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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

526 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 51 | 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:
65 IBU

2007 - 11.4%
2009 - 11.1%

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-04-1999)
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Kudashov

Massachusetts

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

2007 Bottle

Poured into my Spaten mug the brown leather color is wonderful when held up to the sunlight with the Manic Street Preachers on the Hi-Fi . The head did not last long but there is tons of lacing on the glass . The smell is very piney and full of hops . This is a great tasting barleywine . Granted I am still an apprentice but this is a pleasure to drink . There is a peppery kick on the finish . Tough call between this stuff and the Old Ruffian I had a few weeks back . Mouthfeel is smooth and at 10 ABV drinkability may limit you to 2 bottles . As usual Smuttynose makes another great brew . I will this spring , make another trip to the brewery . Keep up the good work lads .

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 20:44:08 | More by Kudashov
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They nail the look with a light caramel color and dirty white/almost yellow head. The beer is rich and hazy, showing it's full of "stuff." The head is only about a finger thick and doesn't retain all that well, but it leaves an attractive lace. While not a perfect look, it fits the style well.

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Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.