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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: 416   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9306) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2015
bottle. Sweet smoke and caramel nose, bourbon, vanilla. Sweet flavor, smoke and booze, treacle, vanilla, stone fruits. Soft carbonation. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
8th August 2015
Pre GBBF tasting as Chris and Ruth’s. Opaque black - brown beer, big pale tan head. Very airy palate, especially for the abv. Soft dark malts, a little creamy sweetness. Nice dark chocolate. Dark malt tang and mellow whiskey. Light esters. Traces of spice and smoke. Light finish. A gentle giant this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17284) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle at present GBBF 2015. Black beer lasting tan head. Chocolate sponge cake. Ok some barrel ageing. Mostly chocolate sponge cake. Fine. Hides abv well. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamChandler (4518) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 30, 2015
I have no idea why I never rated this one. I’ve had it a few times. OOPS. 2012 Vintage as a part of the Bruery Cellar Sale back in May. Soloed after a glass of BCS 2013. Pours pitch black, 1 finger head that sticks around. Aroma is campfire, chocolate, whiskey, vanilla beans. Oh, this is why I never rated this beer. The charred oak even comes off slightly sweet, burnt, tannic, charred oak, charcoal, burnt things. ugh. little bit of chocolate and vanilla but daring, the rest of this is bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2015
750ml bottle. Poured a black color with an off white head. Smoke, chocolate, roast, wood/oak, and ashy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3276) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle 750ml. Pours black with no serious head. No lacing. Aroma is of alcohol, smoke, coffee, chocolate. Taste is of sugar, oak, smoke, chocolate, coffee, tequila. Palate: Full bodied. Light carbonation. Overall: Strong, heavy, boozy. A sipper. Weird tequila features (probably the rye).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5090) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2015
Une autre bière foncée qui est assez belle avec son col kaki qui s’impose. Le nez est délicieux avec ses parfums de caramel, de chocolat, de charbon de bois, de rye, de noix de coco et de vanille. Les saveurs ne déplaisent pas. Le caramel et le chocolat sont riches d’une présence délicate de fumée terreuse et de ce qu’apparaît comme des fruits noirs imbibés de rye. En bouche, le corps de moyenne densité montre un pétillement modéré et une texture huileuse. La finale piquante de l’eau-de-vie se combine habilement à cette touche fumée.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5290) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by mathieuc, thanks! Split with the Québec crew.

Appearance: Dark brown with a medium brown head, low retention and not much lacing.

Aroma: Quite meaty and smokey with iodine, oak, agave, moderate spiciness, soy sauce, caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Quite meaty here again with smoke, boozy, iodine, soy sauce, mild sweetness, mild acidic presence, agave, chocolate, oak, spices... quite complex, but it’s going in quite a few directions.

Palate: Medium body to full body, but the mild acidic presence make it feel almost thin for a 13% abv Imperial Porter. Moderate carbonation. Meaty finish.

Overall: It’s tasty and quite complex for sure, but it lacks a bit of cohesion. The meaty / smokey features were interesting. Palate was a bit weak. Decent-good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3333) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2015 Thanks to nate321 for that bottle! Pours a dark brown with a partial rim on top that doesn’t leave any traces. Nose is of chocolate, alcohol, soy sauce and smoke. Taste is of grapes, chocolate and alcohol. Body is full, carbonation a bit low and all the alcohol gets tiring after a while. Not nearly enough smoke for me to call it a smoked beer, too. Good one but they could easily package it in 187ml bottles and charge pretty dollars for it, in 750ml format I don’t see myself picking it up again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (7723) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2015
pours unclear dark brown with a small beige cap, minimal retention and lacing. aroma of lightly smoked raisins, soy sauce, highland park flambéed/sautéed mushrooms; taste of sweet welcoming peat, umami, fancy molasses, rich chocolatey maltiness, warming alcohol, chilis, other spices, clean wood. low carbonation, full body; sweet, lightly tannic and spicy-gently peaty finish. tad muted aroma, but a very interesting smoky malt bill depth plus a good barrel integration. enjoyed!

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