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RATINGS: 224   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1148) - 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 (68) - 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!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Brown on color with an off white head that provides some lacing. Scents of caramel and smokey wood. Medium mouthfeel with tastes of caramel, hints of chocolate, and a hint of smoked nuts. There is a pleasant finish with a hint of tobacco left in your mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2009
Brown pour with a thick tan head. The nose is loaded with woody oakiness. Vanilla, bourbon and a touch of sweet nutty malt character. There is a touch of light plumminess in the malts and there is also a little bit of light booziness. As it begins to warm up I get some flavour of dark honey and more peppery alcohol. Oak and figs and a fairly sweet finish. The hops in here are still contributing to the aroma and flavour, but they hide a little bit behind the oak. Lingering cooling finish. Pretty elegant stuff really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8384) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
Pours deep chocolate brown, rich looking body.Chocolate malt in nose. And the mouthfeel is richer than avarage. A great malting experience, with secondary toasting and chocolate. Very drinkable. Bottle from New Hampshire trip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle from state line liquors in Elkton, MD. Clear brown pour with a thin off white head and spotty lace. I wasnít expecting much from this beer until I got a whiff of all the subtle complexities. Toffee, toast, coffee, and fruits on the nose. Full bodied with a slick mouth-feel. Brown sugar, oak, espresso, caramel, and raisins. Dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
22oz bomber from The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours a translucent copper body with virtually no head. Caramel, chocolate, toffee, and raisins dominate the aroma. Raisin and toffee are strong parts of the flavor, with some caramel, citrus, chocolate, maybe hints of a peat like flavor. Full bodied bordering on viscous with moderate carbonation. Definitely a sipper for sure. Overall, a tasty sipper great for a cold winter night like tonight. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Duhast500 (378) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Poured into a tasting glass from the tap. The color is a dark amber to a very dark brown with a offwhite head. The smell is fruity, deeply malty, a hint of caramel. The taste has brown suagr flavor, roasted malt, and a bit sweet. There also hints of hops and toast. This beer has a nice feel to it. Nicely carbinated and quite mellow

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2200) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2009
medium brown caramel colored ale it is slick and appears so with suspended bubbles. barley malt powered and fresh tasting it is more like a malt liquer with the palate. some rum and alcohol with little bit of light brown head. i suppose one could say it is a bit toasty with caramel touches to the flavor. satisfying.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Olive on the cover. 12 fl oz bottle. I guess this is the right one. Labels haphazardly put on. I donít like brown ales. I am leaving a biased review. Brown color, good carb, head dissipates rather quickly. Taste is rather fishy, like they might have had the old dog take a few laps in the vat before bottling. Seriously. Caramel, some roasted malts, but overall, rather uninspired and disappointing especially coming from this brewer. Couldnít finish it. Thin and unremarkable.

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