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

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BA SCORE
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391 Reviews
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Reviews: 391
Hads: 607
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 74
Gots: 61 | 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.

2007 - 9.8%
2008 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.5%
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Reviews: 391 | Hads: 607
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a relatively transparent brown color. Has some reddish highlights.

S-Mostly sweet. A bit roasty. Not very big in the aroma department. Sweetness rules here but is not very intense altogether.

T-Eh. Too boozy. Alcohol zaps my tongue immediately. Sweetness is there. Brown sugar and what not. A bit of grassy and pine hoppiness. The alcohol hurts the flavor here. Poorly masked.

M-Heavier body. Carbonation is more lively than I was expecting. Alcohol dries the mouth. Decently bitter aftertaste.

O/D-Not very impressed. Booze is too blatant. Am going to struggle drinking this whole bomber. That being said, it isn't awful. Just not what I was hoping for. (666 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
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! (2,897 characters)

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown in color. While the taste has a zing to it based on the high alcohol content, it is not overly rich in flavor. There are not a lot of underlying tastes involved here. I would have liked a bit more depth to this doppelbock.
Not bad, but certainly not great either. (278 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-amber body with about 1.5 fingers of creamy offwhite head. Poured into an Aventinus glass. 2010 bottling. I didn't get any lacing, and the head eventually dissipated into some decent surface memory.

Smell is boozy, with some hops and raisins or apricots or something, but it's hard to get past the booze on the nose.

Taste is nice though. It sort of follows the nose and this drinks much more like a mild barleywine than a doppelbock. The hop character is more aggressive than standard for the style. It's mostly malty, though, with some raisin and vague spice. Yeah, this is really more of an American-style barleywine than a doppelbock, in that it is hoppier and the alcohol is more present.

Mouthfeel is fine, pretty standard smooth effervescence from bottle conditioning, nothing of great note here.

Altogether it's all right, but probably not a doppelbock I'll buy again. (885 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The beer is a brown caramel color. The beer is bottel conditioned but is very transparent. It pours out with a minimal 1/4 finger of off white head. The head is gone pronto leaving some bubbles along the edge of the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (9.8%) and the "Bottle conditioned" data "2014".

S: [3.50] Big caramel and bready smells. I think I can smell some booziness too.

T: [3.25] The taste has a lot of the bready character. As it warms a bit there are nice malt characteristics with caramel and honey. There is a bit of alcohol or hop bite on the back end. There is also a hint of spiciness throughout the beer.

M: [3.50] The beer is smooth with low carbonation - but there is a finish of booziness that lingers on the palate until the beer warms up.

O: [3.50] If this was labelled "Christmas Ale" (or something) I would believe it. It has a hint of some spices that remind me a of a Christmas seasonal. The sweetness gets a little cloying over time so it is a sipper. (1,004 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Marked as bottle conditioned 2014

Appearance - Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass to reveal a relatively clear reddish copper color with a khaki, near 2-finger head. Strong retention, eventually settling to a thin, consistent layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - The toffee notes come through from a mile away with hints of caramel and distant raisin bread.

Taste - Toffee, toffee and more toffee! Hints of earth, raisin and walnut toward the finish, but they are overshadowed by the sheer strength of the toffee dominance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Slick, and maybe even a light syrup stickiness in texture. Goes down easy enough and finishes on the

Overall - Decidedly malty with an emphasis on toffee sweetness; this one is on the richer side, even for the style. I really wanted to like this beer, but the nigh one-dimensional flavor profile makes it hard to enjoy even past half a glass. Ayinger Celebrator it is not. It's not dislikeable, but a hint of balance (coffee or dark malt roastiness) would go a long way. (1,066 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (826 characters)

Photo of Gbgbrouge
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, slightly hazy dark red copper with low off white head. Aroma is mild with notes of caramel, dried fruit, vanilla and whey butter. Taste is sweet with a big malt body and some bitterness in the finish. Didn't like the whey butter aroma at all, spoiled the whole experience. (292 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy red-orange with one finger of fizzy tan head. Fades to nothing, few spots of lace on the glass. Smell: raisin, date, cherry-ish. Toasted brown bread, somewhat boozy. Taste: fairly booze forward for 8.5%, toasted brown bread with raisins, mild medicinal hopping. Medium to full bodied feel but thins out and finishes with a booze + cola feel. Carbonation is high and fizzy and I get the impression that it would be a lot better slightly less attenuated. I like Smutty a bunch, but I'm not digging this one, despite the phenomenal name. Bottled conditioned in 2011. (576 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (449 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (2,557 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent brown, some rosy highlights, a big beige head but it falls away very fast leaving a miniscule incomplete ring. Smell is weak versus expectations, some toasty malt, but nothing promising a heavy dose of maly sweetness. Taste begins with some of that missing malty sweetness, but moves to a mild hop bitterness, and finishes with a fine alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is medium, nearly light. Drinkable but not overly delicious. It doesn't demand to be consumed. (465 characters)

Photo of Vendetta
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 26, 2008

Pours deep black with a GREAT head and some fabulous lacing. Good looking beer typical of a what I expect from a doppelbock. Flavor is dark, smoked, with a bit of alcohol bite at the end. A slight tinge of malty, coffee, roastedness. I didn't find any real fruit in there. Pretty plain doppelbock that doesn't try to do all that much but succeeds admirably in what it shoots for. Creamy, smooth palate. Very enjoyable brew. My father raved about it. (491 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into large snifter

A - Ruby brown with a two finger yellow-tan head. Nice retention.

S - Aroma includes raisin, some spice, dark bready malts, and yeast.

T - Intensely flavored, with alcohol, bready malt, mild dark fruit, spicy yeast.

M - Sharp feel, medium body, over carbonated.

O - Overall an average take on the style. Very very intense in flavor, it doesn't have the mellow-yet-robust flavor of, say, a Celebrator. A very strong beer that demands your attention but maybe doesn't deserve it entirely. (516 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one sported a smallish white head and was light, ruby brown in color.

Smell – There’s some light caramel and good toasty malts to this nose, but the booze is just horrendous. I like a sense of alcohol in my Doppelbocks, but this was like Russian vodka from a plastic bottle (no offense, Globetrotter). The fruits, mostly prunes and plums, were terrific along with the sugary molasses, but I just couldn’t get by the alcohol.

Taste – The molasses came out big at the taste. The malts were huge and soaked in darkish fruits. The cheap vodka flavor dimmed my view of this one, though.

Mouthfeel – This is between medium and full-bodied with a light drying at the finish and a huge alcohol sting.

Drinkability – I enjoyed some of the malty and fruity flavors of this DB, but the booze and harsh bitterness at the finish ruined the experience.

Comments – Thanks to Skyhand for letting me use her sink to pour out the rest of this bottle.

Update – I originally reviewed this with a 2005 sample and noticed that I came in much lower than everyone else. I thought maybe I got a bad bottle so was thrilled when BeerGuy brought me another bomber, this time an ’06 vintage.

I would stand by my previous review with two exceptions. First, the head was much better this time around. Second, the alcohol was still cumbersome but not as bad as the ’05. The rest of my tasting notes seemed right on, so I am going to raise my Appearance rating by half a point and call it even.

Oh, and I'm not sinking this one. (1,548 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and brown sugar aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with some slight fruity flavors as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good American take on a doppelbock. (429 characters)

Photo of MediocreatBest
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mahignay in color, with a tannish/white head that doesn't stick around for long. smells like booze, carmel and toffee. tastes the same, a little unbalanced on the alcohol front, but it blends nice enough after the initial startling few sips. other big beer series beers are better but smutty never let ya down. somewhat heavier in the muth feel then you might expect, probably due to the alcohol. still drinable, despite the alcohol taste because as it warms the taste blends better. (483 characters)

Photo of mbrasi
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red-brown with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet malt, cane sugar, caramel, dark fruits and nuts. Flavor is sweet, it's a malt bomb with a slight hop profile in an attempt to balance the massive malts. I actually enoyed this brew even though I'm more into hops. Mouthfeel is rich and thick which makes the brew smooth to drink. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming, maybe the age has toned it down a bit. Finish is a little syrupy and sweet. (445 characters)

Photo of jaluria
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of Dulliwhig
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into a wine glass at my mother in law's house watching Villanova basketball. Beautiful ruby red with a thick creamy off-white head that clung to the glass until the end.

S - sweet malt, spices and alcohol - not overwhelming complexity.

T - taste is malty and sweet with an alcohol presence, not bad but I was expecting more.

M - medium to high body, well carbonated and crisp.

D - I had to sip this over a long period of time - it certainly wasn't bad, but not something that I would search out again.

I am a big fan of Smuttynose, but I have to admit my disappointment in this offering. (605 characters)

Photo of Hagbard
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (941 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S'muttonator, ontap, 12oz pour

Appears a hazy dark orange/brown color. Nice froth and retention on this one. Nose is lightly fruity and a hint of floral hops. Flavor is interesting, fruity and malty with faint spices, light roast, some banana, wheat and very low bitterness. The finish is abrupt if not clean. A nice interpretation of the style, and fairly easy to drink. (372 characters)

Photo of Onceeven
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I kept this beer in the cellar for seven months after reading that the alcohol was still rather "hot" and could use a few months of cellaring. How I resisted this brew for so long, I don't know.

I was initially surprised by this beers clarity and sparkling glow. Despite a quickly receding head, there is ample carbonation rising to the surface. The smell was more restrained than I was expecting. It is subtle, but the alcohol comes through nicely mixed with a rather fruity aroma reminiscent of cherries.
Poured the beer at cellar temp. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and creamy leaving a tingling sensation at the tip of the tongue. The flavors are crisp & clean, with the alcohol throwing the first punch then the big dark fruity aroma filling in second. A murky aftertaste lingers indefinitely.

A solid rendition of the style, if a tad simplistic. Seems to reveal all its secrets at once. (901 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a murky brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount upon sitting. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapes, and bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapes, chocolate, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that great for me. I was truly expecting more on it. The fruit aspect to this one stole the show for sure. If you like Doppelbocks you might like this one, but I don't suggest aging it at all... (589 characters)

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.