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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Bottle. Thanks E. Nose is really nice when you let it warm up to room temperature. Lots of dark fruits, rich caramel, tobacco, leather, oak/barrel character. Flavor is good, but less stellar than nose. Alcohol pretty well hidden.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (3968) - - OCT 1, 2010
2010. 22oz bottle. a murky brown with almost no head. pleasant floral aroma with nuts. flavor can be everything from grassy to nougaty tootsie roll to caramel-floral-oak chips-vanilla to boozy. there’s definitely a lot going on here. a lot of different flavors crashing together that might need some time to gel. boozy finish. the perfume-like flavors add to the astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (3734) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2013
On tap @ Blind Tiger House. A dense good looking medium sized off-white head on top of a light cloudy bronze brown beer. Smells of sweet Milky chocolate mixed with Nesquick, dark sweet ripe berries and some dark caramel. A really nice non extreme one. Lovely flavors. This is how I like my brwen/old ales. It has lots of red old berries, some stingy alcohol, a little bit of gunpowder, wet rocks, Rye bread and lots of fresh berries as well. Lovely tasty with a lasting light mouthdrying and malty aftertaste. 23.06.2013

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3573) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left a few lines of foam along the way. Very pleasant aroma of malt, caramel, and prunes. The flavor is equally enjoyable with rich malt, sweet caramel, prunes and just a hint of vanilla. Light bitterness at the finish does not truncate the sweetness. Rich and full bodied with a nice rich and silky mouthfeel. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3557) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3516) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3487) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3486) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3468) - 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.

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