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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


on tap

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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (13462) - DENMARK - JUN 25, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2015 Bottle, 14%. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, rye, almond and a little vanilla. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke, little cherry, vanilla, bourbon, sweet, hop, little liquorice, notes of alcohol, warming and medium bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (15393) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chillies, smoke, caramel and hops. Nice and full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6922) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Draft at SB. Pours an opaque inky black with a loose thin tan head that goes away pretty quickly. Big sweet bourbony nose, lots of oak and vanilla and apricots with some sweet dark chocolate and campfire hiding under that. Heavy thick body with soft carb. Nice complex sweet dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, apricot, and campfire mid palate--overly sweet, but other than that, there’s nice balance and some layers here. Partly imbalanced, partly balanced...leave it to the Bruery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abio (1817) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
Glad to get my hands on this one. Even better as expected. The smokiness is very faint, and also the booze isn’t overwhelming the wood and spices in this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (8062) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle sampled at ZEBF ’15. Pours near black with a ring tan head. Aroma of massive wood, rubber, dark chocolate, caramel and molasses. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter, with the smoke only coming out in the finish but then growing and growing before you take another sip. Light full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barrelbelly (723) - BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2015
Smoking wood chips, chocolate, silky chocolate and caramel and high alcohol aftertaste. Sweet finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brunomoreno (32) - BRAZIL - MAY 19, 2015
Dark and oily pour with low tan head. Smoked really intense, with coffe, chocolate and cocoa background. Bourbon barrel hints was a little bit covered by the smoke. High body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (14283) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle split at the sleepy-rapping tasting at Ronny & Alex’s pad, CBC fine tuner, 30/04/15. Light black with decent tan spotting and edgework. Nose is smoked malt, spice, toffee, chocoalte, tar. Taste comprises rich roast, toffee, dark chocolate, wood barrell, subtle bourbon, tar, light smoke. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a tickle of warming alcohol. Decent smoked impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
30th April 2015
Bigger tasting at Ronny’s flat, Copenhagen. Opaque black - brown beer, tidy tan head. Palate is airy and semi dry, mild fine carbonation. Mellow dark malts, trace of paint like ester. Some alcohol heat but not too much considering. Dry cocoa. Modest smoke. Little fruity bourbon. Smooth airy finish. Fairly easy going for it’s abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 8, 2015
On tap at the source. Pours a clear brown with minimal head. Aroma is dark fruits and malt. Really sweet. Flavor follows. Super sweet. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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