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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 547
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 80
Gots: 211 | 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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Photo of Arbitrator
2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a dark brown body; opaque in the center, but with a caramel translucence around the edges. Capped with a tan-colored head that retains poorly.

S: Salty, liquid smoke that dominate as the beer is cold; I'm guessing the former is from oxidation. As the beer warms, it brings out notes of dark chocolate, bourbon, charred wood, licorice.

T: It has a meaty, salty oxidation that dominates from cold to warm; unlike the nose, the taste never really develops beyond this relatively simple character. There's an odd, metallic character that reminds me of the brett influence in Marin's BA Old Dipsea. Some bourbon and dark chocolate are found, as well as tannins in the finish, but not enough to take over; this is a lot of smoking, not so much wood, and not enough bourbon.

M: Full-bodied. I am impressed with how well-disguised the heat is. Good carbonation.

O: This wasn't undrinkable, but it was disappointing. I drank a third of it and threw the rest out so I could move on to something I enjoyed. Hopefully the rye version is better (and I'm glad I only bought one!). (1,114 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.56/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. Seriously, this is dark as hell. The head is a finger high, and tan in shade. Retention...is about what you'd expect from a 14% barrel-aged monster, and so is the texture (read: it's creamy). Not much lacing is left behind, if any at all. (3)

Smell: Like most big beers from the Bruery, there's a ton going on here. At first I pick up a lot of bourbon (read: vanilla, oak, and even banana), tempered somewhat by its dry, woody smoke (and dry, woody smoke is good!) After a while, it develops a significant dark chocolate note. Actually, it's heavy on the umami...it almost resembles soy sauce on occasion. Also like most big beers from the Bruery, it's a bit meandering and lacking in cohesion. On the plus side, I'm not picking up an ounce of the 14%. It's a very effective aroma, but will the flavor profile be effective? (3.75)

Taste: The smokiness comes to the forefront, and again, it's more woody than hammy. It's not as roasty-tasting as its immense darkness would suggest, though - it's very sweet, in fact. There's a huge midtaste of dark chocolate, before the melange of bourbon barrel notes finish it off. It's a bit boozy, about what one might expect from 14%. It's also quite complex. The problem is, while it delivers great depth, it's also extremely messy and imbalanced (for example, some sips are almost pure soy sauce! WTF?) Literally nothing seems to coexist. I should enjoy something like this - but it's so out of whack, I just don't care. To answer the question I proposed earlier: no, it's not effective. Not. At. All. (2)

Mouthfeel: Like most of the big hitters from the Bruery, it's both incredibly sweet and relatively thin. Also like most of the big hitters from the Bruery, it tries to have good drinkability for 14%. I can tell from the carbonation trying to poke through the big(ish) body. Unfortunately, it fails: there's just far too much lingering sweetness. It's not drinkable, it's not rich, it's not balanced, it's just stupidly big for the sake of being stupidly big. (2.25)

Overall: Man, I've just been handing out a ton of bad scores today, haven't I? The problem here is that while the individual notes are actually quite good, it's so damn sloppy tasting, it completely ruins the effect this beer was trying to achieve. I just don't get it...why is this a 90 again?! (2.25)

2.48/5: Messiest. Beer. Ever. (2,421 characters)

Photo of brystmar
2.74/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to blatantdream for the bottle.

Amon my least favorite styles. Good looking pour, nice head. Tons of smoke and booze in the nose, hints of toffee and caramel too.

Taste is overwhelmingly smokey. Way too much booze here too, more noticeable as it warms. Bourbon shows up at the end. If I liked smoked malts, maybe I'd like this. Not for me. (348 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes from a tasting on 12/6. Big thanks to mike and scott for bringing this and the rye whiskey smoking wood for a side-by-side.

Enjoyed from a bruery sniftery tulip.

looks identical to the other smoking wood, watery black. interesting smell, in-fact...kind of tart - UH OH!!!! still some peat in the mix with smoked malts. the flavor is smoked malts, but this is definitely infected and soured. still drinkable just not great and DEFINITELY infected. light bodied. the infection hides a lot of the smoke. i didn't drain pour this one, but everyone else at the tasting did. (576 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

11/02/2014

Bottle from 2012 poured into a snifter. A cursory inspection reveals a black beer with a tan head. The aroma is of maple, wood smoke, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, and bourbon. There's a slight sting in the nostrils that hints at the ABV. The flavor is definitely smoky, but there's also chocolate, oak, and brown sugar. Still, the smoke ultimately dominates, and I imagine that was the intent. The beer is full in body with a low level of carbonation. Comes across as heavy and syrupy, and needs more carbonation. I mean, it's completely still at this point, which does not work in its favor. I can't imagine what I'll do with the rest of this bottle. Overall, the ideal beer to open up at midnight and drink alone, before going to bed, when you're really tired. (794 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.5 A: Black color. A little over one finger of medium brown head that fizzed away at breakneck speed and left no lacing.

4.5 S: This smells pretty awesome. Big bacony smokiness with campfire smokiness underneath. The thing that I think goes really well with smokiness is a thick, malty base which this certainly has. Big chocolate, lots of caramel and molasses, and potent neutral malt sweetness. The rye adds a big of complementary earthy spiciness. Supple roastiness. Bourbon plays a complementary role and allow the smoke to shine. Leather, oak, and earth. Slight booziness, but well hidden for the most part. Big, powerful, yet harmonious.

3.0 T: The taste is a let down after the nose. While this is definitely as sweet as I imagined, it's paradoxically not rich nor deep with flavor. Somehow the booze goes from insignificant in the nose to one of the feature flavors in the taste. Porcine smoke is there again and that I appreciate the hell out of. Less chocolate, caramel, and molasses. More sugary neutral maltiness. Bourbon is leathery and earthy. Oak is added and so are some tannins.

3.5 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. It's strange in that it's syruppy, yet somewhat light on the tongue. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier. Not bad.

3.5 D: Taste was borderline 3.5, so a compromise here. It's not bad, but like far too many smoked beers, the nose far exceeds the taste. I am glad, however, that I have two more bottles so I can see how this one ages. (1,509 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -13%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours practically pitch black in color. Some good tan froth formed.

(S)- Quite smoky in a hickory sense that meets some subtle cocoa, raisin, and a rich jerky-like meat aroma.

(T)- Very interesting. Thick chocolate covered jerky meets some raisins. Subtle caramel sweetness on the end/finish.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level meets a campfire in a beer. Rich and meaty but obvious hints of the base beer.

(O)- A very unique take on a porter. It is heavy on the smoke but thankfully not completely overwhelming. (580 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.6/5  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. (2,189 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a recent box. Thanks Brian!

The bourbon version pours a full bodied dark chocolate brown with little carbonation initially. At the end of the pour this collected a decent one finger, dark khaki head that quickly dissipated over the next minute or so. The nose is big and woody. There is a lot of oak, smoked malt, bacon, sweet milky chocolate, and fudge brownies. It's nice but the oak and smoke are a little intense. The flavors are big and roasty, full of campfire, fudge, and bacon. It's really heavy on the smoke and oak. The bourbon is pretty subtle. The chocolate is big and sticky but dominated by the campfire element. It drinks full bodied and is rather chewy. The alcohol isn't present at all. Overall this is a formidable beer. It's huge and roasty with ever so slight bourbon. It isn't nearly as well integrated as the rye version and is a lot smokier. It just doesn't feature the same balance. I wouldn't necessarily want to drink this one again. (999 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Both the Bourbon and Rye provided by Claaark13. Cheers for the awesome set man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Drank this one after the Rye

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, looser looking, tan head with decent retention. A little creamier than the Rye versioin. Head fades to a full cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. Bistre brown in color with a relentless stream of carbonation up the middle of the glass. Lots of carbonation everywhere. A half wisp and ring remain until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Still overcarbonated, but a creamier head on this one.

SMELL: Smoked malt, dark chocolate, then lots of nice, smooth bourbon. Oak, vanilla, milk chocolate and some nice bourbon notes. Very nice and plenty forthcoming, though the barrel is more prevalent than the base smoked beer.

TASTE: Smoke and dark chocolate, but mostly bourbon barrel here. Oak, milk chocolate, vanilla, then some light coffee, smoked malts and coconut laced bourbon in the bold and lingering finish. Not as boozy as the Rye version and the barrel is very flavorful, but the base beer doesn't quite play as big a roll as I'd like. Still very tasty.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation, much like the Rye version. A little airy on the palate unfortunately, not as creamy as hoped, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. A little too light and airy for my tastes.

OVERALL: The bourbon barrel is really flavorful and delicious, but it also drowns out the base beer a little, which has a lot of nice qualities in itself. The feel is also too light and airy to really support such a big beer. While I enjoyed the bourbon barrel more than the rye, I appreciate the ballance in the rye version, making it a more complex and enjoyable brew in my view. Regardless, both of these were lots of fun and I'm happy to have had a go at them. Thanks again for the cool theme Claaark13! We geeked out pretty hard on these. (1,938 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

thanks to Tim for sharing 2014 bottle of this at our annual Stout tasting enjoyed in a stout glass chilled.

The color is black with opaque clarity dense looking with quick dropping medium tan head. The smell has a custard-like sweet and vanilla infused quality from the barrel with smoke heavy in the nose and medium high alcohol in the smell with light woody accent and slight phenolic odor. The feel is good but very thick with low carbonation and almost syrupy with lots of alcohol and rich vanilla bourbon in the sweet layered malt body with creamy and smokey drying finish.

The taste is decent with woody and ashy smoke dominant flavor with malt sweetness and roasted malt mixed in with booze taste of bourbon and light tannin with some spice in the taste but the phenolic smoke character becomes a little daunting with caramel and light hint of bitterness of highly kilned malt warmth of alcohol is strong as it finishes. Overall not bad, but not one to enjoy alone -glad I shared this bomber 4 ways it has heavy alcohol and smoke which together is tough to stomach a lot of. (1,084 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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. (543 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts, oak, and bourbon dominate with vanilla, caramel, and just a light aroma of smoke.

T: similar to the aroma, roasted malts with oak and bourbon dominate. Vanilla and burnt sugar come through next before a moderately boozy finish. The smoke comes through in the aftertaste.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and sticky and boozy.

O: a good beer, overall, though the bourbon is a bit overpowering compared to the rye whiskey version. (566 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jason. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin collar and wispy partial cap. Pretty much black with a few brown glints visible.

S - Wow, there's a lot of smoke and alcohol here. The smoke flavor seems slightly chemical, although it gets better as it warms up. Dark chocolate, campfire, slightly acrid and charry notes, and more hot bourbon.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with plenty of smoked meats and bacon, pure dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, and some light chemical astringency and burnt tire flavors.

M - Medium-full body, melted chocolate texture, moderate-to-low carbonation, and surprisingly little heat considering how bourbon-forward the rest of the beer is.

D - It's big, brash, boozy, and decidedly unsubtle but it delivers exactly what it promises. Unfortunately it's not the kind of beer you could drink much of in one serving - I'd recommend you have a half-dozen friends around when you open this. (959 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

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! (575 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black color with a stingy tan head that never really musters except to form a ring of bubbles on the top. The nose is heavy on the oak and bourbon with a smoky chocolaty porter lurking deep underneath. Spicy smokey phenols mixed with bourbon and oak hit my palette right away. I get some sweet caramel malts, a bit of alcohol and a hint of chocolate midway through. Smoked ham and a bit of alcohol heat linger long after each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet prickly mouthfeel. Although I did find this a bit on the smokey side, I really enjoyed it. A little time wouldn't hurt this to help meld the flavors a little bit. (668 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to this year-old 750ml from sstorck (thanks!). Split with buddies into brandy snifters.

A: Small hiss when popped - dark opaque brown with a small amount of khaki head and some nice lace.

S: Smoke is really subdued on the nose...malt, chocolate, rye, with hints of oak and bourbon and some nice smoky wood in the background.

T: More char and campfire here, chocolate and rye malt with a slight touch of spice, toasted oak and bourbon barrel. The smoke is balanced nicely.

MF: Low carbonation in this beer; I'm not sure if its the smoke or the temperature but the body leans just thin of 'full'.

O: I drank this one cold, as I do with most smoked beers, but overall I think the smokiness was subdued in general. This beer steers clear of smoked salmon and cigarette butts, which is a good thing. Nice rye and chocolate malt presence, and just enough bourbon barrel. (892 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter at a Bruery tasting.

A: Blackish with a tan half finger head that didn't linger. Not much head or lacing to speak of.

S: Bourbon and vanilla stand out with dark fruit in the background. A slight smokiness but not overwhelming.

T: Dry with bourbon doing a tango with chocolate. Caramel and raisins slide in to finish the job. Once again, the smoke doesn't overpower; just adds some clout to the mix. The 13% didn't even register until I had to take a seat. Whoosh.

M: Medium with light carbonation.

O: Another winner from The Bruery. These guys continue to bend the borders on great taste. One of the stellar breweries. (646 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black pour with a small brown head. Hardly any retention or lacing.

S: The aroma is extremely focused on the rye and smoke. There might be a chocolate undertone, but honestly it's all smoke. Really interesting combination here with the smoke, rye, and Bourbon. I didn't realize there was a rye whiskey barrel aged version...that one must be way over the top.

T: The bourbon and booze come out a lot more, but honestly it takes a lot like bacon when you breathe out! Very focused on the smoke and bourbon. I'm not a great judge of rye and smoke, so honestly my palate is confounded here. I taste rye, smoke, and bourbon...and not much else.

MF: Thick body with an average amount of carbonation. The ABV will knock your socks off...but you won't feel it coming.

O: If you like smoke and bourbon, you'll like this beer. Very interesting and very strong. (863 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. No readily accessable bottling date but I believe this was a mid to late 2012 release. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours oily black with a half finger of mocha head that fades quickly. Very little retention and no lace to speak of.

Smells sweet, smokey and faintly meaty with vanilla, bacon, oak and a little chocolate.

Flavors are full and rich. A good deal of bourbon and barrel character mixed with a bold, smokey, meaty malts. Bourbon, chocolate, peat, oak, smoked malt, burnt caramel, dark fruit, jerky and a healthy bite of alcohol. It all blends well for an enjoyable quaff.

Smooth, creamy full body with light carbonation and some alcohol cooling . Peat and bourbon finish.

A worthy smoked porter. Although to call it just a smoked porter sells it short. This big, bold, barreled brew compares favorably with many of the more popular barrel aged imperial stouts. I think I prefer this bourbon variant over the rye whisky version. I think my remaining bottle of each will age well for another year or two. (1,073 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks Ward for this bottle, almost a year old now.

The beer pours jet black, dark for a porter, with a generous tan head that fades quickly. The nose is sweet, slightly smokey, and definitely boozy with the ethanol and bourbon taking over after a big whiff. The taste is toffee/caramel sweetness upfront with a subtle smoked graininess and boozy finish. This is definitely a full bodied, chocolatey dessert beer that I'd recommend letting warm a bit before serving. The beer was paired with some grilled shrimp and sausages, but was a bit overpowering for such light fare. I'd recommend leaving this beer for after dinner as it would pair better with a chocolatey dessert than BBQ-ed sausages. Needless to say it's a big, bold, boozy porter that highlights the bourbon barrel exceptionally well. A touch of metallic smokiness is definitely present in the aftertaste. I'd have liked a bit more smoke, but it may have faded some with age. This is definitely an exceptional beer, but is a bit heavy-handed with the smoke, bourbon, and chocolatey porter grain. (1,058 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -2%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one at a recent tasting with beeruser, sincereNc, funkydelic, and 67couple! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, smoke, vanilla, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, vanilla, smoke, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I have had the regular (whiskey version) of this one and absolutely loved it. However, this one wasn’t as good as it in my opinion. This one was still very good, but wasn’t as well balanced as the other. All of the proper aspects for the style were there and in good order, but it wasn’t in a class of its own unfortunately like I was hoping. Definitely a must try if you get the chance despite this. (941 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black pour, completely opaque in the glass. Little head formation.

Smell: A shitload of smoke when it's cold. Campfire, bit of Band-Aid. Becomes much more enjoyable as it warms, with a bigger bourbon barrel presence that adds a some caramel sweetness to balance the smoke. Chocolate and rye bread are noticed beneath the smoke and barrel. It becomes rather boozy by the time it reaches room temperature.

Palate: Caramel and vanilla hit the palate first - there's a ton of barrel flavor, and a good bit of warming heat. Smoke and dark chocolate come out mid-palate, along with a touch of earthy rye. This is full-bodied and unabashedly boozy. Sweetness is fairly reigned-in compared to a lot of other bourbon barrel beers from The Bruery.

Overall: It's good, but it isn't a beer I'd want more than one pour of. (824 characters)

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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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