Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale

Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale

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Brewed by Smuttynose Brewing Company

Portsmouth, NH, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

10% Alcohol by Volume

80 International Bittering Units

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Barleywine Time! Easily my favorite beer. We were quite happy with the 2004 version and receive a bunch of positive feedback from ya'll. The Celebrator was also in agreement as they ranked our beer with the best of the barleywines they tasted last year. We sent some more bottles out this year and though I haven't seen the issue I believe we have once again been well ranked. The two aspects of last years beer that we decided to alter was bitterness and mouthfeel. We felt the beer a tad over hopped and so dropped the IBU's from 90 to 80. We also added CaraHell into our malt profile to add a bit of the residueals this dextrin malt leaves behind. The nose is a bit understated and we'll work on bumping up the dry hopping next year. Can never add too many dry hops. I definitely like the hop and malt balance better this year. Could it perhaps use a tad more body? The flavors linger beautifully with that great warming in the ol' belly. I look forward to meeting this beer again next fall after it's had a chance to grow up and mature a wee bit. Malt: Pilsner Malt,Pale Ale Malt,Caramunich,Aromatic Malt, Special B,CaraHell,Brown Sugar Hops: Simcoe - Bittering, Santiam & Cascade - Flavoring, Santiam - Aroma, Warrior - Dry Hopping

ID: 6399 Last updated 17 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank1040
Overall Percentile98
Style Rank37 of 503
Style Percentile92.6
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.6
Average Score3.792
Weighted Score3.704
Standard Deviation0.412

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  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A decent flavor for a barlywine but the body seemed too thin, the aroma was a bit grainy, some of that carried over into the flavor. Overall not bad but certainly not as good as some I have had lately.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    2011 Release, The Big Beer Series has been extremely impressive lately and this Barleywine is no exception. Dark copper pour producing a thin, swirling head and a layer or two of thin lacing. Bran, caramel, mild fruit and calm esters are in grand fashion. Grassy and citrus hops play a complimenting role. Firm bitterness with a lingering sweetness reminiscent of clean honey. Dry and full bodied. Hints of tobacco, chocolate, and toffee add additional depth to this stellar brew.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Stouts last review is pretty much how I felt about this beer. I consider myself a pretty big barleywine conniseur, and this one was fairly mainstream. I've had some nice beers from Smutty, but this was a little dissapointing. Sort of one dimensional. I know, my last few reviews weren't that positive, but hey- that's how it goes sometime. Clear mahogany. Fruity nose. Taste is not even that hot, little caramel, upfront malt, soft hop bite in the finish.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.2 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    I've been drinking a fair amount of barleywines this winter (okay, so I drink a fair amount all thru the year) and this barleywine just sort of...blah. It was easy enough to drink, but aroma and palate character were missing. It was kind of an empty beer if there ever was one. A "by the book" aroma of caramel with some hops present. Appearance was a dark burnt orange color with a nice off-white head. Mouthfeel was a little hot. Flavors combined elements of caramel malts, floral hops with a big dose of alcohol infusion. A pretty average attempt. I'd definitely drink it again, but I wouldn't be on the hunt for another bottle for sure.

  • BFELDMANN 1056 reviews
    rated 3.3 17 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Poured a stright amber color which was a lighter then i expected. good head Amazing lacing. Aroma was resinous. Flavor was the same with some caramel malts. okay beer but lacking things i expect from thsi style.

  • POPPOPGOD 27 reviews
    rated 4.0 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    tastede kind of sweet at first impression but had a great hoppy finish which balanced well. Thin head, but appearance was deceiving due to a very carbonated mouthfeel. Hints of cloves underneath the piney hops. A very well baqlanced brew.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.6 17 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Beer poured cider brown with next to no head or lacing. Aroma was pine and alcohol. Flavor was really strong fruity, malty base with a lotta lot of pine hop bitterness in the finish. A strong alcohol burn astringency was the only downside. Really "BIG" beer in all aspects.

  • BIEGAMAN 551 reviews
    rated 4.5 17 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    No real head forms. A sexy, sexy shade of cognac colour, and sparkling ruby when held to the light. Not quite clear, not quite cloudy - perfect. No hesitations giving this a perfect score for appearence. Simply beautiful. Aroma is only slightly less spectacular. Thick mouthfeel - spectacular. Heavy, thick malt but the hops push infront of them and nudge it down. Hops leave a sticky residue. I wish I could be more insightful and descriptive, but I enjoyed drinking it so much I could hardly bring myself to write anything down in my notes. Really impressed with this one, I kept saying 'spectacular'. So smooth, nothing aggresive. Literally, this one 'dances on the pallet' - literally. Big thanks Harry!

  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.7 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Dark red with hints of brown. Small bubbly head. Fruity aroma of cherries, pears, figs, raisin and starfruit.Flavour starts malty of cherries, gigs and red apples. Finishes really hop bitter with a light peppery undertone.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 3.5 17 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Poured an amber color, slight copper hues, but not all that dark for a barleywine. The most impressive part of the appearance was the GREAT lacing, continuous (no rings). Really impressive at 10% levels. The aroma was mostly resinous and pine hops. The flavor followed suit with some caramel underneath, but no extreme fruit flavors or sweetness. A decent beer, but not overly complex or impressive. Mouthfeel was average for a barleywine, but well carbonated.

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