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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: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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.

Huhzubendah's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2832) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike. The beer is black with a thick, mocha colored head. The aroma offers smoke, roast, oak, booze, bread, salt, campfire, burning meats. The taste is equally complex. Nice smoke flavor mingling well with a bold and assertive bourbon character. Full bodied and rich. A bit sweet. Alcoholic warmth in the finish. A solid beer from The Bruery. Worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brunomoreno (23) - BRAZIL - MAY 19, 2015
Dark and oily pour with low tan head. Smoked really intense, with coffe, chocolate and cocoa background. Bourbon barrel hints was a little bit covered by the smoke. High body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12133) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle split at the sleepy-rapping tasting at Ronny & Alex’s pad, CBC fine tuner, 30/04/15. Light black with decent tan spotting and edgework. Nose is smoked malt, spice, toffee, chocoalte, tar. Taste comprises rich roast, toffee, dark chocolate, wood barrell, subtle bourbon, tar, light smoke. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a tickle of warming alcohol. Decent smoked impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
30th April 2015
Bigger tasting at Ronny’s flat, Copenhagen. Opaque black - brown beer, tidy tan head. Palate is airy and semi dry, mild fine carbonation. Mellow dark malts, trace of paint like ester. Some alcohol heat but not too much considering. Dry cocoa. Modest smoke. Little fruity bourbon. Smooth airy finish. Fairly easy going for it’s abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2521) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 8, 2015
On tap at the source. Pours a clear brown with minimal head. Aroma is dark fruits and malt. Really sweet. Flavor follows. Super sweet. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2556) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle thanks to Miguel for sharing. Murky brown pour with a small head. Aroma is dominated by smoked ham with hints of caramel and chocolate. Tastes like smooth smoked ham and bacon. Light caramel sweetness. Finishes with some light oaky bourbon. Smooth and very easy to drink for 13%. Really liked this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (3238) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle@Ronny and Alex pre cbc tasting #2 - black pour with tiny tan head. Aroma and taste comprises sweet and light roasted malts, oats and rye, caramel, some wooden bourbon smoky laced nuances in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dresden (1111) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
Dear God how can I drink all this? 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (12838) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
Bottle at the pre-CBC tasting in Copenhagen 150430. Black beer with a small beige/brownish head. Malty caramel aroma, raisins, figs, woody, some rye bread. Malty roasted flavor, grassy, citrus, chocolate, licorice, cocoa, smoked, warming alcohol, vinous, soot notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1123) - California, USA - APR 25, 2015
750ml of 2014 edition. Pours a thick black color without much of a head. A lot smoother than it was when first released around 9 months ago. Smoke is much more prevalent and the bourbon has mellowed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (232) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
Un grand merci à SlovakSniper pour cette généreuse contribution lors de cette dégustation! Cheers man! Bière dégustée en deux temps. Le repos de quelques heures qu’a subi la bouteille (recapsulée) n’a rien enlevé à son effervescence et à sa vivacité. Commençons par la conclusion: cette bière vient du sud et goûte le sud! Malgré sa couleur d’outre-tombe et son nez charnu, cette magnifique bière transpire le beau temps! Cet étrange paradoxe me réjouit! De chaudes effluves de réglisse noire, de pain grillé, de planche de bois (expression empruntée à SlovakSniper) et d’un alcool chauffé par le soleil émanent de mon verre et envahissent mes narines admiratives.C’est d’une sublime chaleur et d’une aussi douce complexité! Je pourrais humer ce nectar pendant des heures. La complexité de cette bière se mesure tout autant en bouche. Immédiatement après avoir posé mon verre suite à une belle lampée, de magnifiques et longues jambes glissent sur mon verre et je suis aussitôt envahi par un ouragan de saveurs où tournoient la mélasse, quelques épices, des grains rôtis et secs, du bois, un alcool du Kentucky... C’est le chaos mais un chaos où règnent l’ordre et le raffinement. Dans ce marasme de saveurs, le mouthfeel n’est pas en reste car s’ajoute à cette myriade de parfums un étonnant aspect de minéralité et de picotement causés par l’effervescence somme toute importante. Magnifique bière que je rachèterais sans hésiter si l’occasion m’était donnée de le faire!

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