Beer Review: THE BRUERY SMOKING WOOD (BOURBON BARREL)

Beer Review: THE BRUERY SMOKING WOOD (BOURBON BARREL)

The pour reveals a midnight red hue, accompanied by a tan ring that enhances the beer’s visual allure.

Aroma: A Symphony of Smoky Delights Engaging the senses with a tantalizing aroma, Smoking Wood exudes notes of bacon, hickory ham rind, and a robust bourbon presence. The olfactory experience is further enriched by a subtle hint of chocolate, adding depth to the overall bouquet.

Taste: Complex Harmony of Flavors The flavor profile of this imperial smoked porter is a testament to the craft, skillfully brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt. The prominent bourbon character introduces elements of vanilla, alcohol warmth, and woody undertones, creating a robust symphony of taste. The chocolate finish adds a boozy decadence, distinguishing it from its rye barrel-aged counterpart by presenting a less hammy demeanor.

Mouthfeel: Full-Bodied Opulence Imposing a full-bodied and somewhat thick texture on the palate, Smoking Wood boasts a modest carbonation that complements its overall opulence. The mouthfeel is a tactile indulgence, enhancing the beer’s luxurious appeal.

Overall: A Noteworthy Preference In comparison to its rye whiskey barrel-aged counterpart, this bourbon barrel-aged rendition of Smoking Wood emerges as a preference, albeit by a narrow margin. The toasty oak, caramel, and vanilla flavors delicately balance the smokiness, resulting in an intense yet refined drinking experience. As I sipped on this creation, I found myself pondering the intriguing possibilities of additional wood treatments. I suggested to one of The Bruery’s brewers the potential exploration of virgin oak, envisioning a captivating journey into uncharted flavor territories. A delightful beer that sparks curiosity and leaves the palate yearning for more wood-infused wonders.