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RATINGS: 316   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!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2212) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Slightly hazy, old copper brown with a 1 finger,creamy beige head that has excellent retention and leaves a little lacing. Big malty aroma, sweet toffee, toast, honey roasted nuts, woody, buttery oak, crust, white bread, brown sugar, caramel coated granola sharp fruity esters and light earthy hops. Flavor is really big on toffee up front, a nice wallop of sweet bread spice, burnt sugar/dark caramel, buttery oak, browned butter, light smoky notes, raisin-like dark fruit notes and some toast and light herbal/earthy notes to the finish. Medium body with a chewy entry, light, but sharp carbonation and dry, somewhat astringently boozy finish. Really good stuff, a little rough around the edges - somewhat sharp and boozy - but that doesn’t really hurt it much, reminds me quite a bit of sweet dark rum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma with weak oaky hints. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy oaky caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1421) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle. Nice complex ale. Medium-dark brown with a tan head that was small and disappeared quickly. Aroma was kind of chocolatey, with whiffs of oak and toasted grains. Taste was really nice with hints of toasted malts and grains. Slightly sweet upfront with a light toasted bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2164) - Varberg, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2015
Flaska. Mörk bärnstensfärgad med ett mjukt smutsvitt skum. Dofter av karamell, malt, socker och frukt. Smakinslag av karamell, torkad frukt, malt och alkohol. Söt och lätt fruktighet i avslutningen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomekboniek (281) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 29, 2015
Beczka. Barwa karmelowa, praktycznie bez piany. Aromat przyjemny, intensywny, beczki, toffi, czekolady, owoce dojrzałe. W smaku karmel, czekolada, drewno, owoce. Wszystkie składniki w smaku współgrające ze sobą. Bardzo ciekawie dopełnia smak beczka. Wysycenie średnie, średniej wielkości goryczka niezalegająca, lekko alkoholowa. Super piwo, ciekawie zaakcentowane aromaty beczki, które coraz bardziej mi smakują.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4531) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4331) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (764) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2015
355ml bottle from Systembolaget, vintage 2015 ABV 11.1%. Clear dark amber, medium size, creamy beige head, rich lacing. Sweet, almost vinous aroma, caramel, oak, fig. Mild carbonated, smooth, solid body. Taste has Smuttynose characteristic caramel sweetness, toffee, caramelized brown sugar, biscuit, oak and grassy notes. Finishing dry with woody and earthy taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (1817) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2015
@ Havregatan 150925. Bottle (355 ml) from Systembolaget. Roasted malty, caramely and fruity with dried fruits and light vanilla and light nutty notes, sweet, medium to full body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, malty and fruity with some warming alcoholic notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbunting75 (35) - - SEP 23, 2015
12 oz bottle into a snifter. Warm brown color with no head. Boozy warmth and malty sweetness with a hint of dark fruit. Drinks very easily for 11%. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TattooJack (324) - Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Poured from the bottle of a 4-pack (marked bottle conditioned Jan 2015 abv 11.1%). Looks brown, smells sweet, this is less of a barley wine and more of a strong brown ale. The taste is kind of plain which makes it totally downable, to the tune of about a beer every 20 minutes. If it was sweeter I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did.

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