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St. Austell Smugglers Vintage Ale

Brewed by St. Austell
Style: Old Ale
St. Austell, England


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Bottle conditioned.
NOTE: This is an entirely different beer to the the Smugglers Ale launched in 2006 and now discontinued.
A very special bounty indeed, Smugglers is a unique blend of dark ale and oak-aged barley wine. This strong beer is brewed and racked into oak whisky casks before being hidden away in our cellars. During its long slumber the beer undergoes an extraordinary transformation, emerging rich and complex with hints of whisky, creamy vanilla, toffee and spice.
A blend of oak aged barley wine and dark ale brewed from natural Cornish spring water, Maris Otter pale ale malt, Crystal and Roasted malts, dark brewing sugar, First Gold, Fuggle, and Styrian Golding hops, coriander and our own Brewer’s yeast.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
nybol (380) - DENMARK - AUG 28, 2015
Fint frugtagtig smag, let syrlig i lugt og smag,så en lidt speciel øl at drikke. ...k

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2828) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2015
On tap @ Ölfestival 2015. Dark amber with a tiny off white head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Medium body with a nice balanced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brnandersen (2708) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2015
Draught at CBF 2015. Hazy, dark amber colour with a golden tint, Thin, off-white head. Sweet aroma with caramel, fruits, toffee, vanilla, spicy hints, nuts and almond. Taste is sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture. Finishes sweet and fruity with caramel malts, toasted notes and dark, dried fruits. Okay, rather sweet for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7821) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours copper amber, nose is toffee, caramel, fruity, taste is similar, rich, sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle, shared with my father in law. Hazy dark brown with golden Amber highlights. Woody caramel, prunes, soft yeasty esters. Like a mini-quad, sort of.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (1582) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2015
Tap @ Fairbar. Amber pour with some head. Malty sweet, dried fruits, prunes, vanilla, grainy and some light smoke.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
ken1 (1439) - DENMARK - JAN 22, 2015
Aroma: fruity and sour berries. Flavour: Very very sour. Not much else. I’m guessing a cleanlyness issue in production. Undrinkable. Colour: nutty reddish brown with annoffwhite head. From: outlet at one pint in Hobro dec. 2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (5077) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2015
Tap@Kennedys Bar, Copenhagen - dark brown pour with off-white head. Aroma and taste is dark malty, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, biscuity, nutty, dark dried fruits, slight spice, went down a treat. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (2004) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle a brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy caramel fruits and some hops flavor malts spicy chocolate dark fruits some spicy and a hoppy finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5323) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2014
On tap @ Kick. Unclear, almost murky amber with a small but dense off-white head. Nice aroma of malt, dry fruit, caramel, some wood and slightly acidic. Flavor is smooth, sweet caramel malt, dry fruit, wood, vanilla, some bitterness and toffee. Fine body, not full body but in balance. Decent aftertaste. A really smooth and tasty one this, highly enjoyable.

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