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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 93
Gots: 245 | FT: 30
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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2012 vintage
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours deep dark black color. No light getting through there. Initially there was a thin layer of slightly tan head. Stuck around for a little while. Getting some alcohol feet on this boozy beer for sure.

S: Smoked meats. Burnt wood. Roasted malts. Some chocolate. Hard to dig in and get that rye spice with all the rest of that going on.

T: Liked bourbon more. Lots of smoke more than the other. Tons of smoke. Bacon. Dark campfire flavor. Some dark chocolate. Long flavors.

M: Full bodied.

Photo of oldedog
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle, 2012 vintage, chilled and poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Purchased for $23 earlier today.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a fizzy, medium brown head of about one finger. Recedes quickly into a very thin lacing around the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Campfire smoke and smoked meat notes come to the forefront. Caramel, rye, and really strong toasted oak notes. The rye whiskey notes are very strong as well. The alcohol from the barrel is definitely strong and noticable.

Taste: Big char and smoke notes upfront. After the initial char, there is an undertone of bacon and smoked malt. Each sip brings more sweetness out. Vanilla, caramel, roasted coffee beans , and really strong oak tones create an interesting backdrop. The rye spice tones mixed with the smoke are an unique combination. The barrel tones give off some whiskey notes. There is less alcohol than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Very sharp carbonation and a little oily.

Overall, a really interesting take on a smoke beer. The smoke tones are not too overdone at all. As this warms, more of the barrel and base beer can come out from behind the smoke. The caramel, vanilla, and toasted oak notes are a really nice background. The ABV is definitely there, but is far better hidden in the taste than the aroma. The barrel tones work well but there is a noticable raw whiskey aroma and taste at times. Interesting as a one time buy, but not worth buying more than once at this price.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Lerxst
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. $21.99 for 750ml bottle

A-Pours black with just a hint of light coming in around the outside edges with a thin mocha colored head that faded quickly leaving a few spots of lace.

S-Rye Whiskey, smoke, roasted malt, hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

T-Really follows the nose with the whiskey and campfire smoke battling for supremacy with neither prevailing. Roasty malt with a dash of coffee and dark chocolate and a bit of booze.

M-Medium body, light carbonation, slightly creamy. Body is a tad on the light side.

O-A nice offering from the Bruery. Not outstanding, but very good.

Photo of markchristenson
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer--a bit of dark reddish-maple around the edges. The nose is solid, rich, but somewhat one-dimensional with the smoke notes and malt taking center stage over some espresso notes and otherwise obscuring what I'm sure are subtleties that will emerge over time. On the palate it mimics the nose--rich and lush flavors of mostly malt and smoke. Noticeable wood components (vanilla in particular) and some hints of the rye. Nicely rounded in the mouth, with a mouth-coating texture and a super-long finish that exhibits some minerality. I find this to be really enjoyable. (PE: 92)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hefty dark brown with a quickly receding chestnut head and no lacing.

S: Aroma of big alderwood smoked malts, rye whiskey barrel and wood all around. Deep sweet malt scents mixing in with the smoke.

T: Deep and rich smoked cherry and alderwood smoked flavors. I have both of these malts on hand and can definitely pick up the flavors of both. Bacon and dry tannic finish on the beer from the alderwood and a nice rich smokiness from the cherrywood malt. The finish is dry and slightly ashy or more woody than I would have guessed, but it is pulled off nicely and very enjoyable.

M: Thick mouthfeel with a medium to light carbonation.

O: Overall this is a a very solid smoked beer. I have heard a few tough judgements on this beer and while it may have been of the bourbon barrel aged, I can say that I am enjoying this one. If only it was in a smaller bottle, I would be much happier overall with this one. I was inspired enough after taking the first sip of this to throw some liquid smoke into some chili that I was cooking when making this.

Photo of jegross2
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Smoking Wood (Rye Whiskey Version) from The Bruery out of California. This beer is an imperial smoked porter brewed with rye malt, beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and then aged in rye whiskey barrels.
Score: 92

2012 vintage served in a Duck-Rabbit snifter and enjoyed 07/01/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Black coffee color. Pours a finger of creamy milk chocolate head that settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Good lacing, excellent retention. 4/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, rye and a huge amount of wood. Ample smoke too. A little bacon, subtle whiskey caramel malt. Hint of molasses. 4.25/5

Taste: Smoked and slightly salty bacon. Lots of oak flavor. A little chocolate on the midpalate. Increasing "spiciness" and a soft rye kick towards finish as the beer warms. Mild caramel flavor in the background too. ABV absolutely hidden. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, made to feel lighter from smokiness. Creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and smoky finish. Subtly bitter. 4/5

Overall:Smoke beers are quite polarizing -- you either love them, or you hate them. I am personally a fan of smokey beers. For a smoke beer, however, I found the smoke quality of this brew to be more subtle than most, but still quite pronounced.

Recommendation: Smoke beer fans are encouraged to seek this one out; it is better than the bourbon version.

Pairings: Bacon and eggs.

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle.

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the neighboring state of Wisconsin for this one, 2012 vintage:

Looks as big as it sounds... dark black coffee body produces a fell two finger of pale brown head, laces in a big way with booze legs ta boot.

Thick smoky chocolate aromas, some boozy licorice, tons of warming oak notes, more chocolate, the rye just doesn't quite hold up next to everything else that's going on here.

This beer is very appropriately named. I'm not normally crazy about smoked beers but this one offers enough diversity to keep me interested. Loads of booze-soaked wood notes... tastes like a campfire smells. Some dessert sugars, and a warming finish. Pretty unique stuff.

This is definitely one to try if you never have. I don't know that I'll seek out more of it but I'm glad I tried it.

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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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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.

Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.