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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

485 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 58
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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Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

22oz bottle courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber with a big creamy tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass stubbornly and stays on as a cap for the duration.

The smell is dominated by sweet caramel malts and lots of dark fruits as well. There's also some citrus hop burn in the nostrils as well.

The taste is again dominated by the caramel malts with some molasses coating the mouth throughout. The hops are present but very subtle in the taste. There are raisins and figs before a sweet slick finish.

The mouthfeel is slick and sticky with the sweetness of malts and dark fruits. The soft carbonation is very complimentary to the full bodied mouthfeel.

This a big, fairly heavy dobblebock that is quite a sipper for the style. It's not the best representation of the style but it's got some unique twists that make it interesting.

gford217, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of mmmbeer
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

22 oz. bomber, conditioned in 2006. It pours a sedimented, unfiltered?, almost lifeless cherry/copper, topped with a loose, 3 finger head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma consists of toasted, caramel, molasses, grainy, and perhaps Belgian malts, balanced with grassy/spicy hops and a nice fruitiness. On the palate, it is complex as all hell. It starts with sweet, caramel, toasted, molasses, and lightly roasted malts; next there's all the fruity byproducts (pear?, apple?, cherry?, raspberry?, melon rind?) which are followed closely by green/perfumy/spicy Noble hops that contribute a medium bitterness (42 IBUs), and it finishes with a Belgian yeastiness and a dash of what seems to be Chrismas spices (anise, nutmeg, cinnamon) although I'm not sure that they're even in the beer. The body is syrupy and almost thick, with tingly/numbing carbonation that shortly evens out, becoming very smooth, leaving a medium finish. I have mixed feelings about this beer - I'm not sure that it tastes too much like an authentic dopplebock due to the Belgian fruitiness and yeastiness. That said, it is a very well-made brew which I enjoyed more than my numbers would suggest; and even though I'm not sure of it's being a dopple, I'm not really sure how else to classify it. Regardless, I'm sure I'll revisit this beer at some point.

mmmbeer, May 07, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Beimg close to the source, I've had a few of Smutty's Big Beers. S'muttonator isn't so great. It has a nice dark red-brown color with a small head. It smells malty-sweet, and tastes the same. I was thinking it was going to taste a little stronger. Feels OK in the mouth. It isn't a beer that I'd want to drink more than one of at a time.

Recently had the 2006 version, and I have to say this is a richer, more flavorful version. Will drink it again.

lordofthewiens, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Smooth easy drink, medium mouthfeel, sweet malty and carmel, good dark colour, roast. Some fruitiness. Chewy nutty. Some more please. Hops noticeable in finish, well carbonated. Dry aftertaste, alcohol whollop. Had a second complete bottle six months after, where I noticed full taste again, and maintained raiting.
Another bottle two years later, good soapy head on mahogoney, creamy. Did not notice disadvantages earlier.

Sammy, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

S'muttonator is a very attractive deep red color. It's quite hazy, but still features brilliant crimson highlights. It's topped with a light tan head that stretches to two fingers in height. Retention was pretty good. It dissipated to a surface covering somewhat quickly, but held there for a bit. A moderate web of sticky lace lines the glass as it descends.

The nose is a little light on aromatics, but isn't bad by any stretch. It kicks off with a mix of cocoa-esque chocolate malts and sweet caramel/toffee scents. They seem pretty well balanced. It smells a tad fruity, but it's clearly a secondary player. Smells like a mix of apple and light fig. Interesting. Alcohol is there, but doesn't smell overly strong. It's pretty good, but would easily be better with more muscle.

The flavor is quite good. Easily a step up from the nose. The malt base is quite flavorful and features a mix of sweet caramel and cocoa flavors. They blend well and neither seems to overpower the other. Fruit is definitely more of a player here. Apple and pear are in the mix, and blend with dark fruit flavors of prune and fig. It's interesting, but works well. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn't approach being hot. It might be a little too strong, but not by much. Finishes malty and fruity.

S'muttonator has a medium that's quite smooth and satisfying. That's attributable in part to light, restrained carbonation. The abundance of malt takes care of the rest. Drinkability is good. I'm pretty impressed with the flavor, and it goes down easy for a big beer. This bomber won't present any problems.

For the most part, I enjoy the Big Beer Series from Smuttynose. S'muttonator is a nice addition to the series. It's not perfect. The nose could use a little work, and perhaps the flavor could use a little less fruit. But, there's no shortage of flavor (if you ask me). It's just a little more fruity than you might ordinarily expect from a Doppelbock. Bottom line...I'm still enjoying it. Grab a bomber.

prototypic, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

2005

Pours clear reddish brown with a poofy white head that fades to a thin cap - nice color. Aroma is sweetly malty, a little toasted, with a light fruit ester alcohol spice. Rich, sweet malty flavor. Some dark fruits pull through as it warms - just a touch of hops and some spiciness in the finish. Full and smooth in the mouth - alcohol is there but not overwhelming in any way. Drinkability is good for such a strong beer but I would need to switch it up after a couple glasses.

This is a big malty brew to say the least. I imagine this would go well with a hearty meal.

wedge, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of jaxon53
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

2008 Vintage. Served this slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle. Another great beer from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series.

Appearance: S'muttonator pours out a deep, dark, copper amber color that almost looks a bit hazy. A somewhat hard pour yielded a thick, two finger, butter colored head. Head shows decent retention, and leaves behind a good amount of sticky lace.

Smell: Quite a malty nose on this brew. Raisin and plum seem to stand out the most. A bit of a subtle roastiness and some wood are in there as well. Has a bit of a musty, yeasty note to it.

Taste: Flavor mimics the nose quite a bit in my opinion, but seems richer and fuller. Nice dark fruit flavors. Plenty of malt flavor with a bit of yeast and more wood. Quite sweet but not overbearing. Just a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and almost silky.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. Smooth and easy to drink.

jaxon53, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of gbarron
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

From a 22 oz. bomber. Can't find any dating, but bottle states it was 'Bottle Conditioned in 2005' so I'm assuming this brewed and bottled in late '05. Label has a great picture of an old ram on it.

A - deep ruby, reddish brown. Perfectly clear. Head is billowy, lots of compact bubbles, a little rocky, off/dirty white. Leaves thick lacing.

S - noble hops more than malt. Alcohol very present in the nose. Munich malt, chocolatey smell. Noble hop spiciness.

T - very nutty, chocolatey. Rich malty flavor but not overly sweet. Nice balancing between malt and bitterness. Bit of noble hop 'twang.' Aftertaste is sweet and alcoholic. Sweet, bready, nutty.

M - medium bodied, alcohol warmth. Carbonation is low to average.

D - extremely tasty brew. Alcohol and body prevent it from being a quaffer. Would go well with some fresh sausage, kraut.

gbarron, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Clean, copper-chestnut in color beneath a dense, lightly tan head that sits up with good retention. Condensed lacing with sufficient strength.

Sweet molasses malt aroma. Crisp wheat and grains; very fresh earthy tones. Coffee and hazlenut.

Molasses and caramel; the sweetness is present, but kept nicely in check by the wheat and grain profile. Earthy and rustic grains; very crisp. A rustic-flavored bitterness making for a slightly dry finish with hints of coffee in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; well balanced sweetness and thickness.

A noble offering from Smutty. The sweetness and malt profile are dead on for the style; which is where many other versions of this style faulter. The flavors are good, but not 'exciting'; still, a pleasant lager with no glaring mistakes.

NEhophead, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Smuttynose S'muttonator pours a deep coppery amber with orange highlights around the edges. A small head falls quickly and lacing is pretty much absent.

The aroma is of sweet caramel with a dark fruitiness and equal whiffs of alcohol.

Hmm, I'm not overly familiar with Doppelbocks but this tastes much like a barleywine to me. It has a strong dark fruit character, brandied prunes and raisins and caramel covered apples, very sweet up front, with an equally strong caramel malt flavor and a distinct alcohol taste as well. The Euro style hops are present in good supply and help keep things balanced with a nice touch of finishing bitterness. Warming does not change it's character much.

Mouthfeel is thick, approaching the heavy end of the spectrum, very smooth and somewhat creamy. Carbonation is on the low side.

Warming and nourishing is the feeling I get from this beer with it's very alcoholic but not too hot character and strong caramel drizzled fruit flavor. It has a good variety of flavors, perhaps not as complex as it could be but good nonetheless. Definitely split this with someone or plan on stretching it out over a good period of time.

BlackBearForge, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of bigone4
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a 22oz bottle labeled from the 2006 batch. Nice dark amber brown color even brighter ruby red when back lit. Fluffy tanish off white head. Good head retention and lacing down the glass. Smell consists of strong malt flavors and some mild hint of hops. It certainly has a sweet caramel tone from the malt. There are also some subtle roasted notes. Taste is smooth and malty. Certainly has that slight caramel sweet malt flavor. There is a definite hop presence in the finish. It leaves a good bitter taste on the back of the tongue. Good overall drinkablity and mouth feel. I enjoyed this one and would certainly try to find it again.

bigone4, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of Sephiroth
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

This beer courtesy of Beerbeing. Bottled in 05. Body is amber, with decent head, and slight lacing. Smells a little sweet, slightly vegetative, definitely malty.

Tastes dry and malty. Huge grainy, and caramel flavors, some dark fruit upfront. Mouthfeel is full and coating. Drinkability limited only by the highly filling nature of this beer.

Sephiroth, May 03, 2006
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Bomber bottled in 2008. So this beer's got 8-18 months on it, meethinks. Poured into wide-mouthed snifter ( not my first choice, I need to upgrade my glassware)

A- pours impressively, active head and pretty solid carbonation. Beer matches the brown bottle, and the foam is like the tan of the side label. Nice head formation.

S- I can smell the malty sweetness from a mile away. Really smells like raisins or figs.

T- Slightly bitter on the tongue, a mild acidity, but it is gone in an instant. Malty, for sure, a roasted coffee flavor comes through after the first sip. The malt seems a bit smoky, but just a bit. Pretty good sweetness, not overbearing, but for sure the main focal point. Good, not great. The ABV is hidden exceptionally well.

M- Pretty darn good. Thick, luscious, slow and lingering, full-bodied. This is a beer brewed with a LOT of malt, if that's your thing this is the beer for you.

D- I like the big beer series from Smuttynose, and this one is no exception. Not my favorite of theirs, but still a rock-solid brew. A pretty good take on an underrated style, this is a good beer that is well worth the price of admission. I can't imagine having more than one at a time, but I enjoyed this beer and will stock up for sure, this would make a great trade extra.

ShogoKawada, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
3.88/5  rDev -4%

Doppelbocks tend to be one of my favorite beer styles. So, to me at least, there was a lot for this to sort of live up to.. The pour is a light brown, dark in some areas with some light passing through. Light tan head. Smell is sweet and malty, of course, but not too strong. Its a bit raiseny, roasted malt, etc, standard doppelbock. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet and caramel-like in flavor. It is sort of a dry sweetness though, which migh be more about the mouth than flavor. The way a dry wine has that dry feeling there is a bit of that here. Aftertaste is a bit floral, the only time any hints of hop are detectable. Mouth is very crisp and carbonated with medium body (and aforementioned dryness). Drink is good, not the most amazing doppelbock i've had, but very good. It's very alt bier-like (sort of like Uerige doppelsticke). It has a bit of boozey warmth. Aftertaste isn't the best either.

BirdFlu, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev -4%

Sampled on-tap at Portsmouth Brewery.

This doppelbock poured a deep coppery amber color with tan foam that settled completely flat. The smell was very modest with a bit of malt coming through. The taste was malty with light sweetness and some vinous Munich malt and with a light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and rich with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. This was a good doppelbock, though it did not "knock my socks off".

UncleJimbo, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.88/5  rDev -4%

A - this doppelbock pours a dark mahogany brownish/red, with a thin quickly lacing tan head and moderate amounts of carbonation

S - dark raisiny doppelbock type aromas, like brown sugar and roasted malts richness

T - roasted malts dominate the palate as well, rich and full, raisin and molasses, brown sugar, and some vanilla combine to create an amalgamated sweetness, rather nice, with a hoppy background

M&D - smooth and easy down, a quality doppelbock, its not the liberator, but its still pretty good, with an nice warming mouthfeel

sinstaineddemon, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.88/5  rDev -4%

Sampled: 2.20.06

Appearance of the brew is honey amber liquid under a 2 inch off-white, eggnog head. Little to no lacing clings as the beer disappears.

Aroma is heavy on the malt. Let me repeat, HEAVY on the MALT. It’s like walking through the front door of a brewery. Real sweet maltiness, too, but little else. Caramel and roasty breadiness dominate.

Flavor is the obvious rich, sweet malts of the style. More roastiness and caramel from the nose follow through and are touched off with a hint of bitterness. Not very complex, but tasty just the same. The beer is heavy and chewy in the mouth with low carbonation.

It’s an easy drinker for it’s heady style. A good beer, but not a session beer. A bottle will do you.

GolgiIPAratus, May 11, 2006
Photo of duffextracold
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours opaque brown, with clingy lace on the glass. smells like raisins, sweet malt, and molasses. fruity yeast. Tastes like sweet bready malt, raisins, dried fruit. well balanced flavors. slightly boozey. rich, creamy, mouth coating texture. lots of tiny bubbles, but not overly carbonated. very good overall, well balanced, very malty, but not overwhelming. i will definitely try this again next year.

duffextracold, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of Sixpoint
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Hooked this one up from my man Jim Bonomo. Bonomo is Italian for "good man."

Active carbonation with suprising hop finish. Tastes like an American version of a German Classic.

Antiseptically clean. Peppery, warming alcoholic finish. Mild caramel flavor upfront, subdued toffee aftertaste.

Slight apple and pear aroma; typical of a particular German Lager yeast strain I've worked with for years.

A very drinkable brew and a nice creation yet again from Smuttynose.

Sixpoint, May 10, 2006
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

I could have sworn I reviewed this beer a couple of weeks ago. I guess that what you get at 9.8% that goes down like candy. A very sweet Dopplebock, seemingly loaded with candied malts. A little too heavy on the sugar. If you like sweet beers this is the one for you. Mouthfeel is a little too coating, lingering aftertaste, pleasent, but a little much. This beer has a very earthy feel.

Overall a nice offering, a little bit of a let down on the Big Beer Series. I have a couple cellaring, so we'll see.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty. Thanks again!

Beer pours a bright and clear deep amber / brown color, with a nice white head on top.

Aromas are dusty, dough like, malty and slightly sweet.

Beer is crisp and dry. There is and underlying sweetness, some dustiness, floral flavors, and a bit of tartness. The finish is biting, spicy, and with an alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice, it's full in the mouth, crisp, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good. This beer seems to hit a bit too much with the alcohol burn, but it's still tasty and interesting.

flexabull, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Picked up a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Nice deep amber with ruby highlights. Off white head with good retention. Good clarity. Visibly effervescent.

S: Sweet malty caramel aroma. Noticeable grape aromas as well.

T: Sweet toasty malt notes with a nice bitter hoppy finish that is not dry.

MF: Medium velvet smooth body. Moderate carbonation.

D: A good drinkable dopplebock. Not one of my favorite styles but I would drink this again.

Nipitato, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

22oz bomber from Florian's. Copper-red translucent body with a couple of inches of fluffy off-white head that leaves a fair bit of lacing and lasts quite a while. Smell is a bit light, but consists mostly of nuts and caramel. Tastes nutty, fruity, caramelly, with a trace of alcohol. Flavor kind of dulls after several sips, but returns as it warms. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable. Not bad.

MrHurmateeowish, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of Immortale25
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured into a snifter. Label says bottle-conditioned in: 2011.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains nicely before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sporadic coat of surface foam. Spotty lacing.

S- Has that classic doppelbock aroma with a little more kick to it and a fresh smell of bananas plus a little glass.

T- Yeast and malt are the first to come, followed rapidly by a sharp sting of booze. After a few more sips, the flavors start to balance and the alcohol mellows out a bit. There's not much depth though as the tastes are pretty neutral. Notes of caramel and banana.

M- Not as hearty as I was expecting. Medium body for the style and medium carbonation.

O- I don't know what all the rave reviews are about. Definitely not the best in the Big Beer Series. Try the Farmhouse Ale for a better success story.

Immortale25, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of mdwalsh
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Aged about 1.5 years.

A: A big tan head with falling bubbles on the pour, and just tons of texture. The Beer is a medium Brown, with a head of about 3 fingers, maybe a little more.

S: Malty! Big sweet malt fills the room upon pouring. Fruity Caramel, I'm guessing the remnants of hops.

T: Yep. still malty! But not just sweet, there is the actual flavor of malt in here. No hops, but a slightly bitter roast.

M: Light and smooth.

mdwalsh, Feb 08, 2010
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.