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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 175   ABV: 5.83%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Smuttynose Winter Ale is a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops.

Warming, mellow & pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion.

Available in sixpacks and on draft from late October through January.
Color: dark, reddish brown

Malt Bill
North American 2-Row, Caramunich, Carastan, Special B, Carahell, Carafa II DH

Hops
Bittering: Bravo
Flavoring: Sterling

Others
Yeast: Abbey Ale
Dark Belgian candi syrup

Starting Extract 15° Plato
Terminal Extract 4.5° Plato
ABV 5.83%
IBU 30
Recommended Food Pairings
Wild mushrooms, carbonnade flamande, duck with tart fruit sauce


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1pintatatime (81) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Poured from a bottle. A deep amber with a sturdy, lasting head. Slight aroma of yeast, caramel, and fruitcake. Initial flavor is a solid malt and burnt sugar, followed by fruit, just a bit of booze and a slightly dry finish. Very smooth. Overall pretty average.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (2987) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle. Nutty brown sugar and toasty malt aroma. Clear chestnut with a large quickly receding beige head. Nutty toasty malt, slightly sweet, slightly spicy herbal hops flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2227) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2014
On tap at MacGregor’s. I thought this was a pretty good attempt for Americans at the style. Lacked a bit of the complexity and depth, but very drinkable, and generally on style. Plenty of Belgian Candy Syrup noted, some dark fruit, a bit of licorice and cherries. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
k0mpsa (1178) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Tap at winslows, greenville nc. Clear mahogany brown color, some tanned head. Aroma is sweet, roasty, suryp, licorice. Quite light body, little roasty, licorice, suryp.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MercyDevice (348) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Rich, dark brown in color with a foamy beige head. Notes of spice and caramel. Rich and flavorful. Good.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gamin (101) - - DEC 31, 2013
An ok beer if not memorable at all. While it claims Belgian yeast, I don't really get that in flavor. It's just an average malty beer reminiscent of a scotch ale.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
b3shine (5574) - Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent copper with off-white lacing. Smells oddly sweet and a bit yeasty. Tastes like it smells, only not as off-putting. Average on the palate. Eh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2146) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2013
12oz bottle from Crossroads Spirits. Pours a hazy dark amber/brown color with a finger and a half of frothy tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, Belgian yeast, sweet fruits, and Belgian spices. Taste of light roasted malt, hints of Belgian yeast and banana, some spice, and a light sweet fruitiness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
njnut (255) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Poured into english pint, cola brown with light short lasting head that only stuck to glass edge. Aroma is malt. Mouth feel is watery. Roasted malt taste, it does have a bit of a a by ale tint. Slight warming on finish. Nutty also on the end of finish, not bad.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tambrico (50) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2013
On tap. Pours a deep red/brownish color. Not much head and didn’t last long. Aroma is light and malty. Flavor is light and malty as well; there’s a little fruitiness and toastiness to it and I can detect the belgian yeasts. This one was a little hot on the alcohol for some reason which is strange for a 5-6% beer. My biggest gripe though is it’s extremely light bodied to the point where it feels a bit watered down. I wasn’t diggin that at all. Overall not bad but not great.


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