Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by jamie2dope:
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
It has been great catching up on some of the Smuttynose big beers. None of them have disappointed me so far. This one (which was the last one in the fridge might I add) I grabbed at Colonial Spirits in Acton. It poured into a Rapscallion sniffer glass a lush amber color with nice head retention, and chunks of yeast floating around towards the latter half of the bottle. It also exploded when I first opened it (too much time in the fridge or moved around a bit too much I assume). In the aroma were ripe strawberries, some dried grain, alcohol, and the faintest hint of vanilla. Taste was very rough, though in a good way, with lots of bittering hops, raisins, and more grain. Alcohol was there, but not too heavy. Mouthfeel for this style was medium I would say, and pretty drinkable. Im surprised to say that I killed the bomber easily. This is definitely a Barleywine to sip and savor. At first it seemed a bit harsh, but as it warmed, it became quite the lovely treat. I wish I had a cigar on hand to go along with this one. This might not be the best of the Smuttynose big beer series, but its one of the more enjoyable Barleywines I have had recently.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2007 21:51:12 | More by jamie2dope
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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.