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

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562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
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 geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled in 2006

Pours reddish amber with a thick head that soon becomes a thin cover that sticks around for quite some time, esp. considering abv.

The smell is sweet malt with some peppery alcohol. There is some underlying fruitiness.

The taste is sweet grainy malt. Little if any hop noticeability - the balance is in the alcohol, which lends a fruity, peppery undertone to it. A bit too boozy, but the malt taste is not lost. It comes close to being a malty barleywine. Finishes sweet, though not cloying, with a bit of a boozy kick.

The body coats, but is a bit thin. Sharp, warming alcohol lingers along with some of the flavor.

All-in-all, it turns out to be decent, but seems to lack something. Mybe more caramel? It's more in-line with Salvator than with Celebrator or Optimator, which is fine, but it just doesn't reach its potential. Not bad - just didn't do much for me.

Photo of nase
3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting next to a fresh St. Victorious for comparison. This is an 05 bottle that is 2+ yrs. old.

it may have been posted already but a quick profile
Malt:
Pale (2-Row) Malt, Munich Malt, Caramunich, CaraFa II, ABV - 9.6%
Hops: IBU ­ 42 Bittering and aroma - Hersbrucker Hallertau

First thoughts are that this has aged too long. It's quite malty and uniquely sweet as the brewer suggests. A faded brown appearance against its dark red counterpart in this tasteoff w/ some well-preserved lacing. Smells like a strong ale overboard on sweetness and the taste reflects that. As though someone doused a little syrup or medicine into a Bastard.

App. - 3.5, Smell - 3.5, Taste - 3, Mouthfeel - 3.5, Drinkability - 3

Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark amber with a reddish hue and a fluffy light brown head to start. There was a bit of lacing as the foam fell, a little more after a swirl in the glass. Estery aroma, a little banana, kind of yeasty, with bready malt and a bit of alcohol. Solid bitterness, most pronounced at the start and in the finish, with fruit running through the middle. Malt was present throughout, with notes of bread crust, and the finish had a burst of alcohol flavour. Fairly warming, the texture was very creamy, medium/full body with moderate carbonation. A little on the dry side. Good stuff. While the alcohol is almost always present, it never feels hot and contributes significantly to the overall character. The yeasty, estery aroma was a bit of a surprise, but still pleasant.

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

Poured in my trusty Newbury Comics pint glass ..22oz bottle

A- Amber / mahogany color nice large beige head nice lacing too . The head stuck around for a while too . Wonderful color . Wish my Strat was this color .

S- malt , caramel ...can't place anything else ...

T- pleasant , tasty , I have tried other Smutty types and was not impressed , this however the best . Wish i had bought 2 more bottles .

M- What more is there to say . The color in my cheeks lets me know that this has some kick to it too . I will have another one of these during the Super Bowl . Cheers to Smutty ...

Photo of scarletfire79
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not as dark as i would have expected. but still a very nice looking beer. dark deep brown with a frothy slightly caramel tinged head. the nose is very simple. kind of a caramel and alcohol vibe. i was expected some kind of roasted aroma given the style butinstead just sweetness. the taste is kind of more of the same. definitly not heavily roasted in flavor, instead it plays heavily to the side of caramel to the point of slight sweetness. the alcohol is slightly biting but the malt finishes with slight bitterness to make this beer pretty well rounded. maybe it's the snow falling outside and the freezing temps, but this beer may be my favorite so far out of this years big beer series. make mine a smutty!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish bronze with orange peel edges. I'm amazed at the range of colors for beer of this style; from something this light to opaque mahogany on the darker end. I'm betting the flavor will correspond to the color. The head overflowed the glass on the pour and is now a sticky mass of pastel caramel colored foam. Although it doesn't look like a typical doppelbock, I like the look just fine.

I don't know about the flavor yet, but the nose isn't roasted malty or chocolate malty (or even dark) in the least. In that sense it smells more like a big helles bock than it does a doppelbock. There's a whiff of caramelized sugar and an equal whiff of alcohol. That's about it, sorry to say.

Tough call. All in all, I've had better. Unless the beer opens up and deepens the warming (it doesn't), I'd have to call this member of the 'Big Beer Series' a disappointment. Part of the problem is that it doesn't taste much like a doppelbock to me. I was willing to forgive the appearance; not so the flavor.

If you ask me, the malt bill is to blame. What an odd choice to include pale and Munich malts, but no caramel, chocolate or roasted malts. That design decision results in a flavor profile that is more akin to a helles bock, as previously mentioned, or even an English barleywine. Make that an American barleywine because the Hersbrucker Hallertauer are still throwing off a considerable amount of bitterness; another reason why it's such a unique version of the style.

A certain alcoholic fruitiness puts me in mind of brandy as well. In fact, this may be one of the most undoppelbock-like doppelbock that I've ever had. I would have thought, since this is the 2005 edition, that the heat of the alcohol would have cooled to some extent. Maybe it has, but it's still a little too raw for my tastes. I'd suggest room temperature, a brandy snifter and small sips.

The mouthfeel favors the left side of the bell curve for such a big beer. Given the fact that it's a big lager, however, it's well within the bounds of acceptable. It's firm and clean rather than lush and full. A little less carbonation, which I expect to be the case in the bottom half of the bomber, should improve the mouthfeel even more.

I love Smuttynose beer as a general rule. My lack of enthusiasm for this one probably has more to do with my preference for roasted malty doppelbocks than it does for any failure on the part of the brewers (other than the choice of ingredients). I'd like to be able to say that I'd love s'more S'muttonator, but it's one and done for me.

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

22 oz. bottle Winter 2006 release consumed on 1/14/07

AP: A vigerous pour revealed a red hued, brownish amber color with a three finger deep, cream colored head that shows good retention and eventually dissiapted to a thick and still bubbly cap. There's a good amount of some yeast sediment at the bottom floating around.

Smell: Sweet, yeastie and bready scented malt dominance. There are dark berries and overlly ripe citrus fruit hints including lemmon's, banana's and grape's. There is a definate alcohol bite on the nose at the very end.

Taste: The first hit packs a massive Sweet and tangy malted punch. The malt flavor is very complex and rich and then mellows to a yeastie and bready flavor. There is a leafy hop effect at the end along with a unique overlly-ripe and fermented dark berries effect.

MF: This is a medium bodied brew that feels heavy and thick, goes down smooth and slick. There's plenty of carbonation which gives a peppery and lively feel going down.

DA: Highly drinkable and interesting for the style but at 9.8%ABV there is a slight warning after two.

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

2005 version had been sitting in the back of the fridge.

A: Pours a slightly clear rust color with orange and red tints. Nice frothy one and a half finger cream colored head. Almost like a pillow. Nice retention on this.
S: Sweet caramel notes with cherries, plums, raisins, and figs. Nice toasted grain appears with a swirl of the glass.
T/M: Nice and sweet in the mouth with cherries, raisins, figs, and a slight rummy flavor. Crisp across the palate with a better than average dryness on the tongue. Grassy hop notes are present are rather large with sticky caramel left on the lips.
D: This is a bit more hefty on the palate when fresh--meaning I may have sat on this too long. Great double bock on tap and in the bottle, especially when fresh. It was still quite good, but I think it's a bit more juicy when fresh.

Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is as drinkable a Doppelbock as I could expect, and a perfect fit for the season. No doubt it is a big beer and one for sipping and or sharing but it such a simple pleasure. I think I love everything Doppelbocks have to offer.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber color with a creamy tan head that leaves a lattice of lace.

Smell: Big caramel malts dominate the nose. hints of grapes and apples may be buried under the malts but are more difficult to discern.

Taste: Absolute candy. This is liquid desert. Caramel, bread, fruit, cocoa more caramel and some rum attributes simply make me go week in knees.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer that is super smooth, carbonated to perfection and dry in the finish.

Drinkability: To me this may be one of the most drinkable 9.8% ABV beverages available, but that is just me. It is not a chugger or session beer but it is as friendly as any in the style, in my experience.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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

Poured a deep brown, slightly cloudy, color with moderate tannish head.
Smell is loaded with malt, with distinct overtones of dark dfruit (prunes, raisins)
Taste follows on the smell with added stong caramel and toffee notes. A touch of chocolate alos present.
Finish strong, malty and alcohol.
A nice sipping beer to share with some friends on a cool autumn night.

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

Double deucer pours with a ruby chestnut clear vitreous glowing hue topped with a solid 1/2" khaki head cap settling with a tacky quality infused lace over. Impressive appearance.

Nose invites a bouquet of overly ripened bananas, some bran flakes, toffee, butter drenched grain waffle and biscuit.

First swigs: Malt smack of pecan pie a la mode, and grain muffin. Some dark raisin undertones. Inescapable soft sugared brown bananas, bready with fresh dough. Middling with some fruity aspects of red cherry and a bit of fig.

Feel is sticky bun sweet and tacky. Plenty of quality ingredients seem to emerge. Gently restrained and soft on this palate coater.

Last swigs: Milkshake doppebock. Not a better doppel value exists! These go for $4 a bomber! I almost shot doppelbock thru my nose on that one!

Beer is good. Happy doppel beering!

Photo of BrewDoctor
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one of Smuttynoses beautiful 22oz bombers!

Pours a deep copper and mahogany with a very thick off-white head full of light brown highlights. Head retention is solid.

The smell starts with a bit of sweet caramel, hops and some earthy scents, but nothing too overbearing.

As the glass tips toward the lips the complexity is more pronounced. The taste is initially of sweet caramel and some light butterscotch, definately some deep fruitiness like plums, a spicy hoppiness rolls over the tongue followed bite a nice alcohol bite around the entire mouth.

The mouthfeel provides a nice alcohol sting with a light coat of sweetness on the tongue. The hop bitterness is present which makes this an overall complex brew with some high quality flavors.

This Doppelbock is easy drinkin'. 22oz went down well and left room for a 6% bitter IPA which tasted excellent after this sweet creation. A great representation of the class!

Overall another fantastic offering from Smutty. These guys are my New England heroes.

Cheers!

Photo of SteveO1231
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber with no freshness date. Pours a dark maroon/ brown with an awesome thick frothy off-white head. Great lacing. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is a bit complex with caramel and alcohol making up the majority. I also pick up a fruity, citrus/berrylike aroma. Full bodied, The taste is just as complex, caramel and chocolate sweetness up front, nutty almost earthy character and I'm getting a slight hint of maple sugar. The middle and finish are overpowered by the alcohol, ans leaves the palate with a bitter dryness. This brew is very warming and after the bottle I was feeling pretty good. This beer is good but the powerful alcohol flavors overpowered this brew and numbed my palate. It is a sipper!

Cheers!

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

Poured to my elegant steamed glass from a way big 22 oz bottle. A nice dark rust colored liquid with a big maybe too big 3 finger head. Fades very fast and leaved no lace.

The smell is bold, lots of dark fruit, Big malt and some flowery hops.

The taste is big but not complex as I would have liked. Lots of heavy fruit and sweet berries, Could have more dark roasted notes.

Mouthfeel is good, full body, rich and creamy, some what filling, think and bready.

Drinkability is just above ave, nothing to slow you down but I am less then captivated. Prosit MK

Photo of numenor1
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear clopper with a massive, longlived tan head. Deep caramel and toasty malts on the nose with some dates and figs thrown in with some alcoholic spice. Very wide caramel on the palate, touches of fruitiness, never cloying(even a little dry for a doppel), alcohol peeks through a touch. Well bittered through the long finish. Superb balance. Good medium body with light carbonation.

Overall I'm impressed, given the unusually high alcohol for a doppelbock, i was expecting this to be overly sweet, but it is incredibly well balanced and very classic in style other than the elevated alcohol, though it is a very well integrated part of the beer's profile. This doesn't have the mind blowing complexity and depth of flavor of the Andechs, but the balance is tremendous, definitely making this one of the better doppels i've had.

Photo of tavernjef
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bodied oranged brown with a good streaming of bubbles lasting within for a good portion of its sitting. Two finger high roofing of smoothed creamy light tanned froth is nailed to the top. Keeps a solid thick skim of foam always present once settled and the lacing is mostly keeping close to the liquid in a thin sheet of fine foam. Some spots are flecked about across the glass.

Aroma is fairly milding with moderate malt tones of toffee, maple, molasses, and a slight toastyness that adds a nice bready-like drying note.

Thick on malt, moderate to mild and flavor, not sinking or heavy, very even set and smooth with a well-rounded taste and warming. The taste is hard to pin down as its nature is alluringly complex and simple in tone, yet has an urging length and tiny shavings of things in it that makes for good lip smacking intersest. Toffee and caramel are at the center in a milding set girth with a super creamy surrounding of all sorts of notings of dark fruits; raisin, fig, and a slimming dark cherry edge. Slightly spiced with a greasy backed, oily hopping adding a slight herbalness within the malty warmth. More so entering into the finish. The unique thing I find about both its flavor and thickness is a small breadyness that has a nicely set toasted realm to its overall scale of malt. Its slight, but somehow always present. A dull set fruityness in a bigger figgy, molassas tone really tends to take over as it goes as the warmth never leaves nor does the nicely added hoping in the finish. This definately gerw on me as I went along to the point where I was fixating myself on what exactly was going on. A perplexing palate soothing softy of a brew. When taken in to account of its Doppelbock style that it.

Feel is quite nice. Soft, yeilding, smooth, creamy, uncloying sideness and thickness. Big mediumness to full bodied on the palate. Not too heavy and definately not any heavier then need be. As it goes down pretty damn easy. The wamth is all malts and flavor and not just a bunch of heat. It sinks in like a good breakfast and soaks in like a hot suana. Gradually making its case for you to enjoy and continuing to enjoy,without much hassle to your palate.

A pleasurable beer for sure. Its abundant in complexing flavor and warmth all the while keeping a simple ease about it. How the hell they do it? I don't know, but damn if ain't a solid Doppelbock and then some. Onward S'muttonator!

Photo of jaluria
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi-clear, dark brown color with copper highlights and a frothy head that left behind minimal lacing. Aromas of caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, dried peaches, and raisins. The taste followed suit with the addition of a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and sweet with nice depth and mild flavors.

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

Dark cherry red/amber body with a huge cake-like yellowish head.

Nose is sweet and spicy, some hints of dark fruit.

Flavor is rich and moderately complex. There is plenty of malt up-front, but somehow less than I expected from a double bock. Sweet and mildly spicy at the finish. I get some brown sugar, caramel, rum-soaked cherry, even some dark fruit, (plum, maybe??) Alcohol is present, and slightly warming, but not too much.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A nice treat for the tongue.

Drinkability is very good for the ABV. I am actually reviewing this one after mowing the lawn, and it still goes down well without being overpowering or drying.

A nice brew. Make it again, I'll buy more!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle date, Sampled June 2006
Pours with a rich, dark amber brown color which shows a brilliantly clear ruby hue when held up to the light. The beer has a frothy full tan colored head that slowly dissipates back into the beer. Ah the aroma is rich and malty; a mix of concentrated notes of prunes and raisins, but not sweet, chewy with a note similar to fresh malt extract and a sort of meaty quality. After a bit of time it begins to pick up some sweetness, which accentuates the fruit character a bit. The aroma is really nice, purely malt driven with perhaps a hint of oxidation, which only adds to the richness.

The taste is sweet up front, and in fact sweet throughout. There is a light spiciness here in the middle; it is a bit like clove or allspice, but not really. The beer is rich and a bit palate coating bit still not overly so. This beer is quit drinkable, it just seems to disappear from my glass. There are some notes of rum here, combined with the malt, which makes this a sweet, yet rich tipple. Notes of chewy, freshly toasted malt. Hints of cherry and perhaps a round note of raisins.

This beer is very drinkable, even enjoyable but it seems to be lacking a richness and complexity that I would expect in a great doppelbock.

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

A clean brown beer with deep copper highlights. Has a big bubbly beige head. There is a smooth sweet malt aroma with hints of choclate ans honey. The smooth sweet character flows over into the taste with notes of brown sugar and licorice. The finish has hints of coffee and tabacco pushed ahead of the alcohol.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BeerBeing, once again.

Appearance: Looks pretty standard for the style, clear dark brown body, creamy adn sticky off-white head, a couple bubbles can be seen floating to the top of the beer.

Smell: Roasted and sweet malts, a little brown sugar, not very pungent for a beer this strong, but good.

Taste: Rich and extremely malty, moves far away from the sweet brown sugar flavors I am used to in the style. Woody, grassy, earthy, with a big (for the style) hop finish. Easy sipper, very good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and lightly carbonated, very full, great.

Drinkability: A well rounded and very interesting lager beer here. Makes you wish the style was produced with this kind of care and skill everytime something is called a Dopplebock.

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

Sampled: 2.20.06

Appearance of the brew is honey amber liquid under a 2 inch off-white, eggnog head. Little to no lacing clings as the beer disappears.

Aroma is heavy on the malt. Let me repeat, HEAVY on the MALT. It’s like walking through the front door of a brewery. Real sweet maltiness, too, but little else. Caramel and roasty breadiness dominate.

Flavor is the obvious rich, sweet malts of the style. More roastiness and caramel from the nose follow through and are touched off with a hint of bitterness. Not very complex, but tasty just the same. The beer is heavy and chewy in the mouth with low carbonation.

It’s an easy drinker for it’s heady style. A good beer, but not a session beer. A bottle will do you.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hooked this one up from my man Jim Bonomo. Bonomo is Italian for "good man."

Active carbonation with suprising hop finish. Tastes like an American version of a German Classic.

Antiseptically clean. Peppery, warming alcoholic finish. Mild caramel flavor upfront, subdued toffee aftertaste.

Slight apple and pear aroma; typical of a particular German Lager yeast strain I've worked with for years.

A very drinkable brew and a nice creation yet again from Smuttynose.

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.