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

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 65
Gots: 47 | 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:
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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Photo of mdwalsh
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of duffextracold
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass a clear deep amber brown with a tight bubbled and large head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was estery with strong and noticeable banana. Behind those fruity esters was a strong malt presence and

The flavor was slightly roasty and with a sharp hop bittering. The maltiness was in the background and masked by the bittering. some caramel flavors emerged as the beer warmed, but the balance seemed off.

The finish was dry and hoppy. The body was medium full.

22 ounce bottle. Bottled in 2004 on label.

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a beautiful ruby red color with a good size tan head that seems to last. The smell is almost Belgian Pale Ale like with hints of citrus and a solid malt backbone. Bubbles are small but frequent as they make their way to the top.

After the first sip the first thing I notice is how sweet this beer is. The malt and slightest hint of hops hit you in the beginning then gives way to the alcohol. The aftertaste is almost grassy. This beer really leaves that warming feeling.

The flavor profile isn't that big but the alcohol does kick your ass in the end. Some age may do this beer some good. I tried this on tap at Bones and don't remember the alcohol being so prominent. I am going with Longstaff suggestion of trying to age this big boy for a bit. Overall, interesting and powerful.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage from Arrowine, Arlington, VA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy brown with garnet highlights. Closer inspection reveals its not really hazy, just so dark it's hard to see through - holding it up to the light, you can definitely see its filtered. You can also see some very occasional and slow carbonation. The tan, fluffy, two-finger head fades decently quickly, leaving three-dimensional strings of lacing, distinct, bubbly, clingy.

Aroma: Intensely malty and clean - classic doppelbock. Big toasted bread, fresh out of the oven, flourishes of darker, clean, estery fruits, and a few hints of darker malts, chocolate among them. It's not fantastically complex - the toasty bread note definitely dominates things - but it's enjoyable, pungent, and consistent.

Taste: As an initial observation, I'll say that I really like this one up front, but the finish I'm not such a fan of. The front end is intensely malty, sweet, and fruity. I get tons of toffee, hints of chocolate and coffee, and raisins galore that meld really, really well. About midsip, this slowly transitions into something more astringent, slightly acidic, and herbal. I don't really detect any one "unpleasant" note there in the finish, but it just seems to be a combination of things - sort of like a sour, leafy bitter, slightly burnt pile of whole wheat bread crusts? God, that sounds horrible, it's not that bad. But it does nonetheless drag down the taste score a tad.

Mouthfeel: Huge, fluffy mouthfeel over a medium-bodied beer - a much larger amount of effervescence than I expected from my initial observation, perhaps hidden just under the surface. It manages to remain remarkably even, however, despite the huge, pillowyness of it all, which is impressive, particularly as it warms.

Drinkability: A solid brew, my first of the Big Beer Series from Smuttynose, and it won't be my last. In the "drinkable" column, we have a solid array of flavors and aromas, well-hidden alcohol, and a really nice looking body. On the other hand, the alcohol is pretty high up there, even for the style (8.5%), and the funky finish is leaving me a little ... well, funky. It's a nice, warming cold-weather beer, a solid if not amazing doppelbock, and one I'm glad I tried.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Deus flute from a lightly chilled bomber.

Appearance: Clear iced-tea-brown topped by a sizable tan head, which retained a thick cap of foam. Specks and rings of lacing were left on the sides.

Smell: Golden raisin and light apricot fruitiness. Caramel and toffee malts. Herby, botanical hop notes. Well put-together.

Taste: Toasty (almost smoky) malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Bitter hoppy tang (almost salty) on the finish. The hops didn't quite mesh with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit light for the style, but still pretty hefty. Lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability: Not the best of the Big Beer Series that I've had. Troegenator is perhaps a better, locally available, d-bock. A lighter interp of the style, but not one of those blonde doppelbocks I've heard about. Enjoyable, and priced well ($4 a bomber).

Photo of flexabull
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark mahognycolored beer with a two finger high, beige head. Lacing stays on the glass when the head dissolves.

Nose: Plum, apples, raisin, brown sugar, caramel malt and nuts.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt, a LOT of malt! Raisin, toffee, nuts and bread.
Body: Medium to full body with small carbonation. Ligth bitter together with a high malty sweetness.
9.8% ABV made me think of a alcohol-bomb but it's well hidden in the sweet malt. To my suprise it's not at all boozy!

Great doppelbock! Not as great as some "original" German versions but still very pleasant!

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Bottle conditioned in: 2010 notched on the side of the label. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S. The aroma is rich and malty, it has quite the mouthwatering effect. The nose is loaded with sweet bready malt, caramel and dark fruits.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously malty on first sip. There is some sweetness up front from the malt, but the sweetness is balanced out in the finish. The taste also has some caramel, a touch of hops and a warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a pretty nice malt bomb that is definitely worth a try, especially if you are a fan of big malty beers.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sraimondi
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

Very nice, murky deep mahogany/copper color. Very attractive. Sheet lacing which doesn't really stick to the glass due to elevated ABV.

Some bread/malt in nose, but not as prevalent as in some benchmark versions.

Taste is very traditional, although a bit sweet, almost cloying. Also, there is an odd taste in the very finish--a little bit metallic?? Not too off putting, but I had to drop the rating a bit, as this is not the norm for a doppel.

Mouthfeel is both smooth and full, classically true to style.

Overall a very nice American doppel, although not exactly on style. IMO, not enough bread in the nose and that odd finish. Still, another good attempt at a classic style from the brewers in Portsmouth. Good job!


Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle date, Sampled June 2006
Pours with a rich, dark amber brown color which shows a brilliantly clear ruby hue when held up to the light. The beer has a frothy full tan colored head that slowly dissipates back into the beer. Ah the aroma is rich and malty; a mix of concentrated notes of prunes and raisins, but not sweet, chewy with a note similar to fresh malt extract and a sort of meaty quality. After a bit of time it begins to pick up some sweetness, which accentuates the fruit character a bit. The aroma is really nice, purely malt driven with perhaps a hint of oxidation, which only adds to the richness.

The taste is sweet up front, and in fact sweet throughout. There is a light spiciness here in the middle; it is a bit like clove or allspice, but not really. The beer is rich and a bit palate coating bit still not overly so. This beer is quit drinkable, it just seems to disappear from my glass. There are some notes of rum here, combined with the malt, which makes this a sweet, yet rich tipple. Notes of chewy, freshly toasted malt. Hints of cherry and perhaps a round note of raisins.

This beer is very drinkable, even enjoyable but it seems to be lacking a richness and complexity that I would expect in a great doppelbock.

Photo of Mazeraski
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber poured into a glass mug.

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a ruby tinge, along with a nice thick, fluffy light tan 1 inch head that dissipates rather slowly and leaves a sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Large aromas of molasses and dark dried fruits mixed with hints of sweet malt and a bit of bready aroma.

T - The molasses and dark fruits predominate throughout the tasting, mixing with the malt and the slightest twinge of alcohol, leaving a lasting warming feeling after the sip is complete. Also has a certain chewy characteristic to it.

MF -Full-bodied, chewy and smooth with a lower amount of carbonation.

D - A heavy brew, both concerning the stomach as well as the ABV, lending to a bit of a lower drinkability (although quite a tasty brew).

Notes - A great winter brew due to its heavy malt and molasses characteristics. Also quite like the big presence of the darker fruits. Overall, a great beer for the darker and colder months.

Photo of GClarkage
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09/25/08- Purchased at Glen Beverage in Glen, NH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with 2008 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark rum colored appearance with a bottle conditioned light murky texture. 3/4 inch head on pour with a slight rim remaining after 5 minutes or so. Very light spotty lace.

Smell- Very nice nose, especially as it warms to room temp. Rich and malty with a chocolate malt ball nose, deep caramel and highly roasted malt.

Taste- Very sweet....very sweet...and quite thick and viscous. Almost like a doppelbock and scotch ale combined. Malt is super sweet and deeply roasted. Chocolate is puxhed to the back because the caramel coveres your whole mouth. I like the flavors, but it's a bit much. Hops are here and leave a bitter tongue lashing.

Mouthfeel- Mid carbonation at first, as it warms it becomes lighter. Thick and full mouthfeel. Light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hits pretty hard with it's almost 9%abv. Scotch ale fans will like this as I think it ranges more towards that style than a doppelbock. Either way it's very sweet and rich and not a session beer.

Photo of farrago
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finger's worth of loosely woven light tan foam, moderate retention, minimal lacing at best. Amber red color with a mixed reddish orange hue at the glass bottom, the liquid is clear and transparent, perhaps in large part due to standing up the bottle for some time, you can see a good quarter inch of sediment in the bottle bottom. The nose has both alcoholic fumes and a syrupy, clingy texture to it, raw brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup and dark chocolate, maraschino cherries to plum, rum raisin, baker's dough, sufficient pine and flower accents to signal the hops in the background, same for the spiced orange peel. Medium-bodied, the carbonation moves from active to sluggish with no clear pattern. The sweetness is concentrated in molasses, cane sugar and cocoa. The raisin, plum, cherry, apricot fruit seems front-loaded and releases into tart white grapefruit, mandarin orange citrus during the mid-palate. The dough more fully baked here, pie crust and muffin. Pine, grass gains clarity of voice here. Fluid progression through the mouth, the alcohol more heady than burning. Seems like a beer best had with dessert, something like flan or pudding.

Photo of Immortale25
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of samie85
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep auburn hued, dark caramel color with two fingers of dense, light tan head.

S-Smells of vanilla and dark fruits like figs, plums and cherries with notes of spicy hops.

T-Follows the nose with rich, dark fruit, some vanilla and a faint spicy hop bitterness.

M-Ridiculously smooth and rich in the mouth with low carbonation and medium, full body.

D-As this one warms, the ease of drinking goes up. It starts out a little one note when still a little chilled with a spicy bitterness but the malt backbone really shines as it warms.

Photo of bort11
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mdavis31481 for this one.

22 oz bottle split between two pilsner glasses. A nice off-white fluffy head that recedes to a thin lace. Warm and dark amber brown color with some mild carbonation activity.
Smell is warm and malty, with a slight resin hops presence.. Taste has a caramel malt body. Mild alcohol flavor. A bit of spice.
Mouthfeel has a good solid medium body.
Another solid in the Big Beer Series.

Photo of TK5150
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark amber with ruby and copper highlights when held up to the light. Two finger head forms and leaves a little lacing that slowly falls down the sides of the glass.

S- Loads of caramel, dates/figs, and sweet cherries. Smells a lot like the last bottle of Firestone Walker 12 I had. Reminds me of my mothers date cake she makes around the holidays. Malt and powdered sugar is present as well. Very sweet smelling. Like a dessert.

T- Loads of caramel and sweet cherries. Dates and figs are there as well. Powdered sugar is in the taste too. Burnt caramel and bitterness lingering in the mouth after the swallow. Starts sweet and finishes bitter. The bitterness tastes just like radicchio, which I'm not liking. Alcohol appears as the beer warms. I like this better cold.

M- Gets a good coating on the palate. Syrupy, full body.

D- Would be hard to drink a bomber by yourself I think. A little sweet, but the lingering bitterness makes an awkward transition from the sweetness in the mouth.

Overall I like this. Glad its back after a 2+ year hiatus. I will cellar a few bottles to see how this one ages. I'm thinking this will get better.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morebeergood
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle dated from 2006. Poured a nice brownish red color into the glass, with a sizable head. The first smell I took revealed a hint of spice. Upon tasting, the maltiness of this beer really hits you. The flavor notes that come through are a combo of figs and orange. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. As the beer warmed up to room temp, it became even smoother. This doppelbock was great to eat with some spicy salami and mild cheese. This is a beer that I enjoyed taking my time to enjoy and savor.

Photo of C20Percent
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2011

A: Pours a caramel-amber with a big bubbly head of beige colored foam on top. Bubble action in the body. Pretty clean body. Unique for a Double Bock. Lacing will tell the story. Lacing almost nonexistent.

S: Sweet aromas. Toffee. Butter. Some dark fruits -- prunes.

T: Dark fruits and sweet malts. Crisp. Subtle booziness. Not bad.

M: Smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation.

O: Nothing too special. It is a big beer, but it's largely forgettable. Unless you really like Double Bocks -- you can pretty much pass on this.

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.