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RATINGS: 225   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 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5981) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2010
2010 bomber. Poured clear, medium chocolatey-brown with a light cap of beige head. The aroma picked up warm caramel and darker fruity sugars upfront with accents of wet oak and peppery alcohol/yeast.. some chocolate and vanilla sugars surrounded.. very enticing. The flavor found sweet caramel, chocolate, and molasses at the core.. vanilla and coconut surrounded.. peppery alcohol and tart dark fruit skins laced throughout.. finished dry with residual sugars and alcohol warmth. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. tacky at times, and prickly on the edges.. didn’t flow great, but it was enjoyable overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2077) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 31, 2010
This one was from the 2010 series. It pours a cloudy darker brown with a half-inch of silky beige head that slowly diminishes and leaves a nice lacing in its wake. The aroma smells like a bottle conditioned strong ale with a good pronouncement of malts, dark fruit, and some hints of hops. While the malts are the chief ingredient, there is also a more noted alcohol flavoring with some sharp hops toward the end. Altogether, not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpreo (1523) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Good looking dog on the label, cool arctic seal on the cap, great tasting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
tap at Blind tiger: pours hazy brown with an orange tinge. nutty, roast and creme coconut and some toffee candy and licorice. Thick and syrupy, finishes boozy. I really enjoyed this. The older the dog is, the better (?)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
Tap at BT> Pours a hazy ruby amber with a thin but lasting head and good lace. Aroma is oaky, light vanilla, big caramel malts, slight oxidation, sherry sweet and fruity esters, sharp toasted oak- and gets really nicely earthy and almost wine like as it opens up a bit. Flavor is oak, vanilla, toast, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, wine like, tannic, caramunich big caramelized and long toasted malts, oak and earth in the finish with some tannin and lingering sweetness. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a deep copper with a very thin white bead. Nose is sweet and malty. Typical barley wine with hints of the aging. Rich full flavored beer. A bunch of hops meet roasted malts with hints of the aging. Sweet finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2512) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2010
The aroma of a sweet malty old ale with a slight citrus hop along with strong ABV notes. The color is dark amber with a small but decent creamy head. The flavor of the sweet malts is more towards a barley wine type old ale as they described with a nice bite at the end of the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2753) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2010
This beer is considerably more like a barley wine than its predecessor. Aroma is fruit, booze, wood. The appearance is reddish brown, off-white head. The flavor is fruit, alcohol, oak, brown sugar. The finish has a piney hop bittering, and a competig booze warming. The body is medium (maybe a little too thin for the style). Good beer, not as enjoyable as its predecessor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LearninBeer (363) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Pours a nice brown/red. The head is light brown and fully diminishing. The aroma is a touch stale yet a roasty smell comes out. The taste is a light bitter a little maltiness. The body is medium, the texture slight creamy. Overall its OK, not up there with some of the other brown ales.

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