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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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1.6/5  rDev -59.7%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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2.56/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice coppery orange with a perfect little head into a snifer.
all down hill from there.
The nose is bourbony and boozey which is not bad in and of itself, but its just too much. no balance and overthetop even for a barleywine.
The first taste was okay, but the beer was too cold (fridge temp) for the style and as it warmed, the flavors went all out of whack again. Medicinal and boozey. Hot.
The mouthfeel is fine. Nice carbonation and good body but nothign to right home about.
Finally, the beer is so hard to drink. I could never get through the entire bomber on my own and even splitting 22 oz. with my wife, I'm finding it hard to reach the bottom of my glass.
Glad I tried it, but I won't look hard to find my next bottle.

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2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear, clean crimson colored with amber disitinction. Sparsely seperated off white head fades into flimy bubbles thick and wide forming a ring around the glass with a solid center.

Big candy sugar nose similar to the coating on a candy apple. Some toffee malts. Alcohol is very present also. Huge citrus hop character with stone fruit close behind. Nectarine type aromas with a light grapefruit dusting. Spicey qualaties with some floral rose petal aromatics. Honey as well. Seems like it's missing a big malt backbone.

Well this beer is lacking a mid-palate. Candy sugar laced with honey at first sip and then the mid is basically alcohol. Malt is lacking especially for a barley wine. Mainly hop driven with a bitter finish. Citrusy and lacking the stone fruit of the nose. Thin and lacking body, depth, backbone, and complexity. Very dissapointing and not something I'll drink much.

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2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is not amoung the better barleywines I've had. Pours a deep amber with a nice head and a bunch of floating particles. Tastes sickly sweet and bitter at the same time. But not a good bitter or a good sickly sweet. The aftertaste is very annoying, but the only thing in front of me to clean it is more of this beer. D'oh! Drinkable, but nothing here to jump up and down about or stock a celler with.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer in bottles on a couple of tries and was quite pleased. When I had the chance to try it on tap, I was very hopeful to give it a try.

At the Sunset Grill and Tap in Boston today, I had a snifter of the Barleywine. It was a big disappointment. The hot alcohol taste dominated everything and made it very nearly undrinkable. I'm not sure what the difference with the bottled version might be but apparently, something went wrong with this keg. Nice bitterness, good color and lacing and lots of malt flavor and aroma. But the burning alcohol dominated everything else. Also had a bit of metallic-chemical aftertaste.

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2.99/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep chestnut with a thick white head which dissipates pretty quickly but leaves some nice lacing. I get some hops and a little malt from the aroma and taste, but there's something else; something I can't quite put my finger on, and I don't find particularly pleasant. It might be vinous, it might just be hot and need to be cellared a little longer, I don't know.

I might get another of these at some point to cellar for a few more months, but I'm not so keen on this right now.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of DuaneL
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color. Sudsy whitish head that doesn't last too long. Smell is fruity and vegetal to me. Not particularly appealing but not bad. Taste is caramel with hops in balance but with a definite alcohol presence noticeable. Slightly thin, and flavor was too alcohol driven for it to be very enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a finger and a half of white head.

S-Sweet caramel malt with some citrusy hop notes and some dark fruit.

T-Dark plum with a defined bitterness and a slight ethanol note on the finish.

M-Rich and chewy with a medium-heavy body, low carbonation, and a very warm mouth and throatfeel.

D-Honestly the alcohol on this one is way too noticeable and detracts form the beer even after 6+ months of aging. Not my cup of tea at all.

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3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of reliable Smuttynose across the river in Wisconsin...a while back, I guess. Notch on the label is 2009, so this either aged in the store or in my basement.

Pours into a couple of snifters, very dark orange, with significant sediment, even allowing for a couple ounces left in the bottom of the bottle. Lots of caramel & oranges in the nose, malt sweetness, & the beginning shadow of oxidation.

Smutty Barleywine reps the style with under-stated style. Overwhelmingly sweet, a combo of sugar, malts, & rock candy rakes the tender skin of my delicate mouth, it's hat tilted jauntily. Caramel juts its sticky nose out, & alcohol wants too much attention, even after a long rest. Oxidation is just starting to appear. Bare fruit skins. Maybe pear, maybe apple, with the juice sucked out.

Pretty standard barleywine; decent enough, but the sweetness is really tough to get past. I think it's damaged the roof of my mouth. Not as good as some of the fine Smuttynose brews I've had in the past, but decent enough.

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3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of andrewski1, thanks again!

Pours a bright dark amber color with a small white head and decent lacing.

Aromas are odd. Lots of pine needles, light fruits, some citrus, and an odd an unpleasant celery note. This doesn't smell like a barley wine.

Taste is better than the smell. Hints of fruits, light nuttiness, and faint creamy sweetness. Finish is mineral like and bitter, with some warm alcohol.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, decent body and carbonation.

Overall, this comes off to me as a miss. The maltiness is really lacking, and the taste ends up being more like a middle of the road double IPA instead of a barley wine. Not a bad beer, but not a real good one either.

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3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Pizza P. Ugh, not a fan. Beer is brown with a wispy tan head of small bubbles, no lacing, no carbonation to speak of, low retention.

Aroma is sweet and boozy, lots of alcohol in the nose.

Beer is thin and harsh, very hot, thins out on the end and has a really dry finish, leaves me wanting a glass of water after every sip, I didn't like and won't have it again.

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3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear reddish brown with about a finger of light brown head. Piney and earthy hop aroma with a good dose of sweet caramel. Sadly the alcohol flavor is the dominant flavor. There is some caramel in the background, and a bitter finish, but there's not much getting past the alcohol. Thin/medium bodied with lots of carbonation. This one needed some age on it to tame the alcohol a little, but I'd be interested in giving it another shot.

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