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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 77
Gots: 176 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2014 Vintage is 14% ABV

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-19-2012)
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Photo of Beejay
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

2014 Edition.

A: Deep jet black in the glass with coffee and cream colored head.

S: Huge hit from the bourbon. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla come right out. Rich caramel maltiness, and a dark earthiness round out the aroma, but the bourbon barrel rocks on through. In the very finish there is a nice hint of smoke.

T: Malt, bourbon, and smoke. Man this beer is tasty. Nice malt richness, enough bitterness to keep it from cloying, and a deep luxurious smoke flavor. Not sure wht type of smoke they used, but often times with Cherry malt it comes off a little too sweet, in this case the smoke is dense, rich, and counteracts the velvety goodness that is in this beer. The bourbon is a little more subdued than I would have thought from the smell, but it is still fairly present. The booze is well hidden in this one.

M: Rich, thick, and malty. Carbonation is a medium and helps to balance out the rest of the body.

O: Overall, just a damn fine brew.

Beejay, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of macher0
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours very dark bown, nearly black with a frothy amber head that slowly retreats to a fine rim.
The nose is equal dark malts, bouron-soaked oak, and smokey char. Very nice cause the smoke is subtle
which brings out the vanilla/bourbon. The taste is equally balanced. Lots of dark malts, and bourbon, with a very
subtle smoke. The smoke is simialr to opening a smoker with ribs on the rack - not nessesarily bacon.
Super smooth feel, moderate carbonation, and full body. This is very similar to ba smoked stouts. The
smoke is subtle and the barrel and bourbon definately come through. Recommended.

macher0, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Lehighace06
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Lehighace06, Yesterday at 03:25 AM
Photo of thickgirth
4.75/5  rDev +17%

thickgirth, Yesterday at 02:11 AM
Photo of wordemupg
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2014 bottle poured into tulip 26/11/14

A not quite black with a reddish glow when held to the light, noisy fast falling dark head leaves no lace but some wide legs left behind on the glass

S there's a lot going on the nose, lots of bourbon barrel, subtle smoke on one whiff and loads on the next, chocolate syrup, molasses, vanilla, dark fruit, more bourbon, a little booze to go with it but not 14% worth, pipe tobacco, charred wood, smouldering really, unburnt woods in there too, smells amazing

T smokes a little more consistent in the mouth but not over the top, the bourbons there but a little faint compared to the nose, slightly more booze and a little licorice I didn't smell, maybe a bit from the rye but its overwhelmed by barrel

M not overly thick for the size, silky with enough bubbles to give it some life, not as sticky as I was expecting, not as much heat as one would guess either, smokey barrel lingers

O very impressive beer, the smoke comes and goes, lots of barrel at every point, drinks way too easy for 14%, I'll have no problems taking this one down solo

a big bad ass sipper, great use of barrel and smoke, booze is very well concealed, and I really have nothing to complain about except the price

wordemupg, Yesterday at 02:05 AM
Photo of jaydoc
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

jaydoc, Tuesday at 04:03 AM
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

T_Hass, Sunday at 11:27 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

powdersoldier, Sunday at 09:42 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

liamt07, Nov 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

MasterPenguins, Nov 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

olradetbalder, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Fievel, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of cvm4
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage

L - Pours dark body. Oil like. Has an espresso one finger head. minimal retention and lacing.

S - Huge notes of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Some caramel and light roasted malts mixed in. There's not a lot of smoke to me, which I'm not complaining about.

T - Very dense flavors. Getting some subdued sweet smoke up front with that awesome bourbon, vanilla and oak on the back end.

F - Full bodied and low carbonation. Very smooth and velvety. Just coats the mouth.

O - To me, it's a subtle smoked beer with an abundance of bourbon characteristics. Highly recommended.

cvm4, Nov 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Westyn, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

FightinIrish88, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Mhgrant17, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

EuphonicHops, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

KevinL, Nov 13, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Jartw19, Nov 12, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

kplooki, Nov 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

srgj88, Nov 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

PassMeAZima, Nov 09, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -2%

animal69, Nov 09, 2014
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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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