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RATINGS: 232   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4322) - 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 (9717) - 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 (1101) - 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 (1457) - 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 (1176) - 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 (1100) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3059) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

Bottle-Conditioned in 2010

5/04/2011: Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog Ale... Aroma: Really big caramel maltiness, aged rum, definitely alcohol in the nose, hint of sherry. Appearance: Elegant brown color, frothy and thick ivory-colored crown. Flavor: Deep, rich caramelized malts, mildly sweet and smoky, vanilla, dates, golden raisin, nice alcoholic strength. Palate: Medium-full body, smooth, good mouthfeel. Overall: Really, really nice beer, good strength, good flavor, very enjoyable.

Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #186 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (4174) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2013
on tap at the bocktown, nice place. let me tell you, I am not a fan of American wannah be barley wines which this is. not only that, it needs aging, it needs to be really really old. rather fruity sweet smell leaves no hint of the tongue torture within. smells like cotton candy. no co2. cloying and it has this warming sensation every where it goes down your throat. beer like whisky finish. cannot appreciate.

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