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: 421   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Forget it. Ill start by saying that I LOVE THIS BEER. Draft in South Florida. Pours a very black with a nice, creamy head. (I had a 6 oz. pour in a small snifter.) The smell is of oak, toasted cocoa, malt, and maybe a hint of vanilla. The taste is very smooth without the heavy alcohol taste of a 13% ABV. Overall taste is of malt, toasted nuts, vanilla, and a slight woody/smokie flavor. I cant get enough of this beer. Thanks Bruery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
migwell (348) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2017
An aged keg tapped recently at the Foundry. An extraordinarily flavorful sipper. The aroma is smoky and sweet, and the flavor is both vanilla and chocolate with just a hint of smoke and alcohol. Sip, drink water, sip... and an hour or more goes by. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (7142) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2017
750ml bottle thanks to Darrel. Pours out black topped with a small brown head. Nose is big bruery booze sweetness smoke oak notes black licorice some vanilla and brown sugar. Taste is more of the barrel notes rye vanilla chocolate brown sugar sweetness and plenty smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christos (5433) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2017
(The Bruery Smoking Wood - Rye Barrel) Bottle 750ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 13% Black coloured body, small and a bit thin dark brown head on top, with average retention. Aroma has rye, lots of wood, cork, vinous notes, light smoke. Taste of rye, whiskey, peat, light smoke, lots of wood, oak, faint sourness but mostly sweet, alcohol as it warms up, vanilla. Medium body, carbonation on good levels. Sticky palate. Very good, even better when it got warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (4999) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - DEC 11, 2016
This is retired? Well, I didnt see any date anywhere, but this was quite good. Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a black color with a semi-thick foamy off white head. Lacing slides into the beer nicely. The aroma has a superb blend of sweet to spicy rye malts rolling over a nice chocolatey porter base and imparting over some roasty to woody to an ever so sly smokiness. Some whiskey sweet booziness does hit with a slight bourbon-esque edge. The flavor brings together all of those previously mentioned aromas to a boozy sweet and ever so slight edge. Sly smoke. And then a smooth boozy aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a great sipping smooth body about it. Mild carbonation. Rye harshness wants to be there but mainly smoothed out. Overall, imperial porter, thats what I say with a ton of extra goodness from a lot of other great qualities. I would love to have this again and wouldnt mind having in my cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (47600) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2016

Bottle 750ml. @ [ (Chris and Ruths pre-GBBF tasting 2015) by chriso - London ].

[ As The Bruery Smoking Wood - Rye Barrel ].
Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, wood, smoke, alcohol - whisky. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, smoked, bourbon - whisky alcoholic. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20150808]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (8892) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2016
2014 vintage on tap at Park Burger RiNo. Black pour with no head. Huge bomb of an aroma featuring smokey oak, star anise, black licorice, black roast malt and black pepper. Surprisingly smooth and delightful flavor thats sliky, dark chocolate malty sweet, peppery, smokey, Oaked, with star anise and light licorice and light smokey booze and more bittersweet dark chocolate. Amazeballs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (6208) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a nice medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of chocolate notes with some light smokey notes and some rye whiskey notes is pretty awesome. Taste is also a very well balanced mix of smokey notes with some rye whiskey notes, some woody notes, some black chocolate and plenty of residuals sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy undertones and good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. I like how the smoke notes are well balanced against the other flavours. Very compel and one great nightcap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (1033) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
Opaque black brown, minimal tan head. Molasses, vanilla. Light toasted cereal grains, some darker roasted coffee. Toffee. Some bitterness, mostly sweet and smoky. Pretty upfront alcohol. Heavier body, quite chewy. Very little carbonation. A bit of oiliness. Long, long finish developing towards back of the mouth. Quite good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3450) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2016
Big ol beer. Pumpernickel, coffee, cocoa, roast aroma. Flavors similar to nose, bittersweet upfront with a hint of tang. Huge rich round body. A bit boozy. Super good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9935) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2016
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99 from notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have a nice roasted malt, smoked wood, cherrywood is especially noticeable, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, more spicy rye than the bourbon version which makes sense, big beer without being overpowering, enjoyable.

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