Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by blitz134:
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Perfectly clear, red bodied brew. Very light tan head on top, 1/4" that stayed around a while after reducing slightly. Nice sheet of lace all the way down the glass.
Smelled strongly out of the bottled. In the glass I get whiffs of a ton of hops, citrus rinds mostly, some grapefruit. Nice sugary sweet, caramel smell to it, definately has its share of crystal malts. Hints of alcohol, but not strong.
Nice balance here, even though there are plenty of hops. Caramel, crystal malt sweetness to start. Then transitions into some grassy, herbal hops with some bitter citrus pith. Then comes the "dinner roll" malts at the finish with subtle hints of chocolate. Finishes with a bit of lingering "dirty" bitterness. Quite nice. This one must be had only slightly chilled to let everything come through.
Nice full bodied brew, coats the tongue and the flavor lingers. Low carbonation. Quite smooth with just a little brashness from the hops.
This is a really good beer, in my opinion. If you like Great Divide's Old Ruffian, you'll like this one. Alcohol is present, I can feel it already and I'm barely anyways into this one at all. A superb example of the American Barleywine style.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2008 03:18:21 | More by blitz134
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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
89 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.