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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

358 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 77
Gots: 162 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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 +11.7%

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 +9.9%

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 BostonHops
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

BostonHops, Yesterday at 11:02 PM
Photo of Dark05Lord
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

Dark05Lord, Monday at 10:14 PM
Photo of DCLAguy11
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

DCLAguy11, Sunday at 11:35 PM
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: very dark. Opaque. Not seeing any light get through this bad boy. Nice thick chocolate head esp for the high abv.
Smell: vanilla bourbon smoky chocolate. Damn this is decadent in a great way.
Taste: more of the same goodness as the nose. This is simply delicious.
Overall: awesome treat. Well done. Kudos.

cindyjeffsmith, Sunday at 10:59 PM
Photo of cjgator3
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

cjgator3, Sunday at 10:35 PM
Photo of Vonerichs
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Black with a brief sandy colored head that leaves a ring around the edges.

Smokey, both of the smoked malt and meaty variety. Oak and black strap molasses.

The flavor surprisingly comes off as somewhat bland. Smokey and woody.

The mouthfeel was also a little disappointing. Usually, these big beers from The Bruery are thick and sweet. This one is quite the opposite. It's thin and a little flat.

I don't know why I keep dropping money on these $20+ bottles from the Bruery. They usually disappoint and this continues that trend.

Vonerichs, Sunday at 06:59 PM
Photo of M1A2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

M1A2, Sunday at 02:35 PM
Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev -0.7%

scott2269, Sunday at 05:55 AM
Photo of greg4579
4/5  rDev -0.7%

greg4579, Sunday at 02:07 AM
Photo of CUbeerfan
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

CUbeerfan, Saturday at 02:03 AM
Photo of brother_kenneth
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

brother_kenneth, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of irthesteve
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

irthesteve, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Eddiea84
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

Eddiea84, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Oakhtar
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Oakhtar, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of TheBrewo
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We cracked a 750mL bottle, pouring a brew of oily chocolate brown into our ¾ sized tasting snifters. A half finger tall head of mocha colored lacing sat atop the liquid, but offered no real lacing or film otherwise. This retained well. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderately active. The nose displayed massively buttery diacetyls, heavy but sweetly metallic rye, oak and cherry wood warmth, vinous wood lacquer, peat and moldy moss, bright syrupy milk chocolate sweetness, mushroom dust and earthiness, vanilla almond milk, fusel booze, and curiously fruity bourbon heat. The taste followed with cloyingly sweet chocolate malts and melty caramel sugars, but this base quickly gave way to harshly peaty and charcoaled smokiness, wheaty and coffee malty airs, burnt hot cocoa, cloven and medicinal phenols, authentic bourbon burn, wet and seemingly new or fresh oaked woodiness, under ripe coconut, astringent molasses stickiness, independent smokiness of mescal, cashew butter, bile acidity, and flakey and chalky cocoa nibs. The mouth was silky smooth but thick as thick can be. Carbonation came across as medium. The mouth was coated with syrupy sugariness, but the warmth of booze rumbling up from the stomach effectively thinned this out. The abv is big, making this one a definite, delicate sipper.

Overall, we were very excited and surprised to come across the bourbon barrel aged version of Smoking Wood while in Worcester for a friend’s wedding. Having been under The Bruery’s distribution for years, and having shipment after shipment of the rye version come through our area, we had figured this a near lost cause. Alas, we were able to tag a bottle, and it was an intensely interesting one. The aroma and flavors display the bourbon beautifully in all of its real-life warmth and buttery diacetyls creaminess. This plays against the wood used, which itself comes across as extremely fresh and new, as if they just cut down a tree, hollowed it, and poured the beer into it. It almost had that vinous, sappy quality that green wood possess. We also appreciated this bittering mushroom-esque quality throughout, giving an extra boost to this organic, natured theme. While this doesn’t do the best with the cloying sweetness of the grain bill, the intent is well enough appreciated. As a caveat, when fully at room temperature, the booze becomes much, much hotter, and it feels like you’re sipping off some straight Wild Turkey. This erases a good deal of the subtleties of the base flavoring, but doesn’t really detract immensely from the ultimate experience. This is a fun beer, so if you’re up for it, and can find it, grab some friends and go to town.

TheBrewo, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev -0.7%

siege06nd, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%

May 2014 bottle, opened Sep 2014

A - Deep midnight brown body with a thin rim of light mahogany highlights. Dark khaki head has nice retention and low lace.

S - Roasted caramelized steak, molasses, touch of anise, dark breads, leather, earthy charred oak, spent coffee grounds, and the smell of your clothes the day after a bonfire.

T - Bacon, oak, vanilla ice cream, molasses, burnt toffee, caramel, chocolate creamsicle, medium roast coffee latte, charred oak. The finish is outrageous: pure, thick coffee milkshake that lasts a lifetime with edges campfire smoke.

M - Fantastically smooth with outstanding staying power. Medium-full body.

O - The finish on this beer is absolutely incredible; hands down one of the best I've ever had. Extraordinarily complex for a smoke beer.


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4.62 Smooking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.75 4.50 4.50 4.50 4.50 4.50 4.54 10% 0.45
S - 4.35 4.50 4.65 4.65 4.63 4.65 4.57 20% 0.91
T - 4.40 4.45 4.60 4.76 4.76 4.80 4.63 40% 1.85
M - 4.60 4.60 4.60 5.00 4.82 4.70 4.72 10% 0.47
O - 4.50 4.50 4.70 4.80 4.50 4.75 4.63 20% 0.93

vfgccp, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Served @ 50deg in a "The Bruery" Tulip. Bottled on 5-13-14.

A - Nicely black with ~1" dark brown head

S - Lots of oak and smoke. Slight chocolate and bourbon notes in the background.

M/T - First sip was all smoke. It starts to blend better after that initial sip. Oak, smoke, bourbon, chocolate, and raisins.

O - This is a good smoked porter, but not my favorite or my favorite from The Bruery. It's certainly a beer made for sipping and sharing. I think this would be better with slightly less smoked malt or with some additional sweet element added. Prost!

Bowers-Brew, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Nick_Bousquet
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Nick_Bousquet, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of MrDave
3.95/5  rDev -2%

MrDave, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of xILevelerIx
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%

xILevelerIx, Sep 19, 2014
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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.