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RATINGS: 315   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kryon (1973) - SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2015
Pours clear brown with low off white head Aromas of dried fruits, aromatic maltyness, bready malts, toffee, syrup Taste has sweet maltyness, raisins, syrup, dried fruits, butterscotch Sweet round mouthfeel, medium carbonation, low to medium bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2015
Ljusbrun med liten skumkrona som snart försvinner. Doftar av mörka mogna frukter och malt. Inte helt olikt en Samiclaus. Smak som doft fast med överraskande bitterhet i slutet. Denna ligger kvar ett tag. Ganska tunn munkänsla. Alkoholen känns tydligt, speciellt efter det att ölen börjat värmas några från öppningstemperatur.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
novair (139) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2015
Pours clear brown with small head. Nuts, smoke grass and something spicy. A bit flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Florya (993) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2015
How : bottle Appearance : hazy dark brown, medium off-white head. Aroma : caramel, dark chocolate, spice, wood, hint of herbs and grass. Palate : medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (1580) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 17, 2015
On tap at Biercab. Brown colour with beige head. Wood, roasted, caramel aroma. Sweet, wood, caramel, vanilla, fruity taste. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (6066) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Dark reddish/brown with a small tan head. Sweet with dried fruit, caramel, malt, toffee and hints of oak. Full body and with a soft carbonation. Well hidden alcohol. A descent one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mad_Ferret (780) - SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2015
355 bottle from SB. 11.1%. Best by may 2017. Clear copper, 1-2 finger beige head. Spicy sweet malty aroma with notes of caramel, raw sugar, tobacco, raisins and dates and a big hit of alcohol. Sweet peppery malty taste with caramel, tobacco, figs and dates, vanilla fudge and hot alcohol. Big body, soft carbonation and an oily sticky texture. Pretty nice rich malty flavours, but a bit hot and tobacco peppery. Could do with some aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Voodoo (455) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Pours a dark clear chestnut brown with a near white head which laces and lingers......aroma is caramel, slight burnt flavor.....taste is raisins, plum, crisp, nice mouthfeel, booze near the end. Nice way to end an evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garlic_of_Doom (571) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2015
2015 vintage. Pours clear, dark amber with a tiny beige head. Aroma is mostly sweet, some herbal hops, caramel malt, slight wood. Taste is also mostly sweet, caramel malt, some chocolate, marzipan and nuts, slight pear and alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation, round mouth feel, a bit dry. Dry, slightly bitter after taste, a wee bit warming feeling.
Surprisingly soft/mellow for a 11% beer. Good, but I assumed it would be bigger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (2000) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Pours a clear light brown color with deep ivory colored head. Sweetness, grass, caramel, and roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, alcohol well hidden. Finishes with caramel and hay.

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