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: 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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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to durwoodx, thanks Darrell.

The beer pours a beautiful black to dark brown color with some lighter brown on the edges. Not much head or lacing. This smell is the highlight, no doubt. It really smells like some fresh amazing cooked bacon that was previously smoked. Definitely reminds me of Islay scotch as well, which is just great. Also has a nice healthy fudge note.

The taste really follows the smell beautifully, but maybe doesn't quite pop as much, though it is close. Some nice amount of sweetness to balance the savory open fire smoke, excellent stuff. Sme chocolate and sweetness from the whiskey.

The feel is nice and still, which actually helps the smoke come through better. Overall this beer is really quite nice, I honestly didn't expect this beer to be some solid in a smoked beer style given the sweeter and sour offerings they normally have. Excellent.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Lucho
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

drinking as I review

Appearance: Pours a nice heavy black with very little head of creamy rust color despite a vigorous pour. head fades within 20 seconds. some lacing around the glass with a ring of foam.

Smell: Smoke, molasses, some soy sauce and alcohol. kinda like sitting next to a campfire while holding whiskey to your nose.

Taste: Smoked Whiskey that sits nice on the tongue nice and thick. Some bitter notes present, as with any good porter, that linger towards the end of each sip. There is plenty of whiskey flavors all over my palate such as vanilla, fresh cherries, peatyhness, and of course smoke!

Moutfeel: Medium heavy bodied that coast the mouth with each sip smokey whiskey goodness.

Overall: This is a great beer because of how different it is and how well it is done. I just wish that I could have had this with some great BBQ

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4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a big bottle with the wifey!

A deep deep dark brown. Fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing at all...

S delicious! Oak, vanilla, whiskey, malt, light chocolate, smokey

T very light, but delicious! Fantastic malty lightly smokey beginning which leads to a wonderful whiskey, vanilla middle.the ending is a delicious rye, oak, light vanilla, a tiny bit of chocolate, sweet malt, heavy dry smoke. The aftertaste is heavy rye, aged oak, light smoke.

M a little thickness,smooth, almost soft.

O wow! What a great surprise! Tis beer is delicious, highly recommended by me. Has a great flavor, not too strong, No alcohol burn for a 13% beer is crazy, I can't believe what a great job was done with this one.

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4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Here’s another beer that proves The Bruery is trying to break my bank account. I just can’t stay away, especially when it comes to smoked beers.

A: A body that’s thick as caramel with a deep chestnut hue; not a single inch of head appears. Give it a little twirl and you get a web of wet lacing and a silky brown fizz that slowly recedes.

S: Dark aromas waft into the atmosphere as soon as you pour the first glass. A closer inspection reveals a sweet, layered nose, stacking molasses and brown sugar on top of a hickory smoked, peppered jerky – an aroma that’s not as smoky as it is meaty and savory, like pork with a sugary glaze right off the grill. Maple, vanilla, and leather scents open up more as it warms.

T: A palate so rich it coats the mouth with even small sips – marshmallow, maple syrup, molasses, and toffee thicken every inch of this palate with dark sweetness. Surprisingly, the smoked bacon profile is in no way overbearing, remaining nestled among lightly tannic grain tastes of wheat toast and burnt biscuit in wonderful balance; doesn’t hurt that there’s thick sugars everywhere in this palate to distract, of course. Finishes with a vanilla-touched oak barrel character, with the burn of cinnamon and spicy rye whiskey hanging on for a short, moderately-intense aftertaste.

M: This is a really fizzy beer, though it all feels completely natural: soft carbonation bubbles fiercely like champagne. No alcohol heat or palatable syrupiness, interestingly enough – it really only has medium body. However, that body correlates with a bottle that's about a six-pack of Bud alcohol-wise, so be careful of its drinkability.

O: This is one of the first Bruery beers where I feel I paid too much for what I got, though that’s probably only because I spent around $25 on the bottle. Any price under $20 would be perfect. Money aside, this is a great beer, especially for smoked beer beginners: hickory and bacon in the nose and sweet, boozy darkness in the palate. Great balance and overall, an enjoyable beer to drink – and when it comes down to it, that’s all that matters, anyway.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a tight light brown head that settled into a solid ring.

The aroma is sweet with the rye whiskey shining through. Good amounts of vanilla, caramel go along with the whiskey. Some sour notes from the oak barrel and perhaps the rye. An overall meaty aroma but not necessarily smoke.

The taste is of a roasted malt base with some pumpernickle flavors. The rye whiskey is not as strong in the flavor as aroma. It provides some sweetness and whiskey but blends in with the rest of the beer. Some vanilla and caramel but again these blend in with the rest of the beer. The sourness from the oak stands out a bit. A subtle chocolate flavor, perhaps some bark. Some soy but no real smokey flavor.

Full bodied with soft carbonation that leads to a silky smooth feel. Nicely sweet but not cloying. A hint of bitterness helps balance. ABV pops through slightly. This is very smooth.

A very drinkable BA brew. The flavor might not pop like others but they all blend nicely.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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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3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer sits between black and very dark brown- some slight bits of brown peaking around the edges. A small tan head results from the pour but fades very quickly.

Smell contains smoke, a touch of bacon, lots of caramel, spicy rye and wood. Strong smell, that's for sure.

Taste is similar. Smoke and a lot of wood, a lot of rye, with characteristic spicy notes. Caramel. A bit of a bacon flavour, as well as a bit of marmite to this palate. Whisky, but not as much as one may expect. Nothing unexpected from either the nose or the description. Pretty good but nothing super exciting.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Slick. Alcohol is well hidden considering the strength, but certainly not hidden overall!

Overall, pretty good, but not great.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears black in color with a rich 2.5 finger froth that is brown in color and surges to the surface when poured down the middle of the glass. It doesn't take long before the cap fades to a thin film across the top and leaves some stringy lines of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is very hearty with smoke coming across like bacon or some other form of beefiness. A very solid roasty grain presence is felt somewhat ashy and acrid with trace amounts of chocolate and coffee. A tingle of solvent alcohol and almost a citrus quality emerge as it warms up. The barrel presence is really mild across the nose but what does emerge are hints of raw woodiness and accenting alcohol.

The flavor of this brew is dry and ashy. A bit charred, acrid, earthy, tobacco-like and strong with bitter roast. Suggestions of raw oakiness appear at times with hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. The smoke aspect is pretty bold in the nose but blends well in the flavor profile mixing with the typical dark grain flavors that are roasty. The aftertaste is a bit beefy and the barrel presence brings out a soft spicy character that is very different from the bourbon version but interesting in it's own right.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 13% alcohol is really integrated well in this brew and it provides a whole lot of character to take in, instead of just smoke and barrel. Really good stuff here. There has been some recent talks about infection in this so I bumped this up on the priority list to give it a try. Luckily, no such dumbness to be found. I really enjoyed the bourbon version and dare I say I like this one just as much but for different reasons. Whereas the bourbon version had some soft almost sweet notes, this one is a bit harsher with raw woodiness that really works with the smoke.

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4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very dark porter but very nice color
S seriously boozy smell with some smoke
T dark malty flavor with a boozy overtone and a a smoky undertone
M somewhat thick for a porter but obviously sharp because of the alcohol and barrel
O really nice barrel aged beer, a little smoky but to be expected from something called smoking wood... Very cool beer unusual and interesting.

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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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