#95b. Smoked Beer
Entry: The Bruery's Bourbon Barrel-Aged Smoking Wood (13%ABV, California)
Another fantastic beer from our hometown craft beer hero. After the “Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale” (and a distant memory of really disliking Mikkeller’s “Beer Geek Bacon” smoked stout), I was worried that I just wouldn’t be a fan of smoked beers since a prevalent liquid smoke flavor wasn’t something I enjoyed. But this thing wiped THAT idea right away.
This beer succeeds in every way the Rogue “Smoked Beer” entry fails. While Rogue is thin and flat, this is creamy and rich and full. It pours a deep brown-bordering-on-black with a nice tan head that has nice lacing. And unlike the clunky, inelegant Rogue, the flavor here is so perfectly well-blended. The beer flavor and bourbon infusion have created this mix of vanilla, toffee, chocolate, light coffee flavor, and roasted malts (all befitting a porter that aged in a bourbon barrel). And after this wonderfully complex taste, a light smokiness emerges as an accompaniment, as opposed to a bull in a china shop overpowering everything. Incredibly, the 13% alcohol content is perfectly masked, making this thing a delicious and complex beer that has elevated itself through nuance and quality brewing. I still don’t think I’m a fan of the style (of the three smoked beers I’ve had, this one was the only one I enjoyed), but the Bruery has made something of such quality that I’d be interested in trying more.
I’m done with this beer-tasting project. I don’t know what to do with my life, now.
- eskila said: Time to test all the hard alcohol
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- newbatteri said: I also heard that if you let it rest for a little while in your wine glass before drinking, it really opens up. That’s what I did and I think it actually is true.
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