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

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Reviews: 393
Hads: 615
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 80
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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 TruePerception
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured some into a pilsner glass.
Brownish mahogany, clear but rich body, & a low creamy head with a but of lacing to be seen.
Smell is sweet and of bread, brown sugar with dark fruit, some alcohol. All of it subtle, but certainly special.
This is a tasty treat. Creamy caramel, sweet bread malts, then hops & the bite of nearly 10% abv. Hints of vanilla and autumn citrus fruit. All gives way to the sharp finish. Not as sweet overall than I would have liked.
Feels smooth, yet more well-carbonated for the style, & even with some chewiness..then it ends with a bitter, sharp bite.
It seems this would fare well with age. Clearly I didn't age this, and so I can say while tasty fresh, it does complete with an abrasive bite.

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

2011 vintage----YUM!
A very nice dopplebock from Smutty! This fine brew pours a ruby tinged dark brown with a
SUBSTANTIAL thick tan head that lingers with beautiful lacing. Thick and rich, the nose is of
fresh baked breads, caramel malts, and a light hop aroma. Flavors are HUGE. Raisins and
caramel notes to the middle, sweet caramel malts to the sides with a fresh bready like flavors.
A light bittering hops profile rises to the back giving balance to this sweet malt bomb with an
alcohol warmth that is a slow burn. Fantastic.


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Photo of Huffs
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a nice dark copper / amber color with a dense tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma had nice malt and bread notes. Taste had strong notes of malt, bread and some molassas with traces of caramel. Great mouth feel, creamy and full. Aftertaste was sweet and lingering.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle conditioned in 2010... drinking on 7/22/13... is/almost 3 years old.. jackpot pick up a month or so ago.

Poured a amber plum looking color with a 1/2 inch mocha colored head that didn't last long but left a ring. Lacing was watery with magorityl amounts falling back into the beer. It looks very pleasing.

Smell was prune, raisin, date, malt, bread, alcohol (nothing offputting, a good smell)

Taste followed the nose in every aspect... in that order as well... the one things in there that wasn't present in the smell was the bittering hops They used. It was so present right after the malt but right before/in between the alcohol/warmth taste towards the end. It lasted and mellowed out to nearly nothing a second after you stomach it but was present in the after taste.... ohhhh so perfect....

Mouth feel was somewhat heavy and chewy... a Tad overcarbonated for me but also mellowed out as it warmed.

Overall this was a perfect example of the style. If you have a chance to age it, try it at 4 years and see cause there was NO signs of infection in this 3 year old one, Zero... nada.
.. I can see it going to 5 or 6 possibly. I would imagine the malt/prune will start to be more forward with a little bit more mellow on the alcohol. Needless to say this 3 year old one was damn near perfection. Way better when you drink it at the recommended temperature so let it get there before consuming.. I have to try a fresh one to compare but this made my pallet go crazy. Alcohol was non bullying and complimented the balance between the bitterness and sweetness. I'm sooo surprised that this beer still remains perfectly hop balanced even 3 years in. This is an absolute must try for dopplebock lovers but I would be carefull if you aren't into a big.... phenomenally tasting beer..

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Photo of jjboesen
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is based on a goblet quaffed at Rustico Ballston, which lies a few miles outside of Washington, D.C. It looks real nice with a semi-translucent copper body – still pool of beer that is void of carbonation and lacing (though a frothy head will appear if the beer is stirred). The nose is somewhat basic with mild hints of honey, grass and bananas. Upon the initial sip, there is a sweet blanket of caramel, molasses and brown sugar. That said, this is not a cloyingly sweet beer; the body is rather light with some doughiness tippling the palate.

At 9% abv, this beer could have been a booze bomb; however, I thought it to be very quaffable and inviting. But those of us who know anything about this style – one with its own season in Munich (Starkbierzeit), are well aware of an underlying potency. This strong beer should not be taken for granted.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2011

A: Pours a caramel-amber with a big bubbly head of beige colored foam on top. Bubble action in the body. Pretty clean body. Unique for a Double Bock. Lacing will tell the story. Lacing almost nonexistent.

S: Sweet aromas. Toffee. Butter. Some dark fruits -- prunes.

T: Dark fruits and sweet malts. Crisp. Subtle booziness. Not bad.

M: Smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation.

O: Nothing too special. It is a big beer, but it's largely forgettable. Unless you really like Double Bocks -- you can pretty much pass on this.

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Photo of Boto
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly clear, dark amber/mahogany color. There was about a finger of a khaki colored head on it that didn’t linger long but left some lacing. This one has a nice nose. Lots of malts, yet there isn’t much sweetness coming through. Caramel, dark fruits are the main components. Maybe some toffee also. The taste is excellent. A hint of sweetness, tons of malts. Faint roasted malts. Smooth. Overall an excellent doppelbock.

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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 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 andrewinski1
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is slightly hazy amber. There is a large light tan head that leaves nice lacing and holds well.

The aroma is fruity with a lot of apple and a touch of banana.

The taste is a mildly sweet caramel-forward malt bomb. This is tasty. There is a nice bready flavor here also.

This is full bodied, with crisp carbonation. There is nothing fancy here; just a good solid dopplebock.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured out a dark brown color with some good clarity and a single finger of sand colored head that lasted for about a minute, leaving behind medium amounts of lacing on the inside of the glass. Body is on the lighter side of heavy thickness, carbonation is medium strength. It has a very nice smooth and silky texture in the mouth.

Well, it's a malt bomb alright. Smells and tastes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, and plum pudding with extra bits of red port-soaked bread on the side. Actually, the flavor has a slightly higher level of breadiness and dark fruit emphasis than the nose does, and the nose has a slightly higher level of booziness than the flavor actually presents to the tongue. I can only find a faint garnish of earthy and herbal hopping on the back side of the finish, and even than only once the glass has warmed up. My token constructive criticism would be to amplify the noble hops slightly to temper down the sweet malts a bit, and allow some nutty malt tones to shine through. Still, this beer ranks up there amongst the top 15 doppelbocks I've had...so it's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Jake351
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug:

Appearance: Dark amber, like a chocolate cherry color, with 4 fingertips worth of foam that lasts for 5 minutes, a nice contrast to the darker color beneath.

Smell: Dark fig wafts up the glass, and with the minutes passing, opens up into a more raisin-like earthiness.

Taste: Breadiness with the best of the Doppelbocks! There's a caramel back-end that balances sweet and bitter perfect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with effervescence that is very ephemeral. The taste is so overwhelmingly incredible that I don't really notice the mouthfeel all that much, but wished it had more creaminess. If anything it might be a little too thin for its flavor.

Overall: Incredible value, and one to be sipped to enjoy its flavor (and at 8.5% ABV, not one to be slugged down on an empty-stomach). It's my meal in a glass after my meal on a plate!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to egrace84 for the bottle share; thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes 9/3/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light brown bodied beer with with hue. 2 fingers of light tan head. spotty lace.

Smell: Malty, bready, fruity, brown sugar sweetness, and spicy booze.

Taste: Sweet malts, bready, raisins, fruity, and a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. fairly smooth drink.

Overall: A solid offering for a dopplebock. Nothing over the top, just true to style with no frills.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: 2008 bottle, carefully aged after purchasing from some dude's trunk at the June 2008 Kate the Great release. Truly a great day.

Appearance: Dark brown, with some light brown around the edges - creamy, light tan head - keeps a nice cap and leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Potent and impressive - dark, rich bread, bread crust, molasses, and a touch of a soy sauce-like aroma - dark fruit, caramel, and rich, cooked malts - a chewy, grainy sweetness, pleasant and non-sugary - some alcohol

Taste: Dark malts, dark fruits - grainy and bready, cooked and nicely toasted - molasses, caramel, and some brown sugar - dry, with some notable alcohol - hops have (understandably) faded over the years, but some earthiness remains, a nice roasty bitterness

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, very smooth, nicely carbonated, a nice level of dryness

Overall: Worth aging (and good fresh)

This certainly held up over time. It's similarly good fresh. In my humble opinion, this is one of the best Dopplebocks brewed this side of the Atlantic. Definitely worth a try - buy a few bottles and age some.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage given to me out of the back of some guy's car (claimed he worked on the Smuttynose bottling line) at Kate Day 2008. Split the bottle with angrybabboon. Aged 4 years.

Appearance: Deep copper with major brown leanings. Thin, off-white head that drops to a spotty cap. Slight carbonation. Head is rocky, chunky, and creamy.

Smell: I can smell this thing from a couple feet away. Huge malts. Caramel, biscuit, bread dough, molasses, toffee, even some brown sugar. Crazy malts. Tiny bit of alcohol and some sherry-like oxidation. Dark fruit - cherry and plum with some fig. Mild roasted edge. Sweet, cooked malts. Almost malt extract level of sweetness.

Taste: Port, oxidized to the point of pulling sherry and a touch of metal. Big biscuity and caramel malts. Sweetness pushes caramel and toffee. Almost nutty. Fresh brown bread. Cooked, syrupy sweet malts. No hops to speak of. Bite of alcohol on the back. Slight backing spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Age drops the body down to a barely there medium. Carbonation is still lively after the years. Clean.

Overall: Holds up well to 4 years. 2 would probably be ideal. Nice take on the style with some good depth. Very malt forward. A little raw when fresh.

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Photo of obywan59
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear. Rich amber in color with a substantial tannish head. Masive carbonation.

Very malty on the aroma, as was expected. Toasted grain with a bit of dried fruit. Noticable alcohol.

Sweet toasted malts, dark coffee and molasses, dark dried fruits. Alcohol is fairly substantial, but not too harsh. Bitterness of roast malt.

Fairly hot, but smooth. Light syrup, but not too sticky. A touch of prickly carbonation on the tongue. Medium-full.

Perhaps better suited for January than August, but still, it's very good. A nice sipper.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich caramel malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, some bready malts, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich caramelized malts and some raisin and other sweet dark fruits. Through the middle, brown sugar and molasses come through with some vanilla and bready malts. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, dark fruits, bready malts, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced doppelbock with a good strong and complex malt profile.

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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 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 argock
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear Donegal mug. 2011 notched on label. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.49.

A: Murky leathery brown with 2-finger light beige head with good retention but little to no lace.

S: Toffee and caramel notes with a soft herbal hops contribution. No alcohol.

T: The flavor is very malty and full of caramel without being overly sweet. There is a light herbal hops bitterness underlying this very nice, flavorful brew. No alcohol at all. Dangerous.

M: Exceeding smooth with even carbonation and a medium-full body but not syrupy or overly heavy.

O: A really nice brew from Smutty in an underappreciated style.

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Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good doppel. Served at a good temperature with a nice thick, creamy, cream-colored head that slowly settles to a partial thin cover and ring with some lace. Color is a clear orange copper with a few bubble trails. Aroma is malt, brandy, toffee, a little caramel. Flavor is like nose and sweeter today than when I first had it last night and more boozy too. Body is good; ditto carbonation. Finsish is like flavor and has a very mild brandy-like warming. Tasty brau.

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Photo of mltobin
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at DeCicco`s in New York. It pours a brown tone with close to a finger of tan head. The nose has nuts, dates and chocolate. Taste of this double bock contains malts, caramel, hops and more of the nuts. A sweet, but rich flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-full, bitterness in the finish. A very nice representation of this style from these good people out of New Hampshire.

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.