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RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops. The much-anticipated debut edition of Smuttynose Wheat Wine, brewed and bottled early in 2005, was delayed for nearly a year due to problems stemming from the federal label approval process. The Tax and Trade Bureau (formerly ATF) rejected our original label approval application, claiming that use of the word wine in a beer name would confuse and mislead consumers and retailers. We didn’t agree (barleywine, anyone?) and appealed their rejection. Ours is the first, but definitely not the last, wheat wine application the federal government has seen, so they had to create new guidelines regarding the use of this name. We did prevail, at last, and the issue has been put to rest, and although there are several outstanding examples of this style offered at brewpubs, we are pleased to say that Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale was the first commercially bottled Wheat Wine on the market.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER – 2005 Great American Beer Festival.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER – 2010 Mondial de la Biere, Strasbourg, France
GOLD MEDAL WINNER – 2011 Great American Beer Festival

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Swamp_Thing (48) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2014
Interesting beer. Strong hops even for an American barley wine, a new American style? Doesn’t work for me. Fruity and sweet with hops upfront and on forever. Probably would go for a good IPA instead of this when I’m in that kind of mood next time. Don’t drink cold, much better warmer as more wheat and fruit flavors emerge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4128) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2014
Bomber courtesy of ye ol’ rotbox, bought @ Olbutikken many fortnights ago. 2009 vinage. Pours clear deep copper with a small fizzy goldenish beige head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is malty and slightly oxidized with caramel, biscuits, hay, moist soil, resinous wood, toffee, alcohol, leather, orange zest and lemon zest. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and slightly oxidized with heavy caramel, hay, leather, alcohol, dates, raisins, orange zest, resinous wood, cookie dough, golden syrup, lemon zest and liquorice root. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny sticky sweet, tiny oily bitter, tiny astringent and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, biscuits, alcohol, hay, soil, leather, resinous wood and dates. Solid aged US-style barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chudwick (2614) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2014
bomber (bottle conditioned in 2014 and 10.8% ABV) poured into the Duvel tulip glass. Nose is candi, caramel and a tad farm-y (probably the wheat). Boozy and sweet which is quite satisfying going down the pipes. Slight hop kick, which would probably be stronger in a lighter beer. Smoother than the barleywines I’ve had. A treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2014
22oz bottle pours a bright copper with a tan head. Sweet malt and fruit aroma. Taste is the same with a bit of a harsh finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewBoxer (2491) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Draft a the growler NYC. Pours a nice looking tan color. Kind of syrupy and boozy. Pretty well balanced. Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5572) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2014
22 ounce bottle. 2014 vintage. Clear orange brown color. Caramel sweetness with some fruity finish. Bit of syrup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
keanex (1655) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
2014 Vintage.
Appearance: Mildly hazy orange-copper-brown body, interesting color for sure. The head is short and short lived, odd for a beer so high in wheat. It settles to a thin white transparent coating with a dish soap esque ring.
Aroma: The aroma leans fruity, hints of tannins, and a harsh nail polish esque scent. The nail polish is very light, but hits my nose as I back away. The fruit reminds me a bit of a mix of red apples and semi-sweet cherries, perhaps a hint of sweet orange. There’s a slightly funky sweet malt aroma I can’t really pinpoint. The nail polish aroma drags this down a bit though, otherwise is smells nice.
Taste: The intro is a nice sweet, slightly spicy, maltiness with hints of dry oak tannins. The mid-taste introduces a sort of cranberry and apple like flavor that is enjoyable. The finish is rather harsh though, there’s a big spice presence, sort of peppery, with booze. The booze shows and lingers on the palate with the spiciness that I imagine is coming from the hops, perhaps even a little bit of mint lingers. This is very nice until the finish.
Palate: The body is medium with a juice like texture and light carbonation.
Overall: Boy this is pretty harsh, I’m not sure I even want to drink half of the bottle, let alone the full one. The booze really grates after a few sips and it’s rather unpleasant.

This bottle says aged on oak chips. I’m not sure if this belongs here or the oak aged version. One would assume Oak-aged but that seems rather rare and this is plentiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9015) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2014
(bottle, 66cl, vintage 2009) Hazy, amber to copper colour with a beige and short foamy layer. Toasted malty and rather shy wheaty aroma with notes of chocolate pralines, caramel and dried fruits, also some hints of Port and alcohol. Sweet flavour, full bodied with a soft carbonation. Slightly syrupy toast-malty taste with vinous fruity notes of resins and figs, a touch of chocolate; sweet and slightly toasted malty finish with notes of fruit confit, delicately hoppy accents and shades of alcohol shining through. 20.XI.13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (9728) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 11, 2013
Bouteille:Clear, amber to deep amber coloured with a small and stable off-white head, cacao, molasses, dried fruits and caramel in the sweet nose, some port-vinous edges detectable; solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium to full bodied; sweet vinous-raisiny finish with some (shy) balancing hops underneath. Pleasant and well rounded thirst-quencher…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CloakedDagger (1534) - - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle 65 cl. Pours an almost clear amber with a small, off-white head. Thick caramel aroma combined with quite some booze. Rich body, again caramel - and nothing much more really. Lots of hops, lots of booze and not exactly easy drinking! 141113

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