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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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90
outstanding

491 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 59
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
S’muttonator is a tasty mixture of German ingredients & good ol’ fashioned New England tenaciousness. Our brewers take 30 hours to brew a single batch of this traditional Double Bock. Take your time & enjoy its rich, malty & deceptively smooth flavor.

2008 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.5%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-11-2005)
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

afsdan, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of BrownAleMale
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber bottle poured into a spaten pint glass.

Appearance- A mahogany hue with red highlights. One finger of foamy white head. Head disapates into quarter inch with beautiful lacing.

Smell- Definitely a lot going on but very very feint. Roasted nuts and sweet fruit.

Taste- Where the smell lacked, the taste made up. Beautiful nuttiness with a sweet finish. A slight warmness from the abv.

Mouthfeel- Nice smooth almost light feel. Even though light, the integrity of the doppelbock stays in tact. Beautiful light carbonation.

Overall- One of the very best doppelbock's I've ever tasted. Definitely the best from the usa by far.

BrownAleMale, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the thickest aromas I've ever smelled in a doppelbock. Tons of sweet caramel present with toffee, rum, and a bit of booze. Malty to the nth degree.

Pours a reddish copper color in the glass with a pretty good sized head on it.

The taste doesn't surprise me at all, thankfully. Malty to the max with lots of caramel checking in with raisin, some bread and rum. Slightly boozy on the finish with just a touch of hops helping to close the beer out. Beautiful thing, really.

This may be my new favorite doppelbock. This is everything I would like this style of beer to be, and one I would probably use to introduce people to the style.

NODAK, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of liddytime
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle dated 2008.

Incredible.

Drinking this beer is like drinking warm, chocolate, gingerbread out of a brandy snifter, sitting on a humidor stuffed with Cuban cigars.

An unbelievable experience. Arguably the best Smuttynose has offered to date!

liddytime, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of cokes
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008

Translucent russet brown with a moderate and well-retained pale tan head.
It's scented of toasted grain, peanut brittle, roast beef, dark chocolate, and fallen leaves, spiked with a notable -but not disruptive- Brandy booziness.
Much more roasted in the mouth than the nose indicated. Coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and dark tobacco. Fruitiness arises but is difficult to pin down, as it is somewhere among golden raisins, figs, plums, and dates. From this fruit, an assertive anise note develops, as this takes a turn more herbal. A touch of tarragon sharpness precedes a forest floor of dead-but-not-dry leafy pungency. The hop counter-punch is a tad mightier than most, but it's done impeccably well so as to seem natural and congruent even in a style that's know solely for malt. And I find it captivating. Afterward, there are some vinous notes around the swallow, along with a resurgence and linger of cocoa.
A fluffed-out, downy mouthfeel is provided by the tiny but steady carbonation. This is full bodied, but never grabby or cloying. The is a huge doppelbock, but drinks with abandon.

Place this firmly amongst the Kings of the style.

cokes, Nov 13, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Duwey, May 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was absolutely blown away by this. Firstly, I have never seen head retention like this beer boasts. It's been in my glass for over an hour, and there's still a measurable head. The taste and smell remind me of Celebrator, the yardstick by which double bocks will be measured, but just seems to do so much more. Viciously smooth, with a velvety mouthfeel that leaves very little to be desired. Near perfection. I will have to try this next to a Celebrator one day to determine which is the true yardstick.

altctrlsdelete, Jan 18, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

jzlyo, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Jake351
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug:

Appearance: Dark amber, like a chocolate cherry color, with 4 fingertips worth of foam that lasts for 5 minutes, a nice contrast to the darker color beneath.

Smell: Dark fig wafts up the glass, and with the minutes passing, opens up into a more raisin-like earthiness.

Taste: Breadiness with the best of the Doppelbocks! There's a caramel back-end that balances sweet and bitter perfect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with effervescence that is very ephemeral. The taste is so overwhelmingly incredible that I don't really notice the mouthfeel all that much, but wished it had more creaminess. If anything it might be a little too thin for its flavor.

Overall: Incredible value, and one to be sipped to enjoy its flavor (and at 8.5% ABV, not one to be slugged down on an empty-stomach). It's my meal in a glass after my meal on a plate!

Jake351, Sep 06, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this one and the wait was worth it.

Smell was sweet and malty. It had a unique fruity and wonderfully sour smell that I can only compare to that of sparkling grape juice you may have had when you were a kid.

Taste was absolutely wonderful. Malty and butterscotchy with a faint trace of abv.

mouthfeel was smooth

By far one of the best dopplebocks I have ever had. Note to self, invest in smuttynose stock.

Chest Bump.

Ohiovania, Feb 15, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 version. 9 month old sample. Ruby amber with a three finger head. Fruity, malty nose with hop spiciness. Glorious aromas. Smooth maltiness that is very pleasing. Rounded alcohol warmth. Bitter hops to balance but the malt is center stage. Molasses, brown bread with butter, and a nuttiness can all be tasted. Smooth mouthfeel with a creamy head. I remember this beer was raw with almost semi-harsh malt, hop and alcohol flavors when fresh. This aged sample is smooth and balanced and easy to drink. Big, Big lager from Smuttynose.

mshallah, Sep 05, 2007
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4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Where do i begin with this one. Let me start upon pouring the head rentention was incredible very thick. Color was not quite as dark as i thought it might be but the beautiful mahogany color drew me in.

The smell carried a well balanced malty aroma along with hints of dark fruits which I thought was a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: smooth but lightly bubbly very nice atribrute.

Over all this double bock ranks very well among bocks such as Samuel Adams double bock. The taste was so wondefully malty nice dark roasted malt wow this is very nice and shall be bought home from the beer store. Cheers!

horshack7, Jan 15, 2005
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4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big props to Zrrbrrt for this one!

Pours copper/auburn with 4 fingers of chunky sand colored head. Good lacing & above average head retnetion

S: Malt sweetness & caramel

T: Big bready malts, warming booze, brown sugar & caramel up front. Faint hints of chocolate& cinnamon as this warms along with some toastyness & dryness. Finishes with a hint of pecans, caramel & a whisper of boozeyness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, gets chewier as this warms. Just not quite meaty enough to rate the full 5.0

Drinks pretty easy for the heft, a very nice dopple! Top shelf, would
stock up if feasible

russpowell, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel brown with an orange-ish tone. I poured it slowly out of a bomber so I can’t really comment on the head. Maybe I didn’t let it sit long enough (a week) because it’s a tiny bit murky.

Smells strong. There’s a gentle alcohol smell with a big malt behind it. Smells like a barley wine.

Tastes like a barley wine too! Ah, but there’s the smoky sour kick that makes this a pretty tasty Doppelbock. The flavor is really well done; tasty and wholesome. In fact, it’s giving me some pretty intense flashbacks from Germany. It must be good.

The mouth feel is a little thin, but the carbonation works well with it. Little bubbles linger on the tongue and the roof of the mouth that compliment the slightly dry finish.

I’ll definitely have another one of these!

DarkerTheBetter, Oct 26, 2005
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4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep mahoghany with a caramel colored head that hangs around for the duration. Has good lacing.

In the nose is fresh grass, caramel, malt, and barley.

Taste is sweet caramel backed by bitter chocolate & coffee notes. Carbonation is excellent - really keeps the flavor popping. Really good drinkability. I have been aging this one two years and it has paid off - it is definitely better than the one I had last year.

Chickenhawk9932, Oct 17, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a 12 oz. Smutty Nose "Big Beer" snifter at Novare Res in Portland ME on 12/20/11.

A: Amber red in color with a light brown head, lots of lacing and amazing retention--sticks around for the duration of the serving.

S: malty, caramel notes, oak, dark pit fruit, and a bit of alcohol.

T/M: Definite malts up front that have a hint of caramel and brown sugar, also raisiny, ends with a fair amount of alcohol heat. It is crisp with a fair amount of alcohol but definitely not overly boozy.

O: A fantastic beer, would highly recommend. I feel lucky to have had this one on tap.

beerbiatchMD, Dec 21, 2011
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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.