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

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582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 67
Gots: 53 | 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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Ratings: 582 | Reviews: 389
Photo of Dulliwhig
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into a wine glass at my mother in law's house watching Villanova basketball. Beautiful ruby red with a thick creamy off-white head that clung to the glass until the end.

S - sweet malt, spices and alcohol - not overwhelming complexity.

T - taste is malty and sweet with an alcohol presence, not bad but I was expecting more.

M - medium to high body, well carbonated and crisp.

D - I had to sip this over a long period of time - it certainly wasn't bad, but not something that I would search out again.

I am a big fan of Smuttynose, but I have to admit my disappointment in this offering.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pulled this out of the cellar after almost a year. Great beer name. Looks like caramel mud. Medium tan head that quickly fades to tribal swirls and collar. Lace takes it's time sliding down the glass.

Smells like caramel and raisins.

Tastes like a Milky Way candy bar. Super thick caramel and toffee with mild plums and raisins. Minimal carbonated support and no indication of 8.5% abv. Mouthfeel is the best part about this beer--uber frothy.

Overall, a very good dessert dopplebock but I would have like to have seen more complexity akin to it's German predecessors.

Photo of Ego
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the cellar, Bottled 2006...

eyes...
1 full finger of craggy head crackles, this has lace on the legs as you swirl the foam 'round the glass, dark ruby color that slows light down as it passes through like a caravan on a meandering route in the deep dunes, some carbonation rides up from the bottom leading to decent head retention. good stuff.

nose...
malty and grainy, dark raisins, almost a barleywine-esque quality, nice quaffing.

taste etc...
a touch boozy with a more ashen finish, carbonation is still prickly and this drinks medium thick, definite booze kick in the stomach, pretty easy drinking for the ABV once you settle in to your glass.

verdict?
aged well, mellowed out some of the heat from the booze, this is too drinkable.. 'scuse me while I kiss the floor...

Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber with a big creamy tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass stubbornly and stays on as a cap for the duration.

The smell is dominated by sweet caramel malts and lots of dark fruits as well. There's also some citrus hop burn in the nostrils as well.

The taste is again dominated by the caramel malts with some molasses coating the mouth throughout. The hops are present but very subtle in the taste. There are raisins and figs before a sweet slick finish.

The mouthfeel is slick and sticky with the sweetness of malts and dark fruits. The soft carbonation is very complimentary to the full bodied mouthfeel.

This a big, fairly heavy dobblebock that is quite a sipper for the style. It's not the best representation of the style but it's got some unique twists that make it interesting.

Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this bomber into my large Pilsner glass the body was a hazy burgandy in color. The big foamy of white head seemed to last the whole beer

Big and malty nose on this thing, dark fruits follow as she warms up. The flavors are malt forward, sweet molasses raisins and figs. The thing is I get no warmth from this, and at 10% I am surprised medium feel in the mouth with good carbonation.

Good drinkability on this quite a relaxing one to drink but you do feel the alcohol in the end. I'll grab another one to cellar for longer next time

Photo of TMB0424
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of DIM
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a hazy mahogany/ruby color. It poured with a big, sticky, light tan froth.

s: Warm dark fruits and some floral hops. There was a little chocolate hiding behind the excessive heat.

t: This is fairly hot, almost to the point of being harsh. The strongest flavors are of dry, perfumed, bitter heat. The sweet maltiness is there, tasting of raisins and chocolate, but it doesn't take center stage as it probably should.

m: Mouthfeel and carbonation are fine, but I didn't like the lingering bitter heat.

d: I don't think I'm a style nazi, but in my limited experience I haven't had a dopplebock like this one. One and done for me.

Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i haven't tried all of the big beer series but i'm getting there

the poof on this is decadent and leaves fine lacing. the beer itself is a deep brownsugary mahogany

my duvel snifter channels a fairly (relatively) hoppy aroma to my olfactory glands. there's plenty of heat as well.

plenty of caramelly raisin business in the flavor--from abundant boiling, i am sure. brown sugar, dates and maybe even some anise or coriander (a fair spice element, actually). and a great deal of hop flavor. it's quite an imposing drink

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, how could you not love this name? I bought a bomber and drank it on a cold morning on the wrong side of the tracks down by the Winooski River. Into my pint glass this one was a garnet color with a khaki head that displayed good retention and nice lacing. The aroma was full of molasses, raisins and currants. The flavors were of roasted malt and caramel malt with hints of toffee, smoke and chocolate. Great depth in the malts and some dark fruits in the middle. Something a little odd in there too that gave it a chalky taste, but it was small enough to be overlooked. The malty finish lingered on my tongue. The higher ALC% was well concealed. The mouthfeel was slightly slick, the body medium and the carbonation lively. A great example of the style and well worth a try.

Photo of mbrasi
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Poours a deep dark red, chunks floating around, slightly hazy, light brown hue, very thick tan head forms, drops a ton of spiral lacing on the glass, thick ring and layer, looks real nice. Smell is very sweet and malty, sugary, lots of fruit, caramel, very biscuity, brown sugar, raisin/figs, light bit of roast, pretty good. Taste is really nice, almost barleywine like, caramel and honey, biscuits/toast, fruit, very rich, brown sugar, figs, alcohol, graham wafers, sherry, pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, alcohol is nicely hidden with some warmth. Very rich flavour, maybe not as clean as a doppelbock should be but still pretty enjoyable.

Photo of rhinos00
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a glass stein.

A- Pours a dark, ruby copper. Very frothy, cloudy off-white head that was a massive 3-4 fingers wide.

S- Massive amounts of molasses and malt. There is also a nice scent of raisins and other dark fruits.

T- Strong flavors of molasses and malt are made apparent immediately. Also detectable is biscuit yeast flavor that gives it a different texture and taste. The taste finishes with a trace of dark fruits.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable. Particularly, as the beer warms up, the flavors become more intense and prominent.

Overall, a very quality beer. Can't wait to visit the brewery next month!

Photo of coldmeat23
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Dimpled Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Big thanks to sholland119 for this hook-up (among many others)!
NOTCHED ON LABEL: Bottle-conditioned in 2008
REVIEW #150

Brown liquid with a beautiful dark ruby tint. Hella' huge head of light brown foam. Excellent retention and fantastic lacing.

Nice big molasses nose with a good malty presence. Good caramel presence, also. Slight hint of citrus hops. An element of fresh bread.

The molasses flavor is right out front, and quite prominent. Big yeasty breadiness. Good dark fruit presence. Mostly raisins, figs and even some notes of dates(!). Very nice rich maltiness. Hints of rich caramel and mild chocolate. Very slight hint of hop notes. Finish has a little bit of pepperiness in it.

Great full body. Nice and thick, almost chewey. This is how I like a beer to feel in my mouth. Very creamy and tasty.

For 10%ABV, this is a deceptively smooth and easy drinking brew. I'd have no problem drinking multiples or recommending that others do the same.
On top of all of that, I am a fan of the Double Bock/Dopplebock style, and this is a top ten, for me. Probably even a top five.
Very well done, Smuttynose!

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used my Sam Adams perfect pint glass to test this one out.

The color is a very unfiltered orange and dark red. Looks a lot like apple cider. The head is a brownish white.

The smell is molasses, slightly fruity with hints of grapefruit, alittle caramel and hops.

Taste is a bit bitter at first but has hints of fruit like grapefruit, a bit malty as well, with a raisin taste as well.

This was the first I have had of Smuttynose Brewery's Big Beer series. It is also the second Double Bock I've ever had. I was quite amazed how dark and how cloudy. Good beer.

Photo of Mazeraski
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber poured into a glass mug.

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a ruby tinge, along with a nice thick, fluffy light tan 1 inch head that dissipates rather slowly and leaves a sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Large aromas of molasses and dark dried fruits mixed with hints of sweet malt and a bit of bready aroma.

T - The molasses and dark fruits predominate throughout the tasting, mixing with the malt and the slightest twinge of alcohol, leaving a lasting warming feeling after the sip is complete. Also has a certain chewy characteristic to it.

MF -Full-bodied, chewy and smooth with a lower amount of carbonation.

D - A heavy brew, both concerning the stomach as well as the ABV, lending to a bit of a lower drinkability (although quite a tasty brew).

Notes - A great winter brew due to its heavy malt and molasses characteristics. Also quite like the big presence of the darker fruits. Overall, a great beer for the darker and colder months.

Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber (notched 'bottled conditioned in 2008') recently recieved in trade from ATPete, thx! Served at 55F in my Delirium snifter, S'muttonator is dark hazy garnet with a tight bubbled tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is sweet, grape soda, perhaps a bit of roast, it opens some as it warms, but there is a bit of rancid grain or something that asserts itself more in the taste.

Taste is very rich and sweet, raisin and medjool dates, a tinny bite, grassy hop bitterness on the lingering, malty finish. Something about this isn't working for me at all, there is a sourness that stands out, but it's tough to pinpoint any one off flavor, just the sum of the parts is failing for me. Below average.

Mouthfeel is thick and malty, with lots of creamy carbonation.

Drinkabilty isn't to high for me, I'm just not feeling this beer. The strong flavors hide the ABV, but that's really no solstice.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/5/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and soda. Flavor of raisin bread, yeasty pizza dough, spices, and soda. Reminds me of expired Corsendonk Christmas Ale, hehe. A little too sweet with a weak palate. Probably most similar (in terms of doppelbocks) to Spaten Optimator.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice deep brown with one finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Nice big malt nose as you would expect. There was a little hint of candi sugar as well which added to the overall sweetness of the nose. Also hints of toffee and caramel.

T: Nice big malt taste. Tons of toffee and caramel. Very sweet with a slight hint of dark fruit.

M: Full bodied with a nice creaminess to it.

D: Nice drinker. Spot on for the style. I love a good doppelbock and this really is a nice one. Really hard to find at times which is kind of annoying.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage from Arrowine, Arlington, VA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy brown with garnet highlights. Closer inspection reveals its not really hazy, just so dark it's hard to see through - holding it up to the light, you can definitely see its filtered. You can also see some very occasional and slow carbonation. The tan, fluffy, two-finger head fades decently quickly, leaving three-dimensional strings of lacing, distinct, bubbly, clingy.

Aroma: Intensely malty and clean - classic doppelbock. Big toasted bread, fresh out of the oven, flourishes of darker, clean, estery fruits, and a few hints of darker malts, chocolate among them. It's not fantastically complex - the toasty bread note definitely dominates things - but it's enjoyable, pungent, and consistent.

Taste: As an initial observation, I'll say that I really like this one up front, but the finish I'm not such a fan of. The front end is intensely malty, sweet, and fruity. I get tons of toffee, hints of chocolate and coffee, and raisins galore that meld really, really well. About midsip, this slowly transitions into something more astringent, slightly acidic, and herbal. I don't really detect any one "unpleasant" note there in the finish, but it just seems to be a combination of things - sort of like a sour, leafy bitter, slightly burnt pile of whole wheat bread crusts? God, that sounds horrible, it's not that bad. But it does nonetheless drag down the taste score a tad.

Mouthfeel: Huge, fluffy mouthfeel over a medium-bodied beer - a much larger amount of effervescence than I expected from my initial observation, perhaps hidden just under the surface. It manages to remain remarkably even, however, despite the huge, pillowyness of it all, which is impressive, particularly as it warms.

Drinkability: A solid brew, my first of the Big Beer Series from Smuttynose, and it won't be my last. In the "drinkable" column, we have a solid array of flavors and aromas, well-hidden alcohol, and a really nice looking body. On the other hand, the alcohol is pretty high up there, even for the style (8.5%), and the funky finish is leaving me a little ... well, funky. It's a nice, warming cold-weather beer, a solid if not amazing doppelbock, and one I'm glad I tried.

Photo of marcpal
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a smaller tasting tulip glass to enjoy and savor on a cold day.

A: Dark mahogany, hazy and some sediment in the glass on each pour even though there were a few. The head was puffy like a marshmallow. Adequate lacing but the one slap on this whole beer are the floaties.
Bottle Graphics: 8/10.

S: Malt, an abundance of beautiful malt. Sweet pitted dates and other dried fruits. Some chocolate and vanilla mixed in when it was colder.

T: Creamy malty pleasure. Being a hophead, I let them take a back seat and enjoyed what was a malt explosion. When the temperature picked up, it tasted like a fruitcake laden with brown sugar.

M: Creamy but leaves the mouth dry. No, the alcohol offers zero burn.

D: So much different from the ones that come from the other end of the pond, but that don't make it bad. A different take on a doppelbock but one that I would never turn away.

Another big beer Smutty success.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass.

Deep and hazy mahogany hue with a thick three finger tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind about one finger of solid lacing.

The aroma is some sweet buttery caramel with a little bit of roastiness.

Thick malts coat the mouth and provide a good amount of burnt caramel. Some peppery alcohol is detectable, but it's mostly tame considering the amount. Full bodied. The burnt caramel lingers for a while after each sip. The hop bitterness is on the low end, and most of the bitterness seems to come from the roastiness.

This Doppelbock is packed full of flavor with the alcohol being on the lower end (as far as tasting it). Plenty of malty flavors crammed into this beer. Another good one from Smuttynose. Recommended.

Photo of Vendetta
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 26, 2008

Pours deep black with a GREAT head and some fabulous lacing. Good looking beer typical of a what I expect from a doppelbock. Flavor is dark, smoked, with a bit of alcohol bite at the end. A slight tinge of malty, coffee, roastedness. I didn't find any real fruit in there. Pretty plain doppelbock that doesn't try to do all that much but succeeds admirably in what it shoots for. Creamy, smooth palate. Very enjoyable brew. My father raved about it.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown beer with a creamy tan colored head with staying power. Very sweet smelling of toffee and caramel. Hops are not apparent in the nose. Some alcohol evident that refrains from being harsh.

Rich malts. Malt on top of malt. This is a big sweet doppelbock. Bready, caramel, toffee, and maybe a hint of allspice. Refrains from being cloying by presenting varied sweet flavors that are complex, varied and well prepared. 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. Very drinkable and enjoyable with most any pork dish.

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

Pours a chocolate brown color with a tight tan head that dissipated into a velvety cap. There is a nice wall of lacing and also some large yeast flakes floating about. The aroma is of a chocolate malt, raisins, charred wood and charred meat. Quite a sweet dopplebock with the raisins and red wine flavors forefront. The roasted malt and meat flavors come in towards the end and finishes with an earthy hop bitterness. The feel is big, thick, and chewy. It is a bit sticky from the sweetness but enough carbonation to keep it from becoming syrupy. Some alcohol belly burn action as well. A nice malty dopplebock for sure. The malt carries the ABV and sweetness well.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with lighter reddish-tan highlights and a thick and creamy two-finger tan head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell is sweet caramel, cherry, raisins, bready malt and molasses.

Taste starts with some doughy dark bread, brown sugar and molasses. Sweet dark fruits like plums and raisins lead into more bready malts before a tart cherry finish.

Thick, full-bodied mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth.

For a big beer, drinkability is near perfect for me, especially on these cold nights. I could drink one of these every night.

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