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

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)

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391 Reviews

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Reviews: 391
Hads: 612
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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Reviews: 391 | Hads: 612
Photo of bigman147
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Photo of wil19b85
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured nicely. Had a solid finger thick head. Now that it's settled there is a nice foamy layer that is lingering. It has a great mahogany, almost rosey color when held up to the light.

S - It has a very malty smell. I can't help but thinking of the smell of the woods thawing from winter. Does that sound kind of ridiculous or what? I like it.

T - I'm picking up oak, and peat right off. It finishes fairly bitter.

M - This is a very rich beer.

Overall I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I love living 25-30 minutes from the grocery store, but being able to pick up great beer at the local general store up the road.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled: 2.20.06

Appearance of the brew is honey amber liquid under a 2 inch off-white, eggnog head. Little to no lacing clings as the beer disappears.

Aroma is heavy on the malt. Let me repeat, HEAVY on the MALT. It’s like walking through the front door of a brewery. Real sweet maltiness, too, but little else. Caramel and roasty breadiness dominate.

Flavor is the obvious rich, sweet malts of the style. More roastiness and caramel from the nose follow through and are touched off with a hint of bitterness. Not very complex, but tasty just the same. The beer is heavy and chewy in the mouth with low carbonation.

It’s an easy drinker for it’s heady style. A good beer, but not a session beer. A bottle will do you.

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Photo of MarineHokie
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear deep copper color. Thin white head leaves sticky light lacing.

S - Sweet malty aromas dominate.

T - Quick light hop bite followed by sweet malty carmel smoothness. Finishes balanced with both sweet and bitter notes.

M - Medium body.

D - Alcohol well hidden, didn't notice any warming. Smmooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of mbrasi
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red-brown with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet malt, cane sugar, caramel, dark fruits and nuts. Flavor is sweet, it's a malt bomb with a slight hop profile in an attempt to balance the massive malts. I actually enoyed this brew even though I'm more into hops. Mouthfeel is rich and thick which makes the brew smooth to drink. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming, maybe the age has toned it down a bit. Finish is a little syrupy and sweet.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of mac31
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

22oz to tulip

Sweet, big caramel entry. Big, bold beer. Sipper. Cooked caramel and brown sugar. Bready malts. Deep, deep black cherry, raisin is present. Touch of warm orange hues. Just enough earthy, subtle hops to keep the beer honest. Soft (very), clean bitterness. Alcohol adds a drying effect (in the finish) to a sweet beer, another aspect that keeps the beer honest. Slight cereal graininess noted in the finish. Lager finish is apparent in the first few sips, but dissipates as the rest of this big beer takes over. Slight warming effect as the beer is quaffed, welcomed. Syrupy body with soft carbonation. Complex yet balanced brew. Serve at appropriate temp for best impression. Served mine slightly chilled, slightly astringent. Much better as the beer warmed (as all big beers do.) I definitely will by again. Have not had many bocks, reminds me almost of an English style barley wine, one of my favorites styles. 2014 version, 9.8%. Good stuff!!!

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Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Double Bock pours a pretty dull red with a small head that sticks around, there is tiny bits of weak lacing. The smell is pure malt and some spicy background perhaps the yeast or some spice not yet clear to me. I enjoy bock and this double does not let me down. It has clean smooth flavor that only hints of alcohol and some nice malty aftertaste. The mouth feel is awesome smooth and thick yet not to thick. I will be buying more of this beer.

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Photo of LOCAL
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 22oz bottle into goblet

Pours a dark reddish/brown with plenty of tan creamy head. Smell is dominated with malt. Also has notes of raisin and prune. Taste is smooth, creamy malt followed by more of the raisin and prune flavors mixed in with some chocolate. Mouthfeel: Did I say smooth and creamy, because yeah... smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Although this is a very drinkable beer, I'm not sure I'd have more than one in an evening. I have a few more in the cellar. I'll see how time treats them.

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Photo of thethrone
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with huge foamy off-white head. Tremendous retention, wet lacing coats the glass.

S - Big malty aroma, with caramel, toffee, and some oakiness.

T - Big malty flavor to match the aroma. A touch of bitter comes through on the back end. Some booziness also makes an appearence

M - Full bodied, chewy beer. Well carbonated.

D - Between the sweet maltiness and the strong alcohol content, this is definitely a sipper. Well worth a try, though.

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Photo of heyitsbyron
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The girlfriend was kind enough to drag a couple Smuttynose beers back from NH over spring break.

Very light for a doppelbock but oh so thick, almost the color of a dark brown ale. Considering the amount of malt in this, I was expecting much darker. The bone colored head is on the thin side, but again, very impressive considering the composition of the beer.

Smells thick and syrupy (yes, those are tact adjectives, but sometimes you can just tell). Extraordinarily sweet malts and slightly slightly floral.

Taste is surprising. Has a real nice toasty element and well as good bitterness. Still, very malty and therefore sweet. Slight herbal(?) flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Outstanding balance.

The hoppiness keeps the beer from getting overly sickly syrupy as it warms up. That's my big complaint with doppelbocks and this one doesn't suffer, though there's a bit of a lingering stickiness anyway. Very good.

Drinkable? Absolutely. Am I gonna finish all 22oz before I pass out from alcohol poisoning? Questionable. Also, this beer reminds me more of the Scotch ales that I've had than of the doppelbocks, but a rose by any other name....

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Photo of bayner34
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber purchased from Jungle Jim’s.

A: Looks great…a rusty brown, mahogany color with an off-white head. Left 2.5 finger head with almost no lace.

S: Caramel, maple, molasses, raisinets, malty. Almost no hops that I could smell.

T: Malt, Malt, Malt. And more malt. Sweet and smooth but the alcohol definitely comes through. Very warming. Would be ideal on a cold winter night.

M: Thick, almost syrupy. Still smooth but alcohol is certainly there, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Definitely a sipping beer meant to be savored.

O: Not my favorite style but I like it. Not my favorite from Smuttynose but I like it. A malt lover’s dream, but not a enough hops for a hop-head like me. It’s a nice change of pace though and overall pretty good beer.

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Photo of mstyne
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Beverage Mart, NY 66.


Pours a dark dark red with a nice 3/4" to 1" of head. Carbonation is light.

Aroma, is heavy, meaty-- like a medium rare steak. No, seriously!

Flavor is BOLD. Chocolate, coffee, oak, and some slight sweetness. Wow. This brew is pretty outrageous.

Okay Smuttynose, you may be on to something here.

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

mahignay in color, with a tannish/white head that doesn't stick around for long. smells like booze, carmel and toffee. tastes the same, a little unbalanced on the alcohol front, but it blends nice enough after the initial startling few sips. other big beer series beers are better but smutty never let ya down. somewhat heavier in the muth feel then you might expect, probably due to the alcohol. still drinable, despite the alcohol taste because as it warms the taste blends better.

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Photo of velo343
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass. A very deep, translucent mahogony with a slight orange hue. Large tan head that still has some presence a while later.

Smell - Very malty sweetness, molasses and raisins. Everything I'd want from a doppelbock and more.

Taste - Nothing really takes center stage here, just a lot of flavors really melding and meshing beautifully to create a super smooth, fine drinking bock. Chocolate, caramel, coffee, honey bread. Very thick and full feel. A moderate alcohol taste sneaks in at the end.

Drinkability - This is one of the smoothest, most deceiving doppelbocks I've ever had. It's almost too good. That being said, I'll drink to that.

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Photo of altctrlsdelete
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was absolutely blown away by this. Firstly, I have never seen head retention like this beer boasts. It's been in my glass for over an hour, and there's still a measurable head. The taste and smell remind me of Celebrator, the yardstick by which double bocks will be measured, but just seems to do so much more. Viciously smooth, with a velvety mouthfeel that leaves very little to be desired. Near perfection. I will have to try this next to a Celebrator one day to determine which is the true yardstick.

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Photo of bcastine
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bottle into a crystal chalice, bottle conditioned in 2008.

A: Brown earthy color with a espresso like head, slightly brown but thick and long lasting, head remained till the last sip with lacing present top to bottom.

S:Bakers Chocolate, Roasted malt.

T: Much like the smell, only a hint of bitterness, strong taste of dark chocalate, hint of heat

M: Mouthfeel is the largest strength, you just want more in your mouth, full yet silky, just slides down the throat. Leaves the mouth sticky, chewy, almost food like, very impressive.

D: Easy to drink in small volumes, 1 22oz is kinda pushing it. I'm just happy my local supermarket has been stocking this at $3.99 a bottle, what a bargain! Heck I bought them all so far. Will re-review in 2yrs when I get some age on a bottle or 2 or 3.

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Photo of Dulliwhig
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into a wine glass at my mother in law's house watching Villanova basketball. Beautiful ruby red with a thick creamy off-white head that clung to the glass until the end.

S - sweet malt, spices and alcohol - not overwhelming complexity.

T - taste is malty and sweet with an alcohol presence, not bad but I was expecting more.

M - medium to high body, well carbonated and crisp.

D - I had to sip this over a long period of time - it certainly wasn't bad, but not something that I would search out again.

I am a big fan of Smuttynose, but I have to admit my disappointment in this offering.

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Photo of beancounter
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the 2010 batch:

A- Dark amber with a medium head and lacing as I drink it. Small quick bubbles.

S--Caramel, toffee

T- It probably has more IBU's than the typical DB, but the traditional/textbook DB flavors are all there.

M- Moderate (a little "lighter" than the typical DB.)

D-This is a very drinkable double bock. So many of the DB's I've tasted are cloyingly sweet malt bombs and drinking the entire bottle is a chore. This went down very pleasantly and I can easily see having a few more.

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Photo of cfrancis
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous Dobbelbock! Dark garnet pour with a white head. Heavy malt aroma with some fruit. Taste is very bold with malt and fairly complex with lots of little flavours that come through in the aftertaste. Fruit, chocolate, yeast. Full body that just pleases. I adore this beer and will be on the hunt for more.

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Photo of unit555
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer but not the strongest in this series. The color was somewhat lighter than I expected from a double bock. Slightly sweet with a pleasant funk in the aromas. The flavors were sufficiently solid to stand up to garlic chicken wings and would pair well with most any bar food.

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

Big Beer Series Bomber - 2008 Vintage

A: Poured deep and somewhat dark amber/gold from a bomber, fairly clear with a touch of chill haze. Large bubbles dangle at the top two inches for several seconds before a nice smooth head appears. Lacing so thick that one might need a brillo pad to clean the glass.

S: Very malty, hint of smoke and gunpowder.

T: Very malty and smokey. Almost too sweet, but just enough hops to balance it out. Hard to taste the alcohol imho thanks to the malt, making it deceptively potent at over 8% abv.

M: Almost perfect mouthfeel. As thick and smooth as could be without crossing the line to pure malt syrup. Keeps me coming back for more.

D: So delicious I had to drink two bombers at one sitting. However, the high abv made for a nice hangover the next day (when, of course, I had to work). But what the hell, for a beer this good I'll deal with a little headache the morning after.

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Photo of muffguy4beer
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear amber color. Off-white head.

Smell: Big malts in the nose. Sweet caramel and alcohol also present.

Taste: Sweet malty flavors including: caramel, sweet bread, and a hint of coffee. Light touch of hops and tingling bitterness as it finishes. Warming alcohol as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a medium to full body.

Drinkability: Most definitely a sipping brew for a winter night. Very solid.

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Photo of nase
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting next to a fresh St. Victorious for comparison. This is an 05 bottle that is 2+ yrs. old.

it may have been posted already but a quick profile
Pale (2-Row) Malt, Munich Malt, Caramunich, CaraFa II, ABV - 9.6%
Hops: IBU ­ 42 Bittering and aroma - Hersbrucker Hallertau

First thoughts are that this has aged too long. It's quite malty and uniquely sweet as the brewer suggests. A faded brown appearance against its dark red counterpart in this tasteoff w/ some well-preserved lacing. Smells like a strong ale overboard on sweetness and the taste reflects that. As though someone doused a little syrup or medicine into a Bastard.

App. - 3.5, Smell - 3.5, Taste - 3, Mouthfeel - 3.5, Drinkability - 3

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle. Absolutely no head. Beer had a good taste, but way too sweet for me. Caramel color. A hint of that alcohol taste but not over powering. Would be an excellent after dinner beer in a small 8oz glass.

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