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

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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 63
Gots: 28 | 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 greenmonstah
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into large snifter

A - Ruby brown with a two finger yellow-tan head. Nice retention.

S - Aroma includes raisin, some spice, dark bready malts, and yeast.

T - Intensely flavored, with alcohol, bready malt, mild dark fruit, spicy yeast.

M - Sharp feel, medium body, over carbonated.

O - Overall an average take on the style. Very very intense in flavor, it doesn't have the mellow-yet-robust flavor of, say, a Celebrator. A very strong beer that demands your attention but maybe doesn't deserve it entirely.

greenmonstah, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev -1%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of sleuthdog
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip

Appearance: Light murky brown color that looks like a good apple juice but a touch darker. Head was an off white, three fingers worth and was rocky in appearance. There were big and small bubbles mixed together that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing behind.

Smell: A big sweet presence in the form of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, maple soaked dark fruits and some molasses. There is a bready component mixed with big time malts.

Taste: At the front of the tongue the sweet, sweet malts shine in the form of caramel and toffee malts. It has a bready and yeast taste that follows. At the back end there is an interesting spice that leads into a mild alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: This is a malty creamy bomb that is very smooth. At the same time the carbonation prevents the sweetness from taking over and making this cloyingly sweet. I do get a mild alcohol burn on the swallow as earlier noted.

Overall: Not a big overly complex beer but rather simple and true to its style. It is an enjoying beer to sip without having to think about it too much. Straightforward and so easy to drink to the point it is dangerous.

sleuthdog, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev -1%

mcorwin, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a pilsner glass. Pours a medium brown color with a nice foamy head.

Well balanced aromas of roasted malts, nuts, caramel and some warm toffee

good depth with a very good feel. Medium/full bodied with good flavors of roast malts, toffee, and nutty flavors

a real quality dopplebock. A good malty side to it and it does the style well

KDawg, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of sacfly
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz, bottle conditioned in 2005 on front label.
Very cool pour. Cascades of bubbles fight their way up to the top to make a thick brown head of huge bubbles. Orange red color comes out after the bubbles die down. Sweet, roasty aroma, with a hint of wet cardboard. Taste is muted, but a definite nuttyness, and Munich malt character. Seems a bit thin for a Double Bock, but enjoyable none the less. Easy to drink, high alcohol is well hidden. The 2005 is just a bit past its prime. If you have it, drink up!

sacfly, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of jaluria
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi-clear, dark brown color with copper highlights and a frothy head that left behind minimal lacing. Aromas of caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, dried peaches, and raisins. The taste followed suit with the addition of a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and sweet with nice depth and mild flavors.

jaluria, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of mater
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mater, Jun 06, 2012
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 Sycodrummer
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass the beer was a ruby red color with one finger of tight white head that seemed to cling to the edges of the glass. Carbonation streamed up the glass and fed the head throughout the sample.

The smell is a rich carmel, malty sweetness. Toffee, bread, toasted grain, and a slight inkling of hops are also in the nose.

The taste innitially starts off with a sweet full-bodied matly complexity with caramel, mollases, brown sugar, and toffee all apparent on the palate. A nice doughy consistancy with the end having a candy-sugar like sweetness. The finish is slightly hoppy and a bit unexpected from the style. Be that as it may, it seemed to work here and maintain its big malty balance with a dusting of hops. Alcohol is apparent in the finish and moreso as the beer warms slightly.

Suprisingly only a medium body that got slight more robust as the beer warmed. Moderate carbonation.

This seems to be an interesting and delicious New England twist on a German dopplebock. Nice and strong malt flavors with a perfect blend of sweetness balanced with a present hop character. An enjoyable beer, and one I'll look for next time around.

Sycodrummer, May 06, 2006
Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle label notched 2011 bottle conditioned

Smuttynose S’muttonator Double Bock (doppelbock) poured a clear dark/burnt amber color into a pilsner glass. The head produced was generous 3-fingers in height; tan, full of bubbles and had good staying power. The nose is dominated by [quite] sweet malt, heavy caramel and dark fruit. The taste matches the nose with caramel, brown sugar upfront followed by roasted malt undertones and a light noticeable alcohol “zing”. Enough hops to balance and keep the brew from being too sweet.

If you are a fan of the doppelbock style S’muttonator is a must try.

bushbeer75, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of rkcrozier
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

rkcrozier, Dec 22, 2011
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!

AmericanGothic, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose S'muttonator pours a deep coppery amber with orange highlights around the edges. A small head falls quickly and lacing is pretty much absent.

The aroma is of sweet caramel with a dark fruitiness and equal whiffs of alcohol.

Hmm, I'm not overly familiar with Doppelbocks but this tastes much like a barleywine to me. It has a strong dark fruit character, brandied prunes and raisins and caramel covered apples, very sweet up front, with an equally strong caramel malt flavor and a distinct alcohol taste as well. The Euro style hops are present in good supply and help keep things balanced with a nice touch of finishing bitterness. Warming does not change it's character much.

Mouthfeel is thick, approaching the heavy end of the spectrum, very smooth and somewhat creamy. Carbonation is on the low side.

Warming and nourishing is the feeling I get from this beer with it's very alcoholic but not too hot character and strong caramel drizzled fruit flavor. It has a good variety of flavors, perhaps not as complex as it could be but good nonetheless. Definitely split this with someone or plan on stretching it out over a good period of time.

BlackBearForge, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of SteveO1231
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber with no freshness date. Pours a dark maroon/ brown with an awesome thick frothy off-white head. Great lacing. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is a bit complex with caramel and alcohol making up the majority. I also pick up a fruity, citrus/berrylike aroma. Full bodied, The taste is just as complex, caramel and chocolate sweetness up front, nutty almost earthy character and I'm getting a slight hint of maple sugar. The middle and finish are overpowered by the alcohol, ans leaves the palate with a bitter dryness. This brew is very warming and after the bottle I was feeling pretty good. This beer is good but the powerful alcohol flavors overpowered this brew and numbed my palate. It is a sipper!


SteveO1231, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of rinhaak
4/5  rDev -1%

rinhaak, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, once again courtesy of ppoitras.
Pours a middle-of-the-road brown with nice ruby hues. Head is tan, thick and pretty dense. Lacing is nice, but not very long lasting.
Smell is cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted malts, caramel, light hops, and dried fruits (raisins, dates, figs). Alcohol is present in nose but not really fusel in quality.
Taste is spicy hops, caramel, toasty malts, same dried fruits as the nose. Alcohol is definitely more present in taste. A very light bit of bitter chocolate is also present.
Mouthfeel is good, not too slick, but not overly carbonated either. A good Dbock, but no where near as good as some others that I've had.

LuckySevens82, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep brown color with a good solid head. Smell is pungent and much like good European Doppelbocks: lots of malty sweetness and just a hint of alcohol. The taste is big and chewey, and seems to be well balanced with hops. Again, dark malts are what stick out in the initial taste, but also a pervasive carbonation which makes you thin it in your mouth a bit before swallowing. Because of the size of the malts is hard to discern any kind of specialty grains that are added, but I'm sure they're in there. The lingering taste is strong as well with a mostly sweet and almost chocolaty flavor. Overall a terrific beer, would recommend to anyone.

Toddv29424, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of Jacob007
4/5  rDev -1%

Jacob007, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of wcintula
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-lliter flip-top into a Saison Dupont glass.

Pours mahogany-amber with a finger of ecru head. Beautiful banana aroma; very sweet and fruity smelling. This sweetness follows through in the flavor and is a bit bready as well, with a touch of clove and solid bitterness to grab hold of the palate and round things out. Was that a run-on sentence?

This beer touches all the bases and is excellent. Very smooth and velvet-y, a beer to savor. Thanks, Smutty!

wcintula, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of TruePerception
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smuttynose's S'Muttonator, double bock beer. 9.8% ABV.

A: Just a bit of head. Soda-like carbonation. Nice, deep plum color. Cream soda-yellow in the dimple, with a neat pile of bubbles along the bottom.

S: Fairly earthy for a doppelbock. Citrus hop backing; not the star, but present. Also odd for a doppelbock. Tree sap. Alcohol seems a touch apparent. Dust and dirt.

T/MF: As with the smell, nothing like any other doppelbocks I've had previously. Hoppiness is slightly forward, but malt is right behind it. More tree sap, tree bark, citrus, earthiness. A sickly sweet backing. I was expecting a fairly carbonated beer from the look of it, but it's fairly calm. More bubbly than other doppelbocks, but just barely.

I'm not happy with this one. I've always heard of Smuttynose as one of the better east coast brewers, but this doesn't have me enthusiastic to try their other beers.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

TruePerception, Nov 01, 2014
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 Sephiroth
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer courtesy of Beerbeing. Bottled in 05. Body is amber, with decent head, and slight lacing. Smells a little sweet, slightly vegetative, definitely malty.

Tastes dry and malty. Huge grainy, and caramel flavors, some dark fruit upfront. Mouthfeel is full and coating. Drinkability limited only by the highly filling nature of this beer.

Sephiroth, May 03, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty reddish-amber color with a decent offwhite head that slowly dissipates and leaves a thin layer of foam on top.

Aromas of malt, with some sweet fruit, some molasses, honey. Definite sweet aromas.

Taste is sweet, very malty, alcohol is not well hidden, and lends a definite bitterness. Overall it is a good tasting beer.

Fairly thick but not syrupy mouthfeel. Slight carbonation leaves a lingering alcoholicy bitterness as it goes down.

Overall this is a good, albeit strong, doppelbock.

doppelmeup, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of hopsbreath
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who sent me this? I can't remember for sure but I think it was Pabs311. Thanks for the North East hook up man. 2010 vintage.

A: Clear ruby body, tight fine two finger beige head, some spotty lacing. 4/5

S: Big sweet bready malt, spicy alcohol, raisins. All smells are big, pungent, and very enjoyable. 4.5/5

T: Very robust sweet malts, a long boil was obviously used here. Tannic edges with a bitter finish round this out nicely. 4.5/5

M: Full, chewy, and smooth. This is the way a doppelbock is supposed to feel. 5/5

O: Damn good beer from a damn good brewery. Another impressive showing from Smuttynose again. Get one if you can. 4.5/5

hopsbreath, Mar 25, 2011
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.