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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: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (661) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle @ BeerTemple ( 14% abv, 2014 edition). Pours black with almost no head. Sweet aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate and vabilla. Taste is sweet, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, with a full, creamy mouth feel with a chili like, alcoholic, ending. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9592) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2015
Bottle, shared at game night. Dark brown with a bubbly brown head that laces thickly. Big bourbon sweetness is met head-on with a big smoky character, lots of underlying complexity. Full bodied with boozy undertones-- definitely a brew to share!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Draught @ The Bruery Tasting Room, Placentia, CA. Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of heavy sweet roastiness, bourbon and oak. Extreme flavour of heavy sweet roastiness, smoked meat, bread, bourbon, vanilla and wood. Full bodied. Rich and meaty mouthfeel. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (9367) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Tap @ The Bruery.
Pours black color with a small head. Nice smoky aroma with bourbon and chocolate, vanilla and some caramel malts. Sweet vanilla flavor, bourbon with mild alcohol warmth, toffee and toasted caramel malts. Smooth and layered, excellent balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Draught @ the brewpub. Aroma has smoke, licorice and some bourbon with vanilla. Flavour has alcohol, some licorice and bourbon. Finishes smoky with islay(!) vibes. Too boozy but not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiong (6476) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Draught @ The Bruery, Placentia, CA Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, oak, toffee, syrup and rye bread. Taste is sweetish, smooth and roasty with some bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak, hints of smoke and ash. Finish is heavy, smoky and woody with some bourbon, toffee, vanilla and oak. Heavy but quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (4200) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - AUG 17, 2015
Pours black with a beige head, aroma of bourbon, vanilla, wood, coconut, chocolate, flavor of bourbon, smoke, coffee, coconut, vanilla, medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dark (39) - FRANCE - AUG 16, 2015
Bière noire pas complètement opaque, pétillance faible et mousse brune peu tenace, ne subsistant qu’en un petit collier. Nez de café, chocolat, bourbon et vanille, ça sent bon ! Moins de corps que sur un imperial stout, la bouche est surtout marquée par la dualité chocolat noir/vanille, le tout enrobé de caramel et de bois fumé ! Superbe équilibre entre toutes ces saveurs, dommage cependant que le goût me soit paru peu évolutif (bière servie un peu froide au début). 14% là-dedans ? On ne les sent absolument pas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3538) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2015
April 30, 2015. Bottle at CBC pre-tasting. Shared by madmitch76, thanks!
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is smoked, almost burnt wood, sweet toffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, notes of vanilla and dried fruits. Taste is sweet with caramel, toffee, bourbon, light bitter roasted malts and a mild smokey woody note. Finish is sweet, light bitter, warming alcohol and smoked wood. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Hazy brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the smoke, with some meaty and woody notes really shining through. The flavor is a bit more complex with some chocolate and whiskey notes appearing. However, make no mistake, this one is all about the smoke. Smooth and easy drinking for someone who loves smoked beers like I do. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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