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

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 65
Gots: 51 | 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:
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 Pwbres
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dasenebler
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Brenden
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of heyitsbyron
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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....

Photo of Joe1019
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of TMB0424
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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".

Photo of brianv26
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.


Photo of srandycarter
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bodied oranged brown with a good streaming of bubbles lasting within for a good portion of its sitting. Two finger high roofing of smoothed creamy light tanned froth is nailed to the top. Keeps a solid thick skim of foam always present once settled and the lacing is mostly keeping close to the liquid in a thin sheet of fine foam. Some spots are flecked about across the glass.

Aroma is fairly milding with moderate malt tones of toffee, maple, molasses, and a slight toastyness that adds a nice bready-like drying note.

Thick on malt, moderate to mild and flavor, not sinking or heavy, very even set and smooth with a well-rounded taste and warming. The taste is hard to pin down as its nature is alluringly complex and simple in tone, yet has an urging length and tiny shavings of things in it that makes for good lip smacking intersest. Toffee and caramel are at the center in a milding set girth with a super creamy surrounding of all sorts of notings of dark fruits; raisin, fig, and a slimming dark cherry edge. Slightly spiced with a greasy backed, oily hopping adding a slight herbalness within the malty warmth. More so entering into the finish. The unique thing I find about both its flavor and thickness is a small breadyness that has a nicely set toasted realm to its overall scale of malt. Its slight, but somehow always present. A dull set fruityness in a bigger figgy, molassas tone really tends to take over as it goes as the warmth never leaves nor does the nicely added hoping in the finish. This definately gerw on me as I went along to the point where I was fixating myself on what exactly was going on. A perplexing palate soothing softy of a brew. When taken in to account of its Doppelbock style that it.

Feel is quite nice. Soft, yeilding, smooth, creamy, uncloying sideness and thickness. Big mediumness to full bodied on the palate. Not too heavy and definately not any heavier then need be. As it goes down pretty damn easy. The wamth is all malts and flavor and not just a bunch of heat. It sinks in like a good breakfast and soaks in like a hot suana. Gradually making its case for you to enjoy and continuing to enjoy,without much hassle to your palate.

A pleasurable beer for sure. Its abundant in complexing flavor and warmth all the while keeping a simple ease about it. How the hell they do it? I don't know, but damn if ain't a solid Doppelbock and then some. Onward S'muttonator!

Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose S'muttonator pours a hazy dark mahogeny color with a creamy light tan head on top. A lace ring is created when the glass is full and stays behind to remind you of what once was. The aroma has caramel malt notes, with some apricot, alcohol and a hint of hops mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, with a lighty syrupy feel on the palate. The flavor is mainly caramel malt. There are some fruity (apricot) notes, bubblegum and alcohol mixed in. It finishes with some hoppy flavor leaving behind some caramel malt and alcohol.

For 10% alcohol this beer is rather easy to drink. It's well balanced and quite tasty.

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry yet rich malty scent that boasts of pale and lots of crystal malts. It seems sweet and very warm. The taste is good also. It has a warm and malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry and sweet in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good brew. It has awesome flavor and mouthfeel; a fine sessions beer.

Photo of rousee
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby color. Small amount of foam that does hang around for the entire beer. These are fairly new so I would assume they are bound to be pretty fresh and they taste it. Vinous and just a hint of malt in the smell. Taste is very rich with all kinds of elements entering. It has some licorice and caramel and it has a cinnamon type character in the background that is extremely impressive. All of this with your standard dark malt taste hangin around. Another winner for Smutty. These guys are good. I dont even like doppelbocks.

Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of batt6343
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kegerator
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep mahogany brown with hints of deep red ruby when held to the light. When poured it developes a sizeable 1 1/2 inch head thats creamy off white and dissipates quickly but not too quickly. no lace left behind except for an off white rim around the top edge of the beer.
aroma was hidden, not much I was picking up from it. sweetness, malt and some alcohol lingered. Doesn't tantelize me with its aroma
tatste was very nice though, big malts throughout with hints of caramel and cherries and a slight warmth from the alcohol. As the bottle states its deceptively smooth. Very smooth. all in all a good brew but didn't really leave me wanting more like their BarleyWine.

Photo of OKFine
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grundle20
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is orange-amber in color with a good sized off white head. There's respectable staying power to the head but not much in the way of lacing.

A little less potent than I would like but there's a mild sweetness to an array of malty goodness. There's a crisp hop edge in the back but it's not taking away from the malt highlight.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
I can't say that I've had a dopplebock that had such an apparent hop presence, right up front there's a good piney crispness. After the brief, yet lifting, hops in the front malts steal the show as the should. The beer drinks a little light and thin but there's still plenty of caramel and bitter roasted or chocolate malts building the middle and finish of the beer. A bitter roasted malt edge carries on in to the aftertaste.

As far as dopplebocks go this one is a little more drinkable. It's a touch less cloying and viscous which lends well to the drinkability of the beer. Unfortunately it's a little high in the ABV and there's a lingering malt aftertaste that becomes undesirable for me after a few beers.

Bottom Line:
A fine beer in my opinion. I think it's a little bit Americanized but really only to the beer's merit.

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.