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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 80
Gots: 227 | FT: 30
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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4.29/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Sarlacc83, Jul 15, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

RyanLigeia, Jul 13, 2013
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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.