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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: 238   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.

Thorpe429's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Served in a Bruery tulip. Almost flat. Nose is better than Rye Whiskey and without as much smoke. Chocolate and roast. Quite a bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (15483) - 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 (2272) - 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 (4955) - 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 (6582) - 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 (9123) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5587) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Oily brown body with tan/brown head. Big, big, big aromas with rye, wood, bourbon, smoke, black licorice, vanilla, black malt and molasses. Big flavors as well; with rye, iodine, black strap, buckwheat, smoke and peat linger. Warming after 12 oz., yet alcohol is neither easily caught in the flavors nor felt on the palate. Very smooth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (4223) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle, about 3 years old. Black pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, bread, bourbon, leather, oak, vanilla and caramel. Flavor is quite sweet, roasted, caramel, some spices and very smooth. Really well drinkable and well balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SeniorZozo (1167) - 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 (2804) - 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.

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