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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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.

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168
Ratings:
875
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
28.68%
 
 
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Photo of alpinebryant
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hefty dark brown with a quickly receding chestnut head and no lacing.

S: Aroma of big alderwood smoked malts, rye whiskey barrel and wood all around. Deep sweet malt scents mixing in with the smoke.

T: Deep and rich smoked cherry and alderwood smoked flavors. I have both of these malts on hand and can definitely pick up the flavors of both. Bacon and dry tannic finish on the beer from the alderwood and a nice rich smokiness from the cherrywood malt. The finish is dry and slightly ashy or more woody than I would have guessed, but it is pulled off nicely and very enjoyable.

M: Thick mouthfeel with a medium to light carbonation.

O: Overall this is a a very solid smoked beer. I have heard a few tough judgements on this beer and while it may have been of the bourbon barrel aged, I can say that I am enjoying this one. If only it was in a smaller bottle, I would be much happier overall with this one. I was inspired enough after taking the first sip of this to throw some liquid smoke into some chili that I was cooking when making this.

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Photo of jegross2
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the neighboring state of Wisconsin for this one, 2012 vintage:

Looks as big as it sounds... dark black coffee body produces a fell two finger of pale brown head, laces in a big way with booze legs ta boot.

Thick smoky chocolate aromas, some boozy licorice, tons of warming oak notes, more chocolate, the rye just doesn't quite hold up next to everything else that's going on here.

This beer is very appropriately named. I'm not normally crazy about smoked beers but this one offers enough diversity to keep me interested. Loads of booze-soaked wood notes... tastes like a campfire smells. Some dessert sugars, and a warming finish. Pretty unique stuff.

This is definitely one to try if you never have. I don't know that I'll seek out more of it but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a solid sheet of surface foam. Full, sticky lacing.

S- Solvent-like alcohol fume in front of staggeringly heavy roasted malts that has notes of dark chocolate, molasses and caramel.

T- In comes the roast with not as much alcohol presence as in the nose. Then comes the smoke which lingers a bit but isn't so intense that it's off-putting. There's actually a great marriage of the chocolatey, somewhat spicy rye notes and the woody smoke flavors. Oak, a little barbecue sauce and even soy sauce show up. There's a sweetness that enhances all flavors and ups the drinkabilty, which is quite magnificent I might add, for it to be clocking in at 13% ABV.

M- Slick, creamy and chewy with relatively little alcohol burn. Medium carbonation.

O- This is definitely the best smoked beer I've ever had. Near-perfect balance and a booze kick to boot. Definitely worth the $20. And, although my first instinct was to let it sit and simmer, I feel like it's perfect right off the line.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Two kinds of smoke and a rye-barrel treatment? I'm in. This stuff pours a bleak mahogany-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises light cedar, hickory smoke, and sourdough. Wait, no roasted malts? No cocoa or anything beneath the wood and smoke? Intriguing... The taste brings in more of the same, with some very light roasted malts, very light dark chocolate powder (there we go!), and lot's more sourdough. Unfortunately, the smoke doesn't meld well with the barrel here, creating an odd (and frankly semi-inexplicable) flavor on the tongue. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, what seemed like a pretty badass concept has sadly manifested itself as a bit of a mess, with the smoke, the barrel, and the base never really coming together in any semblance of cooperation.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.
$22.99/bottle in PA.

Appearance
Super-dark brown, basically black with 1 finger of brown head.

Nose
Campfire, dark chocolate, smoked meats, rye whiskey and gasoline. This is a boozy one.

Taste
Campfire smoke, smoked meats and bacon. Fudge, dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream and thick caramel. The rye whiskey picks up on the back end and is overly boozy in flavor. A touch of scorched oak. This tastes like it can fuel a NASA space shuttle.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth and WARMING.

Overall
Very complex, but misses the mark for me. This beer has all the things that I like yet it doesn't blend well. The 13% abv is extremely apparent. Probably the manliest beer I've ever drank. Save yourself some money and drink some gasoline.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 18.99. No bottle date but this is from the Oct/Nov 2012 batch. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with a finger and a half bubbly tan head that fades quickly to a thin ring around the glass. No lace whatsoever.

Smells of peaty smoke, cocoa, caramel anf toffee.

Taste combines the strong smoke with rye whiskey and sweet dark malts. Peat, smoke, caramel, burnt wood, whiskey, toffee, cocoa, cane sugar, licorice and booze. There's no denying that this is packin a high abv wallop but it's much less prominent than the 13% bill might have you believe.

A lighter body than expected but still a creamy medium with subtly tingly carbonation. Long smokey sweet finish.

An interesting and boozy sweet take on the smoked beer. It'll be interesting to see what a little time will do to this one.

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Photo of n2185
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: smoked malts with campfire and bacon notes up front followed by oak and rye whiskey aromas. Simple, but nice.

T: roasted and smoked malts dominate here with notes of bitter cocoa, bacon, and campfire. Oak, vanilla, and whiskey flavors bring up a smokey finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer avoids being watery, though I'd like it a bit smoother.

O: an enjoyable beer overall. Very tasty, though the aroma lacks the complexity of the taste and the body is a bit thin.

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Photo of MIA4IPA
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Bruery for giving me a great Smoked beer!

Smell is awesome toasty smoke and hints of vanilla. Taste is caramel, vanilla comes through nicely and the toasted smoke rips through my palate and sends signals to my brain to drink more! This is a great example of a smoked beer aged in barrels, I'm a huge fan of the Rye Whiskey Barrel Aging!

Expensive 20.99 but IMO well worth for what your getting!!

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up at the Clem's Bottle Shop in Kensington. I did find it cheaper at the Bine and Vine though...

A - Rich black with a nice chocolate head that stuck around for a while leaving a thick web on the glass.

S - Damn! Smells like a whiskey barrel! Lots of wood and booze. Feeling a little nervous about tasting this bad boy, my visceral feeling is like I'm about to take a shot.

T - I dive into this with a bad impression because of the nose, but I couldn't have been more wrong. So smooth and delicious. Lots of wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and toasted grains. Very, very, very smooth for the ABV. This is the best beer I've every had from The Bruery so bravo!

M - Very thick body that leaves a lot of wood in the after taste, but not a lot of the smokiness that sometimes accompanies bourbon barrel aged beers.

O - Really, really impressed. Best tasting porter ever? Who knows, but a great beer that would easily impress any barrel aged enthusiast.

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Photo of pants678
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with a brown head in a Belgian tulip glass.

The nose is as pungent as they come, nearly off-putting, with rye, vanilla, bourbon, oak and smoke.

There's something bacon-y about this beer, just slightly. Heavily smoked but not like the Stone that tastes like I'm sipping from a fog machine. It's a mean, piercing brew that you can't go right after. Not so much vanilla as in the nose, dark malts add a complexity not a barrier and the rye brings it all together. The caramel adds a welcome twist. Anything but boring, it sits right on the edge of being too aggressive.

Slightly staining, low carbonation, but not as heavy as I guessed.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black hue with an off-white fluffy head. No carbonation. The smell seems to predict a very boozy brew, but that's not such a bad thing really. The rye really dominates and shines through the flavor nicely. It's accompanied by dates and a pleasant earthiness. The unique finish is smoky and dry, with a bitterness like wine grapes. Somehow the mouthfeel is still that chewy, juiciness despite the 'dry' finish. Overall I would highly recommend that any Stout or Rye lover try this!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: stout pitch body, finger of dark foam, mild lacing

S: rye whiskey and roasted chocolate malts, molasses and hints of airy vanilla

T: rich dark and rye malts with sweet and strong whiskey; molasses and caramel sweetness up front; rye whiskey vapors float o'er the surface of the beer; nice smoky backnotes turn in a dry, smoky, and spicy finish

M: slick, dense, and with some crisp astrigence; some rye chewiness; very boozy aftertaste - like you've been sippin' whiskey

O: well-executed beer from the Bruery - high abv sipper with lots of depth - for fans of strong whiskey barrel-aged porters and stouts.

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

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage

A: Pours nearly pitch black with two fingers of dense light brown head. Retention is very good.

S: Rye whiskey is quite strong in this one, behind that I get quite a bit of smoke balanced by dark chocolate and caramel sweetness. The proportions of the flavors are great in this one - all are strong, but none overpowers the others.

T: Rye whiskey is strong, just like the nose. Caramel sweetness is a bit stronger in the flavor than it was the aroma. Dark chocolate is still there and quite pleasant, but it's a bit in the background. The smoke is a bit strong in this one for me, particularly in the aftertaste. The smoke is a bit hard to place, though. It's a bit meaty, but a bit fruity as well. Apparently this is brewed with Beechwood and Cherrywood smoked malts - that makes sense. Again, the flavors are very strong in this beer. This seems like a trend with the Bruery.

M: Medium to thick with a nice carbonation.

O: Very good, but I find myself wanting this beer to be a bit less smoky and a bit less sweet.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's yesterday.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty decent lacing and very good head retention. The nose in this beer is pretty good, albeit a bit muted initially. Nevertheless, I pick up considerable chocolate, light peat, coffee and vanilla. Maybse a hint of rye in the background as well. On the palate, this beer is a show stopper, and is really almost too much of a good thing, The beer is so rich, sweet and boozy, but I just can't resist the flavor profile of coffee, single malt whiskey (this beer is so peaty/smokey), chocolate, vanilla and light rye. There's a hint of licorice in the finish as well, which actually helps to tame some of the sweetness in this beer (as does the smokey quality as well). Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the 13% abv. is pretty well integrated into the flavor flavor. Still, ultimately the sweetness and high abv. wear on me a bit, and I think the combination hurts this beer's drinkability.

Enjoyed this one, but really can't imagine ever drinking more than a very small amount.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black color with a small tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark roasted malt, chocolate, smokiness, oak, whiskey

T-chocolate, smoky dark roasted malt, hints of coffee, nice blend of whiskey throughout

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth with alcohol well-integrated

O-a great barrel-aged smoked beer balancing both flavors nicely

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Photo of AdamBear
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-comes out with a really thick black color and a nice tan head

S-very strong dark malts. quite smokey, but i smell the wood more. hint of lush chocolate. this is an amazing smell! there's some spice and some vanilla. very powerful.

T-comes in with mostly just the flavors of smoke, wood, and booze. wow this is a hot beer! this is such a thick beer! there's so much going on. the flavors are so real and powerful. i also feel as if my breath is flammable! There's definitely a hint of whiskey all through out this. the vanilla becomes more apparent in the after-taste.

M-thick, low carbonation with a dry finish

O-this reminds me a lot of Palo Santo Marron. Its just a bit more smokey and a lot more complex. Definitely a great beer, definitely a sipper. I'm drinking this whole bottle by myself and I fear what I'm going to feel like towards the end. I wouldn't discourage you from going out and getting a bottle.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a tasting on 12/6. Big thanks to mike and scott for bringing this and the bourbon smoking wood for a side-by-side.

Enjoyed from a bruery sniftery tulip.

watery black. looks identical to the bourbon smoking wood. very peaty smell, spicy wood is heavy. smoked malts. tastes smokey and peaty. medium bodied and pretty good. the peat works with the smoked porter but definitely a unique and polarizing flavor.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Both the Rye and Bourbon provided by Claaark13. Cheers for the awesome set man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
ABV: 10%

APPEARANCE: A bit of a foamer upon opening, but once it calmed, she pours a 1+ finger, looser looking, crusty, tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a full foam cap and sticks to the sides of the glass. Bistre brown in color with a relentless stream of carbonation up the middle of the glass. Lots of carbonation everywhere. A nice foamy cap remains until the end leaving lots of chunky lacing down the glass. A little too foamy for my style, but nothing wrong per se.

SMELL: Smoky with dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, and some nice rye barrel notes. Oak with light vanilla compliment the smoky malt base, and the rye adds a light tough of spice in there. Bold and well integrated.

TASTE: Lighty smoky out of the gate with some dark chocolate as well, then some rye barrel, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate through the middle into a somewhat boozy finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste of smoke and peaty flavors, milk and dark chocolate, a touch of coffee bitterness and some alcohol as well. Flavorful, bold and well balanced, with nice barrel and smoky notes working together.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Light weight, unfortunately, but quite creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Just a touch too light and carbonated for the style.

OVERALL: This was really, really nice. The aroma was enticing and the flavor quite delicious, though the execution didn't quite work out. Namely, the feel was a little too carbonated and light to really support the flavor profile, meaning this potentially world-class beer didn't quite live up to its potential. Nevertheless, this was a fun treat and I would argue this one is more complex and interesting that the bourbon barrel version. Cheers again Claaark13!

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Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Armsby Abbey for Zwanze Day. Reviewed from notes.

A- Dark bodied, pretty much black (was hard to see in a very dimly lit room) with a brown creamy cocoa colored head poured into a goblet. The cap was about one finger in size and had decent retention leaving nice patches of lace.

S- Very smoky, like a campfire smoke mixed with some Scotch-like peet smoke. A big presence of cocoa notes along with the whiskey from barrels. Definitely up there with the smokiest of beers.

T- A mix of very strong, interesting flavors. The smoke leads the way again with a blast of campfire inhalation and some seaweed/Islay like peet influence. Big rich chocolate and dark fruit compliments this. Barrels lend whiskey, rye, oak and vanilla notes.

MF- Moderately thick body with lower end carbonation. To be honest it felt just a bit on the thin side for such flavors and more creamy bubbles would help in this type of body. Nice and warm alcohol feels good with such flavors.

A really cool blend of things I tend to love. The huge smoked malt and whiskey naturally go together and the underlying Porter certainly helps those too.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a duvel glass

A: pours black with 3/4 of a finger of a coffee colored head... Head dissapates nicley, a few spots of lacing

S: woo this is deffiantly smoky and woody... After the initial aroma blast I start picking up some very caramely vanillay notes along with some nice chocolate... Absolutley loads of vanilla, the nose is very complex. Some giant whisky notes in there as well, Lomg with some sweetness. Don't get as much of the whiskey as I was expecting, it's defiantly there just not as pronounced as I expected.

T: oh boy... Again my first initial sip is dominated by smoke... Campfire smoke... With a touch of peat... I'm afraid this might be a bit to much smoke for my taste. Some deffinate rye spicyness in there as well and to a of woody oaky notes. The vanilla/ caramel and chocolate are still there but even less then in the nose as smoke is by far the dominating factor here... A bit of booze ones and a touch of whisky on the finish.

M: heavy and viscous, low carbonation, smoky lingering woody aftertaste.

O: personally I am not a fan, I enjoyed the aroma, and I not a big smoke beer guy, but the taste was just a bit to much for me, I wish the smoke was toned way back and allowed more of the malt and whisky to come through... Bit that's not the idea here is it... This beer certainly lived up to its name, if your a fan of this style, I'm sure it's a great brew

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Black, or nearly so, color. Two and a half finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: This smells wonderful. In true Bruery manner, this is big, boozy, and sweet and I love it. The smoke comes off most prominently and meshes with the rye perfectly to impress the hell out of me. Leathery rye gives off a light peat, spicy earthiness, and a pleasant booziness. The base offers a lot of sweet neutral maltiness, molasses, caramel, campfire, and a bit of porcine meats.

3.5 T: Taste is less impressive than the nose (same as the bourbon version), but is still quite tasty. In short, all of the flavors of the nose are there, but none of them are as strong. The smoke is especially less potent. Still a bit boozy, but at 13%, that's just fine. Not overly sweet, but super savory, like a dense ass pudding. Spicy earthy rye, peat, and mineral from the barrel. Toasty malts, molasses, caramel, and just hints of campfire smoke.

3.5 M: Heavy body. Quite dense without being too chewy. Light creaminess with a warming finish.

3.5 D: Tasty enough. I love me some smoked beer and I like barrel aged beers just as much so this should be about perfect for me. Still, it doesn't impress as much as it should, but I'm glad I have four more nonetheless.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured deep brown with good carbonation leaving a medium sized tan cap which resedes leaving a small tan ring clinging to the edge of the glass

S: Nose picks up a dominant smokiness, blend of smoked meat and campfire smoke, some peppery rye with a chocolate base, some citrus and booze sting on the nostrils

T: Palate is greeted with immediate campfire and lighter smoked meat which really persists throughout the taste, even onto the finish its rather prominent. The underlying chocolate and roastiness is nice, the booziness rises in mere seconds and stings from start to finish. The spice, old wood and earthiness and pepperness is evident but moderate, just enough. The citrus is minute but the tart stinging effort is definitely noticable. The finish is stinging, smoke laden, dry. looking for that vanilla everyone is talking about in other reviws.

M: The mouthfeel was a bit thin, a tad bit over on carbonation perhaps,sometimes the heat and give the appearance of thin which is my beef with BT or CR.

O: Good, I thought it was worth the sticker price.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very densely black with a considerably dark, thin brown head. Looks like straight bog water. Opaque.

S: Vapo-Rub. Yup. Mint antacids. This is a weird one.

T: Dense with chocolate and roasted malts, transitioning into a pleasant nuance of barrel presence that doesn't scream rye whiskey to me all that much, more fresh american dark-charred oak. Note much smoke at all, vanilla, chocolate, and even some coffee notes are more prominent. The barreling just adds a preponderous amount of mystique, intrigue, and satisfaction.

M: Thinner than the color and 13% ABV would let on. Weighs in light on the humors too. Mild carbonation, shallow booze, below register residual sugar, not dehydrating. Not sure whether the thinness of this beer for being 13% ABV is something to be appreciated or taken for granted and complained about. I guess... I still I wish it had more backbone.

O: This beer is pretty handily my favorite exhibit of rye whiskey barreling, which I thank to the large malt bill and thickness of the beer as a porter. I want more.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours an opaque dark brown with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Great aroma of caramel malt, whiskey, oak with light vanilla and smoke. Flavor is sweet toasted malt soaked in whiskey with wood smoke, oak, vanilla and light chocolate and dried fruit. Finishes with oak tannins and neutral hop bitterness. Very tasty and warming. While the high alcohol content is not fully covered, it melds with the rich barrel flavors well. Medium bodied with good creaminess. This was very enjoyable. I'm still tasting the campfire as I finish writing this.

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Smoking Wood Rye Barrel Aged from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.
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