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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: 411   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

ajnepple's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4383) - Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Draft at Tap n Handle. Pours black with a light brown head that lingers and laces the glass with rings. Smells smoky, spicy, malty, like whiskey and like wood/campfire. Medium plus body with an oily texture. A smoked and spiced flavor that hides the alcohol well. Toasty and caramel malts with a touch of vanilla balance it out, pretty smooth overall. Of the very few smoked beers I’ve tried, this one is my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stoutnick (818) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2016
Black cola pour thanks to Lincoln. Aroma is subtle smoke, oak. Taste is vanilla, smoke, oak, very mild bourbon. Dont dig this one but then not much for smoked beers generally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (6334) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Draft pour at Rustico. Dark black color with a dark tan head. Aroma was decent smoke notes, roasted malts, some woody notes. Smoky meat character. Booze is noticeable. Flavor is similar, with notes of smoke, oak notes, burnt malts, black coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VDuquerroux (922) - Airvault, FRANCE - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle 1 Pint 9.4 Fl. oz. @Naintré. With dad and Cyril during a "palet" game. A shining pitch black beer with a medium creamy beige head ; good retention. First, roast and toast, light smoke, light alcohol. Then through tasting, coffee like in ice-cream, chocolate, wood, dark fruits. Medium sweet, round but also warming ; well-balanced ; light bitter. Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, chocolate coffee sweet warming lasting finish. Overall, delicious like a good coffee ice-cream, powered with chocolate, added with some drops of good peat-whisky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (456) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2015 Bottle (750ml): Black with ittle head. Aroma is most the whiskey barrel. Taste whiskey barrel and roasted malts. Quite a bit of chocotate too. Very little bitterness. I got a taste of the smoke in the end after a few sips when I breath out . Very different, but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (4210) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to markwise: Poured a dark black with marble brown hints, head was brown. Aroma was smoke, peat, woodsy, and alcohol. Aroma is rye whiskey, spicy, mellow wood, and caramel malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
batneil (557) - - OCT 5, 2015
Pours a thick black colour with minimal coffee coloured head. Strong aroma of treacle and rye with slightly chocolaty smell too. Very thick on the palate with a lingering fizz. Tastes quite alcoholic with a bit of a whisky kick. Strong treacle flavour and an almost burnt chocolate taste. (K)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle share at Chriso’s. Thanks! Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is smoke, light molasses, a little booze showing up. Body is fairly light, foamy, tingly carbonation. Taste is strong with smoke, rye, smoked meat and booze. Pretty bitter towards the finish. This is certainly the best beer I’ve had from The Bruery. It’s the only one that had something to balance out the sweetness! Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Anatole (127) - BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2015
Bière fume, sans être exagérée. Alcool, vanille, sucre, chocolat. Murissement en fut assez subtil mais present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pressboxjoe (332) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2015
On tap. I like bourbon barrel aging as much as anyone, but this beer may actually finally offer a BBA flavor too intense to enjoy. Sticky, sweet, smoky, just intense, intense, intense. Not a bad beer, but I’m probably not going to seek it out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (16281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle shared at Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF tasting 2015 - London. Pours oily black with a creamy tan had. Highly medicinal in the nose, some peat, smoke. Medium sweet flavor with notes of dark bread, chocolate, more medicinal peat, booze, roast. Full bodied with fine carbonation; lightly chewy. Warming finish with subtle apple notes, chocolate, lingering peat. So so.

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