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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!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Bomber from Hy-Vee Liquor in Quincy, IL (seriously!). Pours a hazy ruby red/deep brown with a soapy, lacy off-white head. Aroma is a nice mix of roasted nuts and toffee, simple and straightforward. The simple nose is misleading, as the flavor has loads of complexity, ranging from strong nuttiness to dry oak to slightly astringent booze, all layered with English hop bitterness. Really impressed by this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Humlehode (370) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2015
Pours deep amber with almost no head. Fruity, malty, bread, caramel, chocolate, oak, whiskey. Sweet and full bodied. Strong, noticeable alcohol. Low bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (5218) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle: Slightly hazy, medium brown with a small tan head. Dark fruit, cinnamon, toffee aroma. Flavour is very sweet.....mildly spiced toffee malt, sugar, wood. Rich....a bit of alcohol presence.... Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2821) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2015
Bottle from SB. Dark brown with awith a tiny off white head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Full body with a long balanced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (6162) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle (35 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear copper, medium tan head. Nutty, toffeish, slightly chocolatey malt aroma with a touch of alcohol. MMeidum to full bodied, medium carbonation. Dry, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhatB420 (760) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2015
12oz into a tulip. 11.1%, March 2015. Pours a thick murky medium brown. Light fizzy head, lacing is light and sporadic. Aroma of figs, caramel, toffee, vanilla. Taste of sweet cider, burnt oak, boozy rum filled cakes, dried plums. Excellent sipper, really full of a great deal of brown/barely wine styles, glad I picked this one up in Keene, imported to and from Cabin season 9.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5988) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Nice stuff. Pours cloudy brown with decent head. Light oak and some malt. SomE toffee. Sweetness in finish with note of oak bitterness. Good balance. A 2012 vintage. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (1821) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2015
Noce brown head. Clear dark amber color. Sweet malty chrystal aroma. Smooth sweetness in the taste. Balanced bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (2239) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2015
Dyp gylden brun klar med lavt beige skum. Lukter noe alkohol, brent karamell og mørke frukter. Middels fyldig. Noe alkohol i smak, lett sødme, svisker. Kort bitterhet, noe salt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6247) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2015
Bottled from Systembolaget Deppa meter/brown with a small, tan head. Toffee and wet Grass in the aroma. Dark toffee and Green apples in the flavour. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall a pleasant beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WilleLW (230) - Lund, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2015
Dark brown colour with a creamy head. Aroma of brown sugar, rum and caramel. Some fruity and vinous notes and some leather. Taste of fudge, caramel, fruits, raisins, dried apricot and some rum. Lovely taste, everything came together in the first taste.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

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