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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4576) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle. The look is reddish brown in color, clearish, thin off white head. The smell is malt, roast, toast, sweet, caramel, and more toast. The taste is mostly the same, fruit, toast, malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4512) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2012
Tap. Pours hazy, dark amber with thin, fizzy off-white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, mixed nuts, earthy hops, figs, molasses, and some earthy notes. Flavor is malt dominate with supporting fruit esters and booze undertones; sweet finish. Full body, low carbonation, and high warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Pours a murky ruby tan head with wisps of a sandstone colored head. Nose is rich and malty, lots of dextrins and caramel with hints of vanilla and candy. Flavor is similar, very rich and malt forward with a nice vanillin character and tannic bite. Full bodied and mildly tannic mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4389) - 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 there’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4369) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2015
12 oz bottle. Brown with a decent sized khaki head. Aroma is of brown sugar, maple, oak, light vanilla, caramel. Taste is of booze, brown sugar, oak, toffee, vanilla, caramel, and candied pecans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2012
The aroma is chocolaty, malty, coffee, and molassesy. The appearance is light brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with a papery quality. The palate is smooth with delicate bubbles. Overall this is just slightly better than so so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4288) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2012
Pours a clear, dark coppery brown, almost mahogany, with a very thick, if not too persistent, pale tan head. Strong aroma has a malty core and a yeasty overtone plus hints of apple, caramel and cloves. Scrumptious flavor has firm malty and yeasty notes plus tones of cloves, caramel and apple. It has a bit of an alcohol-like bite. Texture has average body but is quite lively and fizzy, leaving behind a persistent tingle on the tongue and lips. This dog will have your taste buds barking with joy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2012
This is an interesting beer. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a moderately small head. Smooth inviting aroma to it. Slightly heavy on the palate initially, but finishes easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - 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 (4007) - - 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.

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