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St. Austell Smugglers Vintage Ale

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5597) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours copper amber, nose is toffee, caramel, fruity, taste is similar, rich, sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7500) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (979) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2015
Tap @ Fairbar. Amber pour with some head. Malty sweet, dried fruits, prunes, vanilla, grainy and some light smoke.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
ken1 (1151) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (2966) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (1785) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4922) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkel07 (3964) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle from Brewhouse Brisbane May 2014. Aroma carries spiced fruit notes while the flavour is a bit more powerful. Raisins and other dried fruit come to mind.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Poured a clear copper, with a halo of off white head. Aroma of sour fruit, cherry and brown sugar. Was really not expecting the sourness, didn’t really seem to fit, but the bottle was well in date and pasteurised, so I don’t think that it was off. Toasted malt flavours, with some peal and tart fruit. Finish was sour, acidic, with some grain, dried fruit and toffee. Very strange and all in all, not particularly nice.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (3831) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2014
On tap at O?Connors. Slightly hazy amber with off white head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma is sweet and syrupy, nuts, caramel and grassy/fruity hops. Taste is sweet and a bit sour, caramel, wood, ripe fruit and a bit of compost.


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