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RATINGS: 295   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 (2209) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chalumeaux (444) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Justin Gregoire brown copper with a thin tan head. Aromas of oak caramel and dark fruit. Taste is malty caramel fruit and herb with a nice alcohol bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogniskowicz (466) - POLAND - SEP 2, 2015
W aromacie uderzenie toffi, karmelu, drewnianej beczki, rodzynek połączone z owocami leśnymi. Pięknie ! W smaku jeszcze lepiej. Od barley wine’ów odróżnia to piwo zdecydowanie mniejsza cukierkowość. Ciało wprawdzie jest, ale piwo sprawia wrażenie wytrawnego, ale z całą gamą karmelowych posmaków, w tle kukułki, toffi i niezła goryczka. Wszędzie pałęta się lekko drewniana nuta, alkohol ciężko uświadczyć. Świetne degustacyjne piwo.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dysenteri (5) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2015 does not count
Bottle. Dark brown/copperish color. Lots of caramel, hints of dried fruits, sweetness. A bit of alcohol both in aroma and taste.Oak character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgajdaczewa (959) - Katowice, POLAND - AUG 29, 2015
Całkiem przyjemny i nietypowy aromat, bardzo wyraźne toffi i drewno, mleczna, jasna czekolada - zapowiada się apetycznie! W smaku niestety dostajemy zbyt małą pełnię w stosunku do zawartości alkoholu, przez co wyłazi on na piewszy plan, drapiąc w przełyk na finiszu. Pojawiają się akcenty drewniane, karmelowo - czekoladowe, chlebowe. Wyleżakowanie mogłoby pomóc trunkowi, ale w obecnej formie jest zbyt drażniący.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savage_Night (153) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Pours brown with a red hue and small khaki head. Head retention is poor. AROMA: malty, herbs, alcohol, chocolate, roasty, nuts, herbal hop, brown sugar, citrus, yeasty esters, pine bitterness, earthy, hay and light peppercorn. TASTE: malty, nuts, caramel, alcohol, herbs, citrus, hop spice, pine bitterness, chocolate, earthy, blond coffee, roasty, light salt, brown sugar, honey, orange, red wine acidity, peppercorn and light smoke. AFTER TASTE: malty, hop spice, brown sugar, chocolate bitterness and herbs with a creamy feel and spice warmth in the chest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gaultier (987) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
@ Agards väg 22/8-15. Bottle from Systembolaget. Dried fruits, chocolate, caramel and sweetness, also some woody/oak character and light notes of spices (in the aroma). Body is medium, the finish is chocolatey and caramely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (5170) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle from local SB cons 2015-08-22 Göteborg AR: caramel, fudge, wee fruity AP: mahoghny, wee beige head F: caramel, fizzy, fudge, nutty paste, medium bitternees, great brown

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SirLimpsalot (2784) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
@ Basunen 15-8-22: svag doft. Smaken ganska blek med små kolatoner. I stora hela en ganska ointererrsant öl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (4249) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Malty, fruity, caramel, fudge. Similar taste, light toasted finish. A light woody character. Well hidden alcohol. Doesn’t feel neither sweet or bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TychoJames (542) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2015
Flaska systembolaget. Brunorange vätska med snabbt försvinnande vitt skum. Doft av torkad frukt, koda och knäck. Kraftfull maltig smak med inslag av ljunghonung, russin, bark och säd. Härligt sträv avslutning. Bra beska och inte så spritig som jag misstänkt.

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