pitch black with half a finger of mocha brown head.

S - A big smoke aroma dominates with lighter chocolate and spice aromas.

T - The smoke is dominant but not as much as the nose suggested. Some spice, whiskey, oak and char flavours come through.

M - Medium to full body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 23:29:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass... for sniffing. You can really breathe in the smoke off of this beer. It is rich, like bacon. This is a step away from the campfires in most smoked beers. I like how richness in this one.

This super dark beer is thinner than you would expect. It is silky on the tongue. The flavor really punches you in the face. You get a lot of smoke, then some of the coffee from the stout. This is a challenging sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 01:17:11 | More by ummswimmin
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to durwoodx, thanks Darrell.

The beer pours a beautiful black to dark brown color with some lighter brown on the edges. Not much head or lacing. This smell is the highlight, no doubt. It really smells like some fresh amazing cooked bacon that was previously smoked. Definitely reminds me of Islay scotch as well, which is just great. Also has a nice healthy fudge note.

The taste really follows the smell beautifully, but maybe doesn't quite pop as much, though it is close. Some nice amount of sweetness to balance the savory open fire smoke, excellent stuff. Sme chocolate and sweetness from the whiskey.

The feel is nice and still, which actually helps the smoke come through better. Overall this beer is really quite nice, I honestly didn't expect this beer to be some solid in a smoked beer style given the sweeter and sour offerings they normally have. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 07:50:40 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of Lucho


4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

drinking as I review

Appearance: Pours a nice heavy black with very little head of creamy rust color despite a vigorous pour. head fades within 20 seconds. some lacing around the glass with a ring of foam.

Smell: Smoke, molasses, some soy sauce and alcohol. kinda like sitting next to a campfire while holding whiskey to your nose.

Taste: Smoked Whiskey that sits nice on the tongue nice and thick. Some bitter notes present, as with any good porter, that linger towards the end of each sip. There is plenty of whiskey flavors all over my palate such as vanilla, fresh cherries, peatyhness, and of course smoke!

Moutfeel: Medium heavy bodied that coast the mouth with each sip smokey whiskey goodness.

Overall: This is a great beer because of how different it is and how well it is done. I just wish that I could have had this with some great BBQ

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 06:50:07 | More by Lucho
Photo of Lare453


4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a big bottle with the wifey!

A deep deep dark brown. Fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing at all...

S delicious! Oak, vanilla, whiskey, malt, light chocolate, smokey

T very light, but delicious! Fantastic malty lightly smokey beginning which leads to a wonderful whiskey, vanilla middle.the ending is a delicious rye, oak, light vanilla, a tiny bit of chocolate, sweet malt, heavy dry smoke. The aftertaste is heavy rye, aged oak, light smoke.

M a little thickness,smooth, almost soft.

O wow! What a great surprise! Tis beer is delicious, highly recommended by me. Has a great flavor, not too strong, No alcohol burn for a 13% beer is crazy, I can't believe what a great job was done with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:54:48 | More by Lare453
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Here’s another beer that proves The Bruery is trying to break my bank account. I just can’t stay away, especially when it comes to smoked beers.

A: A body that’s thick as caramel with a deep chestnut hue; not a single inch of head appears. Give it a little twirl and you get a web of wet lacing and a silky brown fizz that slowly recedes.

S: Dark aromas waft into the atmosphere as soon as you pour the first glass. A closer inspection reveals a sweet, layered nose, stacking molasses and brown sugar on top of a hickory smoked, peppered jerky – an aroma that’s not as smoky as it is meaty and savory, like pork with a sugary glaze right off the grill. Maple, vanilla, and leather scents open up more as it warms.

T: A palate so rich it coats the mouth with even small sips – marshmallow, maple syrup, molasses, and toffee thicken every inch of this palate with dark sweetness. Surprisingly, the smoked bacon profile is in no way overbearing, remaining nestled among lightly tannic grain tastes of wheat toast and burnt biscuit in wonderful balance; doesn’t hurt that there’s thick sugars everywhere in this palate to distract, of course. Finishes with a vanilla-touched oak barrel character, with the burn of cinnamon and spicy rye whiskey hanging on for a short, moderately-intense aftertaste.

M: This is a really fizzy beer, though it all feels completely natural: soft carbonation bubbles fiercely like champagne. No alcohol heat or palatable syrupiness, interestingly enough – it really only has medium body. However, that body correlates with a bottle that's about a six-pack of Bud alcohol-wise, so be careful of its drinkability.

O: This is one of the first Bruery beers where I feel I paid too much for what I got, though that’s probably only because I spent around $25 on the bottle. Any price under $20 would be perfect. Money aside, this is a great beer, especially for smoked beer beginners: hickory and bacon in the nose and sweet, boozy darkness in the palate. Great balance and overall, an enjoyable beer to drink – and when it comes down to it, that’s all that matters, anyway.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:02:29 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a tight light brown head that settled into a solid ring.

The aroma is sweet with the rye whiskey shining through. Good amounts of vanilla, caramel go along with the whiskey. Some sour notes from the oak barrel and perhaps the rye. An overall meaty aroma but not necessarily smoke.

The taste is of a roasted malt base with some pumpernickle flavors. The rye whiskey is not as strong in the flavor as aroma. It provides some sweetness and whiskey but blends in with the rest of the beer. Some vanilla and caramel but again these blend in with the rest of the beer. The sourness from the oak stands out a bit. A subtle chocolate flavor, perhaps some bark. Some soy but no real smokey flavor.

Full bodied with soft carbonation that leads to a silky smooth feel. Nicely sweet but not cloying. A hint of bitterness helps balance. ABV pops through slightly. This is very smooth.

A very drinkable BA brew. The flavor might not pop like others but they all blend nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:59:06 | More by Gmann
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 00:30:07 | More by brentk56
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Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer sits between black and very dark brown- some slight bits of brown peaking around the edges. A small tan head results from the pour but fades very quickly.

Smell contains smoke, a touch of bacon, lots of caramel, spicy rye and wood. Strong smell, that's for sure.

Taste is similar. Smoke and a lot of wood, a lot of rye, with characteristic spicy notes. Caramel. A bit of a bacon flavour, as well as a bit of marmite to this palate. Whisky, but not as much as one may expect. Nothing unexpected from either the nose or the description. Pretty good but nothing super exciting.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Slick. Alcohol is well hidden considering the strength, but certainly not hidden overall!

Overall, pretty good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 23:15:04 | More by jrenihan
Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.