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Smuttlabs Winter Ale - Aged In Red Wine Barrels - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ElGallo on 02-19-2014)
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4/5  rDev +5%

Boston_Steve, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Totally random find at Bestway in Greensboro. Deep mahogany with a tan head that starts out large but settles to a pool of creamy bubbles. Instant red wine barrel in the nose followed by cherry, sherry, and more subtle nutty chocolate. Flavor is borderline tart, but backs off at the last second. Smooth red wine tannis, spice, oak, port, and a general, mellow fruitiness. The malt flavor is low-key and exists mostly as a bready, nutty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and fluffy yet finishes dry and slightly tart. Pretty interesting and very easy to drink. Kinda sorta Dubbelish, but then the wine takes over. I wasn't expecting something so refreshing.

wedge, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

devilfluff, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

outoffocus, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

nmann08, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz capped bottle poured into a globe.

A: Dark garnet color. Creamy, fine bubbled tan head retains very well at a good inch and a half in height. Plenty of spotty and clumpy lacing.

S: Bready and crusty. Big waft of brown cocoa. Brown molasses. Vinous with a touch of booze. Lots of red berries, currants, and cherry. Candi sugar. Oak. Yeasty with clove and some light medicinal smells.

T: Very fruit-forward. Cherries and red berries abound. Vinous. Good tartness with some acidity. Malts begin to take hold. Toasted crust, mild woody roast. Bold flavors of unsweetened cocoa begin to wrap themselves around everything. Woody vanilla and oak. Earthy yeast, mild medicinal/clove flavors. Orange peel? Could be the hops too, as they lend a good dose of bitterness. Finishes with red berries, red wine, and a strong nutty cocoa flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Mildly acidic and tannic. Creamy and silky. It wants to let its heft sit on the palate, but the fine and sharp carbonation bubbles whisk it away.

O: A very good beer overall. Great complexity, and the tart, vinous fruit flavors play very well with woody and chocolatey malts. A great sipper. I'd love to see 750ml cork and cages, I think this would age well.

ryan1788a5, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

EricDu, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Dicers, Jun 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

cheah, Jun 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

alienlifeforcecube, May 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

cardsfan, May 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Mike, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

DerekMorgan, Apr 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

blt2646, Apr 22, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours out the color of amber mud, or maple syrup. Its sits in the glass as a deep, dark maroon, with a small fringe of sand-dune-white bubbles. In body, the beer is opaque and a cloudy muddle. Nothing of the other side of the glass can be seen, but a steady stream of bubbles can be noted. It’s not much too look at from a beer perspective, but from a wine perspective it looks like an aged red with nice brick coloring. On the nose the beer smells of blackberries, Syrah-based wine, soft oak, grape soda, and fruit punch. The more I sniff, the more I am reminded of fruit juice. As it warms, the nose takes a metallic twist that isn’t that pleasant. On the tongue, the beer tastes hugely of earthy oak tannin, fruity sweetness, and a touch of tart, vinous acidity. Bitter tannin definitely snaps at the finish, but not too aggressively. In flavor, this beer is all about the oak. Light berry sweetness touches at the start of the sip and then divulges into big old, roasty-toasty oak with an earthy vanilla flavor. The finish brings in more red wine, woody tannins, slight metal, apple juice, fruit punch, and grape juice flavors. There is a hint of musty cellar just as the sip begins, and that flavor seems to haunt the rest of the sip for me, suggesting slight oxidized sherry notes, especially on the finish as the beer warms. Overall, I am tasting little to nothing of the base beer, which is a shame. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of medium in body, with a definite tannic structure. I almost feel like I am drinking cheap red wine. Snappy carbonation gives a crispness to the mouthfeel, which seems off with the style. I want this to be smooth and sultry on the tongue, and it shows hints of that underneath the carbonation, but in the end it is just too crisp for the style. Overall, I’m a little disappointed by this beer. In theory, Smutty’s Winter Ale should blend wonderfully with subtle oak aging, but I think they left this one in the barrel for too long, and I don’t think they matched up the wine type well enough. I think a nice, spicy Tempranillo, or earthy Cab Sauv would have done much better alongside the Winter Ales smooth, bready and spicy flavors. I’m not entirely sure of the wine type, but it tastes far too ‘new world fruity’ for the beer. In the end, the beer was lost to the barrel and wine. Great barrel and wine notes in this beer, but I want more beer! It was alright to drink for a cheap red wine perspective, but not as a beer.

Maxwell, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jaycar06, Apr 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

braican, Apr 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Bandi, Mar 29, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy dark brown in color and has bits of reddish hues. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of red wine are present in the nose along with notes of oak and hints of underlying caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of red wine from the barrel aging but tannins from the oak seem to stand out a little more prominently.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While you can definitely taste the red wine and oak flavors from the barrel aging, neither of these seem to be overpowering, it's difficult to discern any of the other aromas and flavors of the underlying beer.

metter98, Mar 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Carpentiere, Mar 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Gregwa, Mar 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

SebD, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Griffith, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ironchefmiyagi13, Mar 24, 2014
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Smuttlabs Winter Ale - Aged In Red Wine Barrels from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.