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

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Reviews: 391
Hads: 610
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 76
Gots: 61 | 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.

2007 - 9.8%
2008 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.5%
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle.

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 650ml brown glass bottle with apt label art and a branded black and lime pry-off pressure cap purchased at a local bottle shop.

Expectations are high given its current 91 rating. 9.8% ABV. Reviewed as a doppelbock per the label. "Bottle conditioned 2014." Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide. White colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Not real frothy. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Dark copper with amber hues. Average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Translucent. Semitransparent.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special for the style, but certainly within conventions, and appealing.

AROMA: My first whiff yields only a simplistic impression of generic malty sweetness.

Trying again, I pick up on caramel, some brown sugar, vague indistinct fruit, and caramelized fruits and malts.

Hmm. There aren't many notes in the aroma. As it warms a bit, though, it does start to take shape: light fig, faint sugarplum, the beginnings of a trace of red's not a muted or subdued aroma, it's just a withdrawn one.

Pleasant, but light in strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Caramel, prune, light fig, a kiss of sugarplum, caramelized indistinct fruit, amber malts, traces of cherry and juicy red apple, brown malts, dextrins, Vienna malts, and some fruity breadiness on the finish. I find myself working in overdrive to find these notes; it's not a reticent or muted flavour profile, and it does have depth of flavour, but everything melts together so nicely it's tough to break it down into its constituent notes. A bit of cinnamon spice; if they played that note up this beer might be wonderful. A hint of pecan, a whisper of walnut...this is a tough nut to crack.

The malty sweetness is well-checked, and the fruitiness guides the flavour profile nicely, tying it together with a rare (for a doppelbock) cohesion. As it warms, fruitcake enters the equation. Maybe even some raisin. The subtlety of the dark fruit is notable, yet it retains a distinctly German vibe, never venturing into Belgian dark fruit territory - I guess because it never tastes candied?

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. I'm surprised many other reviewers are calling it warm and/or boozy; I find the alcohol quite well concealed.

Overall, I find it well-balanced and cohesive, and it almost feels like a gestalt whole. Complex enough for a doppelbock, with surprising subtlety and an initial inaccessibility. Sure, it could be more intricate and nuanced, but that goes for damn near every beer. Sweetness is high in general, but just right for the style.

TEXTURE: Sticky, smooth, wet, full-bodied, heavy, thick, and lush without ever venturing into syrupy or viscous territory. It's only slightly over-carbonated, and while it's unrefreshing I do think it's a quenching meal-in-a-glass kind of brew. You could see a glass of this nourishing a tired German monk on a winter's night, and I suppose in the end that's what the style is designed for.

Has a good overall presence on the palate. This mouthfeel complements the taste quite well, but doesn't elevate the brew beyond the potential of the taste.

OVERALL: Drinkable for its high ABV, but nevertheless a very filling beer. You wouldn't want more than one in a night, and while I'll finish the bottle alone, I don't know that I'd recommend that to most beer drinkers. This will definitely satisfy fans of the style, and it's one of the better American offerings in the style I've had recently, but it's certainly not world-class. Smuttynose has done a good job brewing the intended style and I could see myself aging one or two of these if I had the disposable income on hand (I don't). It's perhaps a bit more subtle than my palate is currently able to contend with; I'll have to revisit this one when I'm more experienced. In any case, it's certainly worth trying at least once.


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Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2010 release. Pours hazy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big raisin, prune, biscuit, toast, molasses, toffee, caramel, nuttiness, earth, light roasted malt, and herbal. Very nice and well balanced doppelbock aromas with good complexity. Taste of big raisin, molasses, prune, toffee, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, earth, light roasted malt, and herbal spiciness. Light spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toffee, toast, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, roasted malt, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity and balance. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming after the finish. This was very easy to sip on when I opened it, and it gained a bit more heat as it warmed up. Overall this is a damn nice doppelbock. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and pretty smooth to sip on. Got a little bit boozy as it warmed up, but was still a highly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany in color with a thin beige head. The head reduces to patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, some nuttiness, and some lighter tones of caramel and dark fruit.

T: Very sweet upfront with lots of caramel malts and some dark fruit, this is quickly followed up with an intense spiciness like you often get with a rye beer in the finish. There is some definite light bitterness and you can detect the presence of the alcohol.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. There is a light presence of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Alcohol is not as well hidden as I might have liked with this beer but it is still an enjoyable beer overall. I like the hints of spiciness and I could definitely sip this one for a while.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09/25/08- Purchased at Glen Beverage in Glen, NH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with 2008 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark rum colored appearance with a bottle conditioned light murky texture. 3/4 inch head on pour with a slight rim remaining after 5 minutes or so. Very light spotty lace.

Smell- Very nice nose, especially as it warms to room temp. Rich and malty with a chocolate malt ball nose, deep caramel and highly roasted malt.

Taste- Very sweet....very sweet...and quite thick and viscous. Almost like a doppelbock and scotch ale combined. Malt is super sweet and deeply roasted. Chocolate is puxhed to the back because the caramel coveres your whole mouth. I like the flavors, but it's a bit much. Hops are here and leave a bitter tongue lashing.

Mouthfeel- Mid carbonation at first, as it warms it becomes lighter. Thick and full mouthfeel. Light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hits pretty hard with it's almost 9%abv. Scotch ale fans will like this as I think it ranges more towards that style than a doppelbock. Either way it's very sweet and rich and not a session beer.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Redhook pint glass. It poured a dark caramel color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a sweeter, caramel and toffee flavor to it. I get a bit of dark fruit along with a hint of cocoa to it as well. Pretty flavorful aroma overall.

The taste also shows some sweeter caramel and toffee notes. It has a bit more of a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor to it compared to most doppelbock's I've had. The finish shows a little dry bitterness mixed with more of the sweet caramel and cocoa flavors. Pretty nice tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I thought it was a good beer overall with some great flavors to it. very nice doppelbock to sip on this evening.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1 finger head. Carbonation is visibly light as only a few bubbles are seen rising.

Smell: candy-like as sweet malts, brown sugar, and caramel candy abound.

Taste: as detected from the nose, this doppelbock is very malty with plenty of brown sugars and caramels, but is nicely balanced with a decent bitterness, alcohol, and some mild prune tones.

Mouthfeel: smooth, lightly leaning towards syrupy, but still had a bit of crispness at the finish. The malts lingered long on the tongue.

Drinkability: very enjoyable doppelbock, and even with the higher alcohol contect you can still have a few glasses of this. Another great beer from Smuttynose.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.