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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

248 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 65
Gots: 113 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-19-2012)
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1/5  rDev -74.9%

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California

1.5/5  rDev -62.4%

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Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -43.6%

09-03-2013 22:30:43 | More by chippo33
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Arbitrator

California

2.45/5  rDev -38.6%
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!).

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 04:52:55 | More by Arbitrator
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

04-09-2013 04:04:54 | More by Gonzoillini
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South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

06-25-2012 01:40:41 | More by beeruser
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bsuedekum

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

08-25-2012 20:01:23 | More by bsuedekum
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brystmar

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:17:05 | More by brystmar
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Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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cosmicevan

New York

2.88/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 02:01:09 | More by cosmicevan
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Kuongming

California

3/5  rDev -24.8%

03-17-2013 19:52:25 | More by Kuongming
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Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.8%

01-17-2013 23:27:44 | More by Thorpe429
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FrogOut69

California

3/5  rDev -24.8%

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California

3/5  rDev -24.8%

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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -24.8%

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

03-02-2013 02:37:31 | More by AlexFields
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 05:09:15 | More by DavoleBomb
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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pperez38

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

06-23-2013 21:11:31 | More by beerbtl
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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.