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

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Ratings: 583
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: 583 | Reviews: 389
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the name of this series--BIG BEER. It doesn't mean extreme, but they are all flavorful. This one pours a cloudy brown. It leaves great ring lace even after the three-finger initial head.

Creamy caramel sweetness in the nose. Some chocolate is present, too.

Light sweetness in the flavor, but this is in the background of some definitive chocolate and finishing hop.

This is a spot-on double bock.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doppelbocks tend to be one of my favorite beer styles. So, to me at least, there was a lot for this to sort of live up to.. The pour is a light brown, dark in some areas with some light passing through. Light tan head. Smell is sweet and malty, of course, but not too strong. Its a bit raiseny, roasted malt, etc, standard doppelbock. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet and caramel-like in flavor. It is sort of a dry sweetness though, which migh be more about the mouth than flavor. The way a dry wine has that dry feeling there is a bit of that here. Aftertaste is a bit floral, the only time any hints of hop are detectable. Mouth is very crisp and carbonated with medium body (and aforementioned dryness). Drink is good, not the most amazing doppelbock i've had, but very good. It's very alt bier-like (sort of like Uerige doppelsticke). It has a bit of boozey warmth. Aftertaste isn't the best either.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a small head, fades at a decent rate but leaves little lacing.

Smell is pretty much all caramel malt, not a hint of alcohol which tends to be normal with doppelbocks, slight spiciness.

Taste, like the smell, is heavily influenced by caramel malt, touch of hotness but not overwhelming, decent spiciness, good creamy mouthfeel, definitely a roasted aspect as well as a good presence of dark fruit.

Not the best doppelbock I've had, but I certainly won't turn this one down.

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 into Alpine mug while watching the Sox and Dice-K gut one out Friday nite...

Hardcore 3-finger, light maple walnut ice cream-colored head topping a deep, dark, bourbon-colored body. Laces up very nicely but head develops a honeycomb pattern on the mug.

Quintessential oily, sweet (almost sarsparilla/rootbeer scent) dopplebock aroma with carbonation contributing to a piney yet still-sweet aroma. Alcohol makes its presence known.

Silky dopplebock taste of rooty braised malt with an almost molasses-thick sweetness. Deep iced-coffee taste with husky caramel/chocolate/treacle character.

It's both dry and sweet at once. Comes in rather clean with nicely severe malt profile and a little pine bite. Interesting and powerful finish.

This one is full of good ideas and it's huge. Sip and savor. 'Nuff said.

Photo of sraimondi
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

Very nice, murky deep mahogany/copper color. Very attractive. Sheet lacing which doesn't really stick to the glass due to elevated ABV.

Some bread/malt in nose, but not as prevalent as in some benchmark versions.

Taste is very traditional, although a bit sweet, almost cloying. Also, there is an odd taste in the very finish--a little bit metallic?? Not too off putting, but I had to drop the rating a bit, as this is not the norm for a doppel.

Mouthfeel is both smooth and full, classically true to style.

Overall a very nice American doppel, although not exactly on style. IMO, not enough bread in the nose and that odd finish. Still, another good attempt at a classic style from the brewers in Portsmouth. Good job!


Photo of NJpadreFan
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose- S'muttonator

A- Deep ruddy brown with the thickest foamiest head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet sugary malt. Hints of dried fruits and alcohol.
T- Sweet syrupy malt. Thick fruits like raisin, prune, and fig. Slight touch of alc. in the body. Hints of molasses throughout.
M- Big thick sweetness. Sugary and slightly medicinal.

Overall- Good thick malty doppelbock. A bit sweet but a very good nightcap.

Photo of GClarkage
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09/25/08- Purchased at Glen Beverage in Glen, NH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with 2008 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark rum colored appearance with a bottle conditioned light murky texture. 3/4 inch head on pour with a slight rim remaining after 5 minutes or so. Very light spotty lace.

Smell- Very nice nose, especially as it warms to room temp. Rich and malty with a chocolate malt ball nose, deep caramel and highly roasted malt.

Taste- Very sweet....very sweet...and quite thick and viscous. Almost like a doppelbock and scotch ale combined. Malt is super sweet and deeply roasted. Chocolate is puxhed to the back because the caramel coveres your whole mouth. I like the flavors, but it's a bit much. Hops are here and leave a bitter tongue lashing.

Mouthfeel- Mid carbonation at first, as it warms it becomes lighter. Thick and full mouthfeel. Light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hits pretty hard with it's almost 9%abv. Scotch ale fans will like this as I think it ranges more towards that style than a doppelbock. Either way it's very sweet and rich and not a session beer.

Photo of vtfan77
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep orange-red with a small dark tan head that doesn't last long.

S- Lots of sweet malt with toffee and caramel aromas abounding. Solid doppelbock aroma.

T- More sweet malt upfront, followed by a surprising hop bitterness. In addition to some nice spicy, grassy flavors, the hops give this beer a substantial bitterness, perhaps in an attempt to cancel out some of the sweetness. The alcohol comes through from time to time, but it's not too strong.

M- Nice and thick, full-bodied with a high level of carbonation. The carbonation might be a little too aggressive.

D- Decent, but it's too rich and alcoholic to have a whole lot of.

This is a good, not great, doppelbock. The bitterness in the flavor kind of threw me off a bit. It seemed a little too aggressive here. Nevertheless, it was a good beer, just not one of my favorites of the style (or of Smutty's Big Beer Series). Still worth a try.

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint; 2008 vintage

Pours a mahogany body with a light tan head. Head rose a good two fingers and left very light rings of lace.

Raisins, plums, cherries, bakers chocolate and a solid backbone of roasted malt. Has a little bit of a mysterious, musty smell.

Mimics the nose, only more full and rich. The cherries and plums dominate a bit more which makes it a little tart. The roasted malt does a great job of balancing out all of the flavors.

Smooth and supple. Medium-bodied.

This guy was a breeze. Everything is in its place and the flavor profile enhances as it warms. An easy drinker.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber brown with a thin white head and nice lacing.

Lots of caramel malt on the front on of the nose with a bit of hops and spice behind.

Sweet caramel malts and raisins start things off, with a surprising amount of hop bitterness in the finish. A nice surprise but far more than would be expected from the nose.

Mouthfeel is just a bit thick, not bad for the style, with just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Nicely drinkable for the style. I rarely enjoy more than one doppelbock due to the sweetness but this beer keeps it in check.

Another winner from Smuttynose's Big Beer series.


Photo of corey0212
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice mahogany/chestnut color, some reddish highlights, big foamy tan head fades very slowly, leaves some nice patches of lace behind. Massive malt aroma, tons of caramel in the nose, some raisins and dark fruit. Taste follows along, with some spicy alcohol throwing down, fig, vague chocolate notes, doughy. Thick and chewy mouthfeel, seriously hearty, some nice lingering spice and dark fruit flavors. I'm looking at the ABV, and yeah, it's high....but something about this beer makes me want to drink another...and another. A perfect beer for the coming New England fall weather.

Photo of thethrone
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with huge foamy off-white head. Tremendous retention, wet lacing coats the glass.

S - Big malty aroma, with caramel, toffee, and some oakiness.

T - Big malty flavor to match the aroma. A touch of bitter comes through on the back end. Some booziness also makes an appearence

M - Full bodied, chewy beer. Well carbonated.

D - Between the sweet maltiness and the strong alcohol content, this is definitely a sipper. Well worth a try, though.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich brown with a creamy white head. Head retention is outstanding and adds to the pleasure. Aroma is malt with caramel, chocolate, a bit of oak and fruit. At first I felt the fruit was cherry. As the beer warmed the fruit seemed more like plum.

Well balanced beer. The sweetness and the alcohol play well together. The caramel is the finish with just a little bitter bite.

Drinkability is great. However, this is still a sipper.

Photo of JeremyK
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. This beer pours a crazy head and lacing sticks for a long time! Deep dark chocolate brown in color. Roasted caramel and fig in the nose. This beer is serious. Rich full bodied sweetness of burnt caramel flavors. Perfectly carbonated. A superb interpretation of a German doppelbock. A serious sipping beer.

Photo of scottg
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with some red hues and a one finger tan head with great retention and lacing all the way down the glass. Carmelized malt, chocolate, cherry and oak aromas. Lots of sweet caramel flavor with some cherry and oak mixed in. Medium body, light carbonation, this has a chalky, mouth coating mouthfeel, very nice. Very well balanced beer, the alcohol is present but not dominant. I'm going back to the store to buy some more!

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown with garnet hues with a nice frothy tan head.

Smells of rich malt, caramel, some chocolate/mocha hints, dark fruit.

Lots of brown bread flavors, great sweet roasty malt, dark dried fruit, and some coffee/toffee in there as well. Didn't get much hop, but thee is a bitter edge that comes thru nice.

Big and chewy, with mouth coating full bodied deliciousness. Some slight bittersweet aftertaste.

A sipper, with some alcohol on the breath. First couple of tastes you notice the sweetness and the booze, but as you work your way thru the 22 oz bomber, you notice the alcohol less and the other aspects of the beer more -- just opens up for you. Great beer.

Note: Found this at a Shaw's supermarket in Nashua, NH. $3.99 -- same beer at my favorite seller was $7.00 -- sure pays to shop around.

Photo of markskar
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big Beer Series Bomber - 2008 Vintage

A: Poured deep and somewhat dark amber/gold from a bomber, fairly clear with a touch of chill haze. Large bubbles dangle at the top two inches for several seconds before a nice smooth head appears. Lacing so thick that one might need a brillo pad to clean the glass.

S: Very malty, hint of smoke and gunpowder.

T: Very malty and smokey. Almost too sweet, but just enough hops to balance it out. Hard to taste the alcohol imho thanks to the malt, making it deceptively potent at over 8% abv.

M: Almost perfect mouthfeel. As thick and smooth as could be without crossing the line to pure malt syrup. Keeps me coming back for more.

D: So delicious I had to drink two bombers at one sitting. However, the high abv made for a nice hangover the next day (when, of course, I had to work). But what the hell, for a beer this good I'll deal with a little headache the morning after.

Photo of bcastine
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bottle into a crystal chalice, bottle conditioned in 2008.

A: Brown earthy color with a espresso like head, slightly brown but thick and long lasting, head remained till the last sip with lacing present top to bottom.

S:Bakers Chocolate, Roasted malt.

T: Much like the smell, only a hint of bitterness, strong taste of dark chocalate, hint of heat

M: Mouthfeel is the largest strength, you just want more in your mouth, full yet silky, just slides down the throat. Leaves the mouth sticky, chewy, almost food like, very impressive.

D: Easy to drink in small volumes, 1 22oz is kinda pushing it. I'm just happy my local supermarket has been stocking this at $3.99 a bottle, what a bargain! Heck I bought them all so far. Will re-review in 2yrs when I get some age on a bottle or 2 or 3.

Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage. Served this slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle. Another great beer from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series.

Appearance: S'muttonator pours out a deep, dark, copper amber color that almost looks a bit hazy. A somewhat hard pour yielded a thick, two finger, butter colored head. Head shows decent retention, and leaves behind a good amount of sticky lace.

Smell: Quite a malty nose on this brew. Raisin and plum seem to stand out the most. A bit of a subtle roastiness and some wood are in there as well. Has a bit of a musty, yeasty note to it.

Taste: Flavor mimics the nose quite a bit in my opinion, but seems richer and fuller. Nice dark fruit flavors. Plenty of malt flavor with a bit of yeast and more wood. Quite sweet but not overbearing. Just a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and almost silky.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. Smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of medic25
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage, served from a bomber.
Dark honey color, with a thick tan-colored head that laces nicely along the glass. Rich malty aroma. Taste is right up there with any German Doppelbocks I've tried. Warm, sweet malt, with a sweet raisin-like component. The alcohol warms nicely without being aggressive or overpowering. An incredibly drinkable doppelbock.

Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brownish-red color with a thick brown head that has lasting power.

The aroma is thick and rich with a decent hint of brown sugar/molasses in the nose. Alcohol warmness shines through lightly in the nose.

Taste is very strong and full of malt goodness. Hints of raisin, caramel and brown sugar stand out, followed by a chewiness and a hint of alcohol warmness. Very nice and deceiving!

Mouthfeel is chewy with faint hints of raisin and brown sugar. Alcohol warmness shows up more in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right as it seems to disappear once you taste the beer.

A very rich and deserving dopplebock. Definitely could use a bit more age. It's a good rival to Celebrator and other dopplebocks and is definitely something you want to sip. You could quaff it but it might overwhelm you. I definitely enjoy it and it's a decent beer for a cold fall or winter night.

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Smuttynose Big Beer series, I picked up a 22oz bottle thanks to a fellow BA mentioning it's back in stores. Pours a dark, caramel color with a thick, off-white head that lingers for quite some time and sticks to the side of the glass upon drinking. A strong malt aroma with some sweetness. The taste is malty with a hint of toasty, and the alcohol is noticable. The mouthfeel is heavy and creamy and leaves some stickiness behind, although it's a smooth swallow. Carbonation is moderate and disappears quickly when swallowed. Overall, a delicious and very drinkable dopplebock that should be consumed slowly.

Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle that has a classic label of a long horned goat standing tall of his pasture. The face on the goat says it all. It's saying "I'm going to head butt you till you get out of my face!" Under the label in the far right hand corner is the bottled year. Mine was the 2006 vintage. I believe that was the last bottled year for this Doppelbock. The far right side of the label is just the Government warning. The far left side has 3 seperate sentences. The top one talks about how it's brewed in limited quantities, the second one talks about the German ingredients that went into this beer, and the last one talks about how it took 30 hours to brew a single batch.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, this Doppelbock was a clear caramel brown color with a massive 5 inch initial head of foam. The color of this foam was a light beige color. This massive head of foam had really good retention that left behind a 1 inch tan film and a fair amount of sticky tan spots of lace around the glass. The massive head of foam was nice to see, but I still liked the color of this Doppelbock a bit more.

Smell: This Doppelbock's aroma was lightly sweet yet malty and slightly wheaty all at the same time. The aroma consisted of dark roasted malts, roasted wheat, sweet caramel, and dried dark fruits at the finish. When it was swirled around, more wheat and dark fruits emerged, but this time they had a small coating of alcohol on them. The alcohol did not take over the aroma because the sweetness of the beer controlled it.

Taste: The taste was sweet and malty, but not wheaty like the aroma. It's funny. It starts off with sweet roasted malts and then it goes directly into a sweet and alcoholic flavor burst. That means the sweetness of the caramel and the dark fruits a covered up by an alcoholic blanket. The alcohol was not overwhelming, but it will warm you up. The taste isn't done just yet. This sweet alcoholic flavor burst is followed up by more malts, but this time their dry roasted and not sweet roasted like they were in the beginning. In the end, it could have used more dark flavors and less alcohol, but it's still an enjoyable Doppelbock taste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was walking the thin line between being a medium bodied beer and a full bodied beer. It's hard to say which one it is. The aftertaste strated off sweet and boozy, but after about 3 seconds, the booze trails off leaving behind a slightly sweet aftertaste of sweet roasted malts and a hint of caramel.

Drinkability: Overall, it's not a Doppelbock you want to drink on a daily basis or a monthly basis because it's too sweet and boozy. The alcohol won't kick your ass, but it will let you that it's there. Is it worth a shot? Yeah, because it's an interesting Doppelbock that was brewed about 2 years ago. I wonder if a little more age will settle down the alcohol. Only one way to find out!

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark amber with a dirty bone white head that was a solid 1 finger in height that retained well while leaving a spotchy lacing behind.

S: some dried fruit (raisins, cherries), sweet caramel bread, and a light toffee sweetness finishing things up.

T: rich, malty, with a huge caramel backing with toffee sweetness. There was some raisin bread hints as well a light alcohol presence. The beer finishes semi-dry with some bread and dried molasses.

M: medium in fullness, slightly syrupy with a gently carbonation. Was slightly sticky from the caramel with a light finish.

D: Drinkability was very much so, Abv was well hidden making this a tasty bock treat with a gently nice warmness.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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