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

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90
outstanding

484 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
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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littlebibs

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dave for this one. Nice sweet malty taste and it has
a nice alcohol kick, I didn't realize 9% but its so tastey you
don't really notice it. Creamy raisin/ and that cherry(sour) back
there makes this a beer I will seek again. I had Three Philosophers
the night before so I still had that sour cherry taste going, it gives
this beer a whole drinkablitly. Highly recommended stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 22:29:27 | More by littlebibs
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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 20:09:59 | More by Nutleybeer
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mcowgill

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very nice dark amber color with a large creamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. The smell was of malts and alcohol. The taste was great! Caramel and malts throughout. Mouthfeel was creamy goodness. This is a very drinkable beer that I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 00:31:53 | More by mcowgill
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IIKaRuII

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber, that generates a nice khaki finger length collar. lite lacing creeps down the glass as the collar dissipates.
smells of sweet malts and apricots. nice warm alcohol smell aswell.
taste is a blast of malts with bitterness that increases as you taste. has a molasses like taste as well. raisins. Has nice earthy tones that make it very smooth to drink. enjoyable
nicely balanced. The bitterness is near perfect with the sweetness. very enjoyable and sits well. this is one of the best double bocks around.
Being that it is 9.5%ABV not 8.5% ( 2010 brew ) this is wonderfully drinkable. each drink you take you feel something new, and makes you want to keep drinking. Well done smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 07:40:00 | More by IIKaRuII
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adowney523

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Color is dark amber with an off-white head.

Smells faintly of zesty orange peel, some alcohol, and chocolate.

The fruity esters in the taste surprised me. Malt flavors are burnt with slight unsweetened chocolate. There is a lingering hop bitterness.

I was expecting a little more malt body in this beer, but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 17:04:51 | More by adowney523
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Kudashov

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my trusty Newbury Comics pint glass ..22oz bottle

A- Amber / mahogany color nice large beige head nice lacing too . The head stuck around for a while too . Wonderful color . Wish my Strat was this color .

S- malt , caramel ...can't place anything else ...

T- pleasant , tasty , I have tried other Smutty types and was not impressed , this however the best . Wish i had bought 2 more bottles .

M- What more is there to say . The color in my cheeks lets me know that this has some kick to it too . I will have another one of these during the Super Bowl . Cheers to Smutty ...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 19:43:26 | More by Kudashov
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duffextracold

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown, with clingy lace on the glass. smells like raisins, sweet malt, and molasses. fruity yeast. Tastes like sweet bready malt, raisins, dried fruit. well balanced flavors. slightly boozey. rich, creamy, mouth coating texture. lots of tiny bubbles, but not overly carbonated. very good overall, well balanced, very malty, but not overwhelming. i will definitely try this again next year.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 23:38:18 | More by duffextracold
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mattpetti

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 05:48:01 | More by mattpetti
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beerbutcher

Maine

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance- the beer pours a tan head two fingers deep and is a deep mahogany color.

aroma- i can smell the munich first, with crystal malt/ toffee tones under it, and a sharp phonol kick.

taste- the palate is light and dry. there is some richness to the malt and the sweet spots there, but alcohol overwhelms and the hop bitterness lays a bit heavy for this style.

mouthfeel- there is little of the lush creaminess that i look for in this style, and every sip ends wiith a wash of heat.

drinkability- overall, it's too strong and bitter, with little of the classic malt profile to back it up. definitely an american interpretation of the style... still the strength is endearing as i empty my glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 03:44:03 | More by beerbutcher
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GreatPumpkin

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

01-16-2012 18:50:28 | More by GreatPumpkin
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby red when held up to the light. Off white, three finger head that dissipates quick but leaves some decent lacing.

Aromas of toffee, bready malts, sweet dark fruits and vanilla.

Taste of dark fruits (black cherry, currants), cocoa powder, vanilla, oak. This beer has a big malt backbone. Alcohol taste is present but not overpowering.

Medium to full mouthfeel. Creamy, slightly sticky, well carbonated.

Another big hit from the Big Beer series!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 21:51:10 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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bigman147

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

Overall:
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 21:59:46 | More by bigman147
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wil19b85

Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 22:10:06 | More by wil19b85
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GolgiIPAratus

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 14:05:53 | More by GolgiIPAratus
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MarineHokie

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2006 22:46:43 | More by MarineHokie
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mbrasi

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 22:56:03 | More by mbrasi
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Onceeven

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 02:50:04 | More by Onceeven
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pgrow

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-23-2013 21:02:00 | More by pgrow
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Duwey

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

05-31-2014 01:47:06 | More by Duwey
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jorg2619

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 21:21:10 | More by jorg2619
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LOCAL

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 22:26:35 | More by LOCAL
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thethrone

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 06:57:42 | More by thethrone
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mymasterpiece75

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12-28-2011 23:30:05 | More by mymasterpiece75
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heyitsbyron

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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....

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 02:14:33 | More by heyitsbyron
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bayner34

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 04:50:19 | More by bayner34
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.