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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30467) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2011
Bottled. A deep red beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and sugar. The flavor is sweet wtih notes of matl, caramel, and some hops, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2011
22oz bomber - Pours a dark reddish brown with a decent off white head that provides plenty of lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity with alcohol and some faint hops. Mouthfeel is very heavy while the taste is sweet with lots of fruity notes. Finish is slightly bitter and hoppy, with an alcohol kick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours a redish brown in color. Off-white head with a little lacing. Aroma was vanilla and caramel. Flavor is slightly sweet with mild caramel. After-taste was not enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dfox670 (75) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22oz bomber served in a tulip pour was dark cider with three inches of off white head With mediocre lacing.nose was malts,light bourbon,dark fruits with a note of brandy.taste was right on par with the nose.definitely a tasty brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour was murky brown with three fingers of thick off-white head on top; this brew also features great retention and an above average show of lacing. Nose is apples, apricot, brandy, oak, malt, caramel, and notes of bourbon. Taste is right on par rocking lovely summer fruits that roll into the finish and linger with a bourbon/brandy tone. I am not sure if this was aged on either barrel, but if not, it somehow has managed to catch the essence of both barrels. This is truly a fantastic brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle/22oz - Pours a dark brown in color with a ruby cast if held to the light. Small light tan head that faded to a thin rim around the beer, but produced some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma is oaky with plenty of bourbon/vanilla and caramel. Flavor is slightly sweet to begin with lots more of the vanilla and caramel. Mildly hoppy; a flavor that really does not appear until the end. Some evidence of the alcohol, both in the warming that the beer produces and in the flavor profile... could be hidden better. Very enjoyable...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11408) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2010
2010 version clear amber, smooth white head. faint but "thick" spicy hoppy aroma. flavor is lots of caremelly notes, buttwer, malty notes, wood, quite complex but not one i like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (617) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Poured from a bomber. Pours a nice dark mahogany with minimal off white head. Aroma is belgian yeast, wet oak and toffee. Sweet taste that is balanced well with minor hop notes. Very malty, with caramels and some dried fruits. This is is a nice mixture of styles...seems like a great marriage of Old Ale, Brown Ale and maybe even some elements of a strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2010
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of RCL. Vintage 2010 at 10.9% ABV. Slightly hazy dark orangey brown with a small off-white head. Nose is rich with caramel and licorice allsorts. Medium body, sweet caramel and overripe fruit with a discreet yet present hoppiness in the finish. 141210

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slipstream (2229) - USA - DEC 19, 2010
Another funny/odd Smuttynose picture on the label - sleepy chocolate lab on a living room chair by the ocean. Sweet, potent aroma of bourbon and malt. Smooth, sweet, and heavy brown ale with a strong hop edge coming on in the finish. Rich and strong, but it wasn’t really the best. I scored the previous version of this brew at 3.9, so for me this was an unimprovement.

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