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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

529 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 68
Gots: 52 | FT: 4
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%

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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy dark amber color with a decent, off white head. Smell is extremely fruity, citrusy hops, grapefruit, a hint of alcohol. Taste is more ripe fruits, figs, raisins, definite hop presence in the finish which does a decent job of hiding the alcohol with a pungent grapefruit and pine flavor. The burn in the belly, however, remains giving off a nice warming sensation. Mouthfeel is velvety, semi-rich, modest carbonation, and dry, hoppy finish. One bomber is definitely enough. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 01:22:23 | More by Doomcifer
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into 8oz snifter. 2007, bottle conditioned.

Hazy ruby red color with a light tan thin head that quickly fades to a thin rim along the glass. Spotty lacing along the class.

Sweet fruit flavors are met by tart and citrusy hops. The overall aroma is somewhat estery and flowery. The malty base is sugary and well mixed in with the fruit and flowers. A little bit of light coffee flavors come in. The high alcohol is well hidden, maybe adding a little sharpness to the scents.

Sweet and fruity malts set up the flavor, along with a strong, but not overpowering, array of tart hops. In the middle some grainy coffee like flavors come in and settle toward the end. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The feel is somewhat thick with the flavors being able to linger for a while. The end is mostly the citrusy hops.

I find this Barleywine to be vey enjoyable. It's nothing over the top, or anything to be hyped about, but I find myself taking sip after sip and looking forward to the next one. It's complex and well balanced. Just be sure to watch out, the alochol by volume is high, but well hidden. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 00:20:33 | More by BeerSox
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calsbeek

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice coppery orange with a perfect little head into a snifer.
all down hill from there.
The nose is bourbony and boozey which is not bad in and of itself, but its just too much. no balance and overthetop even for a barleywine.
The first taste was okay, but the beer was too cold (fridge temp) for the style and as it warmed, the flavors went all out of whack again. Medicinal and boozey. Hot.
The mouthfeel is fine. Nice carbonation and good body but nothign to right home about.
Finally, the beer is so hard to drink. I could never get through the entire bomber on my own and even splitting 22 oz. with my wife, I'm finding it hard to reach the bottom of my glass.
Glad I tried it, but I won't look hard to find my next bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 21:52:43 | More by calsbeek
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip; bottle conditioned in 2007

Interesting picture on the bottle of a woman picking what appears to be grapes off of a vine. Label has a cool finish to it.

Deep reddish amber in color with a big two finger bone white head. Significant lacing, staying power, and carbonation. A pretty beer all around.

Smells like ripe fruit, sweet toasted malts and a dose of citrus hops. You feel the warming of the alcohol in your nose hairs. Really a unique smell. Rather enjoyable.

Tastes of figs, apples, pears...fresh fruit all around. Alcohol warmth throughout, no hiding the 10% in this bad boy. There is a caramelized sugar flavor that really hits hard and leads to a citric hop finish that is delightful.

Full-bodied and a burst of flavor.

This beer drinks like a 10% barleywine should drink.

Big fan of this one. It has some really unique things going on that make it a must try. I paired this with some extra sharp cheddar towards the end of this experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 03:27:16 | More by ColForbinBC
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Kudashov

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle

Poured into my Spaten mug the brown leather color is wonderful when held up to the sunlight with the Manic Street Preachers on the Hi-Fi . The head did not last long but there is tons of lacing on the glass . The smell is very piney and full of hops . This is a great tasting barleywine . Granted I am still an apprentice but this is a pleasure to drink . There is a peppery kick on the finish . Tough call between this stuff and the Old Ruffian I had a few weeks back . Mouthfeel is smooth and at 10 ABV drinkability may limit you to 2 bottles . As usual Smuttynose makes another great brew . I will this spring , make another trip to the brewery . Keep up the good work lads .

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 20:44:08 | More by Kudashov
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Stoneman78

California

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ginger Man in NYC!
A- Pours a mercurial opaque amber with orange highlights, head is tiny off-white bubbles in a ring, moderate lacing
S- Very minimal aroma for a barleywine, slight hints of dark fruits and alcohol, perhaps the mildest aroma i've seen in this style
T- Initial taste is dark fruits and alcohol, subtle sweetness intermixed with alcohol, pears, apples, some pine resin hops in the finish
M- Medium/full-bodied, thick and chewy texture, good carbonation
D- I would not quite put this in the above-average tier, it is smooth and easy-drinking despite the alcohol presence, I enjoyed it but was perplexed at the mild aromas

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2008 19:46:13 | More by Stoneman78
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chefboy812

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a belgian goblet.

Nice hot copper color with a fluffy white had that fades slowly to a nice lacing. good sip marks. lightly hazed.

the aroma is of fruit, with port like grapiness, and a slight butterscotch aroma that definately hopes to come out with a bit of age. caramel and madiera float through as well.

all aromas report on the tip of the first sip then run away quickly to reveal a hop base with caramelly grain flavors jumping off of it. the grain and sweeter fruits rise slowly above the hop bitterness then fall equily as slow to leave the hops resin hang on to the toungue and keep the sugars from being too cloying. SOLID! solid grapefruit finish.

full velvety textures of the sugars are beautifully balanced with the thin heat of alcohol as well as the juicy chew of the citrus pith driven bitterness. a three way -yin, yang, and bob.

I am still in love with HOG HEAVEN fron avery, but I will still give this girl a kiss anytime.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 21:38:14 | More by chefboy812
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a Smuttynose Big Beer Series tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep ruby red color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong floral hops, citrus, dark fruits and alcohol.

T: The taste seems to have everything hit you all at once with a bursts of hops bitterness, fruity sweetness, an alcohol sting and a hearty malt character all jumping right out together. The strength of all those flavors can sometimes conflict with each other, but here they are quite harmonious and there’s an excellent balance. Eventually, it’s the piney hops flavor that sticks a bit in a hoppy and slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, low-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily for a 10.00% ABV beer, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style. Just like the rest of the Big Beer Series that I’ve had, this is an excellent big beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 23:30:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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timtim

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage... hazy reddish coppery with a great light tan head that stuck well and really left some nice lace. nose was dominated by sour, tangy citrus rind. grapefruit on top. a hint of mostly caramel malt poked through the nice hop scent as well. the dominating citrus character also came to play on the palate, but to my surprise, it didn't take over everything. the malt was more prevalent in the taste, and between the caramel and faint roasty taste, the hops gave this beer a true flavor of it's own. i've had many beers that i would consider having a grapefruit or citrus rind taste to them, but this one was really, really rind (almost dried rind) strong on the taste buds. thankfully the nice malts smoothed it out enough for it to really express itself pleasantly to me. medium full body with a somewhat syrupy and velvety mouthfeel. the finish was not too boozy or dry. i prefer hog heaven or bigfoot, but american barleywine fans should consider this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 06:26:26 | More by timtim
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blitz134

California

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear, red bodied brew. Very light tan head on top, 1/4" that stayed around a while after reducing slightly. Nice sheet of lace all the way down the glass.

Smelled strongly out of the bottled. In the glass I get whiffs of a ton of hops, citrus rinds mostly, some grapefruit. Nice sugary sweet, caramel smell to it, definately has its share of crystal malts. Hints of alcohol, but not strong.

Nice balance here, even though there are plenty of hops. Caramel, crystal malt sweetness to start. Then transitions into some grassy, herbal hops with some bitter citrus pith. Then comes the "dinner roll" malts at the finish with subtle hints of chocolate. Finishes with a bit of lingering "dirty" bitterness. Quite nice. This one must be had only slightly chilled to let everything come through.

Nice full bodied brew, coats the tongue and the flavor lingers. Low carbonation. Quite smooth with just a little brashness from the hops.

This is a really good beer, in my opinion. If you like Great Divide's Old Ruffian, you'll like this one. Alcohol is present, I can feel it already and I'm barely anyways into this one at all. A superb example of the American Barleywine style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 03:18:21 | More by blitz134
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Sunset Grill & Tap on 1/10/2008

Pours a very dark amber, almost mahogany in color with about a finger of light tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is fairly hoppy, citrus, floral, and piney hops are present, with a solid malt backbone, some caramel notes, and a fair amount of alcohol. Taste is pretty darn good. This is malty and sweet yet still balanced by substantial but not overwhelming hop bitterness and flavor. This seemed to get just a bit too boozy at times. Mouthfeel is good, this is medium-full bodied but not terribly filling with low-moderate carbonation. Overall this is pretty good, I thought that this was vibrant and lively fresh but might benefit from some aging to smooth things out. Bottom Line: give this a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 03:15:54 | More by mnj21655
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vtfan77

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice orange-red that yields a decent off-white head when poured vigorously. Quite a bit of lacing also... um... laces the sides of the glass.

S- Quite hoppy in the nose. There are lots of floral and citrusy aromas at play here. These, along with the malt, give the beer a sweet orange and berry aroma. Alcohol is also evident.

T- Like the smell only the malt plays a bigger part. Still lots of big fruit flavors and a candy-like sweetness. The alcohol is more prominent as well. Bitterness is quite high.

M- Not as heavy in the mouthfeel department as I might have expected, but it's still got a nice medium (bordering on full) body that is accented by a smooth carbonation.

D- Not bad for such a strong beer, but one bottle of this to end the night is plenty.

This is a very good, very "American" barleywine. Its strength and hop-forward nature surprised me a bit, I must say. Perhaps it was the art on the bottle, but I was expecting a mellower, more English-style barleywine. Instead a got an aggressive ass-kicker with an overall character that reminded me a bit of Dogfish 120 (minus the insanely high alcohol). I won't recommend this beer to people who don't like hoppy barleywines (maybe you can age some to mellow it out), but to those who do, I certainly will.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 19:59:53 | More by vtfan77
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joedon

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer in bottles on a couple of tries and was quite pleased. When I had the chance to try it on tap, I was very hopeful to give it a try.

At the Sunset Grill and Tap in Boston today, I had a snifter of the Barleywine. It was a big disappointment. The hot alcohol taste dominated everything and made it very nearly undrinkable. I'm not sure what the difference with the bottled version might be but apparently, something went wrong with this keg. Nice bitterness, good color and lacing and lots of malt flavor and aroma. But the burning alcohol dominated everything else. Also had a bit of metallic-chemical aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2008 00:14:43 | More by joedon
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle (reviewed 12/26/2007): Smuttynose Barleywine pours a clear red copper with a fine off white head. The aroma is dominated by hops, mostly citrusy, with tons of grapefruit. There is some malt underneath with hints of caramel and dark fruit. There is a ton going on in the flavor, its hard to describe it all. The same hops from the aroma hit first with lots of bitterness and spicy citrus. The bitterness is followed by a sweet maltiness that seems to come through a bit thin, with a good amount of dark fruitiness and esters. The finish is kind of medicinal, with a lot of harsh alcohol flavor.

I'm somewhat disappointed as I remember really enjoying this beer in the past, and you can't beat the Smutty Big Beer series. I have a couple more bottles that I'll hold on to and see if they improve with age.

5/15/2010 - Bottle from 2007. This beer has aged magnificently! The bitterness is still there but rounded, the citrus is gone and replaced by earthy, herbal hop flavor. Sweet caramel dark fruit is the dominant flavor, with hints of chocolate and toffee. The carbonation is very light and there is some oxidation present, but it really mellows the alcohol, which is hardly noticeable. This is a beer that does incredibly well with age, my review has changed considerably!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 00:18:11 | More by ericj551
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sawbones420

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed the 2007 release as soon as I saw it on the shelf. Generally speaking, I'm impressed with Smutty's Big Beer releases, and I've been enjoying the diversity of barleywines recently, discovering that no two are overbearingly similar. This after going my whole beer drinking career talking shit about the style...

Pours a deep mahogany, with no head whatsoever. Smells fruity like sweet apples (or maybe fresh cut pumpkin even) with a tinge of booze. I'm not sure I've ever smelled apple so heavily on a beer before.

First taste is boozy, which I find a bit disappointing. I tend to go for barleywines with a nice balance of flavor, but upfront the alcohol is steering the ship. That apple does pop up in the middle back of the tongue and lingers slightly, which is pretty nice. On certain sips I taste the fruitiness as being almost grape-like. Also quite pleasant. Unfortunately it isn't the fruitiness that lingers, but an alcoholic bite that makes way for an almost medicine like aftertaste, which isn't hugely pleasant, although not entirely a bad thing either.

I'd say this has the pro of many barleywines, which is every sip tastes somewhat different than the last. The downside is that most of these varying complex flavors are overshadowed by a strong sense of alcohol. 10% ABV is certainly high, but I've had higher that don't taste this boozy. This unfortunately is what drove me away from the style when I first tried it however many years back. I can still appreciate this ale, however there are others I'd prefer to spend my money on. I do wonder how this would taste after a year or two in the basement...

Still, price to quality ratio is quite high. I'll buy another, throw it downstairs, and crack it next December next to the 2008 release. Until then...

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 01:55:49 | More by sawbones420
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired through a trade made with Muddyfeet way, way back in early 2006.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a full, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of oranges and lemons with only a light addition of caramel. Hint of green peppercorns and breadcrusts.

Taste: Sweet caramel maltiness with a slight toasted quality to it. Faint spiciness. The hops provide a rich citrusy flavor, but yield only a mild, reserved bitterness. Finishes bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A good barleywine and another fine offering from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 19:55:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to barleywinebrewer for this brew.

2006 Vintage

Poured into a chalice a cloudy mahgoney color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, sweet, hoppy, and tons of caramel. The taste is big on malts/hops, a nice sweetness thrown in, woodsy, and a big dose of caramel. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. Medium body, a well rounded brew. Drinkable, another awesome brew from Smutty.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 23:52:32 | More by Wasatch
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Jmamay22

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been on a Smutty kick lately and this is the second Big Beer Series offering for me. I know it's the summer, but I've been aching for a barleywine.

This barleywine pours a redish light brown with a thin offwhite collar that leaves minimal lacing. Smells of caramel like malts, fruity esters, and finally some floral hops. The alcohol also comes across being a little boozy, which can be expected given the style. Tastes of sugary malts that give a sticky full bodied mouthfeel. The hops are not as pronounced as many American barleywines and serves as a crisp dry finish. You can certainly taste and feel the alcohol, but it is not overbearing or out of place. Smutty managed to find the medium between hopped up American versions and the sometimes too sweet/cloying English barleywines.

Pairs well with a chocolate/fruity dessert or may be enjoyed alone on a cold day.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 23:17:06 | More by Jmamay22
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HossMcGraw

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As I tend to avoid barleywines at the store, this one came as a pleasant surprise. Initially, this tasted like every other American barleywine I've tried; Big Piney hops and ridiculous sweetness. Once this bad boy warms up a bit, its quite complex and tasty.

Appearance is what's to be expected: Dark amber with little head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with ripe fruit and pine and alcohol. Flavor follows suit, but develops with notes of bannana, watermelon, caramel and chocolate, all with a tounge numbing blast of hops.

Slick and oily in the mouth, with an above average drinkability for a beer this size. The balance and intermingling between bitter and sweet is really well represented here resulting in a top notch barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 03:13:24 | More by HossMcGraw
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 vintage, 22 oz., 10% ABV. Good looking ruby color, very clear. Thin white head disappears very quickly.

Caramel, candy sweet malt in the aroma. A good blast of citrusy hops in the nose as well. Big alcohol presence.

Candy like malt sweetness at the front, but then it drops off in the middle. Not much backbone at all. Some citrusy bitterness at the end. Something is missing.

Good body, but this really seems to be lacking something. Rather disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 13:27:11 | More by Bierguy5
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mcallister

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear, clean crimson colored with amber disitinction. Sparsely seperated off white head fades into flimy bubbles thick and wide forming a ring around the glass with a solid center.

Big candy sugar nose similar to the coating on a candy apple. Some toffee malts. Alcohol is very present also. Huge citrus hop character with stone fruit close behind. Nectarine type aromas with a light grapefruit dusting. Spicey qualaties with some floral rose petal aromatics. Honey as well. Seems like it's missing a big malt backbone.

Well this beer is lacking a mid-palate. Candy sugar laced with honey at first sip and then the mid is basically alcohol. Malt is lacking especially for a barley wine. Mainly hop driven with a bitter finish. Citrusy and lacking the stone fruit of the nose. Thin and lacking body, depth, backbone, and complexity. Very dissapointing and not something I'll drink much.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 01:07:39 | More by mcallister
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinkable and the barley taste is there, it's a typical American barleywine, hopped up on C hop, with citrus taste, a barley dominated substantial aroma. Peachy colour with small and significant head.A bit of bourbon corn sourness from the Jack Daniels barreling of one year. Still, I am glad I cellared it for a year.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 03:37:17 | More by Sammy
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orfeu

New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottling, poured into an AleSmith tulip. Looks thick and syrupy on the pour, which yields a deeply murky, dullish amber beer that glows with a "sunburst" effect when backlit. Thin but dense and creamy ecru foam cap. Attractive sheets of clumpy, webby lacing. Blunted hop aromas overtaken by a caramelly sweet character and a dry, ruggedly bitter scent. Smells somewhat oxidized, but nothing unpleasant or inappropriate -- merely a function of having been aged for a year or more. Mellow flavors of brown sugar, alcohol and crystal malt bitterness, a bit of mineral twang, and a slight leafy hop presence. Pleasantly bitter on the rather long finish, which is likely the best aspect of the taste. Full on the palate but feels a bit watery all the same. Tame overall, but I prefer beers that err on this side rather than going too "extreme" and resulting in a gigantic balls-out mess. A decent "beginner's" barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 03:34:09 | More by orfeu
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asabreed

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a snifter. 2006 dated on the label.

Appearance: Dark, slightly murky, hazy amber orange with some brown involved just as well. Mix between spotty lacing, raindrops, and a few sheets pasting the top of the glass as they slide down.

Smell: A lot of weird complexity is going on here. Alcoholic funk, yeast, a bit of alcohol clouded by dark fruit, lighter pungent strawberries, citrus like lime and lemon, toasted husks and grain, chocolate and caramel, some toffee, dried tortilla, vinous characteristics, and much more. Again, weird. And very intriguing.

Taste: Here's another barleywine where the hops, thankfully, are doing their thing, but it's letting the sweeter and malty flavors come through. In that sense also it's helping the balance and by the end, helping the finish. Lots of citrus is on the tongue more than anything as far as the flavors, but what comes though on the malt side are hints of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, grain husks, vanilla, maple, a bit of spices, pineapple rind, strawberry, and a lot more. There are probably many great things to come with time, but now, this is good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Thick, rich, heavy, full-bodied, though it's more coating than anything, without being so heavy that the carbonation levels try to make up for it.

Drinkability: A very good and singular barleywine. Around $5 a bottle (for, I think, most of the Big Smuttynose brews) is a remarkable price for this, and I wouldn't mind snagging a bunch for the cellar. Like most good versions of the style, this has potential to get much better, as there's a lot of backbone here, a lot of complexity, and a lot of balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 03:58:38 | More by asabreed
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BlastTyrant

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-brown with an off white head. Aroma of pineapple, pepper, and pine along with a detectable alcohol presence. Flavor is hoppy, but not overly so, which seems to be a common occurence in American Barleywines. Piney hops blend nicely into a biscuity caramel sweetness. Could benefit from a fuller body. Alcohol is a bit too prevalent for 10%. Maybe putting this down for a couple years would help this. Still a very good brew that I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 23:37:41 | More by BlastTyrant
Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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