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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
On tap at the Hopleaf in a snifter. Pours a jet black with a creamy beige head. Lots of meaty wood smoke comes off the nose. Black patent roast comes through as well with some undertones of red fruit. Real roasty and smokey flavors with vanilla, figs, raisins, and a strong wooden bitterness at the end. Really tasty. Balanced well.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4016) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 20, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours almost black with a nice brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, fruit, and smoke. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and smoke. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RexTalionis (2949) - FINLAND - APR 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours black in color with a tan head. Smoked ham, charcoal, sweeter notes, some peat and a nice mix of coffee and vanilla in aroma. A lot is going on here from the start, nice. I get some roasted notes with chocolate and bit of dark fruityness even, not forgetting the oaky barrel notes as well. Wood, smoke, vanilla and bit of vinous dark fruityness in taste. Medium bodied with a oily mouthfeel, the drinkability is really great here. Creamy smokyness and notes of spicy rye in aftertaste. There’s also a nice burning effect in the end. This was a big one, really liked it.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nearbeer (4026) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2015
750 ml. 13 % abv. Pour is opaque ebony with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is chocolate, caramel, light smoke, vanilla, dried dates and soy. Taste is the same great mix, plus some charred oak and peppery rye in the long finish. Heavy body is smooth with light-medium carbonation, has a great balance from all directions and only a hint of the 13%

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (3885) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle at a big tasting (Nördprovning 2015). Dark malty and smoky smell. Similar smell smoky and roasted with some wood aromas. Nice! I like the level of smoke and the barrel aging is well made.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (1201) - Nevada, USA - MAR 12, 2015
A very deep brown with a thin film of foam. Cherry, fruit, oak, and smoke is reflected in all areas of aroma and flavor. Rye adds a nice spiciness. The finish is slightly sweet without being sticky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (5652) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is malty, liquorice, smoky, taste is sweet, roasty, chocolate, nice smokiness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (141) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2015 Pitch black pour with a dense brown head. Good lacing. The aroma is much more barrel forward than expected and seriously rich. Not a lot of smoke but that is fine by me. This really reminded me much more of a BCBS than a smoked porter. Rich mouthfeel and intense chocoate and barrel flavor. Lasting aftertaste. Very good!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudomorph (818) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2015
2014 bottle. Pours nearly black with nothing of a head. Aroma has huge notes of dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, dark fruits, hints of smoke, caramel, wood, and spirit barrel. Taste is sweet but balanced. Dark chocolate covered cherries, milk chocolate, dark fruits, barrel notes, slight smoke and booze, caramel, dark sugar, and a smooth, mildly smoky ending. Very nice. Full body with a low carbonation. Syrupy texture but not cloying with a dry finish. Overall a huge beer. Big, syrupy notes of dark chocolate covered cherries, rye barrel, and all sorts of goodness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Draft at Beer Junction during Barrel Junction days. I’m not positive, but I believe this is the correct barrel. Nice dense black beer. Smoky, creamy and dense body. Solid big beer, love this.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Thick oily black pour. Medium khaki head. Aroma is bourbon in your face. Hints of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Taste is a bit bourbon forward, not masked well. Taste on back end is chocolate milk, oak, vanilla and burnt coffee. Very complex. Could use some smoothing out. Leaning towards top tier beers and should be on must try list. Would like to revisit after aging a year.


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