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RATINGS: 234   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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
geologyguy (762) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Light but hefty/malty smell...taste is pretty good and malty off the bat..slightly sweet...slightly sour finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3546) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2013
On tap @ Blind Tiger House. A dense good looking medium sized off-white head on top of a light cloudy bronze brown beer. Smells of sweet Milky chocolate mixed with Nesquick, dark sweet ripe berries and some dark caramel. A really nice non extreme one. Lovely flavors. This is how I like my brwen/old ales. It has lots of red old berries, some stingy alcohol, a little bit of gunpowder, wet rocks, Rye bread and lots of fresh berries as well. Lovely tasty with a lasting light mouthdrying and malty aftertaste. 23.06.2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4371) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Murky, walnut colored beer. Short, filmy head with extra-fine bubbles. Great label on a standard bomber - I think all of us who’ve had aging mutts over the years have seen variants of that shot. Big, plummy nose - very mild vinegar and spice, woody/herbal cocoa notes. Sweet, choco-raisin tones, nice alcohol and bittersweet chocolate bittering. Toffee emerges more as it warms. Medium-heavy mouthfeel, deft carbonation. Finishes out with a strong bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Very nice indeed. Market Square Liquors, Timberlane.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9755) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 17, 2013
from Mondial de la Bière 2013, Mulhouse - quite clear brown beer with a poor head retention; molasses, biscuits and hops in the aroma; full-bodied, subtle carbonation, very dry and bitter biscuity finish; chewy nutty hoppy notes and light residual sweetness; warming alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (1128) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Raisiny and nutty aromas. Clear red with an off-white, small head. Fruity and rich. Medium bodied and strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1469) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - AUG 28, 2013
Appearance: Dark brown, clear. Some light tan head. Aroma: Toasted, dark malt, ripe fruits, alcohol. Taste: Vinous, ripe fruits, alcohol, warming, malt. Info: 650ml bottle, 28/8-2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1183) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Had this on tap at Battleship a little while ago. Pours a dark brown color with a thicker off white head. Aroma is full of roasty/toasty malts, chocolate, and resin. Taste seems still a little hot. Booze, malts, roastiness, and oak flavors. Leaves a boozy malt finish. I likes. I likes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL. 750ml. Tulip at home. Pours a beautiful deep brown with a thick, frothy off-white/tan head. The head disappeared in about 2 minutes. Little lacing. Aroma rich with the woody cask aging, alcohol, caramel, roasted malts and toffee. The taste was fairly complex with caramel, rich toasted malts, toffee, and prunes. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. Well balanced. Slightly hoppy finish. Medium to full body and smooth mouth. It seems more old ale than barleywine but I can see some crossover. If they could have actually aged this for 6 months or so it would have probably been even better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 9, 2013
Very nicely-done old ale. Alcohol is definitely present but not overwhelming, more warming. Complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney36 (15) - - AUG 4, 2013
Really interesting brew. Definitely nailed with the old ale, barley wine combo. Definitely has a traditional ale taste with the sharpness and strong barley wine tones. Certainly has the alcohol content to make it a barley wine. Pours deep brown with malty hoppy flavor.

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