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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
97
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 11millsown113
2/5  rDev -50.5%

11millsown113, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy brown color with a big off white head.

Nose is big and boozed with a big raisin stench as well. Smells like grape jam and alcohol. Not the most pleasant thing in the world.

Fortunately the flavor is a bit more mild. Big body with a cinnamon raisin bread flavor. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, and honey are present as well. The sweetness is cut with a subtle herbal hop presence however a warming alcohol presence is found on the finish as well as a lightly lingering sugared fruit sweetness. Not bad but nothing impressive either.

A simple and slightly different doppelbock.

Im just glad it doesn't taste like other smuttys I've had before.

jtierney89, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of McLaughlin5350
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

McLaughlin5350, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of bluesplit63
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

bluesplit63, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of akorsak
2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The lager is a deep auburn color with no visible sediment. It poured with a vigorous head that quickly settled down. There was no lace remainder.

Smell: A mild malt note emerges from the lager. I stress mild because the nose does not imply a doppelbock. I expected an overwhelming malt nose that was sweet and grainy. Instead, the aroma was very muted and relaxed.

Taste: A little stronger than a Vienna lager, the taste does not live up to expectations. In the taste, I pick up a smoked malt character that conjures up a rauch-lager hydrid. The taste does not impress me.

Mouthfeel: The lager sits nicely on the palate, although the taste is a little muted.

Drinkable: Moderately drinkable. For someone looking for the malt charge of a doppelbock, this beer will disappoint.

akorsak, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of travishardy929
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

travishardy929, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of asabreed
2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into an oversized wine glass. 2005 version.

Appearance: A dark amber color with brown hues. Some bubbles, but not many, gurgle toward the top of the glass. Hardly any lacing and almost no head to speak of.

Smell: This is a doppelbock? I get a lot of sweet malt and tons of hops, and really nothing more. There's not really much balance, and it almost, oddly enough, smells like a barley wine. Bland stuff.

Taste: Damn, this tastes like a barley wine too. What the hell is going on? There's a harsh balance between the sweet malt and hops, as if they're both trying to come through more, but instead of harmony there's heads colliding and too much dissonance. Finishes extremely hoppy, once again like a green barley wine. Did Smuttynose really make this?

Mouthfeel: Overly cloying and coating, and almost syrupy. I feel like the brew's sticking voraciously to my gums and the sugars are eating away at them.

Drinkability: Wow, maybe my biggest shock of 2006 so far. I love Smuttynose and all their brews, especially the wheat wine and the Big A IPA, but man... this is just bad. I don't think this is a bad bottle, and I was pretty neutral when I opened it. I'm utterly shocked and disappointed. Still, though, I'm thinking this is just a slight chink in the chain, and it's not deterring me from purchasing more of their brews for sure.

asabreed, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of LPorter33
2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Great looking dark, transparent, ruby-red brown. good 3/4'' inch head which lasted substantially. Ok lacing.

Smell = Lots of spice and fruit with a high bit of alcohol coming through. I smell cherries and plums mostly. A bit too pungent but still good.

Taste = I think this beer would be so much better if it had less of an ABV %. The flavors are initially very good with a sweet, malty fruity mix but then the alcohol comes and it just overpowers everything else. I do enjoy high ABV beers but they have to be done really well and the brewers need to make sure the alcohol doesn't dominate everything else. This beer fails at that and brings the taste and drinkability scores way down.

Overall = I like a lot of things about this beer but I can't recommend it. I just don't think they do a good enough job of mixing the alcohol in with the rest of the flavors.

LPorter33, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -25.7%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Derek
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a big american brew. Certainly inspired by the doppelbock style (or perhaps samiclaus?), but not very malty. It's difficult to rate this one. It's REALLY well-crafted, but it's just not a doppel.

A: Medium-brownish orange, off-white head, some retention.

S: More fruityness than the average doppel (given its strength, perhaps the fermentation got a little too vigorous); brown sugar; slightly peppery.

T: Bread, brown sugar, grassy/slightly peppery hop spice, dark (slightly burnt) caramel. Bitterness is well-balanced. Alcohol is INCREDIBLY well-hidden, but it seems like it could use some lagering to smooth out the flavours.

M: Moderate body is really well-attenuated (surprisingly thin for its weight, it lacks the malty backbone of most doppels).

D: Perhaps a little potent for Lent. Not a session lager.

Thanks for the sample biegaman!

Derek, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of PatandDavid
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry for the average scores, but I gotta review 'em as I drink 'em. Had on tap at the Barley Pub in Dover NH. My over-all impression of this one was of sugar. Medium dark amber when served, low head. Burnt sugar aroma. Tastewise was more of the same, there were notes of spun sugar to start, and the finish was more of a maple sugar flavor.

PatandDavid, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -25.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of ccrida
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber (notched 'bottled conditioned in 2008') recently recieved in trade from ATPete, thx! Served at 55F in my Delirium snifter, S'muttonator is dark hazy garnet with a tight bubbled tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is sweet, grape soda, perhaps a bit of roast, it opens some as it warms, but there is a bit of rancid grain or something that asserts itself more in the taste.

Taste is very rich and sweet, raisin and medjool dates, a tinny bite, grassy hop bitterness on the lingering, malty finish. Something about this isn't working for me at all, there is a sourness that stands out, but it's tough to pinpoint any one off flavor, just the sum of the parts is failing for me. Below average.

Mouthfeel is thick and malty, with lots of creamy carbonation.

Drinkabilty isn't to high for me, I'm just not feeling this beer. The strong flavors hide the ABV, but that's really no solstice.

ccrida, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of beerbutcher
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance- the beer pours a tan head two fingers deep and is a deep mahogany color.

aroma- i can smell the munich first, with crystal malt/ toffee tones under it, and a sharp phonol kick.

taste- the palate is light and dry. there is some richness to the malt and the sweet spots there, but alcohol overwhelms and the hop bitterness lays a bit heavy for this style.

mouthfeel- there is little of the lush creaminess that i look for in this style, and every sip ends wiith a wash of heat.

drinkability- overall, it's too strong and bitter, with little of the classic malt profile to back it up. definitely an american interpretation of the style... still the strength is endearing as i empty my glass.

beerbutcher, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of nhindian
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter, split during a tasting. Generously provided by 603BeerMe. Thanks!

A - Pours a dark copper, hazy body with a finger's worth of head. Decent retention with small, scattered lacing.

S - Smell is very sweet, heavy on caramel, toffee, with some darker fruits in the background.

T - Taste, much like the nose, is malt-heavy and very sweet. Lots of caramel, figs, currants, and perhaps a hint of bitter chocolate. Finish is long and surprisingly bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low carbonation. Relatively smooth and creamy, but as mentioned in the taste, it ends bitterly.

D - Drinkability for me is pretty low. A bit too sweet up front and too bitter in the back for my liking. Becomes a bit hard to drink about halfway through.

nhindian, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of DIM
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a hazy mahogany/ruby color. It poured with a big, sticky, light tan froth.

s: Warm dark fruits and some floral hops. There was a little chocolate hiding behind the excessive heat.

t: This is fairly hot, almost to the point of being harsh. The strongest flavors are of dry, perfumed, bitter heat. The sweet maltiness is there, tasting of raisins and chocolate, but it doesn't take center stage as it probably should.

m: Mouthfeel and carbonation are fine, but I didn't like the lingering bitter heat.

d: I don't think I'm a style nazi, but in my limited experience I haven't had a dopplebock like this one. One and done for me.

DIM, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Spider889
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned in 2011.

Poured into a Troegenator stein.

Cloudy burnt umber color. Tall creamy off-white head. Lots of visible strong carbonation. Decent retention. No lace.

The aroma is rich is melonoidins. The label claims that they take 30 hours to brew this beer. I'm not quite sure how they're adding up time, and what brewing elements are being counted, but it is safe to assume that they were using an extensive decoction mash and long boil. Strong yeasty presence and floral hoppiness. Also the bite of alcohol in the guise of honey is in the mix.

Again, I found this fairly hoppy and bitter for a doppel... There are also some roasty, burnt flavors in there - elements of the decoction (possibly going too far?). Doughy but not really bready the way a doppel ought to be.

Warming, almost too hot going down, especially for only 8.5%. Over carbonated.

Overall this wasn't bad, and is a great value at $5.99 a bomber. That said, this doesn't hold a light to the traditional German doppelbocks out there.

Spider889, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of nase
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting next to a fresh St. Victorious for comparison. This is an 05 bottle that is 2+ yrs. old.

it may have been posted already but a quick profile
Malt:
Pale (2-Row) Malt, Munich Malt, Caramunich, CaraFa II, ABV - 9.6%
Hops: IBU ­ 42 Bittering and aroma - Hersbrucker Hallertau

First thoughts are that this has aged too long. It's quite malty and uniquely sweet as the brewer suggests. A faded brown appearance against its dark red counterpart in this tasteoff w/ some well-preserved lacing. Smells like a strong ale overboard on sweetness and the taste reflects that. As though someone doused a little syrup or medicine into a Bastard.

App. - 3.5, Smell - 3.5, Taste - 3, Mouthfeel - 3.5, Drinkability - 3

nase, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of beagle75
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

beagle75, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Longstaff
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

The bottled version poured out into my .5 liter mug with a huge creamy caramel colored head. Hot alcohol aromas dominate the nose. Creamy mouthfeel is quite appropriate and there is a nice raisin, dark chocolate, and plum flavor, but the hot alcohol aromas and flavors seem to overide everything else. Now I can see why they delayed to release of this beer, hoping the hotness subsides. Its something I am noticing in many of their big beer series lately, maybe they are too big? I will buy a few bottles and let them sit for a few months. Hopefully it mellows by the time the traditional dopplebock season rolls around.

Longstaff, Jan 18, 2005
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3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a two finger dark tan head over a red-brown copper liquid. Smells caramel, toffee, sherry-like oxidation, earthy hops, clean alcohol, a little bit of grain-husk phenol.

Tastes mild malt sweet that's quickly over-run by carbonation, noticeable flavor, and earthy hop flavor. There is an acidic bite in the finish that doesn't fit in the style, nor with the flavors, nor the mouthfeel. Malt flavor is honey with a dash of chocolate, nougat, and caramel. Hop flavor is earthy, but not quite noble...perhaps a variant of tettnanger, but not tettnanger itself. Alcohol intensity matches the style and works well with the honey flavor. Hop bitter is mild and grassy. The finish dries from alcohol and leaves lingering hop flavor into the aftertaste. Too strong carbonation and light in the mouth.

mentor, Nov 05, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/5/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and soda. Flavor of raisin bread, yeasty pizza dough, spices, and soda. Reminds me of expired Corsendonk Christmas Ale, hehe. A little too sweet with a weak palate. Probably most similar (in terms of doppelbocks) to Spaten Optimator.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
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3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dark reddish color with a smallish head. The smell has a slight malt and fruit,prunes,raisins, scent,but it's not very strong. The flavors are a real fruit taste with some alcohol aftertaste. This isn't really anything special. The m/f is heavy with a flavor that's not well balanced. This is an average, or below, double bock and I wouldn't go out of my way to get this again.

jmz62565, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber with no freshness date. Pours a dark maroon/ brown with an awesome thick frothy off-white head. Great lacing. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is a bit complex with caramel and alcohol making up the majority. I also pick up a fruity, citrus/berrylike aroma. Full bodied, The taste is just as complex, caramel and chocolate sweetness up front, nutty almost earthy character and I'm getting a slight hint of maple sugar. The middle and finish are overpowered by the alcohol, ans leaves the palate with a bitter dryness. This brew is very warming and after the bottle I was feeling pretty good. This beer is good but the powerful alcohol flavors overpowered this brew and numbed my palate. It is a sipper!

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Aug 16, 2006
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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.