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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

491 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 59
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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Photo of yeti123
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

yeti123, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of mtbbaboon
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Smuttynose Big Beer series, I picked up a 22oz bottle thanks to a fellow BA mentioning it's back in stores. Pours a dark, caramel color with a thick, off-white head that lingers for quite some time and sticks to the side of the glass upon drinking. A strong malt aroma with some sweetness. The taste is malty with a hint of toasty, and the alcohol is noticable. The mouthfeel is heavy and creamy and leaves some stickiness behind, although it's a smooth swallow. Carbonation is moderate and disappears quickly when swallowed. Overall, a delicious and very drinkable dopplebock that should be consumed slowly.

mtbbaboon, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of projektyle
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

projektyle, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of TMB0424
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy dark amber body with a thick, pillowy tan head sitting on top. Frothy. Great retention, it stuck around for quite some time. Lacing is basically everywhere - nice.

Smells of sweet malts with hints of citrus and a boatload of dark fruits tossed in there. Molasses coated raisins, caramel.

Sweet malts immediately race to the forefront - raisins, burnt brown sugar, caramel. Small amount of hops provide a great, great balance to the extreme sweetness of the malts. Aftertaste is of a nice alcohol kick with slight chocolate. A hint of peppery yeast is somewhere in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel is great - it's exceptionally creamy and smooth. Chewy, thick, full bodied. The alcohol is well masked - it comes through at the perfect moment during the finish. Really surprised by this brew. Drinkability only suffers a little because of the alcohol - otherwise I could drink a few of these all night.

TMB0424, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of TK5150
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark amber with ruby and copper highlights when held up to the light. Two finger head forms and leaves a little lacing that slowly falls down the sides of the glass.

S- Loads of caramel, dates/figs, and sweet cherries. Smells a lot like the last bottle of Firestone Walker 12 I had. Reminds me of my mothers date cake she makes around the holidays. Malt and powdered sugar is present as well. Very sweet smelling. Like a dessert.

T- Loads of caramel and sweet cherries. Dates and figs are there as well. Powdered sugar is in the taste too. Burnt caramel and bitterness lingering in the mouth after the swallow. Starts sweet and finishes bitter. The bitterness tastes just like radicchio, which I'm not liking. Alcohol appears as the beer warms. I like this better cold.

M- Gets a good coating on the palate. Syrupy, full body.

D- Would be hard to drink a bomber by yourself I think. A little sweet, but the lingering bitterness makes an awkward transition from the sweetness in the mouth.

Overall I like this. Glad its back after a 2+ year hiatus. I will cellar a few bottles to see how this one ages. I'm thinking this will get better.

TK5150, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Jwren5
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Jwren5, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of littlebibs
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.

littlebibs, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of Nutleybeer
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.

Nutleybeer, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of pgrow
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

pgrow, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of mcowgill
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.

mcowgill, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of IIKaRuII
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.

IIKaRuII, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of adowney523
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.

adowney523, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
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 ...

Kudashov, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of duffextracold
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.

duffextracold, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of mattpetti
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.

mattpetti, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of beerbutcher
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.

beerbutcher, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of GreatPumpkin
4/5  rDev -1%

GreatPumpkin, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
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!

ThreeDimesDown, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of bigman147
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.

bigman147, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Duwey
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Duwey, May 31, 2014
Photo of wil19b85
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.

wil19b85, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
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.

GolgiIPAratus, May 11, 2006
Photo of MarineHokie
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.

MarineHokie, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of mbrasi
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.

mbrasi, Feb 01, 2009
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.