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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.

alexandersh's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2013
On tap; dark brown in color. Aroma of molasses and soy, with some sweetness and vanilla. Flavor had the same components, and for the style and alcohol content this was quite drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SeniorZozo (355) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
Tasting session at Budapest. Thick deep brown, big aroma of bourbon and light smoke. Nice bourbon head, but very smooth and dangerously easy to drink, vanilla, light smoke, soy, figs. Really really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color when held to a light source. Half finger beige head that quickly recedes into a thin, lasting ring. Pretty good retention for the style and ABV with sporadic spotty lacing left behind. Meaty smoked malt aroma with a strong bourbon barrel presence thatís nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Some subtle dry oak but not overly charred or toothpick-like with hints of roasted coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, marshmallow and sweet, spicy bourbon followed by charcoal, campfire, barbecued bacon and liquid smoke. The smoke and barrel notes are countered by a complex malt bill with a nice balance of subtle roast and silky, dessert like sweetness. Hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and coffee grinds along with a bit of flour less chocolate cake, fudge, caramel, toffee and bakerís chocolate. Complex yet very inviting with a nice balance of smoke, bourbon barrel, roast and sweeter malt character. A touch of boozy sweetness but doesnít smell too hot. Could use a bit more smoke for my preference but otherwise smells pretty good. Medium body with a very strong roasted malt flavor that somewhat overpowers the smoke and barrel notes. Dry, bitter and verging on acrid with lots of burnt malt, ash and used coffee grinds. As it warms,the barrel stands out a bit more with dry, toasted oak and spicy bourbon. A bit too boozy for my preference with strong bourbon flavor and lingering heat but not too offensive at 13%. The smoke has mellowed out at this point with subtle hints of charcoal, smoked meat and liquid smoke. After the palate adjusts, the sweeter malt notes stand out with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and slight fudge-y chocolate cake. Decently balanced and surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV but itís a bit thin bodied and lacking in complexity. Could also use a lot more smoke for my preference. Iím a huge fan of the regular version of this beer so my expectations were very high but I found this variant disappointing. Not bad but this isnít a beer I would seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4045) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to markwise: Poured a black/brown with red edge and tan head. Aroma is smokey and peat/wood. Taste is smoke, wood, alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (411) - 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 (8318) - 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 (7621) - 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 (8197) - 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 (7742) - 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 (5393) - 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 (4091) - 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.

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