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RATINGS: 234   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (883) - 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 wasnít very present in the finish. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
22oz bottle, bottle conditioned in 2010 from Amity Wine New Haven, donít 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--didnít realize there was oak in this until I read RBís description--only one month? Itís 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?).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2195) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2010
sample from the bottle @ Hotoberfest in Atlanta on 10/2/10. light brown pour with a slim white head. deep orange highlights. sweet malt nose with nuts. smooth medium body with a general sweetness. sugary, dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5712) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Dark cola brown pour with a thick khaki colored head that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Sweet aroma of chewing tobacco, molasses, and a wee bit of alcohol. Flavor is along the same sweet parallel with some dates, molasses, a hint of bourbon, some maple syrup. Very sweet, and could become cloying if consumed in mass quantities - 12 oz would have been enough. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Pretty solid - would make a great winter warmer - too bad it is still late summer here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (3831) - - OCT 1, 2010
2010. 22oz bottle. a murky brown with almost no head. pleasant floral aroma with nuts. flavor can be everything from grassy to nougaty tootsie roll to caramel-floral-oak chips-vanilla to boozy. thereís definitely a lot going on here. a lot of different flavors crashing together that might need some time to gel. boozy finish. the perfume-like flavors add to the astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2935) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bomber from Liquor Loft. Rating is after the fact - so a little scant on the details. Brown pour. Malty brown sugar, cocoa and caramel in the taste. Little smoke and wood. Came off cola-like. Light bitter finish. Little warm. Enjoyed it - would try again for a more complete review.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2010
22oz bottle.Pours a dark copper with a thin off white head.Nose is raisin,wood,plum and cherry.Taste is sugary malts and candied sugar with some port notes woven in.The alcohol is present but not too hot.This is a decent barleywine/old ale.Would like to try this beer in a year.Overall pretty darn good but I bet it only gets better!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
HonusWagner (1630) - Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Great mouthfeel and a beautiful pour. Unfortunately I thought I might be getting some kind of imperial brown and got a really muddled old ale like thing with a burnt malt characteristic and some ok dark fruit notes. Finish is slightly oaky. First time Iíve had a smuttynose beer and been really disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Clear dark brown. Very strong malty aroma with a smokiness and a touch of maple. Full bodied with a bit of sweetness and a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2010
9/24/10. Bomber. Thick brown pour with a small tan head, more red when held to the light. Burnt caramel aroma with pie spice, brown sugar, etc. - reminds me of a pumpkin beer, oddly enough. Sweet burnt caramel entry that fades to milk chocolate cocoa powder and turns to a roasted dryness that lies on top of sweet dark fruits. Not bad.

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