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RATINGS: 256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
closey22 (1093) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2015
Hazy dark Amber rimming Lacy white head; aroma is mild bourbonish malt; Flava is sweet yet dry notes of subtle fruit; feels medium semi fizz; finishes dry semi bitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (680) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Pours a brown color with no head. Aroma is lots of oak and some caramel. Flavor is caramel malts and some oak. A little bit sweet, and not at all boozy. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (1105) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Had on tap at the Grog. $5 for the full pint. Pours a clear light brown, with which an off-tan head half a finger in length stood. A bit metallic. Brown sugar experienced throughout. Tastes of lingering herbal hops, followed by cracked black pepper, and sourdough.
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle to English pint. Clear brown with huge lite tan head. A: caramel malt, wood, figs. T: loads of caramel malt, toffee, oak. OK, but a touch too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4024) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
perpetuitas (15) - Scarborough, Maine, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Incredible showing. Pulled from winter cellar (I live in house built in 1928, it’s winter in Maine, it’s been the coldest Feb on record, this beer is 50 degrees F). Pours really clear amber in color, minimal head, light nose but as it warms it develops. The flavor also develops intensely. After about 30 minutes the brew is simply amazing. Wow! So complex for a brown, the bottle conditioning shows through and you would think there is wood involved here. Superb beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vdank (1) - - FEB 28, 2015 does not count
Good beer, great taste. Perfect for an evening with friends and family. Nice logo, I like the old dog :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dhatton (134) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Pours a clear, brownish-red body resembling the color of cherry wood. Little to no head. Almost cloyingly sweet aroma of caramel, malts, and some smokey oak. Flavor is cane sugar combined with some earthy, nutty elements. For some reason, had Dr. Pepper tendencies for me. Dry boozy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
libertine (271) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2015
pours dark copper. Almost no head. aroma is nutty and very sweet. Flavor is sweet. Molasses, bread, nutty, oak. The alcohol is very forward. medium body. slick, sticky mouthfeel. Finishes bitter and the alcohol really shows up at the end. Not that good. I will cellar this for a year and re-rate it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (68) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Golden amber in color with not much in the way of head retention or lacing. Smells of some bread and fruits. Taste is of sweet malts, dark fruits, and biscuits. Coats the palate nicely and is quite enjoyable to drink. I thoroughly enjoyed indulging on this Smuttynose take on an old ale!

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