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