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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Smoked 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.

Added by phichifiji00 on 11-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
884
pDev:
12.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 884 |  Reviews: 172
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown coloured body, at The Bruery Tasting Room. Average mouthfeel, but also very creamy, very smokey like a log in the fireplace. Hits the spot, but why the 10% abv?OK drinkability. Would like something more complex, less intense on the smoke attribute.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thick streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of smoked malts, campfire smoke, rye, whisky, and some earthy aromas. Taste is absolutely fantastic with lots of tasty smoked malt flavors that are perfectly matched with the rye whisky and barrel flavors. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a really good smoked beer and one of the best beers I have tried recently.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

truly one of the best beers ive ever had. extraordinarily complex, unique, and brilliantly put together. not sure theres another brewery in the country doing anything quite this refined. this beer pours the color and texture of chocolate syrup, impenetrable to light with a bubbly finger or two of mocha colored head. the nose is incredible, really woody. its oaky and smokey and rich, but rauchbiery, less campfire and more barrel treated, but its got some similar earthen tones. sweet cocoa is present, as is a more luxurious chocolate silk, some english toffee sweetness and caramel malt, and some dark roasted coffee. the flavor is just as complex as the nose, very difficult to describe, except that it comes in waves one after the other so that each nuance can be fully deteced and admired. ive never had a porter this good in my life, im sure of it. the 13% abv is really well hidden for how massive that is, but man could i feel it. had half a bottle and was definitely too drunk to play darts. certainly a beer for sharing! full body with a decadent velvet texture, and finely carbonated. somewhere between the best dessert ever made and foraged subsistence. i absolutely loved this beer and cannot wait for my next one. do not miss this, its worth every penny of the 22 bucks it costs!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thin patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose along with some hints of whiskey.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a little smoky and has hints of whiskey towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as medicinal as a rauchbier, but is interesting enough to sip and savor.

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3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a New Belgium stem-goblet at a SoCal bar. 13% ABV confirmed. Reviewed from notes taken in January 2013.

A: Pours no head at all, just a khaki colour ring floater. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical of the style. Generally appealing.

Sm: Heavy wood/barrel notes. Alcohol and heat. Caramel, dark malts. Rich malty sweetness. Maybe rye. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Some alcohol heat. Dark malts, rye, chocolate malt. Caramel. Sweet. Raisiney. Wood as a background tone, but nothing evocative like oak, cherrywood, or the like - just bland wood. Some slight spicy heat, like chili pepper sans pepper skin. Messy and imbalanced, but somehow not without a bit of subtlety. Mess that it is, I do like it in a general sense.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a bit overcarbonated, and featuring pretty good thickness. Complements the flavour profile fairly well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its high ABV okay, I guess. A decent offering from The Bruery, but not one I'd trifle with again. I like what they were shooting for, but they fell a bit short. Still, the result is probably worth trying once at the right price.

B-

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a rather modest head that fades to a ringlet and archipelago; does a very nice job lacing the tulip glass, however

Smell: Charred beechwood, caramel, licorice and chocolate; vague hints of dark fruit, vanilla and soy sauce

Taste: Opens with the caramel, chocolate and licorice but the beechwood smoked flavors quickly another dimension; dark fruit , vanilla and soy sauce adds yet more complexity, in the middle; after the swallow, the oak and rye flavors arrive to cut the sweetness, with a bacon flavor lingering to finish things off

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A lot of smoked beers are over the top with the smoke but in this beer, the smoke truly complements the other aspects of the flavor profile

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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Lord Hobo during the pre EBF throwdown.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some red coming through at the edges. There is a layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: This is a really smokey smelling beer with some dark fruit and sweet roasted malt joining the party as well. Reminds me a bit of BBQ sauce.

Taste: A lot like the smell. Roasty and sweet with a strong smoke presence. There is a lot of wood in the flavor as well. The roast and sweetness have a chocolate like characteristic to them. The finish is smokey and a bit warm from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with fluffy carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
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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3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by sandstone. Thanks, Rog.

Opaque dark brown pour. The head is thin but lasting and sticky.

The nose has a really good balance of campfire smoke, chocolate malt, earthy rye and sweet whiskey barrel. I'm impressed by how harmonious it all is. Smoke is the dominant quality, but just barely - it's restrained enough to allow complexities of the beer to shine through.

Roasty, chocolate forward palate. Big wood smoke flavor, earthiness, oak, some heat and caramel from the barrel. Medium-full body. Really nice finish, just enough roast, barrel and smoke. A nice beer, pleasantly modest in both sweetness and ABV for a barrel aged Bruery beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a small foamy tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood smoke, caramel, light char, vanilla, toast, oak, whiskey, light spicy rye, and toffee. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with smoked malt and barrel character. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood smoke, caramel, toast, oak, whiskey, vanilla, light spicy rye, and toffee. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, wood smoke, caramel, toast, oak, whiskey, vanilla, and toffee on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity of roasted, smoked, and barrel flavors; with an awesome balance of barrel character that isn’t overwhelming; and no cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a slick, creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Definitely a slow sipper. Overall this is an incredible imperial smoked porter style! Incredible depth and complexity of flavor with great balance of the barrel, smoke, and roasted flavors; and quite smooth to sip on a slowly. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of smoked malts with definite notes of cherrywood (like I would get from a BBQ pit) with moderate to strong aromas of rye whiskey.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of smoked malts with notes of rye spiciness and cherrywood - slight notes of medicinal/iodine from the smoking but not as strong as in other examples. There are strong flavors of rye whiskey with some caramel and vanilla notes present and just a hint of oak barrel. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: For a 13% ABV beer, the alcohol is very well hidden other than the rye whiskey flavors/aromas. Definitely a strongly flavored beer that needs to be sipped slowly to be enjoyed. Reminds me a lot of good BBQ smoke... Might have matched really well with some smoked meats but unfortunately I finished last night's BBQ leftovers at lunch :(

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got around to drinking this, shared with Ricky and knocked us on our asses.

Pours a smaller but decent fizzy darker head, nice legs on the side, no light getting through the super dark beer.

Nose brings lots of smoke and dark malts, some char between roast, black malt and some of the smoke, camp fire smoke with almost Islay whisky like smoke but not really peat, smoldering wood chips, speaking of which nice wood and oak like aromas with some vanilla and toasted oak.malts also bring dark choc and caramelized molasses heavy sugars but not super sweet, nice black malt and roast overall, and some caramel and fluffy nougat.

Taste starts with dark malts, tons of them, some black malt, a little burnt acrid roast, even some bakers choc, caramel, little nougat, etc. Then smoke, nice smoke with campfire and smoking oak chips, with some smoked whisky like flavours, into some whisky, to get the rye I really have to dig but there's some whisky flavor more of a young whisky, with a nice but light toasted oak. Semi sweet with a little syrup, with some warming slightly fusel booze. Finish is long syrupy little sticky, some mild bitterness but lots of dark malts, little dark choc, more whisky and oak, and lingering slightly tannic charred smoke.

Mouth is full bod, thick little syrupy, lots if booze warmth esp in the throat, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, good smoke, nice whisky almost Islay like whisky, good dark malts lots of great dark malts, cocoa, toasted oak, etc, rye is very light but whisky is there. Overall way too boozy though and hard to drink much.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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