Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 90
Gots: 238 | FT: 29
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: phichifiji00 on 11-20-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of pants678
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black hue with an off-white fluffy head. No carbonation. The smell seems to predict a very boozy brew, but that's not such a bad thing really. The rye really dominates and shines through the flavor nicely. It's accompanied by dates and a pleasant earthiness. The unique finish is smoky and dry, with a bitterness like wine grapes. Somehow the mouthfeel is still that chewy, juiciness despite the 'dry' finish. Overall I would highly recommend that any Stout or Rye lover try this!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: stout pitch body, finger of dark foam, mild lacing

S: rye whiskey and roasted chocolate malts, molasses and hints of airy vanilla

T: rich dark and rye malts with sweet and strong whiskey; molasses and caramel sweetness up front; rye whiskey vapors float o'er the surface of the beer; nice smoky backnotes turn in a dry, smoky, and spicy finish

M: slick, dense, and with some crisp astrigence; some rye chewiness; very boozy aftertaste - like you've been sippin' whiskey

O: well-executed beer from the Bruery - high abv sipper with lots of depth - for fans of strong whiskey barrel-aged porters and stouts.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage

A: Pours nearly pitch black with two fingers of dense light brown head. Retention is very good.

S: Rye whiskey is quite strong in this one, behind that I get quite a bit of smoke balanced by dark chocolate and caramel sweetness. The proportions of the flavors are great in this one - all are strong, but none overpowers the others.

T: Rye whiskey is strong, just like the nose. Caramel sweetness is a bit stronger in the flavor than it was the aroma. Dark chocolate is still there and quite pleasant, but it's a bit in the background. The smoke is a bit strong in this one for me, particularly in the aftertaste. The smoke is a bit hard to place, though. It's a bit meaty, but a bit fruity as well. Apparently this is brewed with Beechwood and Cherrywood smoked malts - that makes sense. Again, the flavors are very strong in this beer. This seems like a trend with the Bruery.

M: Medium to thick with a nice carbonation.

O: Very good, but I find myself wanting this beer to be a bit less smoky and a bit less sweet.

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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's yesterday.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty decent lacing and very good head retention. The nose in this beer is pretty good, albeit a bit muted initially. Nevertheless, I pick up considerable chocolate, light peat, coffee and vanilla. Maybse a hint of rye in the background as well. On the palate, this beer is a show stopper, and is really almost too much of a good thing, The beer is so rich, sweet and boozy, but I just can't resist the flavor profile of coffee, single malt whiskey (this beer is so peaty/smokey), chocolate, vanilla and light rye. There's a hint of licorice in the finish as well, which actually helps to tame some of the sweetness in this beer (as does the smokey quality as well). Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the 13% abv. is pretty well integrated into the flavor flavor. Still, ultimately the sweetness and high abv. wear on me a bit, and I think the combination hurts this beer's drinkability.

Enjoyed this one, but really can't imagine ever drinking more than a very small amount.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black color with a small tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark roasted malt, chocolate, smokiness, oak, whiskey

T-chocolate, smoky dark roasted malt, hints of coffee, nice blend of whiskey throughout

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth with alcohol well-integrated

O-a great barrel-aged smoked beer balancing both flavors nicely

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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-comes out with a really thick black color and a nice tan head

S-very strong dark malts. quite smokey, but i smell the wood more. hint of lush chocolate. this is an amazing smell! there's some spice and some vanilla. very powerful.

T-comes in with mostly just the flavors of smoke, wood, and booze. wow this is a hot beer! this is such a thick beer! there's so much going on. the flavors are so real and powerful. i also feel as if my breath is flammable! There's definitely a hint of whiskey all through out this. the vanilla becomes more apparent in the after-taste.

M-thick, low carbonation with a dry finish

O-this reminds me a lot of Palo Santo Marron. Its just a bit more smokey and a lot more complex. Definitely a great beer, definitely a sipper. I'm drinking this whole bottle by myself and I fear what I'm going to feel like towards the end. I wouldn't discourage you from going out and getting a bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a tasting on 12/6. Big thanks to mike and scott for bringing this and the bourbon smoking wood for a side-by-side.

Enjoyed from a bruery sniftery tulip.

watery black. looks identical to the bourbon smoking wood. very peaty smell, spicy wood is heavy. smoked malts. tastes smokey and peaty. medium bodied and pretty good. the peat works with the smoked porter but definitely a unique and polarizing flavor.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Both the Rye and Bourbon provided by Claaark13. Cheers for the awesome set man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
ABV: 10%

APPEARANCE: A bit of a foamer upon opening, but once it calmed, she pours a 1+ finger, looser looking, crusty, tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a full foam cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. Bistre brown in color with a relentless stream of carbonation up the middle of the glass. Lots of carbonation everywhere. A nice foamy cap remains until the end leaving lots of chunky lacing down the glass. A little too foamy for my style, but nothing wrong per se.

SMELL: Smoky with dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, and some nice rye barrel notes. Oak with light vanilla compliment the smoky malt base, and the rye adds a light tough of spice in there. Bold and well integrated.

TASTE: Lighty smoky out of the gate with some dark chocolate as well, then some rye barrel, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate through the middle into a somewhat boozy finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste of smoke and peaty flavors, milk and dark chocolate, a touch of coffee bitterness and some alcohol as well. Flavorful, bold and well balanced, with nice barrel and smoky notes working together.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Light weight, unfortunately, but quite creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Just a touch too light and carbonated for the style.

OVERALL: This was really, really nice. The aroma was enticing and the flavor quite delicious, though the execution didn't quite work out. Namely, the feel was a little too carbonated and light to really support the flavor profile, meaning this potentially world-class beer didn't quite live up to its potential. Nevertheless, this was a fun treat and I would argue this one is more complex and interesting that the bourbon barrel version. Cheers again Claaark13!

Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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