The Bruery Smoking Wood - Rye Barrel

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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

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TylerGreenDC (1057) - - NOV 28, 2014
On draft. Aroma of whisky and dark baker’s chocolate. Flavors of whisky (without being boozy), chocolate covered raisin, with spicy rye at the finish. No suggestion of any smoke at all, but whatevs. Killer.

tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle: Black as hell, oily & dense with not much head formation... Small tan ring, nearly gone in a few moments. Aroma of smoked & cured meats, mild bacon, woody campfire char, a hint of maple syrup, ash, & some spicy oak notes. Very small hint of anise hidden in there, too. Flavor has lots of smoke, too, pretty sweet as well with a little bit of chocolate & maple popping through. Campfire wood, smoke, a hint of salty meat. Very roasty with some ash & char in the finish. A touch of spicy rye notes & booziness, but balanced well with the dark & sweet malts.

ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2014
8 ounce goblet - $9.50 at Argosy in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Inky black body topped with a thin beige head that dissolves into a ring.

Smell: Gobs of malty notes on the nose, from smoky molasses to rich chocolate to dark roasted coffee to brown sugar. Stewed fruits. Prominent barrel accents.

Taste: Heavy, plush, tongue-coating maltiness expressing flavors of roasty-toned espresso, dark chocolate ganache followed by a burst of sugary sweetness and piquant rye. Light vanilla, light smokiness. Dark fruitiness, a snippet of black licorice. Great rye whiskey character throughout. Smooth, sweet, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Near full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Warming throughout without being sharply boozy.

Overall: Quite good overall and graciously potent, I found the eight ounces provided was more than ample even at a slow-sipped pace.

Johnsense (1754) - - NOV 9, 2014
2012 bottle. Blac pour, thin layer of head. Big smoke and rye aroma. The s oke is bit biput not overwhelming. Oak, Rye whisky, roasted malts. Medium body.

markextrae (4485) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
shared vintage 2011 bottle with a friend. poured a dark black colour with a big tanned head. more smoke malts in the nose as i was expecting. chocolate, oak, smoke, maybe a small peat hint of the smoke, vanilla, ash, rye, barrel, whisky spice, licorice, soy sauce, it has a real spicy aftertaste of the barrel. i’m not a huge fan of smoked beers. but this is pretty unique.

NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown almost black pour with a small tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is smokey malts, oak, rye whiskey, and a touch of molasses. Flavor is super smokey. Tons of oak, smoked malts, and rye whiskey notes. Abv is very well hidden. Pricey but this was delicious.

Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Dark black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, licorice, and smoke. The flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, and some smoke. This is very sweet and boozy over smoky. Palate is thick and boozy. Overall nice beer in small amounts.

YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Deep burnt sienna , like molasses. No head. Charcoal wood nose. Intense. Thick and silky chocolate berry taste. Smoked finish building up.

pivo (2688) - GERMANY - OCT 12, 2014
No head. Looks like flat Coke. Big thick middle made of sweet molasses. Light smokey taste. Overall an awesome beer.

Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2014
This one poured a very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was of lots of smoke, whiskey, and dark chocolate and roast. Flavor was heavy smoked mats, good but of whiskey and chocolate. Good, but sweeter and hotter than the bourbon one.

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