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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: 538
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 64
Gots: 34 | 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 ManekiNeko
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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 sraimondi
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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 orsulacp
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color was dark clear amber with brilliant red hues of light bouncing around with a small tan head. This looked thick almost like it was a solid, it left a big glycerin layer on the glass, not legs just a coating. The nose let me down a bit, malty some caramel and a plum like fruit smell. The taste was all malt, not as sweet as I expected, I didn't get any of the fruit that was in the nose. This has a very full body, thick and smooth with low carbonation leaving a warming alcohol sensation.

Photo of morebeergood
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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 SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 unit555
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer but not the strongest in this series. The color was somewhat lighter than I expected from a double bock. Slightly sweet with a pleasant funk in the aromas. The flavors were sufficiently solid to stand up to garlic chicken wings and would pair well with most any bar food.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jlogan7
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Grinky
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TK5150
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 farrago
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 C20Percent
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this last year as well as this year. selected this bottle from the fridge rather than the cellar. I wanted to see how the beer settled down through the course of a night given that it is a 22oz bottle.

Initial pour is a medium carbonated brew with a light reaction to the glass. The color is a deep reddish brown with a nice subtle glow around the edge of my glass from the light. very inviting presentation.

The initial taste is a solid caramel malt. Not a distinct leaning towards one malt style over another, rather enough of a hint of malt layers to leave you wanting another sip to explore further.

Working towards mid bottle, a nice hops taste enters mid mouth. There isn't much of a "hop nose" about this beer so the hops coming into the taste experience as the beer comes to room temp is a nice touch.

The last third or so of the bottle balances out to a nice blend of hops and malt. A very enjoyable finish. I think as a double bock, this brew does a nice job interpreting the style. I would recommend this as a beer to enjoy when the brewery deems it "in season".

Photo of andrewinski1
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is slightly hazy amber. There is a large light tan head that leaves nice lacing and holds well.

The aroma is fruity with a lot of apple and a touch of banana.

The taste is a mildly sweet caramel-forward malt bomb. This is tasty. There is a nice bready flavor here also.

This is full bodied, with crisp carbonation. There is nothing fancy here; just a good solid dopplebock.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to egrace84 for the bottle share; thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes 9/3/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light brown bodied beer with with hue. 2 fingers of light tan head. spotty lace.

Smell: Malty, bready, fruity, brown sugar sweetness, and spicy booze.

Taste: Sweet malts, bready, raisins, fruity, and a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. fairly smooth drink.

Overall: A solid offering for a dopplebock. Nothing over the top, just true to style with no frills.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured to my elegant steamed glass from a way big 22 oz bottle. A nice dark rust colored liquid with a big maybe too big 3 finger head. Fades very fast and leaved no lace.

The smell is bold, lots of dark fruit, Big malt and some flowery hops.

The taste is big but not complex as I would have liked. Lots of heavy fruit and sweet berries, Could have more dark roasted notes.

Mouthfeel is good, full body, rich and creamy, some what filling, think and bready.

Drinkability is just above ave, nothing to slow you down but I am less then captivated. Prosit MK

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.