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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4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Small head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles throughout the tasting. The color is dark amber and clear.
Semisweet nose with a nice floral hop balancing presence.
Excellent pale to crystal malt base. There's also an excellent hop counterpoint that creates balance and interest. Creamy, full body but the carbonation fits for this beer. Simply put, this is hoppy barley wine that the masses could enjoy.
Serving type: on-tap
04-13-2014 17:48:17 | More by smcolw
3.69/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
this pours hazy burnt orangish leaving a small fluffy layer of extremely small bubble foam. I slow pour to avoid a large head. It laces down the side of the glass quite a bit.
smell of rasins, fruit, some spices I can't put my finger on.... floral... yummy!
Taste, to me, is plum, cinnamon, correander, pepper. I've got this thing with pepper, I don't know why I always pick it up... Whenever I'm at a tasting and I say "pepper", everybody looks at me like I have lobsters crawling out of my ears... ...but I'm picking up a hint of pepper.
Guess what? The alcohol is almost completely hidden!
Mouthfeel is decent, somewhat thick, oily, but also creamy.
This is a nice hefty drink. Finish is a bit bitter, asprin like, I dropped the taste from 3.75 to 3.5 because of that aftertaste.
Actually, this is my favorite barleywine that I recall. Nice, balanced, even, no serious edges. As I recall, in my area, it was also less expensive for a bomber than most. I don't recall the price, sorry!
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2014 00:42:16 | More by karengarys
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 examples, 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
Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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