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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
91
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421 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 77
Gots: 178 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2014 Vintage is 14% ABV

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-19-2012)
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Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Dominic for hooking me up with this bottle!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color when held to a light source. Half finger beige head that quickly recedes into a thin, lasting ring. Pretty good retention for the style and ABV with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Meaty smoked malt aroma with a strong bourbon barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Some subtle dry oak but not overly charred or toothpick-like with hints of roasted coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, marshmallow and sweet, spicy bourbon followed by charcoal, campfire, barbecued bacon and liquid smoke. The smoke and barrel notes are countered by a complex malt bill with a nice balance of subtle roast and silky, dessert like sweetness. Hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and coffee grinds along with a bit of flour less chocolate cake, fudge, caramel, toffee and baker's chocolate. Complex yet very inviting with a nice balance of smoke, bourbon barrel, roast and sweeter malt character. A touch of boozy sweetness but doesn't smell too hot. Could use a bit more smoke for my preference but otherwise smells pretty good.

Medium body with a very strong roasted malt flavor that somewhat overpowers the smoke and barrel notes. Dry, bitter and verging on acrid with lots of burnt malt, ash and used coffee grinds. As it warms,the barrel stands out a bit more with dry, toasted oak and spicy bourbon. A bit too boozy for my preference with strong bourbon flavor and lingering heat but not too offensive at 13%. The smoke has mellowed out at this point with subtle hints of charcoal, smoked meat and liquid smoke. After the palate adjusts, the sweeter malt notes stand out with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and slight fudge-y chocolate cake. Decently balanced and surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV but it's a bit thin bodied and lacking in complexity. Could also use a lot more smoke for my preference. I'm a huge fan of the regular version of this beer so my expectations were very high but I found this variant disappointing. Not bad but this isn't a beer I would seek out again.

corby112, Jan 09, 2014
More User Reviews:
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
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

tectactoe, Jun 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

abeerdude, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Ben7773, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

warnerry, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Callmecoon, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

olradetbalder, Thursday at 01:39 PM
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Cynic-ale, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

TKEbeerman, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

williamjbauer, Jul 15, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

kwkdmk, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01001111, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

stereosforgeeks, Jul 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Beerontwowheels, Feb 08, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

JamesStreet, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with a small khaki colored head on top that quickly settles to a thin cap on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Very smoky with a of bacony meat mixed in. There is a bit of alcohol, some molasses and caramel, slightly charred malt as well.

T: Over the top smoky and meaty, to be expected from a smoked beer for sure, but it was a little much for my taste. Some chocolate and caramel mixed in with a hint of oak.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: In your face flavor profile, very intense. A small snifter was more than enough for me.

mdaschaf, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

JosephThompson, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

AlexChillton, Jan 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Aficionado_Shawn, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours opaque and pitch black. Fine, mocha colored head with moderate retention. Lacing is spotty with little stick. Nice Legs. Solid.

Nose is aromatic and very distinct. Notes of bourbon, smoke, anise, some dark fruit, liquorice, and light meat. Good.

Opens sweet bourbon, molasses, and smoke. Liquorice, chocolate, sweet prunes, and cocoa towards the middle with some liquorice at the end. Some char too. Finishes sweet and slightly boozy with a chocolatey aftertaste. There's a slightly medicinal aspect to this one but its still a solid beer overall.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and slick at the same time in the mouth. Goes down smooth and warm. Messy finish with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Hides the big abv. well.

Kind of weird and I prefer my smoke beers to be low in ABV. At the same time though, this is a very solid offering and an interesting take on the style. I'm eager to compare this to the rye whiskey version.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 30, 2012
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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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