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RATINGS: 596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15143) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Cask at GBBF08. Weak caramel aroma. Clear dark chestnut colour. Very small tan head. Quite sweet. Caramelly hop flavour, a little hop bite, probably mostly alcohol. Quite nice, but I do not taste any wheat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle at MikkellerBAR. Clear dark amber - white head. Raisins. Sharpness. Fruity. Candy. Fruit candy. Nutty. Alcoholic. High sweetness. Berries. Light hoppy. Light barley. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14938) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
Vibrant amber colour with plenty of haze. Sweet, heavy nuttiness and light fruit notes (pear, peach) make up the malty aroma. The flavour is more of the same, with a bit more nuttiness and a fairly chewy texture. I was hoping for something more earth-shattering, given my love of all things Smutty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (14622) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle. Unclear amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit and toffee. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, toffee, sweet, dried fruit and notes of alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 22, 2008
Bottle. Golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is citrus, hop, malt. Flavour is alcohol, hop, citrus, malt. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13733) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bomber from Half Time. Pours ruby copper with a decent creamy off-white head. Aroma is like fresh fruit. Dunknow what kind of fruit, but the suggestion is citrus. Full bodied. Flavor is fresh fruit, and there’s a spicey, near wintergreen, thing that hit’s the back of my palate. Wowser. It’s one of those minty kind of things. Really surprising. Just exellently brilliant. Finishing fruity, and well balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (13503) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle shared with Yanick. Pours murky brown. Nose and taste of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, pureed banana, malt, fig juice and dark fruit. Full bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13159) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle. Poured hazy copper color with an average off-white frothy head that motly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt, earthy and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation and particle. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. I would share this with a freind and didn’t.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (12996) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split 4 ways, pours a hazy rich amber with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, liqueur, licorice and booze. Flavour is quite boozy, with caramel, licorice, booze, and toned down wheat malt. Finishes with a licorice and boozy note. Really good, though perhaps a tad boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12931) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2005
(22oz bottle) Clear amber body with orange-tinted off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, plum, wheat, light turpentine. Taste is sweet, plum/raisin, caramel, some grapefruit, light vanilla. Finishes with some alcohol warming. Medium body, not as thick as most b-wines due to the wheat -- quite easy drinking given the ABV.


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