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RATINGS: 260   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 donít have a pilot system, so we sometimes have to adjust recipes over time. This yearís 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!


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thicksuds (448) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2013
Solid beer, smells really sweet, taste is sweet and bitter, and very malty. One of the more interesting beers I have had, not something I would buy all the time, but glad I tried it. Its like a really strong, bitter brown ale. Like the barleywine of brown ales. abv well hidden. Not really my style, but if you like malty beers that are sweet this is going to be awesome for you.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1160) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 31, 2015
Handpump @Ma che siete venuti a fŗ (Rome). Honey color with a big and persistent off-white foam. Aroma is malt, caramel, some roasted notes, vanilla, ripe fruits, alcohol. Flavour is on the sweet side, caramel, brown sugar, little bitter end, a bit unbalanced, not complex as I expected. Full body, flat. Overall nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
paintedmaple (508) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
12oz bottle...not one of my favorite styles, however his was quite tasty with a bittersweet malt backbone and a touch of wet dog. Nice dry finish and easy drinking for this style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1251) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Taster at the source. Pours medium amber with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, raisin, brown bread. Flavor is brown bread, honey, brown sugar. Finishes with moderate oak tannin. Very well crafted malty ale

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1725) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Reddish brown. Nose of sweet toasted malt, burnt biscuit, alcohol and oak. Flavor is fruity toasted malt, biscuit, light bitter cocoa, and oak tannins. Light booze. Lightly drying finish from the oak. Very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
closey22 (1132) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2015
Hazy dark Amber rimming Lacy white head; aroma is mild bourbonish malt; Flava is sweet yet dry notes of subtle fruit; feels medium semi fizz; finishes dry semi bitter

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (700) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Pours a brown color with no head. Aroma is lots of oak and some caramel. Flavor is caramel malts and some oak. A little bit sweet, and not at all boozy. Pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (1113) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Had on tap at the Grog. $5 for the full pint. Pours a clear light brown, with which an off-tan head half a finger in length stood. A bit metallic. Brown sugar experienced throughout. Tastes of lingering herbal hops, followed by cracked black pepper, and sourdough.
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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle to English pint. Clear brown with huge lite tan head. A: caramel malt, wood, figs. T: loads of caramel malt, toffee, oak. OK, but a touch too sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4070) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2015
12 oz. bottle stamped: "Bottled conditioned Feb. 2015, 11.1% abv". Pours a clear, deep copper with a ragged sheet of bubbles on top. Mild nose is spicy dark fruit and vanilla toffee. Big front of vanilla, brown sugar, cherry, dates and whiskey. After a bit it becomes evident thereís enough oak, wheat flour, roasted acorn and dry cocoa flavors on the finish to provide a check on the sweetness. Medium-heavy body has low-medium carbonation and hides the 11.1% fairly well.

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
perpetuitas (21) - Scarborough, Maine, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Incredible showing. Pulled from winter cellar (I live in house built in 1928, itís winter in Maine, itís been the coldest Feb on record, this beer is 50 degrees F). Pours really clear amber in color, minimal head, light nose but as it warms it develops. The flavor also develops intensely. After about 30 minutes the brew is simply amazing. Wow! So complex for a brown, the bottle conditioning shows through and you would think there is wood involved here. Superb beer!


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