Brewed by St. Austell
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
St. Austell, England


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
750ml corked & ceged bottles.
Smugglers Grand Cru is brewed for strength and is aged for a minimum of 9 months in whisky casks sent to Cornwall especially for this purpose from the Tomintoul Distillery in Perthshire, Scotland. This ageing process adds complexity to the beer , with hints of smooth oaky vanilla, toffee and spirit underpinning the notes of sweet and spicy forest fruits derived from the base beer. Finally, to finish, the beer is bottled using the methode Champagnoise at the Camel Valley Vineyard on Cornwall. The unique qualities of Smugglers Grand Cru were recently recognised when it was awarded the Gold Medal in the speciality beer category at the London Quality Drinks Awards 2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23393) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle @ Yespr. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and vanilla aroma. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty caramel flavor with hints of dark fruit. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17260) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle shared at Ma Che, Roma, 09/02/13. From BOE. Hazed chestnut brown with a good frothy beige head which retains well. Nose is wood, booze, yeast, dark fruits, spice, apples, wood varnish. Taste comprises dark fruits, dates, raisens, booze definately shows its presence, ripe pears, dark toffee, spice. Full bodied with moderate carbonation, dry boozey finish. I enjoyed this, good balance, plenty of different things going on to hold your interest. Definately one to share with friends though at 11.5 % and 750ml !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (1966) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 11, 2013
09/02/2013 750ml bottle (thanks Theydon_Bois!). Ambrata-miele, piuttosto torbida, schiuma frizzante a grana finissima, molto persistente. Naso non pulitissimo, sentori di frutta matura (mela cotta), toffee e spezie. In bocca è meglio, ha un attacco dolce e un finale amarognolo. Corpo medio-pieno, molto carbonata. Ben bilanciata nel complesso e con un alcol assolutamente ben nascosto.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle at Yespr’s - Thanks. Cloudy amber7brown - white head. Fruity, nutty, oxidation , chocolate, medium malty, cocoa, ok bitterness, caramel,dried fruits, spicy, light alcoholic, sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fellebag (1364) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2013
750ml bottle. Fizzy. Small off white head. Very dark brown. Thick body. Aroma has cherries, caramel, alcohol and chocolate. Hint of leather. Flavour of apricot, lemon peel, vanilla. Among others, quite complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bygers (1155) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle 0,75l. Pours a dark amber colour with a large foamy head diminish quickly. Aroma of sweet apricot, dark berries, caramel and hint of vanilla. Taste of caramel malts, citrus peel, licorice, dried fruits, vanilla, dry oak and toffee. Full bodied, rich mouthfeel and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 4, 2013
Botella. Deep golden, hazy, medium off-white ehad. Sweet aroma, (dark)fruity caramel malty. Good mouthfeel. Sweet dark fruity well toasted caramel malty flavour with some spice along with alcohol in the finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (4228) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2013
25-JAN-2012, bottle @Papsø tasting, @Yespr. Red/amber with tan head. Cherry-lilke fruit aroma. Taset is very malty, sweet, barley wine like. Over carbonated but very fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brnandersen (3352) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2013
Sample from 75 cl. bottle. Hazy, amber colour with a smallish, white head. Sweet aroma with ripe fruits, caramel malts, alcohol and a toasted, spicy note. Medium sweet taste. Medium body, lively carbonation. Long lasting finish with dark fruits, rich caramel malts and alcohol. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy dark amber with minimal off white head.Aroma is toffee, caramel, overripe fruit, spices, booze and wood. Taste is medium sweet and bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily/syrupy, carbonation is soft. Finishes hot and alcoholic.

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