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BEER INFO

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

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2014 Vintage is 14% ABV

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 03-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
637
Reviews:
116
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
108
Gots:
238
For Trade:
29
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3.22/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of captainkrad
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage
750ml bottle poured into Hoarders tulip

A- pours pitch black in color with a one-finger creamy dark tan head that has great retention before settling into a ring around the edge of the glass

S- plenty of smoky notes up front; opens with smoked peat, pork, and charred wood. Undertones of chocolate & caramel, as well as spicy rye. The bourbon barrel adds some earthy oak and highlights of bourbon & vanilla. Bacon closes out the nose

T- opens with layers of deep chocolate and caramel, immediately followed by a hit of smoke, opening up notes of smoked peat, charred wood & smoked pork. The barrel opens up mid-palate, adding noticeable bourbon, along with vanilla and wet oak. The finish gives some spicy rye and more smoke on the linger

M- thick and viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky warming finish

O- absolutely delicious with just the right amount of abv heat after two years of settling. I can't ask for much more in a smoked beer.

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Photo of Treycotton
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewaddict
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 2/13/16 from notes
No bottle date, but I purchased this as a 2012 direct from The Bruery.
L - Pours cola with a thin espresso head. Lots of lace.
S - There is smoky oak up front, bourbon, and vanilla sweetness. I'm going out on a limb and saying i smell a hint of soy. But not in a bad way at all. I think it's the combination of smoke and bourbon that gives a sweet and salty experience.
T - Taste is rich bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel sweetness followed by peat and oak smoke with a touch of bitterness. Oh and there is no taste of soy.
F - It's about right for a porter. Good mouth feel. A little heat with a dry finish.
O - I love a good campfire, cedar planked smoked salmon, and real smoked BBQ. So I'm no stranger to smoke. This beer is fantastic and the smoke is not overpowering. I wish I had more. Seems like the general trend is down on the smoking wood line from The Bruery. But if they bring this back, I would definitely buy more.

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Photo of edthehead
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Way too sweet but really smooth.

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Photo of g00ey
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of osuskin
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well, frick. Huge bourbon, chocolate and coffee flavours. Some leather, smoke and nuttiness in the background. Super creamy, syrupy mouthfeel. Bottle says 14%, must be a different vintage.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. Excellent, strong-bodied, flavorful, immensely decadent brew. This is truly a delight as well as a sipper. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bobv
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tmm313
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buck_Jones
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcisco44
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gibgink
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that slowly fades to a collar round the edge of the glass with some lacing
S: Smells of smoke and bourbon barrel goodness with some notes of oak, vanilla and caramel
T: Taste is smoke, vanilla, caramel and oak with some roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate along with a note that is almost like a burnt roasted marshmallow. The swallow is more smoke and roasted malts with a little more oak and a lingering smoky vanilla flavor
M: The mouthfeel on this one is big and velvety with soft carbonation that gets the job done and a drying finish.
O: This beer rocks the house. I think it may be better than the rye version but I'd need to track down one of my 2014s to see for sure. Great flavors and complexity but you have to like big beers and smoke or you will not enjoy this.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shirtless_mike
2/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Mar02x
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prometheus75
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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