Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged - The Bruery

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 540
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 4.18%
Wants: 79
Gots: 213 | FT: 32
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (537 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (952 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (638 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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)

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. (1,846 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (458 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,648 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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 MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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 mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,198 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (479 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/19/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense dark tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood smoke, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, light char, and oak/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood smoke, toasted oak, bourbon, dark bread, light char, and oak/smokey earthiness. Slight roast/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood smoke, toasted oak, bourbon, dark bread, light char, and oak/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial porter style. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, smoke, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. The bourbon barrel version seems to be more mellow and balanced than the rye barrel version in smoke and roasted malt flavors. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,655 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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 stakem
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a couple of sample glasses while being shared with the usual suspects. The brew pours black in color with a tan cap. It displays pretty decent retention for its strength. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is immediately present with characteristics of the barrel aging. Pleasant notes of oak, toast, char, coconut and vanilla fill the nose. A roasty grain touch is present smelling like chocolate and coffee.

The taste is heavily roasted like bitter unsweetened cocoa and coffee. Lots of oak flavor that almost seems more raw or virgin instead if bourbon. The aftertaste includes a bit more focus on alcohol, char, bourbon and toast.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is smooth, chewy and quite drinkable but a sipper for sure. There is a plesanat integration of barrel presence here that keeps things interesting but for bein called smoking wood, I was expecting some smoked character which was not to be found. Regardless, this was an enjoyable brew. Seek it out. (1,034 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is black with a thick, mocha colored head. The aroma offers smoke, roast, oak, booze, bread, salt, campfire, burning meats. The taste is equally complex. Nice smoke flavor mingling well with a bold and assertive bourbon character. Full bodied and rich. A bit sweet. Alcoholic warmth in the finish. A solid beer from The Bruery. Worth a try. (384 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Pretty close to pitch black in color with a thin, frothy, tan colored head to it.

The smoked malts really stand out in the aroma. It's got kind of a smoked dark chocolate thing going on that I'm really liking. There is some notes of BBQ and smoked meats coming out of the smoked malts as well. The barrel aged flavors are a little more reserved in it, but it does add some complimenting brown sugar and bourbon flavors to it. Loved the smokiness in the aroma.

The dark, smoky malts come out throughout the taste. I get some notes of smoked, salty meats that do remind me a little of bacon. The finish shows a little more of a burnt wood and dark chocolate flavor. I get a little bourbon coming out in the finish, it compliments well but feels a little light overall. The bold smokiness is fantastic in it though.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall, I really loved this beer. Smoked beer is one of my favorite styles and I love when a smoked beer isn't shy on the smoke. The bourbon was a little light, but what was there complimented very well. This one rivals Alaskan Smoked Porter for my favorite smoked beer. Great beer overall. (1,215 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black, but not inky. No real head. A small collar of foam.

Smell - Bourbon and smoke. Meaty smoke. Chocolate. A little sulfuric.

Taste - Awesome blend of smoke, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Strong smoke. Intense alcohol, but no surprise there. The vanilla really is what makes this work.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and very boozy. Heavy. It's more of a barrel booze than a beer booze.

Overall - Much better than the Rye version. Delicious. Hefty booze, but a great smoked beer. (558 characters)

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. (2,189 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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 HopHead84
3.19/5  rDev -21.6%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage poured in to Bruery tulip.

A - Black with a thin layer of medium brown head that quickly reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A big smoke aroma up front, as expected. Lighter bourbon and chocolate aromas on the background.

T - Much more balanced than the nose indicated. Smoke, bourbon, toasted oak, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Some roast and spiciness form the rye in the background. A really nice balance of the base beer and the barrel.

M - Medium, almost full body. Chewy. Light carbonation. (534 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Short lived head on a dark brown body. Minimal lacing and collar left.

S- Some bacon characteristics, some bourbon.

T- Easy drinking for a tastiness/drinkability ratio on smoked beer. "Nicely balanced".

M- Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation.

D/O- Very nice smoked beer, although I prefer the Rye Barrel version of Smoking Wood. Recommended from this kid. Thanks kawilliams81. (402 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark viscose pour, inky black in the vessel, with a dark mocha one finger standing head. Micro-effervesce moves at a good pace along the inner walls.

S: Boozy dark fruit, burnt wood, campfire minerality and soothing bitterness. Beautiful wiff of smoky whiskey-rye and anise.

T: Smoky campfire soot, big whiskey-rye influence, peppery spiced jack daniels glow with soft charcoal filtering notes. Soothing flavor of anise, scorched barrel wood, vanilla and dry caramel. Whiskey soaked dark fruit and anise that finishes up with a whiskey soaked campfire soot. Very smooth and polised, the booziness is a few points lower then advertised, feeling more at home like a 10-11% then a 13.3%, some sweet burnt chocolate and smoked hop cones rounds things out.

M: Full bodied, silky textured, milky depth with a beautiful dark boozy bitterness.

O: Overall a beautiful whiskey soaked campfire minearlity and HUGE smokiness, with a burnt chocolate sweetness and boozy dark fruit nature. Boozy, beautiful sipper perfect for that campfire setting. Big smoked nature, more so then even Aecht Schlenkerlar, big alcohol content probabley best shared with a friend. The huge smoked malt and rye combination makes for a beautiful spicy combination. You can never go to big with the smoke beers imho, there's been to many i've had that were dismal and almost non-apparent. Go big or go home. $20 bomber well worth the experience. Shame its retired. (1,441 characters)

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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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