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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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!


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber/brown pour with a medium tan head. Grainy malt nose with caramel, booze and chocolate. Caramel malt flavor with booze, and a plasticky finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7169) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Bomber pours clear brown with copper hues and nice looking tan head. The aroma emits rich dark fruity esters like cherries, prunes and concentrated prune juice as well as malts, biscuit, chocolate and a touch of earthiness. The taste is . . .Wow! . . smooth silky rich and yummy (where has this beer been?). I get smooth sweet malts mixing with ripe plums, ripe cherries and then chocolate, some toffee and faint earthiness. Lovely balance where harmony abounds. Well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Pours clear dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of nuts, caramel, toffee, and malts. Flavor of malts, caramel, and some nuts. Tasty old ale. But did not compare to the Alesmith Decadence I had earlier.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2010
bought this because I really have been liking the smutty big beer series and never had an old ale before. The color is mostly brown with some reddish touches. Beige head but very thin and fades. The aroma was big on the malt. Earth and murky water to be sure. There was some chocolate but it was kind of like the chocolate from a toosie role, slightly fake but nice. Some stringent alcohol notes as well. the taste reinforces the smell but also gives some plant matter and cotton notes. slight boozey after taste but still enjoyed. a good beer for malt lovers.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9077) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours murky brown. Nose of brown sugar, caramel malts, nuts and spice. Taste is strong, full bodied malt bomb, with licorice and brown sugar. Alcohol is very noticeable in the finish. Needs to be cellared a few years.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ghawener (1476) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle: First beer from this brewery. Dark brown, malty aroma, taste is one dimensional towards the sweet side. Food Pairing: BBQ Ribs. PD: they should get the pilot system....

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaBeer1972 (1374) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2010
2010 bottle. A very dark reddish brown brew with good head that soon goes to lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with some alcohol notes. Body is quite heavy and sweet. Distinct fruity notes. Finish is slightly bitter and hoppy, with lasting sweetness. Very murky flavors, with some alcohol burn on the way down. I think this one could use some cellaring.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickRob925 (60) - Macclenny, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Very good beer. Gorgeous in color, nice caramel color. SWEET aroma. Definitely one of my top 5 beers. I can’t get over how good this beer looks in a mug. Definitely will be going back to try some more SMUTTY NOSE Brewing prod.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (891) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bomber, poured a murky brown orangish color with a small white head. Aroma was malty sweetness mixed with a bit of booze and some wood. Flavors were nice and malty throughout, not too sweet which was nice. There were some earthy flavors in there too, but big malts dominated This was expected and welcomed; nice stuff. Bitterness was minimal and the alcohol wasn’t very present in the finish. Smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2697) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
22oz bottle, bottle conditioned in 2010 from Amity Wine New Haven, don’t remember the price. Clear dark reddish auburn with a 1/2 finger beige head, fair retention. Aroma has some fruity sherry oxidation with a moderate amount of scorched toffee, some decomposing falls leaves and a little tobacco following with some toasted malt to keep things from getting too sweet, not that it was that sweet to begin with. Flavor continues to be a little fruity with the addition of some vanilla and oak notes--didn’t realize there was oak in this until I read RB’s description--only one month? It’s pretty prominent in the flavor, and upon further reflection (and warming), it is noticeable in the aroma. Still has the toffee (to a lesser extent) and the toasted malts and a bit of the fall leaves. Not getting the tobacco anymore, and I now get some hazelnut notes. The oak is a little strong, but not necessarily overbourbonated beat you over the head strong. The oaky vanilla just kind of mutes the other jazz going on. Finished semi-dry, oaky and hazelnutty with bitterness at a 3, light alcohol. Full body with light to moderate creamy carbonation. Pretty good, though apparently one month of oak is too long with this beer (or switch to French oak chips, perhaps?).


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