Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Wheat Wine (Big Beer Series)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Wheat Wine Ale is a unique hybridization of two well-known beer styles, combining the rich, voluptuous taste of a traditional barleywine with the subtle, tart flavors of an American wheat ale, topped off with a healthy dose of crisp, herbaceous hops.

2007 - 11.4%
2008 - 10.3%
2009 - 11.4%
2010 - 12.0%
2014 - 10.8%

Added by Bierman9 on 04-13-2005

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Photo of BoringBunny
5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours light copper and surprisingly clear, this brew has to be poured vigorously in order to rouse a head. Carbonation is not visible.

S: bouquet is well presented, with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, and figs.

T: sweet body, heavy fruit notes, and lots of caramel combine in this heavenly concoction.

M: very full body, slightly solventy, and no carbonation.

D: a rich experience for sure, this brew is meant for the courageous. Definitely worth a shot, as it is a great companion to their barley wine offering.

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of tjd112
4.89/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Chimay glass

Appearance - Poured a dark copper color with white head not well retained

Smell - Alcohol and assorted fruits, pear, apricot, apples, kiwis

Taste - I taste a lot of bananas and tart cherries

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body

Drinkability - Meal in a glass

Overall - A great offering

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4.84/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber from Cuzco in the Blind Beer BIF #3, thanks Nate for some great beers.

Poured into my MJ tasting glass. Pours a medium copper with a spritzy tan head that doesn't last. Leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aromas of sweet caramel malt and grapefruit hops. Leans more toward the hops. Actually, the malt character is a little more toffeeish, than caramel.

First sip is like the aroma, sweet malt with a big hop bitterness, citrusy, grapefruit. Malt flavor is toffeeish. Long finish with a focus on the grapefruit hops. No noticeable alcohol bite. Very much like a barleywine, american version. Wheat character doesn't really come through, masked by the hops.

Mouthfeel medium, sweet, a little puckering bitterness. Big chewy malt. Very well carbonated. Expected more of a prickle based on the pour, but no carbonic bite.

Drinkability is very high. Very nice beer. Alcohol makes its presence known about half-way through the first glass. This is a big beer that deserves to be shared.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a beautiful dark, clear cherrywood color, with a bit of light tan head. It smelled very complex, like caramelized sugar and honeysuckle, sour cherry and raisin, cereal wheat, alcohol, and a bit of cinnamon and oak and molasses. It tasted complex too, like fresh caramel and raisin and sour cherry, with fig and subdued copper hops, as well as cultured yeast and alcohol. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a lasting sour and sweet aftertaste. I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer, but it was delicious. It seemed like it was already aged, but I'm not sure. Overall it was very well balanced and blended a million different flavors amazingly well. It had great body, and the noticeable alcohol seemed fitting for how big this beer is. It was so tasty, it remained very easy to drink, and highly rewarding to sip. Fantastic.

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4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

10/13/07. Re Review 3/3/17. Reviewing a 2010 vintage. 7 years aged. New review is notated with an *.

This brew is a real delight to pour with it's vivid Crimson hued amber color with an abundance of slow moving bubbles which creates a two-finger thick and tight mocha-froth colored head that is very heady looking. The head is very sticky with intricate clumps of froth are stuck all over and the retention is very slow and remains pretty zippy throughout. * The pour, this time around gives off the same brilliant color with minimal head, quick bubbles, then gone.

The Aroma is extremely pungent with big thwaths of fruit like pineapple and ripe red grapes with a maple syrup and brown sugar, buttery malt just underneath. The nose complexity is very high with a big spicey, oak and cedar wood effect and a big whiskey-like heat tingle. Way down there's a whiff of jalapano peppers to round of this wild array of aroma's. highly enjoyable.* The nose has changed a lot over seven years of aging; a boozy, very sweet malt dominates. Cherries and cedar wood, brown sugar, still has spicy wheat, smells very much like a Belgian Quad from cask.

This brew is not for the timid...the bold wheat based malt comes on smooth and thick, sweet but herbal and then mutates to an insanely bold fruity hop flavor that feels citric but tastes more like sweet ripe red grapes, pineapple, banana & starfruit. The third element to this delicate , but bold balance is a big, spicy and very herbal earthiness with soft cedar wood smoke bitterness. The high ABV % plays a big role, which is fine because the flavors are soo big. But this 10.7 is no joke, it feels a bit like bourbon going down and is a real kick. * The 2007 vintage is 12 % abv. And man, you can sure feel it! Very boozy brew. The malt is much more dominant, heady and thick, brown sugar sweetness with mild cherries. The sour wheat malt is still good for a zippy kick, even after seven years. The fruit flavors from the hops have mellowed greatly, but the herbacious hop taste is still in full effect and really pulls this one into the stratosphere for complexity. There still is a smokey malt flavor with caramel and molasses but it has all melded together seemlessly over time. High complexity but much more sweet ,malty and boozey. Some bitter, earthy notes linger with a smoke and woody aftertaste. Herbal hops linger along with the spicy wheat malt.

The feel here is simply heady. Thick, full body smooth as hell with a big heat burn, a serious sipper. * After seven years of cellar time, the mouthfeel has become very relaxed, very full and malty slick. A minor spicy bite and high heat tingle that finishes pretty dry.

This is one of the most bad-ass brews you can find in NH period. Smuttynose was the first commercial brewery to release this style, and it is an honor to have reviewed WAY back in 2007. Seven years later, I get to review the strongest version released, and after seven years in the cellar. A truely remarkable brew. A New England classic.

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4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Label says bottle-conditioned in 2010. Say Wha?!! I had no idea when I purchased this. Could be either a good or bad thing. Let's find out.

A- From a heavy pour comes just an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a bit of surface foam. Sticky, spotted lacing.

S- Lovely, sweet malt that's also quite hoppy in an earthy way. Smells more like an imperial IPA or barleywine.

T- Merk. Lusciously sweet and smooth malt in the front with some hop bitterness in the follow-through and a clean finish. Alcohol is sublimely well-hidden (probably due to the aging) and there's even a bit of oak in the aftertaste. Notes of caramel, nougat and lemon from the hops.

M- Tangy and a bit dry. Low carbonation and a medium body.

O- Yeah, the flavor profile is closer to a barleywine, but you can't put a label on delicious. Damn near perfect in my eyes.

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4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why have I not reviewed this beer before? I've been drinking it for years.

This beer pours a thick mahogany body with a small off-white head.

Nose is a strong malt with mild citrus and a dirty earth smell. Extremely malty and very inviting.

Taste is extremely thick and full bodied. Waves of lush milky caramel and touches of vanilla. This is a malt monster. So simple and just so damn big. Hops are kept in the background with enough bitterness to give just enough balance, but beyond that this is malt, malt and a little more malt.

What an amazing beer. Malt. Like a killer English Barleywine. Just classic.

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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update: cellared 2012 bottle 2/21/13.

Different review: poured in a snifter, incredible wafting aroma of toffee. No head to speak of-1/2 finger. Honey color. Carbonation upfront, but pleasant.

A strong toffee presence in the taste. As the beer warms up, it's like candy. Sweet and rich. Not very overwhelming presence of alcohol increases the overall complexity of the beer.

Great Beer to cellar.

Original review in May 2012

Poured in an oversized wine glass. Served at 52 F.

Beautiful light tea color with a one finger head wafting honey and lemon. There is a very pleasant mouth feel which is not too carbonated.

The taste is excellent: there is some alcoholic presence. Honey, lemon, and other spices make a strong distinctive finish.

Overall: an excellent beer. I especially like the moderate mouth feel balanced with the accentuated finish. Looking forward to drinking again.

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4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this a couple times on tap but recently bought two bottles.. one to age for a bit and one to drink and review. This beer I feel is slightly complex. The appearance is almost that of brown ale except this wheat wine gives way to little if no head what so ever. There is minimal lacing in my tulip and its almost a foggy copper color. This wheat wine smells of fruits and caramal upfront. Also, if you give it a couple more sniffs you can smell almost burnt hops but not in a bad way. The smell is really pleasantly potent to the nose. The rather hoppy and malty but sweet. Slight undertones of roasted pear and cherries.
Mouthfeel.. this beer is rather carbonated but not over done. Finishes a little strong but goes down quite nice. This is a great beer to share with friends and just relax with a couple bottles

Definitely recommend this. This is one of the more complex big beers smuttynose has put out i feel.


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Photo of bort11
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of sulldaddy. I had been wanting to try a wheat wine, and he hooked me up.

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip wine glass. Moderate head, which is to be expected with a big beer like this. Recedes to a light lace. Color is a beautiful warm smokey amber color. Smell is quite sweet and malty. There is a alcohol warmth undertone. Taste is earthy and malty and a bit of honey. I definately can taste the wheat. Very vinious. Mouthfeel is warm and full with a pleasant alcohol burn. This is fantastic beer, everything that I expected for the style and more. I would love to get a few more bottles to celler and pull out for special occasions.

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4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Cervezalandia. In Teku glass. 65cl. Watching Los Soprano 5x03 + playing Broken Sword 5. Barleywine-like, with lots of raisins and a smoother,silkier body probably thanks to the wheat.Noticeable non USAish hops. Alcohol present too, but nice, providing a warming feeling. To drink slowly

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4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Has a small, almost non-existent head. Murky, deep red colored beer.

S - Complex aroma filled with dark malts, intense raisin, port wine, floral hops and cherries. Smells absolutely amazing!

T - A lot of the raisin and port wine characteristics as in the smell, but not as intense. Has all the flavor of a high gravity beer but definite wheat quality as well.

M/D - This drinks like any respectable barley-wine. Wheatwine is my new favorite style, for sure!

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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, here is the deal. This beer has a wonderful amber hued glow with a nose that blends subdued malts, slight hops and complex oak. The mouth-feel is alive without being overly active. The taste starts with a simple rounded sweetness of malt and alcohol, but not overly so - don't let the wine name fool you. These big bold flavors are controlled and even highlighted by the dryness of the oak. In fact, the only note I would give is that the oak might...slightly...dominate the flavor. Give this puppy some age and forget about it...

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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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