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RATINGS: 538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our Barleywine Style Ale is rich & malty with hints of fruity esters & a well-hopped finish. Enjoy this hearty ale with fresh fruit & rich cheese on a cold, winter’s night, or lay it up & savor it with a friend for a special summer treat.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2006
22oz bottled 2005. Hazy amber with a firm but fading head. Sweet, hoppy aroma following through in the flavor. Nearly a year in the bottle and still a little sticky sweet. Not too bitter relative to the body though, and not the complexity to be found in some others. I do not note the flaws others have found, and this is a decent example of a full bodied, malty-hoppy beer.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
islay (1207) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Majority of 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 9-11-14. “Bottle-conditioned in: 2013,” so this beer is about a year old. Juicy, fruity aroma is pleasant and simple and features scents of red grape, lemon, and caramel. Pours a clear copper with a moderate amount of golden taupe head. Hazy, cloudy, and containing suspended particulate only in the final of multiple pours. Produces long-lasting lacing. Dry, spicy taste features flavors of orange, caramel, dry Curacao liqueur, cream, lemon, lime, and cinnamon. Briny and boozy. Bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium body (lighter than I expected and light for the style). Lively in the palate. Overall, Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale is forgettable and not particularly likable. Like all too many other barley wines, it’s just “too much” to be enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1823) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
A nice barley wine. Lots of sweet dried fruit and bubblegum and honey. Same flavors with a strong hop finish that lasts. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lilja (1714) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2014
Smak och doft av humle, malt, citrus, grapefrukt, trä, äpple, körsbär, russin och plommon med tydig pepprig beska med smak av tall och humle. Fruktig, smakrik, lagom sötma, lite obalanserad och alkoholen slår igenom aningen för mycket.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (69) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2014 Wasn’t totally impressed with last year’s version when I first had it, but after letting a bottle sit for 8 months or so, this one is growing on me. A really rich caramel malt nose on an orangey-brown body. Full-bodied malt with rich caramel and plummy dark fruit round out the thick caramel malt taste profile. A touch of citrus and complementary hops make this a winner, with a little aging.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aenima (272) - Askim, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2014
A barley wine with some flaws. The aroma is the best with the beer. Nice malty aroma with a little citrus from american hops. The taste is light caramel with some citrus. Some harsch alcohol in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle. Amber coulor with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, hop, pine, citrus. Flavour is roasted malt, hop, pine, citrus, alcohol, caramel. Full body. Nice beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Brilliant clear amber/copper under a generous off-cream head. Big sticky nose of delightful stone fruit and cherry and plums, and dark fruity caramel. Nice sticky flavor that’s balanced with a earthy, leafy sort of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Lots of caramel, plum, apple, raisin, cherry and dark sticky maltiness throughout until the hoppy and leafy finish. Really complex and balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Fastelavn Smagning - Carnival Tasting, Ulfborg ].

[ As Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale ].
ABV: 11.8%. Clear medium amber orange color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dried fruit, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dried fruit, hoppy, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140301]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Bomber, 2013. Pour is a clean clear copper with a good ivory colored head. Aroma is caramel, bread, plum, pineapple, orange, spice and pininess from the hops. Taste is bitter up front smoothed out by a sweet malty body. Sweet citrus fruits, caramel and earthy hops come through. Finishes with a smooth hop bitterness. Definitely an American style barley wine but smoother and not as hop aggressive as say a Bigfoot ale. Booze is felt on the way down but well hidden in the taste. Pretty nice stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2014
While many American barleywines seem more like overly sweet Imperial IPAs, this one actually feels like a barley wine with a present yet balanced hoppy backbone.


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