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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops. The much-anticipated debut edition of Smuttynose Wheat Wine, brewed and bottled early in 2005, was delayed for nearly a year due to problems stemming from the federal label approval process. The Tax and Trade Bureau (formerly ATF) rejected our original label approval application, claiming that use of the word wine in a beer name would confuse and mislead consumers and retailers. We didnt agree (barleywine, anyone?) and appealed their rejection. Ours is the first, but definitely not the last, wheat wine application the federal government has seen, so they had to create new guidelines regarding the use of this name. We did prevail, at last, and the issue has been put to rest, and although there are several outstanding examples of this style offered at brewpubs, we are pleased to say that Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale was the first commercially bottled Wheat Wine on the market.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER 2005 Great American Beer Festival.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER 2010 Mondial de la Biere, Strasbourg, France
GOLD MEDAL WINNER 2011 Great American Beer Festival

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3335) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2017
22oz vintage 2007, purchased at the brewery on the Portsmouth beer week festival. Dark amber - brown color, with a small bubbly beige ring head, with a nice oxidized fruity toasted, caramelized, biscuity, wheat malty nose, with some toffee, barley sugar, faint fruitcake, subtle brandyish, sugar pie accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth sweet fruity toasted, caramelized, biscuity, wheat, pale malty character with some mild oxidized, brandish, toffee, mild earthy flowery leafy, grassy, citrusy, teaish hop, subtle caramelized apple on a stick flavours, leading towards a warming brandy liquor, sweet fruity carameilzed, wheat, toasted maltiness, light lingering leafy, grassy hop bitternes finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (5156) - BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2017
Bomber from Bierhalle Deconinck, vintage 2012 (the year of "bottle conditioning" apparently - at least a year is mentioned here, not a very common feature on American bottles). This was the first - at least commercially available - wheat wine, basically American wheat ale elevated to barleywine strength; I had probably no more than two or three other examples of this style (AleSmiths Decadence springs to mind). Off-white foam dissolving rapidly in the middle but initially retaining as a closed ring of mousse - which vanishes in the very end as well; initially clear, warm en deep, very pure, coppery amber robe, turning into a cloudy brownish amber with sediment, including some bits of dark, dead yeast at the bottom. Quite strong, but very obviously old aroma of biscuit, old apple cake, old sweet sherry (clear oxidation), baked banana, dried orange peel, artisanal honey, very old dried tarragon, old toast, rusty iron (clear oxidation!), pineapple, dough, bourbon, varnish. Candied and honeyish sweet onset, marmelade, yellow raisin and some candied fig here and there, some underlying but very dim cranberry sourishness, soft carbo, very vinous, oily mouthfeel, made more slick and even slightly soapy by the wheat, which manifests itself as a light bready accent flavor-wise on top of a caramelly malt sweet body, put to the front row. This slick and smooth, full maltiness dominates the finish along with a dash of leafy hops not providing any actual bitterness - as would be the case in an American style wheat ale of average strength - before a strong, even astringent, bourbon-like alcohol effect shows up; this alcohol burns a bit at first, even unpleasantly so, but becomes softer as more of the bottle is emptied. A bit too boozy for my personal taste, this would have been better if the alcohol were better hidden and would have given less wryness in the back of the mouth and throat; oxidation is very obvious too, both in a rusty and old cooked chicken kind of way (oxidized proteins) and in a much more elegant, sherry-like way. I do prefer my barley wines - and therefore wheat wines, I suppose - at a certain age of one or two years, but near to five years is apparently a bit much for this one. Other than the advanced oxidation and the overt booziness, I do appreciate the slickness and sweetness of this, though admittedly I expected something more. Still, this is a very interesting archetype of a style that probably needs more exposure and finetuning. In all: enjoyable slow sipper on a freezing January night like this.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
josanguapo (1549) - SPAIN - NOV 26, 2016
From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. 65cl. Watching Los Soprano 5x03 + playing Broken Sword 5. Barleywine-like, with lots of raisins and a smoother,silkier body probably thanks to the wheat.Noticeable non USAish hops. Alcohol present too, but nice, providing a warming feeling. To drink slowly

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (3849) - SPAIN - NOV 2, 2016
Bottle 65cl @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain. A: Amber. T: Malt, caramel, raisins.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Double digit ABv and it is recognizable from the first taste. Sweet beginning to end with no bitter at all. A decent brew...just not my favorite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
Pours a hazy orangish amber color. Aromas of strong malts, citrus, fruit, and alcohol. Flavor big malt taste with fruity finish. Long malt aftertaste. Can really taste the alcohol in this one

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3283) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2016
O, Quand, Comment : Dguste en ft au Farmhouse Tap & Grill (Burlington, VT), le 5/9/2015.
Visuel : Couleur : ambre-orange. Apparence : lgrement voile.
Arme : Caramel toffee, lgrement fruit (fruits foncs), lger de crales grilles, lger houblon herbeux aux notes pices et rsineuses.
Got : En entre de bouche : Lger got fruit (fruits foncs, notes de petits fruits rouges) avec quelques notes pices. Une dominante de caramel aux notes rties est prsente avec un lger got dalcool rchauffant ainsi quune lgre-moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux aux notes rsineuses et terreuses.
En bouche : Corps : moyen-rond. Effervescence : douce-moyenne. Texture : huileuse. Finale : moyenne-longue, compose dun rsiduel sucr avec une lgre amertume dalcool, de houblon herbeux aux notes pices.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7705) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear amber pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel and corn. Malty and caramelly flavor with slight hop before a sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (1272) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2016
2014 bottle. This is one big, boozy, beautiful beast of a beer. The color is a gorgeous ruby-red and its clear and a little oily-slick. The flavor and aroma is malty and complex -- caramel, stone fruits, a bit of spiciness. Great beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (2411) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Quite cloudy light brown, looks like dirty water. Woody. Alcohol hidden behind wood. Tasted at Elijah Ps Monsters of Beer festival.


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