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Smoking Wood Bourbon 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): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2014 Vintage is 14% ABV

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 03-19-2012

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Ranking:
#2,264
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
641
pDev:
11.71%
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Photo of CPAles
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brocktune
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes I hate this beer, sometimes it seems so appropriate by a fire. So polarizing, even within the same recipient, totally the kind of beer that depends on what else is going on environmentally. Pours black, thin 1/4" brown head. Aroma has smoke, bourbon, roast, vanilla, marshmallow, chocolate malt, coffee malt aromas. Actually complex, enjoyment often depends on what your smoke threshold is for the day.

Taste, sometimes all I get is smoke and heat from the high amount of alcohol. Sometimes it is complimentary amount of smoke (usually when I'm around a fire already) and you get all the aromas dancing about in the taste and mouthfeel, sometimes all that stuff absorbs and covers the alcohol quite nicely, making for a nice late night sipper. I definitely like this version more than the rye one. I also notice I tend to like these the older they are.

Its a good beer, I guess I gave it a middling score all things considered.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage.

This one pours a very dark brown, with a very small head, and no lacing.

The aroma on this one really reminds of the back alley smoking area of a particular dive bar I went to in college- it's smokey, and ashy, and a bit dank (not in the juicy hops way, bruh). There's lots of sweet bourbon, and good bit of caramel too.

The taste shows the same- it's definitely too smoky. It's an interesting beer, and I generally like smoke, but it seems age has just turned this into a smoke bomb. There's a nice sweet caramelly base that's quite reminiscent of The Bruery's typical strong ale base. There's a lot of bourbon. The aging time has done the booze level well- it's 14% ABV, but there's really no booziness here at all.

This is kind of syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This definitely isn't my favorite Bruery beer- but it was still tasty.

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3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of captainkrad
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
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 -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewaddict
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of osuskin
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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 +11.7%
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 +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bobv
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tmm313
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buck_Jones
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcisco44
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gibgink
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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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