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.

Added by lordofthewiens on 05-31-2010

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3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mountdew1
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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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3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
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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3.47/5  rDev -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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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Manly Men Beer Club Sea Smoke from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
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