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

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561 Ratings

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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 Vendetta
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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%
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 +4.2%
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 +9.7%
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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that MtGoat send my way a while ago and I've been sitting on for a while.

Very nice tobacco tinted golden amber and lightens up into a bright cherry wood near the base of the glass, gentle ropes of carbonation squiggle to the fast fading, toffee colored, head.

Big. Very sweet, dark, fruity. Light toffee, slight cider and applewood smoke with a bit of booziness tied in there as well. Full bodied, thick and chewy feel, almost syrupy in consistency. Rich toasted malts, fresh crusty bread, intense creamy sweetness. Just a taste of earthy hop bitterness, but most of the bitterness comes from the wonderfully substantial malt bill. A very tasty beer, not sure how great a dopplebock it is as there are some real heavy hitters in this field. Still, if you are in need of a malt bomb this would be a pretty good place to look.

Photo of roadhouse
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pilsener glass.

Appears a hazy dark brownish red color with a massive four inch light tan head that is currently rising over the rim of the glass. This shit looks like an ice cream sundae. Lots of floaters in the bottle after I opened it and had to wait a few minutes for some of it to go back towards the bottom. After about ten minutes it finally goes down to a centimeter. Moderate lacing is left behind.

Aroma is full of caramel maltiness with some notes of dark fruit and raisins particularly.

The taste starts out full of caramel then some raisin and toffee flavors come out midway through, then a bit of chocolate. The finish is lightly of spicy hops and more of the chocolate and a very slight coffee dryness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, and quite clean.

Overall this was a pretty solid beer but I would definitely take a Korbinian or Celebrator over it. Good for an American version but the Germans can't be beaten here.

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

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet.
2008 Bottling

Pours a deep brown with a beautifully clear ruby tint when held to light. Bubbly two finger head leaves mad lacing on the glass. Smells of caramel malt, some dried fruits and a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet with malts and more of the dried fruits. Some brown sugar, then a bit of alcohol lingers in the finish as well as a little smoke. Creamy mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation, medium to thick in the body. Great Dopplebock from smutty, I need to put a few more of these away for sure.

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

Pours a cloudy, very dark amber with a creamy beige head that retains well. Smells of cherries, dark fruits, figs, sweet malts. Tastes of more cherries, dark fruits, ripe fruits, sweet caramel, figs, prunes, some raisins, toffee...sweet but delicious. Im usually not fond of very sweet beers, but this one doesnt go over the top sweet. It is perfect...it hits that sweet line and stops. Great flavors. Creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation, wet finish. Quite drinkable. All hail the glorious SMUTTY. Make mine a Smutty!

Photo of corby112
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a very dark brown with thin beige head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate maltines and tofee. Very quaffable beer with the high abv very well hidden. Flavor consists of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate brown sugar, cinamon and toffee. Sweet dry finish. Excellent.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into my Smutty pint glass
A - Pours a reddish brown that is hazy. Light tan head that falls away to a skim coat.
S - Caramel malt sweetness. I get a hint of alcohol.
T - The caramel malt comes first. I get a touch of the alcohol following the smell then a little spiciness.
M/F - Smooth, carbonation is quite lively maybe a touch more than I would care for. Full in body and rich/creamy.
D - A decent dopplebock that is a touch sweet but tasty none the less. It improves in taste and mouthfeel as it warms.

Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into my Allagash glass, gives a two-finger dark khaki head, thick and slow to recede with a healthy layer retained, some lacing, the beer is a dark ruby tinged brown in color, lovely

s: big aromas of prunes and toffee with a mild tannic undertone, other dried fruits - figs, blackberry, and cherry - give an almost jammy character, nearly burn graham cracker crusts, dark and nutty underneath the dried tree fruit sweetness, mild noble hops give a touch of spice

m: carbonation on the low side of medium, generally smooth but with a touch of fizz, full-medium body

t: sweet and juicy prunes, dried blackberries and cherries coated in dusty black cocoa, sweet upfront with a nicely balancing fruit tannin sneaking in after swallowing, hop flavors low but they've got a moderate bitterness in there that I enjoy - but it may be covering some of the complexity, tree fruit and dark chocolate flavors linger long

d: definitely one to take your time with, but good drinkability for its weight

bomber from Whole Foods, Reston, VA

Photo of bilyboy65
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass

I don't think the ram on the label was by accident. This beer will floor you after a couple of them. If not from the alcohol then from how full it will make you.

A: Brown color with a thick (almost full 5 fingered) head that really clings in layers to the glass. Looks like a canyon is being dug out of the head as you drink the beer. Lots of carbonation to fuel the head.

S: Mixture of sweet with the bitter. After all as the guy from Vanilla Sky said, the sweet just isn't as sweet without the bitter. This combines the 2 almost perfectly. Very malty in the aroma. Seeming to add hints of caramel and coffee to give the sweet/bitter relationship.

T: Is mostly sweet and not of caramel, but more like brown sugar. I drank an entire glass trying to figure it out and couldn't pin it. Very malty taste though.

D: As noted before the review a bottle goes down easy, but more will probably start to put you down.

Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Somewhere between a deep copper and rust. The head on it is a wonderful froth that peaks nicely over the rim and holds great retention. Very nice.

S: Rich maltiness, chocolate and toffee, peppery alcohol kick, and a touch of raisin and perhaps date?

T: A nice blend of dark fruit flavours and creamy caramel/toffee-like flavours. Plum and raisin stand out, some soft notes of chocolate, and a spicy alcohol

M: Medium carbonation, and a nice heavy body with some good sticky chewiness to it.

D: While the alcohol flavour is there, it's not harsh... no burn, no astringencies, no overdone spicy taste. Nice drinking, and I'm happy to take back the bomber alone. Nicely done!

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a really dark reddish brown, almost even a garnet kind of color to it. Poured into a snifter, it gave me about .5cm of head. I woulda liked it to be darker, almost black, even.

S: Smell is of white grapes, almost to the point of wine, mixed with other dark fruits and sweet malty notes.

T: Plums, grapes, brown sugar, dark roasted malts, caramel malts, and raisins. If you hold this one in your mouth for a second and swallow you will get a big red wine taste. I like a darker taste in my doppelbocks, something with a little more caramel or roasted flavor.

M/D: Really smooth feel all the way down, with a medium to lite texture. The high ABV makes it kinda tough to session this one, though you may be tempted to.

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

A. Dark brown and red, its beautiful with it half finger pure white head, it looks phenomenal, great appearance

S. Very sweet, dark grapes with no dryness, some dates, brown sugar, cider vinegar, raisin provide a nice little punch in the nose

T. Incredibly smooth upfront, which leads to an explosion of all the flavors mentioned above, and leaves a roasted and dry taste in the mouth.

M. Incredibly smooth before the flavors kick in, a little less refined in the middle and a little dry in the tale

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

The aroma is a pleasing mix of malts, toasted grains, and dark fruits, maybe some molasses. The appearance is true to the style, an attractive dark red/purple/brown, with a steady tan head. The flavor is, like many dopplebocks, a nice sweet, fruity flavor, malts, bready. The mouthfeel is appropriately thick for the style, and the finish has a mild bittering from hops. Well crafted beer overall.

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

2008 22oz bottle into goblet

Pours a dark reddish/brown with plenty of tan creamy head. Smell is dominated with malt. Also has notes of raisin and prune. Taste is smooth, creamy malt followed by more of the raisin and prune flavors mixed in with some chocolate. Mouthfeel: Did I say smooth and creamy, because yeah... smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Although this is a very drinkable beer, I'm not sure I'd have more than one in an evening. I have a few more in the cellar. I'll see how time treats them.

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

The pour produced quite a head, creamy tan off-white. Small bubbled, kinda foamy. Good retention, clinging, and lacing.

Having seen Jason's review, I feel like I'm plagiarizing if I say this beer has "a big malty aroma," but it does. Very sweet. Caramelized sugar, some raisins. A slight hint of alcohol.

Not as malty-sweet as I expected from the nose, this malt bomb also has some nice bittering. A mingling soy sauce vibe compliments the coffee and brownie batter as well as dark chocolate tastes. Roasted notes, with a smokey taste towards the end, then a slight alcohol warming.

Well carbonated, light to medium bodied, but very very full in flavor, I could drink a fair amount of this beer, though I'd certainly pace myself.

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

Poured from bottle into my magic hat pint glass.

Light tan head about two fingers tall from a gentle pour, dark brown body with a purple tint. Some carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Spongy lacing on the glass, sporadic. Very light sweet hints on the nose, nothing in your face. Taste is sweet and malty, a slight burn on the tongue, good balance though. Light on the tongue, easier to drink than some of the macro doppelbock's though alcohol is more pronounced.

Thanks to Jwale73 for the beverage.

Photo of cokes
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Translucent russet brown with a moderate and well-retained pale tan head.
It's scented of toasted grain, peanut brittle, roast beef, dark chocolate, and fallen leaves, spiked with a notable -but not disruptive- Brandy booziness.
Much more roasted in the mouth than the nose indicated. Coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and dark tobacco. Fruitiness arises but is difficult to pin down, as it is somewhere among golden raisins, figs, plums, and dates. From this fruit, an assertive anise note develops, as this takes a turn more herbal. A touch of tarragon sharpness precedes a forest floor of dead-but-not-dry leafy pungency. The hop counter-punch is a tad mightier than most, but it's done impeccably well so as to seem natural and congruent even in a style that's know solely for malt. And I find it captivating. Afterward, there are some vinous notes around the swallow, along with a resurgence and linger of cocoa.
A fluffed-out, downy mouthfeel is provided by the tiny but steady carbonation. This is full bodied, but never grabby or cloying. The is a huge doppelbock, but drinks with abandon.

Place this firmly amongst the Kings of the style.

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

Twenty-two oz. bomber into a Delirium tulip.

A vigorous pour spills out a deceptively dark brew that brightens to a clear ruby red when held up to the light. The head, buff taupe in color, billows to a half inch before slowly receding. The end result is an attractive, thick ring of foam and a patch of bubbles that refuses to budge. The aroma is a pungent, spicy blend of sweet caramel sauce, toasted chocolate malt, wildflower meadows, fresh cut hay, and Sugar Daddy candy bars. However, hops keep the maltiness in check well, adding a piny resinous note to the mix.

What an great beer. Toasted marshmallow coats the palate with a pronounced stickiness, leaving in its wake notes of toffee, butterscotch, chocolate, herbal hops, and caramel. Phenomenal complexity, and the richness translates into the mouthfeel, where a thick, creamy body with a light carbonation level produces memorable sip after memorable sip. Overall, S'muttonator is a solid beer that resurrects the Doppelbock style in my mind after a few disappointing ones. Nicely done Smuttynose, now bring some of your Big Beer Series down to NC!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since i had one of these and figured it would go well with my MRT plan. Into my 16oz flute

A: Deepest of crimson reds with a gorgeous three-finger light brown head comprised of a ton of medium-sized bubbles. Pretty good retention, there's a ton of foam sticking to the side of the glass. Holding it against the light reveals it to be a beer of brilliant clarity with plenty of carbonation. Head retention is excellent, there's a constant cap and the coating of foam on the side of my glass is remarkable.Very appealing.

S: Rich and malty like a good dopplebock should be, this has notes of jaggery and palm sugar with ripe plums, figs and dates. While sweet, this is nowhere close to being saccharine with plenty of dark sugar character and the faintest leafy hop aroma

T: There's a ton of excellent malt flavor in this beer, it's decadent in its richness. Dates, jaggery, dark brown sugar, dark honey and a faint hint of spice (cloves?) to balance it out. This is liquid fruit and rum cake, the dark sweet character of this beer is excellent

M: Medium-to-big in body with a soft carbonation and a pleasing finish that is both, sweet and mildly bitter (think burnt sugar) make for a top notch beer

D: While I typically don't drink too many of these, this one's special. One bomber for dinner and I wish i had another to marinate some beef in for a burger

Photo of dogfishlove120
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown almost black with a very thin head

S: Smells heavily of Malt and some coffee, chocolate, raisin and alcohol.

T: sweet malt, plum, raisin, prune and coffee.

M: sticky syrupy sweet. Makes lips stick together. Nice warming alcohol finish

D:Very drinkable, but more of a one beer sit and sip for a long duration

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

Brown Bomber of S'muttonator. I enjoy the punniness of the name next to the stately ram displayed on the bottle. This beer pours a beautiful dark amber or dark caramel color with a big cap of foam that left decent lacing. The aroma exudes rich malt, raisins, figs and caramel. Velvety smooth body as it crosses the palate. The flavor brings forth a big malt component, sweet, but not too sweet, with caramel and a hint of nutty character and ghostly mocha. A bitterness builds toward the end and then the beer finishes with a slight alcohol warming. This beer hits the spot as the cold wind howls just outside.

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite intriguing in this beer; I'm getting a distinct tootsie roll aroma, coupled with cola and cherry. While very sweet smelling, I'm loving the way this beer smells. The flavors are a bit on the simple side, but I still liked the caramel chocolate flavor quite a bit. Initially I picked up a bit of astringency in the finish, but over time that blew off and the beer became very smooth on the palate. The beer finishes well, though there is some warmth from the alcohol, and it becomes a bit tiring to drink after a while (the beer is pretty sweet and boozy). Nevertheless, this is another fine beer from Smuttynose.

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