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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

540 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 64
Gots: 35 | 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 mac31
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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!!!

Photo of Snowdog
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ksimons
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a dark caramel color with two fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-heavy caramel malt backbone, brown sugar, and light raisins

T-brown sugar, raisins, caramel and toffee with a light hop bitterness in the finish.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth

Overall a delicious beer for the style, nice chewy body with just enough hop bite

Photo of JMS1512
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Pleasure
4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 650ml brown glass bottle with apt label art and a branded black and lime pry-off pressure cap purchased at a local bottle shop.

Expectations are high given its current 91 rating. 9.8% ABV. Reviewed as a doppelbock per the label. "Bottle conditioned 2014." Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide. White colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Not real frothy. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Dark copper with amber hues. Average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Translucent. Semitransparent.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special for the style, but certainly within conventions, and appealing.

AROMA: My first whiff yields only a simplistic impression of generic malty sweetness.

Trying again, I pick up on caramel, some brown sugar, vague indistinct fruit, and caramelized fruits and malts.

Hmm. There aren't many notes in the aroma. As it warms a bit, though, it does start to take shape: light fig, faint sugarplum, the beginnings of a trace of red apple...it's not a muted or subdued aroma, it's just a withdrawn one.

Pleasant, but light in strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Caramel, prune, light fig, a kiss of sugarplum, caramelized indistinct fruit, amber malts, traces of cherry and juicy red apple, brown malts, dextrins, Vienna malts, and some fruity breadiness on the finish. I find myself working in overdrive to find these notes; it's not a reticent or muted flavour profile, and it does have depth of flavour, but everything melts together so nicely it's tough to break it down into its constituent notes. A bit of cinnamon spice; if they played that note up this beer might be wonderful. A hint of pecan, a whisper of walnut...this is a tough nut to crack.

The malty sweetness is well-checked, and the fruitiness guides the flavour profile nicely, tying it together with a rare (for a doppelbock) cohesion. As it warms, fruitcake enters the equation. Maybe even some raisin. The subtlety of the dark fruit is notable, yet it retains a distinctly German vibe, never venturing into Belgian dark fruit territory - I guess because it never tastes candied?

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. I'm surprised many other reviewers are calling it warm and/or boozy; I find the alcohol quite well concealed.

Overall, I find it well-balanced and cohesive, and it almost feels like a gestalt whole. Complex enough for a doppelbock, with surprising subtlety and an initial inaccessibility. Sure, it could be more intricate and nuanced, but that goes for damn near every beer. Sweetness is high in general, but just right for the style.

TEXTURE: Sticky, smooth, wet, full-bodied, heavy, thick, and lush without ever venturing into syrupy or viscous territory. It's only slightly over-carbonated, and while it's unrefreshing I do think it's a quenching meal-in-a-glass kind of brew. You could see a glass of this nourishing a tired German monk on a winter's night, and I suppose in the end that's what the style is designed for.

Has a good overall presence on the palate. This mouthfeel complements the taste quite well, but doesn't elevate the brew beyond the potential of the taste.

OVERALL: Drinkable for its high ABV, but nevertheless a very filling beer. You wouldn't want more than one in a night, and while I'll finish the bottle alone, I don't know that I'd recommend that to most beer drinkers. This will definitely satisfy fans of the style, and it's one of the better American offerings in the style I've had recently, but it's certainly not world-class. Smuttynose has done a good job brewing the intended style and I could see myself aging one or two of these if I had the disposable income on hand (I don't). It's perhaps a bit more subtle than my palate is currently able to contend with; I'll have to revisit this one when I'm more experienced. In any case, it's certainly worth trying at least once.

B-

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Marked as bottle conditioned 2014

Appearance - Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass to reveal a relatively clear reddish copper color with a khaki, near 2-finger head. Strong retention, eventually settling to a thin, consistent layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - The toffee notes come through from a mile away with hints of caramel and distant raisin bread.

Taste - Toffee, toffee and more toffee! Hints of earth, raisin and walnut toward the finish, but they are overshadowed by the sheer strength of the toffee dominance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Slick, and maybe even a light syrup stickiness in texture. Goes down easy enough and finishes on the

Overall - Decidedly malty with an emphasis on toffee sweetness; this one is on the richer side, even for the style. I really wanted to like this beer, but the nigh one-dimensional flavor profile makes it hard to enjoy even past half a glass. Ayinger Celebrator it is not. It's not dislikeable, but a hint of balance (coffee or dark malt roastiness) would go a long way.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to nothing within a minute

S: Some light fruity esters and sweet maltiness up front with a hint of nutty notes in the back

T: Starts off with the big maltiness that provides some sweetness and nutty notes, and then goes into some fruity esters and alcohol. Alcohol is very well melded and is hardly noticeable. Finishes with a light sweetness and more of the esters

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and chewy

O: A very nice American doppelbock that combines the huge maltiness with some nice fruity esters and alcohol. Impressively easy to drink at just under 10%. Great value and definitely worth picking up

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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.

Photo of TBoneJones
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +11.9%

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.