Bawelt (874) - Lyon, FRANCE - APR 30, 2017 dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a tad thinner than one might expect for a 13% ABV barrel aged beer. There’s no discernible head on top of this black beer with very dark brown highlights. The aroma is like a peaty scotch whiskey... smokey, savory, and mildly spicy. On the palate, this develops really well. Starts out dominated by a smokey bacon flavor but as you drink more of it, your palate moves past the smoke and you pick up on a very nice, sweet barrel aged porter. There are the typical vanilla, chocolate, whiskey, etc flavors but they’re balanced out by the tang of the savory smokiness. This exceeded my expectations wildly.
Géniale. migwell (368) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Nez : fumé, vanille, figue, un fond bourbon, madère, un tout petit fond café. Equilibre parfait.
Bouche : attaque assez ronde, puissante, ultra équilibrée, chocolat noir fumé, vanille plus forte et épicée.
Longueur magnifique dans le même équilibre, de belles notes madère, fumée. Plus on laisse respirer, plus des fruits noirs s’expriment et arrondissent.
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. BuckeyeBoy (8659) - 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. Christos (5902) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2017
(The Bruery Smoking Wood - Rye Barrel) Bottle 750ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 13% Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - DEC 11, 2016
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.
This is retired? Well, I didn’t see any date anywhere, but this was quite good.
fonefan (51665) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2016
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, that’s what I say with a ton of extra goodness from a lot of other great qualities. I would love to have this again and wouldn’t mind having in my cellar.
onceblind (10704) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Bottle 750ml. @ [ (Chris and Ruth’s 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. 
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 that’s sliky, dark chocolate malty sweet, peppery, smokey, Oaked, with star anise and light licorice and light smokey booze and more bittersweet dark chocolate. Amazeballs. Boutip (6567) - 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. markducommun (1228) - 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 drpimento (3803) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2016
Big ol’ beer. Pumpernickel, coffee, cocoa, roast aroma. Flavor’s similar to nose, bittersweet upfront with a hint of tang. Huge rich round body. A bit boozy. Super good.