Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by karengarys:
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
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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
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