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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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4/5  rDev -1%

vonnegut21, Jan 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Dave_Treat, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of jucifer1818
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is slightly hazy amber. There is a large light tan head that leaves nice lacing and holds well.

The aroma is fruity with a lot of apple and a touch of banana.

The taste is a mildly sweet caramel-forward malt bomb. This is tasty. There is a nice bready flavor here also.

This is full bodied, with crisp carbonation. There is nothing fancy here; just a good solid dopplebock.

andrewinski1, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of seplo
4/5  rDev -1%

seplo, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mklisz, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of travishardy929
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

travishardy929, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle label notched 2011 bottle conditioned

Smuttynose S’muttonator Double Bock (doppelbock) poured a clear dark/burnt amber color into a pilsner glass. The head produced was generous 3-fingers in height; tan, full of bubbles and had good staying power. The nose is dominated by [quite] sweet malt, heavy caramel and dark fruit. The taste matches the nose with caramel, brown sugar upfront followed by roasted malt undertones and a light noticeable alcohol “zing”. Enough hops to balance and keep the brew from being too sweet.

If you are a fan of the doppelbock style S’muttonator is a must try.

bushbeer75, Oct 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

smutty33, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of sleuthdog
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip

Appearance: Light murky brown color that looks like a good apple juice but a touch darker. Head was an off white, three fingers worth and was rocky in appearance. There were big and small bubbles mixed together that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing behind.

Smell: A big sweet presence in the form of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, maple soaked dark fruits and some molasses. There is a bready component mixed with big time malts.

Taste: At the front of the tongue the sweet, sweet malts shine in the form of caramel and toffee malts. It has a bready and yeast taste that follows. At the back end there is an interesting spice that leads into a mild alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: This is a malty creamy bomb that is very smooth. At the same time the carbonation prevents the sweetness from taking over and making this cloyingly sweet. I do get a mild alcohol burn on the swallow as earlier noted.

Overall: Not a big overly complex beer but rather simple and true to its style. It is an enjoying beer to sip without having to think about it too much. Straightforward and so easy to drink to the point it is dangerous.

sleuthdog, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured out a dark brown color with some good clarity and a single finger of sand colored head that lasted for about a minute, leaving behind medium amounts of lacing on the inside of the glass. Body is on the lighter side of heavy thickness, carbonation is medium strength. It has a very nice smooth and silky texture in the mouth.

Well, it's a malt bomb alright. Smells and tastes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, and plum pudding with extra bits of red port-soaked bread on the side. Actually, the flavor has a slightly higher level of breadiness and dark fruit emphasis than the nose does, and the nose has a slightly higher level of booziness than the flavor actually presents to the tongue. I can only find a faint garnish of earthy and herbal hopping on the back side of the finish, and even than only once the glass has warmed up. My token constructive criticism would be to amplify the noble hops slightly to temper down the sweet malts a bit, and allow some nutty malt tones to shine through. Still, this beer ranks up there amongst the top 15 doppelbocks I've had...so it's certainly worth trying.

WastingFreetime, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Jake351
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug:

Appearance: Dark amber, like a chocolate cherry color, with 4 fingertips worth of foam that lasts for 5 minutes, a nice contrast to the darker color beneath.

Smell: Dark fig wafts up the glass, and with the minutes passing, opens up into a more raisin-like earthiness.

Taste: Breadiness with the best of the Doppelbocks! There's a caramel back-end that balances sweet and bitter perfect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with effervescence that is very ephemeral. The taste is so overwhelmingly incredible that I don't really notice the mouthfeel all that much, but wished it had more creaminess. If anything it might be a little too thin for its flavor.

Overall: Incredible value, and one to be sipped to enjoy its flavor (and at 8.5% ABV, not one to be slugged down on an empty-stomach). It's my meal in a glass after my meal on a plate!

Jake351, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to egrace84 for the bottle share; thanks elliot!

reviewed from notes 9/3/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light brown bodied beer with with hue. 2 fingers of light tan head. spotty lace.

Smell: Malty, bready, fruity, brown sugar sweetness, and spicy booze.

Taste: Sweet malts, bready, raisins, fruity, and a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. fairly smooth drink.

Overall: A solid offering for a dopplebock. Nothing over the top, just true to style with no frills.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

aleslover, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: 2008 bottle, carefully aged after purchasing from some dude's trunk at the June 2008 Kate the Great release. Truly a great day.

Appearance: Dark brown, with some light brown around the edges - creamy, light tan head - keeps a nice cap and leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Potent and impressive - dark, rich bread, bread crust, molasses, and a touch of a soy sauce-like aroma - dark fruit, caramel, and rich, cooked malts - a chewy, grainy sweetness, pleasant and non-sugary - some alcohol

Taste: Dark malts, dark fruits - grainy and bready, cooked and nicely toasted - molasses, caramel, and some brown sugar - dry, with some notable alcohol - hops have (understandably) faded over the years, but some earthiness remains, a nice roasty bitterness

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, very smooth, nicely carbonated, a nice level of dryness

Overall: Worth aging (and good fresh)

This certainly held up over time. It's similarly good fresh. In my humble opinion, this is one of the best Dopplebocks brewed this side of the Atlantic. Definitely worth a try - buy a few bottles and age some.

angrybabboon, Aug 19, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage given to me out of the back of some guy's car (claimed he worked on the Smuttynose bottling line) at Kate Day 2008. Split the bottle with angrybabboon. Aged 4 years.

Appearance: Deep copper with major brown leanings. Thin, off-white head that drops to a spotty cap. Slight carbonation. Head is rocky, chunky, and creamy.

Smell: I can smell this thing from a couple feet away. Huge malts. Caramel, biscuit, bread dough, molasses, toffee, even some brown sugar. Crazy malts. Tiny bit of alcohol and some sherry-like oxidation. Dark fruit - cherry and plum with some fig. Mild roasted edge. Sweet, cooked malts. Almost malt extract level of sweetness.

Taste: Port, oxidized to the point of pulling sherry and a touch of metal. Big biscuity and caramel malts. Sweetness pushes caramel and toffee. Almost nutty. Fresh brown bread. Cooked, syrupy sweet malts. No hops to speak of. Bite of alcohol on the back. Slight backing spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Age drops the body down to a barely there medium. Carbonation is still lively after the years. Clean.

Overall: Holds up well to 4 years. 2 would probably be ideal. Nice take on the style with some good depth. Very malt forward. A little raw when fresh.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear. Rich amber in color with a substantial tannish head. Masive carbonation.

Very malty on the aroma, as was expected. Toasted grain with a bit of dried fruit. Noticable alcohol.

Sweet toasted malts, dark coffee and molasses, dark dried fruits. Alcohol is fairly substantial, but not too harsh. Bitterness of roast malt.

Fairly hot, but smooth. Light syrup, but not too sticky. A touch of prickly carbonation on the tongue. Medium-full.

Perhaps better suited for January than August, but still, it's very good. A nice sipper.

obywan59, Aug 08, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich caramel malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, some bready malts, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich caramelized malts and some raisin and other sweet dark fruits. Through the middle, brown sugar and molasses come through with some vanilla and bready malts. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, dark fruits, bready malts, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced doppelbock with a good strong and complex malt profile.

ngeunit1, Aug 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

yeti123, Jul 31, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber purchased from Jungle Jim’s.

A: Looks great…a rusty brown, mahogany color with an off-white head. Left 2.5 finger head with almost no lace.

S: Caramel, maple, molasses, raisinets, malty. Almost no hops that I could smell.

T: Malt, Malt, Malt. And more malt. Sweet and smooth but the alcohol definitely comes through. Very warming. Would be ideal on a cold winter night.

M: Thick, almost syrupy. Still smooth but alcohol is certainly there, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Definitely a sipping beer meant to be savored.

O: Not my favorite style but I like it. Not my favorite from Smuttynose but I like it. A malt lover’s dream, but not a enough hops for a hop-head like me. It’s a nice change of pace though and overall pretty good beer.

bayner34, Jul 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

bkaj21, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2010 release. Pours hazy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big raisin, prune, biscuit, toast, molasses, toffee, caramel, nuttiness, earth, light roasted malt, and herbal. Very nice and well balanced doppelbock aromas with good complexity. Taste of big raisin, molasses, prune, toffee, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, earth, light roasted malt, and herbal spiciness. Light spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toffee, toast, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, roasted malt, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity and balance. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming after the finish. This was very easy to sip on when I opened it, and it gained a bit more heat as it warmed up. Overall this is a damn nice doppelbock. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and pretty smooth to sip on. Got a little bit boozy as it warmed up, but was still a highly enjoyable brew.

superspak, Jul 22, 2012
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.