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Smuttynose Jack Daniel's Oak Aged Hanami | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HeyItsChili on 01-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of atsprings
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a dark red with a thin diminishing head. Aroma has a noticeable amount of Jack along with tart cherry and slight malt presence. The taste is an unusual blend of tart, slightly sour fruits with oaky JD flavor with the fruit winning out, unfortunately. The beer is medium bodied, but feels a little heavier than 5.7%. I was intrigued to try this beer, but it was a bit of a let down.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.44/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dirty amber with a small white head. Aroma of bourbon and slight fruit notes. Flavor of alcohol and super sweet fruit and malt. Too sweet and bourbony. The bourbon and fruit did not match well for me. Ick.
5/4/5/2/11 (2.7/5)

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy copper, tinted red, with a pillowy head that shines with a warm pink.

Nose is gorgeous vanilla and whiskey, with a nice tart cherry sharpness and a hint of caramel sweetness.

Taste is tart cherries front and center, mingled with some nice vanilla whiskey notes. I wish they complemented each other better than they do. Still, pleasant.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit crisp, syrupy.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler of this rarity from the Charleston Beer Exchange as they're tapping hard to find beers every Tuesday in January. Growler poured into a pint glass. Not just any pint glass, mind you, but my official Charleston Beer Exchange pint glass.

This is Smuttynose Hanami that has been aged in Jack Daniels barrels. The guys at CBE had to call Smuttynose to make sure this was legit from their distributor, which, of course, it is.

A - Pours a garnet/amber with blond highlights and a medium, ecru head.

S - The aroma is quite mild and belies the rollercoaster ride of taste that awaits. The Jack Daniels is the main component of the smell, albeit a bit sweeter smelling than straight Jack, with a sort of pickley sour cherry underpinning that tickles the nostrils.

T - The taste starts out with a conflict between the sour cherry, slight hoppy bite of the original Hanami and the mild, vanilla, oaky Jack Daniels barrel that the stuff has been cooped up in. The overall taste to this is like a mild whiskey sour. I can't find any documentation of this on the Smuttynose site, but this might be what they were going for. The finish is sort of an odd mixture of a vanilla bourbon silkiness while the sour cherry sticks to the tongue and lingers for a bit. My cheeks are still a little puckered from the sour cherry part of the taste. I gave this one high marks for taste because of the way the two disparate flavors of sour cherry and whiskey barrel aging have been successfully blended.

M - Mouthfeel is a little watery with mild carbonation.

Notes - This is a beer unlike any I've ever tried before. While the grade alone might not make this seem like anything fantastic, but I recommend it highly. If for no other reason than sheer uniqueness.

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Smuttynose Jack Daniel's Oak Aged Hanami from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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