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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

485 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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 heyitsbyron
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The girlfriend was kind enough to drag a couple Smuttynose beers back from NH over spring break.

Very light for a doppelbock but oh so thick, almost the color of a dark brown ale. Considering the amount of malt in this, I was expecting much darker. The bone colored head is on the thin side, but again, very impressive considering the composition of the beer.

Smells thick and syrupy (yes, those are tact adjectives, but sometimes you can just tell). Extraordinarily sweet malts and slightly slightly floral.

Taste is surprising. Has a real nice toasty element and well as good bitterness. Still, very malty and therefore sweet. Slight herbal(?) flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Outstanding balance.

The hoppiness keeps the beer from getting overly sickly syrupy as it warms up. That's my big complaint with doppelbocks and this one doesn't suffer, though there's a bit of a lingering stickiness anyway. Very good.

Drinkable? Absolutely. Am I gonna finish all 22oz before I pass out from alcohol poisoning? Questionable. Also, this beer reminds me more of the Scotch ales that I've had than of the doppelbocks, but a rose by any other name....

heyitsbyron, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured a deep somewhat dulled amber with a nice tight well retained head that left a ring of lace behind as it settled slowly.Not big aromas but pleasant I pick up some definent caramel notes as well as some plum the alcohol is well hidden in the nose.A big malt bomb to be expected a sweet pizza dough like quality with caramel and prune with just a hint of German hop zip in the finish.A solid American doppelbock to be had,I would drink again for sure.

oberon, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of MarineHokie
4.08/5  rDev +1%

A - Clear deep copper color. Thin white head leaves sticky light lacing.

S - Sweet malty aromas dominate.

T - Quick light hop bite followed by sweet malty carmel smoothness. Finishes balanced with both sweet and bitter notes.

M - Medium body.

D - Alcohol well hidden, didn't notice any warming. Smmooth and very drinkable.

MarineHokie, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

Bottle: Poured a clear nut-brown dopplebock with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Huge aroma of freshly baked banana bread is quite just unbelievable. The freshly baked banana bread with a good slightly sweet malt backbone also dominates taste. Alcohol is well hidden and body is just above average with some medium carbonation. Definitely one of the best dopplebock I ever had.

Phyl21ca, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%

22 oz - 2005 "bottle conditioned"

A - Pours a magnificent ruby/copper/amber with a thin off white head.

S - Dark fruits, raisins, slight roast, sweet caramel, somewhat subtle aroma.

T - Fairly sweet, dark fruits, strong raisin flavor, caramel, hint of alcohol comes through.

M - Medium to full body. Warming feeling from the alcohol. Slightly cloying.

D - A little too sweet and a little too much raisin for me to have more than one in a sitting. Definitely a nice sipper though.

brewcrew76, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of gbarron
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

From a 22 oz. bomber. Can't find any dating, but bottle states it was 'Bottle Conditioned in 2005' so I'm assuming this brewed and bottled in late '05. Label has a great picture of an old ram on it.

A - deep ruby, reddish brown. Perfectly clear. Head is billowy, lots of compact bubbles, a little rocky, off/dirty white. Leaves thick lacing.

S - noble hops more than malt. Alcohol very present in the nose. Munich malt, chocolatey smell. Noble hop spiciness.

T - very nutty, chocolatey. Rich malty flavor but not overly sweet. Nice balancing between malt and bitterness. Bit of noble hop 'twang.' Aftertaste is sweet and alcoholic. Sweet, bready, nutty.

M - medium bodied, alcohol warmth. Carbonation is low to average.

D - extremely tasty brew. Alcohol and body prevent it from being a quaffer. Would go well with some fresh sausage, kraut.

gbarron, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

'05. Red-light mahogany + clear. Nice welcoming warm color invites you in. Semi-billowy head eventually fades to a bubbly head. Smells very nice. Abundant fruit, apple and grape especially and spicey and zesty, with a nice malt profile, Reminds me of Belgian brews with Unibroue-esque qualities. Taste is alike. I like it a lot. A nice balance of sweet, fruit, spice, and of course malt. The alcohol is evident but it doesn't bother me at all, but it does make me tipsy. Finish is has a nice prolonged hop bitterness to it (over all the malts).

A yummy dopplebock, but I need to have more than a few different ones so I can differentiate better.

tastybeer, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

2005

Pours clear reddish brown with a poofy white head that fades to a thin cap - nice color. Aroma is sweetly malty, a little toasted, with a light fruit ester alcohol spice. Rich, sweet malty flavor. Some dark fruits pull through as it warms - just a touch of hops and some spiciness in the finish. Full and smooth in the mouth - alcohol is there but not overwhelming in any way. Drinkability is good for such a strong beer but I would need to switch it up after a couple glasses.

This is a big malty brew to say the least. I imagine this would go well with a hearty meal.

wedge, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

22oz. bottle

Pours a clear, rich chestnut brown with reddish hues. Has a thin white head that maintains with decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some caramal and bready tones. Also has a slight fruitiness to it.

Sweet and malty upfront with some nice caramel and bready flavors. This is followed by rich dark fruitiness and a slight hop bitterness. Finishes sweet with a slight alcohol taste. The alcohol taste becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Big full body, plenty of carbonation.

A nice drinking dopplebock, but there are others that I enjoy more.

MaltyGoodness, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

2004 vintage, bottle conditioned. Served at just over fridge temperature in a Celebrator glass. Purchased for $3.99 at Cable Beverage in Bardonia, NY.

Appearance- Pours a clear, raisiny, deep cognac with a light tan two finger head. There is very little action inside the glass, but there is a wall of lacing just getting underway. Microscopic bubbles make up the thin mat of foam.

Smell- A hugely appetizing blend of malts and grape soda... the kind from years ago that came in a glass bottle... dates, figs, plums and the like. Extraordinarily sweet aromas, I would compare this to sticking my nose into a newly opened box of Nerds or other sweet, sugary candy. The malts are overpowered slightly here until the beer approaches cellar temp... then they are king.

Taste- Surprisingly, the alcohol is at the fore... not quite what I expected, with the big plummy nose and malty character. The dark fruit notes are way up front and intense, matching the higher ABV in this beer. This is like a doppelbock/old ale... the malts really go deep here, and pack a punch. A quick, bittering hop finish wraps things up.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Sharp and quite aggressive in the mouth on the outset, but let this beer breathe for awhile... it mellows and becomes a sudsy delight. I learned that sipping is the way to go with this beer, as it has big complexities that must be appreciated. Overall a very enjoyable evolution of flavors and textures.

yelterdow, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with some garnet tints. A soft creamy beige head foams up even with a gentle pour.
The aroma is toffee and red grape with a bit of bready yeast as well. The first sip reveals a thick slightly syrupy texture with fine gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor starts fairly sweet with toffee and brown sugar. The middle allows for some roasted malt and even a bit of chocolate. The finish carries the roast flavor and lingers as well. The beer is smooth and easy drinking. A nice doppelbock that you should buy if you see it!

sulldaddy, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Clean, copper-chestnut in color beneath a dense, lightly tan head that sits up with good retention. Condensed lacing with sufficient strength.

Sweet molasses malt aroma. Crisp wheat and grains; very fresh earthy tones. Coffee and hazlenut.

Molasses and caramel; the sweetness is present, but kept nicely in check by the wheat and grain profile. Earthy and rustic grains; very crisp. A rustic-flavored bitterness making for a slightly dry finish with hints of coffee in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; well balanced sweetness and thickness.

A noble offering from Smutty. The sweetness and malt profile are dead on for the style; which is where many other versions of this style faulter. The flavors are good, but not 'exciting'; still, a pleasant lager with no glaring mistakes.

NEhophead, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of akahn
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours into my tall water goblet a beautiful, deep, clear ruby color. Big bubbled brown, firm head. Lasts pinky-nail tall for a bit and then recedes to a collar. No lace, but I ain't complaining because the color is gorgeous. After the yeast-pour, things get a bit murkier and browner, still looks great.

Not a very strong aroma. Alcohol is present, with hints of prune and olive, somewhat musty or stewed.

Sweet, hot alcohol is prominent in the flavor, too. Reminds me of a "mini" barley wine. Plenty of fruity esters here, too, tart green apple and green grape skins, instead of the prune and plum flavors I got from Celebrator. The flavor of old, dry raisins makes an appearance here. A fairly complex flavor once it warms up toward room temperature. The yeast pour brightens the flavor up, and adds fruityness and juicyness, making it sublime.

On the lighter side of full bodied. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel despite ample, tingling carbonation, carbonation which was very important in offsetting the alcohol.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer, to be sure. It took some doing, but I greatly enjoyed sipping 22 ounces of this finely crafted, BIG beer (they don't call it the big beer series for nothing!). Highly recommended.

akahn, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

22 oz bomber with a vintage date of 2004 on the bottle, "bottle conditioned" as well.

A- Superb cappuccino-like froth on top, excellent head retention. Deep tawny glow, brown on amber with good clarity.

S- Big malty aroma, hints of caramel and raisins. Faint alcohol in the nose as well.

T&M- Impeccable smoothness within the lush full body. Rich layers of malt begin to unfold as this brew warms up a bit. Velvety coco, mildly roasted coffee, fresh baked brown bread and a kiss of caramel. Light on the hopping, ample bitterness is still around after a year. Clean and sharp alcohol warms the palate.

D- A sipping brew to say the least, I could sip this one all night long. Paired this one with a beer braised pork roast and later with fresh baked brownies.

Jason, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

This beer poured a dark amber color with a thick tanish head that evaporated somewhat quickly. There is an interesting aroma of sweet malt with some hop notes and maybe a big of brown sugar with the alcohol cutting through. The taste is big as the abv would suggest with a balance through the sweet malt and floral hops. A very enjoyable beer with a medium body but overall very drinkable in my mind and another good selection from their big beer series.

ggaughan, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%

Sampled on tap as a Friday lunch brew at Mahaffeys. Dark wood brown with amber highlights. Half a finger of head with average retention and lacing.
Smokey caramel aroma.
Taste is very malty. You have your sweet caramel, some nutty aspects, some coffee, and just a hint of smokiness.
Chewy and drinkable. I found it to be nutty and enjoyable. However, mouthfeel and drinkability lost some points due to the observable ABV lurking around every sip.

Dithyramb, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

The color was dark clear amber with brilliant red hues of light bouncing around with a small tan head. This looked thick almost like it was a solid, it left a big glycerin layer on the glass, not legs just a coating. The nose let me down a bit, malty some caramel and a plum like fruit smell. The taste was all malt, not as sweet as I expected, I didn't get any of the fruit that was in the nose. This has a very full body, thick and smooth with low carbonation leaving a warming alcohol sensation.

orsulacp, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of twelvsies
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Hmm, not what I expected, but interesting, none the less. I seem to have a sort of love-hate, hit or miss relationship with Smuttynose, %75 on the love side. I definitely don't hate this beer, but I certainly don't love it, and I'd file it under the "miss" category. First of all, this is on the more pale, fruity end of the doppelbock spectrum, which is fine. There are plenty of doppelbocks that have these characteristics, and I realize the difference between this approach and say a Celebrator or Thomas Hooker, and I understand what the brewers were going for. That being said, it's kind of wimpy. Not much head to speak of on top of an otherwise nice looking, red beer. Very clear for a doppelbock. Smell and taste both lack a defining character in my opinion. If I'd had this beer blindly I'd think it was a hearty English strong ale. Plenty of toffee-ish carmelly malt notes and plenty of estery fruitiness. Hmm, after writing that line and taking another sip I bumped the taste mark up to a 4, and I'm starting to think out of the box of a style per se. Chewy, rubbery mouthfeel with out being thick or full bodied, but a noticeable alcohol kick to it. Smooth though. Hmmm, for the third time. I'm just not sure what I think about this beer. It's on the thin side, for a doppelbock, but throw style out the window and you have a nice, hearty, English ale, almost...
Eh, what can you do?? Beer is beer, no dry cheers.

twelvsies, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of rousee
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Dark ruby color. Small amount of foam that does hang around for the entire beer. These are fairly new so I would assume they are bound to be pretty fresh and they taste it. Vinous and just a hint of malt in the smell. Taste is very rich with all kinds of elements entering. It has some licorice and caramel and it has a cinnamon type character in the background that is extremely impressive. All of this with your standard dark malt taste hangin around. Another winner for Smutty. These guys are good. I dont even like doppelbocks.

rousee, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of Hagbard
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

Smuttynose's interpretation of a doppelbock pours a very dark ruby, verging on brown. A 2 finger white creamy head forms and quickly recedes to a film that sticks around. The aroma is a very complex maltiness with a fair amount of fruity esters. The taste is very fruity, reminiscent of overripe fruit...think about crushing a soft plum against the roof of your mouth with your tongue. Holding up the fruitiness is a very strong maltiness. The fruitiness imparts a sweetness but it never approaches cloying, even with the absence of any noticeable hoppiness. Unfortunately it seems fairly hot, the alcohol is not hidden very well. This is especially apparent in the finish when it becomes the primary component of the taste. It leaves you with the same feeling you get after taking a sip of hard liquor. The mouthfeel is smooth, though maybe a bit too carbonated. The drinkability is good, though it would be much better if it wasn't so hot.

Hagbard, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of counselor
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%

pours a dark brown with a nice fluffy head that dissipates quickly. There are sweet, dark sugar and molasses aromas. The flavors are very straightforward sweet without being cloying. Geeod mouthfeel, smooth and cramy. Only enough hops to keep in the style. A nice beer, and a good bargain for a bomber

counselor, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Beautiful caramel appearance with a thunderous head that dissipates eventually into a nice sticky lace. Smell is malty, witha hint of spice..light alcohol undertones. Taste is is mainly sweet, very malty..very light spice note...alcohol is present, but understated. Mouthfeel is chewy, full-bodied. Very drinkable for the abv. Definite smoothness.

edchicma, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

A - Clear thick auburn brew with a one finger head that leaves little spots of lacing on the glass after it vanishes in two minutes .

S - Alcohol, caramel malt, pepper, a tiny bit of smokiness and light-bodied malt. The smell is nice, but the alcohol's appearance is "not impressive."

T - Strong sweet, smokey caramel malt flavor with a backing of lighter malt flavors with a touch of coffee. Abv is detectable, but less dominant here than in the odor. The aftertaste is a lingering relaxing bitterness of indeterminant origin.

M - Chewy, thick, smooth and refreshing too.

D - It's no Troeganator, but it is quite good. A meal in itself, but I think it would work well with unspiced foods. It is easy to drink and soothing enough to entice you back for more. A good price, good beer, I will probably have it again.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1 finger head. Carbonation is visibly light as only a few bubbles are seen rising.

Smell: candy-like as sweet malts, brown sugar, and caramel candy abound.

Taste: as detected from the nose, this doppelbock is very malty with plenty of brown sugars and caramels, but is nicely balanced with a decent bitterness, alcohol, and some mild prune tones.

Mouthfeel: smooth, lightly leaning towards syrupy, but still had a bit of crispness at the finish. The malts lingered long on the tongue.

Drinkability: very enjoyable doppelbock, and even with the higher alcohol contect you can still have a few glasses of this. Another great beer from Smuttynose.

Gavage, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of mcowgill
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

This beer poured a very nice dark amber color with a large creamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. The smell was of malts and alcohol. The taste was great! Caramel and malts throughout. Mouthfeel was creamy goodness. This is a very drinkable beer that I highly recommend.

mcowgill, Feb 08, 2006
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.