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Manly Men Beer Club Sea Smoke - Atlantic Brewing Company

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Here in Maine, sea smoke is the fog that appears just above the water’s surface as the bitter cold air meets the slightly warmer ocean water. Our Sea Smoke is an English-style barley-wine brewed with cherrywood smoked grain. This ale retains the subtle warmth of a barley-wine ale without being overbearing. The introduction of the smoked flavor acts to balance the sweetness inherent in the barley-wine style yielding a quirky, yet sophisticated beer.

(Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 05-31-2010)
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Reviews by NCSUdo:
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

22 oz bottle

A: Brown bodied with amber hues through out under a small to non-existent white head. No retention, some OK lace.

S: Sweet malt, toffee, some caramel, hint of smoke and some citrus hops.

T: Sweet malt, smoke comes out more in the taste department and is a bit bitter, some grapefruit hops with a good bitter finish mixed with smoke. Alcohol is apparent.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the high side. Decent drinkability for a big beer.

12-05-2010 03:39:36 | More by NCSUdo
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

I was told the brewers at Atlantic Brewing have done some limited release beers. This one is brewed by Dave Kilgour and is named after the sea smoke we see up here over the ocean in winter. That sea smoke is more on the ephemeral side, and this sea smoke beer tries a little too hard.
In a snifter the beer was garnet colored with a medium-sized, quickly dissipating tan head.
Smoky aroma, sweet caramel, floral.
Smoky taste, caramel, fairly hoppy.
A bit over the top. The smoke is a little too much, and the other flavors don't come through that well.

05-31-2010 22:55:22 | More by lordofthewiens
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

22 ounce bomber, w/o freshness info.

Pours dark and murky brownish mahogony. The head is medium tan and quite minimal. Just leaves a thin collar, some fine film and some fine low sheeting and banded lacing.

Caramel malt notes and some alcohol in the nose.

Smooth and mellow barleywine, English in style all the way with the hops way in the rear and malts carrying the load. Caramel, toffee, honey and vanilla all picked up. Smoke is moderate and adds to the complexity of this quality ale.

Nice night capper...good night...

08-29-2011 00:42:36 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Appearance: orange/brown in color, minimal head, cloudy, medium carbonation

Smell: dark fruit, caramel, smoke

Taste: toasted caramel, dark fruit, honey, sugar, and smoke--especially towards the finish. The smoke leaves an aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, very smoky and sweet, heavy bodied

Drinkability: This beer took a while to let the smoke out, but once it warmed a bit it exploded. This may be my new favorite barleywine asI like smoky beers to begin with. The caramel and the smoke play well off of each other. A sipper that I could not have everyday, but one I wish I could find more readily available. One of the better American smokebeers.

01-04-2011 15:42:29 | More by tigg924
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Hoops4life511

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-02-2011 13:52:41 | More by Hoops4life511
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far333

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

Hazed burnt orange with a frothy head that rises up only due to an extremely aggressive pour, and then quickly settles out. Aroma of ripe fruit - apricot and pear, honied malt. Flavors of rich malt, piney hops, apple, pear, apricot, some fusels. Full mouthfeel, but a bit tannic and woody. Is there smoked malt here? Can't tell. Decent beer, not world-class.

04-01-2013 00:02:43 | More by far333
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JMS1512

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-24-2013 19:23:23 | More by JMS1512
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-02-2014 18:56:00 | More by Kegatron
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DarkLordPsycho

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-10-2013 05:24:03 | More by DarkLordPsycho
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip a light hazy honey cola color with a brief caramel head that quickly settles to a ring of lace that clings and streaks. Like Grandpa.

A whiff is a smokey toffee/sugar, lightly boozy dark fruit. Like Grandpa's breath.

Woo smoke! Balanced with a touch of that toffee sweetness and dark fruit followed by an alcoholic warmth. The smoke lingers like Grandpa. Medium bodied.

Nice unique brew, Dave et Co.!

I'll assume the picture on the bottle is a flamethrower.

12-06-2011 00:37:57 | More by OldIronLungs
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 10, 2013.

It pours a decent looking copper-amber color with a modest head that lingers for a bit and eventually fades. Great clarity.

The bouquet was basically malt forward, grainy, with alcohol but any smoke seemed lost. Perhaps it was meant to be subtle.

Medium body with an astringency that coats the tongue with a slight creaminess to balance it off.

My bottle was labeled 7.7% ABV although Beer Advocate lists it at 10% ABV. In any event the alcohol was not well integrated with the malts and smoke. It was pretty punchy with a pucker-up bitterness at the end.

The concept of a smoked barleywine made me very curious but any smokiness felt lost within the alcohol.

05-10-2013 22:37:12 | More by puboflyons
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

- Consumed at 55F.

A: A coppery pour yields a brazillain cherry coloring in the glass topped off by a 2 finger smooth and frothy head that is sturdy on the hold. Inside lied a feverish display and dense carbonation shower that filled the glass like a torrent tropical storm. The lacing is full, a complete sheet covering that sticks well.

S: The smoked cherry wood comes though nicely on the open. There is also some indication of smoked kelp (think William brothers Kelpie seaweed) that gives this a very costal feel. Dried bacon finishes things up here with an aroma that was modest in strength, dry and short on sweetness.

T: The sweetness shows up in grand fashion on the flavor, sugary grains with a dry touch of smoked cherry wood and spicy hops. Dry woodsy and piney notes lie beneath while the finish exhibits a bit of licorice and a smooth warming of fruity alcohol (dry cherries and appleskins). Warming with a fruity booziness and a complimentary smokiness. The smoky elment keeps the sweetness and booziness at bay, but ultimately may be a bit to light in character for some.

M: Active carbonation, cough syrup like consistency and feel that is thick and viscose. Alcohol warming, again of cough medicine with a dry cherry and apple aftertaste.

D: Fruity and boozy almost double bock like in quality with the 7.7%abv feeling a point or two higher then it actually is, but never hinders the drinking to much. A beer that is nicely influenced by its elements and surroundings.

01-21-2011 00:03:55 | More by beerthulhu
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Luweezy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-17-2013 23:13:35 | More by Luweezy
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A real nice tight foamy off caramel/tan like head about three fingers with lots of staying power. Body is a real nice orange/red amber body. Some lacing. Some nice clumpy character to the head as well.

Nose is sweet malt, slight booze, mild fruit sort of apricot. Seems bold just like a barleywine, but under control.

First sips bring a mild chocolate sense, and a big malt. Noticeable mild hop bitter but then a real ashen smoke and novocaine finish. Very light bodied it seems for a barleywine, however more sips bring out some sweetness, light brown sugars specifically.

Overall this is not too bad and the smoke seems to become more tolerable, but there's also a slight chemical finish to this also with the novocaine sensation only getting slightly more subdued. Not bad, it's alright.

11-26-2011 00:19:30 | More by smakawhat
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ububru

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-14-2011 21:16:17 | More by ububru
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mormon

Utah

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-16-2011 00:47:37 | More by mormon
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a snifter. Color was a dark reddish burgundy color, with a very thin dirty white head. Aroma was a slightly fruity sweet with a bit of alcohol. Flavor had a bit of smoke in the front of the sip, shifted to a sweetness, then finished a bit salty. Coated extremely well, with a bit of carbonation that tickled the tongue. Flavor was a bit different than I would expect, a tab more bitter than I appreciate.

09-27-2013 22:59:19 | More by mountdew1
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oline73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from a bomber into a Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red/amber color with a half finger of off white head that fades to a small ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, but not overly so. I'm getting some dark fruit and caramel malt. Some cherries and raisins.

Taste: This one has just a touch of sweetness to it. Dark fruit and some mild caramel. Given the lower abv, there is quite a lot of alcohol in the flavor. I'm getting some alcohol and hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium and a bit syrupy. There is some tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: Given the lower abv for the style, I would have liked the flavor to be a bit more refined. I enjoyed this enough, but I don't know that I need to have it again.

06-15-2012 03:39:26 | More by oline73
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jsled

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

A: pours a rich copper. in the glass it looks good for a barleywine, but coming out of the bottle, it looked a little light. nice solid light-tan head, with a good amount of carbonation holding the head up.

S: (my nose is broken tonight) sugary, caramel notes.

T/M: nicely balanced malty b'wine sweetness with a subtle smoke note. not overly thick or overly lingering on the tongue. residual sweetness.

D: high. this is nice, and at 7.7%, not overwhelmingly strong.

09-24-2010 22:55:26 | More by jsled
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Translucent muddy rust color. Sticky looking white head doesn't actually do much sticking. Few swirls of retention.

Toffee and grape hard candy aroma. My Halloween treat.

Tastes like a Snicker's bar without the peanuts or chocolate, which is to say it tastes like caramel and nougat I guess. Dark bread. Mildly smokey and mildly hot - the two sensations meld together. Thick and malty.

More sea mist than sea smoke. More smoke would have made this beer much more manlier. For instance, right now Sea Smoke is at a Bono level of manliness. More smoke would bring it to a Henry Rollins level.

11-01-2011 01:41:43 | More by donkeyrunner
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev 0%

Picked up in Bar Harbor, ME only to realize it was available at most of the stores back home in Western, MA. Liked the idea of a Smoked Barleywine.

A- Amber body with an off-white cap. Head retention is okay but it eventually disappears with out a trace, of lace or a ring.

S- Caramel malt, dark fruit and smoked but not burnt malt. Lighter end for a Barleywine but still feels big.

T- Pretty much what I expected. The malt lends nice caramel and smoked flavors. It is not ashy or burnt like a Scotch but the smoke is still pretty high in overall flavor. Dark fruit and some spice from what seems like English yeast.

MF- Fulfilling but not oily or chewy. Nice carbonation to support the flavors at hand.

DB- A nice beer overall, the smoked malt balances pretty well with the yeast and other malt characters present in the beer.

02-21-2011 09:44:01 | More by cbutova
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

22oz bottle received in trade from the man, bennybrew. Thanks a heap!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" tan head above the clear coppery orange brew. Head dwindles at an average pace, with leggy, lasting lace. Aroma is sweet with wisps of smoke.

Taste mimics the nose, maltiness and smoke mingling nicely together. Alcohol provides a slight warming aftereffect, but almost tangential to the flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is easier than a barleywine should be. Glad I got another one of these...

02-20-2011 02:36:03 | More by ppoitras
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a murky ruby with a dense cream colored head and a little bit of soapy lace.

Nose is figs, caramel, vanilla, toffee. Not getting much in the way of smoke.

Taste is maple cured bacon - ah there's the smoke! - with chewy dense french toast. Cherries. Figs. Burnt sugar. Lightly smoked - the flavor lingers and develops on the palate but never becomes overbearing. There's a slick salty mineral note - not incongruious considering the name.

Mouth is soft, and chewy with little carbonation.

I do love smoked ales so it's no surprise that I liked this beer. A bit light to be considered a barleywine (BA lists this at 10% but my bottle says 7.7%) but a tasty hybrid style. Nice job Atlantic.

05-18-2013 22:53:55 | More by sethmeister
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lou50rp

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Dark coppery color with a tan head and little lacing.
Has a smoky, sweet smell. Not much carbonation,
A sweet caramel taste to start with some fruitness and ends with a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel was pleasant.
A very nice sipping beer. Worth another try.

07-25-2010 09:40:20 | More by lou50rp
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

Fizzy bubbly 1.5 finger head over hazy copper orange color.

Nose lots of malts, maple and molasses, sweet malts, light earthy hops. Light smoked and roasted malts.

Taste is creamy, loaded win smoked malt, smoked cheese, light bacon, sweet molasses and light maple, chewy malts, some barley, light minerality, light tobacco. Some bitterness win light earthy hops. Finishes somewhat smoky and light mineral sulfur wiith slight dry.

Mouth is medium to lighter sticky with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so with no real booze and dry finish but slightly sticky, loaded smoke, and light sulfur.

11-16-2010 00:04:14 | More by jlindros
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Manly Men Beer Club Sea Smoke from Atlantic Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.