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

BA SCORE
89
very good
608 Ratings
Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
608
Reviews:
356
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
62
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 608 |  Reviews: 356
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mlockman
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Even after two years of cellaring, the flavor was still a bit too hop-forward for my taste. While I did grow more accustomed to the flavor as it drank down, I felt the hop presence really overshadowed the malt flavors I was looking for. That being said, I am unusually averse to the flavor of hops, so this perhaps doesn't reflect poorly on the quality of the beer, it just isn't for me. Honestly, I think this is a great candidate for bourbon barrel aging. As I was drinking it, I kept picking up a lot of similarities to the underlying notes of Bell's Saturn (which I found phenomenal, by the way) only sans the delicious bourbon flavors.

 640 characters

Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Auror
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SABERG
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of justme
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Philvillani
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skaboom420
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 2015 version, on tap, in a snifter at Church Key.

O - A disappoint, wanted and thought this beer should be more substantial, maybe the lowest rating I have ever given for a beer style I like very much. - 3.5

A - 4

S - 3.75

T - More of a DIPA than a Barley Wine, expected more malt and sweetness to balance the bitter along with more body - 3.25

MF - Medium bodied with a dry finish, unexpectedly thin - 3

 415 characters

Photo of Sanderson
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JiminKY
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 version on draft into a narrow, footed half pint. Cloudy caramel color, tan head circling the glass, and thin, sticky lace rings marking each sip level.

I've liked most Smuttynose, though it hasn't been distributed here long. Never had their barley wine, so I can't compare this to other years or when it was fresh.

As for barley wines, in general, it is one of my favorite styles and I have drunk many—at many stages of age.

This seems to have aged well. It is smooth, well-balanced, and free of any musty or other "off" characteristics. Two years seems like a sweet spot on this one, though at 10.6 abv, it could probably do 2 more and still be delicious.

 668 characters

Photo of jrs3994243
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Clynch12
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hippieflip
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drknight
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cornucopia
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Petegrieco
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4.89/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 two three for feve seex

25 characters

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 608 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.