Smoking Wood - Rye Barrel-Aged | The Bruery

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Smoking Wood - Rye Barrel-AgedSmoking Wood - Rye Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Smoke Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and aged in rye whiskey barrels, Smoking Wood is a delicious demonstration of what wood has to offer when it comes to beer. This imperial smoked porter is brewed with a hefty amount of rye malt, contributing to a full body and light spiciness. Toasty oak, caramel and vanilla flavors balance the smokiness, contributing to an intense yet refined flavor profile.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 899 |  Reviews: 175
Photo of stephenlee
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Bottling date stamped on bottle is '12/13/13'. Bottle for ABV% is marked 13%,
Black colored body, with a sliver of garnet colored backlit highlight. Fizzy light tan head disappears very quickly, but bubble fed ring remains. No lacing.
Aroma of smoked oak wood, with a rye spiciness, and roasted malts.
Taste is rather sweet, with roasted malts, and smoky oak wood. Rye spiciness is abundant, and there are caramel and vanilla components. No bitterness. Has a great balance of oak, rye, and malt.
Medium plus mouth feel. Okay carbonation. Very smooth in presentation.
A BIG beer, with a high ABV%, but does not express as boozy, but rather has a heavy balance. Presents as a sipper, which can be appreciated over a measured drinking session.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rye malt and long aging process in rye whiskey barrels coupled with smoked malt in this excellent imperial porter, is beautifully balanced--neither flavor is overdone. The aging has also smoothed the very high alcoholic content.Like smoked silk.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rypkr
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date on this. It says that it will age up to 3 years gracefully. Somehow, here in 2018 I feel like I'm well beyond that mark simply given that this beer was added to the beer advocate database in 2011. I'm a huge fan of regular smoking wood and all smoked beers in general so I'm pretty excited to try this.

L - Teku pour. Look is coca cola thin black. Beautiful khaki head that while disspated rapidly towards the center of the glass, remains in an outter ring in frothy fashion for what seems like eternity. Lacing is like swirling moonshine. It's entirely clear and forms next to no droops or hangs.

S - Smell is much more scotch than I expected, and much less rye. I'm honestly having a hard time differentiating this from regular smoking wood. Peaty, musty, classic Bruery sugars. It's very, very, very woodsy smelling. Whaffs of it take me to being miles deep in the woods in a densly wooded area where the ground is saturated giving off smells of desolate isolation.

T - Wow is that smokey! I'm not getting the peaty scotch whiskey I did on the nose or that I do on regular smoking wood. It exuberates the barrel in huge fashion. I taste so much oak. It reminds of an oak barrel that was set overtop of smoker. There's no missing the rye in this beer. It's there more than any other rye barrel aged beer that comes to mind. It's spicy, tanic, slightly fruity, and overall a bit violent to the palate. The alcohol is not hidden. *Beers really don't "mellow" much people, that alcohol doesn't leave the bottle*. It's not nearly as sweet as most Bruery offerings. Overall, this is a FANTASTIC winter sipper.

M - Still very, very highly carbonated. Finishes extremely dry. It sticks to all parts of the mouth long after it's gone. It's taste is still potent in the mouth for minutes on minutes after each sip.

O - I'm a fan. I'd drink this again gladly and have no regrets that I traded for it. Which if you read some of my other reviews, I've recently lamented many of my trading escapades for more "whale"-ish beers only to be let down, massively let down. However, at the Bruery's supposed cost of $30 this beer is worth it $4$. I wouldn't necessarily trade much more than that for it, but to be honest, there isn't really any other beer that I would today either.

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Photo of BrueryDC
2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of evanwoertz
4.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of RayCannata
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattboyer182
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of addicted2thebarrel
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter (due to that imperial styled worthiness), the appearance was a nice looking dark rugged brown color almost black with a low riding film of a little white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Slim messy lace.
The aroma had some sweet to smoky malts up front with a semi-sweet dried driftwood to rye floral sweet and spicy qualities. Light grassy to earthy smoothness underneath.
The flavor was smoky sweet with an amplified blend of the wood to rye and earthiness. Light aftertaste of it all blended nicely.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a wonderful smooth sipping quality about it. ABV could be felt but wasn't distracting. Carbonation felt pretty good.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful smoked beer well worthy of having again if I could get another.

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Photo of SmokeBeerMinistry
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is outrageous! Beyond full bodied. The color is the first sign, but did very little to prepare me for what was in store. So outrageous that The Ministry had to add the categories Whisky Barrel Power and Viscosity to the spreadsheet below. As it poured out a short George Hamilton head rose above the surface. This beer is boozy. So boozy that it burns the nose a little. It has notes of an antique pesticide recently pulled out of a garage, which could only be illegal today. It’s definitely a snifter beer, but I bought a 750mL bottle which I won’t have to share with my wife (she won’t go near it), so it sounds like a party for me tonight. This is almost medicinal in a cough syrup aged in a whisky barrel way. Notes of a leather store, peat, telephone poles, train tracks, and rich pure chocolate syrup. This robust beer is like getting punched in the mouth with flavinoids. Happiness = 6 out of 7 units of happiness. I feel like I got in a fight and won 6 free drinks! For more details check out look into other smoked beers, buy the tshirt, whatever you want. DrinkSmoke
BTW, I rated this beer a 4.25 out of 5 in the overall category, but for some reason BA has changed it to 3.22... It's a 4.25!!!

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dental
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tyecko
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours pitch black with a mocha colored creamy head, slight lacing, low carbonation, looks more like an imperial stout.

A: Smoked malts, rye, vanilla, very dry smoky aromas, peat, slight chocolate, alcohol is well hidden.

T: Light smoky notes, rye spice, oak, vanilla, caramel, toasted malts, chocolate, very smooth, balanced, and drinkable, amazingly complex.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation, the smoke gives it a semi-dry finish.

O: Very nice, this bottle is three years old and it has aged well, very smooth and amazingly drinkable for 13% ABV, lots of flavor, full bodied, definitely worth the money.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle

Bottling date of 12/12/13 etched on the neck of the bottle. Poured into a snifter. The aroma is absolutely mouthwatering with a lot of smoke, spiciness from the rye, and a lot of oak and whisky notes from the barrels. The taste like the aroma has some sweetness and smoke up front with a lingering creamy smoothness coming in shortly after with the warmth from the high ABV and barrels bringing in the finish. This bottle is nearly three years old and it is delicious. I am getting a good dose of smoke and a lot of barrel in this one.

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Photo of jakea
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikepcarney
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dannycohen62
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a nice medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of chocolate notes with some light smokey notes and some rye whiskey notes is pretty awesome. Taste is also a very well balanced mix of smokey notes with some rye whiskey notes, some woody notes, some black chocolate and plenty of residuals sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy undertones and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. I like how the smoke notes are well balanced against the other flavours. Very compel and one great nightcap.

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Smoking Wood - Rye Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 899 ratings