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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

697 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 84
Gots: 234 | FT: 29
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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Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay for opening this one.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head on top. Nice retention with spotty lacing.

S: The barrel comes through strong on the aroma, some whiskey, vanilla, and brown sugar. There is a little bit of smoke and spice.

T: Nice and malty with a good spice undertone. The smoke was not in your face, probably from the barrel aging. Some vanilla and oak with the smoke coming in on the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Abv well hidden with an appropriate level of smoke.

O: Beer paired great with smoked sausage. Liked the combination of barrel aging with the smoke, makes for a tasty combination.

mdaschaf, May 02, 2012
Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter.

Poured at 55 degrees, the beer almost looks like it’s nitrogenated. It explodes with dense, creamy bubbles, the cinnamon-colored head getting close to two inches tall. The second pour, at a colder temp, was much more manageable. In both cases, the brew below is deep black.

Fantastic aroma. Milk chocolate, oats, lots of vanilla and maple, tons of caramel. The smoke is subtle, but blends nicely with the other flavors.

Tastes like a fantastic cigar. Smoky, wet tobacco; spicy rye; sweet bourbon. Again there are hints of chocolate, toast, vanilla and toffee. The wood is tannic, making the drink like sucking a cube of rye-soaked oak. A flash of tangy prunes at the swallow. The sweet blend is so drinkable it’s scary.

Soft yet thin body. Carbonation is just a light tingle; alcohol fumes blaze through the throat.

Awesome entendre aside, Smoking Wood has a great aroma and a good flavor. I’d suggest you drink it cold if you don’t want to deal with all the froth.

Phelps, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

drummermattie02, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of tjfinkle
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

tjfinkle, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of s1ckboy
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black body, 3 finger brown town head

S - some whisky

T - whisky, chocolate, sweet, brown sugar, oak, very small amount of smoke.

M - smooth carbonation, smooth finish

Very good beer. Smoke was definitely on the lighter side which was surprising but also quite nice. Barrel characteristics were equally as subtle. Very good, mellow beer. I want more.

s1ckboy, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Jammer42
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Jammer42, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of usofar
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

usofar, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

dtx00, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

pmarlowe, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Wowcoolman
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Wowcoolman, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of kk73
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

kk73, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark mahogany-brown pour with a tan head, decent head and lacing

Smell: Smoke, whiskey, oak. A bit boozy

Taste: The smoke really dominates and detracts, followed by oak, chocolate malts, roast, vanilla and rye. Perhaps too much time in the barrels, too much smoke and too much rye

Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation

Overall: Very glad I only purchased one and I skipped the other variant as this beer with no regrets.

craytonic, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of danoeltico
4/5  rDev -0.7%

danoeltico, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into an oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, wood, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, wood, alcohol, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The name of this brew really had me concerned that this was going to be a smoke bomb. However, this one was very well balanced and the smoke merely played a subtle role in the flavor and aroma. Everything on this was very nicely put together and enjoyable. Definitely one of my favorite smoked brews I’ve had in awhile. Nice job on this one Bruery!

thagr81us, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

2beerdogs, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark brown in color with a brown ring highlight at the top and a very thin head that left pretty much no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a mixture of smoke and chocolate roated malts were there on the first whiff but had caramel character, characoal, slight brown sugar and some woody whiskey barrel notes.

T: the woody whiskey barrel character was more apparent on the palate alongside smokey charcoal, brown sugar and chocoalte flavor but with BBQ accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a very low amount of carbonation which had a smokey, woody, whiskey barrel, chocolatey, mild sweet, and sticky finish.

O: the brew was preety good for the style and really liked the fact it was aged in whiskey barrels since I tend not to see that very often.

Gobzilla, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of phichifiji00
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with two fingers of thick tan head that fades slowly.

Smell: smoked malt, peat, rye, vanilla, caramel, whiskey, bourbon, hint of chocolate.

Taste: smoked malt, rye, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, hint of chocolate, a bit astringent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, silky, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very tasty smoked beer. Well balanced, fairly complex. Good drinkability.

phichifiji00, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Mattylegend
2.5/5  rDev -38%

Mattylegend, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by sandstone. Thanks, Rog.

Opaque dark brown pour. The head is thin but lasting and sticky.

The nose has a really good balance of campfire smoke, chocolate malt, earthy rye and sweet whiskey barrel. I'm impressed by how harmonious it all is. Smoke is the dominant quality, but just barely - it's restrained enough to allow complexities of the beer to shine through.

Roasty, chocolate forward palate. Big wood smoke flavor, earthiness, oak, some heat and caramel from the barrel. Medium-full body. Really nice finish, just enough roast, barrel and smoke. A nice beer, pleasantly modest in both sweetness and ABV for a barrel aged Bruery beer.

largadeer, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of leodarko
2.5/5  rDev -38%

leodarko, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of d4radio
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

d4radio, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of mulder1010
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a tulip
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this up

A-- Poured a dark cola color. Settled black. One finger dark brown head that slowly worked it's way to a nice, thick collar. Good head retention and good spotty lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

S-- ACK...Smoke!!!! lots of initial aroma of smoke. Once it settled down got smoked bacon, salted cashews, chocolate, and slight bits of oak and rye whiskey.

T-- Smoked chocolate and smoked vanilla. Smoke somewhat drops off to dark chocolate, vanilla, and light barrel notes of oak and rye.

M-- Medium bodied and low carbonation. Works well as the barrel notes are soft so the smoke meshes well with the beer. Quite smooth after working way through the smoke.

O-- Struggled with the beer at first but once it opened up it was quite good. Not something I would want a lot of but it is a good change of pace and a beer that is pretty complex. Very much a slow sipper. Took about an hour to get through the bottle being shared.

mulder1010, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Nanoslug. Served in a Lost Abbey teku glass.

A - Finger of creamy mocha foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, persistent lace splotches, black body. Nice retention, particularly in this glass.

S - It's smokey alright. There's some rye whiskey presence, plenty of oak and vanilla, smoked meats, hint of hickory, and a touch of alcohol. There's also a hint of salty Play-Doh.

T - Taste is quite nice, with a mix of chocolate malts, smoke, wood, vanilla, and light rye whiskey character. Finishes with dark chocolate and rye fading into a smoked wood aftertaste. Alcohol is quite well-hidden here.

M - Body is a tad light for 10%, but it's on the medium-full side of things. Lower carbonation, smooth texture, and a sticky lip-smacking finish. Not much barrel presence here.

D - Quite easy to drink considering the style and ABV, but definitely a sipper and not a beer I'd open regularly. Still it bodes well for the 2012 Bruery lineup. A nice beer that has plenty of elements working in harmony together.

MasterSki, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of bstyle
1.5/5  rDev -62.8%

bstyle, Feb 19, 2012
Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.