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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 80
Gots: 227 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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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T12oy, Jul 06, 2013
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LEdubs, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

DruRho, Jul 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

bird22, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

ajzy, Jul 02, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Slatetank, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

tommyguz, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Hallertau, Jun 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

tswater, Jun 27, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +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


t420o, Jun 26, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
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

WiscoBrewsco, Jun 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

imperialking, Jun 20, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

dgilks, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -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.

jwhancher, Jun 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

savagepm, Jun 06, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

sweemzander, Jun 04, 2013
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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.