Smoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
The Bruery

Smoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel-AgedSmoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
Smoked Beer
ABV:
13%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
648
From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  117
Gots
  231
SCORE
92
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Smoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel-AgedSmoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: 2014 Vintage is 14% ABV
Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 648 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by FrogOut69:
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FrogOut69 from California

3/5  rDev -27.5%

Jun 24, 2014
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Beejay from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

2014 Edition.

A: Deep jet black in the glass with coffee and cream colored head.

S: Huge hit from the bourbon. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla come right out. Rich caramel maltiness, and a dark earthiness round out the aroma, but the bourbon barrel rocks on through. In the very finish there is a nice hint of smoke.

T: Malt, bourbon, and smoke. Man this beer is tasty. Nice malt richness, enough bitterness to keep it from cloying, and a deep luxurious smoke flavor. Not sure wht type of smoke they used, but often times with Cherry malt it comes off a little too sweet, in this case the smoke is dense, rich, and counteracts the velvety goodness that is in this beer. The bourbon is a little more subdued than I would have thought from the smell, but it is still fairly present. The booze is well hidden in this one.

M: Rich, thick, and malty. Carbonation is a medium and helps to balance out the rest of the body.

O: Overall, just a damn fine brew.

Sep 02, 2014
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macher0 from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +7%

Pours very dark bown, nearly black with a frothy amber head that slowly retreats to a fine rim.
The nose is equal dark malts, bouron-soaked oak, and smokey char. Very nice cause the smoke is subtle
which brings out the vanilla/bourbon. The taste is equally balanced. Lots of dark malts, and bourbon, with a very
subtle smoke. The smoke is simialr to opening a smoker with ribs on the rack - not nessesarily bacon.
Super smooth feel, moderate carbonation, and full body. This is very similar to ba smoked stouts. The
smoke is subtle and the barrel and bourbon definately come through. Recommended.

Aug 31, 2014
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Oct 07, 2013
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EB1 from California

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 16, 2014
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vfgccp from New York

4.62/5  rDev +11.6%

May 2014 bottle, opened Sep 2014

A - Deep midnight brown body with a thin rim of light mahogany highlights. Dark khaki head has nice retention and low lace.

S - Roasted caramelized steak, molasses, touch of anise, dark breads, leather, earthy charred oak, spent coffee grounds, and the smell of your clothes the day after a bonfire.

T - Bacon, oak, vanilla ice cream, molasses, burnt toffee, caramel, chocolate creamsicle, medium roast coffee latte, charred oak. The finish is outrageous: pure, thick coffee milkshake that lasts a lifetime with edges campfire smoke.

M - Fantastically smooth with outstanding staying power. Medium-full body.

O - The finish on this beer is absolutely incredible; hands down one of the best I've ever had. Extraordinarily complex for a smoke beer.


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4.62 Smooking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.75 4.50 4.50 4.50 4.50 4.50 4.54 10% 0.45
S - 4.35 4.50 4.65 4.65 4.63 4.65 4.57 20% 0.91
T - 4.40 4.45 4.60 4.76 4.76 4.80 4.63 40% 1.85
M - 4.60 4.60 4.60 5.00 4.82 4.70 4.72 10% 0.47
O - 4.50 4.50 4.70 4.80 4.50 4.75 4.63 20% 0.93

Sep 21, 2014
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Furlinator from California

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Bottled on 05/16/14.

Pours opaque black. The thin tan head quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

The smell is of plums, black cherry, bourbon, cocoa and pipe tobacco.

The taste is of dark fruit: plums, cherries and raisins, roasted malt, bourbon, faint cocoa and barbeque char.

The texture is full bodied, thick and somewhat oily with low carbonation.

More dark fruit than I expected. Not much smoke in the nose. Prominent bourbon presence. Very good. The 2014 vintage clocks in at 14% ABV.

Sep 14, 2014
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VaTechPhilly from New York

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 17, 2014
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Commando from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Nov 05, 2014
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deonreds from New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

May 08, 2015
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thickgirth from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Nov 27, 2014
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ryhouse from Florida

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 21, 2015
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jsunj from California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

May 12, 2014
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Sep 08, 2014
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Raziel313 from California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Apr 14, 2014
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Auracom from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share with Dan, first RS allocation we've cracked in a while. 12 oz. poured into a Founders tulip on February 23rd, 2013.

A - Surprisingly thick for a Bruery concoction. Deep oily black with virtually no head beyond a thin mocha lacing. Marginal legs given 13%.

S - Smoke indeed, hugely-so when below 55 F. Slightly lesser dark cocoa, oak, and cinnamon. You really need to let this hit room temp otherwise the aroma is way too single-note, dominated by smoke.

T - Plentiful roasted almond, espresso bean, and bourbon-soaked fig. Rear-palate is dense, pitted fruit and nicely offsets the heavy roast upfront. Wonderfully unsweetened compared to so many other Bruery offerings.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, semi-smooth with a dry finish.

D - Really pretty decent, and memorable beyond what I'd expected. The smoke is well balanced and the flavor really gets kicking with some air. I think Black Tuesday suffered greatly this past year, leaving my impressions of this beer even greater. Not everything needs to taste purely sweet.

Mar 11, 2013
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HookemHoos from Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Oct 03, 2014
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ant880 from New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Jan 19, 2013
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StevanTheVegan from Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Feb 25, 2014
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Goldndomer from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 31, 2015
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dcisco44 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jun 02, 2016
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TheBrewo from New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We cracked a 750mL bottle, pouring a brew of oily chocolate brown into our ¾ sized tasting snifters. A half finger tall head of mocha colored lacing sat atop the liquid, but offered no real lacing or film otherwise. This retained well. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderately active. The nose displayed massively buttery diacetyls, heavy but sweetly metallic rye, oak and cherry wood warmth, vinous wood lacquer, peat and moldy moss, bright syrupy milk chocolate sweetness, mushroom dust and earthiness, vanilla almond milk, fusel booze, and curiously fruity bourbon heat. The taste followed with cloyingly sweet chocolate malts and melty caramel sugars, but this base quickly gave way to harshly peaty and charcoaled smokiness, wheaty and coffee malty airs, burnt hot cocoa, cloven and medicinal phenols, authentic bourbon burn, wet and seemingly new or fresh oaked woodiness, under ripe coconut, astringent molasses stickiness, independent smokiness of mescal, cashew butter, bile acidity, and flakey and chalky cocoa nibs. The mouth was silky smooth but thick as thick can be. Carbonation came across as medium. The mouth was coated with syrupy sugariness, but the warmth of booze rumbling up from the stomach effectively thinned this out. The abv is big, making this one a definite, delicate sipper.

Overall, we were very excited and surprised to come across the bourbon barrel aged version of Smoking Wood while in Worcester for a friend’s wedding. Having been under The Bruery’s distribution for years, and having shipment after shipment of the rye version come through our area, we had figured this a near lost cause. Alas, we were able to tag a bottle, and it was an intensely interesting one. The aroma and flavors display the bourbon beautifully in all of its real-life warmth and buttery diacetyls creaminess. This plays against the wood used, which itself comes across as extremely fresh and new, as if they just cut down a tree, hollowed it, and poured the beer into it. It almost had that vinous, sappy quality that green wood possess. We also appreciated this bittering mushroom-esque quality throughout, giving an extra boost to this organic, natured theme. While this doesn’t do the best with the cloying sweetness of the grain bill, the intent is well enough appreciated. As a caveat, when fully at room temperature, the booze becomes much, much hotter, and it feels like you’re sipping off some straight Wild Turkey. This erases a good deal of the subtleties of the base flavoring, but doesn’t really detract immensely from the ultimate experience. This is a fun beer, so if you’re up for it, and can find it, grab some friends and go to town.

Sep 21, 2014
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Nov 04, 2014
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Phigg1102 from New York

4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nothing wrong with this beer. Me likey, me likey, me likey long time.. Sorry I don't know what got into me. Pitch black pour with a very thin mocha cap. Coffee and chocolate and of course bourbon in the aroma. Bourbon in the taste, in the best possible non-overpowering way. Great balance for a BA, more should try and obtain this type of balance. Thick pleasant mouthfeel that carries all the great roasty toasty flavors.

Oct 27, 2015
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FUwolfpacker from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Dec 15, 2014
Smoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
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