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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 90
Gots: 243 | FT: 31
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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