Smoking Wood (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) – The Bruery – SoCal Taster
This bourbon barrel-aged version of The Bruery’s Imperial Smoked Porter pours an incomprehensible black with a quickly settling, brown sugar-colored head. With its intoxicating nose of bourbon and slab bacon, Smoking Wood is quite possibly the best-smelling brew I have ever sniffed. It packs a walloping first swallow of whiskey, barrel wood, and delectable smoked and dried meats, up to and including prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni. Smoking Wood is rich and velvety but also immensely well-structured, a beer that seems almost specifically tailored to my “ultimate beer” mantra of “full flavors in perfect balance”. The jerky-like taste is given amazing body and complexity by the barrel-aging process – it’s zesty, rich, challenging, and inviting all at once. I will dream about this beer for a long time.