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Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

526 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 51 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
65 IBU

2007 - 11.4%
2009 - 11.1%

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-04-1999)
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philipt

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color with a very little in terms of a head, and minimal lacing effect. There is a very distinctive malt smell, accenuated by hints of fresh hops and alcohol. There is significant malt sweetness with a subtle hop balance in the taste. An alcohol presence quickly follows. This is a rather thick beer as barleywines ought to be.

Not a bad all round beer, but it is not as balanced as some other notable microbrewed barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 00:41:03 | More by philipt
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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.

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Serving type: bottle

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Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.