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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2015
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Chestnut brown with creamy head. Chocolaty nose with caramel and oaked red wine. Mid sweet with full body and firm, rounded mouthfeel. Mellow and relaxed with spun sugar, caramel and vanilla. Peppery finish with some bitterness. Harmonious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Bottle. Deep amber body with a frothy, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted grain, overripe fruit. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Taste of brown sugar, caramel and alcohol. Sweet with few redeeming qualities for its high alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1342) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 7, 2015
2015 version - 11.1%. Powerful stuff! Attractive deep brown pour w/ an off white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma caramel, malt, & booze. The taste is heavy on the malt, has a hint of a brown, & then finishes potently w/ it’s high abv. Overall an enjoyable, strong, & slightly over the top beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (224) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 7, 2015
Certainly a whole different animal from the younger dog. This stuff has some great malt notes, but a slight off flavor. Pours brown with tan head. Aromas of cooked sugar and alcohol. Flavor is semisweet with a little funk (could be those oak chips) and more alcohol. Not very balanced, but fairly tasty. Borderline choice if I’ll try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Samuel214 (144) - SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2015
Gyllene rödbrun/bärnsten/kåda i färgen. Doftar russin, torkad frukt, söt råglimpa, brödjäst, lönnsirap, kola och knäck. Smaken är fyllig, med värmande alkoholtoner och maltsötma. Välbalanserad och gedigen!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dahlstrom (69) - gasvetksgatan 3, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2015
33 cl bottle from Systembolaget. Dark brown with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel malt and dried fruits. Taste is same as the aroma, with some burning alcohol in the bakround; bittersweet finish with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1477) - SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2015
355ml bottle. Brown body with a low head. Wood, nuts, caramel, dried plums, vanilla and herbs. A bit too boozy for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chalumeaux (607) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Justin Gregoire brown copper with a thin tan head. Aromas of oak caramel and dark fruit. Taste is malty caramel fruit and herb with a nice alcohol bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogniskowicz (517) - POLAND - SEP 2, 2015
W aromacie uderzenie toffi, karmelu, drewnianej beczki, rodzynek połączone z owocami leśnymi. Pięknie ! W smaku jeszcze lepiej. Od barley wine’ów odróżnia to piwo zdecydowanie mniejsza cukierkowość. Ciało wprawdzie jest, ale piwo sprawia wrażenie wytrawnego, ale z całą gamą karmelowych posmaków, w tle kukułki, toffi i niezła goryczka. Wszędzie pałęta się lekko drewniana nuta, alkohol ciężko uświadczyć. Świetne degustacyjne piwo.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dysenteri (7) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2015 does not count
Bottle. Dark brown/copperish color. Lots of caramel, hints of dried fruits, sweetness. A bit of alcohol both in aroma and taste.Oak character.

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