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

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 65
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
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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 jbsteiny
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Spuyten Duyvil’s bartenders held this beer responsible for an unusually raucous evening at their last Smuttynose event, so I figured, even if it is a bit out of season for a warm spring afternoon at the Blind Tiger, I had to get another glass of the S’Muttonator while it was around. It poured a nut brown with a big off-white head which faded, leaving next-to-no lacing. Smelled very malty, with aromas of stewed fruit and alcohol. The malts also dominated the flavor, but pleasantly. Some chocolate and caramel unfold on the palate and the reported 9.6% is warming. It’s a heavy beer, but steady fine carbonation kept it light on the tongue, and the rich flavors helped it go down easy, despite the high ABV. Dangerous.

Photo of ybnorml
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clean brown beer with deep copper highlights. Has a big bubbly beige head. There is a smooth sweet malt aroma with hints of choclate ans honey. The smooth sweet character flows over into the taste with notes of brown sugar and licorice. The finish has hints of coffee and tabacco pushed ahead of the alcohol.

Photo of Chaney
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm usually not a big fan of this style, but hell... this one gets rave reviews!

Sadly, this may be the last beer I pour into my trusty DuClaw Colossus snifter. My wife cracked it accidentally the other night and I thought I would pour one last entry in this glass that has lasted me at least 100 beers or so....

A: Poured a dark, dark red, with the darkest part being in the middle. Of course the head wasn't that big, but in the doppelbock land, that is not something on the radar.

S: Wow... it's like melted Jolly Rancher with alcohol. Rock on! Also, the marshmallow was a bit evident.

T: Lots of yummy malts and without even a trace of alcohol! This is rich, so take your time with it! However, the sugar/fruit combo resembled a melted cherry popsicle.

M: Not much carbonation, but what doppelbock does? No lacing - but what doppelbock does? This was thick, but not syrupy, and on that note, "The Dude definitely abides."

O: This was actually remarkable for the style... no question! I'd have this again in a heartbeat!

Photo of Boto
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly clear, dark amber/mahogany color. There was about a finger of a khaki colored head on it that didn’t linger long but left some lacing. This one has a nice nose. Lots of malts, yet there isn’t much sweetness coming through. Caramel, dark fruits are the main components. Maybe some toffee also. The taste is excellent. A hint of sweetness, tons of malts. Faint roasted malts. Smooth. Overall an excellent doppelbock.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, how could you not love this name? I bought a bomber and drank it on a cold morning on the wrong side of the tracks down by the Winooski River. Into my pint glass this one was a garnet color with a khaki head that displayed good retention and nice lacing. The aroma was full of molasses, raisins and currants. The flavors were of roasted malt and caramel malt with hints of toffee, smoke and chocolate. Great depth in the malts and some dark fruits in the middle. Something a little odd in there too that gave it a chalky taste, but it was small enough to be overlooked. The malty finish lingered on my tongue. The higher ALC% was well concealed. The mouthfeel was slightly slick, the body medium and the carbonation lively. A great example of the style and well worth a try.

Photo of augustgarage
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of jctribe25; bottled in 2010; poured from a 22oz bomber into my Ayinger doppelbock glass.

Deep hazy rufous liquid with lighter mahogany highlights. A thin layer of even beige suds coats the surface. Poor clarity. Good retention, pasty lacing.

Intensely bready, melanoidin-suffused aromatics. Über-malty, but not too sweet; a bit of toast too.

An absolute malt bomb as expected by the nose. Faint postum, plum, and a whisper of turbinado arise as well to compliment the bready, toasty richness. Dry-ish finish with very faint esters from the alcohol. No off notes.

Medium-light bodied, clean, moderately carbonated, and smooth drinking.

One of the best domestic takes on the style I've had the pleasure of sampling (and more than an Optimtor clone).

Photo of Doublechar0517
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Bstrickler
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 2010 batch. Sampled on October 18, 2010. it pours a slightly cloudy amber brown with reasonable carbonation and about a quarter inch of silky off-white head. The aroma begins with a burst of malts followed by a nip of alcohol. It also has a bit of alcohol in the taste mixed in with a raw sugar sweet maltiness and bitter hops.

Sampled again November 18, 2014. The character is about the same with malt introduction and then a slightly boozy finish. At the same time very smooth. So my reaction has not changed so much although I felt as if I liked it better this time.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a hazy copper with about two fingers of light tan head. The head drops after a few minutes to a thin layer of foam.

Aroma of sweet malt, ripe apricots, toffee, and a hint of alcohol.

First sip is of rich malt, ripe pitted fruits, with a lingering finish of alcohol and a light bitterness. Bitterness grows as you sip and the beer warms. Good level of carbonation with a light carbonic bite.

Mouthfeel is full, sweet, not cloying, bitterness is resinousy, coating the inside of your mouth. A light prickle of carbonation. Warming alcohol.

Very drinkable. Bitterness picks up some astringency after a while. Not off-putting, just shy of aggressive. Very good representation of style.

Photo of thain709
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

A - Poured a deep copper body with some visible floaties...the body was thick as was the head...two fingers tall and light brown in color...spotty retention with a full ring around the edge...some lacing was left

S - The aroma is chalk full of sweet caramel...from beginning to end nothing but rich, sweet caramel

T - Flavor pretty much follows the nose...loads of caramel...the caramel flavors are coming from the malts...which have the roasted edge taken off by the age...caramel is also coming from underlying dates (and other dark fruits are present)...with all the age there is really nothing else coming out but it's not a bad thing

M - Medium bodied...extra smooth from the age...the caramel flavors add an extra texture to the feel but it's never too sweet

O - Yes a 2008 bottle consumed in 2011...the age really mellowed this beer out and made it smooth and sweet...the sweetness was never cloying...the caramel really stood out from the aroma and transitioned right into the taste...if you get a bottle or two I suggest aging it a few years, then giving it try

Photo of wcintula
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-lliter flip-top into a Saison Dupont glass.

Pours mahogany-amber with a finger of ecru head. Beautiful banana aroma; very sweet and fruity smelling. This sweetness follows through in the flavor and is a bit bready as well, with a touch of clove and solid bitterness to grab hold of the palate and round things out. Was that a run-on sentence?

This beer touches all the bases and is excellent. Very smooth and velvet-y, a beer to savor. Thanks, Smutty!

Photo of patreely12
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a mug.

A - murky copperish brown. fairly tall off-white head. the head is about 2 inches quickly dissolves to a film. lots of carbonation.

S - really strong - sweet malts, caramel and fruit. a good whiff of rummy alcohol. some spicy notes. big, rich nose.

T/M - the sweet malts are really on center stage in this beer. they have such a rich flavor and are complemented by sweet fruits and caramel. there's also some spice to even out the flavor. the back end is capped off with a slightly coffee like bitterness and a hint of alcohol. medium bodied and high in carbonation.

Overall - definitely a malt bomb. I finished the bomber but the rich flavors take their toll after awhile (not a bad thing, I'd just prefer it in a 12 oz next time). really great flavors. another great beer from Smuttynose.

Photo of thethrone
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with huge foamy off-white head. Tremendous retention, wet lacing coats the glass.

S - Big malty aroma, with caramel, toffee, and some oakiness.

T - Big malty flavor to match the aroma. A touch of bitter comes through on the back end. Some booziness also makes an appearence

M - Full bodied, chewy beer. Well carbonated.

D - Between the sweet maltiness and the strong alcohol content, this is definitely a sipper. Well worth a try, though.

Photo of Red34
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark brown with little beige head. The most impressive things about this beer are how the malty flavors coat your mouth, and considering the high ABV how un-boozy it tastes. Smuttynose has done an excellent job at replicating a long time German offering. Bravo!

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of muffguy4beer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear amber color. Off-white head.

Smell: Big malts in the nose. Sweet caramel and alcohol also present.

Taste: Sweet malty flavors including: caramel, sweet bread, and a hint of coffee. Light touch of hops and tingling bitterness as it finishes. Warming alcohol as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a medium to full body.

Drinkability: Most definitely a sipping brew for a winter night. Very solid.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, very dark amber with a creamy beige head that retains well. Smells of cherries, dark fruits, figs, sweet malts. Tastes of more cherries, dark fruits, ripe fruits, sweet caramel, figs, prunes, some raisins, toffee...sweet but delicious. Im usually not fond of very sweet beers, but this one doesnt go over the top sweet. It is perfect...it hits that sweet line and stops. Great flavors. Creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation, wet finish. Quite drinkable. All hail the glorious SMUTTY. Make mine a Smutty!

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle purchased at Vidalia. Pours with a big head which settles nicely into a pretty lacing. Dark amber in appearance. Smells bready & sweet. The taste is a good combo of malt & sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is drinkable even with an ABV of 8.5%. I am a fan of the style & this is a good dopplebock.

Recommended. Cheers.

Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with a tight tan head that dissipated into a velvety cap. There is a nice wall of lacing and also some large yeast flakes floating about. The aroma is of a chocolate malt, raisins, charred wood and charred meat. Quite a sweet dopplebock with the raisins and red wine flavors forefront. The roasted malt and meat flavors come in towards the end and finishes with an earthy hop bitterness. The feel is big, thick, and chewy. It is a bit sticky from the sweetness but enough carbonation to keep it from becoming syrupy. Some alcohol belly burn action as well. A nice malty dopplebock for sure. The malt carries the ABV and sweetness well.

Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky caramel brown with a frothy beige head that sinks into a 1/8" film. Spots of lacing.
Smell is of huge malt with complex aromas of bananas, caramel, breadiness, and rumcake with chunks of cherries, raisins, and apples.
Taste is of the same malty complexities that warms the mouth with a sugary and alcohol zip that livens and awakens the tastesbuds.
Mouthfeel is smooth, & full bodied with a balanced sweetness that is very good to rival double bocks of the German lineage.
The drinkability on this is nice. Classic German style done by our friends up New Hampshire.
Do it, do it.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pilsner glass. Pours a deep caramel color with a 1" creme colored head that slowly bubbles down.

Has a nutty smell, with notes of toffee malt, butterscotch, and Ovaltine. Sweet, yet malty in smell, with a touch of Frangelico lingering above the head.

Is sweet, boozy and aromatic; I taste vanilla extract, figs, toasted malt, and burnt caramel. There is a pleasant earth quality, with a decent helping of oak, yeast, and buttery cream.

While there is an initial tang on the tongue in its feel, it is big bodied, smooth, and lacking any residual bitterness.

Quite drinkable, especially at the warmer temp that I allowed it to reach before serving it, I would definitely have this again.

Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok last of the beers sent by JahNoth .
22 oz bomber.
A nice attractive Doppelbock,dark ,mahogany brown with a huge dark cream coloured head.
smell is as expected quite malty, with a tinge of alcohol.
The malts dominate this one, chocolaty,creamy malts, some fruitiness ( blackberries etc), a woody aspect which is pleasant and a hint of smoke..alchol is detected but it compliments this one.
Great feel on the tongue,quite smooth and pleasant.
Good drinkability though maybe one bomber is enough per night.

Photo of Kudashov
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my trusty Newbury Comics pint glass ..22oz bottle

A- Amber / mahogany color nice large beige head nice lacing too . The head stuck around for a while too . Wonderful color . Wish my Strat was this color .

S- malt , caramel ...can't place anything else ...

T- pleasant , tasty , I have tried other Smutty types and was not impressed , this however the best . Wish i had bought 2 more bottles .

M- What more is there to say . The color in my cheeks lets me know that this has some kick to it too . I will have another one of these during the Super Bowl . Cheers to Smutty ...

Photo of Dylan2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 06/03/09
22 oz. Bottle-Conditioned Bomber from 2008 release

Appearance: Nice reddish brown color, only a bit of head height, but head retention was good, staying frothy on top for quite a while.

Smell: Immediate caramelized/roasted malt smell, followed by faint alcohol, raisins, maybe some molasses in there.

Taste: Layers of sweet malts reside in this behemoth of a beer - it is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Nice full bodied, creamy texture, good carbonation hits after a few seconds, finally some heavier alcohol aftertaste - but not in an unpleasant way

Drinkability: This is truly a Big Beer - appropriately so from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series - and although this is pretty smooth for such a high alcohol content, it is still just a sipper - but I would be glad to keep sipping it for quite a long time.

Notes From Smuttynose: As the name implies, a doppelbock (double bock) is an extra strong, very malty German lager beer. Typically quite sweet with some roasted malt undertones, doppelbocks range in color from deep amber to nearly black and are normally associated with the winter season. Traditionally, German brewers have used the suffix "-ator" in naming their doppelbock beers; we have, too.
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.

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.