Smuttynose Oak Aged Maibock | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by sprucetip on 01-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Lion's Pride. At the moment they seem to have quite a few of the short batch series.

Pours into a goblet, the beer was quite chilled, the color is a deep brown with only a wispy head and no lacing but it seemed to have some legs.

Smell is very strong in oak backed with caramel malt and honey, some other spice and sweetness but the oak really takes the cake, usually I don't care for such overpowering oak characteristics but it works well here.

Taste is a kick in the mouth and is quite similar to what I expected from the aroma, strong oak, caramel malt with some honey in the background, definitely a sipper as the strength is evident, quite viscous and sweet.

I'm not sure I could handle another glass of this even if it is tasty.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Lion's Pride. Great beer. Dark brown, red highlights. Little to no head. Oak, and to a lesser extent, bourbon dominate the aroma, but the sweet malt is also well-represented. I thought the malt came through more in the taste, but the oak and bourbon were right there too. Very thick and chewy. Almost before I knew it, two of these had disappeared down my mouth.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took just a few notes from my delightful experience sampling this gem at the Lion's Pride the other night.

It was poured into a goblet at appropriate temperature. It was ever so slightly hazy mahogany with some burgundy highlights. There wasn't much head, no lacing, and it wasn't very active. But it was extremely attractive.

It smelled mainly of the oak bourbon barrel, but it wasn't overwhelming. Some malty sweetness and vanilla found there way into the mix. Add that to some boozy heat that was almost but quite too strong.

Tasted malty sweet with honey and vanilla up front, but the bourbon and oak barrel blend in nicely. Quite sweet, but not cloying.

The server warned that the feel was very full and highly viscous, as if this fact may dissuade me from choosing this beer. He was right, but I found no flaw whatsoever in this being the case. The very thick, rich, full, sticky and chewy feel was spot on.

I tried to nurse it, but it didn't last anywhere nearly as long as I would have liked. It was great. Try it if you get the chance.

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Smuttynose Oak Aged Maibock from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.4 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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