Smugglers Grand Cru | St. Austell Brewery

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St. Austell Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 12-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange rendition of a barleywine but very interesting and enjoyable regardless.

Pours a translucent mahogany color with a one inch white head.

Nose is tobacco, vanilla, booze, and caramel.

Taste: caramel malt, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, and a lingering vinous note. Champagne yeast certainly adds to the vinous aspect and accentuates the oak qualities.

Mouthfee: again, champagne yeast is quite dominant. Dries it out a lot and has a strong carbonation to go with the dryness.

Overall; pretty damn interesting, complex, and drinkable with the tight/dry carbonation off-setting the high abv. Would recommend picking up if you see it.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ML poured into a tulip
bottle 464
9 months on whisky casks

A-- Poured a dark orange amber color. Pretty hazy and murky looking. Lots of visible carbonation. Darned Champagne yeast. Two finger off white head that steeled to a thick film. Good lacing with this and stuck around through drinking.

S-- Soft at first but once opened up got oak, whisky, dark fruits, toffee and a lot of booze. Booze is the operative word.

T-- Lots of prickly carbonation followed by toffee, fruitcake, whisky, oak, and more booze.

M-- Big, full on feel. Lots of carbonation. Does not mix really. In the mouth a lot of oak and whisky that overpowers the fruit. Just a full on beer.

O-- Champagne yeast and Barleywines do not mix. Felt like I was being clubbed over the head with the carbonation and the barrel. WAY over the top. Probably a really nice barleywine at 8% without the yeast and too long in the barrel. Hard drinker. Share with a lot of friends or take the next day off of work after a bottle of this.

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For starters this brew was a hard one to categorise as it is a strong ale aged in whiskey casks for 9months and then bottled using the methode champagnoise and this is bottle 349.

A-Pours a dark blood orange murky hue which leaves a big three finger foamy head and some lacing here and there.

S-It starts off with dark fruits but as it warms i get more of the whiskey,caramel,toffee and sticky date pudding.

T-Whiskey but only a nice light hint just enough to be noticed then followed by caramel,toffee,raisins,a touch of nuttiness mixed with oak and finished with a semi dry light booziness.

M-Medium bodied and semi dry,it could be thicker in my eyes but the lighter body does make the booziness not as prominent.

O-A very interesting drop and i like the uniqueness about it as you definately taste the different processes it has been through and would be one that ages well i think cheers.

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Smugglers Grand Cru from St. Austell Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 3 ratings