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

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484 Ratings

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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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Photo of Monkeyknife


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks goes out to johnnnniee for this one.

Poured from the bottle a bright and clear ruby-brown color with a quicky fading off-white head.

Aroma is sweet malts, raisins, vanilla, and caramel. Faint hoppiness in the background.

The taste is big with sweet malts, raisins, figs, toasted caramel, floral hops, and creamy vanilla. Finished fairly clean with just a hint of raisins and figs. The alcohol is well hidden, just a touch of heat.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with moderate carbonation.

A very nice doppelbock from Smuttynose. A big beer, but easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I've been loving these Smutty trials.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 21:39:03 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of SkinnyElvis


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

2006 bottle purchased at Vidalia. Pours with a big head which settles nicely into a pretty lacing. Dark amber in appearance. Smells bready & sweet. The taste is a good combo of malt & sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is drinkable even with an ABV of 8.5%. I am a fan of the style & this is a good dopplebock.

Recommended. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 23:53:03 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clearish, ruby-hued body topped by a full, though short-lived yellowish head.

Smell: Strong maltiness in the nose, with a full scent of luscious toasted caramel. Figs and plums provide some fruitiness. Hint of breadcrusts and booze.

Taste: Rich, toasty caramel maltiness with a big sweetness. Touch of light aniseed, a drizzle of fruit-flavored syrup. Only a slight hop bitterness. Hint of ripe red apples near the sweetish finish. Taste of toasted grain lingers into the aftertaste. The alcohol is present, sure, but nothing to fuss about.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very nice doppelbock from Smuttynose. Full of malts and plenty chewy without ever wandering into syrupy territory.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 20:07:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Smuttynose US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramelized malts, brown sugar and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with strong flavors of dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar up front. The malt character is hearty and there's a little bit of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is yet another good Smuttynose beer, but I definitely find it to be more a sipper than a pounder.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 03:45:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 fl oz "Smuttynose Big Beer Series, Bottled in 2006""
Purchased for $4.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
A quick pour resulted in a deep, dark, mahogany brown, ruby-red colored hue with a modest-sized foamy head that soon receded and left a fair amount of lacing around the glass...
Sweet, malty, vanilla and caramel aroma, thick, with noticeable prune smells...
Thick, rich, creamy, filling taste, this one is certainly a heavy, full-bodied, big beer, bursting with flavor and toffee, nut, malt, caramel, sugars, dark candy, butter, and syrup essences... A thick, molasses-like taste pervades this one...
Overall, a pretty on-point sample from Smuttynose, and a rich, satisfying beer with a good mouthfeel and equally satisfying level of drinkability...

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 00:28:12 | More by dsa7783
Photo of 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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Photo of Dogbrick


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

Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. This beer is a dark amber color with a thin light beige head that has decent retention. Patchy lacing. Nutty, malty aroma that has a good amount of hops around the edges. Rich, smooth body with roasted malt, bread and caramel flavors that are rounded out nicely by hops and spices. Alcohol is present but not overdone. The finish is full and sweet with toasted malt and caramel, leaving a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very good from start to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2007 19:53:19 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of flexabull


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty. Thanks again!

Beer pours a bright and clear deep amber / brown color, with a nice white head on top.

Aromas are dusty, dough like, malty and slightly sweet.

Beer is crisp and dry. There is and underlying sweetness, some dustiness, floral flavors, and a bit of tartness. The finish is biting, spicy, and with an alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice, it's full in the mouth, crisp, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good. This beer seems to hit a bit too much with the alcohol burn, but it's still tasty and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 04:10:58 | More by flexabull
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 version. 9 month old sample. Ruby amber with a three finger head. Fruity, malty nose with hop spiciness. Glorious aromas. Smooth maltiness that is very pleasing. Rounded alcohol warmth. Bitter hops to balance but the malt is center stage. Molasses, brown bread with butter, and a nuttiness can all be tasted. Smooth mouthfeel with a creamy head. I remember this beer was raw with almost semi-harsh malt, hop and alcohol flavors when fresh. This aged sample is smooth and balanced and easy to drink. Big, Big lager from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 15:03:39 | More by mshallah
Photo of Grundle20


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is orange-amber in color with a good sized off white head. There's respectable staying power to the head but not much in the way of lacing.

A little less potent than I would like but there's a mild sweetness to an array of malty goodness. There's a crisp hop edge in the back but it's not taking away from the malt highlight.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
I can't say that I've had a dopplebock that had such an apparent hop presence, right up front there's a good piney crispness. After the brief, yet lifting, hops in the front malts steal the show as the should. The beer drinks a little light and thin but there's still plenty of caramel and bitter roasted or chocolate malts building the middle and finish of the beer. A bitter roasted malt edge carries on in to the aftertaste.

As far as dopplebocks go this one is a little more drinkable. It's a touch less cloying and viscous which lends well to the drinkability of the beer. Unfortunately it's a little high in the ABV and there's a lingering malt aftertaste that becomes undesirable for me after a few beers.

Bottom Line:
A fine beer in my opinion. I think it's a little bit Americanized but really only to the beer's merit.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 20:47:25 | More by Grundle20
Photo of morebeergood


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle dated from 2006. Poured a nice brownish red color into the glass, with a sizable head. The first smell I took revealed a hint of spice. Upon tasting, the maltiness of this beer really hits you. The flavor notes that come through are a combo of figs and orange. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. As the beer warmed up to room temp, it became even smoother. This doppelbock was great to eat with some spicy salami and mild cheese. This is a beer that I enjoyed taking my time to enjoy and savor.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 16:54:19 | More by morebeergood
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, 2006 vintage, served in a Pilsner glass.

A - clear, deep amber color with a big tan head that thinned out to a light layer, leaving good lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet caramel malt flavor, with a slight touch of hop bitterness. 8.5% abv is totally hidden.

M - full bodied, very nice carbonation.

D - very good, very drinkable Dopplebock

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 22:40:17 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of doubleipa


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was bottled on 2004. One inch, thick light-brown head. Big aroma of heavy malt, dark bread, molasses, taosted. Quite a bit of banana, as well. Lots of dried fruit, too. Soft carbonation and full bodied mouthfeel. Taste has some dried fruit and caramel.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 18:00:27 | More by doubleipa
Photo of Hautacam


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

Good looking deep orange brown with a frothy tan head that drops slowly to an opaque film.
The smell is dried fruit, caramel candy and a bit of alcohol.
The taste is very sweet , bready malt, caramel...lots of dried fruit flavors..raisons, figs, prunes..a bitter rush of hops kicks in kind of unexpectedly...and works a little...fades as the malts kick back , and returns to leave a pretty bitter aftertaste that is really good. The alcohol is there , but it's pretty well hidden.
Mouthfeel is heavy...carbonation is medium.
This is a really enjoyable doppelbock. I will want more for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 23:28:14 | More by Hautacam
Photo of EPICAC


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very lightly hazy ruby-brown with a thick beige head that thins to a film.

Smell: Rich and malty, caramel and dark fruit. Light peppery alcohol.

Taste: Sweet upfront with notes of caramel and dates. Moves into a peppery, spicy alcoholic finish with a firm, balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, low-carbonation.

Drinkability: A flavorful sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 03:36:30 | More by EPICAC
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful red color, with a big floaty white head, an inch plus. Bubbles are a little big, and no real lacing. Overall, looks good. Nose is crazy malty, molasses with some dried fruit too, a touch of breadiness. Good, but not super interesting. Taste is solid. Malty and sweet up front. Alcohol shows up a little bit. Nice and fairly refreshing in the middle. A hint of malt at the end. Feel is full bodied and good This is a really good beer, and surprisingly one of the better doppelbocks I've had. Really good one.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 00:44:46 | More by soupyman10
Photo of lackenhauser


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Depp, caramelized brown. Good malty aroma-even smells quite chewy and thick. Solid malt flavor. A bit too bitter up front but that tends to even out against the malt. Appears to be a bit snokey. Somewhat sharp flavor to it. Very nice body. Quite full and satisfying-very, very dry finish. Quite nice and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 02:59:07 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of jbsteiny


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Spuyten Duyvil’s bartenders held this beer responsible for an unusually raucous evening at their last Smuttynose event, so I figured, even if it is a bit out of season for a warm spring afternoon at the Blind Tiger, I had to get another glass of the S’Muttonator while it was around. It poured a nut brown with a big off-white head which faded, leaving next-to-no lacing. Smelled very malty, with aromas of stewed fruit and alcohol. The malts also dominated the flavor, but pleasantly. Some chocolate and caramel unfold on the palate and the reported 9.6% is warming. It’s a heavy beer, but steady fine carbonation kept it light on the tongue, and the rich flavors helped it go down easy, despite the high ABV. Dangerous.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2007 13:38:47 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of mmmbeer


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, conditioned in 2006. It pours a sedimented, unfiltered?, almost lifeless cherry/copper, topped with a loose, 3 finger head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma consists of toasted, caramel, molasses, grainy, and perhaps Belgian malts, balanced with grassy/spicy hops and a nice fruitiness. On the palate, it is complex as all hell. It starts with sweet, caramel, toasted, molasses, and lightly roasted malts; next there's all the fruity byproducts (pear?, apple?, cherry?, raspberry?, melon rind?) which are followed closely by green/perfumy/spicy Noble hops that contribute a medium bitterness (42 IBUs), and it finishes with a Belgian yeastiness and a dash of what seems to be Chrismas spices (anise, nutmeg, cinnamon) although I'm not sure that they're even in the beer. The body is syrupy and almost thick, with tingly/numbing carbonation that shortly evens out, becoming very smooth, leaving a medium finish. I have mixed feelings about this beer - I'm not sure that it tastes too much like an authentic dopplebock due to the Belgian fruitiness and yeastiness. That said, it is a very well-made brew which I enjoyed more than my numbers would suggest; and even though I'm not sure of it's being a dopple, I'm not really sure how else to classify it. Regardless, I'm sure I'll revisit this beer at some point.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 23:47:46 | More by mmmbeer
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District of Columbia

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

This beer pours a deep brown color with a good solid head. Smell is pungent and much like good European Doppelbocks: lots of malty sweetness and just a hint of alcohol. The taste is big and chewey, and seems to be well balanced with hops. Again, dark malts are what stick out in the initial taste, but also a pervasive carbonation which makes you thin it in your mouth a bit before swallowing. Because of the size of the malts is hard to discern any kind of specialty grains that are added, but I'm sure they're in there. The lingering taste is strong as well with a mostly sweet and almost chocolaty flavor. Overall a terrific beer, would recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 23:51:55 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of bigone4

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle labeled from the 2006 batch. Nice dark amber brown color even brighter ruby red when back lit. Fluffy tanish off white head. Good head retention and lacing down the glass. Smell consists of strong malt flavors and some mild hint of hops. It certainly has a sweet caramel tone from the malt. There are also some subtle roasted notes. Taste is smooth and malty. Certainly has that slight caramel sweet malt flavor. There is a definite hop presence in the finish. It leaves a good bitter taste on the back of the tongue. Good overall drinkablity and mouth feel. I enjoyed this one and would certainly try to find it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 00:40:17 | More by bigone4
Photo of tempest


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an American twist on the doppelbock style. At first it tasted very traditional, but as it warmed a greater hops bitterness and chocolate flavor came out, almost making me think it was a lager version of an imperial stout. The big hops are a little odd with the lager style, maybe just different from what I'm used to, but still tasty and drinkable, no hint of booze.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 07:05:42 | More by tempest
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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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4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just luv to be greeted with a nice mahogany brown pour, massive frothy ivory head, finishing with sticky marshmallow of lace around the glass. ummm.

Wow, sweet malts, coffee, and for the first time, a tidbit of tobacco in the aroma. Easy pull off the diamond encrusted snifter highlights a chocolate malt, but subtle, and the standard malted roasted barley. Sweet, but well balanced. Just nice, very nice.

This brew drinks like a dream, easy going and the alcohol is hidden like a viper in a bush.

Thanks be to bkett01 for a massive super bowl O beer payoff!! If this has a <decent> price to it, GET IT! Under $7 a bomber?

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 01:26:22 | More by Vancer
Photo of Suds


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, this brew pours a beautiful chestnut color with a modest soapy head. The aroma is mainly of slightly modified malts, with a bit of chocolate. There’s a hint of ethanol as well, but other than that, it’s a clean aroma. The taste is phenomenal. The flavors are rich, many-layered, and enormous. Malty, sweet, and warming. There’s a dark bread and chocolate quality to the flavor. It’s a little harsh compared to traditional doppelbocks, but is extremely satisfying and fulfilling. The body is massive and engaging. It’s not sublime, but it is a great piece of work.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 00:40:47 | More by Suds
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.