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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 90
Gots: 242 | 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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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a solid sheet of surface foam. Full, sticky lacing.

S- Solvent-like alcohol fume in front of staggeringly heavy roasted malts that has notes of dark chocolate, molasses and caramel.

T- In comes the roast with not as much alcohol presence as in the nose. Then comes the smoke which lingers a bit but isn't so intense that it's off-putting. There's actually a great marriage of the chocolatey, somewhat spicy rye notes and the woody smoke flavors. Oak, a little barbecue sauce and even soy sauce show up. There's a sweetness that enhances all flavors and ups the drinkabilty, which is quite magnificent I might add, for it to be clocking in at 13% ABV.

M- Slick, creamy and chewy with relatively little alcohol burn. Medium carbonation.

O- This is definitely the best smoked beer I've ever had. Near-perfect balance and a booze kick to boot. Definitely worth the $20. And, although my first instinct was to let it sit and simmer, I feel like it's perfect right off the line.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Two kinds of smoke and a rye-barrel treatment? I'm in. This stuff pours a bleak mahogany-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises light cedar, hickory smoke, and sourdough. Wait, no roasted malts? No cocoa or anything beneath the wood and smoke? Intriguing... The taste brings in more of the same, with some very light roasted malts, very light dark chocolate powder (there we go!), and lot's more sourdough. Unfortunately, the smoke doesn't meld well with the barrel here, creating an odd (and frankly semi-inexplicable) flavor on the tongue. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, what seemed like a pretty badass concept has sadly manifested itself as a bit of a mess, with the smoke, the barrel, and the base never really coming together in any semblance of cooperation.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.
$22.99/bottle in PA.

Super-dark brown, basically black with 1 finger of brown head.

Campfire, dark chocolate, smoked meats, rye whiskey and gasoline. This is a boozy one.

Campfire smoke, smoked meats and bacon. Fudge, dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream and thick caramel. The rye whiskey picks up on the back end and is overly boozy in flavor. A touch of scorched oak. This tastes like it can fuel a NASA space shuttle.

Medium-full bodied, smooth and WARMING.

Very complex, but misses the mark for me. This beer has all the things that I like yet it doesn't blend well. The 13% abv is extremely apparent. Probably the manliest beer I've ever drank. Save yourself some money and drink some gasoline.

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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 18.99. No bottle date but this is from the Oct/Nov 2012 batch. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with a finger and a half bubbly tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring around the glass. No lace whatsoever.

Smells of peaty smoke, cocoa, caramel anf toffee.

Taste combines the strong smoke with rye whiskey and sweet dark malts. Peat, smoke, caramel, burnt wood, whiskey, toffee, cocoa, cane sugar, licorice and booze. There's no denying that this is packin a high abv wallop but it's much less prominent than the 13% bill might have you believe.

A lighter body than expected but still a creamy medium with subtly tingly carbonation. Long smokey sweet finish.

An interesting and boozy sweet take on the smoked beer. It'll be interesting to see what a little time will do to this one.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: smoked malts with campfire and bacon notes up front followed by oak and rye whiskey aromas. Simple, but nice.

T: roasted and smoked malts dominate here with notes of bitter cocoa, bacon, and campfire. Oak, vanilla, and whiskey flavors bring up a smokey finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer avoids being watery, though I'd like it a bit smoother.

O: an enjoyable beer overall. Very tasty, though the aroma lacks the complexity of the taste and the body is a bit thin.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Bruery for giving me a great Smoked beer!

Smell is awesome toasty smoke and hints of vanilla. Taste is caramel, vanilla comes through nicely and the toasted smoke rips through my palate and sends signals to my brain to drink more! This is a great example of a smoked beer aged in barrels, I'm a huge fan of the Rye Whiskey Barrel Aging!

Expensive 20.99 but IMO well worth for what your getting!!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at the Clem's Bottle Shop in Kensington. I did find it cheaper at the Bine and Vine though...

A - Rich black with a nice chocolate head that stuck around for a while leaving a thick web on the glass.

S - Damn! Smells like a whiskey barrel! Lots of wood and booze. Feeling a little nervous about tasting this bad boy, my visceral feeling is like I'm about to take a shot.

T - I dive into this with a bad impression because of the nose, but I couldn't have been more wrong. So smooth and delicious. Lots of wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and toasted grains. Very, very, very smooth for the ABV. This is the best beer I've every had from The Bruery so bravo!

M - Very thick body that leaves a lot of wood in the after taste, but not a lot of the smokiness that sometimes accompanies bourbon barrel aged beers.

O - Really, really impressed. Best tasting porter ever? Who knows, but a great beer that would easily impress any barrel aged enthusiast.

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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a brown head in a Belgian tulip glass.

The nose is as pungent as they come, nearly off-putting, with rye, vanilla, bourbon, oak and smoke.

There's something bacon-y about this beer, just slightly. Heavily smoked but not like the Stone that tastes like I'm sipping from a fog machine. It's a mean, piercing brew that you can't go right after. Not so much vanilla as in the nose, dark malts add a complexity not a barrier and the rye brings it all together. The caramel adds a welcome twist. Anything but boring, it sits right on the edge of being too aggressive.

Slightly staining, low carbonation, but not as heavy as I guessed.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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