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RATINGS: 232   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpreo (1650) - 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 (2612) - 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 (2830) - 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 (380) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Troegsman (1) - , Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2010 does not count
A decent brew with forward malt characteristics, but left me with the sense that I was drinking a New Castle Brown. Hints of carmel candy in the nose, but left me wanting more from this brown ale. Very average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Bomber. Poured dark brown with hints of red, and a thin bubbly head. Aromas are sweet and malty; plenty of berries and dried fruit, raisins, caramel, and toffee. Flavor is of sweet malt upfront, but quickly fades to bitter hops. Malt notes seems almost doppelbock-ish. Some notes of chocolate and cocoa, fruit, and little alcohol present. Slightly sticky, warming mouthfeel. Very good, a nice sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
iggynelix (71) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2009
I had really high hopes for this beer; perhaps too high. and was disappointed. A 1.5 pt. big bottle bought a while that was "aging" in the back of the fridge; but perhaps the cold environ did not allow it to "mellow and age gracefully" as described. Malty enough for a brown, but the yeast made this as cloudy as a Wheat beer; but dark - like beef broth or unfiltered apple cider. More bitter than i would have thought for a big, aged, brown. (In fact the label has "bottle conditioned in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011" and none were marked in any way. Perhaps this one was missed!)

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