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

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 64
Gots: 36 | 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:
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 waughbrew
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle-conditioned in 2006. Thanks for the date! and for the bottle-conditioning!

Clear deep amber with very light head that looks like whipped egg white. Aroma is not very strong, but is pleasantly rich toasted toffee. Musty and lightly metallic, fresh flowers. Flavor is mellow but very alive and fresh. Beautiful malt simplicity - seems like no dark malts were used in this one. Feel is perfectly smooth, alive, clean, and crisp yet lingering. Ultimately drinkable.

This is an amazing brew. Though I can't say that the flavor or aroma will blow you away, they are still very good, and, in tandem with the perfect feel, make for a wonderful and distinct double bock. I will certainly have this again in the future.

Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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 OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown with garnet hues with a nice frothy tan head.

Smells of rich malt, caramel, some chocolate/mocha hints, dark fruit.

Lots of brown bread flavors, great sweet roasty malt, dark dried fruit, and some coffee/toffee in there as well. Didn't get much hop, but thee is a bitter edge that comes thru nice.

Big and chewy, with mouth coating full bodied deliciousness. Some slight bittersweet aftertaste.

A sipper, with some alcohol on the breath. First couple of tastes you notice the sweetness and the booze, but as you work your way thru the 22 oz bomber, you notice the alcohol less and the other aspects of the beer more -- just opens up for you. Great beer.

Note: Found this at a Shaw's supermarket in Nashua, NH. $3.99 -- same beer at my favorite seller was $7.00 -- sure pays to shop around.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich caramel malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, some bready malts, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich caramelized malts and some raisin and other sweet dark fruits. Through the middle, brown sugar and molasses come through with some vanilla and bready malts. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, dark fruits, bready malts, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced doppelbock with a good strong and complex malt profile.

Photo of Grundle20
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Drinkability:
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.

Photo of rousee
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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 JizackFH
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark cloudy brown color, that glows a light brown color on the edges of the glass when held to the light. It has a 2-finger light tan head, that left good lacing behind. Also, there is some floating sediment visible in the glass.

S - It smells of roasty and sweet caramel malts. There is some alcohol presence. also, there are note of dark fruits such as dates and figs. Overall, the nose is fruity, dark, and a tad boozy.

T - The taste is sweet, roasty, boozy, and it has a nice dark fruit presence. There are notes of fig, plum, caramel, and raisins. The finish is fruity, boozy, and a tad bitter.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. There is a bit of a chewy quality to it. There is some bitterness and a slight boozy warmth as well.

D - There is good drinkability here. It goes down easy, and it tastes great. I really like this beer, and it would take a lot before I get sick of drinking this one. I definitely recommend trying this one.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with a vintage date of 2004 on the bottle, "bottle conditioned" as well.

A- Superb cappuccino-like froth on top, excellent head retention. Deep tawny glow, brown on amber with good clarity.

S- Big malty aroma, hints of caramel and raisins. Faint alcohol in the nose as well.

T&M- Impeccable smoothness within the lush full body. Rich layers of malt begin to unfold as this brew warms up a bit. Velvety coco, mildly roasted coffee, fresh baked brown bread and a kiss of caramel. Light on the hopping, ample bitterness is still around after a year. Clean and sharp alcohol warms the palate.

D- A sipping brew to say the least, I could sip this one all night long. Paired this one with a beer braised pork roast and later with fresh baked brownies.

Photo of scottg
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with some red hues and a one finger tan head with great retention and lacing all the way down the glass. Carmelized malt, chocolate, cherry and oak aromas. Lots of sweet caramel flavor with some cherry and oak mixed in. Medium body, light carbonation, this has a chalky, mouth coating mouthfeel, very nice. Very well balanced beer, the alcohol is present but not dominant. I'm going back to the store to buy some more!

Photo of JayS2629
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great example of this style. Very similar to Troegenattor. Dark copper with a creamy white head, great retention and spiderweb lace. The smell is sweet caramels, honey and fruits like peach and pear. The tast is almost spot on. Big malt bomb of sweet malts, caramels, honey, peach. Some earthy hoppy notes in the back with just a little burn from the high alcohol. Very smooth and enjoyable rich, big bodied beer.

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used my Sam Adams perfect pint glass to test this one out.

The color is a very unfiltered orange and dark red. Looks a lot like apple cider. The head is a brownish white.

The smell is molasses, slightly fruity with hints of grapefruit, alittle caramel and hops.

Taste is a bit bitter at first but has hints of fruit like grapefruit, a bit malty as well, with a raisin taste as well.

This was the first I have had of Smuttynose Brewery's Big Beer series. It is also the second Double Bock I've ever had. I was quite amazed how dark and how cloudy. Good beer.

Photo of bigman147
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured 2005 and 2006 and tasted vertically blind (with tasting notes matched after). Both bottles were courtesy of JT from Smuttynose.

Appearance:
2005: Deep orange amber which glows almost red under direct light. Carbonation is good but quickly dissipates.

2006: Brighter than 2005 with a reddish amber that was somewhat hazy. Carbonation was excellent and beer had significantly more lacing than '05. Head was khaki / tan and quickly faded to a 1/4 inch ring around the glass.

Aroma:
2005. Fruity floral hop aroma. With raisin:and black plum sweetness. Alcohol is more balanced and subdued than the 2006. Malty /Grainy character that gives this beer a mild sweet aroma.

2006. Most hops give this more of a apple / perfumy character. Malt sweetness is still present but the alcohol takes control and gives this a hot fusel aroma.

Taste:
2005. Strong malt sweetness that balances the bitter hop character and helps cool the hot alcohol flavor. Much better balanced than the 2006. Sweet raisin with a slight toffee / butterscotch finish. Carbonation gives a slight creaminess and helps finish this beer. Excellent overall.

2006. Sweeter yet much more alcohol in the taste. Hops are more lively and give this a sharper bitterness which combined with the sharper carbonation takes away from this beer.

Overall:
Both 2005 and 2006 are probably one of the best and most drinkable doppelbocks. 2005 aged very well and balanced the alcohol and malt sweetness to make it the perfect compliment to smokey sausages and cheeses. These beers in my mind rank up their with some of the best German beers in this style and in fact, I think exceed them hands done. Smuttynose is a maker of great beers and these are a great example of the Big Beer Series being used to truly define a style.

The only thing I wish is that I had more.

Photo of jjboesen
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on a goblet quaffed at Rustico Ballston, which lies a few miles outside of Washington, D.C. It looks real nice with a semi-translucent copper body – still pool of beer that is void of carbonation and lacing (though a frothy head will appear if the beer is stirred). The nose is somewhat basic with mild hints of honey, grass and bananas. Upon the initial sip, there is a sweet blanket of caramel, molasses and brown sugar. That said, this is not a cloyingly sweet beer; the body is rather light with some doughiness tippling the palate.

At 9% abv, this beer could have been a booze bomb; however, I thought it to be very quaffable and inviting. But those of us who know anything about this style – one with its own season in Munich (Starkbierzeit), are well aware of an underlying potency. This strong beer should not be taken for granted.

Photo of ar70584
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

App: good lacing. deep mahogany brown

smell: sweet butterscotch, brown sugar, alcohol esters

taste: full bodied, rich caramel taste. smooth and sweet, with noticeable alcohol. invades your tastebuds, sweetness is a bit cloying

mouthfeel. rich and velvety. coats your whole mouth.

drinkability. great, but a small glass is good enough as the sweetness and high alcohol can begin to overwhelm.

Photo of carln26
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for this beer to become available since I first saw a notice of it on the Smuttynose website. It poured from the bottle a clear mahogany color with a thick tan head that settles to a clingy lace on the side of the glass. The nose has a great caramel/toffee aroma up front. More candy notes in the middle of the aroma, and just a hint of hop fruit on the finish. The taste is a lush burst of malt sweetness. Rich toffee with praline and dates, and oddly some pepper character. Very subtle, but there. Very rich, smooth mouth feel, and very drinkable. I love this beer.

Photo of Phatz
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is as drinkable a Doppelbock as I could expect, and a perfect fit for the season. No doubt it is a big beer and one for sipping and or sharing but it such a simple pleasure. I think I love everything Doppelbocks have to offer.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber color with a creamy tan head that leaves a lattice of lace.

Smell: Big caramel malts dominate the nose. hints of grapes and apples may be buried under the malts but are more difficult to discern.

Taste: Absolute candy. This is liquid desert. Caramel, bread, fruit, cocoa more caramel and some rum attributes simply make me go week in knees.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer that is super smooth, carbonated to perfection and dry in the finish.

Drinkability: To me this may be one of the most drinkable 9.8% ABV beverages available, but that is just me. It is not a chugger or session beer but it is as friendly as any in the style, in my experience.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of sprucetip
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Darker than Lipton tea brown, but not by much, with red highlights. A couple of fingers of creamy tan foam falls more hastily than gradually, leaving minimal lacing. Yeast chunks visible after the final pour, which is fine by me. I like B-12.

Ripe dark cherry like fruit, charred roast, caramel malt, mild earthy hops and some booze. Quite nice.

Caramel and toffee malty sweetness, burnt roastyness, grassy and vaguely floral hops, a bit of yeasty spiciness, dark fruit, mild hop bitterness and some booze. And all of this balances well.

Plenty carbonated with strong warming that includes a bite. Thin side of medium body, mild viscosity, and a slightly bitter finish.

Very good beer and representation of the style. Great complexity and balance. Smutty continues to impress me.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a hazy, copper orange color with two fingers of foamy, pale tan head. Good retention and lace. Vigorous carbonation.

S: Cotton candy, banana and straw.

T: Spicy caramel, then a touch of bitter coffee, followed by sweet caramel on the finish. Intensity of the peppery spice builds at first. As the beer warms, cinnamon, lavender and brown sugar join the mix.

M: Creamy and silky smooth, really nice.

O: This is a very satisfying doppelbock. Flavors are very rich. I am not sure how old this is, but I could see it benefiting from some time in the cellar. Will have to check on my next trip across the border to see whether any more can be procured. Meanwhile, well done, Smuttynose!

Photo of mcowgill
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very nice dark amber color with a large creamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. The smell was of malts and alcohol. The taste was great! Caramel and malts throughout. Mouthfeel was creamy goodness. This is a very drinkable beer that I highly recommend.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very, very intriguing brew, to say the least, and one that needs to be experienced personally...

As I vigorously poured this bad boy into my 0.5L Munich Malles mug, I noticed a respectable, albeit unspectacular beige head form atop this deep and rich looking amber-brown brew. I caught a whiff of this Bier from about 2 feet away...the aromas are intense, including rich and luscious caramel goodness as well as some residual fruit sweetness...sour cherries and/or raisins perhaps? Regardless, yum! The flavor of this dopplebock did not disappoint and when Smuttynose says this is a Big Beer, they are not kidding... BIG malt flavor and chewiness in this one to go along with the almost nutty yet carmelized sweetness on the palate. The texture on the palate was gentle and soothing, but not quite to the silky level. I am catching some notes of hops in the back end, but I cannot place what kind or just how much...

Nevertheless, a fine, fine dopplebock. But do not be mistaken. This is intense in both aroma and flavor. Still, S'muttonator is a damn fine brew...

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a dfh chalice, nice caramel color. nice head and nice lacing.

bit toffee, praline flavors. nice nuttiness, get some bready malt as well. hint of alcohol, really clean. finishes with a faint roasted flavor.

pretty full bodied, drinks fairly easy though. i could have a few of these no prob but i'd also be pretty drunk.

Photo of Proteus93
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Somewhere between a deep copper and rust. The head on it is a wonderful froth that peaks nicely over the rim and holds great retention. Very nice.

S: Rich maltiness, chocolate and toffee, peppery alcohol kick, and a touch of raisin and perhaps date?

T: A nice blend of dark fruit flavours and creamy caramel/toffee-like flavours. Plum and raisin stand out, some soft notes of chocolate, and a spicy alcohol

M: Medium carbonation, and a nice heavy body with some good sticky chewiness to it.

D: While the alcohol flavour is there, it's not harsh... no burn, no astringencies, no overdone spicy taste. Nice drinking, and I'm happy to take back the bomber alone. Nicely done!

Photo of kegerator
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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 GrimGuzzler
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of JeremyK
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. This beer pours a crazy head and lacing sticks for a long time! Deep dark chocolate brown in color. Roasted caramel and fig in the nose. This beer is serious. Rich full bodied sweetness of burnt caramel flavors. Perfectly carbonated. A superb interpretation of a German doppelbock. A serious sipping beer.

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.