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RATINGS: 596   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dspazz (1) - Needham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2006 does not count
This beer has it all a beautiful color, lightly carbonated, a crisp taste with a sweet finish. Just a delicious full bodied ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Nearly 2 dozen 22oz bottles. The beer pours a translucent honey amber reminiscent of dark tea. The highly complex and subtle nose incorporates tropical orange and lemon verbena, crème brulée, dark sorghum syrup, armagnac, hemlock, muscat, whole grain bread, and the very best St. Emilion Cabernet Franc. The mouthfeel is prickly though subdued in such a way as to allow each flavor to standout in its own attenuated glory. Hints of the aforementioned odours give way to the lightest touch of honey, classically herbaceous hops, spiced cider, pine nuts, pancakes and a gentle tannic bitterness and warmth of English Breakfast tea. I was at once impressed with this beer and have since plowed through many a bottle. I’m down to just two in my collection and I will be sure to hold them nearly and dearly. I adore this brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2005
22oz Bottle. Didn’t know quite what to expect out of this and was pleasantly surprised. Poured (snifter) a glowing orange amber, perfectly clear, luminous. Nose is hoppy, very similar to the Big A, and fantastic light sugary wheat malt. Flavor follows-- nice full body but seemingly thin/clear, with a great balance between the tangy/citrusy hops and soft wheat grain. Not at all cloying the way some barleywines can be, this is quite drinkable though easily savored over the course of an evening. As it warms it only gets better, again a testament to its fine balance. Can’t say enough about this one, just a really finely crafted ale. Simple, unpretentious, delectable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2007
this beer was a total surprise - no head in the glass - orange color - very aromatic and alcoholic smelling no alcohol in the taste - fruity tasting - an absolutely wonderful beer - like a barleywine only smoother and more refreshing. refreshing is a good term and part of the surprise considering the gravity of this beer. this is a wow beer for me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2006 Deep copper coloured beer, no head at all. Sweet aroma of licorice and anise, fat maltiness, stong wheaty spice and a touch of oaky vanilla aroma as well. Amazing body, smooth, creamy, body. Sweet and spicy malt flavour, a bit of pepper mixes well with the spicy hops and clean sweet malts. Awesome brew. Tap at Collins Bar. Bright golden beer with light haziness and a thick white head. Aroma is gorgeous, sweet spicy pale wheat malt, a touch of bubble gum and pepper along with lots of bright orangey hops. Flavour is sweet but not overly so, spicy and wheaty with light bubble gum character and fresh citrusy hops. Lightly acidic on the finish with serves as a counterpoint to the sweet malts and spiciness. A bit of coranderish flavour as the temperature comes up. As quaffable as a beer this size is ever going to get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2008
Cask at GBBF ’08. Dark copper: a good looking beer. Tasted good too, in fact it was the Beer of the Festival as far as I was concerned. Glorious sweet malty alcoholic aroma. Sweet oily taste, full of forbidden pleasures. Some bitterness and an earthy, lingering vegetal aftertaste. Loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2011
Hazy dark honey color. At first there is a short, fresh wheaty appearance before it goes all regular barley wine. Lovely sweet caramelly and toffee, subtle honey, fruit caramels and a subtle mint flavour. Very smooth, caressing the mouth before a warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5117) - Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Comes out of the tap a hazy, barely transparent coppery red-brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is wheaty and fruity, the latter an interesting mix of apple and citrus, with a hint of an alcohol bite. Fruity, wheaty flavor has an undertone of barleywine (i.e., serious alcohol content) and equal parts sweetness and bitterness. Very tasty! Texture is rough and rowdy, leaving behind a nice fizz. Heartily recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 (*vintage 2009): Ouf! Ça c’est un vin d’orge. j’ai peine à décrire ce qui se passe, le malt s’exprime fort et avec l’âge on a une bombe ridiculement balancé. Pratiquement aucune présence de houblons, ce que j’adore dans un vin d’orge et en plus le blé vient livré sa touche sûr, légèrement épicé qui donne quelque chose de vraiment unique et facile à boire. C’est clairement une bière de dégustation mais l’équilibre et la présence en bouche rend la tâche difficile. Ce serait trop facile de l’engloutir. Très impressionné par smuttynose jusqu’à présent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
(thanks to oldgrowth...i think?)poured a hazy orange with little white head.aroma is of sticky citurs hops,sweet english malts,and a tiny bit of wheat.flavor was much of the same with some alcohol and brown sugar thrown in as well.nice full mouthfeel and complex palate.nice stuff.

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