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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 831
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 4.16%
Wants: 93
Gots: 258 | FT: 35
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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 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)

Photo of ISmith87
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really excited to try this one! I've been trying to decide on a good ~20 dollar bottle to get and sip on, and picked this one up after hearing about it on Beer Geek Nation's Top 10 from 2012.

A - 4.25 - The beer is a dark brown/black with a nice film of brown bubbles on top that sticks around forever.

S - 4.50 - Huge smoke, chocolate, molasses, wood barrels, it has a really wholesome, full smell to it, like a steak dinner in a glass (in a good way, no literally).

T - 5.00 - Wow, if I had anything to compare this to maybe there'd be something I could say wasn't quite right, but this is so good. CHOCOLATE, SMOKE, dark fruits, good cigars, it's like smoking a cigar by the campfire but I'm sitting here watching a movie. The smokey flavor just lingers in your nose forever, I'm pretty amazed.

M - 4.5 - Medium-heavy mouth feel. Alc is there but it fits (especially at 13%). Aftertaste is smoke, it even sticks in your nose like you were just at a bonfire or something.

Overall - 4.75 - Great beer. Unique as all hell. I'd buy it again if I could afford it haha. (1,076 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to EgadBananas for throwing this bottle my way!

Appearance - poured a jet black with a very thin dark brown head that fades slowly. A bit of lacing on retention on the glass, looks like I'd expect.

Smell - Caramel sweetness, hints of whiskey and oak. More sweetness with some molasses, and a strong hint of smoke. A bit boozy on the nose but very inviting.

Taste - Surprisingly chocolate is what I get first, followed by a touch of bourbon, and oak, some molasses and caramel and a bit of smokiness. This is well balanced, with a complexity of flavors.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and creamy texture, definite alcohol heat but balanced enough that is drinkable

Overall: Fantastic beer from the Bruery, my first from them will not be my last. A solid sipper that I can enjoy over a couple of hours. (810 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Deep muddy brown with a nice looking dark khaki head. Ok retention and low lace. Thin, murky cola highlight around the edge of the glass.

S - Rich caramel and molasses wash over soft hardwood smoke and leather. Edges of salt, worcestershire sauce, and charcoal.

T - Incredible integration and balance. Dark chocolate, ash, salty smoke, toasted peat, honey bourbon, smooth rye, dry hardwood, maple syrup.

M - Super smooth, creamy, full body.

O - Chocolate Lagavulin Scotch. (480 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Split 3 ways. I love smoked beer, so I'm excited for this one.

A: Lightless black with a firm 1/2" mocha head. Decent legs.

N: Fudge, chocolate, tons of smoke and peat moss. Rye whiskey is here along with the oak, caramel, and vanilla. Some pepper and cinnamon. Espresso and molasses. Long and luscious.

T: Nicely sweetened with a hefty dose of the rye spiciness/pepperiness. Not cloying at all. Lots of smoke which is well integrated to add bitterness. Rye dances around the edges and is similarly adding to the flavors.

M: Lots of booze. Very thick and coating. Slightly oily.

O: I'm a big fan of this beer, though I could see why any number of people wouldn't like it. Recommended for those of you who like peaty Scotch, I would say. I wish this wasn't bottled in 750s, though, so I could open smaller bottles at different times. (849 characters)

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours an opaque black with a nice sized light brown head. Head doesnt last too long, which I wouldnt expect at 13% abv but it DOES leave behind a nice film covering the top of the beer. Ruby hues are noticable around the edges when held to a bright light but the beer itself remains an opaque black.

Smell- Very potent. Booze, wood, smoke, sweet caramel maltyness, hint of vanilla extract, a bit of rye spiciness, a touch of some kind of dark fruit. Smells delicious. POTENT, yet delicious.

Taste- The wood adds a whole lot of flavor in a great way right up front. Also loads of sweet caramel/vanilla maltyness. Slight rye spice which is awesome. Still getting some hints of black cherries or some other dark fruit. The smoke is perfect on the tongue. It was a bit strong in the scent which had me worried but it is in no way overwhelming. It adds a perfect touch to everything else going on. Even the aftertaste lingers in a great way. Literally my only qualms with this one in the flavor department is how strong the booze comes through in the end. I feel this could easily be fixed with a couple years of age though.

Mouthfeel- Smooth yet sticky, heavy body, EXTREMELY warming on the way down (which I personally love). Definitely a sipper but the mouthfeel does a good job of complimenting the flavor profile. I just wish the booze wasnt so sharp and more so a mellow warmth. I love big boozy beers but this one could benefit greatly from at least 2 years of age (my guess anyways).

Overall- This is an awesome representation of the style. The rye adds a really unique touch and while most breweries overdo it in the smoke department The Bruery added JUST enough and killed it with this one style wise in general. Would definitely recommend to anyone fond of smoked porters and would definitely buy this one again if I ever come across it. (1,863 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Trade from I forget who. Thanks! Pours pitch black and thick like a stout with a creamy half finger brown head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and caramel, rye whiskey, char and tobacco, and of course smoke. Smells great. Flavor is chocolate spice with medium sweetness. Huge hit of smoke fades back into sweet chocolate flavors and leaves a rich, earthy smoky peat on the palate. Thick mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Bruery tends to go too big for me in most cases, but this one is spot on. Good stuff. and my favorite Bruery beer. (531 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bruery Smoking Wood

A- pour produces a 2 finger mocha colored head resting on a dark brown body. Good retention and lacing. 4

S- nice smell of smoked malt, chocolate, light earthiness, peat, slight alcohol, vanilla. Smells excellent 4.25

T- much like the smell. Smoked malt is most prevalent and gives off a bacon like taste which is excellent and with the light alcohol warmth it goes great on a cold day. Peat, chocolate, light vanilla, and coffee round out the taste. The bacon-like after taste is one of the best after tastes I have ever experienced in a beer. 4.25

M- medium carbonation and body with a very smooth finish. 4.25

O- a great beer that I'd love to have more often but the $22 price tag is a little high for it. 4

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Photo of WiscoBrewsco
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured a thin but extremely dark black. No carbonation and no head whatsoever

Smell - Rich wood and smoke smells with roasted malts and a warm alcohol presence

Taste - Where to begin? This beer is incredibly complex and definitely a sipper. The ride first starts out with a sweet malt character in play with smoked wood and alcohol esters. As it leaves the mouth the wood really shows its presence with an earthy malt character, followed by a nice warming alcohol bite. But then about ten seconds after the beer is swallowed, a massive smokiness comes up off of the tongue and fills your mouth. It honestly tastes like you have just enjoyed a smorgasbord of delicacies at a backyard barbecue. This flavor was totally unexpected but absolutely amazing and made every single sip a wonderful experience.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is thin for the flavor but fitting for the ABV coming in at 15%. This beer needed to be thin in order to let it evaporate quickly on the tongue and let the flavors come to life. Just what it needed to be

Overall - I wasn't expecting much out of this beer as I haven't been a huge fan of smoked beers in the past but man was I blown away. This was unlike any other beer I have ever had and I am so glad I picked one up as it is truly a masterful experience. If you see this beer, do not hesitate to pick one up. You will not regret it (1,377 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,353 characters)

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