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Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

570 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 71
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-04-1999

65 IBU

2007 - 11.4%
2009 - 11.1%
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 570 | Reviews: 349
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4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 version on draft into a narrow, footed half pint. Cloudy caramel color, tan head circling the glass, and thin, sticky lace rings marking each sip level.

I've liked most Smuttynose, though it hasn't been distributed here long. Never had their barley wine, so I can't compare this to other years or when it was fresh.

As for barley wines, in general, it is one of my favorite styles and I have drunk many—at many stages of age.

This seems to have aged well. It is smooth, well-balanced, and free of any musty or other "off" characteristics. Two years seems like a sweet spot on this one, though at 10.6 abv, it could probably do 2 more and still be delicious.

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3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 two three for feve seex

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4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle, 10.6%, into a Pipeworks snifter

Nice copper color, a little murky looking. Aroma is a good balance of malt and citrusy hops. Taste is initially malty and a bit sweet, a little brown sugar. Hops kick in on the way down, with a pretty strong, but pleasant hop bitterness on the back end. Good body for the style. Very enjoyable beer.

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4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.52/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.