Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed in England, these potent, malty monsters were frequently aged before being put into small bottles and sold as strong beers or even medicinal tonics. The American version has been blown up with more alcohol, larger bottles and more hops.

Smuttynose Barleywine straddles these two branches of the barleywine tree. When you taste it, you’ll notice deep, rich caramel malt flavors, balanced with hop bitterness. Fruity hop flavors act as a garnish for its amped-up but classic flavor. For a more refined experience, tuck a few bottles away for a year or two. The alcohol will mellow and the hop aromas will fade into the background, leaving the luscious malt to shine on its own.

65 IBU

2007 - 11.4%
2009 - 11.1%

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-04-1999

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reminded me alot of Bigfoot only more subtle. i like that :)
poured out a brown amber bronze color with a huge 2 inch frothy creamy head that lingered and lingered. The lacing left by this head was outstandingly beautiful.
Aroma was a little off to me. I could not really pick up on anything specific for some reason. weird.
Taste was of caramel and smoky sweet sugars earthy pine combined with some fruity hop flavors as well. Leaves a slight burn in the chest from the alcohol. Mouthfeel was crisp and quite creamy and finished crisp and very slightly dry. I found this to be very enojoyable. It was subtle and elegant. Worth a try for sure. I will be buying more of this soon.

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4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Honey (fall amber), a beautiful gold with just a very slight tint of red, bubbly, small white head (my bottle was not as red or the head off white as others say, maybe a difference this year?)

Smell: citrus, yeast, sweet

Taste: Complex, first, early, mid then after tastes, all strong but none out copete or overwelm, slight sweet fruitness but not too much, good bitter but not overboard.

Mouthfeel: smooth, lasting dry but lingering sudsyness only thing not perfect about it.

At 11+% APV depending on year (not sure about this bottle conditioned 2013) strong but alcohol is not noticable (Beer Adv review says 7%, its clearly not and is ~11% as details above say)

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4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, cellar temperature. Deep reddish copper with a thin cream colored head that's thin, but laces for a while. Big aroma of toffeelike malt, spicy slightly earthy/grapefruity hop, and warmth of alcohol.

This, to me, is what a barleywine should taste like. Big, chewy, and round, yet not overblown, with a fruity, toffeelike maltiness with hints of nuts, balanced by a solid hop bitterness. Then a gentle warming surge of alcohol joins in, followed by a spicy, earthy, citrusy hoppiness that is just below the malt. The finish is all of the above flavors happily gliding away. Not the biggest barleywine I've ever drank, nor the maltiest, hoppiest, or most alcoholic; but the balance is spot-on for my taste buds. Special, this one.

One of my three favorite barleywines, no question.

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4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip; surprisingly light and clear orange; by looks, this could be an amber ale or even a DIPA. Creamy white head, descends very slowly leaving tons of lacing.
Smell is very interesting; very malty, with soft grain and a hint of nutty sweetness with some lighter fruitiness as well, and a hint of wine-like booze.
Taste is tons of toasted grain malt, nutty and soft, caramel and hints of sweetness and fruit. Slight pinch of crisp hops at the end cleans up the sticky aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is smooth and full, well-carbonated.
Overall, every barleywine I've had is unique, and this one continues the trend. It's delicious, malty, smooth, and the alcohol is hidden entirely. Awesome job, not that I'd expect anything less from Smuttynose.

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Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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