Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
Smooth easy drink, medium mouthfeel, sweet malty and carmel, good dark colour, roast. Some fruitiness. Chewy nutty. Some more please. Hops noticeable in finish, well carbonated. Dry aftertaste, alcohol whollop. Had a second complete bottle six months after, where I noticed full taste again, and maintained raiting.
Another bottle two years later, good soapy head on mahogoney, creamy. Did not notice disadvantages earlier.
04-04-2005 22:43:13 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.
Pours a murky brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and brown sugar aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with some slight fruity flavors as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good American take on a doppelbock.
04-09-2012 04:58:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin creamy beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The aroma is quite malty and sweet with notes of brown sugar, caramel, figs and raisins.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty and has some notes of sweetness and fruity flavors. Hints of alcohol and bitterness are present in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied, smooth and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: The beer is one that needs to be sipped although the alcohol is for the most part well masked to the taste.
02-20-2011 02:16:22 | More by metter98
3.48/5 rDev -13.9%
Reddish bronze with orange peel edges. I'm amazed at the range of colors for beer of this style; from something this light to opaque mahogany on the darker end. I'm betting the flavor will correspond to the color. The head overflowed the glass on the pour and is now a sticky mass of pastel caramel colored foam. Although it doesn't look like a typical doppelbock, I like the look just fine.
I don't know about the flavor yet, but the nose isn't roasted malty or chocolate malty (or even dark) in the least. In that sense it smells more like a big helles bock than it does a doppelbock. There's a whiff of caramelized sugar and an equal whiff of alcohol. That's about it, sorry to say.
Tough call. All in all, I've had better. Unless the beer opens up and deepens the warming (it doesn't), I'd have to call this member of the 'Big Beer Series' a disappointment. Part of the problem is that it doesn't taste much like a doppelbock to me. I was willing to forgive the appearance; not so the flavor.
If you ask me, the malt bill is to blame. What an odd choice to include pale and Munich malts, but no caramel, chocolate or roasted malts. That design decision results in a flavor profile that is more akin to a helles bock, as previously mentioned, or even an English barleywine. Make that an American barleywine because the Hersbrucker Hallertauer are still throwing off a considerable amount of bitterness; another reason why it's such a unique version of the style.
A certain alcoholic fruitiness puts me in mind of brandy as well. In fact, this may be one of the most undoppelbock-like doppelbock that I've ever had. I would have thought, since this is the 2005 edition, that the heat of the alcohol would have cooled to some extent. Maybe it has, but it's still a little too raw for my tastes. I'd suggest room temperature, a brandy snifter and small sips.
The mouthfeel favors the left side of the bell curve for such a big beer. Given the fact that it's a big lager, however, it's well within the bounds of acceptable. It's firm and clean rather than lush and full. A little less carbonation, which I expect to be the case in the bottom half of the bomber, should improve the mouthfeel even more.
I love Smuttynose beer as a general rule. My lack of enthusiasm for this one probably has more to do with my preference for roasted malty doppelbocks than it does for any failure on the part of the brewers (other than the choice of ingredients). I'd like to be able to say that I'd love s'more S'muttonator, but it's one and done for me.
01-18-2007 21:26:36 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev -1%
I have passed this by many a time just to go out and try stuff that isnt always around, well I am gonna try it today. Poured a very nice deep dark brown with a good two inches of off white tan colored head. This faded and nestled own leaving a thin film and some side glass lace. The smell was nce and smoky with a bit of an earthy grain mixed in. A touch of some caramel and sweetness as well. The flavor was very tight. Crisp clean and efficent flavor, lots of malt, nice smoky flavors with a touch of caramel. A great smooth feel with no sense of the alcohol at all. I could have easily had another of these.
Overall this was awesome. I love bocks and this was no exception. It definitly deserves the rep it has, this is a really good dopplebock and something I am glad is readily avaibke to me whenever I want it.
05-02-2011 01:08:46 | More by mikesgroove
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
Bottle: Poured a clear nut-brown dopplebock with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Huge aroma of freshly baked banana bread is quite just unbelievable. The freshly baked banana bread with a good slightly sweet malt backbone also dominates taste. Alcohol is well hidden and body is just above average with some medium carbonation. Definitely one of the best dopplebock I ever had.
04-03-2006 14:34:58 | More by Phyl21ca
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
Appearance: Pours a clearish, ruby-hued body topped by a full, though short-lived yellowish head.
Smell: Strong maltiness in the nose, with a full scent of luscious toasted caramel. Figs and plums provide some fruitiness. Hint of breadcrusts and booze.
Taste: Rich, toasty caramel maltiness with a big sweetness. Touch of light aniseed, a drizzle of fruit-flavored syrup. Only a slight hop bitterness. Hint of ripe red apples near the sweetish finish. Taste of toasted grain lingers into the aftertaste. The alcohol is present, sure, but nothing to fuss about.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Very nice doppelbock from Smuttynose. Full of malts and plenty chewy without ever wandering into syrupy territory.
04-21-2008 20:07:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured a deep somewhat dulled amber with a nice tight well retained head that left a ring of lace behind as it settled slowly.Not big aromas but pleasant I pick up some definent caramel notes as well as some plum the alcohol is well hidden in the nose.A big malt bomb to be expected a sweet pizza dough like quality with caramel and prune with just a hint of German hop zip in the finish.A solid American doppelbock to be had,I would drink again for sure.
04-16-2006 21:09:58 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -1%
The S'muttonator delivers a fairly clear (it's bottle-conditioned), reddish-chestnut body beneath a short cap of creamy light-tan foam. The head retention is fair, and it leaves a decent amount of splotchy lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is sweetish, lightly toasty, caramelish, and even a touch fruity from the Vienna malts. It's mildly zesty on the tongue with a very fine-bubbled and natural carbonation, and a medium-full body that's smoothly dextrinous. Rich, toasty, "juicy", sweet, molasses and prune-like, and subtly husky malts dominate the flavor; laced with floral and spicy hop flavors as well as a quick, sharp slap of alcohol. The bitterness is more than firm enough, however, to reign it in and keep it from becoming cloying. The occassional caress of alcohol appears to "warm" in the finish (9.8% is a touch high... Paulaner's Salvator is only 7.5%), but other than that it's very clean, superbly balanced, and exceptionally well-done. It's very nice indeed with the exception that it is a little over-the-top as far as alcohol content is concerned. Worth trying...
04-26-2005 22:16:58 | More by NeroFiddled
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Smuttynose US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramelized malts, brown sugar and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is decently balanced with strong flavors of dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar up front. The malt character is hearty and there's a little bit of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is yet another good Smuttynose beer, but I definitely find it to be more a sipper than a pounder.
04-10-2008 03:45:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
03-08-2006 01:48:21 | More by Jason
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
Browsing at a local bottle shop and I eye up two of the big beers from Smutty nose priced very modestly. This and the Baltic Porter from 2009 were only six bucks, I was sold. This one pours an impressive deep amber mahogany brown hue completed clouded with some yeast sediment. Nice huge collar of tan khaki head goig on with fine intricate layers of lacing, this bottle was bottled in 2010 probably earlier this year in the spring. Aroma has some big malt layers deep with tart fruit and hints of raisin, a nice depth of ingredients involved in the brewing process. Also some floral fruity notes in the back end quite the interesting New England brewed German style lager. Flavor really coats the palate with back end roasted malt and upfront fruitiness. Figs/plums/raisins soaked in alcohol with a nice crusted bread layer finishes somewhat balanced with a strong herbal hop finish. A touch of dark chocolate and other roasted malt qualities brings a nice balance to the overall mix. As it warms herbal mint with a touch of pine cone comes out, the hops here definitely have an American slant but they're note overdone. Mouthfeel is as full bodied as a lager will ever be, almost chewy due to loads of malts and bready yeast sediment bringing a nice body. Carbonation was natural bottle conditioned very enjoyable experience. Drinkability, I had no problems finishing and enjoying a whole bomber although ideally you better find a drinking partner on a big beer like this. Great quality version of a rarely brewed in America style.
12-25-2010 04:23:41 | More by WVbeergeek
4.7/5 rDev +16.3%
Big props to Zrrbrrt for this one!
Pours copper/auburn with 4 fingers of chunky sand colored head. Good lacing & above average head retnetion
S: Malt sweetness & caramel
T: Big bready malts, warming booze, brown sugar & caramel up front. Faint hints of chocolate& cinnamon as this warms along with some toastyness & dryness. Finishes with a hint of pecans, caramel & a whisper of boozeyness
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, gets chewier as this warms. Just not quite meaty enough to rate the full 5.0
Drinks pretty easy for the heft, a very nice dopple! Top shelf, would
stock up if feasible
02-13-2007 05:47:13 | More by russpowell
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
02-09-2005 03:19:18 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev -1%
From 07/27/11 notes. On tap at Rustico in Arlington, VA. 2008 vintage poured into a tulip.
a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of caramel malts, bready, raisins and dark fruits, and some earthy notes. Very slightly musty in the nose.
t - Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits, light spices, bready malts, and light alcohol. Pretty nice, a slight step up from the nose.
m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, smooth and light alcohol warmth, but good.
o - Overall a very good doppelbock that has held up quite nicely. Light musty notes in the nose that I would assume are from the time on it, but a good beer in any event. Would like to have it again.
07-28-2011 17:06:49 | More by mdfb79
3.53/5 rDev -12.6%
bottled in 2006
Pours reddish amber with a thick head that soon becomes a thin cover that sticks around for quite some time, esp. considering abv.
The smell is sweet malt with some peppery alcohol. There is some underlying fruitiness.
The taste is sweet grainy malt. Little if any hop noticeability - the balance is in the alcohol, which lends a fruity, peppery undertone to it. A bit too boozy, but the malt taste is not lost. It comes close to being a malty barleywine. Finishes sweet, though not cloying, with a bit of a boozy kick.
The body coats, but is a bit thin. Sharp, warming alcohol lingers along with some of the flavor.
All-in-all, it turns out to be decent, but seems to lack something. Mybe more caramel? It's more in-line with Salvator than with Celebrator or Optimator, which is fine, but it just doesn't reach its potential. Not bad - just didn't do much for me.
02-06-2007 15:15:15 | More by jwc215
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
2004 bottle date, Sampled June 2006
Pours with a rich, dark amber brown color which shows a brilliantly clear ruby hue when held up to the light. The beer has a frothy full tan colored head that slowly dissipates back into the beer. Ah the aroma is rich and malty; a mix of concentrated notes of prunes and raisins, but not sweet, chewy with a note similar to fresh malt extract and a sort of meaty quality. After a bit of time it begins to pick up some sweetness, which accentuates the fruit character a bit. The aroma is really nice, purely malt driven with perhaps a hint of oxidation, which only adds to the richness.
The taste is sweet up front, and in fact sweet throughout. There is a light spiciness here in the middle; it is a bit like clove or allspice, but not really. The beer is rich and a bit palate coating bit still not overly so. This beer is quit drinkable, it just seems to disappear from my glass. There are some notes of rum here, combined with the malt, which makes this a sweet, yet rich tipple. Notes of chewy, freshly toasted malt. Hints of cherry and perhaps a round note of raisins.
This beer is very drinkable, even enjoyable but it seems to be lacking a richness and complexity that I would expect in a great doppelbock.
06-05-2006 04:24:07 | More by Gueuzedude
4/5 rDev -1%
I love the name of this series--BIG BEER. It doesn't mean extreme, but they are all flavorful. This one pours a cloudy brown. It leaves great ring lace even after the three-finger initial head.
Creamy caramel sweetness in the nose. Some chocolate is present, too.
Light sweetness in the flavor, but this is in the background of some definitive chocolate and finishing hop.
This is a spot-on double bock.
10-11-2008 00:34:20 | More by smcolw
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.