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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

484 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
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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doubleipa

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was bottled on 2004. One inch, thick light-brown head. Big aroma of heavy malt, dark bread, molasses, taosted. Quite a bit of banana, as well. Lots of dried fruit, too. Soft carbonation and full bodied mouthfeel. Taste has some dried fruit and caramel.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 18:00:27 | More by doubleipa
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a murky brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount upon sitting. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapes, and bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapes, chocolate, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that great for me. I was truly expecting more on it. The fruit aspect to this one stole the show for sure. If you like Doppelbocks you might like this one, but I don't suggest aging it at all...

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 12:28:41 | More by thagr81us
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Hagbard

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose's interpretation of a doppelbock pours a very dark ruby, verging on brown. A 2 finger white creamy head forms and quickly recedes to a film that sticks around. The aroma is a very complex maltiness with a fair amount of fruity esters. The taste is very fruity, reminiscent of overripe fruit...think about crushing a soft plum against the roof of your mouth with your tongue. Holding up the fruitiness is a very strong maltiness. The fruitiness imparts a sweetness but it never approaches cloying, even with the absence of any noticeable hoppiness. Unfortunately it seems fairly hot, the alcohol is not hidden very well. This is especially apparent in the finish when it becomes the primary component of the taste. It leaves you with the same feeling you get after taking a sip of hard liquor. The mouthfeel is smooth, though maybe a bit too carbonated. The drinkability is good, though it would be much better if it wasn't so hot.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 16:06:00 | More by Hagbard
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled in 2006

Pours reddish amber with a thick head that soon becomes a thin cover that sticks around for quite some time, esp. considering abv.

The smell is sweet malt with some peppery alcohol. There is some underlying fruitiness.

The taste is sweet grainy malt. Little if any hop noticeability - the balance is in the alcohol, which lends a fruity, peppery undertone to it. A bit too boozy, but the malt taste is not lost. It comes close to being a malty barleywine. Finishes sweet, though not cloying, with a bit of a boozy kick.

The body coats, but is a bit thin. Sharp, warming alcohol lingers along with some of the flavor.

All-in-all, it turns out to be decent, but seems to lack something. Mybe more caramel? It's more in-line with Salvator than with Celebrator or Optimator, which is fine, but it just doesn't reach its potential. Not bad - just didn't do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 15:15:15 | More by jwc215
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S'muttonator, ontap, 12oz pour

Appears a hazy dark orange/brown color. Nice froth and retention on this one. Nose is lightly fruity and a hint of floral hops. Flavor is interesting, fruity and malty with faint spices, light roast, some banana, wheat and very low bitterness. The finish is abrupt if not clean. A nice interpretation of the style, and fairly easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 18:43:20 | More by Stinkypuss
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Onceeven

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I kept this beer in the cellar for seven months after reading that the alcohol was still rather "hot" and could use a few months of cellaring. How I resisted this brew for so long, I don't know.

I was initially surprised by this beers clarity and sparkling glow. Despite a quickly receding head, there is ample carbonation rising to the surface. The smell was more restrained than I was expecting. It is subtle, but the alcohol comes through nicely mixed with a rather fruity aroma reminiscent of cherries.
Poured the beer at cellar temp. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and creamy leaving a tingling sensation at the tip of the tongue. The flavors are crisp & clean, with the alcohol throwing the first punch then the big dark fruity aroma filling in second. A murky aftertaste lingers indefinitely.

A solid rendition of the style, if a tad simplistic. Seems to reveal all its secrets at once.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 02:50:04 | More by Onceeven
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jaluria

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi-clear, dark brown color with copper highlights and a frothy head that left behind minimal lacing. Aromas of caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, dried peaches, and raisins. The taste followed suit with the addition of a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and sweet with nice depth and mild flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 14:24:57 | More by jaluria
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one sported a smallish white head and was light, ruby brown in color.

Smell – There’s some light caramel and good toasty malts to this nose, but the booze is just horrendous. I like a sense of alcohol in my Doppelbocks, but this was like Russian vodka from a plastic bottle (no offense, Globetrotter). The fruits, mostly prunes and plums, were terrific along with the sugary molasses, but I just couldn’t get by the alcohol.

Taste – The molasses came out big at the taste. The malts were huge and soaked in darkish fruits. The cheap vodka flavor dimmed my view of this one, though.

Mouthfeel – This is between medium and full-bodied with a light drying at the finish and a huge alcohol sting.

Drinkability – I enjoyed some of the malty and fruity flavors of this DB, but the booze and harsh bitterness at the finish ruined the experience.

Comments – Thanks to Skyhand for letting me use her sink to pour out the rest of this bottle.

Update – I originally reviewed this with a 2005 sample and noticed that I came in much lower than everyone else. I thought maybe I got a bad bottle so was thrilled when BeerGuy brought me another bomber, this time an ’06 vintage.

I would stand by my previous review with two exceptions. First, the head was much better this time around. Second, the alcohol was still cumbersome but not as bad as the ’05. The rest of my tasting notes seemed right on, so I am going to raise my Appearance rating by half a point and call it even.

Oh, and I'm not sinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 03:10:53 | More by RoyalT
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-15-2012 01:10:18 | More by crobinso
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-02-2012 03:09:31 | More by Zachtheporter
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-21-2012 19:35:22 | More by sendbeer
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akttr

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-19-2013 03:48:44 | More by akttr
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mymasterpiece75

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-28-2011 23:30:05 | More by mymasterpiece75
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and brown sugar aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with some slight fruity flavors as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good American take on a doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 04:58:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

03-20-2013 00:30:35 | More by AndrewMichael
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MediocreatBest

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mahignay in color, with a tannish/white head that doesn't stick around for long. smells like booze, carmel and toffee. tastes the same, a little unbalanced on the alcohol front, but it blends nice enough after the initial startling few sips. other big beer series beers are better but smutty never let ya down. somewhat heavier in the muth feel then you might expect, probably due to the alcohol. still drinable, despite the alcohol taste because as it warms the taste blends better.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 00:50:15 | More by MediocreatBest
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-01-2012 03:00:22 | More by jfcaa193
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AndyEich

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-03-2013 06:53:20 | More by AndyEich
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Dulliwhig

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into a wine glass at my mother in law's house watching Villanova basketball. Beautiful ruby red with a thick creamy off-white head that clung to the glass until the end.

S - sweet malt, spices and alcohol - not overwhelming complexity.

T - taste is malty and sweet with an alcohol presence, not bad but I was expecting more.

M - medium to high body, well carbonated and crisp.

D - I had to sip this over a long period of time - it certainly wasn't bad, but not something that I would search out again.

I am a big fan of Smuttynose, but I have to admit my disappointment in this offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 14:06:58 | More by Dulliwhig
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Vendetta

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 26, 2008

Pours deep black with a GREAT head and some fabulous lacing. Good looking beer typical of a what I expect from a doppelbock. Flavor is dark, smoked, with a bit of alcohol bite at the end. A slight tinge of malty, coffee, roastedness. I didn't find any real fruit in there. Pretty plain doppelbock that doesn't try to do all that much but succeeds admirably in what it shoots for. Creamy, smooth palate. Very enjoyable brew. My father raved about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 18:36:10 | More by Vendetta
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent brown, some rosy highlights, a big beige head but it falls away very fast leaving a miniscule incomplete ring. Smell is weak versus expectations, some toasty malt, but nothing promising a heavy dose of maly sweetness. Taste begins with some of that missing malty sweetness, but moves to a mild hop bitterness, and finishes with a fine alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is medium, nearly light. Drinkable but not overly delicious. It doesn't demand to be consumed.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 22:26:19 | More by pentathlete
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish bronze with orange peel edges. I'm amazed at the range of colors for beer of this style; from something this light to opaque mahogany on the darker end. I'm betting the flavor will correspond to the color. The head overflowed the glass on the pour and is now a sticky mass of pastel caramel colored foam. Although it doesn't look like a typical doppelbock, I like the look just fine.

I don't know about the flavor yet, but the nose isn't roasted malty or chocolate malty (or even dark) in the least. In that sense it smells more like a big helles bock than it does a doppelbock. There's a whiff of caramelized sugar and an equal whiff of alcohol. That's about it, sorry to say.

Tough call. All in all, I've had better. Unless the beer opens up and deepens the warming (it doesn't), I'd have to call this member of the 'Big Beer Series' a disappointment. Part of the problem is that it doesn't taste much like a doppelbock to me. I was willing to forgive the appearance; not so the flavor.

If you ask me, the malt bill is to blame. What an odd choice to include pale and Munich malts, but no caramel, chocolate or roasted malts. That design decision results in a flavor profile that is more akin to a helles bock, as previously mentioned, or even an English barleywine. Make that an American barleywine because the Hersbrucker Hallertauer are still throwing off a considerable amount of bitterness; another reason why it's such a unique version of the style.

A certain alcoholic fruitiness puts me in mind of brandy as well. In fact, this may be one of the most undoppelbock-like doppelbock that I've ever had. I would have thought, since this is the 2005 edition, that the heat of the alcohol would have cooled to some extent. Maybe it has, but it's still a little too raw for my tastes. I'd suggest room temperature, a brandy snifter and small sips.

The mouthfeel favors the left side of the bell curve for such a big beer. Given the fact that it's a big lager, however, it's well within the bounds of acceptable. It's firm and clean rather than lush and full. A little less carbonation, which I expect to be the case in the bottom half of the bomber, should improve the mouthfeel even more.

I love Smuttynose beer as a general rule. My lack of enthusiasm for this one probably has more to do with my preference for roasted malty doppelbocks than it does for any failure on the part of the brewers (other than the choice of ingredients). I'd like to be able to say that I'd love s'more S'muttonator, but it's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 21:26:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into large snifter

A - Ruby brown with a two finger yellow-tan head. Nice retention.

S - Aroma includes raisin, some spice, dark bready malts, and yeast.

T - Intensely flavored, with alcohol, bready malt, mild dark fruit, spicy yeast.

M - Sharp feel, medium body, over carbonated.

O - Overall an average take on the style. Very very intense in flavor, it doesn't have the mellow-yet-robust flavor of, say, a Celebrator. A very strong beer that demands your attention but maybe doesn't deserve it entirely.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 21:44:31 | More by greenmonstah
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear thick auburn brew with a one finger head that leaves little spots of lacing on the glass after it vanishes in two minutes .

S - Alcohol, caramel malt, pepper, a tiny bit of smokiness and light-bodied malt. The smell is nice, but the alcohol's appearance is "not impressive."

T - Strong sweet, smokey caramel malt flavor with a backing of lighter malt flavors with a touch of coffee. Abv is detectable, but less dominant here than in the odor. The aftertaste is a lingering relaxing bitterness of indeterminant origin.

M - Chewy, thick, smooth and refreshing too.

D - It's no Troeganator, but it is quite good. A meal in itself, but I think it would work well with unspiced foods. It is easy to drink and soothing enough to entice you back for more. A good price, good beer, I will probably have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 04:49:59 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Dithyramb

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap as a Friday lunch brew at Mahaffeys. Dark wood brown with amber highlights. Half a finger of head with average retention and lacing.
Smokey caramel aroma.
Taste is very malty. You have your sweet caramel, some nutty aspects, some coffee, and just a hint of smokiness.
Chewy and drinkable. I found it to be nutty and enjoyable. However, mouthfeel and drinkability lost some points due to the observable ABV lurking around every sip.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2006 19:12:17 | More by Dithyramb
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.