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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2560) - 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 (2774) - 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 (373) - 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 (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 (8411) - 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 (8566) - 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 wasn’t 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.

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