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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and aged in bourbon barrels, Smoking Wood is a delicious demonstration of what wood has to offer when it comes to beer. This imperial smoked porter is brewed with a hefty amount of rye malt, contributing to a full body and light spiciness. Toasty oak, caramel and vanilla flavors balance the smokiness, contributing to an intense yet refined flavor profile.
The previous release of Smoking Wood was aged in rye whiskey barrels while this more limited version was aged in bourbon barrels, contributing a different nuance to the already complex ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2082) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
Un nuage de fumé enrobe une masse chocolatée décadente aux accents de bourbon définis mais adéquat. Sa charpente est parfaitement riche pour transporter la charge des saveurs, j’adore cette variante.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Wooden smoke rides tight specialty malts in this luxurious strong ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the darkness.
-Residual sugar level is relatively high, but everythng is polished.
-Smokiness is restrained throughout. This is not Schlenkerla level smoke.
-This isn’t complex, but everything is very well integrated and the mouthfeel is engaging.

Bottle; gros merci Martin et Michèle!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3774) - - SEP 27, 2014
bottle. black. small head. fresh wet wood smells with dark chocolate and a splash of bourbon and mustiness. oily palate. flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, green wood, char, and very light bourbon and butter. the abv is a bit too assertive though. love the wood flavors but i think it would better with a slightly lower abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"Intense yet refined is dead on! No way did i think this was 13%. Warmth, yes. Heat? None. I’ve never had the base smoking wood, but was told this took off all rough edges, which i beleive. My new favorite from an already awesome brewer! Black as night. Flavor and aroma intense well blended mix of vanilla, dark chocolate, roast, bourbon, oak, smoke...holy hell this was good. Super smooth. Had to go back for seconds! In the bottle, MF and flavor a half point lower each. Draft was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Low carbonation in the bottle, and a little "meaty". Still awesome! 4.6 tap 4.4 bottle"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garlic_of_Doom (471) - SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle from Justin, thanks! Pours black with a redbrownish head, rests down to a ring. Aroma is sweet with bourbon, smoke and chocolate. Taste is smokey with wet wood, bourbon, slightly peppery, surprisingly low alcohol presence, well balanced bitterness, leather, truffle praline, dark chocolate. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, smooth mouth feel. After taste has warming alcohol, chocolate and smoke.
Wow! Very complex taste and everything is in almost perfect proportion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lutz2jm (111) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Wow sums up this beer. Big hits of bourbon and chocolate with an ending of smoke. Sip this one and enjoy it as it gets better with warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8491) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle shared by Victor at weekly tasting. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of fire pit ash, smoked chocolate, bourbon, oak. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3489) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Tons of bourbon and smoke. Lots of smoke , oak and bourbon. I like it better than rye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenclansman (804) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - SEP 16, 2014
Very complicated beer. Dark color...full body. Wood, rye whiskey, booze...strong aftertaste, Not for everyday use.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2342) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Black pour with a very thin ring of beige head .... Aroma of smoke, light tobacco, spicy rye, coconut, oak, bourbon and booze .... Taste is of vanilla, oak, very spicy rye bite, with some coconut, roasted and chocolate malts with a boozy warming to it ... Finish is dry bitter and chocolatey with a lingering spicy and boozy bite .... Very complex lots of depth definitely better than the rye version

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