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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 78
Gots: 214 | FT: 29
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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Photo of kojevergas


3.33/5  rDev -17.4%

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.


03-01-2013 20:01:56 | More by kojevergas
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-27-2013 03:44:58 | More by mixed_master7
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-27-2013 01:36:00 | More by SFC21
Photo of ShanePB


2.25/5  rDev -44.2%

02-25-2013 18:46:16 | More by ShanePB
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-25-2013 04:29:32 | More by ScottO
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-25-2013 02:26:31 | More by mportnoy
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-24-2013 20:24:03 | More by djaeon
Photo of Loogs


4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-23-2013 23:40:07 | More by Loogs
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -3%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-23-2013 20:42:19 | More by sendbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-23-2013 02:14:10 | More by Texasfan549
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

02-22-2013 06:45:13 | More by jaylib
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-22-2013 01:45:17 | More by billab914
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

02-22-2013 01:17:11 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of Azrael

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

02-20-2013 05:43:31 | More by Azrael
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-18-2013 05:29:06 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

02-18-2013 03:48:00 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

02-17-2013 07:50:40 | More by Dreadnaught33
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

02-17-2013 04:14:45 | More by Unchi
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-17-2013 03:07:49 | More by brotherloco
Photo of Lucho


4.09/5  rDev +1.5%

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

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


4.59/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

02-16-2013 01:54:48 | More by Lare453
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-13-2013 02:02:29 | More by BarryMFBurton
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-13-2013 00:31:54 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-12-2013 17:45:24 | More by JohnK17
Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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