The Bruery Smoking Wood - Bourbon Barrel

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and aged in bourbon 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.
The previous release of Smoking Wood was aged in rye whiskey barrels while this more limited version was aged in bourbon barrels, contributing a different nuance to the already complex ale.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mateuszk (2668) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 3, 2017
Bottle, 2014. Lots of bourbon, oak, nice vanilla and proper porterish notes of chocolate and dried fruits. Full bodied, sweetish, smooth. Finish bit boozy, sweet. Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Faathoven (102) - Barcellona P.G., ITALY - JAN 6, 2017
Pours dark brown but is pitch black in the glass. Tan colored head. Aroma is powerful, bourbon, booze, chocolate, green coffee beans, smokey, oak, dark fruits. Flavour is dark chocolate, huge smoked note, green pepper skin, green coffee beans, oak, lots of booze and whiskey. Full body, sticky mouthfeel, warm and light dry finish. A winter sipper. Wow!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Korcz (3133) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 20, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. W zasadzie esencja ciemnego, mocnego piwa leżakowanego w beczkach po bourbonie. Szkoda, że w piwnicy została mi ostatnia butelka.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Banksiz (130) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Molasses-date nose with some smokiness. Medium sweet with an overlay of bitterness and cherry notes. Slick, smooth, medium-heavy mouth feel, tarry, but with no harshness. A wonderful, sippable, imperial porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (2587) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose molasses, smoked peat, raisin, light wood. Taste bigger than the nose, sweet malt, red fruit, fig, then mid palate big smoked peat. Some barrel mid to late. Nice mix of flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (7504) - Reval, ESTONIA - OCT 11, 2016
750ml bottle (thanks Rasmus) as 14% abv. Pitch black color. Tiny to almost no head. Sweet, alcohol, caramel, toffee and roast in aroma. Alcohol makes aroma quite harsh to sniff. Plums, raisins, woody, toffee, bourbon, alcohol and sweet in taste. Nice and mellow. Hints of smoked wood in aftertaste. Alcohol is quite present. Very nice brew, but alcohol is way too visible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (15822) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 8, 2016
750ml bottle - thanks Rasmus!
Lovely rich sweet roasty aroma. pleasant whisky, touch of burnt wood, alas an unavoidable blast of alcohol. Fortunately way mellower in the taste, beautiful chocolatey porter roast, proper barley, not dark adjuncts faking it up. Palate full, sweet, but not too sticky. Bourbon builds more and more as my hand warms the glass, booze comes through, thats a shame. If only theyd brewed this at 8-10% and not doped the whiskey so high, it would be superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (1184) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 8, 2016
750ml bottle. Dark brown, almost black colour. Lots of bourbon in the aroma. Also cocoa beens, hints of peat and toffee. Sweetness, buorbon at first. Vanilla and toffee in the middle. Alcocholy spiciness in the end. Bourbon in thr aftertaste. Smooth and mellow mouthfeel. Bourbony, slightly alcocholy palate. Rather heavy bodied and well balanced. Very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (3061) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshares vol. ?. Pitch black pour with a dark ta nhead. Notes of peat, sweet vanilla, coconut, ashy, caramel and some booze. Actually pretty good!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Rating #2183 - 2015.11.17 - Bottle from CBI - Pours jet black with a luxurious velvety tan head with excellent retention. Aroma is heavy on wood smoke, oak, vanilla, rye spice notes Toffee flavours throughout, accented by vanilla bean, creme caramel and brown sugar notes, punctuated with controlled smoke. Just awesome.

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