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Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shirtless_mike
2/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Mar02x
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prometheus75
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dusten2015
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Herky21
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zachthelaxer93
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of scottfrie
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 5/19/14.

A:Pours a very dark woody brown, near black, with a finger of dark chocolate head that quickly fizzed away into a thin collar.
S: Smoke comes through strongly on the nose alongside the bourbon. I get hints of spicy rye, leather, tobacco, sticky caramel, musty oxidization, and a touch of dark chocolate and vanilla bean. Smoke is campfire-like as opposed to char or peat.
T: Similar to the nose with integrated and fairly smooth flavors of wood smoke, sweet and lightly boozy bourbon, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of leather. Flavors are rich and potent, and the bourbon has a boozy edge to it. Rye spice in the finish, smoke and bourbon mix and linger long as the swallow.
M: Thick body but not as rich and full as a stout would be. Full, sticky, and slightly sharp mouthfeel. Bourbon isn't necessarily warming, and there is a ton of bourbon flavor, but there is a booziness to the beer that is still rather potent despite this bottles little bit of age. Carbonation isn't as soft or as smooth as I would have liked, and it creates a little bit of a sharp quality when mixed with the booze.
O: A really great combination of flavors. Rich and potent, but fairly smooth and integrated. Faint oxidization, but I'd probably prefer that over the booze bomb this must of been fresh. Overall, really good and no reason not to drink now.

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Photo of rypkr
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge want. Thanks @reefer_Bob

Preface by I'm a huge bb aged as well as smoked beer fan...

A - heavy pour into a snifter poured a syrups dark chocolate with thin head.

S - holy shit. All bourbon. Faint smoke. Faint dark fruit maltiness.

T - vanilla. Sugar. Alcohol. Potent smoke. Tobacco. Cream.

Seriously wow. For once a want that fully lived up to my hopes. This is every bit the cream of the crop for not just a smoked beer but even a bourbon barrel aged beer (across many styles).

M - this is the whole milk of beer. Nothing is lacking. Rock, viscous, filling and above all chewy. Perfect.

O - I need to look into acquiring this more easily as I'd drink it regularly if I didn't have to trade across the country for it.

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Photo of npachl
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Pitch black, opaque
Smell - Bourbon, wood, oak, smoke, vanilla
Taste - Follows the nose beautifully. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak, wood, chocolate, roast
Feel - Nice slick creamy mouthfeel, easy drinking, smooth

Overall - Super enjoyable! An excellent beer.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black and motor oil thick with a surprisingly thick but airy head of dark brown foam.

Molasses, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, oak, smoke, and bourbon.

Flavor similar to aroma, but everything that really popped in the aroma described above seems dulled down and unfortunately one-dimensional. Then the smoke hits you and oh God the aftertaste is just terrible.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, thick, metallic, burnt.

The flavor seems nice at first but the metallic aftertaste stays with you and it's truly awful.

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Photo of amnoor01
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tbryan5
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black and oily. Dark brown head that doesn't last.
S- Booze, wood, bourbon, meat
T- Meaty. Smoky, chocolate. Perfect bourbon
M- Low carbonation. Slick
D- A truly outstanding beer (once again) from The Bruery.

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Photo of Claydoe4
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of captnr3dbeard
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into large wine goblet. Btl date 5/19/14

My first smoked beer. What a way to start the UFC fight night! Here weeeee go! Pours nice and dark. A thin brown cap fades fast and leaves me drinking a glass of ink. Spice from charred wood and rye compliment the nose here that is mainly sweet bourbon. Taste is chocolate and bourbon. The smokiness isn't here at all. Wait a sec... And there it is! Smoke almost rolls over the tongue in the lingering aftertaste. Very strange, but in a cool way. Feel is full and this has nice carbonation too. Overall better than the reviews and ratings might have you believe.

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Photo of BeerDrinkingRhino
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of malfunxion
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SLeffler27
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours thick dark brown just shy of black (SRM 34-36). The B-United teku glass contains a dense, fine, dark walnut head that reaches half an inch and is creamy. The head quickly fades, leaving fine lace and allowing legs to develop.

The oak aroma is powerful with bourbon playing a major role as well. Alcohol fumes carry vanilla and molasses while the smoke is more of charred wood. Also discernible is pumpernickel bread. Warmth unfortunately brings out a Band-Aid solvency.

The flavor opens with chocolate, bourbon, and molasses cookie. The bittersweet balance is surprisingly well maintained with a hint of sourness. Other characteristics include charred wood and charred malt. Smoke is only an accent in the flavor. The finish is long and drawn out with sweet bourbon and mild bitterness. Warmth continues to develop dark fruits, predominantly prunes.

This one is incredibly dry, almost chalky. Alcohol is prominent as expected, but not hot. A soft, velvety texture and light carbonation accentuate the full, almost dense body.

This is a great sipping beer which I enjoyed while watching U.S. Open Golf on a cold, sunny afternoon.

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Photo of One100grand
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of samying
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Bruery
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