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

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 65
Gots: 51 | 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, 2006 vintage, served in a Pilsner glass.

A - clear, deep amber color with a big tan head that thinned out to a light layer, leaving good lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet caramel malt flavor, with a slight touch of hop bitterness. 8.5% abv is totally hidden.

M - full bodied, very nice carbonation.

D - very good, very drinkable Dopplebock

Photo of doubleipa
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was bottled on 2004. One inch, thick light-brown head. Big aroma of heavy malt, dark bread, molasses, taosted. Quite a bit of banana, as well. Lots of dried fruit, too. Soft carbonation and full bodied mouthfeel. Taste has some dried fruit and caramel.

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

Good looking deep orange brown with a frothy tan head that drops slowly to an opaque film.
The smell is dried fruit, caramel candy and a bit of alcohol.
The taste is very sweet , bready malt, caramel...lots of dried fruit flavors..raisons, figs, prunes..a bitter rush of hops kicks in kind of unexpectedly...and works a little...fades as the malts kick back , and returns to leave a pretty bitter aftertaste that is really good. The alcohol is there , but it's pretty well hidden.
Mouthfeel is heavy...carbonation is medium.
This is a really enjoyable doppelbock. I will want more for sure.

Photo of EPICAC
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very lightly hazy ruby-brown with a thick beige head that thins to a film.

Smell: Rich and malty, caramel and dark fruit. Light peppery alcohol.

Taste: Sweet upfront with notes of caramel and dates. Moves into a peppery, spicy alcoholic finish with a firm, balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, low-carbonation.

Drinkability: A flavorful sipper.

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful red color, with a big floaty white head, an inch plus. Bubbles are a little big, and no real lacing. Overall, looks good. Nose is crazy malty, molasses with some dried fruit too, a touch of breadiness. Good, but not super interesting. Taste is solid. Malty and sweet up front. Alcohol shows up a little bit. Nice and fairly refreshing in the middle. A hint of malt at the end. Feel is full bodied and good This is a really good beer, and surprisingly one of the better doppelbocks I've had. Really good one.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Depp, caramelized brown. Good malty aroma-even smells quite chewy and thick. Solid malt flavor. A bit too bitter up front but that tends to even out against the malt. Appears to be a bit snokey. Somewhat sharp flavor to it. Very nice body. Quite full and satisfying-very, very dry finish. Quite nice and drinkable.

Photo of jbsteiny
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Spuyten Duyvil’s bartenders held this beer responsible for an unusually raucous evening at their last Smuttynose event, so I figured, even if it is a bit out of season for a warm spring afternoon at the Blind Tiger, I had to get another glass of the S’Muttonator while it was around. It poured a nut brown with a big off-white head which faded, leaving next-to-no lacing. Smelled very malty, with aromas of stewed fruit and alcohol. The malts also dominated the flavor, but pleasantly. Some chocolate and caramel unfold on the palate and the reported 9.6% is warming. It’s a heavy beer, but steady fine carbonation kept it light on the tongue, and the rich flavors helped it go down easy, despite the high ABV. Dangerous.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, conditioned in 2006. It pours a sedimented, unfiltered?, almost lifeless cherry/copper, topped with a loose, 3 finger head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma consists of toasted, caramel, molasses, grainy, and perhaps Belgian malts, balanced with grassy/spicy hops and a nice fruitiness. On the palate, it is complex as all hell. It starts with sweet, caramel, toasted, molasses, and lightly roasted malts; next there's all the fruity byproducts (pear?, apple?, cherry?, raspberry?, melon rind?) which are followed closely by green/perfumy/spicy Noble hops that contribute a medium bitterness (42 IBUs), and it finishes with a Belgian yeastiness and a dash of what seems to be Chrismas spices (anise, nutmeg, cinnamon) although I'm not sure that they're even in the beer. The body is syrupy and almost thick, with tingly/numbing carbonation that shortly evens out, becoming very smooth, leaving a medium finish. I have mixed feelings about this beer - I'm not sure that it tastes too much like an authentic dopplebock due to the Belgian fruitiness and yeastiness. That said, it is a very well-made brew which I enjoyed more than my numbers would suggest; and even though I'm not sure of it's being a dopple, I'm not really sure how else to classify it. Regardless, I'm sure I'll revisit this beer at some point.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep brown color with a good solid head. Smell is pungent and much like good European Doppelbocks: lots of malty sweetness and just a hint of alcohol. The taste is big and chewey, and seems to be well balanced with hops. Again, dark malts are what stick out in the initial taste, but also a pervasive carbonation which makes you thin it in your mouth a bit before swallowing. Because of the size of the malts is hard to discern any kind of specialty grains that are added, but I'm sure they're in there. The lingering taste is strong as well with a mostly sweet and almost chocolaty flavor. Overall a terrific beer, would recommend to anyone.

Photo of bigone4
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle labeled from the 2006 batch. Nice dark amber brown color even brighter ruby red when back lit. Fluffy tanish off white head. Good head retention and lacing down the glass. Smell consists of strong malt flavors and some mild hint of hops. It certainly has a sweet caramel tone from the malt. There are also some subtle roasted notes. Taste is smooth and malty. Certainly has that slight caramel sweet malt flavor. There is a definite hop presence in the finish. It leaves a good bitter taste on the back of the tongue. Good overall drinkablity and mouth feel. I enjoyed this one and would certainly try to find it again.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was an American twist on the doppelbock style. At first it tasted very traditional, but as it warmed a greater hops bitterness and chocolate flavor came out, almost making me think it was a lager version of an imperial stout. The big hops are a little odd with the lager style, maybe just different from what I'm used to, but still tasty and drinkable, no hint of booze.

Photo of beerbutcher
3.11/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance- the beer pours a tan head two fingers deep and is a deep mahogany color.

aroma- i can smell the munich first, with crystal malt/ toffee tones under it, and a sharp phonol kick.

taste- the palate is light and dry. there is some richness to the malt and the sweet spots there, but alcohol overwhelms and the hop bitterness lays a bit heavy for this style.

mouthfeel- there is little of the lush creaminess that i look for in this style, and every sip ends wiith a wash of heat.

drinkability- overall, it's too strong and bitter, with little of the classic malt profile to back it up. definitely an american interpretation of the style... still the strength is endearing as i empty my glass.

Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just luv to be greeted with a nice mahogany brown pour, massive frothy ivory head, finishing with sticky marshmallow of lace around the glass. ummm.

Wow, sweet malts, coffee, and for the first time, a tidbit of tobacco in the aroma. Easy pull off the diamond encrusted snifter highlights a chocolate malt, but subtle, and the standard malted roasted barley. Sweet, but well balanced. Just nice, very nice.

This brew drinks like a dream, easy going and the alcohol is hidden like a viper in a bush.

Thanks be to bkett01 for a massive super bowl O beer payoff!! If this has a <decent> price to it, GET IT! Under $7 a bomber?

Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of muffguy4beer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bort11
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of auntfloyd
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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)

Photo of adowney523
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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…

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.