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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamherbert (1408) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Lovely red-orange color. Enormous head; tons of carbonation. Aroma is nutty (hazelnut) with a heavy English/toffee sweetness. I could huff this sucker for a month of Sundays. The flavor is English toffee malt, with a poorly-hidden booze component (and Iím not complaining). There is a liqueur flavor that busts through, like amaretto or a cherry cordial. Feels very oily and smooth, and with a chewy finish. The dryness of the flavor doesnít translate into the feel. The dry flavors of the nuts and the sweetness of the toffee balance each other out beautifully. This is a sipper and a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2012
22 oz. Bottle, fresh. Great start to this one as I loved the scent, caramel with a bit of brown sugar and not too shy about it. The pour was awesome as well, a dark brown bubbly appearance with a foamy white head. The palate was a silky smooth mouthfeel with a slightly fizzy finish. I liked the taste, but it was a little weaker than I expected up front. Sugary taffy with a touch of caramel to a slightly bitter boozy bite of a finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber color, with a finger of off white head that dissolves quickly. The smell is of dark malts, caramel, dark fruits with sweet biscuit in the back. The flavors are rich with coffee, sweet malt, carmel,and a smoked wood flavor. Has a slightly hoppy bitter finish. Rich, full bodied, slightly warming with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8842) - 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 (10199) - 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 (903) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2012
Bomber purchased at Consumerís 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, thereís some amazing spice on the tail end of this brew, I think nutmeg. Really good, stoked Iíve 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 aromaís very solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (4989) - 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 (1691) - 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.

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