April 28th, 2011

I follow Smuttynose on the book of faces, so when the NYC distributor, Pat Fondiller, posted that Smutty was doing an event at BARCADE on Dad's Night Out—it was a no-brainer.

A ridiculous amount of beer poured. I started with a reliable pint of Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale, the English-style brown ale winner from this year's D.W.O. tastings. This was followed by a Smuttynose Baltic Porter. This is a great sipping beer, very strong and with molasses, dark chocolate and smoky notes. Dan had the Smuttynose Robust Porter, which was similar but with a strong coffee aroma.

On David's recommendation, I had the Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale. As regular readers know, pale ales are not usually my thing, but this nicely balanced beer had just the right amount of hops. Dan had the Smuttynose Wheat Wine, which was a little too sour for my tastes.

The Smuttynose S'muttonator Doppelbock had a great balance of sweet caramel and yeasty bread flavors. At 9.6% ABV, it came in a girlyglass†. Next up was a Smuttynose Star Island Single, a Belgian pale ale. Something about this one was a little off, but it wasn't horrible. I finished with a palate cleansing Smuttynose Vunderbahr, an excellent dry, crisp pilsener-style lager.

n., gir′ ⋅ li ⋅ glas, A small glass, usually 10 oz. in capacity and often tulip or goblet-shaped, used to hold beer with an elevated alchohol content, or an especially expensive/rare beer. (a combination of Middle English gurle, young woman, + Old English glæs, a drinking vessel).

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