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

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Reviews: 387
Hads: 601
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 74
Gots: 59 | 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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Reviews: 387 | Hads: 601
Photo of Onceeven
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I kept this beer in the cellar for seven months after reading that the alcohol was still rather "hot" and could use a few months of cellaring. How I resisted this brew for so long, I don't know.

I was initially surprised by this beers clarity and sparkling glow. Despite a quickly receding head, there is ample carbonation rising to the surface. The smell was more restrained than I was expecting. It is subtle, but the alcohol comes through nicely mixed with a rather fruity aroma reminiscent of cherries.
Poured the beer at cellar temp. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and creamy leaving a tingling sensation at the tip of the tongue. The flavors are crisp & clean, with the alcohol throwing the first punch then the big dark fruity aroma filling in second. A murky aftertaste lingers indefinitely.

A solid rendition of the style, if a tad simplistic. Seems to reveal all its secrets at once. (901 characters)

Photo of kegerator
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep mahogany brown with hints of deep red ruby when held to the light. When poured it developes a sizeable 1 1/2 inch head thats creamy off white and dissipates quickly but not too quickly. no lace left behind except for an off white rim around the top edge of the beer.
aroma was hidden, not much I was picking up from it. sweetness, malt and some alcohol lingered. Doesn't tantelize me with its aroma
tatste was very nice though, big malts throughout with hints of caramel and cherries and a slight warmth from the alcohol. As the bottle states its deceptively smooth. Very smooth. all in all a good brew but didn't really leave me wanting more like their BarleyWine. (680 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Largely clear, amber-brown in hue with ruby influences, especially when backlit. The head was off-white in color, almost beige. At the apex the foam was about two-fingers in height, it quickly faded to a fizzy cap that was just strong enough not to expose the liquid. This cap lasted most of the consumption. It is a shame there was no subsequent lacing. Oh well. Still this is an attractive looking beer.

The nose lacks potency but this seems to happen on occasion with this style. Regardless this Doppelbock doesn’t suffer from a lack of articulation. I understand the mumble; it is quite fruity and boozy for the style with dark cherry and purple grapes shining. The alcohol smells a little like rum and/or apple brandy. The malt follows this lovely one-two punch; it offers sweetness in the form of caramel and toffee. This beer’s nose is well put-together. I find the bouquet inviting.

Well… this is a tasty beast. The palate is sweet throughout with a rich, deep malt backbone. I am quite impressed with the layers of cake/toasted raisin bread/bread pudding/toffee/caramel candy that the malt supplies and this says nothing about the dark fruits like cherries, dates, and plums. In the middle enters the alcohol which is persuasive, maybe too much so for the style, and yet it supplies some lovely flavors like apple brandy, rum, with a kiss of whisky. I can’t help but feel the malt is lacking some thunder, it is no Celebrator in that regard. The finish is unrefined. It is hot and raw with a punch of spicy fruit. Too bad this beer ends so heavy handed. Still, this is a tasty beast… it just happens to lack grace. Regardless it is yummy.

Medium/medium-full in body, the carbonation is on the low side of moderate. The mouthfeel is a bit lazy but it is not sluggish… for some reason the mouthfeel doesn’t standout but there are no flaws in it either. Solid.

Without question this beer is a drinker. It would make a wonderful nightcap or a beer with desert. I’m letting it fly solo tonight. Thank you shippos of including this bomber in the Secret Bunny Beer Exchange. Recommended. (2,112 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The S'muttonator delivers a fairly clear (it's bottle-conditioned), reddish-chestnut body beneath a short cap of creamy light-tan foam. The head retention is fair, and it leaves a decent amount of splotchy lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is sweetish, lightly toasty, caramelish, and even a touch fruity from the Vienna malts. It's mildly zesty on the tongue with a very fine-bubbled and natural carbonation, and a medium-full body that's smoothly dextrinous. Rich, toasty, "juicy", sweet, molasses and prune-like, and subtly husky malts dominate the flavor; laced with floral and spicy hop flavors as well as a quick, sharp slap of alcohol. The bitterness is more than firm enough, however, to reign it in and keep it from becoming cloying. The occassional caress of alcohol appears to "warm" in the finish (9.8% is a touch high... Paulaner's Salvator is only 7.5%), but other than that it's very clean, superbly balanced, and exceptionally well-done. It's very nice indeed with the exception that it is a little over-the-top as far as alcohol content is concerned. Worth trying... (1,091 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth easy drink, medium mouthfeel, sweet malty and carmel, good dark colour, roast. Some fruitiness. Chewy nutty. Some more please. Hops noticeable in finish, well carbonated. Dry aftertaste, alcohol whollop. Had a second complete bottle six months after, where I noticed full taste again, and maintained raiting.
Another bottle two years later, good soapy head on mahogoney, creamy. Did not notice disadvantages earlier. (424 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, once again courtesy of ppoitras.
Pours a middle-of-the-road brown with nice ruby hues. Head is tan, thick and pretty dense. Lacing is nice, but not very long lasting.
Smell is cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted malts, caramel, light hops, and dried fruits (raisins, dates, figs). Alcohol is present in nose but not really fusel in quality.
Taste is spicy hops, caramel, toasty malts, same dried fruits as the nose. Alcohol is definitely more present in taste. A very light bit of bitter chocolate is also present.
Mouthfeel is good, not too slick, but not overly carbonated either. A good Dbock, but no where near as good as some others that I've had. (660 characters)

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

Pours a two-finger white head that leaves a little lace. Clear amber color, nose is raisiny so is taste. Starts and finishes malty and sweet but not cloying, full bodied - very easy to drink alcohol is not noticeable. 22oz bottle, $3.79 from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. (272 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown with a coppery reddish hue. pours with a decent tan head but it dissapates pretty quicky to a thin head. toasted malt aromas mix with some faint dark fruity aromas. there is also a light caramel, with some other sweet malty aromas and a slight graininess. banana aromas come out as it warms. sweet brown sugary flavors and raisin and fig create a stickiness to the taste. a little bit of light floral hops attempt to balance the toasted caramel maltiness. a little of that banana in the aftertaste. medium to full bodied with delicate carbonation. i'd like to see a litle more grainy maltiness in this beer instead of some of the sweet fruitness, but that doesn't stop in from being a pretty enjoyable dopplebock. good drinakability very flavorful, but not harsh. (774 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok last of the beers sent by JahNoth .
22 oz bomber.
A nice attractive Doppelbock,dark ,mahogany brown with a huge dark cream coloured head.
smell is as expected quite malty, with a tinge of alcohol.
The malts dominate this one, chocolaty,creamy malts, some fruitiness ( blackberries etc), a woody aspect which is pleasant and a hint of smoke..alchol is detected but it compliments this one.
Great feel on the tongue,quite smooth and pleasant.
Good drinkability though maybe one bomber is enough per night. (512 characters)

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

Kept turning the spit with this one on 3/5/2005. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Fitfully loose sheeting of head with bulbous pockets on edges and continuous recalibrating. Light shade of ruby, almost claret, clear and very busy. Fruit bouquet that is composed of raspberries and overripe cherries, but with an equally prevalent rock candy sweetness. Caramel (light), oak char, scotch malt on mouth, along with the previously mentioned items from the bouquet. Blue velvet mouthfeel is noticeable and not unwarranted; quite nice. (554 characters)

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

Was able to pick up a bomber of this the other day, first time I have seen it. The brew poured to a deep brown color with red like tinge to it. It had a fairly robust off white head that consisted of very small/fine bubbles and broke down quite rapidly. The lacing from this brew was somewhat limited. The aromas from this brew seem to be mostly malts with highlights of caramel and roasted scents. Also you are able to pick up a strong scent of alcohol mixed in with what seems to be dark fruity like smells. It is a nice smelling brew though the alcohol might be a little to pronounced. The flavors of this brew are dominated by thick almost chewy malt feel that are somewhat sweet, reminds me of brown sugar and caramel. Has an alcohol like flavor that seems to be spicy in the back of the mouth, not able to pick up much in the way of hops. Over all this is a good brew, the alcohol seems to be a little to pronounced for my tastes. (936 characters)

Photo of Varkias41
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a brilliant copper-tinged red not unlike a cut garnet. While lifting the glass to my lips, I inhale the bouquet of candied fruits. Then I take a sip and my taste buds cheer with delight. The taste is sweet, like alcohol-infused raisins. This is a good double bock. Not something I would drink in large quantities, but a wonderful after dinner drink.
I like this beer. I like this brewery. Another winner from the Smuttynose Big Bottle Series! (459 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Harrington's Wine & Liquors, Chelmsford, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head above the dark reddish amber brew. Frothy head lasts excellently, with bits of foamy lacing left sporadically. Aroma is lots of heavy malt sweetness, with alcohol notes apparent. Taste follows the aroma, but the alcohol becomes even more prominant, over the tongue and especially in the aftertaste. Almost seems the grains could be a bit more hearty here, but that's kind of nitpicking... Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great for the style, with the drinkability limited somewhat just by the alcohol presence and it's being out on display for all to see. Another very nice offering from SMutty in their Big Beer series. (758 characters)

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

Pours a ruby red and mahogany color. Clear as a bell and almost see the amount of malt in the brew. Small head forms on the pour but recedes at a moderate pace leaving light lace.
Aroma toasted malts and caramel throuhg and through with a hint of some spicy hops, maybe Hallertau. Some darker citrus fruits in the background as well.
Flavor of dark bread, brwon sugar, some caramel and spicy alcohol and even a bit of yeast on the finish. Powerful for sure.
Mouthfeel is really full-bodied. Thick and chewy and the palate with a short bitter burst and a grain alcohol wash on the finish. Tad too strong maybe but the alcohol didn't diminish the taste all that much.
Drinkability is realy solid. As mentioned high ABV is noticeable but the amount of sweet malt flavors going on hides it a bit and makes it very drinkable. Another solid effort from the folks at Smutty.
Thanks to PPoitras for sending this bomber. (916 characters)

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

The beer poured into the glass a clear deep amber brown with a tight bubbled and large head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was estery with strong and noticeable banana. Behind those fruity esters was a strong malt presence and

The flavor was slightly roasty and with a sharp hop bittering. The maltiness was in the background and masked by the bittering. some caramel flavors emerged as the beer warmed, but the balance seemed off.

The finish was dry and hoppy. The body was medium full.

22 ounce bottle. Bottled in 2004 on label. (573 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to goodbyeohio for sending this beer my way. Pours a brown color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of the smells it should be: dark malts, chocolate, coffee. The flavor has the chocolate and roasted character as well, but the alcohol also has a slight presence here. There is a slight raisiny flavor as well that it would be better without. It's still a very tasty beer and I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to have it again. (495 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to goodbyeohio and clvand0 for allowing me to try this beer. It pours a deep ruby with brown hues. The head is billowing and about 3 fingers high, but falls to a finger over the beer. The nose is roasty and nutty. I dig it. Smells right to me. The flavor is slightly raisiney, slighely roasted, very smooth. Not bad at all. Maybe a touch too much raisin to me. The feel is nice and thick, minimal carbonation, a touch creamy. Overall, for almost being 10%, the alcohol is well hidden. I think I could enjoy this one a few more times. I'll be looking forward to trying more from Smuttynose. (596 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is part of the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. I had this out of a 22 oz brown bomber and served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance ranges from a light brown to a darker shade of copper. A very nice looking head appears on top and sustains itself. Sticky lacings cling on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of lightly roasted malts, caramel drippings and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice-cream. Some whiffs of fruit as well in the background.

Sweet and syrupy mouthfeel. Very thick and slick malt backbone enriched in brown sugar & caramel sweetness.

Another excellent beer from Smuttynose's Big Beer Series. One of the better Double Bocks I have had. The label description is accurate when its states that this beer has a "deceptively smooth flavor". (767 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry for the average scores, but I gotta review 'em as I drink 'em. Had on tap at the Barley Pub in Dover NH. My over-all impression of this one was of sugar. Medium dark amber when served, low head. Burnt sugar aroma. Tastewise was more of the same, there were notes of spun sugar to start, and the finish was more of a maple sugar flavor. (341 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice light brown in color. Creamy head that slowly dissolved to form a thin film. Stubborn, spotchy lace. The aroma is mildly caramel. The flavor is sweet, but nicely balanced with the hops. Cream and caramel also come through in the flavor. Only can slightly taste the alcohol. Not sure if this was served as cold as it should have been. May have been slightly crisper if it was served appropriately. A great drinking beer, not overly hoppy to destroy the taste buds, but has great flavor and balance. Easy to enjoy. (526 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Portsmouth Brewery.

This doppelbock poured a deep coppery amber color with tan foam that settled completely flat. The smell was very modest with a bit of malt coming through. The taste was malty with light sweetness and some vinous Munich malt and with a light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and rich with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. This was a good doppelbock, though it did not "knock my socks off". (453 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was happy to stumble upon this one when I stopped into Blanchard's on my trip to Boston last week.

It pours an amber/brown colour that is nice and deep and is topped with a soupy tan head. This one looks like it's going to definitely be a big brew.

The smell is simple, yet nice and to the point: it is primarily malt and some caramel with some grape/berry hints thrown into the mix as well.

Malty fruit flavours dominate as opposed to the caramel that was more prevalent in the smell. Alcohol is much more apparent here as well, to the point of being a bit too much at times. The finish is a warm, cherry-ish earthy flavour that I've noticed in other doppelbocks, but just am not particularly a fan of. It's good within the style, but not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel is smooth but chunky and filling. Just right for the style.

I can't say this was a favourite brew of mine, but I also can't say that it was poorly made in any way shape or form. There is good stuff going on here all around, it's just not necessarily the brew for me. I could/would drink this one again, but it might be a while before that happens. That said, if you're a fan of the style, you should thoroughly enjoy this brew. (1,211 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry yet rich malty scent that boasts of pale and lots of crystal malts. It seems sweet and very warm. The taste is good also. It has a warm and malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry and sweet in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good brew. It has awesome flavor and mouthfeel; a fine sessions beer. (512 characters)

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

Pours out a beautiful ruby red color with a good size tan head that seems to last. The smell is almost Belgian Pale Ale like with hints of citrus and a solid malt backbone. Bubbles are small but frequent as they make their way to the top.

After the first sip the first thing I notice is how sweet this beer is. The malt and slightest hint of hops hit you in the beginning then gives way to the alcohol. The aftertaste is almost grassy. This beer really leaves that warming feeling.

The flavor profile isn't that big but the alcohol does kick your ass in the end. Some age may do this beer some good. I tried this on tap at Bones and don't remember the alcohol being so prominent. I am going with Longstaff suggestion of trying to age this big boy for a bit. Overall, interesting and powerful. (800 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one sported a smallish white head and was light, ruby brown in color.

Smell – There’s some light caramel and good toasty malts to this nose, but the booze is just horrendous. I like a sense of alcohol in my Doppelbocks, but this was like Russian vodka from a plastic bottle (no offense, Globetrotter). The fruits, mostly prunes and plums, were terrific along with the sugary molasses, but I just couldn’t get by the alcohol.

Taste – The molasses came out big at the taste. The malts were huge and soaked in darkish fruits. The cheap vodka flavor dimmed my view of this one, though.

Mouthfeel – This is between medium and full-bodied with a light drying at the finish and a huge alcohol sting.

Drinkability – I enjoyed some of the malty and fruity flavors of this DB, but the booze and harsh bitterness at the finish ruined the experience.

Comments – Thanks to Skyhand for letting me use her sink to pour out the rest of this bottle.

Update – I originally reviewed this with a 2005 sample and noticed that I came in much lower than everyone else. I thought maybe I got a bad bottle so was thrilled when BeerGuy brought me another bomber, this time an ’06 vintage.

I would stand by my previous review with two exceptions. First, the head was much better this time around. Second, the alcohol was still cumbersome but not as bad as the ’05. The rest of my tasting notes seemed right on, so I am going to raise my Appearance rating by half a point and call it even.

Oh, and I'm not sinking this one. (1,548 characters)

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.