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The Bruery Smoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel

 (RETIRED)
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99
97
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Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Imperial Porter
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

3.9
   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroadestTom (158) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Aroma vanilla, chocolate, caramel, coffee, Appearance black, brown foam, Taste lightly bitter, chocolate, bourbon, Palate full body, thick feel, Overall great stout with amazing bourbon barrel ageing on it. I would absolutely suggest this beer to a friend.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3544) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2015
750 ml bottle courtesy of madmitch76. Pours oily black with a creamy mocha head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and smokey with roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, roasted coconut, moist soil, black pepper corns and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and smokey. Mouthfeel is fat, oily, round, tiny roasted astringent, boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with roasted malts, sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, moist soil, roasted nuts, black pepper corns and bourbon alcohol. Pretty much exactly what you expect itíll be. Tasty without tons of depth. Really good but not as good or complex aas the rye barrel version.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2385) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Shared with dedollewaitor. Black body with a small offwhite head. Bourbon, smoke, wood, tar, chocolate notes, whiskey notes, rye, vanilla, some spiciness. Very delicious beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14645) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle @ Very Warm Random Summer - Whalez Tasting with Hallinghansen. Trade with Kermis. Thanks Yo. Pours black with a small beige head and lacings. Massive bourbon, coconut, rye and hazel, good coffee and chocolate. Smooth and soft. Sweet and extremely sippable. Vague warmth. Lovely!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcoDL (2889) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. Dark pour. Aroma has boozy vanilla, smoke and fruit. Taste is filthy rich, with bourbon vanilla booze, smoke chocolate and some subtle red ripe fruit. Truly amazing, just like the rye version.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (13887) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, bonfire, wood, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish with lots of warming alcohol. Oily, soft and smooth. 250615

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (7614) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle @ Christers. Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, sweet chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, cocoa, alcohol. Flavor is sweet, rich malt, chocolate, cocoa, caramal, wood, bourbon, light vanilla, alcohol. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, sweet finish with warming alcohol. 250615

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (12636) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (14827) - HÝjbjerg, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6688) - 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, thereís nice balance and some layers here. Partly imbalanced, partly balanced...leave it to the Bruery.


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