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Smuttynose Big Beer Series: Barleywine Style Ale

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RATINGS: 575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
First brewed in England, these potent, malty monsters were frequently aged before being put into small bottles and sold as strong beers or even medicinal tonics. The American version has been blown up with more alcohol, larger bottles and more hops.
Smuttynose Barleywine straddles these two branches of the barleywine tree. When you taste it, you’ll notice deep, rich caramel malt flavors, balanced with hop bitterness. Fruity hop flavors act as a garnish for its amped-up but classic flavor. For a more refined experience, tuck a few bottles away for a year or two. The alcohol will mellow and the hop aromas will fade into the background, leaving the luscious malt to shine on its own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yy0pp (1314) - - SEP 14, 2016
Bottle. Deep purple color with tiny white head. Aroma - Violets, malt, candies, caramel, blackberry. Taste - Sweet, malt, apricot, dried berries, caramel, booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (1435) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 3, 2016
Hazy orange color. Sweet aroma with dark sugar, dark fruits and earthy hops. Taste starts hoppy with earthy notes, walnuts, figs, really nice. Easy drinking, well hidden alcohol, bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (6293) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Smell of caramel and dried fruit. Similar taste, sweet malty with ried fruit and caramel. Nice and well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (2055) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 23, 2016
Sample at tasting. Smooth malts, light spicy alcohol, some honey. Strong bitterness with a pretty harsh alcoholic vodka-esque note. Good, but...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALIBALI (790) - Kiel, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2016
Bigfoot Style. Wollüstig. Schwer und feurig rot. Verhopft und verführerisch. Vollmundig und natürlich weinlastig. Vanille, Honigsüße und Americano Hops spielen ebenfalls entscheidende Rollen in diesem BIG SUD. EIN ELIXIER !!! 0,6l Flasche von WEYERMANN Bamberg für korrekte 8,50.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (468) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Amber color. Bit sweet aromas of caramel and bread, ripe fruits. Sweet malt taste, fruit and caramel, heavily influenced by the hops - grass and pine. Bitter-sweet finish. Goes well with cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a citrus taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5341) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle @ Welcome back old spice tasting. Small sample. The aroma has caramel, sweetness, oranges. Bit hazy, amber coloured beer with an off/white head. The taste is sweet, has caramel, hint of dust, orange. Becomes more dry in the end. Seems a bit dull-lacking complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (900) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Medium brown creamy off white head. Toffee boozy brown sugar aroma. Strong malty roasted caramel with lots of dark dried fruits (fig, raisin, date, etc). Nice bitterness to balance in the finish. Lingering fruit and bitter. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (11268) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle shared at the return of Old Spice tasting. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, sweet malt. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet light moderate bitter. Above medium bodied with soft carbonation.

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