Manly Men Beer Club Sea Smoke | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Here in Maine, sea smoke is the fog that appears just above the water’s surface as the bitter cold air meets the slightly warmer ocean water. Our Sea Smoke is an English-style barley-wine brewed with cherrywood smoked grain. This ale retains the subtle warmth of a barley-wine ale without being overbearing. The introduction of the smoked flavor acts to balance the sweetness inherent in the barley-wine style yielding a quirky, yet sophisticated beer.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Color was a dark reddish burgundy color, with a very thin dirty white head. Aroma was a slightly fruity sweet with a bit of alcohol. Flavor had a bit of smoke in the front of the sip, shifted to a sweetness, then finished a bit salty. Coated extremely well, with a bit of carbonation that tickled the tongue. Flavor was a bit different than I would expect, a tab more bitter than I appreciate.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a muddled, brown coloring with a sparse coating of surface film. Aromas of toffee and tangy caramel, hints of roast and smoke, apple, oak, and earth. Flavors are a touch more smoky, but not by much. More of a heavily roasted caramel and toffee blend come across the palate. Very richly sweet on a smooth, mid-body feel. Very subtle spicing of cinnamon and nutmeg enhance the highlights of apple sweetness throughout. The caramel sugary sweetness builds at the end of the palate and into the aftertaste, where there are hints of bitter characteristics just starting to emerge. Smooth, creamy finish with a subtle sweet linger. Not a bad beer, but not something I would reach for when searching out a barleywine.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Maybe not the ideal bier to be quaffing out in the 'Zebo when it's 95F and humid, but I frequently abandon rational thought when drinking... ;-) Got this 22oz bomber recently at Jaspers, for $5.99. Here goes...

Poured some into a nonic, and it looks slightly hazy, with the color a solid bronze/copper hue. Can't tell if there's much carbo in there through the condensation on the glass, and the head is thin, wispy and beige. Doesn't have much in the way of lacing, though. The aroma wafts easily from glass to nostrils, with toffee and caramel standing out amongst the malty sweetness. This bier is quite smooth, with minimal prickle attacking the tongue. Body-wise, it is easily medium, maybe a smidge more.

Flavor is nicely sweet, yet never approaches being cloying. The caramel/toffee malt action here is solid, coating the palate in a rather pleasant fashion. I get subtle intimations of ripe cherries mixed in with the malt, along with some brown sugar, though I can barely detect the smokiness. The finish is somewhat dry, with a little bit of florality trying to make itself known. I am also finding that the alcohol is barely noticeable. This is 10.00%? Really?? I do wish that the rauch-character was stronger, but overall I am enjoying this offering, hot and humid weather be damned! Prosit!!

Note: I just looked at my bottle and it says 7.70% ABV, so there... ;-)

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


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Photo of asdfx0rz
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle purchased from Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA.

Appearance: Dark amber but still pretty clear. Very little head, attributed to the low carbonation.

Smell: Mostly barley and stone fruits with a little smoke and caramel. I really wished there was a more defined presence of the smoke.

Taste: Sweet and pleasant, typical of the style. For an English Barleywine, this beer delivered everything I expected, but the smoke was a little absent. If anything, the smoked barley added a little bitterness to the brew, pushing it more in the direction of a stout. Still, the caramel and toffee notes dominate on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Thin with little carbonation. Extremely easy to put down, given the relatively low ABV for an English Barleywine.

Overall: An interesting gamble, but nothing that really shines here. It was a decent beer, drinkable for sure, but not something I would seek out again. Have one to say you've had it, add it to your catalog, and move onward to more impressive beers.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky ruby with a dense cream colored head and a little bit of soapy lace.

Nose is figs, caramel, vanilla, toffee. Not getting much in the way of smoke.

Taste is maple cured bacon - ah there's the smoke! - with chewy dense french toast. Cherries. Figs. Burnt sugar. Lightly smoked - the flavor lingers and develops on the palate but never becomes overbearing. There's a slick salty mineral note - not incongruious considering the name.

Mouth is soft, and chewy with little carbonation.

I do love smoked ales so it's no surprise that I liked this beer. A bit light to be considered a barleywine (BA lists this at 10% but my bottle says 7.7%) but a tasty hybrid style. Nice job Atlantic.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 10, 2013.

It pours a decent looking copper-amber color with a modest head that lingers for a bit and eventually fades. Great clarity.

The bouquet was basically malt forward, grainy, with alcohol but any smoke seemed lost. Perhaps it was meant to be subtle.

Medium body with an astringency that coats the tongue with a slight creaminess to balance it off.

My bottle was labeled 7.7% ABV although Beer Advocate lists it at 10% ABV. In any event the alcohol was not well integrated with the malts and smoke. It was pretty punchy with a pucker-up bitterness at the end.

The concept of a smoked barleywine made me very curious but any smokiness felt lost within the alcohol.

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Photo of far333
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed burnt orange with a frothy head that rises up only due to an extremely aggressive pour, and then quickly settles out. Aroma of ripe fruit - apricot and pear, honied malt. Flavors of rich malt, piney hops, apple, pear, apricot, some fusels. Full mouthfeel, but a bit tannic and woody. Is there smoked malt here? Can't tell. Decent beer, not world-class.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red/amber color with a half finger of off white head that fades to a small ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, but not overly so. I'm getting some dark fruit and caramel malt. Some cherries and raisins.

Taste: This one has just a touch of sweetness to it. Dark fruit and some mild caramel. Given the lower abv, there is quite a lot of alcohol in the flavor. I'm getting some alcohol and hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium and a bit syrupy. There is some tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: Given the lower abv for the style, I would have liked the flavor to be a bit more refined. I enjoyed this enough, but I don't know that I need to have it again.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opening up a birthday gift from a good friend (so I've cellared this for 5 months)

A - Pours a reddish brown amber color with a white head that slowly dissipates and ok lacing.

S - Smoke, caramel malts, toffee, a little sweet and something odd that I can't place (but not altogether unpleasant...just not all that great either).

T - The smoke flavor is pleasant and a little subtle. The malts (toffee, caramel, and even a little cocoa) are the show here and this lacks the alcohol burn that a lot of barleywines have. There's a lot going on here, but it's subtle and tasty.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation level, very drinkable compared to what I was expecting going in from a smoked barleywine (two types of beer that tend to be lower on the drinkability scale).

O - If you can get past the mediocre nose, Sea Smoke is a great blend of smoke beer and barleywine. It's drinkable, not too huge, but still interesting and delightful. I would love to have again!

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Photo of AgentZero
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerworld for sending me this interesting beer.

A - Amber colored beer with a slight bit of white head that dissipated rather quickly. Not a ton left on the sides of the glass.

S - It smells smoked, with a bit of caramel malts. It also smells like sweat socks, with a slight bit of mildly burnt rubber. Odd, not particularly pleasant.

T - Char, smoked wood, more sweat socks. Given how I just described it, it's surprisingly not horrible, but just not good at all. Too much sock, not enough barleywine. If it were a little more smoked, and a little less gym smelling, might be alright.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, slightly watered down.

O - Not great, weird tasting, would pass on this one in the future. I'd like to see a good smoked barleywine, but this isn't it.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another random tick shared by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thick collar, leaving a few splotches of lace behind. Transparent amber body. Not bad for a barleywine, but not great for a 7.7% beer either.

S - Very strange - a mix of smoked and cloying sweet malts. There's a bit of sea salt and sweat, with perhaps a touch of old man's aftershave. Mike said wool socks - I'd buy that even though it wasn't my initial perception.

T - Taste is heavier on the smoked malts, with a slightly burnt and charry flavor going on. There are some burnt and brown sugars in the background, and the finish is heavy in woodsy cherrywood smoked malt.

M - Smooth body, lower carbonation, somewhat watery, but there's thankfully no alcohol. A very light barleywine at 7.7%.

D - Another weird one, and not particularly enjoyable. The label says the smoked malt was supposed to balance out the sweet malts, but unfortunately the flavors just clash and fatigue the palate.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip a light hazy honey cola color with a brief caramel head that quickly settles to a ring of lace that clings and streaks. Like Grandpa.

A whiff is a smokey toffee/sugar, lightly boozy dark fruit. Like Grandpa's breath.

Woo smoke! Balanced with a touch of that toffee sweetness and dark fruit followed by an alcoholic warmth. The smoke lingers like Grandpa. Medium bodied.

Nice unique brew, Dave et Co.!

I'll assume the picture on the bottle is a flamethrower.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A real nice tight foamy off caramel/tan like head about three fingers with lots of staying power. Body is a real nice orange/red amber body. Some lacing. Some nice clumpy character to the head as well.

Nose is sweet malt, slight booze, mild fruit sort of apricot. Seems bold just like a barleywine, but under control.

First sips bring a mild chocolate sense, and a big malt. Noticeable mild hop bitter but then a real ashen smoke and novocaine finish. Very light bodied it seems for a barleywine, however more sips bring out some sweetness, light brown sugars specifically.

Overall this is not too bad and the smoke seems to become more tolerable, but there's also a slight chemical finish to this also with the novocaine sensation only getting slightly more subdued. Not bad, it's alright.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1/2" nougat head. Hazy caramel copper colored body. Smells mildly of toffee, caramel, and just a slight hint of smoke. Taste is delicious, rich, and oppulent with toffee, malt, and coffee. The smoke expresses more in the aftertaste and it does add to the length of finish. Medium body build. All in all a very enjoyable and slightly unique barleywine.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent muddy rust color. Sticky looking white head doesn't actually do much sticking. Few swirls of retention.

Toffee and grape hard candy aroma. My Halloween treat.

Tastes like a Snicker's bar without the peanuts or chocolate, which is to say it tastes like caramel and nougat I guess. Dark bread. Mildly smokey and mildly hot - the two sensations meld together. Thick and malty.

More sea mist than sea smoke. More smoke would have made this beer much more manlier. For instance, right now Sea Smoke is at a Bono level of manliness. More smoke would bring it to a Henry Rollins level.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, w/o freshness info.

Pours dark and murky brownish mahogony. The head is medium tan and quite minimal. Just leaves a thin collar, some fine film and some fine low sheeting and banded lacing.

Caramel malt notes and some alcohol in the nose.

Smooth and mellow barleywine, English in style all the way with the hops way in the rear and malts carrying the load. Caramel, toffee, honey and vanilla all picked up. Smoke is moderate and adds to the complexity of this quality ale.

Nice night capper...good night...

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Photo of beer4colin
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pint

This pours a turbid dark chestnut with 2 fingers of rapidly dissipating head.

Nose is a mixture of smoke and caramel.

Taste is very heavily smoke. I love a good smoke but this seems to be overdone. Overpowers what could be a nice roast.

Overall, sounds more interesting than the delivery. The excessive and contrived smokiness overpowers all of the beautiful barley wine flavors. Maybe a tulip glass would have helped, this opens up a bit as it warms but not enough to make it a regular against a strong field of barley wines.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle served in a snifter.

Deep tea with highlights of dark auburn and burgundy. Creamy, white head that fades to an intact sheet after a moment. A few trails of lacing with average strength.

Semi-sweet caramel and chocolate with a nice toffee richness; notes of maple syrup. The peat-smoke is very pronounced in the aroma although it blends very well with the richness. The alcohol aroma is reminiscent of an aged scotch.

Smooth, slightly creamy malt character with a rather mild sweetness and richness. The peat-smoke flavor is sturdy, long-lasting, and reminiscent of a Rauch. The middle is a bit thin with notes of vanilla bean and bourbon. A slightly dry finish leaves peat and a rich, toasted malt aftertaste.

Full bodied; overall a bit thin on account of the smoke predominance which outweighs the rich and creamy malt.

I really appreciate the novelty and uniqueness of this offering; however, certain qualities are rather muted and are never given the opportunity to truly shine. I would recommend this based on its uniqueness, but I would personally try something else.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky and cloudy dark amber body.

S - Smoke and malty toffee in the nose. Sweet grapes and apple present.

T - Sweet smoked malt is the highlight here accompanied by some toffee like sweetness. Domestic fruit sweetness and a hint of yeasty barn funk. Some mildly bitter fruit skin aftertaste.

M - Smokey dry finish on this one. Not a heavy beer nor overpowering in its flavors or body. Medium carbonation.

O - This is a pretty balanced brew, and offers a noticable effect of smoke and sweet. Maybe this one could sit for a while and smooth or gain some complexity?

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. $9.95 at Narty's Newton, Mass.

Pours clear, dark copper with a quarter inch head of beige. A few whisps remain on the surface along with some errant dots of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with light smoke, toffee, buttered caramel, and a nice fruitiness. The smoke ramps up quite a bit when the beer warms and the glass is "huffed".

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Somewhat thin for the style though.

Sweet malt, drizzeled caramel, butterscotch, toffee, and fruit smoke start the palate. A fairly firm bitterness steps forward and is the only hop presence found.

Finishes with light smoke, warming alcohol, butterscotch, and sweet malt.

The smoke level is perfect and has a nice complexity from the cherry wood. The base beer is a bit meek and the brew as a whole is overshadowed by the buttery character.

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Photo of cbutova
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Bar Harbor, ME only to realize it was available at most of the stores back home in Western, MA. Liked the idea of a Smoked Barleywine.

A- Amber body with an off-white cap. Head retention is okay but it eventually disappears with out a trace, of lace or a ring.

S- Caramel malt, dark fruit and smoked but not burnt malt. Lighter end for a Barleywine but still feels big.

T- Pretty much what I expected. The malt lends nice caramel and smoked flavors. It is not ashy or burnt like a Scotch but the smoke is still pretty high in overall flavor. Dark fruit and some spice from what seems like English yeast.

MF- Fulfilling but not oily or chewy. Nice carbonation to support the flavors at hand.

DB- A nice beer overall, the smoked malt balances pretty well with the yeast and other malt characters present in the beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle received in trade from the man, bennybrew. Thanks a heap!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" tan head above the clear coppery orange brew. Head dwindles at an average pace, with leggy, lasting lace. Aroma is sweet with wisps of smoke.

Taste mimics the nose, maltiness and smoke mingling nicely together. Alcohol provides a slight warming aftereffect, but almost tangential to the flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is easier than a barleywine should be. Glad I got another one of these...

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another big thanks to jcwattsrugger here (ratebeer), thanks John. Pours deep copper with off white head. The aroma is muted cherry, some mild malts and subtle - smooth dry bacon smokiness with pine hops and booziness around the edges. The taste offers up firm rauch malts and dry smoked bacon goodness. Behind the veil of smokiness are notes of sweet malts, pine hops and a sliver of sweet dark fruitiness. It leaves ample amounts of smoky rauch bacon into the after taste. Nice stuff that doesn't over power with its smoke or barleywine essence.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Consumed at 55F.

A: A coppery pour yields a brazillain cherry coloring in the glass topped off by a 2 finger smooth and frothy head that is sturdy on the hold. Inside lied a feverish display and dense carbonation shower that filled the glass like a torrent tropical storm. The lacing is full, a complete sheet covering that sticks well.

S: The smoked cherry wood comes though nicely on the open. There is also some indication of smoked kelp (think William brothers Kelpie seaweed) that gives this a very costal feel. Dried bacon finishes things up here with an aroma that was modest in strength, dry and short on sweetness.

T: The sweetness shows up in grand fashion on the flavor, sugary grains with a dry touch of smoked cherry wood and spicy hops. Dry woodsy and piney notes lie beneath while the finish exhibits a bit of licorice and a smooth warming of fruity alcohol (dry cherries and appleskins). Warming with a fruity booziness and a complimentary smokiness. The smoky elment keeps the sweetness and booziness at bay, but ultimately may be a bit to light in character for some.

M: Active carbonation, cough syrup like consistency and feel that is thick and viscose. Alcohol warming, again of cough medicine with a dry cherry and apple aftertaste.

D: Fruity and boozy almost double bock like in quality with the 7.7%abv feeling a point or two higher then it actually is, but never hinders the drinking to much. A beer that is nicely influenced by its elements and surroundings.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that quickly fades leaving traces of lace. Nose has hints of smoke. Almost clear amber color, yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is smokey, caramel. A mild barleywine. $11.30 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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