Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged | The Bruery

Smoking Wood Rye Barrel AgedSmoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged
BA SCORE
4.06/5
884 Ratings
Smoking Wood Rye Barrel AgedSmoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged
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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264
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged about a year, shared by Cam in Portland. Thanx Cam.

Black pour. Brown head. Thick ring left at the end.

Lots of peppery whiskey in the scent, big smoky roasted malt and caramel. Huge spice+smoke profile, almost cigar-like.

Whiskey barrel, smoke, charred oak, and spice dominate the taste. Only a light porter base of dark caramel, chocolate and roast. Good amount of rye noticeable as well. Smokiness is maybe a bit over the top but it works well here.

Low-medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel though maybe a bit thin. Smoke and whiskey specifically make this a sipper but really not bad for 13%.

Whiskey/rye/smoke profile is great, I could see how this beer could be a bit much for some people though. Definitely a 750ml to split and sip on - it's kinda like smoking a cigar, eating bacon, and drinking whiskey, all while being a little too close to a campfire.

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Reviewing the Smoking Wood (Rye Whiskey Version) from The Bruery out of California. This beer is an imperial smoked porter brewed with rye malt, beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and then aged in rye whiskey barrels.
Score: 92

2012 vintage served in a Duck-Rabbit snifter and enjoyed 07/01/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Black coffee color. Pours a finger of creamy milk chocolate head that settles to a thin layer atop the glass. Good lacing, excellent retention. 4/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, rye and a huge amount of wood. Ample smoke too. A little bacon, subtle whiskey caramel malt. Hint of molasses. 4.25/5

Taste: Smoked and slightly salty bacon. Lots of oak flavor. A little chocolate on the midpalate. Increasing "spiciness" and a soft rye kick towards finish as the beer warms. Mild caramel flavor in the background too. ABV absolutely hidden. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, made to feel lighter from smokiness. Creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and smoky finish. Subtly bitter. 4/5

Overall:Smoke beers are quite polarizing -- you either love them, or you hate them. I am personally a fan of smokey beers. For a smoke beer, however, I found the smoke quality of this brew to be more subtle than most, but still quite pronounced.

Recommendation: Smoke beer fans are encouraged to seek this one out; it is better than the bourbon version.

Pairings: Bacon and eggs.

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle.

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A: Jet Black and with an aggressive pour you get a mocha head about an inch that dissipates quickly

S: Get the wood upfront like a burned down campfire, maybe some barrel characteristics alcohol some vanilla

T: you get this nice sweet beautiful barrel aged stout/porter taste and then it washes away into what a smoldering campfire smells like. Which is quite amazing

M: this beer does well here nice thick viscous what you want out of a dark beer to chew it just lovely

O: I'm impressed. This isn't a beer I could drink a lot of but what it purports to do it does well. I'm curious as to what this beer would have been without the smoke, because I think there is an amazing barrel aged porter here sans smoked malt.

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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 884 ratings
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