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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: 242   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.

dukeredhair's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
A really nice beer. Pours brown with a thin head. Aroma is smoke and wood! Surprise!!! with a nice sweetness to the smoke creating hints of burnt sugar and molasses. Taste is sweet and smoky. Palate is not too thick. Overall itís a nice beer. Iím not sure Iíd go drinking the whole bottle but itís great to share.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (2236) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Rating #2183 - 2015.11.17 - Bottle from CBI - Pours jet black with a luxurious velvety tan head with excellent retention. Aroma is heavy on wood smoke, oak, vanilla, rye spice notes Toffee flavours throughout, accented by vanilla bean, creme caramel and brown sugar notes, punctuated with controlled smoke. Just awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (2307) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle thanks to Lukas. Pours black with a tiny brown head. Aroma of smoke, wood, slight dried meat, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, fudge and liquorice. The taste is salty and dry with smoky notes, sweet caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malts and liquorice. Pretty lit!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1693) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle thanks to LukasMH. Pours a pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma has peat, smoky malts, vanilla, caramel, oak, whiskey, skumbanan. Taste is rather sweet, but with a dry smoke, light bitter roast and a oaky caramel. Full body and an average to low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Klimaet (1833) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle thanks to Lukasmh. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aromas of smoke, peat, boozy, chocolate, bourbon, toffee. Taste is smokey, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, toffee, peat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (15615) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2016
Dark brown. Not much head. Has a fair bit of smoke, sweet brown sugar burnt short ribs nose. Big smoky, hickory, super sweet, rich sticky, just so rich but balanced. One of their best beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (2453) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2016
2014 Bottle shared. Thanks TimE! Nice honey ham nose with dark chocolate and warming bourbon notes. Just below average carbonation with vanilla and fennel seed notes. The smoke is there in the background and works well with the cacao nib notes. Not much sweetness either. Great stuff with a lingering chocolately, smokey finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimE (5033) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2016
Very dark brown color. Amazingly lovely bourbon chocolate smokey nose. The sweetness has been toned down by age. A lot of tamari in the nose. The mouth is full of choockate tamari and smoke and wood. Amazing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6722) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle from the rot box. Pours inky black, small tan head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is a bit smokey, roasty, licorice, hardwood, peat, bourbon, cocoa. Flavor is fairly sweet, medium bitter, light smoke, roasty, bourbon, anise. Medium body. Solid, not as good as original. Perhaps my fault.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eManu (531) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2016
Pours a dark mahogany black colour with a small tan head. Aroma of strong roasted malts cacao, wood and bourbon. Flavors of strong coffee chocolate rum bourbon and spices. Nice warm and smooth textures. Complex and pleasant long lasting taste. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9295) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle. Big bourbon nose, some band aid, smoke, vanilla. Very sweet flavor with lots of vanilla and a bit of bbq sauce, like Mcdonaldís chicken nuggets sauce. Nice.

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