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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
One of the challenges here at Smuttynose is that we don’t have a pilot system, so we sometimes have to adjust recipes over time. This year’s version really seems to have hit that sweet spot of what we were attempting. Unlike the first vintage, which had a porter/chocolate character, we wanted something between an old ale and a barleywine. To add another element of complexity, we aged this vintage for one month on medium toast oak chips. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17708) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Draft. Muddy brown color, tan edgenhead. Aroma of very earthy, woody spirits. Taste is dry, earthy citrus and malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bomber split amongst friends. This is was just too much to handle. Way too sweet and somewhat unbalanced. Perhaps some aging might do it some good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RyanK (263) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Looks a lot different than the regular version. Appears a little lighter with less body. Still brown, but the head is white and quick to fizz out unlike the more creamy regular. Not much like the regular at all, but still a decent brew. Smells of maybe pruins, dark cherries basically a barley wine with dark fruits. Taste is better because it has a solid caramel malt to balance with the fruity-alcoholy barley wine taste. Finishes with a bite not bad especially considering I don’t meet a ton of old ales or barley wines I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reynolds314 (2988) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 28, 2012
How do I reach these KEEEEEDS. This beer is awful. Dont fall for the cute dog or the decent ratings its not good. tastes like straight rock candy. Thats the only flavor overly sweet rock candy. Not an old ale at all but maybe somewhat of a barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Another fucking abortion by smuttynose. Tastes like stale caramel candy and nothing else. Fuckyou

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2012
This is an interesting beer. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a moderately small head. Smooth inviting aroma to it. Slightly heavy on the palate initially, but finishes easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2012
(Bottle) Pours clear dark nut brown with a sand-coloured head. The aroma is malty up front with notes of toffee, caramel, buttery cookies, bread and honey caramelized nuts. Undertones of dark fruits, cherries, strawberries and milk, sugar, touch of spices, whisper of wet tobacco, herbal/earthy hops, vanilla and buttery oak. The nose is clean, light sticky, round and “fluffy”. The flavour is near medium sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of caramel, toffee, bread, nut shells, honey, sugar, dark fruits, cherries, herbal/earthy hops, buttery oak and a touch of tobacco. The mouthfeel is clean, round, light tart and soft with a light carbonation. Earthy hoppy and bit sugary finish. Whisper of wood. Medium bodied. Well brewed but a bit unpersonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2012
22oz bottle, 2012 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark reddish brown with a large three finger foamy off-white head that leaves sheets of lacing and holds a nice foamy cap.

Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, some dark fruits, golden raisins, a bit of cherry, some alcohol. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is brown sugar, toffee, caramel, some molasses, dark fruits, cherries, oak, some herbal hops, moderate sweetness, some bitterness, a bit of smooth alcohol. As I get further into the bottle, I’m picking up a lot of spices as well, almost like a pumpkin-eque ale.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, oily, creamy, mild to moderate carbonation.

Very nice Old Ale. Rich and complex and quite drinkable for a big 10% beer. Been wanting to try this for some time and I’m glad I finally got a chance to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (9462) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle. Lactic caramel malt, orange and alcohol aroma. Orange-brown with moderate head. Sweet brown sugar, orange and bitter orange peel and alcohol flavor. Pretty rough. Okay but pretty boozy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3593) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle. Roasty malt and booze aroma. Clear amber with a large tan head. Burnt sugar, dark roasted malt, light wood, and bitter herbal hops, and alcohol flavor. Full sticky body.

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