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 billab914
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep caramel color with a little bit of red highlights to it. It started with a moderate frothy white head to it that retreated to the edges of the glass after a minute or so. It left some decent lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of sweeter malt flavors to it with the wheat really coming through. Caramel also plays a pretty big role in the maltiness. I can tell it's pretty hoppy as well with the amount of grapefruit citrus present. Very appealing aroma overall, I love the way the malty and sweet wheat flavors mix with the hoppy aromas.

The taste starts off with the sweeter wheat malt coming through along with some of the citrusy grapefruit flavors. Towards the middle I start to get more of the caramel playing a role in it. The finish brings some hop bitterness mixed with the the malty wheat flavors and a small hint of roasty flavors. A little of the bitterness lingers. Very flavorful and relatively balanced beer overall. the wheat really mixed nicely with the hoppy flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Drinkability is good, I really liked the flavors it brought. it was a very flavorful beer overall with some bold flavors to it. They all came together nicely though and made a great beer. I'm really starting to love this style of beer, and this was another very good version of the style.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Raw light brown color, very little head or lacing. Looks more like wine than beer.

S - Wheat! Haha. Also caramel malts and alcohol.

T - Tastes like caramel and bread with a lot of alcohol. I'd drink this with desert after a big meal.

M - Very little carbonation, form of the sip is the same when it's swalllowed as when it enters the mouth. Almost buttery. Actually, very buttery.

D - A slow sipper. Pretty delicious in a desert kind of way. I don't know if I've ever consumed a beer with more malt and sweetness in it. It's kind of like drinking butterscotch. Interesting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from 2009. Served in an oversized wine glass, the beer pours a hazy reddish/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, not much lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel malt, sweet booze (maybe brandy or sherry), and some dark fruit (figs, cherries). The beer tastes like brown sugar, earthy hops, dark fruit, caramel malt, booze and some butterscotch. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich and a bit syrupy and coating with low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth going down and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good brew, I liked it.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before the pour I'm a little bit skeptical and very curious of this beer. The combination of a wheat beer (not one of my favorite styles) and a barleywine (one of my favorite styles). Hmmm? Can this actually work?
Pours a copper color with a thin rim of wet watery lace. No head. Pretty but not that interesting.
Potent aroma on the pour. Perfumy and alcoholic.
The taste is interesting and good. The combination really works. It brings out the best of both styles while leaning more toward barleywine. Fruity wheat characteristics, orange peel. Big malt sweetness. Caramel, brown sugar, sugar cane. Lot's of herbal spiciness. All this is mixed and balanced well with an alcohol finish that really tops the beer off nicely. The alcohol is kind of peppery flavored.
Mouthfeel is as big as the beer. Thick and syrupy. Nice carbonation. Not too much or too little.
This is a sipper for sure but it's still a very drinkable beer.
The wheat barleywine actually works and is very good. This makes me want to discover this style further.
This beer is worthy of a wants list add.
Thanks to BA Fantasy Football and bjohnson for the beer.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Murky maple syrup colored liquid with little to no head, only very slight foam on surface.

S = Almonds (almost like an oloroso sherry), maple syrup, pungent floral hops, well balanced, I really like the nutty smells.

T = Sweet syrup, almond and walnut with slight walnut bitterness, fresh baked whole wheat bread, very well rounded flavors.

M = Heavy body, good mouthcoating, stings just a little with alcohol burn.

D = A tasty brew, definitely worth coming back to.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For two reasons, I'm glad that BA created a new category for those barleywines that blend in wheat.

First, wheat is much smoother than American barleywines tend to be. That comes from the wheat and it is harder for brewers to work with. So to help reward their innovation, a new category seems a good idea.

Second, American barleywines tend to be too hop-forward and go with too few foods. And I like higher alcohol styles that focus on blending the malts and, now, using wheat.

I hope I find this again this spring. I'll buy two. One to try with dessert. The other for 2017.

A "1001" beer and deservedly so.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled 2007, 11.4% ABV (as per smuttynose website)
22oz poured into Chimay goblet.

A- An aggressive pour leaves a nice head that quickly settles into a thin film. Beer is a rusty, glowing brown, looks really spectacular when held up to the light.

S- Sweet. Wow. Lots of malt sweetness here. Overpowering, intense... potent.

T- Woozy, boozy, and tasty. Candied plums, a deep pocket full o' sugars, and a sweet malt converge, and somehow neutralize eachother enough to make this drinkable. I had my doubts in the nose, but the taste, while sweet, is not overbearing. Very good. Perhaps the 2+ years in the bottle did this one a favor, as it is pretty mellow, all things considered. And at 11.4%, that's an outstanding feat.

M- Wow. Might be the 2+ years it has on it, but the ABV is nowhere to be found. A mild heat on the back end, but no alcohol notes in the flavor profile. Healthy carbonation does wonders.

D- Moderate, but oh-so-good. The best wheatwine I've had. I'll be buying more. If you like high-ABV beers, this one is a can't miss.

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Photo of pwoods
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to NJpadreFan for this brew!

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep, firey ruby with some rusty tinting. Good sized, tinted head forms from a rough pour and holds to a fat, frothy skim. Decent lacing.

S: Plenty of rich malts. Toasted barley along with toasted wheat. The toasted wheat aroma actually has a touch of tartness to it, very interesting. Some light fruit esters in the back as well as a sherry like alcohol quality.

T/M: Lots of rich, alcoholic malty notes. Loads of rum and caramel flavors. More of the wheat but not nearly as toasty and with a touch of the tartness still there. Mellowed yet still resinous hops lends a fruitiness as does the yeast. Nice, complex alcohol. Body is full with smooth carbonation, but a bit on the low side.

D: Big ABV and flavor but a nice slow sipper. Could use just a touch more carbonation.

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Photo of KG710
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't really sure what to expect from the Smuttynose Wheat Wine ale and was plesantly delighted in what I found. The beer pours a clear dark amber color with a frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving almost nothing behind except a thin ring around the surface of the beer to remind me of what once was. A strong aroma of alcohol, orange citrus and a hint of pine drives up into the sinuses before I took the first sip.

This medium bodied somewhat syrupy beer is packed with flavor. It reminded me of a barleywine with its strong citrus orange (and pineapple?) notes, alcohol and toasted malt. However, it has a toasted malt crispness around the edges that assured me it's not a barleywine. It finished with some alcohol and piney hop notes.

I found this beer to be very tasty. However, the alcohol tended to dominate each sip and kicked my butt.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

On tap at Funcks in Palmyra, PA, part of a flight, 4.5ozs. First experience with this style.

Very hazy coppery color, thin white head. Sweetness, malt, faint alcohol on the nose. Mixture of malt sweetness and warmth in the flavor. Similar to an English Barleywine in feel, but softer, less fruit, and alcohol hidden a little better.

Overall, and enjoyable experience. Will get the larger serving next time.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a chimay goblet; bottle conditioned in 2008

Pours a hazy, light mahogany with tawny highlights. A slightly off white cap rises and fades quickly. Little to no retention and lacing.

Fusel alcohol and sweetness jump out of glass, followed by brown sugar and ripe fruit (granny smith apples and grapes). Llmost like a really good apple cider. Lots of spice and heavy fusel alcohol.

Dry and very wine like. Brown sugars, dried apples, grainy wheat, medicinal hops....this guy is all over the place, and I really like it. Sweet and sugary and finishs dry and fruity.

Full-bodied and viscous. Big on the palate and sits heavy.

A sipper. Big and heavy, very wine-like.

I really enjoyed this beer. First example of the style and I really think Smuttynose has a great interpretation here. I paired this with some really sharp cheddar cheese and it was excellent. The sharpness of the cheddar cuts through the booze, leaving behind the sweet sugars and fruits.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If this were available on a regular basis, I’d probably be waking up at the end of the line more often. It’s delicious and it it’s dangerously drinkable. They were pouring this at the Blind Tiger for their SmuttFest. It pours a reddish amber, and ¾ of an inch of head left some chunky lacing on the glass. The nose is intense – a base of heavy caramel malts, with some tangy fruits and alcohol to brighten things up. At first, this tastes a lot like a barleywine, but then these sweet grains emerge to mask the alcohol, and the finish is a nice blend of tangy and bitter, which makes this go down super easily for something with this high ABV. Despite the big full body, carbonation and a tangy bitter finish keep this remarkably light in the mouth. Dangerously drinkable, as they say.

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Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of gotbeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light brown with a light head that laces the glass slightly.

The smell has some fruity notes to it with some malt.

The taste has a hit of alcohol at first, but then some hop bitterness and some tart fruit. Very interesting and tasty.

The mouthfeel is good with a little chewiness to it.

Drinkability is probably not off the charts. Definitely a sipping brew at this ABV, but a very good one to sip.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. Big thanks to ShogoKawada for the bottle.

Heavily hazed body. The color resembles a peach, shades of bright orange, brown and reds layer themselves in the glass. Modest oatmeal colored head does not last long, though a decent amount of lacing is left.

Grain malt aroma is dominate. Time has really smoothed out the aroma. Lighter caramel is set behind. Subtle dried pineapple aroma reminds me of an old ale or English barleywine.

Sweet malt flavor stands out on the tongue. Much the same as the aroma the caramel flavor is light. The wheat lends a grainy, bready quality to the flavor. Candied pineapple flavor transitions into a fig flavor as the beer moves across the palate. The fig flavor increases with warmth. A very slight molasses flavor also begins to show. Slight honey flavor lingers midpalate. Light grassy hops hit the back of the tongue providing an excellent counterpoint to the malt. No booziness can really be noted in the flavor. A slight warming sensation is noted but for a beer of this ABV I would certainly expect more.

Medium bodied. The carbonation is subdued though appropriate. Slight sweetness linger but not for long, the finish is a bit drier than I would expect.

I am once again impressed by Smuttynose. A tremendous beer that has aged rather gracefully. In my opinion this one still has legs, I would wager it is still tasty in another couple years. Very smooth for a higher abv beer. Flavors are pleasant, never overwhelming.

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Photo of DrewKid4
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber bottle conditioned 2010 from The Porter in Atlanta.

A: Poured a rusted ruby color with hardly any head to speak of.

S: Smells sweet and citrusy with a sour note at the end, which I concur with others is deceiving of the actual brew.

T: Interesting seems to be a common ground for the description of this brew. Sweet malts and fruits like a port wine (although I hate describing it like a wine) followed by a nice bitter surprising hoppiness.

M: Full body. Dry and sour at the end.

D: Quite drinkable. If you do not absolutely hate wines (again I hate describing a beer this way, but its consistency is similar) I would heed a warning, though I found this to be a pleasant brew overall.

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Photo of sponberg
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle, big beer! pours dark glowing amber with a thin, rapidly disappearing head. Love the aroma - sweet malt, some wheat tart graininess, whiffs of hops and alcohol... niiice!

Starts with an estery wheatiness and honeylike maltiness in harmony - throughout the sip, the wheat flavors are present, a subtle graininess that lightens the flavor of this big ol' beer. Behind these flavors are some alcoholic heat along with an herbal hoppiness, akin to a Saison in some respects, not overly bitter or citric or earthy but present and part of the whole. Finishes with a dryish mouthfeel, slightly astringent, but with a spiciness (is there a clove back in there?) and slight alcoholic heat. Properly syrupy for 10+ %, but more than 2 would flatten my tastebuds. Like a barleywine but with some lighter flavors courtesy of the wheat that make it its own brew.

Nice effort from Smutty - really enjoying this one.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The deal of the century continues. A BIG beer for under 3 dollars a bomber, you've got to be kidding me. My original review, last year, was not nearly the affinity I obtained during last year.

This year version is more balanced, more mature and and and and better. This is a big time beer. In fact, this may be the best, biggest beer that you can get with out the ridiculousness of being a novelty beer. Big fruits, smaller malts than last year, fewer hops as well.

Simply put, this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This big beer series pours a cloudy burnt orange leaving a thin tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma is sweet sugar, fruit, earthy hops, spicy cloves, wheat bready aroma, great nose.

The taste starts with a nice bitter bite but moves quickly to a sweet fruity boozey feel on the palate. This is a nice dare I say thirst quenching beer, sweet fruity, spicy hop, doughy, sweet mouthfeel. This is a great offering from Smutty and would be a nice way to end the night.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottle-conditioned in 2009. Pours a clear copper color with a thin tan head. Head disappears very quickly leaving just a few random spots of lace.

Caramel covered darker fruits lead the way in the nose. Some fig present. Almost a berry aroma. Earthy hops, a bit herbal. Very fruity. A whiff of alcohol. Complex in the nose.

Loads of fruit, with a tart, wheat-like undertone. A good amount of caramel malt and fig. Big ripe fruit flavor. Good amount of sweetness. Some herbal and earthy hops try to balance things, but this leans toward the sweet side. This would be great aged for a while.

Medium body, carbonation is on the low side. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. A bit on the sweet side. Very complex. The sweetness is all I could knock this on. Age could make this really special.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 edition.

Sweet burnt sugars, intense caramel, some crisp lemony citrus underneath, a big body but balanced with dry alcohol warmth that melds well.

Very complex dried fruits, the nose is the showcase of this brew.

As far as extreme beers go, this one meets the mark and then some. It is the truth.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I've only had one wheat wine before so I'm not an expert but I'm getting wafting alcohol from halfway across the room. Is this normal? Pours a cloudy copper melange with a wispy cap in place of a head. Nose is the aforementioned sledgehammer of alcohol with backing caramel malt and plenty of mixed sugars and dark fruits.

This is well made stuff, so it isn't like the scraping nails on blackboard sensation of a malt liquor. but this is still a great deal of booze in a very small spot. Sweet malt in the extreme, swimming in a sea of ethyl. A slight attempt at balance but it mostly gets lost in the shuffle. A touch of smoke and peat in the finish adds some character.

Overall, pretty mellow and drinkable considering how many brain cells it is sending to an early grave. This is a reading poetry on a snowy evening in a mountain cabin kind of beer, but a pretty good one.

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Photo of brystmar
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper with a bunch of sediment. Smells strongly of caramel, wheat, booze, and sweet malts. An explosion of flavors right off the bat with caramel and sweet malt taking the lead. Turns a hair bready before the hops make their presence known, still finishes sweet though.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a perfectly matched level of carbonation. I'm not a big fan of most barleywines, but this is a style I could certainly get used to.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. 2009 vintage received in a trade a long while ago.

A: Pours very dark burnt caramel color with a thin dark tan head that quickly faded into a thin bubbly film leaving a few spots of soapy lacing down the glass.
S: Rich notes of orange zest, burnt caramel, toffee, pine sap, grapefruit pith, and a few hints of tropical fruits.
T: Big notes of fruit, pine, caramel and toffee. This pretty much follows the nose except I get strong flavors of wheat as well. The orange zest, candied orange, sweet caramel, and bitter pine are all there in force as well. The finish is slightly warm with alcohol and a bit bitter.
M: Thick bodied, chewy viscous mouthfeel, low carbonation. The alcohol has a very slight warmth to it but overall it is integrated very well.
O: Solid wheatwine and one of the best I’ve had. For a beer that isn’t of my favorite style, I quite enjoyed this.

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