Smoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Smoked Beer
4.11 | pDev: 11.19%
Oct 21, 2020
Mar 19, 2012
Smoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel-AgedSmoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: 2014 Vintage is 14% ABV
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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Jimmyd2 from California

This is a 2014 vintage bottle. The beer is black/opaque and the head is tan but dissipates. Aroma is distinctively roasty and smoky as the beer warms. My memory of this beer was that the flavor was overwhelmingly smoky (and not terribly pleasant). This iteration was great, the smoke mellowed and it had a pleasantly dry in the finish. Nice full body. This was a pleasant surprise. Wish I had another!

Oct 21, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2015 vintage; drank 6/14/16 on draft @ Fischman's.

Brown/black appearance.

Dark tan head; nice lace.

Bacon, peat & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate & mild bacon flavors up front; faint peat notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Sweet, smoky & quite enjoyable.

Sep 29, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by macrosmatic from Florida

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into a Cycle Brewing snifter glass. 2013 vintage bottle, consumed 2/8/16.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown, and opaque. Minimal if any visible carbonation. Forms a very thin tan head that fades quickly.

S: Smoke (hickory and bacon) and chocolate malts. The bourbon is present but in the background.

T: Chocolate and smoke, charcoal and oak. Bourbon, a bit vanilla, and some char. Toffee sweetness as an undertone.

M: Heavy-bodied and thick. The alcohol presence is restrained for something bourbon-barreled. Low carbonation sensation.

O: I feel like this would be, to me at least, a solid B+ to A- beer if not for the smoke. So if you like smoked beers this is probably really good. As I continue through the drink - I'm not sure if it's as it warms, or as I become accustomed to it - but the smoke fades a bit. Which lets the chocolate and bourbon pull through that much more. This is, likely quite easily, my favorite smoked beer ever. That isn't a high bar. But this is still good.
Personal note: I estimate a 3.6/5 scored to my personal preference.

Jul 27, 2019
3.75 by bluehende from Delaware on Apr 07, 2019
3.99 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Jan 16, 2019
4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Oct 23, 2018
3.43 by advanracing62 from Idaho on Feb 02, 2018
3.98 by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island on Dec 30, 2017
4.25 by CPAles from Illinois on Dec 07, 2017
3.95 by brocktune from Virginia on Sep 17, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Sep 15, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Sep 14, 2017
3.22 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Apr 28, 2017
4.25 by captainkrad from New Jersey on Feb 07, 2017
3.96 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Feb 02, 2017
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4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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.

Dec 23, 2016
3.53 by Treycotton from Oklahoma on Dec 17, 2016
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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by brewaddict from California

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.

Dec 15, 2016
4.49 by edthehead from New York on Nov 29, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

Way too sweet but really smooth.

Nov 14, 2016
4.6 by g00ey from California on Oct 07, 2016
4.23 by Stoutmeister from Massachusetts on Oct 04, 2016
3.59 by SebastianMandeville from New Jersey on Sep 06, 2016
4.32 by osuskin from Indiana on Aug 13, 2016
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

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.

Aug 09, 2016
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4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

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.

Aug 05, 2016
4.8 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Jul 16, 2016
4.08 by bobv from Vermont on Jul 12, 2016
3.89 by tmm313 from Georgia on Jun 28, 2016
4 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Jun 04, 2016
4.75 by dcisco44 from Massachusetts on Jun 02, 2016
4.21 by gibgink from Missouri on May 31, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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.

May 27, 2016
4.04 by CBrodbeck from Florida on May 24, 2016
2 by shirtless_mike from Indiana on May 07, 2016
4.25 by Mar02x from Netherlands on May 05, 2016
5 by Prometheus75 from New York on Apr 19, 2016
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4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Dusten2015 from Texas

2014 bottle

L: Dark, but not pitch black, nice thick head about a finger tall, khaki colored which dissipated quickly.

S:Fantastic , figs, raisins, woody/oaky, dates, slight vanilla.

T: Fantastic, almost exactly like it smelled, and just so damn smooth. i imagine it mellowed out over the 2 years, which may have led to the smoothness.

F:Velvety, slightly oily, mouth coating, but quick to disperse.

O:I wish i had more bottles of this, and a fresh one to compare. This beer was fantastic and i hope to find more in the future.

Apr 17, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brolo75 from California

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours black with a tan, full, creamy head, some head retention after about 5 minutes, some slight lacing, low carbonation, looks pretty good.

A: Bourbon, chocolate, picking some rye spiciness, I'm not getting any smoke at all, alcohol is coming through pretty strong.

T: Smoke is on the flavor, up front bourbon, chocolate, rye, smoke, lots of heat from the alcohol, very balanced and easy drinking, way too easy for 13% ABV.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable for 13% ABV.

O: Another solid beer from The Bruery, depth, complexity, and drinkability in a 13% ABV beer is outstanding, despite its drinkability there is still some heat coming through, really enjoyed it.

Apr 17, 2016
3.53 by Herky21 from Iowa on Apr 12, 2016
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