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The Bruery Smoking Wood - Rye Barrel

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Imperial Porter
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Smoked Imperial Rye Porter aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. A rich porter layered with rye spiciness and earthy smoke, caramel-like flavors, roasty malt and oaky deliciousness.
Brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and aged in rye whiskey 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. This is one of our favorite beers at the moment, we hope you agree.
2011: 10% ABV
2012: 13% ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sunni05 (32) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2014
WOW!!! That's all I can say! Nice wood aroma...the smell of barrels. I've never had rye whiskey before but this could make me try it. Nice smoky flavor. You can taste the alcohol as you sip. Warms the throat for sure. I'll buy more of this while it's still around. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayaron (877) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Dark black with quickly diminishing low brown head. Great aroma of blue cheese, dark chocolate, woody, licorice, vanilla. Very complex flavor, vanilla, smoked malt, dark chocolate, soya, licorice. Mouthful and creamy. Heavy body. Sweetish aftertaste. Amazing beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (2181) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Heavy barrel aromas of oak, vanilla and iodine, along with notes of molasses, toasted nuts, and chocolate syrup. Tastes a bit like a smoky Islay scotch, salt, dried fruit, and more chocolate syrup. Heavy bodied and not lacking in boozy heat. An intense experience. Definitely a sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RumRunner101 (898) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
Aroma is lightly smoked, dark malt, oak. Tons of flavour and really well integrated flavours from the spicy rye, barrels, smoke, and dark malts. Alcohol is noticeable but not burning for 13%. Really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4271) - Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours a rich sable with a thick, though effervescent, dark tan head. Aroma has a strong woody whisky overtone, plus notes of roast malt and molasses and a hint of horehound. Smoky wood dominates the flavor, backed up by malty, rye, molasses and miso tones. Viscous, oily texture has a strong fizz and leaves a smoky, woody, earthy finish. I’m confident that you "wood" love this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2706) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Aroma: Smokey, Sweet Bourbon Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Bourbon, Smoked Malts Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4914) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra#2. The aroma has peated smoke tones, coffee, roast. Black coloured beer with an off-white, thin head. The taste is moderate bitter, has sweetness, raisin, peat. The finish a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andrewje41 (1737) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft pour at Bambinos. Pours near black with a boozy, caramel, almost off putting aroma, but with the high abv, it grows on you. That being said, unbelievably smooth flavor. Love this beer, and very unique too. Dark fruit and slight cherry flavor with a nice wood chip smokey background. Really nice, smokey strong beer without the boozy flavor. Such a good beer here. Very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (430) - Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Poured from a 13% bottle into a snifter black with a beige head. Aroma is straight up rye whiskey booze. Slight smoke. Flavor is sweet molasses. Faint smoke is not distracting from the slam of rye whiskey. Vanilla there. Spice is minimal. Burn to the throat finish. Soy sauce thick on the palate. Laying down 3 bottles for future reference. This is a "holy shit" brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hallinghansen (2466) - Odense S, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle @ AaB vs Apoel CL tasting. Blackbody with a medium light brown head. Smoke, wood/oak, rye, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, smooth, barrel, alcohol notes. Beautiful lacigs. This is great, no this is beerporn!!!!

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