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

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BA SCORE
90
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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 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 alexwag
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottling.

A- Murky red clay amber with prodigious lasting head, thick lacing.

S- Very malty, a tad smokey, a bit tart, sappy.

T- Tasty: caramelly, warm n' fuzzy, low carbonation. Very pleasant aftertaste, lingers on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Can't detect any of the formidable ABV, except for a whiskeyish aura.

M- Creamy, smooth and rich. Booyah.

D- A really nice offering in the style. It's a big bottle and not hard to get through. Balanced, wholesome and tasty.

alexwag, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could have sworn I reviewed this beer a couple of weeks ago. I guess that what you get at 9.8% that goes down like candy. A very sweet Dopplebock, seemingly loaded with candied malts. A little too heavy on the sugar. If you like sweet beers this is the one for you. Mouthfeel is a little too coating, lingering aftertaste, pleasent, but a little much. This beer has a very earthy feel.

Overall a nice offering, a little bit of a let down on the Big Beer Series. I have a couple cellaring, so we'll see.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent brown, some rosy highlights, a big beige head but it falls away very fast leaving a miniscule incomplete ring. Smell is weak versus expectations, some toasty malt, but nothing promising a heavy dose of maly sweetness. Taste begins with some of that missing malty sweetness, but moves to a mild hop bitterness, and finishes with a fine alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is medium, nearly light. Drinkable but not overly delicious. It doesn't demand to be consumed.

pentathlete, Jan 30, 2006
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 jmz62565
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 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 Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep rich ruby brown, clear, crisp, and reasonably carbonated. Two fingers of frothy light tan head retain considerably. Droopy veils of lacing remain.

The aroma brings a swarthy mix of malt sweetness and prunes, figs, and cherries. The very slightest hop perfume is no match for a surging current of alcohol at the periphery.

Upon sipping, there is a pulse of toasted malt sweetness partnered with black cherry, currants, and a vinous sherry note. A lighter berry fruitness slips through in the middle. Alcohol is an ever-present vaporous entity throughout. Toward the close there's a warmer, more rounded dark fruit sweetness that wraps around the tongue.
The finish dries promptly and gives the first room on stage for the hops, but here as a lingering, mitigating bitterness. It's simply a big dopplebock chock full of earthy influences.

Medium bodied, it lays sweetly on the palate, coating and flowing and leaving a gentle glow behind.

As advertised, it's a big beer, with a punch and a kick, both to be savored. It's in your face fruity malt, slick, sweet, and down to earth. The bigness reins things in a bit, making it one to be sipped and enjoyed slowly, in increments rather than in quantities. The ABV is never out of the picture, and it warms cozily as well as lightens the atmosphere. I was plenty happy to find this on the shelf; I was every bit as happy to drink it.

Foxman, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this last year as well as this year. selected this bottle from the fridge rather than the cellar. I wanted to see how the beer settled down through the course of a night given that it is a 22oz bottle.

Initial pour is a medium carbonated brew with a light reaction to the glass. The color is a deep reddish brown with a nice subtle glow around the edge of my glass from the light. very inviting presentation.

The initial taste is a solid caramel malt. Not a distinct leaning towards one malt style over another, rather enough of a hint of malt layers to leave you wanting another sip to explore further.

Working towards mid bottle, a nice hops taste enters mid mouth. There isn't much of a "hop nose" about this beer so the hops coming into the taste experience as the beer comes to room temp is a nice touch.

The last third or so of the bottle balances out to a nice blend of hops and malt. A very enjoyable finish. I think as a double bock, this brew does a nice job interpreting the style. I would recommend this as a beer to enjoy when the brewery deems it "in season".

barleywinebrewer, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of jakester
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pint glass.

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a 1/2 finger of off-white foam. The head falls pretty quickly to nothing, with no lacing. Carbonation appears medium. Kind of disappointed with the head of this one.

Aroma is sweet caramel and Munich malt, with some just there spicy hops. Very clean, and not fruity at all, as per style. Brown sugar and spiciness is good, although I was expecting more from a doppelbock. Alcohol comes through as it warms.

Flavor is rich, sweet caramel, clean as hell, with faint spicy hops. Malt is the star of this beer, as it should be. Alcohol very well hidden. Aftertaste is sweet, dark malt.

Mouthfeel is rich and full, with fairly gentle carbonation. Finish is sweet and warm.

This is good, if not a little underwhelming. I was expecting more of everything. As a bock it would work very well, as a doppelbock, it's strictly a little above average.

jakester, Jan 17, 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 goodbyeohio
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle conditioned in 2005.. nice label with a cool ass ram or whatever the hell that thing is. still, classy label. always has been one of my favorites. love the liberator, but lust for the smuttonator.

deep crimson approaching burnt sienna, topped with a stable, one-finger, thick german head. crusty lace. bubble highway running deep up and down the center of the glass. its alive!

grainy like a bock in the nose, clean and lacking any metallic weirdness. subdued hops enrobed in brown sugar emerge from the aromatic haze. subtle overall in the aroma, but pleasing.

very full bodied, banana strikes in the first sip with some of that vanilly bourbony jeneseqwah. charred husk bitterness meets a clean hop, balances the buttery fruit with sharp, raw hop oils. bitterly tart fruit peels evoke the 9.8% alcohol, which leaves a warmth in the stomach and is not as hidden to me as it is to others. nice banana bran muffin burps from this one. easily drinkable thanks to the carbonation, but could use a little more smoothness.. perhaps less of the bubbly.

a good, time-honored release from smutty and a yearly event to look forward to. get these bottles while ya can and drink em fresh.

goodbyeohio, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a reddish brown, looks more like a red ale as suppose to the darker brown in most doppelbock's I've tried. I know this style can range in color but I just expect more brown than reddish. It leaves a small off white head that kind of lingers with the brew. The smell of this beer seems off to me, more of a grape sour smell comes out which throws me off a bit. As I continue to smell this beer more candied darker fruit begins to rise from the depths which now intrigues me. The taste is malty with a nice balance of hops to counteract that sweetness on the palate. Caramel starts off on your palate with medium carbonation followed quickly by a sharp herbal bitterness and finishes with some what mellow nutmeg spice characters. Overall this isn't the best beer from Smuttynose but decent.

Franchise, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

WanderingFool, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of ericj551
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red, with about 1/2 inch head that slowly fades, lingering as a white flim. Smell is of dark malts with a slight hint of hops, kind of weak for the flavor. The taste is a rich maltiness, with a nice amount of darker malts, and a nice balance of hops, backing up the malts. I taste a hint of nuttiness, and just a bit of alcohol is evident. Overall, another really good beer from the Smuttynos big beer series. My experience with the style is limited to this and Sam Adams Double Bock, this beer makes me want try others.

ericj551, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown in color. While the taste has a zing to it based on the high alcohol content, it is not overly rich in flavor. There are not a lot of underlying tastes involved here. I would have liked a bit more depth to this doppelbock.
Not bad, but certainly not great either.

Nutleybeer, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beimg close to the source, I've had a few of Smutty's Big Beers. S'muttonator isn't so great. It has a nice dark red-brown color with a small head. It smells malty-sweet, and tastes the same. I was thinking it was going to taste a little stronger. Feels OK in the mouth. It isn't a beer that I'd want to drink more than one of at a time.

Recently had the 2006 version, and I have to say this is a richer, more flavorful version. Will drink it again.

lordofthewiens, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of mattpetti
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok this is my first review and i'm still kind of new to drinking beer of this kind so be nice guys...and away we go...

I got this from Oak Tree Buy Right the it came in.(12/22/05) The only other double bock i've had has been Celebrator so im comparing it to that.

a: the color was a medium brownish color, not too big of a head( about 1/2 an inch). It seemed to linger in my glass, granted i'm drinking it in a champagne glass slowly.

s: I got a mix for this one. Some caramel, hint of some spice, alcohol. There was also alittle bit of fruit that i couldn't recognize.

t: Yummy. i thought double bocks were supposed to be heavier, darker and so i guess maltier than this though. But then again i'm still learning. You catch a small bit of caramel, its malty to a point maybe a hint of chocolate plus there is some fruit in there too. Thye after taste left a hint of something smokey. There is some alcohol flavor which is masked for the most part.

m: It goes down very smooth for a beer of it's alcohol percentage. I'd say medium to full bodied.

d: Overall it was a great beer. It wasn't at all what I was expecting yet i was happy i had it nonetheless. If you like smuttynose i'd say definately give it a try.

mattpetti, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Deus flute from a lightly chilled bomber.

Appearance: Clear iced-tea-brown topped by a sizable tan head, which retained a thick cap of foam. Specks and rings of lacing were left on the sides.

Smell: Golden raisin and light apricot fruitiness. Caramel and toffee malts. Herby, botanical hop notes. Well put-together.

Taste: Toasty (almost smoky) malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Bitter hoppy tang (almost salty) on the finish. The hops didn't quite mesh with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit light for the style, but still pretty hefty. Lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability: Not the best of the Big Beer Series that I've had. Troegenator is perhaps a better, locally available, d-bock. A lighter interp of the style, but not one of those blonde doppelbocks I've heard about. Enjoyable, and priced well ($4 a bomber).

ManekiNeko, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramel brown with an orange-ish tone. I poured it slowly out of a bomber so I can’t really comment on the head. Maybe I didn’t let it sit long enough (a week) because it’s a tiny bit murky.

Smells strong. There’s a gentle alcohol smell with a big malt behind it. Smells like a barley wine.

Tastes like a barley wine too! Ah, but there’s the smoky sour kick that makes this a pretty tasty Doppelbock. The flavor is really well done; tasty and wholesome. In fact, it’s giving me some pretty intense flashbacks from Germany. It must be good.

The mouth feel is a little thin, but the carbonation works well with it. Little bubbles linger on the tongue and the roof of the mouth that compliment the slightly dry finish.

I’ll definitely have another one of these!

DarkerTheBetter, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear red body with brownish highlights, sort of a reverse stout. Topped by a full fist of light tan crackling froth which skyed above the rim.

Bits of sweet caramel and other candy in the aroma, along with a whiff of alcohol, though overall the whole nose is slightly surprisingly subdued.

Taste is delightfully rich. Thick malt slathers over the tongue and throat, laying down walls which will rebuff any attempt by hops to overpower them. Its thick with caramelly goodness, but the hops do a remarkable job of cutting the sweetness, while not really making their own presence felt until well into the aftertaste. Their is an almost subliminal sense of alcohol, but no burn. Just an incredible job of balancing the taste factors at play here. Astounding.

Mouthfeel is simply wonderful, thick and soothing. And for a big beer, it is superbly drinkable.

An outstanding, highly enjoyable, example of the style. Smutty, make more.

RonfromJersey, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

weeare138, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I seem to be enjoying this style more and more, and this is no exception. I bought this in Boston sometime in January and have been sitting on it since, unintentionally I might add...I was unaware of its near 10% strength. A fresher sample may have been hotter, but this has cooled a bit and does not taste as strong as it is.

Has a deep roasted chestnut color with a quickly dying ivory lace. Rich malty aroma consists of caramel and lots of candy sugar, with only a touch of alcohol. Quite malty and a tad sweet with a slight warming in the finish. Deceptively smooth and I find that the alcohol is hidden quite well as well, at least in this shortly-aged sample. Delicious.

IrishRedRock, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of Onceeven
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I kept this beer in the cellar for seven months after reading that the alcohol was still rather "hot" and could use a few months of cellaring. How I resisted this brew for so long, I don't know.

I was initially surprised by this beers clarity and sparkling glow. Despite a quickly receding head, there is ample carbonation rising to the surface. The smell was more restrained than I was expecting. It is subtle, but the alcohol comes through nicely mixed with a rather fruity aroma reminiscent of cherries.
Poured the beer at cellar temp. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and creamy leaving a tingling sensation at the tip of the tongue. The flavors are crisp & clean, with the alcohol throwing the first punch then the big dark fruity aroma filling in second. A murky aftertaste lingers indefinitely.

A solid rendition of the style, if a tad simplistic. Seems to reveal all its secrets at once.

Onceeven, Jul 16, 2005
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.

kegerator, Jun 23, 2005
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.