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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 77
Gots: 149 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
2014 Vintage is 14% ABV

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-19-2012)
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +2%

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours an opaque super dark brown/black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malt, smoked meats, wood, and bourbon aromas. Taste is of smoked malt, wood, and bourbon with a smoked meat aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I prefer the rye barrel aged version much more.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

djrn2, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

nmann08, Aug 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

acurtis, May 26, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev +4%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a medium size dark brown foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon with medium smokey notes and some roasted malt with some residual sugar. Taste is a complex and well balanced mix between some bourbon and vanilla notes with some medium smokey notes and some residual sugar with light dry roasted malt. Body is full with an oily texture and some medium to low carbonation. I really like the balanced between the flavours and the fact that the smokey notes don’t overshadows the other flavours. A bit rich to drink a whole bottle by yourself though.

Phyl21ca, Apr 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Texasfan549, May 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

kjkinsey, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

On-tap at Reserve Society Party 2012

Pours dark brown in color with a tan head. The nose opens up with a nice vanilla note and followed by a mild booziness. Nice bourbon to go along with a moderate smokiness and chocolate aroma. Hints of toffee and toasted nuts. The flavor is really nice as well. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and toffee are all prevalent. The smoke is there but somewhat restrained. The barrel treatment really shines through on this beer.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Reviewing so that this one gets a score since I usually use "Hads" these days. However, this one I liked so much that I'm pleased to be reviewing it.

Pours black/brown with a nice dark khaki/malted brown head. Nice looking and pours with a bit of a viscous "feel" to it.

Nose is pleasant sweet dark chocolate, roasted grain, vanilla tones and integrated smoke. Some "sweet jerky" notes to it all around.

Mouthfeel is rich, full, bold and creamy. The balance on this one is spot one.

Flavor profile is great and it's balanced and fully integrated. Sweet beef jerkey, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, coffee and more all integrated in a mouthfilling balanced brew.

Nothing stands out and hits you over the head and yet you can break the flavor componants apart, if you choose. Just a delicious verson of Smoking Wood. This is the one. Nice job. Perfect with BBQ and other meats. Was also nice with dessert and could be a sipper, as well.

GRG1313, May 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

largadeer, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

nickfl, May 03, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

MasterSki, Sep 25, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Better than the original rye bottling of this beer but both are good. Beer is served in a Bruery tulip because I'm not an animal. Beer is black and has a great head of small bubbles, thin, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is bourbon, meat, salt, smoke.

Beer is medium in body, lots of late smoke in the flavor, a drying finish, up front some mild sweetness from the bourbon, a nice finish overall as well. I enjoyed it and would have it again, another win from the Bruery.

drabmuh, Nov 06, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +7%

perhaps moderately less insane than the rye barrel aged edition, which blew my mind right away. this might be just a little more in line with all the other bourbon stuff out there, but to me it is obvious that its one of the best dark beers in the world, with more smoke than I remember from the other one in the finish, and a whole lot of sweet bourbon character. also cool because its a porter not a stout, and a warmer ale fermentation gives it a unique character. huge body, lots of oak, and a certain drinkability to it for a beer that's 14% abv. super rich too, but there is a dry element as well, its a number of traditional contradictions that seem to resolve themselves in one beer. dark chocolate and tobacco and a ton of smoke as it finishes, meaty and almost like jerky in some ways. colossal body and a long finish, but it isn't sweet. I think the spice of the rye whiskey barrel made it next level, but I like the bourbon one almost just as well because it illustrates how good and special the base beer is, and its insane. the bruery can do no wrong by me, so this is flawless really. I want to cellar one.

StonedTrippin, Aug 13, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +4%

So glad I joined the RS, and get access to beers like this! Shared with Rudzud.

Pours with a light creamy super dark head light lacing, pitch black with thick legs, nice head retention for the abv, and long thick slow rolling legs!

Nose is like pure darkness, tons of dark malts, roast, chocolate, coffee, light charred malt, some campfire smoke, lots of dark and bakers chocolate and some oats, roast gets slightly briny and soy sauce like but not much, light chalky powdered chocolate, and even a slight peaty smoke but more oak some. bourbon is there some as well, light toasted oak barrel, and a bit of a boozy aroma, and a hint of applewood smoked bacon.

Taste is still very complex but much more smokey and chalky. Powdered cocoa, lots of applewood smoke with smoked bacon and ribs taste, light campfire and light peat like. Then roasted malt, light coffee and light briny char but not much. Chocolate is more background with light bakers and powered chalky cocoa. Bourbon is more background as well, light bourbon taste but it does have more of a smokey scotch taste. Wood barrel is there, light toasty and plenty of vanilla, then a light creamy milky taste later. Booze is hidden pretty well, just a light warmth. Finish is slightly dry but light syrupy, long lingering choc, some smoke and very light briny taste. Long lingering smoke.

Mouth is huge, semi thick and syrupy, lighter carb.

Overall awesome, although bourbon was a bit lighter than I expected, but really nice smoke, booze hidden well, nice malts, nice oak and barrel, drinkable not too briny either, my only gripe would be a bit more bourbon overall as I love the stuff.

jlindros, Jun 20, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +9%

8/3/12 notes.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, smoke, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, toasted malts, toasted malts, some chocolate, and light vanilla. Very nice nose. The smoke is stronger than the bourbon, but noth are nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel malts, toasted malts, smokey malts, and light dark fruits. Less smoke than the nose and more bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate, which gives it a huge step up for me.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy, but smooth. Does not feel like 13% ABV at all, though there is a tiny bit of heat.

o - Overall this was pretty much exactly what I was hoping for; I liked it a lot. The nose has some nice smoke to it and a little bourbon, which then flip flop in the taste where you get more bourbon and less smoke. In both cases the smoke does not dominate, and it is pretty well balanced. Thick body which is great for this beer, very glad I have some more of this one. I think in a few months this will be perfect; I plan on drinking the other bottles of this in the winter.

mdfb79, Aug 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mendvicdog, Jan 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

beernads, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

oriolesfan4, Jan 07, 2013
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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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