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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8752) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, pour is dark red with hazy white head, aroma has dark fruits, caramel, toffee, big chocolate, slight earth. Taste sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grass, some cocoa, hints of dark fruit, finishing fairly sweet. Interesting but note that finishes fairly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle @ home. Reddish brown appearance with a tan head. Rich caramel, woody, toffee, toasty malty aroma. Rich, sweet, caramel malty, a bit fruity, light toffee, grassy flavor. Pretty rich but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammy78 (894) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
Bomber purchased at Consumer’s Beverages Niagara Falls. Pours (funny enough to say this) dark brown colour with a huge fluffy tan but more white head and loads of lacing. Smells sweet and malty with a touch of booziness. Tastes with a bite, sweet malt, loads of caramel, there’s some amazing spice on the tail end of this brew, I think nutmeg. Really good, stoked I’ve found this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Super smooth brown nutty flavor. Dark brown in color and mild nutty aroma’s very solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2012
22 oz. bottle, 2012 vintage. Ruby color with full off white head. Ample amounts of retention. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate and oak. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet chocolate malt, molasses, vanilla and a certain amount of spice notes. What type of spice is hard for me to determine. Sticky, syrupy like texture. Lots of malt flavors. Alcohol is very noticeable in the finish. Could really benefit being put in a cellar for a while. Other than that, a tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1645) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours dark brown with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of dark chocolate and brown sugar. Really nice hop bite that sneaks up on you from the first sip but is exactly what I had hoped for. The flavor is a nice combination of chocolate, tangerine/grapefruit hops, and oak that does not seem hoppy or malty enough to be a barley wine and therefore fits the bill as an old ale. This one is pretty great in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Brown sugar, raisin and nutty aromas. Flavors of brown sugar, toffee and slight hoppiness. Overall an excellent old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Dark amber/brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, & some toffee; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel/toffee, syrup, chocolate, and some dark fruit; Fairly well balanced; Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6517) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Draft at Pony with Sean. Pours a deep, murky reddish brown body with no head. Aroma is molasses, dark fruit, raisin, prune, brandy and wine. Mouthfeel is nice and syrupy with notes of wine, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, and wood. One of the better Smuttynoses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2012
bottle; cloudy brown with beige head; aroma-caramel, roasty, nuts, sweet, spices; taste-light sweetness, medium bitterness, astringent, medium body, oily feel, fizzy, warming alcohol feel. Disappointing

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