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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
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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 littlebibs
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dave for this one. Nice sweet malty taste and it has
a nice alcohol kick, I didn't realize 9% but its so tastey you
don't really notice it. Creamy raisin/ and that cherry(sour) back
there makes this a beer I will seek again. I had Three Philosophers
the night before so I still had that sour cherry taste going, it gives
this beer a whole drinkablitly. Highly recommended stuff.

littlebibs, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of ThreeDollarDewey
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I'm impressed. A gorgeous ruby colored brew with a tenacious, firm head. A malty sweetness (raisins, molasses) as a doppelbock should have, but also surprising assertive in the hops department -- potent and spicy, just like I like 'em. The ABV is hidden, but definitely sneaks up on you after about half a bottle. Perfect late winter/early spring brew. And clever name to boot. Nice work, Smuttynose.

ThreeDollarDewey, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Auror, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of taospowder
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

taospowder, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Gehrig
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the terrific Crane Alley in Urbana, IL.

A thick finger of light mocha froth tops a deep clear amber body with burnt orange trim. Loads of snowy lacing and good head duration leave me highly impressed with the look of S'Muttonator. Good smells of roasted almonds, caramel malt, a hint of roasted coffee bean, and a whiff of berry.

Really delicious taste, full and smooth, with tons of malt. Caramel is pronounced, and S'Muttonator is overall sweet with berry and chocolate. But the finish has a nice, nutty finish that impresses me. The alcohol (8.5%) catches up a bit near the end, making it slightly heavier than my favorite Dopplebock Salvator. Smooth, creamy as Dopplebock should be, S'Muttonator could perhaps be a bit fuller in the texture, but it carries itself very well as a representative of the style.

Easily one of the best offerings I have had from Smuttynose, S'Muttonator is a terrific Dopplebock, a festive beer that packs a punch and should be a seasonal staple for lovers of the style. Excellent, and one I will not miss next Fall.

Gehrig, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Lebanon Health Food Store in Lebanon NH for $5.99. Bottle conditioned in 2010. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Cloudy orange brown brew gives 1" of thick tan head that percolates gently and leaves thick lace as it settles. Aroma is dense and thick with the sweetness and zesty esters of raisins, figs, dried cherries. It smells like red liccorice. Taste leads off with a big dose of fruity esters and peppery alcohol that completely dominates from start to finish. In the middle a little toasty malt and warm vanilla appears, but it is mostly overwhelmed by the esters and EtOH. The finish has a big warming alcohol bite that sticks around for quite a while, but a little lingering cherry ester and vanilla is also present to even it out a bit. The feel is slick with a small but zesty carbonation, finishes mostly dry but with a little sticky resin. As I get maybe half way through the bottle, I notice a bit of dry citrus rind hop mingling amongst the other pungent flavors and lingering in the finish... can't say if it was there all along or if it came out with airing/ warming.

This is a really interesting and tasty brew, as long as you don't mind an insane level of esters. Esterbomb fo' shizzle. Definitely a sipper.

BeerNinja007, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

egrace84, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of tpauer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

tpauer, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Huffs
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a nice dark copper / amber color with a dense tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma had nice malt and bread notes. Taste had strong notes of malt, bread and some molassas with traces of caramel. Great mouth feel, creamy and full. Aftertaste was sweet and lingering.

Huffs, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy to find this bomber in my packy today. Fresh seasional in the correct season, bottle tells you it was bottled in 2004. Looks like they think it will age well.
Dark amber, cloudy with what looks like unexpected yeast particles floating around. Tan head, leaving thick sticky lacing. Rich nose of malt, bourbon and alcohol. This is a full bodied, flavorful , strong sipper. It feels all of its 9%! Nice thick and smooth mouthfeel. Notes of rum, raisins, vanilla, honey, cinimmon. This brew oozes flavor, character and complexity, Go Smutty! Fine winter sipper.

Billolick, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby red when held up to the light. Off white, three finger head that dissipates quick but leaves some decent lacing.

Aromas of toffee, bready malts, sweet dark fruits and vanilla.

Taste of dark fruits (black cherry, currants), cocoa powder, vanilla, oak. This beer has a big malt backbone. Alcohol taste is present but not overpowering.

Medium to full mouthfeel. Creamy, slightly sticky, well carbonated.

Another big hit from the Big Beer series!

ThreeDimesDown, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich brown with a creamy white head. Head retention is outstanding and adds to the pleasure. Aroma is malt with caramel, chocolate, a bit of oak and fruit. At first I felt the fruit was cherry. As the beer warmed the fruit seemed more like plum.

Well balanced beer. The sweetness and the alcohol play well together. The caramel is the finish with just a little bitter bite.

Drinkability is great. However, this is still a sipper.

LittleBreeze, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1 finger head. Carbonation is visibly light as only a few bubbles are seen rising.

Smell: candy-like as sweet malts, brown sugar, and caramel candy abound.

Taste: as detected from the nose, this doppelbock is very malty with plenty of brown sugars and caramels, but is nicely balanced with a decent bitterness, alcohol, and some mild prune tones.

Mouthfeel: smooth, lightly leaning towards syrupy, but still had a bit of crispness at the finish. The malts lingered long on the tongue.

Drinkability: very enjoyable doppelbock, and even with the higher alcohol contect you can still have a few glasses of this. Another great beer from Smuttynose.

Gavage, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Sam21
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition with the bottled on year notched on the label. Been stored since at 50-60 degree temperatures. Poured into tulip.

Appearance – The body is a beautiful amber brown color good clarity. It pours with a large fluffy tan head that sticks around nicely leaving sparse lacing as it recedes.

Smell – You don’t have to try hard to smell this beer. During the pour, bready aromas push out of the glass revealing layers of deep caramel and malt complexity. Figs, caramel, sherry and raisin bread. Richly sweet and mouth watering in that respect.

Taste – Waves of dried dark fruit and deep intense caramel drizzled bread arrive first. Similar to the nose, there are figs, raisins, and a light sherry component that ties the sweetness together. The goes on and on with chewy malt sticking to the tongue and disguising the faintest touch of alcohol in the finish. In the back of the mouth, there is a great sticky sweet dark fruit note that lingers forever.

Mouthfeel – Full, soft, and juicy. The carbonation is active enough to keep the mouthfeel out of the syrupy realm and does a great job. Simply juicy.

Overall – As a part of Smutty’s Big Beer Series, this brew carries its own. Complexly sweet with an extremely delicious and lingering finish. One to be enjoyed over an evening, or with a thirsty friend.

Sam21, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of dasenebler
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, 2010 bottling. 9.5 percent ABV according to the Smuttynose website.

Murky dark amber with an excellent taupe head that's sticky and thick.

Aroma is malty with some dark fruit, brown sugar and booze.

Wow, what a malt bomb. Hits all the right doppelbock notes: chocolate, dulce de leche, molasses, roasted nuts and doughy sweetness. Sturdy hop bitterness on the finish is a nice American twist. Only thing holding this beer back is the the alcohol flavor-- it's bearable but strong. Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery, coating the palate in unctuous, finely carbonated layers.

Really good doppelbock here. Close to the best German examples, just a bit too much alcohol presence in the end.

dasenebler, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big brown crown of head forms a thick, dense 2 finger high pillow above a deep, very dark brown beer and barely relents. A thick foam remains that leaves a good amount of lacing behind.
There's a big, strong malt on the nose with less complexity than the flavor but still plenty of plum/raisin, licorice and caramel as well as just a hint of hops and a tinge of alcohol that softly underlies, implying a high ABV without getting too involved.
There's lots going on in the flavor, and the malts are very big. They set a backdrop for all kinds of licorice, molasses, toffee/caramel, notes of vanilla and just enough hops to add a balance along with plenty of doughy breads. This is one of those sippers that is easy to put back and tasty enough to keep going at, with the alcohol making itself just evident and, again, detracting from nothing this beauty has to offer.
There's a rich, thick, lush mouthfeel to this beer as well with appropriately light carbonation and lots of smoothness from a full, hearty body.
This is an exceptional doppelbock, and nearly as good as Celebrator in my opinion.

Brenden, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner style glass. Bottle conditioned in 2011.

Super dark copper red, with lots of burnt brown sugar color. Head is soapy and light tan in color with still quite a lot of staying power even for some big bubbles. Slightly cloudy, and fairly hard to see through.

Nose is just great doppelbock malt. Sticky malts and toffee, with hints of licorice all over. Light brown sugar and whole wheat toasty bread. Just great and solid.

Palate hits with a bit of fusel alcohol and boozy character, but still manages to feel somewhat crisp and brings all the classic dark malts into play. Rich toffee but with a very light palate. Very clean finish with airy dryness, and a light almost pilsner crispness. Slightly gaseous, but with all the hints of toffee and licorice you could want. Subdued sweetness.

Overall it's pretty darn solid, it's nose reminds me of classic Ayinger, but a very different flavor profile. It's still a real good doppelbock for sure.

smakawhat, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BeerBeing, once again.

Appearance: Looks pretty standard for the style, clear dark brown body, creamy adn sticky off-white head, a couple bubbles can be seen floating to the top of the beer.

Smell: Roasted and sweet malts, a little brown sugar, not very pungent for a beer this strong, but good.

Taste: Rich and extremely malty, moves far away from the sweet brown sugar flavors I am used to in the style. Woody, grassy, earthy, with a big (for the style) hop finish. Easy sipper, very good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and lightly carbonated, very full, great.

Drinkability: A well rounded and very interesting lager beer here. Makes you wish the style was produced with this kind of care and skill everytime something is called a Dopplebock.

TastyTaste, May 21, 2006
Photo of heyitsbyron
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The girlfriend was kind enough to drag a couple Smuttynose beers back from NH over spring break.

Very light for a doppelbock but oh so thick, almost the color of a dark brown ale. Considering the amount of malt in this, I was expecting much darker. The bone colored head is on the thin side, but again, very impressive considering the composition of the beer.

Smells thick and syrupy (yes, those are tact adjectives, but sometimes you can just tell). Extraordinarily sweet malts and slightly slightly floral.

Taste is surprising. Has a real nice toasty element and well as good bitterness. Still, very malty and therefore sweet. Slight herbal(?) flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Outstanding balance.

The hoppiness keeps the beer from getting overly sickly syrupy as it warms up. That's my big complaint with doppelbocks and this one doesn't suffer, though there's a bit of a lingering stickiness anyway. Very good.

Drinkable? Absolutely. Am I gonna finish all 22oz before I pass out from alcohol poisoning? Questionable. Also, this beer reminds me more of the Scotch ales that I've had than of the doppelbocks, but a rose by any other name....

heyitsbyron, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola with very little head. Minimal lacing and cascade.

S - cook/dried fruit and bread.

T - Wonderful expression of cook/dried dark fruit, with notes of heady dark bread.

M - Medium body, good carb and coat.

D - Not my fav for a session, but could do a few.

srandycarter, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy dark amber body with a thick, pillowy tan head sitting on top. Frothy. Great retention, it stuck around for quite some time. Lacing is basically everywhere - nice.

Smells of sweet malts with hints of citrus and a boatload of dark fruits tossed in there. Molasses coated raisins, caramel.

Sweet malts immediately race to the forefront - raisins, burnt brown sugar, caramel. Small amount of hops provide a great, great balance to the extreme sweetness of the malts. Aftertaste is of a nice alcohol kick with slight chocolate. A hint of peppery yeast is somewhere in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel is great - it's exceptionally creamy and smooth. Chewy, thick, full bodied. The alcohol is well masked - it comes through at the perfect moment during the finish. Really surprised by this brew. Drinkability only suffers a little because of the alcohol - otherwise I could drink a few of these all night.

TMB0424, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is part of the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. I had this out of a 22 oz brown bomber and served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance ranges from a light brown to a darker shade of copper. A very nice looking head appears on top and sustains itself. Sticky lacings cling on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of lightly roasted malts, caramel drippings and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice-cream. Some whiffs of fruit as well in the background.

Sweet and syrupy mouthfeel. Very thick and slick malt backbone enriched in brown sugar & caramel sweetness.

Another excellent beer from Smuttynose's Big Beer Series. One of the better Double Bocks I have had. The label description is accurate when its states that this beer has a "deceptively smooth flavor".

Hibernator, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of BeerLover99
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: brown/cloudy orange, finger tan head,
gorgeous lacing

S: big biscuity malt, caramel, nutty

T: sweet caramel, nutty, biscuity malt, smooth
light earthy finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/chewy mouth

O: Another fine Smuttynose brew.
Will get again+recommend.
Smuttynose continues to produce really
nice beers.

YUMMY, PICK IT UP!

BeerLover99, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'05. Red-light mahogany + clear. Nice welcoming warm color invites you in. Semi-billowy head eventually fades to a bubbly head. Smells very nice. Abundant fruit, apple and grape especially and spicey and zesty, with a nice malt profile, Reminds me of Belgian brews with Unibroue-esque qualities. Taste is alike. I like it a lot. A nice balance of sweet, fruit, spice, and of course malt. The alcohol is evident but it doesn't bother me at all, but it does make me tipsy. Finish is has a nice prolonged hop bitterness to it (over all the malts).

A yummy dopplebock, but I need to have more than a few different ones so I can differentiate better.

tastybeer, Mar 26, 2006
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.