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

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Reviews: 387
Hads: 601
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 74
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-11-2005

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%
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Reviews: 387 | Hads: 601
Photo of BrownAleMale
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of liddytime
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
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! (256 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.77/5  rDev +19%
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. (1,151 characters)

Photo of altctrlsdelete
4.73/5  rDev +18%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of Jake351
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
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! (857 characters)

Photo of mshallah
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Bottle

Probably my favorite american dopplebock right behind troeganator. Dark ripe fruits in the nose with bready sweet goodness. Butterscotch and caramel. Mouth feel is outstanding. So glad I finally found more of this one. (231 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
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! (604 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
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! (789 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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 (614 characters)

Photo of pjkelley82
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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.. (1,791 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brownish-red color with a thick brown head that has lasting power.

The aroma is thick and rich with a decent hint of brown sugar/molasses in the nose. Alcohol warmness shines through lightly in the nose.

Taste is very strong and full of malt goodness. Hints of raisin, caramel and brown sugar stand out, followed by a chewiness and a hint of alcohol warmness. Very nice and deceiving!

Mouthfeel is chewy with faint hints of raisin and brown sugar. Alcohol warmness shows up more in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right as it seems to disappear once you taste the beer.

A very rich and deserving dopplebock. Definitely could use a bit more age. It's a good rival to Celebrator and other dopplebocks and is definitely something you want to sip. You could quaff it but it might overwhelm you. I definitely enjoy it and it's a decent beer for a cold fall or winter night. (890 characters)

Photo of markskar
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big Beer Series Bomber - 2008 Vintage

A: Poured deep and somewhat dark amber/gold from a bomber, fairly clear with a touch of chill haze. Large bubbles dangle at the top two inches for several seconds before a nice smooth head appears. Lacing so thick that one might need a brillo pad to clean the glass.

S: Very malty, hint of smoke and gunpowder.

T: Very malty and smokey. Almost too sweet, but just enough hops to balance it out. Hard to taste the alcohol imho thanks to the malt, making it deceptively potent at over 8% abv.

M: Almost perfect mouthfeel. As thick and smooth as could be without crossing the line to pure malt syrup. Keeps me coming back for more.

D: So delicious I had to drink two bombers at one sitting. However, the high abv made for a nice hangover the next day (when, of course, I had to work). But what the hell, for a beer this good I'll deal with a little headache the morning after. (916 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear red body with brownish highlights, sort of a reverse stout. Topped by a full fist of light tan crackling froth which skyed above the rim.

Bits of sweet caramel and other candy in the aroma, along with a whiff of alcohol, though overall the whole nose is slightly surprisingly subdued.

Taste is delightfully rich. Thick malt slathers over the tongue and throat, laying down walls which will rebuff any attempt by hops to overpower them. Its thick with caramelly goodness, but the hops do a remarkable job of cutting the sweetness, while not really making their own presence felt until well into the aftertaste. Their is an almost subliminal sense of alcohol, but no burn. Just an incredible job of balancing the taste factors at play here. Astounding.

Mouthfeel is simply wonderful, thick and soothing. And for a big beer, it is superbly drinkable.

An outstanding, highly enjoyable, example of the style. Smutty, make more. (940 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear nut-brown dopplebock with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Huge aroma of freshly baked banana bread is quite just unbelievable. The freshly baked banana bread with a good slightly sweet malt backbone also dominates taste. Alcohol is well hidden and body is just above average with some medium carbonation. Definitely one of the best dopplebock I ever had. (389 characters)

Photo of corey0212
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice mahogany/chestnut color, some reddish highlights, big foamy tan head fades very slowly, leaves some nice patches of lace behind. Massive malt aroma, tons of caramel in the nose, some raisins and dark fruit. Taste follows along, with some spicy alcohol throwing down, fig, vague chocolate notes, doughy. Thick and chewy mouthfeel, seriously hearty, some nice lingering spice and dark fruit flavors. I'm looking at the ABV, and yeah, it's high....but something about this beer makes me want to drink another...and another. A perfect beer for the coming New England fall weather. (589 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who sent me this? I can't remember for sure but I think it was Pabs311. Thanks for the North East hook up man. 2010 vintage.

A: Clear ruby body, tight fine two finger beige head, some spotty lacing. 4/5

S: Big sweet bready malt, spicy alcohol, raisins. All smells are big, pungent, and very enjoyable. 4.5/5

T: Very robust sweet malts, a long boil was obviously used here. Tannic edges with a bitter finish round this out nicely. 4.5/5

M: Full, chewy, and smooth. This is the way a doppelbock is supposed to feel. 5/5

O: Damn good beer from a damn good brewery. Another impressive showing from Smuttynose again. Get one if you can. 4.5/5 (643 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottle conditioned 2006.

S'muttonator pours a beautiful clear amber hue with an extremely generous khaki colored head that remains throughout tasting. Lacing is very sticky as well. Smell is very malty with a coffee like aroma. Hints of alcohol also tickles the nose. Although I can smell the alcohol, I can't really taste it. Big malt flavor which makes this brew extremely smooth, but also has the perfect amount of hops to balance itself out. The taste of coffee/caramel comes to mind with a hint of chocolate. I don't really see where the 8.5% comes from, but I'm not worried. Take your time with this one and enjoy its many flavors as it warms up a bit. Good work Smutty! Get your hands on this one for sure. (759 characters)

Photo of JohnCJr
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Medium red-brown with thin white head. Very little retention.
Smell: Sweet brown sugar, nutty.
Taste: Very malt forward. Smooth with no hint of the almost 10% ABV.
Feel: Medium. Coats the mouth nicely.
Overall a superb beer. (243 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Browsing at a local bottle shop and I eye up two of the big beers from Smutty nose priced very modestly. This and the Baltic Porter from 2009 were only six bucks, I was sold. This one pours an impressive deep amber mahogany brown hue completed clouded with some yeast sediment. Nice huge collar of tan khaki head goig on with fine intricate layers of lacing, this bottle was bottled in 2010 probably earlier this year in the spring. Aroma has some big malt layers deep with tart fruit and hints of raisin, a nice depth of ingredients involved in the brewing process. Also some floral fruity notes in the back end quite the interesting New England brewed German style lager. Flavor really coats the palate with back end roasted malt and upfront fruitiness. Figs/plums/raisins soaked in alcohol with a nice crusted bread layer finishes somewhat balanced with a strong herbal hop finish. A touch of dark chocolate and other roasted malt qualities brings a nice balance to the overall mix. As it warms herbal mint with a touch of pine cone comes out, the hops here definitely have an American slant but they're note overdone. Mouthfeel is as full bodied as a lager will ever be, almost chewy due to loads of malts and bready yeast sediment bringing a nice body. Carbonation was natural bottle conditioned very enjoyable experience. Drinkability, I had no problems finishing and enjoying a whole bomber although ideally you better find a drinking partner on a big beer like this. Great quality version of a rarely brewed in America style. (1,533 characters)

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Smuttynose Big Beer series, I picked up a 22oz bottle thanks to a fellow BA mentioning it's back in stores. Pours a dark, caramel color with a thick, off-white head that lingers for quite some time and sticks to the side of the glass upon drinking. A strong malt aroma with some sweetness. The taste is malty with a hint of toasty, and the alcohol is noticable. The mouthfeel is heavy and creamy and leaves some stickiness behind, although it's a smooth swallow. Carbonation is moderate and disappears quickly when swallowed. Overall, a delicious and very drinkable dopplebock that should be consumed slowly. (620 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with some garnet tints. A soft creamy beige head foams up even with a gentle pour.
The aroma is toffee and red grape with a bit of bready yeast as well. The first sip reveals a thick slightly syrupy texture with fine gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor starts fairly sweet with toffee and brown sugar. The middle allows for some roasted malt and even a bit of chocolate. The finish carries the roast flavor and lingers as well. The beer is smooth and easy drinking. A nice doppelbock that you should buy if you see it! (606 characters)

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