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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3290) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours a clear deep amber/ruby with a thin off white head. Aroma has light candied fruits and perfume with hints of oakiness. Flavor follows suit and adds layers of faint vanilla and earthy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is full and oily with a fruity/earthy/boozy bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3255) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Draft at Boston’s. This was nice. Murky, light brown pour. There were definite notes of an old ale but also hints of some sour and sweetness. Really no hints of the 9 ABV. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Bottle shared by Jay. Big, sweet, malty and bitter liquor aroma, vermouth and licorice aroma. Full bodied, very (overly) carbonated, sweetish Madeira notes, light red wine. Very dry, chalky overall, tough to drink, not especially interesting. Some port notes are apparent but very minor. Not too exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: APR 18, 2011 2010. I don’t believe the 2010 is the same recipe as 2009, but I’ll put it here for now anyway.

Awesome figs and brandy, pineapple, stewed cranberries, and fresh apple aroma. Brilliant and crystallized. Flavors are seemingly less complex, but still robust, adding creaminess, rich, satisfying malt texture, and texture-ful alcohol. A really nice show of malt and warmth, with no rough edges and only smooth, relaxing, sippability to enjoy. Ends on a graceful warm alcohol and oak snap, a la bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3114) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pours clear copper color with light tan head. Aromas of toffee, brown sugar, toasted malt and some dark fruits. Sweet toffee and plum flavors with toasted malt and a hint of oak. Full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3092) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3042) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2012
(Bottle) Pours clear dark nut brown with a sand-coloured head. The aroma is malty up front with notes of toffee, caramel, buttery cookies, bread and honey caramelized nuts. Undertones of dark fruits, cherries, strawberries and milk, sugar, touch of spices, whisper of wet tobacco, herbal/earthy hops, vanilla and buttery oak. The nose is clean, light sticky, round and “fluffy”. The flavour is near medium sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of caramel, toffee, bread, nut shells, honey, sugar, dark fruits, cherries, herbal/earthy hops, buttery oak and a touch of tobacco. The mouthfeel is clean, round, light tart and soft with a light carbonation. Earthy hoppy and bit sugary finish. Whisper of wood. Medium bodied. Well brewed but a bit unpersonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3035) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle. Roasty malt and booze aroma. Clear amber with a large tan head. Burnt sugar, dark roasted malt, light wood, and bitter herbal hops, and alcohol flavor. Full sticky body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle: Brown/copper with a tan film of head. Big sweet aroma- lots of woody/toasted oak with sweet dark fruits- plummy vanilla and caramel. Slick and warming body. Chewy malt flavor- caramelized with some prune and other dark fruit skin notes- not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Mildly oaky notes dry it out toward the back. Balanced and drinkable despite its boozy qualities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3028) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bomber from Liquor Loft. Rating is after the fact - so a little scant on the details. Brown pour. Malty brown sugar, cocoa and caramel in the taste. Little smoke and wood. Came off cola-like. Light bitter finish. Little warm. Enjoyed it - would try again for a more complete review.

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