St. Austell Smugglers Ale (-2006)

Formerly brewed at St. Austell
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
St. Austell, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottled conditioned only.
NOTE: This is different beer to the beer of the same name launched in 2009, which also has the words Vintage Ale printed on the label.
Smuggler’s is a fine premium bottle conditioned ale, brewed using only natural and, wherever possible, Cornish ingredients including Cornish Gold Malted Barley.

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Ungstrup (38932) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2013
Cask. A deep red beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of butter, malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes fo butter, toffee, butterscotch, lemons, and other fruits.

andreag84 (4) - volvera (TO), ITALY - DEC 19, 2012 does not count
6°, alla spina. Complessa ma beverina:al naso tantissima uva candita e profumi tipici di un dolce Appena sfornato. In bocca sembra di mangiare un panettone, ma con qualche leggero sentore fresco-acidulo che rende facile la beva. Piuttosto dolce. Una vera christmas-Ale!

Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 16, 2012
Deep ruby colour with a cream coloured head that swiftly lost the war and sat sulkily as a skim of film on top of the beer and around the rim of the glass. The colour is lustrous and lovely though. Aromas of plum sauce, chutney, aged port, currants, some chocolate and toffee, but predominantly port and similar rich berry-led aromas. There’s also some youngish jammy aroma there too. What this beer does, it does well. In the mouth there is good mouthfeel in a thick, slick carpet of bubbles. What this does to the flavour is that it slightly delays the jamminess with the fruit taking centre stage and then out it rushes. Boysenberry jam. It isn’t over sweet (which is where dryish caramel comes through) but it lets you know that this is best enjoyed with a hunk of stilton or something a little foreign, blue and creamy. The finish wasn’t as long as I expected, with the emphasis on tannic berry skins, but this beer is lovely. irrespective of how long it hangs around. It holds the charms of a more mature and unattainable female acquaintance who you just fancy the pants off but hold a sentimental devotion to as well. She’s also a brunette, I should add*. *Incidentally, I don’t actually mean anyone in particular, but I do have a rather vivid imagination.

ClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark mahogany body with a big creamy off-white head. Nose is toffee, caramel, hints of red berries and metal. Taste is mild caramel, burnt sugar, hints of oregano and wood. Medium body, soft carbonation. Pretty OK and kind of original in its taste profile, but not something I’d bother to smuggle myself.

imdownthepub (15518) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2012
Cask conditioned at Minehead Beer Fest ’12. Copper with slight head. Quite a tart note to this, fruity, fullish, tasted a bit like an old ale. It’s ok.

madmitch76 (26413) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
25th October 2010
Clear amber - red beer. Tidy tan head. Light semi crisp palate, semi dry. Medium malt, trace of orange and a dash of coca cola. Little aniseed. Crispy finish. Not bad.

banner001 (26) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2012
Dark brown ale, slight carbonation, minimal white head and slight cloudyness. Smells rich and caramelly, slightly floral and sweet. Tasting was slightly dry, caramelly, yeasty, bready, cherry goodness, slight bitterness upon further sampling, very nice indeed.

PLundsgaard (498) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2011
Aroma/Malty-Ligth, Appearance Head/size-small, Head/Color-light brown, Head/Longevity-fully diminishing, Body/Hue-light, Initial Flavor/bitter moderate, Finish Flavor/bitter ligth, Palate Body/light, good beer

DruncanVeasey (8426) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2011 Bottle on the patio- rated 20/06/06, now split from Admiral’s Ale. The confusion was caused by the release of ’Smuggler’s Vintage’ in 2009. Have dug out the archives to verify this was the beer I sampled- you can sleep soundly in your beds tonight. "Preposterous, Turkish Delight-scented ale floating with sediment. Rose and honey in the nose, with a pungent sucker-punch of hops. Aromatic, balanced and intensely tasty". Now I’ve broken my own rules and compromised the integrity of the site, I might as well begin entering the 18,000 beer backlog....

cgarvieuk (26365) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2007
ruby coloured ale, with a dark berrylike nose, and a dark fruitymaltyness with a bitter finish

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