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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Smoked Barleywine Ale
Our newest brewer, Dave Kilgour was backed into a corner at the Manly Men Beer club meeting. The club members demanded an English style barleywine ale brewed with a dose of new world style smoked grain. His second task was to come up with a name for a smokey beer brewed in the shadow of Maine’s cool ocean waters.
Here in Maine, sea smoke is a fog that appears in bitter cold air just above the water’s surface as it meets the relatively warmer ocean water. Thus, rising columns of condensing water vapor are formed, appearing to be wispy fog on an otherwise clear winter’s morning.
Given this image, Dave set out to craft a brew with the enchantment and ruggedness of Maine’s winter waters. Brewed with cherry wood smoked barley, this ale attains the subtle warmth of a barleywine ale without being overbearing. The introduction of the smoked flavor acts to balance the sweetness inherent in the barley-wine style yielding a quirky, yet sophisticated beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2011
22oz bottle: Pours to a reddish amber colored body with a small eggshell colored head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, apple & pears with a medium-strong scent of acidic smoke. Taste is light apple, but not tart apple, sweet pear/plum malt flavors, some mild grassy/spicy hops hidden in the back, and a medium amount of smoke flavor. They do a nice job blending the smoked malt flavor in here - it’s fully part of the flavor from start to finish but does not dominate the flavor as it does in a typical smoked beer. In a sense there is a bit of sea salt flavor in the smoke as well. Medium bodied, light carbonation, sweet and slightly syrupy, as would be expected for an English barleywine. This one should age very nicely, although the alcohol content could be a bit higher to match the style, and for better aging.

hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bottle... Pours clear and Longhorn-orange. The nose furnishes candied dry-fruits, tea biscuits and a hint of smoke. Slightly medicinal as well. Full-bodied and sticky with modest carbonation. The flavor presents malty-sweet toffee up front and piercing, metallic bitterness on the backside. Finishes bittersweet (more sweet than bitter) with a nickel aftertaste.

AirForceHops (8037) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bomber bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours a dirty orange color without head. Aroma is interesting, smoked apples, light figs and prunes.... Old English toffee.

I prefer my barely wines slightly oxidized, but I should have been more careful with this one at only 7.7%. The thinner body does don’t help as it ages. Molasses, caramel with a hint of smoke. The finish displays dark fruit. The smoke is mild but really all the flavors are. Meh

BreWedge (566) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
1 pint, 6 fl oz bottle (summer 2013). Pours a hazy amber/brown with a fairly small and short-lived off-white head. Aromas are cherry, molasses, and some earthiness. Tastes are sweet malts, a little salt, and some alcohol. Tangy, alcohol warmth, low carbonation. Admittedly probably a bottle that should’ve been drank sooner but this was not a great beer.

hopdog (13267) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
22oz bottle. Poured a copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Where’s the smokiness - trace if at all. Toast, caramel, some vanilla, some woodiness, and lighter fruitiness.

puboflyons (3531) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 10, 2013
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is amber copper with a modest head and good clarity. The idea of a smoked barleywine intrigued me but on the nose the smoke was muted while the alcohol-seeped malts were forward. The body was medium and on the creamy side. The flavor was pucker-up biting with noticeable alcohol and an astringent paint thinner type aftertaste. Cellaring this might mellow it.

OKplus (788) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2013
A - Pours a foggy dark amber brown with glowing red hues around the edges. A micro bubble off-white head that leaves beautiful lacing. S - Smokey rich toffee malt, toasted sugar, cherries, notes of pine, alcohol. T - Toffee malt with hints of smoked wood. The subtle smokiness is evident from the start all the way to the aftertaste and produces a welcomed dryness to balance out the malt. Hints of grapefruit and pine towards the finish. A highly drinkable Barleywine. The smoke adds a nice twist. The is not an in your face beer. It is definitely worth trying. Serving type: bottle 10-04-2010

malrubius (3091) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle from Grain & Vine. Muddy orange amber with ring. Caramel fruit cardboard aroma with a touch of smoke and alcohol. Sweet fruity caramel with sharp bitter astringency and lingering medicinal smoke. Gets better as it warms. Much better warm. An extra point for Overall and for flavor despite the medicinal aftertaste.

rocbyter (2187) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Dry and lightly chalky malt aroma. Clear red color with a small tan head. Mild quick bitter beginning with a building sweetness to a smokey, light medicine finish.

michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2012
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of smoked barley. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a small, off-white head that disappeared except for around the edges. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, bacon, slight vanilla, and slight smoke. Medium body. Oily, then lightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, smoke, bacon, vanilla finish is medium sweet and lightly dry. 7.7%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

adrian910ss (2606) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 29, 2012
22 oz bomber. Pours a rusty amber color with a medium sized light beige head. Aroma of Candied malt and light hints of smoke. Taste is much the same

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