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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stumpyiliz (220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Initially I thought this was a big bourbon bomb, but it changes as u get through the bottle. Big black oil pour with lingering head. Smellis smokey, scotch, peat, bourbon vanilla. Taste is big on bourbon with the smokey-ness coming through at the end. It’s literally like drinking a heavily prayed highland scotch chilled with a spritz of seltzer water. An amazing beer that will portray more of the scotch like flavored with age. Almost as good as Smoked and Oaked. It’s just missing the continuity and flow of the taste that smoked n Oaked brings to the table.

Bawelt (874) - Lyon, FRANCE - APR 30, 2017
Géniale. 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.

migwell (368) - 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.

BuckeyeBoy (8860) - 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 (5909) - 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.

Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - DEC 11, 2016
This is retired? Well, I didn’t 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, 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.

fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 10, 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. [20150808]

onceblind (10889) - 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 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 (6628) - 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 (1231) - 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 (3815) - 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.

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