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The Bruery Smoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Imperial Porter
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (916) - ISRAEL - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks zvikar. Pours deep brown black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood, smoke, sour vinous notes. Taste - sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood, alcohol, dried fruits, coconut. Rather full bodied, oily texture, very complex. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1163) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with little to no light coming through and little to no head(not surprising with a 14 percent beer). Aroma is bourbon, roasted malts, spicy rye, smoked malts, and vanilla. Flavour is bourbon, spicy bready rye, vanilla, mild bitterness and and light warming alcohol. We’ll done 14 point beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reimer96 (1463) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
Pours an inky jet black with a medium brown head... Leaves nice legs up the glass. Aroma of bourbon, wood, peat, campfire, vanilla and some spicy rye malts. Wonderful aroma with a delicate balance and a beautiful bouquet of aromas. Taste is roasted malts, spicy rye malts, bourbon, campfire, peat, old wood, vanilla and a sweet and boozy finish. Big complex beer with a lot of flavors and a big alcohol burn on the finish...not harsh but could be smoothed out more. I otherwise a big complex beer hats a nice winter sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1376) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light tan mocha head. Less carb than expected. Smoky notes (duh) with an underlying molasses and roast note. Heavy mouthfeel. Sweet, dark chocolate, caramel, and then the smoke ntes hit. Balances nicely with the sweetness. Leather as well. Ends with a slight bitterness. Decent but a little too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3079) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2015
Bottled. Pours black with an average, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel, bourbon and smoke. Sweet flavor that ends up dry, slightly bitter with alcohol. Medium bodied, oilytexture and soft carbonation. An excellent Smoked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (7625) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Stas’s place. Thanks zvikar. Black with a brown head. Lovely aroma full of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor with dark chocolate, bourbon, a bit of alcohol, mild smokiness and an alcoholic touch. Full-bodied, a bit too boozy. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (4672) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
24th Jan 2015: shared bottle at the Cotteridge Wine meet. Cracking beer! Poured black with thin tanned head. The nose was singed and smoked malts with whiskey hints, like a smouldering Irish Peat Bog. The taste was sweeter than the aroma indicated with the malt giving some caramel and toffee flavours, still smoky with some whiskey notes too. One of the best beers of the day for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tommann (2980) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
750ml bottle. Pours jet black with a small head. Aroma is bourbon and smoky mint. Taste has heavy bourbon with smoky mint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (11196) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
Bottled, sampled at The Cotteridge Convention, many thanks to s_hartsorne for this one. Black with tan head. Full and sweet fruitiness, caramel, toffee’d but not overly so, there is a smoky backwoods type flavour, decent conditioning, loads of stuff going on. Blimey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (4144) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle at Cotteridge wine convention; opaque black pour with a thin tan head, bourbon and smoke aroma, taste has dark roast malts, chocolate, molasses, caramel, some wood, slight bourbon, but not overpowering.

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