RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
First brewed in England, these potent, malty monsters were frequently aged before being put into small bottles and sold as strong beers or even medicinal tonics. The American version has been blown up with more alcohol, larger bottles and more hops.
Smuttynose Barleywine straddles these two branches of the barleywine tree. When you taste it, you’ll notice deep, rich caramel malt flavors, balanced with hop bitterness. Fruity hop flavors act as a garnish for its amped-up but classic flavor. For a more refined experience, tuck a few bottles away for a year or two. The alcohol will mellow and the hop aromas will fade into the background, leaving the luscious malt to shine on its own.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammys (427) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 9, 2005
2004 Bottling, aged 1 year: Pours a pure copper with minimal head, I suppose in true British ale style. Typical barleywine aroma, malt foundation with a strong nose of hops, I would guess cascade or centennial. Flavor is balanced on the side of sweetness, with the hops being prominent early on in the finish, but eventually being taken over again by the maltiness. I tend to like this style of Barleywine, assertive hoppiness without being out of balance or over-hopped. Very nicely done.

wlajwl (7121) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2017
Aroma and flavor is malts/caramel, fruit, mild citrus hops and a mix of warming alcohol and smooth for a barley wine finish.

thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2017
2013 bottle. This is exactly what a archetypal barleywine should be -- it’s sweet without being cloying, boozy without being hot, and there’s a good amount of flavor complexity (to the point that I almost thought it was barrel aged, because there’s a great vanilla/oak flavor at the end). Fantastic.

SirLimpsalot (4550) - SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2016
@ Eddan 16-12-3: stora malttoner med en humlig underton. Söt men inte för illa. Fin kola med bra balans.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - DEC 4, 2016
2013 bottle.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a rugged burnt dark orange/muddy brown color. A finger’s worth of white foamy head sat atop of the beer for a good minute. Gentle messy lace.
The aroma brings forth sweet and bitter grassy and tobacco leafy hops. Bold and up front, oddly enough, I thought those would have died off given the bottle date. Semi-sweet caramel and toffee malts play with the balance. Citrus hops seem to underscore the aroma.
The flavor balances nicely between the hops and the malts. Tobacco leafiness still holds quite strong. Grassy to tobacco leafy to smooth caramel malty aftertaste rubbing against the finish nicely.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine, fairly mild (but it’s an old bottle, so I’m okay with that).
Overall, this one aged phenomenally. Only the citrusy hops have died off. Wouldn’t mind trying to get this again to try fresh.

gyllenbock (9977) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. (bought in 2014) Clear reddish/amber with a large tan head. Sweet with malt, toffee, some hops, grapefruit and apricot. Similar taste. The body was full and the finish was long with warming alcohol.

yy0pp (1632) - - SEP 14, 2016
Bottle. Deep purple color with tiny white head. Aroma - Violets, malt, candies, caramel, blackberry. Taste - Sweet, malt, apricot, dried berries, caramel, booze.

ciocanelu (3001) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 3, 2016
Hazy orange color. Sweet aroma with dark sugar, dark fruits and earthy hops. Taste starts hoppy with earthy notes, walnuts, figs, really nice. Easy drinking, well hidden alcohol, bitter aftertaste.

olsvammel (7294) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. Smell of caramel and dried fruit. Similar taste, sweet malty with ried fruit and caramel. Nice and well made.

dnicolaescu (2748) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 23, 2016
Sample at tasting. Smooth malts, light spicy alcohol, some honey. Strong bitterness with a pretty harsh alcoholic vodka-esque note. Good, but...

ALIBALI (2606) - Kiel, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2016
Bigfoot Style. Wollüstig. Schwer und feurig rot. Verhopft und verführerisch. Vollmundig und natürlich weinlastig. Vanille, Honigsüße und Americano Hops spielen ebenfalls entscheidende Rollen in diesem BIG SUD. EIN ELIXIER !!! 0,6l Flasche von WEYERMANN Bamberg für korrekte 8,50.

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