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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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One of the challenges here at Smuttynose is that we donít have a pilot system, so we sometimes have to adjust recipes over time. This yearís 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHopster (910) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2011
(bottle) 2010 Edition as dated on bottle. Nice dark brown complexion with frothy tan head and average lacing. Aroma of tobacco, prunes & alcohol. Mellowed flavors of prune and dried fruit, rich malts and oak aging is noticed. A full and sophisticated winter beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2011
on tap @ Tylers Apex 12/9 ( Donít know why I donít date my notes) Good aroma, Sweet, malty. Chocolate, caramel, plum, raisin, little boozy abv thing, little vanilla oak too. Hazed dark orangy brown color, good head and lace. Very sweet. little bitterness. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, dry sweet finish. Very tasty. I donít get much to remind me of the brown dog, but thatís Smuttyís call. Aroma was favorite part, but solid all around beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: APR 18, 2011 2010. I donít believe the 2010 is the same recipe as 2009, but Iíll put it here for now anyway.

Awesome figs and brandy, pineapple, stewed cranberries, and fresh apple aroma. Brilliant and crystallized. Flavors are seemingly less complex, but still robust, adding creaminess, rich, satisfying malt texture, and texture-ful alcohol. A really nice show of malt and warmth, with no rough edges and only smooth, relaxing, sippability to enjoy. Ends on a graceful warm alcohol and oak snap, a la bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30267) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2011
Bottled. A deep red beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and sugar. The flavor is sweet wtih notes of matl, caramel, and some hops, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2011
22oz bomber - Pours a dark reddish brown with a decent off white head that provides plenty of lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity with alcohol and some faint hops. Mouthfeel is very heavy while the taste is sweet with lots of fruity notes. Finish is slightly bitter and hoppy, with an alcohol kick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours a redish brown in color. Off-white head with a little lacing. Aroma was vanilla and caramel. Flavor is slightly sweet with mild caramel. After-taste was not enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dfox670 (75) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22oz bomber served in a tulip pour was dark cider with three inches of off white head With mediocre lacing.nose was malts,light bourbon,dark fruits with a note of brandy.taste was right on par with the nose.definitely a tasty brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour was murky brown with three fingers of thick off-white head on top; this brew also features great retention and an above average show of lacing. Nose is apples, apricot, brandy, oak, malt, caramel, and notes of bourbon. Taste is right on par rocking lovely summer fruits that roll into the finish and linger with a bourbon/brandy tone. I am not sure if this was aged on either barrel, but if not, it somehow has managed to catch the essence of both barrels. This is truly a fantastic brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle/22oz - Pours a dark brown in color with a ruby cast if held to the light. Small light tan head that faded to a thin rim around the beer, but produced some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma is oaky with plenty of bourbon/vanilla and caramel. Flavor is slightly sweet to begin with lots more of the vanilla and caramel. Mildly hoppy; a flavor that really does not appear until the end. Some evidence of the alcohol, both in the warming that the beer produces and in the flavor profile... could be hidden better. Very enjoyable...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11337) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2010
2010 version clear amber, smooth white head. faint but "thick" spicy hoppy aroma. flavor is lots of caremelly notes, buttwer, malty notes, wood, quite complex but not one i like.

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