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RATINGS: 258   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!


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3489) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2012
22 oz bottle. Hazy brown with a foamy beige head. Nose is raisin, plum, grape jelly, wood and mushrooms. Medium body with a lively tang, slightly sticky with heat. Taste is tobacco, toffee and plum brandy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (3430) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2012
On tap at three own taproom. 10.1% 2010 vintage. Served in a snifter/tulip. Dark murky plum color. 1 finger head that faded slowly it has this brown sugar and raisin scent. Sort of a cream ale smell as well. Some spices like cinnamon. Taste is sweet and fruity up front like tropical fruits. Middle a hint of oak and bitter pine hops. Finish is astringent with some cough syrup taste and honey.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3409) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3370) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3333) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Draft at Bostonís. 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3250) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3222) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big biscuit, caramel, toast, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, plum, nuttiness, vanilla, toffee, herbal, oak, light leather, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, oak, and yeast ester flavors; with great strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, raisin, plum, nuttiness, herbal, vanilla, toffee, oak, light leather, and toast/oak earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, raisin, plum, nuttiness, herbal, toffee, oak, vanilla, light leather, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and oak flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and fairy slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding old ale style. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 6, 2011
UPDATED: APR 18, 2011 2010. I donít believe the 2010 is the same recipe as 2009, but Iíll 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.


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