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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

520 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 63
Gots: 29 | 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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The S'muttonator delivers a fairly clear (it's bottle-conditioned), reddish-chestnut body beneath a short cap of creamy light-tan foam. The head retention is fair, and it leaves a decent amount of splotchy lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is sweetish, lightly toasty, caramelish, and even a touch fruity from the Vienna malts. It's mildly zesty on the tongue with a very fine-bubbled and natural carbonation, and a medium-full body that's smoothly dextrinous. Rich, toasty, "juicy", sweet, molasses and prune-like, and subtly husky malts dominate the flavor; laced with floral and spicy hop flavors as well as a quick, sharp slap of alcohol. The bitterness is more than firm enough, however, to reign it in and keep it from becoming cloying. The occassional caress of alcohol appears to "warm" in the finish (9.8% is a touch high... Paulaner's Salvator is only 7.5%), but other than that it's very clean, superbly balanced, and exceptionally well-done. It's very nice indeed with the exception that it is a little over-the-top as far as alcohol content is concerned. Worth trying...

NeroFiddled, Apr 26, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

ARico77, Yesterday at 09:43 PM
Photo of Dmagder
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Shockingly good for an American doublebock, well done! Tastes like the real thing, very few American attempts get it right.

Dmagder, Thursday at 05:01 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

PirateCraft, Thursday at 02:25 AM
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev -1%

cdwil, Sunday at 05:24 PM
Photo of mac31
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

22oz to tulip

Sweet, big caramel entry. Big, bold beer. Sipper. Cooked caramel and brown sugar. Bready malts. Deep, deep black cherry, raisin is present. Touch of warm orange hues. Just enough earthy, subtle hops to keep the beer honest. Soft (very), clean bitterness. Alcohol adds a drying effect (in the finish) to a sweet beer, another aspect that keeps the beer honest. Slight cereal graininess noted in the finish. Lager finish is apparent in the first few sips, but dissipates as the rest of this big beer takes over. Slight warming effect as the beer is quaffed, welcomed. Syrupy body with soft carbonation. Complex yet balanced brew. Serve at appropriate temp for best impression. Served mine slightly chilled, slightly astringent. Much better as the beer warmed (as all big beers do.) I definitely will by again. Have not had many bocks, reminds me almost of an English style barley wine, one of my favorites styles. 2014 version, 9.8%. Good stuff!!!

mac31, Sunday at 05:16 AM
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4/5  rDev -1%

Snowdog, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of ksimons
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a dark caramel color with two fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-heavy caramel malt backbone, brown sugar, and light raisins

T-brown sugar, raisins, caramel and toffee with a light hop bitterness in the finish.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth

Overall a delicious beer for the style, nice chewy body with just enough hop bite

ksimons, Nov 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

JMS1512, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of Pleasure
4/5  rDev -1%

Pleasure, Nov 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

olradetbalder, Nov 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

acurtis, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 650ml brown glass bottle with apt label art and a branded black and lime pry-off pressure cap purchased at a local bottle shop.

Expectations are high given its current 91 rating. 9.8% ABV. Reviewed as a doppelbock per the label. "Bottle conditioned 2014." Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide. White colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Not real frothy. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Dark copper with amber hues. Average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Translucent. Semitransparent.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special for the style, but certainly within conventions, and appealing.

AROMA: My first whiff yields only a simplistic impression of generic malty sweetness.

Trying again, I pick up on caramel, some brown sugar, vague indistinct fruit, and caramelized fruits and malts.

Hmm. There aren't many notes in the aroma. As it warms a bit, though, it does start to take shape: light fig, faint sugarplum, the beginnings of a trace of red apple...it's not a muted or subdued aroma, it's just a withdrawn one.

Pleasant, but light in strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Caramel, prune, light fig, a kiss of sugarplum, caramelized indistinct fruit, amber malts, traces of cherry and juicy red apple, brown malts, dextrins, Vienna malts, and some fruity breadiness on the finish. I find myself working in overdrive to find these notes; it's not a reticent or muted flavour profile, and it does have depth of flavour, but everything melts together so nicely it's tough to break it down into its constituent notes. A bit of cinnamon spice; if they played that note up this beer might be wonderful. A hint of pecan, a whisper of walnut...this is a tough nut to crack.

The malty sweetness is well-checked, and the fruitiness guides the flavour profile nicely, tying it together with a rare (for a doppelbock) cohesion. As it warms, fruitcake enters the equation. Maybe even some raisin. The subtlety of the dark fruit is notable, yet it retains a distinctly German vibe, never venturing into Belgian dark fruit territory - I guess because it never tastes candied?

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. I'm surprised many other reviewers are calling it warm and/or boozy; I find the alcohol quite well concealed.

Overall, I find it well-balanced and cohesive, and it almost feels like a gestalt whole. Complex enough for a doppelbock, with surprising subtlety and an initial inaccessibility. Sure, it could be more intricate and nuanced, but that goes for damn near every beer. Sweetness is high in general, but just right for the style.

TEXTURE: Sticky, smooth, wet, full-bodied, heavy, thick, and lush without ever venturing into syrupy or viscous territory. It's only slightly over-carbonated, and while it's unrefreshing I do think it's a quenching meal-in-a-glass kind of brew. You could see a glass of this nourishing a tired German monk on a winter's night, and I suppose in the end that's what the style is designed for.

Has a good overall presence on the palate. This mouthfeel complements the taste quite well, but doesn't elevate the brew beyond the potential of the taste.

OVERALL: Drinkable for its high ABV, but nevertheless a very filling beer. You wouldn't want more than one in a night, and while I'll finish the bottle alone, I don't know that I'd recommend that to most beer drinkers. This will definitely satisfy fans of the style, and it's one of the better American offerings in the style I've had recently, but it's certainly not world-class. Smuttynose has done a good job brewing the intended style and I could see myself aging one or two of these if I had the disposable income on hand (I don't). It's perhaps a bit more subtle than my palate is currently able to contend with; I'll have to revisit this one when I'm more experienced. In any case, it's certainly worth trying at least once.

B-

kojevergas, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Daniellobo, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Marked as bottle conditioned 2014

Appearance - Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass to reveal a relatively clear reddish copper color with a khaki, near 2-finger head. Strong retention, eventually settling to a thin, consistent layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - The toffee notes come through from a mile away with hints of caramel and distant raisin bread.

Taste - Toffee, toffee and more toffee! Hints of earth, raisin and walnut toward the finish, but they are overshadowed by the sheer strength of the toffee dominance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Slick, and maybe even a light syrup stickiness in texture. Goes down easy enough and finishes on the

Overall - Decidedly malty with an emphasis on toffee sweetness; this one is on the richer side, even for the style. I really wanted to like this beer, but the nigh one-dimensional flavor profile makes it hard to enjoy even past half a glass. Ayinger Celebrator it is not. It's not dislikeable, but a hint of balance (coffee or dark malt roastiness) would go a long way.

TheSixthRing, Nov 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

brandon911, Nov 18, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Joe1019, Nov 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Danobold, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Abe_Froman, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to nothing within a minute

S: Some light fruity esters and sweet maltiness up front with a hint of nutty notes in the back

T: Starts off with the big maltiness that provides some sweetness and nutty notes, and then goes into some fruity esters and alcohol. Alcohol is very well melded and is hardly noticeable. Finishes with a light sweetness and more of the esters

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and chewy

O: A very nice American doppelbock that combines the huge maltiness with some nice fruity esters and alcohol. Impressively easy to drink at just under 10%. Great value and definitely worth picking up

BEERMILER12, Nov 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jxc5, Nov 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mjstacker, Nov 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

braican, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

zestar, Nov 08, 2014
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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.