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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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, youll 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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12837) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a slightly cloudy copper body with bif white floaties and medium-sized beige head. Aroma of brown sugar, darf fruits, and a hint of caramel. Flavor of dark fruits and spices. Thanks for sharing, Nuffield!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (4103) - Lake Champlain, 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 fingers 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 its an old bottle, so Im okay with that). Overall, this one aged phenomenally. Only the citrusy hops have died off. Wouldnt mind trying to get this again to try fresh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (8165) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yy0pp (1331) - - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (1594) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olsvammel (6440) - rebro, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (2113) - 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...

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALIBALI (964) - Kiel, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2016
Bigfoot Style. Wollstig. Schwer und feurig rot. Verhopft und verfhrerisch. Vollmundig und natrlich weinlastig. Vanille, Honigse und Americano Hops spielen ebenfalls entscheidende Rollen in diesem BIG SUD. EIN ELIXIER !!! 0,6l Flasche von WEYERMANN Bamberg fr korrekte 8,50.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (499) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Amber color. Bit sweet aromas of caramel and bread, ripe fruits. Sweet malt taste, fruit and caramel, heavily influenced by the hops - grass and pine. Bitter-sweet finish. Goes well with cheese.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a citrus taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5420) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle @ Welcome back old spice tasting. Small sample. The aroma has caramel, sweetness, oranges. Bit hazy, amber coloured beer with an off/white head. The taste is sweet, has caramel, hint of dust, orange. Becomes more dry in the end. Seems a bit dull-lacking complexity.


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