Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +30.2%
A: pours light copper and surprisingly clear, this brew has to be poured vigorously in order to rouse a head. Carbonation is not visible.
S: bouquet is well presented, with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, and figs.
T: sweet body, heavy fruit notes, and lots of caramel combine in this heavenly concoction.
M: very full body, slightly solventy, and no carbonation.
D: a rich experience for sure, this brew is meant for the courageous. Definitely worth a shot, as it is a great companion to their barley wine offering.
04-19-2010 01:31:44 | More by Avagadro
4.9/5 rDev +27.6%
Presentation - Poured into Chimay glass
Appearance - Poured a dark copper color with white head not well retained
Smell - Alcohol and assorted fruits, pear, apricot, apples, kiwis
Taste - I taste a lot of bananas and tart cherries
Mouthfeel - Medium to full body
Drinkability - Meal in a glass
Overall - A great offering
01-17-2010 16:55:22 | More by tjd112
4.8/5 rDev +25%
22 oz bomber from Cuzco in the Blind Beer BIF #3, thanks Nate for some great beers.
Poured into my MJ tasting glass. Pours a medium copper with a spritzy tan head that doesn't last. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.
Aromas of sweet caramel malt and grapefruit hops. Leans more toward the hops. Actually, the malt character is a little more toffeeish, than caramel.
First sip is like the aroma, sweet malt with a big hop bitterness, citrusy, grapefruit. Malt flavor is toffeeish. Long finish with a focus on the grapefruit hops. No noticeable alcohol bite. Very much like a barleywine, american version. Wheat character doesn't really come through, masked by the hops.
Mouthfeel medium, sweet, a little puckering bitterness. Big chewy malt. Very well carbonated. Expected more of a prickle based on the pour, but no carbonic bite.
Drinkability is very high. Very nice beer. Alcohol makes its presence known about half-way through the first glass. This is a big beer that deserves to be shared.
12-11-2010 05:04:34 | More by JamnesCameron
4.78/5 rDev +24.5%
This poured a beautiful dark, clear cherrywood color, with a bit of light tan head. It smelled very complex, like caramelized sugar and honeysuckle, sour cherry and raisin, cereal wheat, alcohol, and a bit of cinnamon and oak and molasses. It tasted complex too, like fresh caramel and raisin and sour cherry, with fig and subdued copper hops, as well as cultured yeast and alcohol. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a lasting sour and sweet aftertaste. I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer, but it was delicious. It seemed like it was already aged, but I'm not sure. Overall it was very well balanced and blended a million different flavors amazingly well. It had great body, and the noticeable alcohol seemed fitting for how big this beer is. It was so tasty, it remained very easy to drink, and highly rewarding to sip. Fantastic.
01-06-2009 03:06:09 | More by Pencible
4.75/5 rDev +23.7%
Poured into a snifter. Label says bottle-conditioned in 2010. Say Wha?!! I had no idea when I purchased this. Could be either a good or bad thing. Let's find out.
A- From a heavy pour comes just an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a bit of surface foam. Sticky, spotted lacing.
S- Lovely, sweet malt that's also quite hoppy in an earthy way. Smells more like an imperial IPA or barleywine.
T- Merk. Lusciously sweet and smooth malt in the front with some hop bitterness in the follow-through and a clean finish. Alcohol is sublimely well-hidden (probably due to the aging) and there's even a bit of oak in the aftertaste. Notes of caramel, nougat and lemon from the hops.
M- Tangy and a bit dry. Low carbonation and a medium body.
O- Yeah, the flavor profile is closer to a barleywine, but you can't put a label on delicious. Damn near perfect in my eyes.
04-08-2012 02:47:29 | More by Immortale25
4.7/5 rDev +22.4%
Why have I not reviewed this beer before? I've been drinking it for years.
This beer pours a thick mahogany body with a small off-white head.
Nose is a strong malt with mild citrus and a dirty earth smell. Extremely malty and very inviting.
Taste is extremely thick and full bodied. Waves of lush milky caramel and touches of vanilla. This is a malt monster. So simple and just so damn big. Hops are kept in the background with enough bitterness to give just enough balance, but beyond that this is malt, malt and a little more malt.
What an amazing beer. Malt. Like a killer English Barleywine. Just classic.
04-22-2010 00:35:11 | More by taez555
4.68/5 rDev +21.9%
Update: cellared 2012 bottle 2/21/13.
Different review: poured in a snifter, incredible wafting aroma of toffee. No head to speak of-1/2 finger. Honey color. Carbonation upfront, but pleasant.
A strong toffee presence in the taste. As the beer warms up, it's like candy. Sweet and rich. Not very overwhelming presence of alcohol increases the overall complexity of the beer.
Great Beer to cellar.
Original review in May 2012
Poured in an oversized wine glass. Served at 52 F.
Beautiful light tea color with a one finger head wafting honey and lemon. There is a very pleasant mouth feel which is not too carbonated.
The taste is excellent: there is some alcoholic presence. Honey, lemon, and other spices make a strong distinctive finish.
Overall: an excellent beer. I especially like the moderate mouth feel balanced with the accentuated finish. Looking forward to drinking again.
02-22-2013 02:03:23 | More by brureview
4.6/5 rDev +19.8%
I have had this a couple times on tap but recently bought two bottles.. one to age for a bit and one to drink and review. This beer I feel is slightly complex. The appearance is almost that of brown ale except this wheat wine gives way to little if no head what so ever. There is minimal lacing in my tulip and its almost a foggy copper color. This wheat wine smells of fruits and caramal upfront. Also, if you give it a couple more sniffs you can smell almost burnt hops but not in a bad way. The smell is really pleasantly potent to the nose. The taste..is rather hoppy and malty but sweet. Slight undertones of roasted pear and cherries.
Mouthfeel.. this beer is rather carbonated but not over done. Finishes a little strong but goes down quite nice. This is a great beer to share with friends and just relax with a couple bottles
Definitely recommend this. This is one of the more complex big beers smuttynose has put out i feel.
03-12-2010 19:25:36 | More by alkchrios
4.55/5 rDev +18.5%
Courtesy of sulldaddy. I had been wanting to try a wheat wine, and he hooked me up.
22 oz bomber poured into a tulip wine glass. Moderate head, which is to be expected with a big beer like this. Recedes to a light lace. Color is a beautiful warm smokey amber color. Smell is quite sweet and malty. There is a alcohol warmth undertone. Taste is earthy and malty and a bit of honey. I definately can taste the wheat. Very vinious. Mouthfeel is warm and full with a pleasant alcohol burn. This is fantastic beer, everything that I expected for the style and more. I would love to get a few more bottles to celler and pull out for special occasions.
07-02-2006 02:47:20 | More by bort11
4.53/5 rDev +18%
A - Has a small, almost non-existent head. Murky, deep red colored beer.
S - Complex aroma filled with dark malts, intense raisin, port wine, floral hops and cherries. Smells absolutely amazing!
T - A lot of the raisin and port wine characteristics as in the smell, but not as intense. Has all the flavor of a high gravity beer but definite wheat quality as well.
M/D - This drinks like any respectable barley-wine. Wheatwine is my new favorite style, for sure!
04-13-2009 01:57:31 | More by SirSketch
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
This brew is a real delight to pour with it's vivid Crimson hued amber color with an abundance of slow moving bubbles which creates a two-finger thick and tight mocha-froth colored head that is very heady looking. The head is very sticky with intricate clumps of froth are stuck all over and the retention is very slow and remains pretty zippy throughout.
The Aroma is extremely pungent with big thwaths of fruit like pineapple and ripe red grapes with a maple syrup and brown sugar, buttery malt just underneath. The nose complexity is very high with a big spicey, oak and cedar wood effect and a big whiskey-like heat tingle. Way down there's a whiff of jalapano peppers to round of this wild array of aroma's. highly enjoyable.
This brew is not for the timid...the bold wheatie malt comes on smooth and thick, sweet but herbal and then mutates to an insanely bold fruity hop flavor that feels citric but tastes more like sweet ripe red grapes, pineapple, banana & starfruit. The third element to this delicate but bold balance is a big, spicey and very herbal earthiness with soft cedar wood smoke bitterness. The high ABV % plays a big role, which is fine because the flavors are soo big. But this 10.7 is no joke, it feels a bit like bourbon going down and is a real kick.
The feel here is simply heady. Thick, full body smooth as hell with a big heat burn, a serious sipper.
This is one of the most bad-ass brews you can find in NH period.
10-13-2007 21:58:39 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
2008 release, on-tap 11/23/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is very candy-like with brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is likewise, very sweet up front with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar. The hops presence is strong but subdued. The malt character is very hearty. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is pretty clean for a style that is normally a little sticky.
D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to keep drinking until the ABV catches up with you.
11-25-2008 19:27:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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