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)

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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%

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Photo of Phelps
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another beer received from neorunner in the blind beers BIF. 2009 edition. Recommended glassware is a chalice, but unfortunately I don't have one. Into my Bruery tulip it goes.

The liquid that glugs out of the bottle is thick and viscous, a gorgeous deep sunset orange that's slightly hazy. A creamy yet miniscule cream-colored head pops and fizzles away quickly, leaving just a tiny ring in its wake. Some leopard-print lace remains on the glass as I drink.

This aroma is interesting. There seems to be some mint, a good amount of sweet caramel and some citrusy orange peel. Perhaps even some mild toasty bread in the back.

Very malt-sweet in the flavor. Rich with buttery caramel and overripe oranges, vodka and biscuits before a slightly drying finish.

The viscosity I noticed before translates into the mouthfeel nicely. A very light carbonation caresses the tongue and the body is a velvety medium. A hefty amount of alcohol is noticeable, in the flavor as well as moderate heartburn in the throat.

A fairly average wheatwine. The mouthfeel and flavor are decent, but nothing really stands out about this one.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of a wheat wine...

A-hazy, orange-amber color with a filmy beige head. Light lacing. Looks like a tripel.

S-Fresh hop explosion is there but not as pungent as I would expect.

T-Soft and sweet up front with a strong, smooth bitterness to follow. A juicy-fruit-like quality gives a fruity taste midstream. The hop resin is a dominating force and lays out the finish.

M-This may be a bit harsh for some, but I like it. I think the huge hop presence is nicely softened by the malt presence. This beer seems big in the beginning, but the fruity and candy-like presence rounds it out.

D-at 10.7%abv, this is definately not a session ale, but it is a nice beer to sip on a cold day in Milwaukee while brewing a big-ass Quadrupel with a good friend.

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Photo of chaz410
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle at the Common Market in Charlotte.
Appearance is very nice. A smooth amber body that's fairly transparent and filled with nice small sediment. A thin lightly colored head tops the body off.
Smell is of sweet wheat, caramel and toasted malt.
Taste is similar in smell but with slight vanilla clove mix and a little bit of alcohol ring.
A very good standard of wheatwine and a pleasant beer to enjoy with a large array of beer appreciaters.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one has lots of potential but I wasn't terribly impressed overall.

It pours a nice hazy orange colour with a soft bubbly head that leaves minimal residue on the glass.

The aroma is sweet: juicy fruit and candy like at times. There's a bit of chalky sugar here as well. Wheat notes are of course in the mix as well.

The flavour is alright...there's a nice mix of the above aromas within the flavour, however, there is a lingering wamrth and flavour from the alcohol that does not mix well with the other flavours and makes this one quite medicinal at times. Mouthfeel is not bad, being a touch chewy and slick.

Overall, this could be a really nice brew if the medicine flavour was, well, removed. Get rid of that and you've got a winner. As of now, this one is a tad above average at best.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As expected from a beer of this type, cousin to the barleywine, there was almost no head upon the clear amber body of this tempting beverage.

The aroma was of pine, oranges, and alcohol. The hops pretty much covered up most of the malt character, and the good slug of alcohol finished the job.

Taste was of alcohol, toasted wheat, pine hops, notes of citrus, and did I say alcohol? Oh yeah, a lot of our friend CH3CH2OH in this one.

Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy, a little like a cough medicine. Not the smoothest stuff.

Drinkability has to take a hit because the alcohol was too prominent. Come on guys, you're a great brewery - let's have a little more of the malt flavor in this one!

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Photo of Kendo
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into an oversized wine glass. Body is slightly murky, orangey-red in color. Small off-white head disappears fast, leaving no lace.

S: Strong smell of fruit and alcohol. Reminds me of a barleywine.

T: Rum-soaked berries. Dark fruit and alcohol. VERY hot in general. Some hoppy bitterness, but not enough to provide full balance. Spiciness at the end with a good bite to it.

M: Medium-to-heavy in weight.

D: Slow-going due to the alcohol. WAY hot.

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Photo of JayNH
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- pours a redish brown with a short lived small frothy head.

S- a strong presence of alcohol fills the nose. Followed by citrusy hops then slightly sweet maybe raisins and sour apples.

T- syrupy sweet, but tart and sour. Alcohol and finishes with a mild grassy hop taste. Like raw broccoli.

M- Thick, slick, and boozy. Mucho alcohol warming. Pretty decent amount of carbonation.

D- Drinking this stuff will put hair on your chest. Syrupy, sour with a stiff alcohol taste. This stuff would be a serious "acquired taste". One was more than enough for me.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very cloudy brunt orange-amber color with a small white collar. I could see the glycerin sticking to the side of the glass as I poured it. Fruity nose - orange, lemon, some cloves sneaking in and some alcohol.
Taste is also fruity at first with orange flavors, then a bit of bread, then the alcohol bomb, very astringent. The alcohol bomb made me think of almond extract, I don't know why but it did. The low carbonation and medium mouthfeel didn't do much for me. I didn't enjoy this beer that much, I need to try more beers in this style to get a good baseline.

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Photo of erosier
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a thick amber-orangey brown color with a small and medium bodied tan colored head that fades fast to almost nothing on to of the beer. Not alot of lacing either.
S: Smells of sweet wheat and barley, somewhat vinous in aroma and somewhat yeasty.
T: Very complex up front taste. Barley malt, wheat malt is present, then fades to a sweeter vinous fruit taste, then a bit yeasty, then a bit of alcohol at the end.
M: Very rich, complex, warming, and nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, there was alot of alcohol in this one so it was a bit less drinkable, but it was an interesting taste.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber.. reddish themed label with similar label to the rest of the BB series.. some artsy sketch. not too much info on the beer, no abv listed. i seem to remember this clocking in around 13/14% last i heard. who knows.

pours a brilliant peachy orange.. clear with some hazy mellow creamy head. sheetlike thin lacing coats the glass. big nose of barleywine... aged sweet malt, fresh alcohol-soaked hops and candied oranges. wheat factor isn't as present here as i seem to remember from previous samples.. perhaps a bit of lemony tart in the nose but not much. this beer screams 'danger!' and 'beware!' with its assertive bouquet.

tastewise, the wheat is much more prevalent.. after my recent experience with the double white explosion, the subtle taste of wittt can be detected through the stronger alcohol twist. and boy is it a challenge here... real subtle hints of bubblegum and pink grapefruit are carried by an ungodly spirit-like quality with maximum heat and raw, unbridled alcohol flavor. seems like there is a way to sip this that prevents a left hook from the abv, and big gulps are certain to slaughter. warming helps, bringing out those hops and some black pepper.

i can see how this beer and triticus are related, however this one shoots for the fences where triticus balances gently for a more drinkable, easy going example of the style. i think this one will prevail over time with great potential for aging and cooling. for now, ill take a triticus.

a noble effort with something to be desired... and i suspect the cellar will move this beer into excellence.

** WORD TO THE WISE ** do not try to drink this bomber by yourself. bad things will happen and your judgement and motor skills will be severely impaired. share this beast with a buddy.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange in color. Small fluffy white head. Somewhat metallic and sharp aroma. I think it is trying to be "crisp" but lacks the cleanliness to pull it off. Malty flavor with a distinct bready and yeasty flavor. Somewhat citrusy. Quite boozy with a definate alcohol presence. While thick and malty it is lighter then a usual barleywine. Ok mouthfeel-some dryness in the finish. Overall not too impressive. Ok but I wouldnt go out of my way to find this.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of my fellow beer-loving good friends raves about this beer and its value - so I'm super psyched to try it. Poured from a 12 oz into my oversized snifter. Pours a murky maple syrup body, not much head, but some webby film. Lacing has an average hold. Nose is very full and really inviting. Aromas jump out of the glass a buttery toffee. Also notes of molasses, huge malt (like a cannister just opened for homebrew), some candied spices, as well as some tingling alcohol.

Brew enters the mouth quite creamy, with no big flavors hitting the tip of my tongue. Brew moves to the back of the mouth, bubbling quite nicely on the tongue, and smacking a big whop of alcohol to the back of the mouth. This didn't thrill me. Navigating past the boozyness, I found some toffee and hot caramel. Finish is a bit dry, but pleasant.

I cannot argue that this is a good value, however, it's way too boozy for me. A big ABV sipper with a great nose. Sorry Jay-Bone, just didn't cut it for me.

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Photo of klewis
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a caramel color with a tiny bubbly head. Specks of lacing.

S: Very sweet smell with caramel and molasses aromas. Quite a bit of alcohol in the nose.

T: Somewhat sweet with a grainy taste and a fruity malt flavor. Herbal hops flavor and bitterness find their way into the mix in the finish. Slightly astringent.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes bone-dry.

D: Nothing about this one stands out for me. Good for the value, but not an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Barley <insert wheat> wine. Pours a mostly cloudy off yellow color or cream like color. Needed a little help with the pour for a nice white head. Not really smooth but good retention and limited lacing.

The nose is big and phenolic. Big malt with noticeable wheat characteristics. But bigger solvent like alcohol dominates the nose. Some yeasty notes, plums, raisins, and pears. Some floral hops but limited.

The taste is big as well. A bigger malt taste with more dextrin taste. Big phenolic and hot alcohol flavors really overpower any other taste. Did I try this too young? Some lighter orange flavor. Some yeasty finish as well, plums, bubblegum.

Big body for sure. Overall this is a beer that could use some (a lot of) age. The hot phenolics really overpower some nicer hidden characteristics.

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Photo of NODAK
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big beer, big aroma. Reallly big aroma. Gobs and gobs of sweetness here. Thick. Caramel, dark fruits,'s all there and in loads. I also perceived perhaps some grapes there as well.

Pours a light amber color, somewhat hazy with a small head at first that disappears rapidly.

Taste is bold up front, with quite a bit of maltiness in the form of toffee, dark fruit and some liquorice as well. It's interesting. Not so sweet as to overpower though, as in their doppelbock. It's also somewhat "hot" with the booziness...there isn't a lot of doubt that this has a high ABV. Bitterness in the finish is certainly present and though it isn't exceptionally much, it's somewhat sharp on the sides of the tongue and lingers a little. A roasted note also lingers as well after the swallow. Honestly, I don't really get any wheat out of this beer. I love wheat beers, I tried hard to percept wheat flavors...I don't get it.

Interesting, but perhaps not my favorite. A bit hot, and the flavors aren't really all that exciting here.

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Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish with no head - just a few fizzles.

The smell is of alcohol with some caramel sweetness and graininess. A hint of fruitiness.

The taste is apricot-like fruitiness. Sweet. The barley malt seems more prounced than the wheat, though it does make a crisp appearance. (Acc. to label, there is just a bit more wheat malt than barley). Caramelish fruitiness dominates, along with boozy alcohol. It seems to go in several directions. The hops are taken over by the malt sweetness and the aggressive alcoholic character.

The alcohol dominates the feel - seems higher than already high abv., washing away much of the flavor.

A slow sipper. Sharp. An interesing brew - something different, but not interesting or flavorful enough to revisit.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received from RutersBeerGuy in top 100 BIF.

A: Hazed-burnt orange in color with two fingers of creamy dense head that left a blanket of head for the entire beer.
S: A lot of malty wheat in the nose along with more than enough fusal alcohol aroma.
T: Upfront was rather tart, but then an underlying sweetness came in, but after the swallow this beer is really "hot" with the alcohol very present on the tastebuds.
M: The mouthfeel is very thin for how heavy the beer tasted and smelled. Really hot alcohol flavors.
D: I think this beer needs some time to settle a bit. The "hotness" of this beer really took something away for me. I hope to try it again with some age on it.

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Photo of cvm4
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle conditioned in 2010

A - Pours a clear, deep red/amber with a one finger eggshell head that leaves quickly and has no trace that it was ever there.

S - Honey, caramel, syrup, slight tropical fruits and booze.

T - First it's sweet like toffee and butterscotch. Then the malt/wheat profile comes out along with corn syrup ending.

M - Little to no carbonation with a cloying body.

O - It's like a beer liqueur in a beer. Interesting to drink but not something I'd reach for again.

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Photo of bashiba
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep shade of hazy reddish copper with a thin ring of tan head.

Has a big sweet molasses and malt smell with a bit of herbal hoppiness and a strong alcohol smell.

Taste has a strong sweet mixture of dark fruits, molasses, and alcohol. A bit of juniper bitterness, but not quite enough to even it out.

Mouthfeel is heavy and very warming.

A bit to harsh with alcohol lowers the drinkability although the flavors are quite good, definitly a sipper.

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Photo of Phatz
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a peachy apricot hue with a tan head and a few spots of lacing

Smell: Sweet perfumey small aroma for a big beer but it does have light spices and alcohol. A hint on cinnamon and brown sugar with a wet wheat malt aroma.

Taste: Juicy malts and sweetness takes over the palate with a buttery malty white wine like flavors, caramel apple and graham cracker. the boozy feel is warm and a bit familiar to Cognac or brandy. A long alcoholic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Juicy malty chewy feel almost full in the mouth with lots of alcohol on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This beer makes a fine night cap but drinkability, well, sip it an go to bed. I don't know that I would consider this nightcap beer drinkable but it is tasty enough to share a bottle with someone.

Hoe this is helpful.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark orange colored with a short off white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, hazy

S: heavy on sweet complex alcohols

T: sweet and very heavy on alcohols, esters, sweet fermented fruit, figs, prunes, dates

M: oily and slick, lower carbonation

O: pretty heavy and complex, sip over a long period, very sweet

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Photo of charlesw
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So... I've given up on writing down all of the characteristics of a beer - I mean, who reads these things, anyway? Especially on beers that have a ton of reviews. Instead... You're going to get my impressions.

So... My impressions are... That this is like some kind of weird variation on a smutty barleywine. I get common characteristics out of it - I see how it's got a very similar mouthfeel and the flavor is close. The hops are probably pretty darned similar too - except in terms of bitterness (where this is much less bitter than their barleywine). I guess... I'd say that this was for the beer drinker who likes big body and nice hop flavor without the bitterness. In that context, is it fair of me to call it just above average? Maybe? It's my first wheat wine - I'm not entirely sure what to expect of the style! I guess... I'd think it better with more flavor or bitterness and perhaps even a bit less residual sweetness (unless there's a lot more bitterness to balance that out). Decent, but I won't go out of my way to get another bottle.

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Photo of bobsy
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My first wheatwine, so I wasn't sure what to expect. My feeling was that this would be like a barleywine, but with a solid wheat backbone. Either way, I'm glad I have some help sharing this bomber.

Dark orange pour with a small tan head, that soon diminishes to a film. Lots of fruit in the aroma, pear, mango, lychee, as well as some brown sugar, and (ominously) alcohol. For the taste my notes say BOOZE, and I did find it a bit to big, brash and young. The fruit in the aroma didn't seem so detectable, and was buried under waves of alcohol. Some brown sugar was also present. Definitely a candidate for aging. While the flavour disappointed, the body did not, and exhibited the light syrupy feel I would hope for, with a bit of chewiness. For drinkability my notes again say BOOZE. That's not good.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a chestnut brown with reddish hints, pours with just a little foam

S - Caramel and toffee with a nutty nose

T - caramel and toffee and sweet malt, and alcohol

M/D - The alcohol burn from this one ruins what could
be an interesting beer. I wonder what would happen to this one after some time on it.

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Photo of juzy
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled 2005

Poured this from the bottle into a big bowled wine glass. Straight up I notice the color, a hazy copper with a tinge of gold around the edges. Quite interesting and a bit mesmerizing. There is a very thin head that is gone almost instantly.

I clear my nose for my first scent...fruity, apples maybe? It's bright with a hoppy scent and a hint of alcohol.

Not exactly love at first sip, but I think I had expected something different. So I go on and sip a few more times, swishing it around each time, trying to find what stands out. I get citrusy hops and grassy notes right up front. No sweetness, I think there should be more malt sweetness to balance this out a bit, but it is a wheat wine so I'll roll with it. It finishes with a touch of malt and a bitter alcohol bite, phenolic notes on the finish and in the aroma (I forgot to mention that).

The mouthfeel was interesting, a bit oil or creamy, if you prefer. Reminds me of the mouthfeel of a good cabernet.

As for drinkability, I had to score it average, it's a hard one to get down on ones own.
I found myself in the rare position of having to drink this bottle by myelf. One glass would be more than enough of this big beer on any given night. I drank the whole bottle and found myself in bed and asleep by 9pm. Seems a tad sharp and the alcohol is not well hidden. Other than that I find it interesting, I've never had this style before so wasn't really sure what to expect.

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