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

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 65
Gots: 47 | 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.

2008 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.5%
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Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 2010 batch. Sampled on October 18, 2010. it pours a slightly cloudy amber brown with reasonable carbonation and about a quarter inch of silky off-white head. The aroma begins with a burst of malts followed by a nip of alcohol. It also has a bit of alcohol in the taste mixed in with a raw sugar sweet maltiness and bitter hops.

Sampled again November 18, 2014. The character is about the same with malt introduction and then a slightly boozy finish. At the same time very smooth. So my reaction has not changed so much although I felt as if I liked it better this time.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep mahoghany with a caramel colored head that hangs around for the duration. Has good lacing.

In the nose is fresh grass, caramel, malt, and barley.

Taste is sweet caramel backed by bitter chocolate & coffee notes. Carbonation is excellent - really keeps the flavor popping. Really good drinkability. I have been aging this one two years and it has paid off - it is definitely better than the one I had last year.

Photo of mstyne
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of jampics2
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased at Heinens. Enjoyed with Paulie watching the Browns blow another game. Cleveland fans just can't win at football - luckily, we have much better luck with beer.

It's a brilliant crimson read color with orange edges and a hint of brown. There's a nice head, a big white fluffy crown on top of the prize with nice lace. A really good looking dopplebock! Even if it is a bit untraditional.

As I raise up the glass to my nose, I'm impressed with the chocolate flavors from the roasted malt. There's some dark fruit, caramel and tons of booze. It's just too boozy. I like the sweet and prominent chocolate and toffee going on, but the booze just sticks out like a sore thumb.

Luckily it takes more of a back seat, or at least a passenger seat in the taste. There's a ton of dark chocolate from the roast, accompanied well with a raisin, fig, and plum taste. Some malt sweetness but more roasty. Molasses and spice linger. This beer is pleasant, huge and unapologetic.

The carbonation is low and the body is creamy, with lingering sweetness and some raisin notes too. This is a huge beer and it feels great in my mouth. The booze is very well covered, but not invisible. If this was an 11% it would be expertly masked, but, as is, there's enough rewarding flavor to make this above average in drinkablity. Another nice one from Smutty!

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown with minor head that dies slow and left lace patches down the glass. A large malt aroma mixing in bread and even toffee as come caramel and sugary sweentess. Good malt base in the taste as well as this brew has sticky sweetness with the ABV lending itself to the dry bread/roasted malt edge. Caramel, toffee, and something akin to syrup are mixed into the somewhat heavy body for sweetness. Good ripe fruit tastes in there as well as I'm picking up something like pear or sour grape/cherry - comes in on backend and works for balance and gives a illuminating backbite. A little boozy for a bomber but a very hearty dopplebock.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a dfh chalice, nice caramel color. nice head and nice lacing.

bit toffee, praline flavors. nice nuttiness, get some bready malt as well. hint of alcohol, really clean. finishes with a faint roasted flavor.

pretty full bodied, drinks fairly easy though. i could have a few of these no prob but i'd also be pretty drunk.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of liddytime
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle dated 2008.


Drinking this beer is like drinking warm, chocolate, gingerbread out of a brandy snifter, sitting on a humidor stuffed with Cuban cigars.

An unbelievable experience. Arguably the best Smuttynose has offered to date!

Photo of Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You just LOOK at this beer and think "Serious. Malt." Color is a brownish/dark red rust, as opaque as a non-black beer can be. The head is a toasted tan color, stiff and everlasting. I'm already completely wowed by this beer and I haven't even smelled or tasted it yet.

Yet. And my god, the aroma is one to grapple with. Serious fruit and alcohol invade the nose, instantly telling you this is going to sit on some higher level of sweet and rich. Reminds of a Belgian strong dark ale, in some ways. The alcohol almost veers out of control into aftershave territory, but the succulent dark fruit (especially black currant and fig), Christmas/pie-like dessert spice, and extreme pumpernickel smells keep everything in depth and in check. (I can't believe I just wrote "extreme pumpernickel"...someone shoot me.)

Sweet and rich it is...not too sweet, but, yeah, pretty rich. Nears chocolate cake territory, and also has a nice twang of vanilla, rum-soaked raisin, fig, Ovaltine, black cherry and many varieties of dark bread. Also pretty vinous, and a little bit of a strained grassiness, although that's pretty far back there. The alcohol isn't bashful, but with all that other great stuff going on, it underlines and amplifies everything a bit. The alcohol is actually a bit tamer in the flavor than in the aroma. And like the aroma, there's something here that crosses the line into Strong Belgian Dark Ale territory. S'muttonator, being a type of bock, should be a lager, although I wonder if Smuttynose slipped a little Belgian yeast into the process? Or at least some candi sugar?

The feel is fantastic, being creamy and round and slick, but never too thick or heavy. Totally smooth. It's definitely got big presence, texturally, but if it was too thick/heavy, this beer would tip the scales into "too much." As it is, the feel is yet another terrific aspect of this hugely impressive beer.

Probably a bit much for any kind of everyday drinking. Everyday beers don't need to be "ho-hum," of course, but this one strikes me as something to pair with dessert and/or bust out on special occasions with friends who are down with the dark. Another killer from Smuttynose's Big Beer series, where Smuttynose usually always excels. Awesome.

Photo of claspada
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown beer with a creamy tan lingered colored head. Very sweet smelling of toffee and caramel, borderline cloying sweetness. Hops are not apparent in the nose what-so-ever.

Lots of rich thick layers of malt. This has flavors of bready, caramel, toffee. Mouthfeel is soft, thick and rich. Biting alcohol warmth in the finish. Lacks some of the depth of nuttiness and roasted flavors found in the best German doppels, but still very enjoyable.

This is a big sweet doppelbock. Alcohol detracts from the overall enjoyment. Not sure this would age well either because I find German styles typically just do not.

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's a 2008 bottle received from NJpadrefan in the Clue LIF. Thanks Alan! Poured chilled into a Spiegelau pilsner glass...

Appearance: At first glance, this is a very heavily carbonated beverage. Whether it's from the bottle conditioning since 2008 or the brew itself, I don't know, but it looks friggin' awesome in the glass. A nice ruddy, deep, orangish-ruby color with about 3 fingers worth of tan-colored fluffy head. This is exactly what I would expect from a doppelbock, and I can't wait to dig further into this heady brew.

Smell: This one is all toasted malts and barley scents. The grain bill on this beer must be staggering and that's based purely on the first whiff of the glass. Some biscuits and breads mix with some caramel malty sweetness to produce a great smelling beer.

Taste: The taste follows the nose almost perfectly. This beer is a well-defined mix of toasted grains and malts, along with a nice sweetness that sits nicely on the palate. A little bit of hop bite hits you on the back end, but even then, the finish is all sweet malty goodness, and the aftertaste is reminiscent of peat, wood, and oak flavors that meld together seamlessly on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: True to the 'Big A' series, this is not a light brew. The first sip envelops the tongue, and as this beer continues its journey, it refuses to let go of your senses. This is a great beer to have on a night in, where the only thing that is called for is rest and relaxation, and drinking beer, of course.

Drinkability: The flavor of this beer was quite surprising, in a very good way. I wasn't expecting the full mouthfeel that this beer gave, but I truly enjoyed it. Of all of the Smuttynose beers I've had up to this point, this one is definitely in the running for the top spot. I would try this again in a heartbeat!

Photo of bobsy
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle.

Pours a cloudy oak with a light tan head that drops to a film and a collar. Some spots of lace are left on the sides of the glass. Huge toffee aroma, mixing in with big sweet malts and brown bread. Sweet toffee flavour, with lots of brown sugar and dark caramel. Lots of bready malts backing it up. Some molasses, coffee and dark fruit bring baltic porter notes to the party. A veritable malt explosion with no noticeable bitterness. Alcohol is still surprisingly present even after all these years, and brings down the flavour and drinkability scores a notch from their heady heights. Big, sticky body, with an impressive smoothness.

Big thanks to Derek for bringing this gem over - its been on my wants for a while, but I've never got to it. It certainly lived up to my expectations, and Smuttynose are cementing the great opinion I have on them. A very sweet, malt heavy doppelbock, which makes a decadent treat.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged about 1.5 years.

A: A big tan head with falling bubbles on the pour, and just tons of texture. The Beer is a medium Brown, with a head of about 3 fingers, maybe a little more.

S: Malty! Big sweet malt fills the room upon pouring. Fruity Caramel, I'm guessing the remnants of hops.

T: Yep. still malty! But not just sweet, there is the actual flavor of malt in here. No hops, but a slightly bitter roast.

M: Light and smooth.

Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Bottle Conditioned in 2006"

A - Cloudy amber with brown hues. slight head of an off-white reddish color.

S - Very malty, sweet, sugary, fruity, slight alcohol.

T - Toasted malt, bread, molasses, hints of coffee, and everything that's in the nose.

M/D - Very smooth, very little carbonation, seems to have aged very well. Great stuff.

Photo of JayNH
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep burgundy with a huge frothy head. Lacing like crazy on the glass.

S- Sweet and malty, mildly fruity. Notes of caramel, butterscotch and raisins. A mild alcohol warmth.

T- A rich sweet malt, notes of caramel, fruit, and coffee bloom. A mild grassy hoppiness in the finish.

M- Rich, smooth and a bit creamy. Very full bodied.

D- Excellent! Rich and complex, alcohol is very well hidden. You could eat this brew with a fork and a knife. Smutty did a hell of a job with this one.

Photo of cfrancis
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of deathdealer666
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip.

In the light it's a great spectrum from a copper red to a deep brown with a beautiful fluffy white head.

That's quite a yeasty nose with a good amount of toasted malt. Kinda smells like a bran muffin.

OH. MY. JEBUS. That is f'in great! With grain bill like this I would normally prefer a metric fuck ton of hops to accompany it, but this is fantastic. The sweet breadiness along with sourness provided by the yeast is killer. Some burnt caramel and a gentle kiss of hops perfectly rounds it out. GREAT!

Smooth. I don't know what else can be said. Really, really smooth.

Yeah it's 8.5% but it's not like you haven't done that before. Great stuff. All the way around. This might be the best free beer I've ever had. I do suggest you pay for it when you find it.

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my idea of a Dopplebock. Thick bready and malty...and goes down smooth. Pours a very cloudy brown color with a bit of light getting through on the sides and bottom. Can barely see the outline of a finger on teh other side of the glass. The head is tan and fairly large. Shrinks down to a ring around the glass and a thin covering in the middle. Hige sheets of lacing.

Smell is of bready malts. Taste is the same. Rye bread, pumpernickle and maybe a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick. No chalkiness or unpleasant malty after taste. No hint of alcohol either. Drinkability is good for this style of beer. I drank the whole bomber over half a televised football game with no snacks. Enjoyed every bit. Some cheese would have benn nice though. Very drinkable...very tasty

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled in 2008. So this beer's got 8-18 months on it, meethinks. Poured into wide-mouthed snifter ( not my first choice, I need to upgrade my glassware)

A- pours impressively, active head and pretty solid carbonation. Beer matches the brown bottle, and the foam is like the tan of the side label. Nice head formation.

S- I can smell the malty sweetness from a mile away. Really smells like raisins or figs.

T- Slightly bitter on the tongue, a mild acidity, but it is gone in an instant. Malty, for sure, a roasted coffee flavor comes through after the first sip. The malt seems a bit smoky, but just a bit. Pretty good sweetness, not overbearing, but for sure the main focal point. Good, not great. The ABV is hidden exceptionally well.

M- Pretty darn good. Thick, luscious, slow and lingering, full-bodied. This is a beer brewed with a LOT of malt, if that's your thing this is the beer for you.

D- I like the big beer series from Smuttynose, and this one is no exception. Not my favorite of theirs, but still a rock-solid brew. A pretty good take on an underrated style, this is a good beer that is well worth the price of admission. I can't imagine having more than one at a time, but I enjoyed this beer and will stock up for sure, this would make a great trade extra.

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

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

I'm pouring it cold and there's some gushing going on here.. colour is rusty and it's hazy. Huge head of foam with good lacing.

The smellis grainy and malty with a healthy nose of chocolate and some toffee.

The taste matches the nose nicely. Big graininess followed by sweet malts, chocolate, and toffee. Very tasty and very malty with the abv hidden very well. Now I'm getting a light fruitiness that borders between sweet and tart.

Medium mouthfeel with the carbonation on the light side of medium. Head retention is primo.

Drinkability? The abv is a non factor in the taste and only gives me a slight warming after the swallow. The taste is very satisfying so I'd say it's pretty darned good in that category. Well done, Smuttynose.

Photo of jbertsch
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass, this was a beautiful opaque mahogany brew with a frothy light-tan head. The color combination between the beer and the head is terrific...looks sexy as hell. Great solid lacing, too.

Smell: Raisin, fig - and dark fruit mix with a bit of spice. There's also a layer of caramel flavors underneath it all. And even a touch of cinnamon.

Taste: Up front are caramel malts, molasses, and raisin. I also sense something herbal.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Quite dry, with a long bitter finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a doppelbock because of it's balance.

This is a serious brew, with nice equality in its ingredients. Would go great with a soft, bitter cheese. Hooray for Smuttynose.

Photo of srandycarter
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola with very little head. Minimal lacing and cascade.

S - cook/dried fruit and bread.

T - Wonderful expression of cook/dried dark fruit, with notes of heady dark bread.

M - Medium body, good carb and coat.

D - Not my fav for a session, but could do a few.

Photo of Dylan2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 06/03/09
22 oz. Bottle-Conditioned Bomber from 2008 release

Appearance: Nice reddish brown color, only a bit of head height, but head retention was good, staying frothy on top for quite a while.

Smell: Immediate caramelized/roasted malt smell, followed by faint alcohol, raisins, maybe some molasses in there.

Taste: Layers of sweet malts reside in this behemoth of a beer - it is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Nice full bodied, creamy texture, good carbonation hits after a few seconds, finally some heavier alcohol aftertaste - but not in an unpleasant way

Drinkability: This is truly a Big Beer - appropriately so from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series - and although this is pretty smooth for such a high alcohol content, it is still just a sipper - but I would be glad to keep sipping it for quite a long time.

Notes From Smuttynose: As the name implies, a doppelbock (double bock) is an extra strong, very malty German lager beer. Typically quite sweet with some roasted malt undertones, doppelbocks range in color from deep amber to nearly black and are normally associated with the winter season. Traditionally, German brewers have used the suffix "-ator" in naming their doppelbock beers; we have, too.
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle split with brothercannon. Poured into a standard shaker glass, the beer appears a clear crimson brown color with an inch of lingering, dense light ecru foam. Smells and tastes of a good amount of sweet caramelized malt (as it should), followed by notes of raisins, molasses, prunes, toasty sweet and hearty bread. Bordering on full bodied, smooth and amply carbonated. Quite drinkable considering the higher ABV%. All fans of the style need to give this one a try.

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.