Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged - The Bruery
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3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2014 09:00:23 | More by corby112
3.91/5 rDev -2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2013 17:01:20 | More by Scotchboy
Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.