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St. Austell Smugglers Vintage Ale

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


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RATINGS: 131   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Speko (203) - DENMARK - MAR 25, 2016
Tap at The Warf. Dark amber with small white head. Aroma of wood, malts, roasted, a hint of coffee and raisins. Very mild taste of berries, vanilla, caramel, butter, hint of whiskey. Medium body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alex_leit (2026) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAR 12, 2016
Draft. Brownish-bronze color. Aroma: good malts, vanilla, butterscotch, whisky, sweet caramel. Taste: oily, malty, a little sweetness, a little wine, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, dried figs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12231) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2016
Cask at The Chainlocker & Shipwrights, Falmouth. It pours deep red - brown with a decent light tan head. The nose is bitter - sweet, toffee, fruit cake, light bubble gum, candied peel, earth, wood and leather. The taste is firmly bitterness, earthy, leather, drying, damp leaves, some dried fruit sweetness, toasted nut, alcohol boost with a lingering dry, woody finish. Medium body and fine, foamy carbonation. Decent enough old style old, not a huge amount of depth, but enjoyable enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (13033) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2016
Bottled, 500ml from Tesco in Banbury. Copper with faintest of heads, quite flat. There is a toffee, vanilla flavour from the start with this with a fruity tartness alongside. The alcohol shows through what is a body bordering on thinnish. Certainly not Barley Wine though. A bit mixed up for me but okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (8490) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle from Tesco, Brighouse. Amber-brown in colour with a very thin head. Sweetened old ale with whisky notes evident.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
nybol (1365) - 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 (3298) - 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 (3238) - 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 (10271) - 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 (9497) - 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.

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