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

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very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 1
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:
Beer added by: ElGallo on 02-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 9
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3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, ruby highlighted brown coloring, with a tall, frothy, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of dry and fruity red wine characteristics forward, with an underlying chocolate and caramel backbone. Richly sweet and dry, blending nicely on the nose. The flavors are an interesting blend of rich, roasted sweet notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee, with a balance of dry grape and berry red wine notes. Smooth, slightly slick bodied, with a rich sweet and roasted chocolate and dry red wine aftertaste. The finish is smooth, dry, and with a lingering wine flavor. Interesting brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Fantome tulip.

Pours a murky garnet with two finger bubbly white head that left some nice lacing. Smell is chocolate, mint, dark stone fruits, light oak. Taste is similar with light tannic notes from the barrel, mint, chocolate, light tart plums and dark berries, and light oak. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, medium bodied, a little tart, but smooth.

I was really pleased with this one. The base beer is not even noticeable, but the new beer here is very unique and great!

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Maxwell
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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