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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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629 Ratings

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Ratings: 629
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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Photo of b3shine


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

Draft to snifter. Looks good; however, this is my first review of a wheat wine, so this portion of the review is somewhat arbitrary. Smell is good. Very similar to a barleywine. The taste is where it differentiates itself from a BW. Not better, not worse; just different, and refreshingly so. Much more candied up front. And throughout, for that matter. I like it. The mouthfeel is good too, especially for a big beer. I couldn't do too many of them because of how candied they are, but it's a nice alternative to a big beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 23:02:28 | More by b3shine
Photo of CJfromPhilly


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

2009 vintage. Pours from the 22oz. bomber a dark amber color with a small off-white head that quickly vanishes. Lots of fizz in the head, but little evidence of any carbonation inside the glass. Thee aroma is quite similar to apple juice, in fact it's almost identical. 1st sip brings a semi-sweet taste of fruit (apples, raisins, plums, bananas) with a soft hint of alcohol. The alcohol is somewhat understated, perhaps due to 2 years of aging. Mouthfeel is kind of on the thick, syrupy side, but not in a bad way IMHO. Halfway through the first pouring and I can already start to feel the 11% alcohol starting to sneak up on me! The muting of the alcohol from aging makes the drinkability high. Overall, this is quite a tasty, satisfying beverage. I'll have to pick up a replacement now, but I don't know if I can wait 2 years to sample it!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 20:28:30 | More by CJfromPhilly
Photo of scottfrie


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. 2009 vintage received in a trade a long while ago.

A: Pours very dark burnt caramel color with a thin dark tan head that quickly faded into a thin bubbly film leaving a few spots of soapy lacing down the glass.
S: Rich notes of orange zest, burnt caramel, toffee, pine sap, grapefruit pith, and a few hints of tropical fruits.
T: Big notes of fruit, pine, caramel and toffee. This pretty much follows the nose except I get strong flavors of wheat as well. The orange zest, candied orange, sweet caramel, and bitter pine are all there in force as well. The finish is slightly warm with alcohol and a bit bitter.
M: Thick bodied, chewy viscous mouthfeel, low carbonation. The alcohol has a very slight warmth to it but overall it is integrated very well.
O: Solid wheatwine and one of the best I’ve had. For a beer that isn’t of my favorite style, I quite enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:48:32 | More by scottfrie


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt.bottle served into an Oversized glass.Enjoyed on may´11.
Pours orangish red in color,orange to the light.Slightly clear.Headed with a yellowish thin crown that quickly dissipates.Brief lacing rings.Caramel malt,bread,fruit & chewing gum aromas.Not bottering but kind burning alcohol all over & spicy hints.Dark fruit candy & dry hoppy flavor.It finishes with a complex underneath tartar.Funny tickly on nose comes from the aftertaste.Full body & fine carbonation.Good & gentle drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 03:32:01 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of barleywinefiend


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

A: Poured a dark orange with a thick dirty white head.

S: Nose is rather sweet, barley and malts but sordove faint in other areas.

T: Taste reminds me of a barleywine to a degree, lots of sugar, malts. ABV is pretty subdued but it hits you hard.

M: Sweet, thick, boozy and heavy on palate

O: Drinkability is good for the style uit not a beer you can drink alot of. Share a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:11:12 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Derranged

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a large wine glass. Bottled in 2010.

A- Pretty in color, a very dark amber brown, with a thin off white head. Little lacing on the glass.

S- Strong malty aroma with a moderate alcohol presence. The alcohol burns the nostrils a bit. There is a faint smell of hops with some tropical fruity notes.

T- Very strong malts at first but begins to fade a bit as it warms in the glass. Very sweet with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Like the nose, hops and alcohol are present. I detect some wheat in there as well.

M- Thick with little carbonation. It is a bit harsh, the alcohol leaves a slight burning sensation in my throat and numbs my lips.

O- This is the first wheatwine I've had, so I didn't know what to expect. To me this tasted much like a strong double IPA mixed with an English barleywine. A good beer but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:15:33 | More by Derranged
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

after all this talk about wheatwines thought id bust this guy out. thanks alelovinruskie! your box of goodies keep givin and givin!

chilled 22oz 2010 into a smuttynose big beer snifter

a- pours a clear ruby red with a thick half inch khaki head. unlike any wheatwine I'd ever seen, still looks good though

s- sweet malts at the forefront, again unlike any wheatwine I've smelled. reminds me more of an English barelywine more than a wheat wine, maybe the age is responsible? even still it smells great. caramel and toffee.

t- this taste good! like a very good barely wine. there is still some remaining wheat taste, but the maltiness takes the fore front but they are good. lots on the nose but not overly sweet. I'd love to try it fresh. alcohol is in pretty good check for the most part, there's a little burn in the finish

m- this guy is pretty thick. mine was well carbonated for a nice big beer. some big chewiness to it.

o- another good beer from smuttynose, however rating it to style or to enjoyment is the ultimate question. this guy is more of a barelywine but nonetheless anextremely enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 04:45:30 | More by KevSal
Photo of output01x


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (Dated 2009) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1-inch cream-colored head that quickly disappears, leaving a nearly absent dusting and clumpy foam ring. The body is a hazy strawberry amber with no noticeable carbonation bubbles. Large floaties can be seen resting on the bottom of the glass like pebbles in a fish tank.

Strong alcohol stings the nostrils at not only the first whiff, but each subsequent sniff thereafter. Grainy wheat with notes of bananas and red apples helps to round out the rest of the nose. As the beer warms, the aromas combine to form a nose reminiscent to warm mulled cider.

Sweet, caramelized malts with a shadow of floral hops starts each sip. An apple cider characteristic lends itself nicely to the overall experience and helps to make the sweetness more acceptable. As soon as the beer is swallowed, a strong alcohol burn kindles in the back of the throat for a moment but quickly fades to a mere warmth coupled by a candied sugar sweetness. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes less apparent, permitting the other flavors to come out more.

Medium bodied with very little carbonation, this beer is surprisingly smooth. The lack of carbonation has amazingly little effect on the drinkability. While it is rather sticky, and almost syrupy once warm, it is still easily enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:17:08 | More by output01x
Photo of Arenbeer


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass

2009 Vintage

A- Pours a dark golden honey orange with no head at all, just a off white rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Leaves no retention either but does leave some really nice legs.

S- Sweet barley malts that blends nicely with the strong wheat aromas. Definitely some sweet caramel and toffee. Definitely has a spiciness to it from the wheat and also the "herbaceous" hops or what's left of them. Some graininess and slight alcohol. Unfortunately it's hard to get aroma due to the beer being pretty oxidized.

T- Creamy caramel malts and toffee up front with a strong wheat background that blends nicely. Some bitterness and spice from the hops but not to much. They're pretty much faded in this one. Luckily the oxidation isn't it the taste so I can actually enjoy this one and finish the bottle.

M- Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation and a nice slightly bitter wet finish.

Overall if you got these sitting around I say drink them. I don't really see this beer getting much better than this (couple years old.) The barley malts have taken over and it's all caramel malts and sweet sugar. The hops are disappearing as well as that wheat spiciness. I was lucky enough to find this vintage on the shelf at my local store a couple days ago. Maybe the store didn't keep this beer to temp controlled and its a result of that.


Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:08:38 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 07/27/11 notes. Had on tap at Rustico in Arlington, VA at their Smuttynose event. 2010 vintage served in a tulip and sampled side by side with the 2011 vintage of their Barleywine.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s -Smells of caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, bready malts, and light alcohol. Sweeter than the barleywine, and almost a bit of sweet maple syrup in the nose.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, maple syrup, and bready malts. Again, sweeter than the barleywine, and no real alcohol head. Very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, sweet and very light alcohol warmth. not as hot as the barleywine.

o - Overall a much better beer than the barleywine, though this had the advantage on aging a year. Sweeter and less alcohol, would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 17:17:25 | More by mdfb79
Photo of happygnome


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open the 2006 vintage (waxed dipped in August 2008) I was holding onto, decided to crack it last night to celebrate my first day back at work from the state government shutdown so i am reviewing from notes. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: pours a dark orange copper color with orange hues around the edge of the glass especially towards the bottom of the beer. There is about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a good amount of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass. There is a small patch of lacing on the top of the beer and a slim ring around the edge of the glass sitting on the top of the beer. A little carbonation can be seen rising to the top of the beer.

S: Deep dark fruits, raisins and figs, maby grapes. The booze is well hidden in the nose. There is not a lot of hops or spiciness in the nose

T: Very similar to the nose, there are dark fruits dominating my palate right now. A slight hint of hop bitterness. brown sugar sweetness but not clowing.

M: medium to full bodied beer with not a lot of carbonation

overall: WOW, this is a great beer I enjoyed it so much.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 03:50:25 | More by happygnome
Photo of smakawhat


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

My first wheatwine to taste, let's try this out! Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Vintage and conditioned 2010.

A very good foamy head off white, a little brown in color, somewhat creamy like in texture, with some nice sheets that are tiny in the glass. Basic kind of cloudy amber colored body, but still looking like a standard barleywine if a little cloudy. I call alright.

Bouquet is, interesting. A little bit of alcohol boozy-ness but tolerable, soft. Slight smooth sense of butter. Chewy hot tolerable wheat density.

Taste brings the flavor and the sense of what is on the nose. Chewy wheat grain sense in the palate, mild booze sensation and mild buttery feel. Good flowing texture it seems, hard to put it into words.

Overall, I enjoyed my first wheatwine.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:36:58 | More by smakawhat
Photo of rvdoorn


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pours dark amber with some reddish notes in it.
Smell: Maple syrup, caramel, raisins, wheat, spicy bitter hops and alcohol
Taste: The taste follows the nose. Bit more fruity than the nose (apple, figs, plum). Bitter-sweet aftertaste with warming alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body
Overall: Nice beer, would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 15:53:49 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of twiggamortis420


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber of the 2009 vintage pours a very lowly carbonated copper color with very little foam. Pretty hazy too.

Nose is quite oxidized, thick aromas of caramel, toffee and saltwater taffy. Alcohol and some of the lighter fruits.

Taste is more of the same with a burnt caramel sweetness pervading the beer. Surprisingly dark malt flavors are coming forth. Maybe a bit too sweet? Nah..alcohol swoops in to rescue the day from the dreaded cloying demon-beast. Shockingly to me, this brew becomes more drinkable and quite enjoyable as the ounces pass. I think I would like this better fresh, but it is quite tasty even now. All the ingredients come together nicely and make the whole tastier than the sum of its parts. Color me impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:54:55 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a late-erupting, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of raisins, burnt sugar and bitter hops.

Flavor is deep and complex. Biscuity malts spiced with nutmeg and clove sit beneath caramelized figs and hops, with a faint touch of apricot at the periphery. Finish is mostly clean, with a late, slightly cloying sweet note, and the high ABV adds a phenol punch.

Balanced, but big - and enjoyable. Easy does it on this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:51:45 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of silentjay


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage (about 6 months aged)

pours a murky reddish brown with just a spattering of foam, though it leaves nice lacing.

very barleywine-ish aroma with raisins, figs, dates, grape skins, some brown sugar, a bit of spice, and just a bit of toasted whole wheat bread.

again akin to a barelywine in the flavor profile, but the wheat seems to smooth it out a bit. dark fruits, booze, caramelized brown sugar, maple syrup, grape skins, with just a bit of wheat lingering behind that.

a bit light bodied and low on carbonation, but with a nice smooth finish and a slightly pleasant alcohol warmth after the swallow.

overall, its good, but doesn't differentiate itself enough from a barleywine to really stick in my head.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 05:05:21 | More by silentjay
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy, barely transparent coppery red-brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is wheaty and fruity, the latter an interesting mix of apple and citrus, with a hint of an alcohol bite. Fruity, wheaty flavor has an undertone of barleywine (i.e., serious alcohol content) and equal parts sweetness and bitterness. Very tasty! Texture is rough and rowdy, leaving behind a nice fizz. Heartily recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 02:24:55 | More by Cyberkedi
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New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Deep copper red with a wispy tan head

S - Sweet and bready. Candied fig and a hint of booze.

T - Very sweet and slightly boozy. Bready malt and lots of dark fruit flavors. Finishes with a sweet fig and even a bit of chocolate covered raisin.

M - Full bodied and a bit sticky sweet. Fairly crisp, somehow. Very smooth finish.

O - A very interesting beer. Like a barley wine but smoother. Definitely a big beer, it takes a while to drink it down.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 23:06:36 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of NODAK


3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big beer, big aroma. Reallly big aroma. Gobs and gobs of sweetness here. Thick. Caramel, dark fruits, booze...it's all there and in loads. I also perceived perhaps some grapes there as well.

Pours a light amber color, somewhat hazy with a small head at first that disappears rapidly.

Taste is bold up front, with quite a bit of maltiness in the form of toffee, dark fruit and some liquorice as well. It's interesting. Not so sweet as to overpower though, as in their doppelbock. It's also somewhat "hot" with the booziness...there isn't a lot of doubt that this has a high ABV. Bitterness in the finish is certainly present and though it isn't exceptionally much, it's somewhat sharp on the sides of the tongue and lingers a little. A roasted note also lingers as well after the swallow. Honestly, I don't really get any wheat out of this beer. I love wheat beers, I tried hard to percept wheat flavors...I don't get it.

Interesting, but perhaps not my favorite. A bit hot, and the flavors aren't really all that exciting here.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:47:52 | More by NODAK
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- brownish and orange in color, with very thin white head and low carbonation, murky in color

smell- very sweert and sour nose, very nice citrus notes and tones with slight bitter hops too,

Taste- very unique flavor on the mid palate is there where it does begin have some flavor points of wheat ale, slight fruit flavors and little bit sour, but mostly strong bitter hop notes more reminds me still of the flavors of the barely wine, really reminds me mostly of barley wine only slightly lighter flavor profile

Mouthfeel- very heavy and thick with low carbonation, just a real big bruiser of a beer

Drinkablility- overall this beer is pretty drinkable considering the high abv, the wheat gives it slightly more light version of what you get out of barley but still real big flavor, this beer was good but I would have fall short of calling it great and as my first example of the style it was more okay then amazing, a unique style of beer i will have try again, do have admit though the beer did grow on me and certainly started appreciate balance of sweet and bitter

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 03:47:12 | More by Stunner97
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy amber body and a small off-white head (barely any head)

S- Sweet grapes, some sweet bready malts

T- Follows the nose; at first sweet dark fruits, sweet malts and there's some wheat body

M- Medium body with light carbonation and it's almost syrupy

O- I dig the style and this a good overall beer. I want more wheat wines to compare it to.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 22:10:04 | More by aepb1
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a copper orange out of the bomber into a snifter. The head is small and dissipates quickly while the body is hazy orange amber.

S- Sweet and malty with some orange zest and lighter citrus notes. subtle yeasty scent is in there too

T- lighter taster with an alcohol taste toward the end. Malty upfront with a tiny yeast taste. Sweetness is more prominent in the middle which follows till the finish. sweetness that turns lightly bitter finishes

M- Heavier mouthfeel with lower carbonation.

O- I wasnt sure what to expect with this one. althuogh it wasnt great, it wasnt horrible. I should let one sit in the basement for a littlewhile and give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 23:52:33 | More by Gushue3
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a mostly clear reddish amber color, no head.

Smells of rich caramel and apple tartness with a hint of hop pine and honey.

Tastes sweet like honey and maple, with apple tartness, a bit of hop bitterness and wheat like malts, plus noticeable alcohol flavor.

Feel is moderate to thick, sticky, and warming. Slight carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

Pretty interesting and unique ale, enjoying it immensely but not sure it's something I would come back to. Glad to have it once though. But don't expect the same taste as a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 21:16:42 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of AdamBear


3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a note that this is the first time I have ever had a wheat wine, so i will be taking that fact in to consideration as I review this..

Poured from a 2009 bottle in to a large snifter.

A-opaque chestnut. there is no head except bubbbles around the glass surface. there seems to be a complete lack of carbonation...a fact i'm not liking.

S-a strong scent of booze. there is also a lot of caramel. to me, this smells a lot like an unbalanced barley wine. the more i smell it, the more i like it though. I must admit that i'm timid to take my first sip though, it smells quite intense.

T-comes in much smoother than expected. hits the tongue with booze and smooth caramel. then comes a boozey bitterness that leads in to an after-taste of cherries, grapes, and caramel. the after-taste is quite sweet and quite tasty. at all points, the caramel can be tasted. now this is my first wheat wine, so my question is...where is the wheat supposed to come in to play? if i had tasted this with out knowing the style, i would've guessed barely wine immediately.

M-low carbonation with a boozey, dry finish

O-This is meshing extremely well with the ham and turkey sandwich that i'm eating. I'm finding out though, that this is a bomber that is best shared with a friend. The tastes, though not extremely bad, just aren't something that I want a lot of right now, or ever. i think this beer needs a bit more carbonation, okay a lot more carbonation. it just isn't something i'll be getting again. i'll admit, i always though the whole wheat wine concept was a little weird, now i believe it even more.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 22:10:38 | More by AdamBear
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I've only had one wheat wine before so I'm not an expert but I'm getting wafting alcohol from halfway across the room. Is this normal? Pours a cloudy copper melange with a wispy cap in place of a head. Nose is the aforementioned sledgehammer of alcohol with backing caramel malt and plenty of mixed sugars and dark fruits.

This is well made stuff, so it isn't like the scraping nails on blackboard sensation of a malt liquor. but this is still a great deal of booze in a very small spot. Sweet malt in the extreme, swimming in a sea of ethyl. A slight attempt at balance but it mostly gets lost in the shuffle. A touch of smoke and peat in the finish adds some character.

Overall, pretty mellow and drinkable considering how many brain cells it is sending to an early grave. This is a reading poetry on a snowy evening in a mountain cabin kind of beer, but a pretty good one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:04:53 | More by daliandragon
Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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