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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

458 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 80
Gots: 181 | FT: 27
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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2.45/5  rDev -39.7%
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!).

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2.48/5  rDev -38.9%

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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