Nickls (1662) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Dark khaki head, nearing black. Quite a bit of booze, slightly sweet and only faint smoke. Sweet, faint bacon, booze, and a sweet finish. Medium thick, and hot. Eh
Travlr (8186) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source, apparently not barrel aged, no bacon or chipotle. . Hazy brown color, small tan edge head. Aroma is smooth cocoa, burnt toast. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, smouldering edges. Tasty.
Jesterdeal (1098) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. On tap at Barcadeís Bruery event during beer week. The aroma is intoxicatingly smokey with nice caramel notes coming through. Smells like grilled ribs. Pours black and a little flat with red lacing. Taste is amazingly intense with burnt barbeque sauce, caramel, campfire, mole sauce, and vanilla. Just a terrific smoke beer. The alcohol is well hidden behind this smoke bomb.
Errl (611) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle..Pour is dark black with a dark tan head..Nose is roast, coffee, chocolate, rye, vanilla, barrel, tobacco..Taste is dark chocolate, smoke, peat, rye whisky, caramel, earth..palate is dry and roast
stumpyiliz (174) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initially I thought this was a big bourbon bomb, but it changes as u get through the bottle. Big black oil pour with lingering head. Smellis smokey, scotch, peat, bourbon vanilla. Taste is big on bourbon with the smokey-ness coming through at the end. Itís literally like drinking a heavily prayed highland scotch chilled with a spritz of seltzer water. An amazing beer that will portray more of the scotch like flavored with age. Almost as good as Smoked and Oaked. Itís just missing the continuity and flow of the taste that smoked n Oaked brings to the table.
bob_w (22) - New York, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
$27 a bottle -- damn! Smoking Wood is an incredibly well put together beer, that has a smoked quality so subtle that itís hard to detect in the aroma, yet gently discernible on first taste, melding with the roasty malty chocolate flavors. Itís robust malt flavor profile easily masks the whopping 13% alcohol strength. Iím not drinking this too often -- nobody is. I donít think thatís the point. This is one that you savor.
jstraw (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with brilliant, creamy, chocolate shake head, light legs (barrel-aged) / Rich, deep nose of tobacco, chocolate, whiskey barrel, caramel / Full body, creamy, chewy, sweet & inky, decent hop balance showing some dryness, even light astringency, in the middle, with long, sweet finish, heat there but pretty well masked behind the huge body / Sweet, potent flavors of tobacco, dark roast coffee, smoked peat, molasses, raisin, semisweet chocolate, caramel / For me, a little more hopping would have been nice, as this complex monster flirts with being cloying, but a terrific achievement nonetheless.
tokerace (2) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2013 does not count
1.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Just horrible. A complete fiasco of a mess of a "beer." Looked thin, with little head or carbonation. Smelled and tasted like someone had aged a Smuttynose porter on plywood and particle board. I could even taste the industrial-grade glue. Couldnít finish a 2 oz pour. Not sure how breweries get away with making stuff like this.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a perfect pint.
4.0 A: Black, or nearly so, color. Two and a half finger of frothy light brown head. Retention is good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.
4.5 S: This smells wonderful. In true Bruery manner, this is big, boozy, and sweet and I love it. The smoke comes off most prominently and meshes with the rye perfectly to impress the hell out of me. Leathery rye gives off a light peat, spicy earthiness, and a pleasant booziness. The base offers a lot of sweet neutral maltiness, molasses, caramel, campfire, and a bit of porcine meats.
3.5 T: Taste is less impressive than the nose (same as the bourbon version), but is still quite tasty. In short, all of the flavors of the nose are there, but none of them are as strong. The smoke is especially less potent. Still a bit boozy, but at 13%, thatís just fine. Not overly sweet, but super savory, like a dense ass pudding. Spicy earthy rye, peat, and mineral from the barrel. Toasty malts, molasses, caramel, and just hints of campfire smoke.
3.5 M: Heavy body. Quite dense without being too chewy. Light creaminess with a warming finish.
3.5 D: Tasty enough. I love me some smoked beer and I like barrel aged beers just as much so this should be about perfect for me. Still, it doesnít impress as much as it should, but Iím glad I have four more nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
malrubius (1406) - Valley Stream, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Seaford Bev, which was $9 less expensive than my local County Wide Bev. Darkd ark brown with nice tan head and lace. Smoky woody chocolate coffee nutty boozy aroma. Smokey ashy roasted coffee dark chocolate vanilla and boozy fruity sweetness with medium assertive woody burnt bitter finish and some lingering booze. Very full body. Not a daily drinker, but fucking awesome.
5000 (5000) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: † Nearly black, deep brown hues, thin sudsy beige head, dies quickly, little lacing. † Huge Rye and alcohol nose. † Faint smoke and campfire. † Very warming on the tongue. † Big ashy start, dark chocolate, unsweetened dark pitted fruit, a touch of vinegar rounds it out. † Did I mention heat? † This one is HOT HOT HOT! † Doesnít hide the ABV all that well. † Oddly enough, smells smokey, doesnít start all that smokey, but finishes with a bit of charred wood, ash, and campfire. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full. † Lingering smoke on the finish. † While not alcoholic, its very warming. † Rye is present throughout. † Not as smoky as most of those in the "smoked" style. † Enjoyable, even if a little hot.