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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)

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630 Ratings

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-13-2005)
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale pours a coppery to orange/amber in color with a 1 finger orr white head that recedes to a film on the surface and a ring around the glass. The carbonation is evident.

A luscious aroma of buttery caramel with amazing tropical fruit, a hint of alcohol and plenty of Belgian yeast.

The taste mimics the aroma except that the buttery caramel is through the roof, and the fruit is more secondary. Very sweet, but tart wheat shines through in the middle, joining with a substantial bitterness that follows through in the finish.

The body is full, with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue. It's moderately syrupy, with the burn of alcohol in the throat.

A superb beer! By it's nature, though, it's probably more suited for mid-winter consumption than mid-summer, but nonetheless, it was an amazing experience. Full flavored and "in your face".

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 04:23:30 | More by obywan59
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1.3/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours an orange-gold color with no head or lace. It's aroma is mainly wheat with a hint of caramel. The flavor is like sour grapes mixed with a hefeweizen. The sourness is puckeringly strong. The mouthfeel is light with a mild sour aftertaste. Snuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) is a disappointing beer, not recommended!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:31:28 | More by B967ierhunter177
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Appears a beautiful hazy amber orange with a frothy off-white head that recedes down to nothing. Perhaps due to the high abv?

S: Smells fruity, with some tropical fruit along with honey and caramel. Herbal hop character and a gentle booziness rounds things out.

T: Woah... plums and tropical fruit combine with a toasted malt (toffee-like) background. Very sweet. Some vanilla-like flavors come in as does the alcohol, which is warming at first but then develops some bite. Minty hops come in on the sticky, semi-dry finish. Delicious.

M: HUGE body with a smooth, creamy carbonation. Absolutely coats the mouth in flavor. Excellent.

O: My first wheat wine. What a great style! Hopefully more like this to come from more breweries! Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 04:01:36 | More by Sharkophile
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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pretty orange coloring of the beer had me interested, although I found the sweetness a bit overpowering on the nose. There was some citrus and hops behind, but the malty sweetness also overpowered the palate. Some toasted notes on the finish, but lingering sweetness made this a difficult 22oz bottle to finish. Personal opinion is this needs more hops to balance out. Not sure if this would age to something special if the sweetness fades...perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 21:56:39 | More by captaincoffee
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle

A: Pours a golden orange color with a fingers worth of head that retains decently for a couple minutes

S: Solid. A slight sweetness with some booze, accompanied by the barley and wheat. Some caramel and raisins. Can definitely tell it's close in composition in terms of the malt bill because the sweetness of the barley stands out

T: Follows the nose, pretty sweet with a touch of booze and a nice tartness towards the back end thanks to the wheat. Very light hops finish it off, leaving a slight bitterness

M: Moderate-full bodied with plenty of carbonation to help any cloying sweetness get washed away

O: I think I'd like to see more wheat character in this beer. The sweetness of the barley stands out a little too much and overpowers the wheat. Instead of being 53% wheat and 47% barley, it should lean more towards something like 60/40 or a ratio where the tartness of the wheat stands out more. Maybe it does once it has a little age on it, but right now it's pretty barley/sweet forward in terms of taste. Other than that, though, this is a fairly solid beer

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 04:49:29 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, 2012 release, pours golden-copper in color, with a thin bubble head, tons of carbonation in the body of the ale. Aromas are sweet with honey, vanilla, raisin. Tastes are cloyingly sweet with more vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, raisin, booze. Mouth-feel is full bodied and syrupy, with moderate carbonation, finishes with a dash of white pepper and a tingle on the tongue. Alcohol is warming, but not overly assertive. Overall, this seemed to be too sweet. Good flavors, but cloyingly sweet. A whole bomber by myself was too much to handle. Nice take on the style, but needs to be drunk in smaller doses.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 03:47:55 | More by barnzy78
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2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2012 vintage

A- golden beer color. Nice fluffy head which lingers a short while.

S-a little sweet. Raisons and plums and some estery compounds.

T- there is a bitter quality that first hits my tongue and persists through to the aftertaste. Boozy caremel and the raisons.

M- A little sticky.

O- Perhaps it could use some time to mellow out. Hard to judge I guess because its not a specific style. But thinking of it as a wheat wine, not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 22:05:47 | More by mclaughlindw4
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Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

Appearance: Amber/brown in color. This pours a very light head only about a 1/4" high. The head lingers for quite a bit though.

Scent: Caramel up front with a slight burnt note to it. Biscuity, toffee aromas mixed in with dried fruits and raisins. The aroma is strong on this one.

Taste: Once again I get toffee notes with plenty of dried fruit. As the beer lingers in the mouth I get a bit of tartness most likely coming from the wheat. A hint of spiciness on the finish mixed in with the warmth of the alcohol. I dont find this too different then a traditional barley wine.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied with the alcohol heat ever present. The carbonation is minimal which allows the heavy beer to go down smooth.

Overall: I dont notice too much of a difference coming from the 53% wheat. It drinks very much like a barley wine, the flavors are very much like a barley wine. The wheat just doesn't add enough unique characteristics to the playing field. A good beer, but blends in with other barley wines already out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 01:04:42 | More by JaredKent
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New Hampshire

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

Poured into a Stella glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange, with a one inch white head, that leaves some nice lacing. Smell is hard candy, clove, grass, dark fruit, carmel,biscuit, and booze. Taste is much more aggressive than the nose. Carmel leads the way, followed by rum soaked raisins, biscuit, and banana bread. Body is medium large, with plenty of carbonation for the large ABV, a little dry as expected from the style, and fairly drinkable for its large size. This is a must try for fans of barleywines and Belgians beers, another solid brew from Smutty. I have had many over the years, but was stoked that I never reviewed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:06:47 | More by SawDog505
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 02:47:29 | More by Immortale25
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Purchased for $7.99 at time of release. Stored in cellar conditions since. Poured into a snifter. 

Appearance - The color is a cross between orange and red. It has nice amber edges with a deep rich color. There is very little head formation that leaves a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. It looks the part of a 12% behemoth. 

Smell - Right up front, there is a kick of alcohol soaked fruit. Raisin and date are most prominent. There is a soft wheat presence in the aroma that sits behind the fruit notes. It offers up a nutty note almost like brown rice. In general, the aroma is rich, fruity, with an interesting aroma added from the wheat. 

Taste - Thick sweet fruit up front. It is raisiny in character with rich caramel malt sweetness. Light fruity esters introduces a touch of bright strawberry. Up to this point, the flavors remind me of a malt-forward barley wine. Almost suddenly, the wheat enters the pictures and throws some interesting complexity into the mix. There is a soft spice note that reminds me of cinnomon and clove. It's subtle, but adds a fantastic layer to the finish. The finish is long, sweet, and lingering. Complex, easy to approach, and a bit mysterious. 

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is full and a touch syrupy in the finish. The carbonation is very soft and helps soften the heaviness of the body. 

Overall - This is a big beer, but Smuttynose definitely takes it a step further. Wheat Wines are an interesting concept. The majority of this beer's malt bill is wheat. It adds subtle spice and definitely softens out the beer's character. 

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 23:09:13 | More by Sam21
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage. I thought it was time to break this one open.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my CBS snifter.

Appearance: Beers pours a hazy, almost murky middling shade of brown. After sitting for three years, almost no head just a thin loop of off white ringing the glass.

Smell: Very sweet smelling beer. Loads of fruit notes - raisins, red grapes, some citrus. A hint of sweet alcohol booze but it's not overwhelming. At this point, the hops have faded and there isn't a hint of wheat. Smelling very much like a Barleywine.

Taste: Starts with a touch of boozy warmth, some sweet dark fruits, toffee and a really sharp, crisp bite from the wheat. The sip ends with some smoky wood notes and a little more warmth. Really interesting, complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation but after three years that's to be expected. Body is on the heavier side of medium. The alcohol is definitely noticeable but it's not overpowering.

Overall: My first wheat wine. Very interesting style and I think that Smuttynose did a great job. Complex brew great for a cool winter's night.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:28:04 | More by pburland23
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brownish somewhat golden color with a small head that disappears pretty fast (because of the high abv% Im guessing). WOuld have iven it a 4.5 but there is a crazy amount of sediment floating around and gathering at the bottom. Looks like a bunch of yeast and/or sugar.

Smells very very sweet. Booze, figs/golden raisins. Im grading it on what it claims to be so I would have given the smell a 4.5 as well but Im not getting any wheat in here. Still inviting though.

Taste is similar to the smell: Very boozy but it is blended VERY well into the other flavors! Caramel, raisins and brown sugar is what Im getting.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Warmth from the alchohol, slick and smooth going down, heavy body, low carbonation. I dig it. Fits the flavor profile perfectly!

I'm sure a lot of snobs and supergeeks would bash this beer and I can understand why. It seems to be loaded with sugar and that was probably to intentionally spike the abv. It may be a little too over the top for some but I enjoyed the shit out of it. Would DEFINITELY buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 06:45:12 | More by RyanLigeia
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into an overrsized snifter. Bright reddish amber with a modest cream-colored head that sticks around for a little bit. Specks of lacing here and there.

No real signs of wheat in the aroma, but not much to complain about in the big buttery toffee and malty nose. Ah, there's the wheat, bringing a tanginess that provides contrast to the richly sweet malt profile. It seems to lend a nimble touch to the mouthfeel as well; this stuff is smooth and coating while retaining a dangerous near-chuggability. White pepper and exceedingly ripe citrus join the wheat in cutting through the ridiculously smooth toffeeish malt. Brown sugar with hints of peach brandy in the finish. Warming, but not boozy.

I've enjoyed a bottle or two of this stuff fresh in the past and it definitely seems worthy of cellar consideration as well.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2012 02:20:47 | More by PDXHops
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was bottled in 2010.

A - A deep red color. Almost looks like a light brown shoe... it's a nice color. Very, very cloudy, which would make sense for the style. Not very carbonated at all. Wondering if this needed to sit a bit longer.
S - Boozy, sweet. Some fruit, maybe golden raisins. Don't get a lot more out of the aroma. The muted carbonation prevents a lot of aroma from coming through.
T - Interesting. It's a strong beer for sure. All raisin, fig, dried apricot. No yeast character. There's some hop bitterness, but this is mostly malt. Don't get a lot of wheat character either. I actually don't taste a lot of alcohol in there, and not incredibly warming going down.
M - It's numbing on the lips from the alcohol. Very light carbonation, but the rest of the feel is very heavy, I think maybe a little too heavy for this style.
O - I think this is a fairly good beer, but not very drinkable and not very unique. Think of a barleywine with muted hop character and you pretty much have this beer. I can see more wheat than I can taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:45:06 | More by mattbk
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United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pretty orange with a small head
S - Citrus, earthy musty hops, plum and apple skins, some caramel and booze
T - Sweet malt caramel flavor and booze right off the bat. Citrus crispness that may be wheat as well. the booze stays along for the ride. Hints of other fruits as well.
M - Medium body with a decent smooth carbonation
O - While not my favorite, was not bad and I could appeciate the way it was made and the complexity of flavors, however it was too boozey for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 16:24:04 | More by thepeter
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2.45/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque reddish/orange color. A bubbly white head is slow to form, but quick to fade, Not much lace.
S: A big sweetness and alcohol punch. Caramel is big, dried figs, raisins. No wheat to be seen.
T: Follows the nose. To much sweetness up front. Caramel and sticky toffee. That is about it besides the alcohol punch.
M/D: A medium to full body. Very low carbonation. Sticky and syrupy. This is not easy to drink. To much sweetness and alcohol to be enjoyable.

Urg, another overly sweet and overly boozy mess. Not something I enjoy, and not something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:10:46 | More by champ103
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2.38/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2009 22oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead Tulip glass.

Fallen Autumn Leaf maroon with some ruby red highlights when back towards the light. Shades of orange intertwine. A stealth pour yielded almost an inch of brown sugar colored foam that dissipated, no lace, becomes dead.

Smell is very one sided at this point in the game, everything is all but stripped from this except a heaping of caramel that is pungent. A whiff of booze. The wheat is dead, toffee remains. smells like an average B-Wine at this point.

Taste is one sided and well, it's dead. Not much to say with this one. The efferveset flower that is used is gone as well as the wheat. Caramel is large and in charge, not much wiggle room here. After a while some fruity pebble taste comes out and wrecks me. Im pretty much drinking this as a awkward homebrewed barleywine with a lot of heat.

The heat grabs the mouth and stirs the degrees up. some sips drown that out but up front this is some hot stuff. A coating texture with an above medium grip. Carb is all but lost after the time went by.

I know Smutty makes good beer so im going to get a freshie to compare. I am going to review this aged bottle as is though and say that it lost pretty much everything. This is one to drink fresh, since the heat did not die one bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:23:53 | More by BARFLYB
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I am reviewing a 2010 version, in a bomber.

A- a pleasant, fairly clear amber color. Very little to no head. Very little lacing. Not a terribly remarkable appearance

S- Not a lot to smell here. Its very surprising that it isn't very boozy, and it gets points for that. It looses points, though, for not having any good hop aromas. I know it isn't an IPA, but some hoppiness to balance out the caramel would be nice. That said, the brown sugar/ caramel aroma is nice.

T- It is about like I expected. It is rich, syrupy, but also wheat-y. The wheat flavor makes it significantly more drinkable than a typical barleywine. The boozyness comes through on the back end, but I rather like a little of that

M- Best part of the beer, in my opinion. Rich and syrupy, with a good wheat flavor as well. Very nice to drink on a crisp late fall day like today

O- I like this beer. I wish it balanced the syrupiness out a little more, but it is very good for what it is. I think it would be good to let it sit on the shelf for a few years. You'd get more flavors out of it and it will definitely stand the test of time. I have had a little less than half the bottle by now in the review, and I am getting a little tipsy already. On second thought, I should've split the bottle with someone. I'm going to go take a nap. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 03:26:47 | More by coasterboard
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3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bottle for nearly a year and have been looking forward to cracking it open.

A - Pours a clear amber (deep orange/red color), no head, small traces of carbonation, and a super thin ring of lacing. The beer clings to the side of the snifter like syrup and slowly oozes back down into the glass as it's swirled.

S - Toffee, caramel, light molasses, and boozy rum. Smells like a strong ale or barley wine.

T - With the first sip my mouth is slammed with heavy fusel and booze which heat the throat on the way down. At least from the first few sips, the alcohol presence is so distinct and so aggressive that it drowns out any flavors initially, it's all I can focus on. After several sips when my palette finally makes the adjustment, subtle flavors emerge: oak, roasted toffee and caramel, light pine and grapefruit bitterness, and slight hints of maple.

M - Thick, full bodied, and syrupy.

O - Very sweet and boozy. I probably should have opened this after I bought it, or better yet, should have purchased a few bottles and opened them over time to compare the changes as it ages. I really enjoy the beers from Smuttynose and always look forward to my next glass from them. This is a brewery that doesn't get enough love here on BA! This particular bottle is a total sipper, it tastes bigger than 10.7% and will creep up on you very quickly so take your time and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 21:56:10 | More by jzeilinger
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2009. Pours slightly hazy red orange color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap of lace. Small patches of lacing clinging to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, banana, orange zest, clove, spices, and a bit of booze. Very nice and balanced aromas. Taste of big caramel, banana, molasses, citrus, light fruits, light vanilla, spices, and maple syrup. No real amount of bitterness noticed on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, molasses, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish noticed. Great balance of flavors, the alcohol definitely cleans the palate with every sip and doesn’t detract from the flavor profile at all. Nice drinkability but it is still a sipper. Overall this is a damn nice wheat wine that is very enjoyable and smooth for the level of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:34:22 | More by superspak
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep copper and clear with virtually no head. Forced the pour a little in order to get a slight half layer of tan foaminess that left only slight lacing.

S - Sweet molasses with a little bit of zing. The longer I breathe it in, the more the molasses takes a bit of a caramel turn.

T - Bright sweetness in the form of a caramel taste with a little hint of banana flavored candy. Maybe a little bit of heat towards the end, but a slightly metallic flavor is running around at the finish as well.

M - Not a ton of body in this medium carbonated beer. Aftertaste takes on a bitterness similar to the aftertaste of cough syrup.

O - Guess I just wasn't wowed by this. I love American Barleywines, but this takes on a bit of a different direction. Not having a hop presence results in more of a syrupy concoction in my opinion. There was depth in the taste, but not very much diversity.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 23:29:12 | More by gopens44
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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pour yields very little off white head, tiny ring stays. The beer is a pretty auburn red. Dark, but well filtered and clear. Slowly rising bubbles up the glass.

S- Big whiffs produce great notes of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Definitely has the barleywine character. There are hints of wheat in the back which may indicate a balanced flavor. And last but not least a earthy hop presence.

T- Sweet molasses with a candy sweetness greets the taste and flows into vanilla. The hops provide a bit of bitterness to add some balance, but any wheat is almost non-existent. Alcoholic presence and heat felt in the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied brew with low carbonation. The heat from the booze makes this a sipper. I find myself smacking my lips more and more as the beer appears to get sweeter as it goes.

O- A decent brew. To me it's pretty much all barleywine, though it's only my second example of the style, and the Founders style version I had first rocked my frigging socks off. I think this would be interesting aged in oak, but would get way to hot in a bourbon barrel. Worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 02:56:12 | More by haazer
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New York

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

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bomber to my Duvel tulip; “Bottle-conditioned in: 2010” notched on the side of the label.

Appearance (4.0): Light tan head, starting with two fingers and fading to a ring around the edge of the glass and a haze on the beer surface. Body is a deep, deep amber with ruby highlights, a full haze in the body but not opaque. Just a bit of lacing, contributing some spots on the side that stick around. Very, very pretty beer.

Smell (4.0): Warm, sweet caramel and that smell of overripe stone fruit that comes with a bit of oxidization. Not bad, a little unimpressive at first but as it warms the nose becomes more floral, believe it or not—and not light and breezy kind of floral, but almost a rich, deep sort of floral note. Actually improves a bit as it warms.

Taste (4.0): What I love about wheat wines is they’re not what you expect. The sweet caramel and stone fruit I picked up on in the nose is much, much lighter here, and are a overpowered a bit by some booze. There’s a surprisingly sharp finish that feels like a combination of alcohol and some grassy, albeit faded, hops. Mid-palate is a little more fruity, brighter than the nose, and thankfully no real sign of the oxidized character I got in the nose, either. Almost a leathery undertone in there. There’s also something like tangy, fresh grapes underneath this light, sweet caramel malt body. Can’t pick up on much yeast note, the booze is a bit strong but I’m not complaining on that front—matches the mouthfeel nicely.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Syrupy, medium-to-full bodied; some prickly carbonation matches a mild alcohol burn nicely here. I like it.

Overall (4.0): I’m a fan. Smuttynose Wheat Wine was the first I ever had of the style, a few years ago when I was still pretty fresh in the craft beer world. I really want to try this fresh, and also with 2-3 years on it, to compare to where it’s at right now—frankly I didn’t even realize this was aged about 10 months because I kept waiting for a good reason to open it. Either way, I like it the way it is now, and while it’s not for everyone (as I think is common to the style in general), this is my idea of a non-IS sipper. Warm, fruity, rich, and boozy.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 00:18:35 | More by fmccormi
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stone nonic. I actually can't quite remember who sent this to me but whoever you are thank you for the sweet extra.

A: Pours with a late-coming head. Mostly a raisin brown with some grenadine-red hues. Little to no lacing.

S: Very sweet, dark fruits with a little hops and some sting from alcohol. The dark fruit is so sweet and over the top it's more doppelbock-ish than a barley wine to me, not sure what to think.

T: Very nice. Hops and a wheat tinge come up front and fall away to reveal a deep, sweet wave of dark fruits that peaks with a tad of alcohol and some traces of the hops and wheat. You really get a little of everything in this beer; a lot of good characteristics from a variety of distinct styles.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but I'd say the taste makes up for it.

O: When I noticed the hop-centric side of the beer I decided to drink it now instead of aging it but now I have some wonders. Certainly some carbonation would help this beer but in any case I'd like to try this with a year or two on it some time. Well worth picking up a bottle of this if you can.

Serving type: bottle

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