Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Scooter77:
3.28/5 rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pours a burnt amber color with red highlights topped off by a 1/4-inch bubbly froth. The head retention is virtually non-existent, leaving no lace. The isnt much of an aroma, but I did detect hints of fruit, caramel, and alcohol. The taste is very bold. The alcohol, which is very strong, is the first thing to hit the taste buds. Once you get past that alcohol taste there is a nice medley of flavors with toasted malt and caramelized sugar being the primary ones. There are also some sweet fruit undertones. There was a very slick, oily texture left on my tongue, which seemed to hold the bitter aftertaste in my mouth for a long time. This is an average barleywine, moderately drinkable.
Serving type: on-tap
04-10-2003 05:30:57 | More by Scooter77
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3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Poured from bomber into snifter vigorously to produce a 2 finger off white head with dark ruby red amber body. The color is beautiful and enticing. No lacing, legs galore. Head disappeared and left nothing but a tiny ring that remained throughout.
S - Strong hop aroma, floral, earthy, pepper... the malt notes cut through with a raisin bread character, molasses, burnt sugar, tobacco, more earthiness and a kick of alcohol
T - Very fresh taste, would benefit from aging, a little hot and hop forward... but enjoyable nonetheless. It kicks you with hop bitterness and resolves with a complex malt taste of raisin and molasses with notes of bread, wet tarp, burnt sugar, and just an overall mellow sweetness. It ends with a nice bitter, pungent alcohol and peppery yeast bouquet... this taste lingers.
M - Thick slow sipping, fitting for the style. Alcohol is very warming, more so compared to other styles, again I think this aspect would benefit form aging as well.
O - Fitting for the american barleywine category, at least this sample, though I have had some aged and it really mellows out quite nicely. This is hop forward and hot, but is still very drinkable/enjoyable. Taste was a little less complex than some other examples, but overall a well executed barleywine, I do have at least one of these every year and I will continue the trend.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 02:21:38 | More by MaineBrewing
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tasted On: 03-03-2014
Freshness: 2013 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green KY
A: Hazy, orange-red beer capped by an offwhite head. The head fades fairly soon but leaves behind a beautiful pattern of lace.
S: Very pleasant aromas start with earthy hops, then follow with rich caramel malts. Other smells elicit thoughts of wood and also dark fruits such as raisins and figs.
T: The first sip yields a good balancing act between hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness. The flavors keep switching between the rich fruits, bitter hops and sweet malts. You also get some alcohol heat.
M: Full-bodied and delightfully chewy with also a high carbonation level. The finish is quite bitter but is also balanced with the big malt notes, just as you'd expect from a barleywine.
O: An excellent barleywine; my only complaint would be it was a bit hot in the alcohol department. This is one that would be even better after some cellar time I suspect.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 04:51:35 | More by sommersb
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked this up in Vermont last week. Absolutely impressed by how good it is. I intend on doing a fuller review when time permits.
A thick, viscous pour, yet a medium mouthfeel, very succulent.
Malty with a hint of sweetness, not cloying.
Definitely hoppy, but overall in great balance.
An exemplary barleywine, and I should have expected no less from Smuttynose.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 21:59:28 | More by ChipMurray
Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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