Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by demcorhip:
4/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed this one in an epic big beer session with chonry and raider. Much thanks to the fine trader Barleywinebrewer for sending this treat my way. Will be nice to see how this one ages, so thanks for sending 2 my way!
A clear, deep reddish hued amber ale. Not surprising that only a thin head formed on the pour, and only a thin ring of lacings rimmed the inside of my glass. This ale also had a not surprising low level of carbonation.
A fruity, somewhat vinous character, from the rich malts, yeast, as well as the hops. Cured tobacco and toffee also take to the fore, as well as bitter hops with scents of grapefruit and pine.
Toffee, with a touch of treacle, hints of sun cured burley tobacco and leather. Slightly floral hops, but mostly with a bitter bite of citrus and pine.
A decently balanced, somewhat hoppy big, and full bodied beer. Still somewhat raw, will enjoy seeing how the flavours mellow and sort themselves out with some more age.
A tasty and drinkable big beer. A very good sipper for a cold winter's night. Hoppy enough to reduce its approachability, wouldnt recommend this to someone who wasnt found of bitter hops. Glad i got the chance to drink this one, and looking forward to seeing how it ages, thanks Bill!
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2007 01:41:20 | More by demcorhip
More User Reviews:
4.11/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pours a hazy, nearly opaque orangish brown with 1 fingers width of light tan head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly, and leaves a fair amount of lacing.
S: Typical American barleywine notes with candied sugar, caramel/toffee, a nutty character, and some piney and citrus hops.
T: Fair amount of hops with piney and citrus rind bitterness, coupled with lots of malt flavors including caramel/toffee and burnt sugar.
M/D: Medium body, appropriately low carbonation, pretty smooth, ABV well restrained, drinkability is good.
O: Overall, a really good American Barleywine.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 01:43:16 | More by zac16125
Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.