Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by bigman147:
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I poured 2005 and 2006 and tasted vertically blind (with tasting notes matched after). Both bottles were courtesy of JT from Smuttynose.
2005: Deep orange amber which glows almost red under direct light. Carbonation is good but quickly dissipates.
2006: Brighter than 2005 with a reddish amber that was somewhat hazy. Carbonation was excellent and beer had significantly more lacing than '05. Head was khaki / tan and quickly faded to a 1/4 inch ring around the glass.
2005. Fruity floral hop aroma. With raisin:and black plum sweetness. Alcohol is more balanced and subdued than the 2006. Malty /Grainy character that gives this beer a mild sweet aroma.
2006. Most hops give this more of a apple / perfumy character. Malt sweetness is still present but the alcohol takes control and gives this a hot fusel aroma.
2005. Strong malt sweetness that balances the bitter hop character and helps cool the hot alcohol flavor. Much better balanced than the 2006. Sweet raisin with a slight toffee / butterscotch finish. Carbonation gives a slight creaminess and helps finish this beer. Excellent overall.
2006. Sweeter yet much more alcohol in the taste. Hops are more lively and give this a sharper bitterness which combined with the sharper carbonation takes away from this beer.
Both 2005 and 2006 are probably one of the best and most drinkable doppelbocks. 2005 aged very well and balanced the alcohol and malt sweetness to make it the perfect compliment to smokey sausages and cheeses. These beers in my mind rank up their with some of the best German beers in this style and in fact, I think exceed them hands done. Smuttynose is a maker of great beers and these are a great example of the Big Beer Series being used to truly define a style.
The only thing I wish is that I had more.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2007 21:59:46 | More by bigman147
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4.26/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured to a nice dark copper / amber color with a dense tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma had nice malt and bread notes. Taste had strong notes of malt, bread and some molassas with traces of caramel. Great mouth feel, creamy and full. Aftertaste was sweet and lingering.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 02:17:20 | More by Huffs
4.64/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottle conditioned in 2010... drinking on 7/22/13... is/almost 3 years old.. jackpot pick up a month or so ago.
Poured a amber plum looking color with a 1/2 inch mocha colored head that didn't last long but left a ring. Lacing was watery with magorityl amounts falling back into the beer. It looks very pleasing.
Smell was prune, raisin, date, malt, bread, alcohol (nothing offputting, a good smell)
Taste followed the nose in every aspect... in that order as well... the one things in there that wasn't present in the smell was the bittering hops They used. It was so present right after the malt but right before/in between the alcohol/warmth taste towards the end. It lasted and mellowed out to nearly nothing a second after you stomach it but was present in the after taste.... ohhhh so perfect....
Mouth feel was somewhat heavy and chewy... a Tad overcarbonated for me but also mellowed out as it warmed.
Overall this was a perfect example of the style. If you have a chance to age it, try it at 4 years and see cause there was NO signs of infection in this 3 year old one, Zero... nada.
.. I can see it going to 5 or 6 possibly. I would imagine the malt/prune will start to be more forward with a little bit more mellow on the alcohol. Needless to say this 3 year old one was damn near perfection. Way better when you drink it at the recommended temperature so let it get there before consuming.. I have to try a fresh one to compare but this made my pallet go crazy. Alcohol was non bullying and complimented the balance between the bitterness and sweetness. I'm sooo surprised that this beer still remains perfectly hop balanced even 3 years in. This is an absolute must try for dopplebock lovers but I would be carefull if you aren't into a big.... phenomenally tasting beer..
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2013 22:04:20 | More by pjkelley82
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.