Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by PicoPapa:
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bomber. Pours a really hazy light brown color with a thin head. Moderate amount of lacing. Aromas of some fruits, a surprising amount of hops, and a kind of sweet boozey smell. Taste has a good amount of hop flavor to it. Slightly bready with a nice mix of alcoholic sweetness. Some malt flavor but picking up on more hops than malt. This is a really nice barleywine. Good kick of hops to it as well as the usual barleywine characteristics. The boozey taste is nicely balanced and not an overload. I will be looking for this one again.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2010 07:12:26 | More by PicoPapa
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
They describe it as having the scent of fruity esters and they're accurate. It's doesn't scream fruit like some Belgians do, but for the style, it is on the fruity side. That typical oaky vanilla scent is present as well, but somewhat tempered by the fruit esters. Hops do not overwhelm the sinuses.
A lot of barleywines have a taste that matches the smell with an oaky vanilla flavor. This has it, but it marries quite well with the fruity flavors presented. The hop presence is very pronounced, but the malty backbones provides balance. As you'd expected from 10.6% ABV, the alcohol is always present.
Very boozy. It's full of heat. I feel my BAC rising with each sip...and you sip this. What I get mostly is the heat...it's very hot, from the second it hits your lips. There is some sweetness and bitterness, but neither overwhelms. Extremely full bodied. But again, it's mostly the heat you take from this. Very warming.
No barleywine is easy to drink, but this is among the easier of the type to sip. I'm certainly going to sleep well tonight.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2014 02:30:18 | More by RickS95
Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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