Smuttlabs Winter Ale - Aged In Red Wine Barrels | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttlabs Winter Ale - Aged In Red Wine BarrelsSmuttlabs Winter Ale - Aged In Red Wine Barrels

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ElGallo on 02-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by ryan1788a5:
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz capped bottle poured into a globe.

A: Dark garnet color. Creamy, fine bubbled tan head retains very well at a good inch and a half in height. Plenty of spotty and clumpy lacing.

S: Bready and crusty. Big waft of brown cocoa. Brown molasses. Vinous with a touch of booze. Lots of red berries, currants, and cherry. Candi sugar. Oak. Yeasty with clove and some light medicinal smells.

T: Very fruit-forward. Cherries and red berries abound. Vinous. Good tartness with some acidity. Malts begin to take hold. Toasted crust, mild woody roast. Bold flavors of unsweetened cocoa begin to wrap themselves around everything. Woody vanilla and oak. Earthy yeast, mild medicinal/clove flavors. Orange peel? Could be the hops too, as they lend a good dose of bitterness. Finishes with red berries, red wine, and a strong nutty cocoa flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Mildly acidic and tannic. Creamy and silky. It wants to let its heft sit on the palate, but the fine and sharp carbonation bubbles whisk it away.

O: A very good beer overall. Great complexity, and the tart, vinous fruit flavors play very well with woody and chocolatey malts. A great sipper. I'd love to see 750ml cork and cages, I think this would age well.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12.7 fl. oz limited edition bottle. Sampled on March 3, 2014.

The beer pours mainly brown with some reddish hues and a pleasant little cream colored head that fades and laces.

The fact that this is aged in wine barrel is something I pick up in the aroma. There is this caramel malt and baking chocolate character, yes, but it is then superseded by the red grape or wine-like esters from the barrel aging.

Medium body but also smooth.

The taste evolves from start to finish. At first I get the same chocolate disposition as I do on the nose with a vague wine-like finish but the chocolate diminishes with each ensuing sip and the grape or wine-like character pulls forward. It results in a slightly tart finale.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Totally random find at Bestway in Greensboro. Deep mahogany with a tan head that starts out large but settles to a pool of creamy bubbles. Instant red wine barrel in the nose followed by cherry, sherry, and more subtle nutty chocolate. Flavor is borderline tart, but backs off at the last second. Smooth red wine tannis, spice, oak, port, and a general, mellow fruitiness. The malt flavor is low-key and exists mostly as a bready, nutty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and fluffy yet finishes dry and slightly tart. Pretty interesting and very easy to drink. Kinda sorta Dubbelish, but then the wine takes over. I wasn't expecting something so refreshing.

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Photo of Mike
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 8/27/15... I meant to drink this about a year ago. Oops.

A: Dark brown with some rich garnet highlights, ruby around the edges - somewhat murky, but with some clarity - pours with a very large, fluffy, tan head - gradually fades to a medium sized, dense, solid cap that leaves sheets of lacing

S: Red wine, wood, and chocolate - the wine barrel-aging stands out first, with some deep, red wine, some straight-up grapes, and lots of wood - dark fruits and berries - Belgian yeast, with some yeasty funk, old basement, clove, and an above-average phenols - some light acetone as well - lots of chocolate, including dark chocolate, cocoa, and Tootsie Rolls - bready base, with some cooked biscuits, caramel sweetness, molasses

T: A Dubbel with touches of red wine, works surprisingly well - red wine, dry grapes, raisins, dark fruits, dark cherries, dark berries - lightly tart - woody, with some oak - Belgian yeast funk, with some spice, some clove, a touch of banana, and some phenols - somewhat earthy - cocoa and Tootsie Rolls - sweet overall, with sweet malts and some candi sugar - bread crust, biscuits, caramel, molasses - finishes with some lingering sweetness

M: Medium body, very smooth, finishes mostly dry with some lingering sweetness

O: It's a grape flavored Tootsie Roll pop

Dubbels often have a raisin-like flavor and sweetness, so aging one in red wine actually makes sense as an idea. I like what Smutty did here, and I hope to see it again.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy dark brown in color and has bits of reddish hues. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of red wine are present in the nose along with notes of oak and hints of underlying caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of red wine from the barrel aging but tannins from the oak seem to stand out a little more prominently.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While you can definitely taste the red wine and oak flavors from the barrel aging, neither of these seem to be overpowering, it's difficult to discern any of the other aromas and flavors of the underlying beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, ruby highlighted brown coloring, with a tall, frothy, bubbly, off-white head. Aromas of dry and fruity red wine characteristics forward, with an underlying chocolate and caramel backbone. Richly sweet and dry, blending nicely on the nose. The flavors are an interesting blend of rich, roasted sweet notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee, with a balance of dry grape and berry red wine notes. Smooth, slightly slick bodied, with a rich sweet and roasted chocolate and dry red wine aftertaste. The finish is smooth, dry, and with a lingering wine flavor. Interesting brew.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Smuttlabs Winter Ale - Aged In Red Wine Barrels from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 48 ratings