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

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485 Ratings

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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
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 Suds
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Suds, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Thanks to nouseforotacon for this brew.

Poured into a Celebrator Glass a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice creamy two finger head, tons of sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of slightly roasted malts, hops, dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins), caramel. The taste if fabulous of sweet roasted malts, hops, slight dark fruits, very nice touch of caramel, and slight alcohol taste/warming effect. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, a absolutely tasty brew, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

22 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottle conditioned 2006.

S'muttonator pours a beautiful clear amber hue with an extremely generous khaki colored head that remains throughout tasting. Lacing is very sticky as well. Smell is very malty with a coffee like aroma. Hints of alcohol also tickles the nose. Although I can smell the alcohol, I can't really taste it. Big malt flavor which makes this brew extremely smooth, but also has the perfect amount of hops to balance itself out. The taste of coffee/caramel comes to mind with a hint of chocolate. I don't really see where the 8.5% comes from, but I'm not worried. Take your time with this one and enjoy its many flavors as it warms up a bit. Good work Smutty! Get your hands on this one for sure.

BeerTruth, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of muffguy4beer
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

22 oz bomber poured into imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Deep clear amber color. Off-white head.

Smell: Big malts in the nose. Sweet caramel and alcohol also present.

Taste: Sweet malty flavors including: caramel, sweet bread, and a hint of coffee. Light touch of hops and tingling bitterness as it finishes. Warming alcohol as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a medium to full body.

Drinkability: Most definitely a sipping brew for a winter night. Very solid.

muffguy4beer, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Thanks to mdavis31481 for this one.

22 oz bottle split between two pilsner glasses. A nice off-white fluffy head that recedes to a thin lace. Warm and dark amber brown color with some mild carbonation activity.
Smell is warm and malty, with a slight resin hops presence.. Taste has a caramel malt body. Mild alcohol flavor. A bit of spice.
Mouthfeel has a good solid medium body.
Another solid in the Big Beer Series.

bort11, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

Picked up a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Nice deep amber with ruby highlights. Off white head with good retention. Good clarity. Visibly effervescent.

S: Sweet malty caramel aroma. Noticeable grape aromas as well.

T: Sweet toasty malt notes with a nice bitter hoppy finish that is not dry.

MF: Medium velvet smooth body. Moderate carbonation.

D: A good drinkable dopplebock. Not one of my favorite styles but I would drink this again.

Nipitato, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a lovely deep brown with ruby highlights from the light shining through. Head stands a might half inch above the rim of my Smutty Big Beer Glass (how many of you have on of those?) without any signs of retreat! Retreat it does nonetheless to maintain a nice coating on top of this brew.

Aromas of from the deep dark caverns of malt - maybe not over the top and unparalleled but maltylicious anywho. Nary a hint of hops to my nose but maybe I am just craving malt.

Taste amps up on the aroma and I am not sure why to this scale. A deep rich malty beverage on first sip that alludes to some hops in the distance. Tastes of fire roasted and dried plums without being sweet at all. The hops rides in and slides over my tongue draggin a bale of cotton, drying it out as it goes. Nice finish as far as I am concerned.

Man - this is no Liberator but it is friggin delicious. I could drink another one right now. As they say - Gotta love the Smutty!

gpcollen1, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of auntfloyd
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Served from a 22 oz bomber into a pilsner glass. This is the 2006 bottling, which according to the Smuttynose web site, dates from Oct 2006.

Pours a bright, clear, slightly dark copper with a big foam slightly tan head.

The smell is almost pure malt, with cocoa and caramel notes for backup. Very sweet, and quite inviting.

The flavor starts with a big malty taste, then reveals slight cocoa and fruit flavor, followed by a hoppy bitterness, and definite cocoa aftertaste. Very nice balance between the two.

The mouthfeel is good, neither too strong nor too thick. Drinkability is high.

Overall, a quite good doppelbock. Another very nice ale from Smuttynose.

auntfloyd, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

Smuttynose has always been a fave, this is a bit different from what I normally drink from these guys. Pours a nice dark orange brown color with a thick head. Smells a bit liek dried fruits but very weakly. Tastes stronger than the smell, the same. Dried fruits, malt a bit of alcohol in the background. Overall it's good, not a big WOW for me, but I think it's cause I always expect these guys to make hop bombs (which I love) It may not be my style, which means I can even more so recommend this to anyone who likes bocks. (Then again I like Celebrator, whatever)

Manosbeeroffate, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of adowney523
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a brown 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Color is dark amber with an off-white head.

Smells faintly of zesty orange peel, some alcohol, and chocolate.

The fruity esters in the taste surprised me. Malt flavors are burnt with slight unsweetened chocolate. There is a lingering hop bitterness.

I was expecting a little more malt body in this beer, but definitely worth a try.

adowney523, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a deep, dark mahogany with a creamy, off-white head that quickly reduces to a generous, sprawling lace. Malty dark fruit aroma with a touch of roast in the aroma. The palate offers a fairly assertive malt sweetness, plum and raisin fruitiness, some caramel and some nice roasted grain character. The limited hoppiness is overshadowed by the burnt bitterness, which gives the finish a firm astringency.

I tasted American-made dopplebocks that were richer and more intense, but not more true to the style. The sweetness is elevated, but still subdued compared to other beers with similar alcohol content. Plus the roast and dark fruit characters are very balanced with the other flavors. Plus the alcohol of this very drinkable brew is well hidden (many American dopplebock brewers overlook this completely). Very nice…

Highly recommended…

arguemaniac, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.88/5  rDev -4%

A - this doppelbock pours a dark mahogany brownish/red, with a thin quickly lacing tan head and moderate amounts of carbonation

S - dark raisiny doppelbock type aromas, like brown sugar and roasted malts richness

T - roasted malts dominate the palate as well, rich and full, raisin and molasses, brown sugar, and some vanilla combine to create an amalgamated sweetness, rather nice, with a hoppy background

M&D - smooth and easy down, a quality doppelbock, its not the liberator, but its still pretty good, with an nice warming mouthfeel

sinstaineddemon, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Braudog
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

From the 22 oz bomber, this poured an orange-tinged amber color with a sizable and solid foam head. It throws a wildly bitter hoppy nose ... my nose says, "holy cow!" This is an ubiquitousoen though ... the first swallow accosts my tongue with a solid malt tug, almost Scotch-like, yet with a hoppy bitter flourish at the finish. The more I drink, the more I like. This is a nicely assembled big (but not too big) beer. (#2730, 3/1/2007)

Braudog, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of far333
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Clear copper liquid with a full and frothy head of tight foam with big dimples punctuated throughout. Retention is good, and little dots of lace speck up around the glass.

Inviting aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee and fruit.

Rich flavor upfront, very malty and a bit woody. Caramel and smoke follow, with a slight metallic twinge, finishing with ripe fruit and toffee, a bit of molasses. A bit of alcohol warmth rises up the cheeks. A mild yeasty flavor seems to linger.

Good full mouthfeel, creamy, but good carbonation tingle on the tongue. Finishes dry, a bit crisp and tannic. Perhaps some numbing on the tongue.

Nice rich and flavorful sipper.

far333, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of velo343
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance - Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass. A very deep, translucent mahogony with a slight orange hue. Large tan head that still has some presence a while later.

Smell - Very malty sweetness, molasses and raisins. Everything I'd want from a doppelbock and more.

Taste - Nothing really takes center stage here, just a lot of flavors really melding and meshing beautifully to create a super smooth, fine drinking bock. Chocolate, caramel, coffee, honey bread. Very thick and full feel. A moderate alcohol taste sneaks in at the end.

Drinkability - This is one of the smoothest, most deceiving doppelbocks I've ever had. It's almost too good. That being said, I'll drink to that.

velo343, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of crwills
4/5  rDev -1%

Part of a tasting with northyorksammy, biegaman, grub, and derek. Thanks guys!

Pours a clear bronze with a good tan head. Mild roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Flavour is similar, heavy on the roast. Sweet, sugary aftertaste. Very laid back for a big doppelbock, very drinkable.

crwills, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of Derek
3/5  rDev -25.7%

This is a big american brew. Certainly inspired by the doppelbock style (or perhaps samiclaus?), but not very malty. It's difficult to rate this one. It's REALLY well-crafted, but it's just not a doppel.

A: Medium-brownish orange, off-white head, some retention.

S: More fruityness than the average doppel (given its strength, perhaps the fermentation got a little too vigorous); brown sugar; slightly peppery.

T: Bread, brown sugar, grassy/slightly peppery hop spice, dark (slightly burnt) caramel. Bitterness is well-balanced. Alcohol is INCREDIBLY well-hidden, but it seems like it could use some lagering to smooth out the flavours.

M: Moderate body is really well-attenuated (surprisingly thin for its weight, it lacks the malty backbone of most doppels).

D: Perhaps a little potent for Lent. Not a session lager.

Thanks for the sample biegaman!

Derek, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. crwills contributed this one, so thanks craig!

22oz bottle dated 2006.

pours a deep reddish amber with a big tan head. drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. big bread and biscuit malts. smokey. bit of earthy hops. touch of alcohol.

taste is good. medium bitterness. big bread and biscuit malt. some alcohol. light smoke. bit of caramel.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body with good moderate carbonation. very smooth.

drinkability is great. well balanced. this one was very good and enjoyable beer - must find more!

grub, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

22oz bomber from Florian's. Copper-red translucent body with a couple of inches of fluffy off-white head that leaves a fair bit of lacing and lasts quite a while. Smell is a bit light, but consists mostly of nuts and caramel. Tastes nutty, fruity, caramelly, with a trace of alcohol. Flavor kind of dulls after several sips, but returns as it warms. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable. Not bad.

MrHurmateeowish, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of waughbrew
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Bottle-conditioned in 2006. Thanks for the date! and for the bottle-conditioning!

Clear deep amber with very light head that looks like whipped egg white. Aroma is not very strong, but is pleasantly rich toasted toffee. Musty and lightly metallic, fresh flowers. Flavor is mellow but very alive and fresh. Beautiful malt simplicity - seems like no dark malts were used in this one. Feel is perfectly smooth, alive, clean, and crisp yet lingering. Ultimately drinkable.

This is an amazing brew. Though I can't say that the flavor or aroma will blow you away, they are still very good, and, in tandem with the perfect feel, make for a wonderful and distinct double bock. I will certainly have this again in the future.

waughbrew, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of sacfly
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

22oz, bottle conditioned in 2005 on front label.
Very cool pour. Cascades of bubbles fight their way up to the top to make a thick brown head of huge bubbles. Orange red color comes out after the bubbles die down. Sweet, roasty aroma, with a hint of wet cardboard. Taste is muted, but a definite nuttyness, and Munich malt character. Seems a bit thin for a Double Bock, but enjoyable none the less. Easy to drink, high alcohol is well hidden. The 2005 is just a bit past its prime. If you have it, drink up!

sacfly, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%

Big props to Zrrbrrt for this one!

Pours copper/auburn with 4 fingers of chunky sand colored head. Good lacing & above average head retnetion

S: Malt sweetness & caramel

T: Big bready malts, warming booze, brown sugar & caramel up front. Faint hints of chocolate& cinnamon as this warms along with some toastyness & dryness. Finishes with a hint of pecans, caramel & a whisper of boozeyness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, gets chewier as this warms. Just not quite meaty enough to rate the full 5.0

Drinks pretty easy for the heft, a very nice dopple! Top shelf, would
stock up if feasible

russpowell, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of doppelmeup
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a pretty reddish-amber color with a decent offwhite head that slowly dissipates and leaves a thin layer of foam on top.

Aromas of malt, with some sweet fruit, some molasses, honey. Definite sweet aromas.

Taste is sweet, very malty, alcohol is not well hidden, and lends a definite bitterness. Overall it is a good tasting beer.

Fairly thick but not syrupy mouthfeel. Slight carbonation leaves a lingering alcoholicy bitterness as it goes down.

Overall this is a good, albeit strong, doppelbock.

doppelmeup, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a very pretty dark amber, clear as day, with a nice foamy head that leaves some lacing and a dusty cover of bubbles on the body of the bear. In appearance this beer reminds me of Paulaner Salvator. Aromas of sweet malts, fresh bread crust, and some spice. Solid base of sweet smells overlaid by some very light spice-and-bread. It's not a huge aroma or a particularly exquisite one, but it is true to style and very good. On the palate, this lives up to the "big beer" label, with a huge blast of thick, bready malt flavors coming out first, followed by a brisk bitter/sweet combo to the mid-palate and a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is thick and fairly alcoholic, with a bit of an acidic kick as well. Mouth-filling carbonation also contributes to a sense of fullness. Overall, this is a satisfying American doppelbock, very big in style but with all the hallmark aroma and flavor notes associated with the style. Very good.

geexploitation, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of WeymouthMike
4/5  rDev -1%

Fresh bottle but noted that it was bottled in 2006 and bottle conditioned

A- Rich red tinted mahoghany with a giant caramel head which quickly resides

S-Toffee sweetness with no alcohol that some others have detected

T- Sweet caramel maltiness.

M- Very malty with some hop oil residue, little to no carbonation

D- A bomber is the perfect medium for this one. I am not picking up on the alcohol but at close to 10% more than one bomber would be a heck of a night cap. Overall, this has been my favorite Big series beer from smutty and I am an IPA guy.

WeymouthMike, Feb 08, 2007
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.