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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 82
Gots: 205 | FT: 30
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2014 Vintage is 14% ABV
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Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beejay
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

Photo of macher0
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sdsimkins
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a stout/porter glass from a 750mL glass.

Thick, creamy and chewy caramel-colored head a finger and a half thick and persistent emerges from the pour. Beneath is a pitch-black body. It's got an elegant look and contrast of colors. 5

Even from a distance I get stick and booze oaken bourbon notes. There's a rich chocolate presence with swirls of vanilla and caramel. It smells boozy but not enough to deter me from diving in. 4.25

There's a lot to take in on the palate as this has smoke, chocolate, bourbon and barrel all rolled together. It's at times campfire smoky while at other times more like BBQ and I get down with both. Rye seems to linger on the palate but competes with bourbon in doing so and a touch of booze. 4.25

Well, you sure as hell won't feel the 14% and the body is viscous, creamy and a little too easy to sip. Whether from the bourbon, the rye or the hops this has a bit of a bite. 4.25

Excellent brew. Smoky beers are my thing so I really enjoy this.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 14% ABV (not that I'm niggling).

This beer pours a solid, light-diffusing black hole, with nothing evident at the southern fringes, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves a few minor instances of weak seaspray lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of edgy wet ashy smoke, cheap ouzo, typical Bourbon barrel notes - boozy rye, boozy vanilla, boozy caramel, and yep, boozy wood - Hershey's chocolate syrup, musty treacle, bloated black orchard fruit, understated bready caramel malt, and faintly bitter earthy, weedy hops. The taste is much less smoky, with the milk chocolate, creamed coffee, and licorice character predominating, even over the still heady Kentucky whiskey barrel astringencies (the very same ones from the nose, for expediency), a lessened charred dark fruitiness, some separate pipe tobacco ashiness, tame leafy, earthy hops, and a surprisingly subtle metallic booziness.

The carbonation is quite understated, and basically on furlough, or something, the body a dense, full-ass weight, and way more smooth than the purported ABV can suitably justify, with a tangible creaminess once cognitive dissonance completely kicks in. It finishes on the sweet side, what with the multifaceted caramel, cocoa, anise, and vanilla, all wrapped in a thin sheer of alcohol, and a trailing wisp of smoke. Et fin.

Like this, and a lot of other high-octane brews around the world, the initial impression leaves a lot to be desired, but once you settle in and get to know it, all is well (as far as you know). Yep, the flavours duly abound, so much so that the actual ABV is but a mirage, a moving target, and after a wee spell, a ghost in the system, not worth chasing, for any reason. Anyways - a kick-ass, incredible American BA Porter, is what I meant to say.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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