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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
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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

John11486, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

wchollif, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a tulip - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours pretty dark brown with a big dark khaki head that fades to a layering and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: My first whiff was that of vanilla and milk chocolate but after that it was mainly smoked malt and hints of vanilla and chocolate. The smoke and barrel aromas really meld together pretty well.

T: The taste is leaps and bounds above the aromas with big flavors of vanilla, buttery whiskey, chocolate malt, smoke, a touch of molasses, and some rye spice on the finish. Everything blends together here perfectly.

M: The feel is creamy and bodied.

O: This is one of the most interesting beers I've had in a while. The smoke integrates with the barrel flavors to really give this beer a unique flavor profile. Highly recommended.

GregSVT, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of auroracrisis
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a Bruery tulip

Black with a spotty mocha head, a little bit of crimson highlight to the brew once you hold it up to the light.

Spicy oak and roast on the nose with a little bit of bakers chocolate. Moves further into the smoke with a touch of alcohol as well.

Upfront with molasses, oak, and smoke. After a little bit on the tongue you get some of the spice and a little more smoke. Pretty balanced between all the flavors.

Medium bodied and sticky, with a little dryness at the end.

Good wood and smoke flavors and not overbearing at all. One of the better smoke beers I've had.

auroracrisis, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Lord Hobo during the pre EBF throwdown.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some red coming through at the edges. There is a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: This is a really smokey smelling beer with some dark fruit and sweet roasted malt joining the party as well. Reminds me a bit of BBQ sauce.

Taste: A lot like the smell. Roasty and sweet with a strong smoke presence. There is a lot of wood in the flavor as well. The roast and sweetness have a chocolate like characteristic to them. The finish is smokey and a bit warm from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

oline73, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: The body is black with two fingers of frothy tan foam. Great retention and very much lacing. The head eventually settles to a thin layer of foam.

S: The beer possesses a tasteful level of beechwood smoke, and while it's certainly the most prominent thing about the beer it doesn't dominate or beat down the other characteristics. Beneath the layers of smoke I find caramel, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and rye whiskey. Earth blends with roasted grains.

T: A delicious blend of chocolate and caramel with an insistent beechwood smoke presence. Vanilla is a little stronger in the flavor than in the aroma. There's a light spiciness, as well as earth and oak. Whiskey is well integrated. There's a touch of booze in the smoked chocolate caramel oaky finish.

M: Full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, smooth, and sticky. Alcohol warms the palate.

Overall: This is excellent. There's a lot going on here and I wish I'd bought more than bottle.

HopHead84, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bruery Provisions

Look: Black and opaque with a 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention some spotty lacing

Smell: Smoked oak chips with a touch of alcohol and coffee

Taste: Lots of smoke on the palate reminds you of smoked meats and BBQ. Some chocolate and coffee notes make up the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and mildly carbonated and a bit sticky

Overall: A really good smoked beer. I didnt get much of the barrel character from this one which is a bit of a let down but anytime this is offered up to me I would not turn it down

DarthKostrizer, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of gford217
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pours black, very much like an impy stout or porter with a small thick tan head.

Aroma is dominated by smoked malts that take on an almost smoked-meat character. There is a bit of chocolate sweetness underneath but the barrel is very subtle, tough to pick out.

The taste starts out with the same smoked bacon notes but has a bit more sweetness than the aroma with some vanilla and chocolate malts coming out. The barrel is more evident as well and the finish is a nice combo of sweetness, bourbon and smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very, very smooth, like any rye-forward beer should be. As far as smoked beers go, this is as good as mouthfeel gets.

I'm a big fan of this one, largely due to my love of smoked beers. The smoke is the most dominant aspect but the underlying beer is solid and identifiable. Loved this one.

gford217, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

ezperkins2, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out of the bottle like oil. A thick brown head forms out of the sludge as bubbles cascade down the sides of the glass.

It smells like musty campfire and burnt sugar.

The smoke malt does not overpower but instead offers a deep, complex taste that includes whiskey and rye.

A little hot, it's 10% and this beer takes pride in that. Pretty thick and heavy for a porter.

I dig it. A unique beer that I'd love to get my hands on again.

TheCrowsNest, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

ineva, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

fo1ksguitar, Feb 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38%

bsuedekum, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this one, Nathan!

Nearly black in color with a moderately sized brown head that doesn't leave much stick to the glass. Pretty color.

The aroma is very smoke-forward, especially at colder temperatures. The smoke quality is almost pork-like. As the beer warms, more and more sweet aromas arrive, including molasses and some caramel.

The flavor follows a similar avenue, with the meat-like smoke character presenting initially at colder temperatures, and sweeter, earthier, vanilla and molasses notes coming further and further to the forefront as the beer warms. The

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Appropriate and a joy to drink.

This was one of my all-time favorite smoked beers, as I'm usually not a fan. This one started somewhat plain and simple at cold temperatures, but warmed up and sweetened nicely. Nathan's wife paired this with homemade pork ribs, potatoes, and baked beans and it made for a truly wonderful pairing.

ehammond1, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

rmaste6282, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of IKR
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage
2012 Vintage Revisions in parentheses

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a generous medium beige head that slowly fades. I also saw some good lacing with this one.

Smell: Smoked wood hits first with the bal-aging elements following, Mild Whiskey, some vanilla notes, and I'm not sure due to the smoke but perhaps some coffee/roasted malt aromas. (2012 mostly the same but has a more upfront/forward nose, with perhaps some additional chocolate 4.5)

Taste: The smoke is prominent, but it doesn't overwhelm the other elements. I get some mild whiskey, roast malts, vanilla, and spicy rye notes with some oak. I think I'm getting some mild dark fruit notes as well. The finish is clean ending with the smoke notes but not in an overt way. Alcohol is very subtle for the ABV. (2012 same but more refined & smoother 4.5)

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

Overall: A pleasant surprise. I was afraid the smoke flavor might be overwhelming but it worked well within the taste profile. The smoke is definitely there but as a fan of roasty stouts I liked this one.(2012 Great beer 4.5)

IKR, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the Bruery Provisions.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 1.5 finger mocha head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.

Deep smokey aroma with lots of rauch/smoke character.  Hints of burnt toast, charcoal, bbq, bacon and roasted dark malt.  Some toasted oak and vanilla but the whiskey is hard to pick up until it warms up a bit.  Delivers on the smoke.

Chewy full body with a perfect balance of smoked malt and whiskey barrel.  I was worried that the barrel would overpower the smoke but it is well integrated into the flavor.  Dry, toasted oak with vanilla and an excellent rye whiskey flavor.  Great spirit flavor with zero heat.  Its hard to believe that this beer is 10%.  This is countered by a nice smokey malt backbone with hints of charcoal, burnt meat and toast.   A decent amount of smoke but it's tones down a bit by the barrel aging.  Very well balanced and dangerously drinkable.  One of the best beers I've had so far from the Bruery.  

corby112, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

FalconA, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Adrianized
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with burnt caramel highlights. Creamy off-white head with good lacing.

Whiskey barrel right off the bat. Molasses and caramel, roasted malt, and a touch of smoke.

Not as much whiskey as the nose suggests. Roasted malt, oak, and spicy rye. Cured meat. Smoke builds in the finish. Alcohol well hidden behind the smoke.

Full bodied and very creamy. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is the strong suit.

This is a nice smoked beer, not as overbearing (in my opinion) as the classic rauchbiers. It's interesting, but not something I'd drink everyday. Enjoying it for breakfast with some BEC sandwiches... Goes well with the bacon :)

Adrianized, Jan 24, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thick streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malts, campfire smoke, rye, whisky, and some earthy aromas. Taste is absolutely fantastic with lots of tasty smoked malt flavors that are perfectly matched with the rye whisky and barrel flavors. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a really good smoked beer and one of the best beers I have tried recently.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown coloured body, at The Bruery Tasting Room. Average mouthfeel, but also very creamy, very smokey like a log in the fireplace. Hits the spot, but why the 10% abv?OK drinkability. Would like something more complex, less intense on the smoke attribute.

Sammy, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown pour with a substantial (1+") amount of tan head on top, took a little bit to fade, not much lace. Aroma was definitely big on the smoke and wood, so its a perfect 5 if you solely judged it based on matching the name of the beer. Still a good go on the whiskey/boozy aroma, a relative soft touch.

Tough to taste the rye on this one, the smoke and wood really dominates the taste perceptors as well. Alcohol is pretty evident, especially for a Bruery creation. A little bit of chocolate and vanilla can creep into the flavor profile. The big smoke burn bitter effect can be quite challnging at times, the more you drink of it, the easier it is to finish. I think this beer is good in small quantities, like most big smoked beers, I could never even fathom drinking an entire 750 of this to myself.

Had this at the barrel party.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50.4%

spamages, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of billshmeinke
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source.

Pitch black with a dark beige head. Really great retention and lacing, not to mention some gnarly oilly legs.

Nose is pretty epic. Vanilla, toffe and brown sugar are the first scents that come to mind. Rich dark berry notes as well.

Taste follows smell. Huge peaty and smokey notes up front. For awhile the smokiness is overwhelming, but as I get used to the smokiness different flavors come to the surface. Huge dark fruits, some plumb/fig, oak, spicey rye, hints of rye whiskey. There is a bit of a rubbery flavor which is somewhat distracting.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, well carbonated, a touch viscous, and spicey.

The rubber like note is unfortunate. Otherwise a pretty rad beer.

billshmeinke, Jan 08, 2012
Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.