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

Not Rated.
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)

Educational use only; do not reuse.

387 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 387
Hads: 601
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 74
Gots: 59 | 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%
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) Alström Bros
Reviews: 387 | Hads: 601
Photo of velo343
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass. A very deep, translucent mahogony with a slight orange hue. Large tan head that still has some presence a while later.

Smell - Very malty sweetness, molasses and raisins. Everything I'd want from a doppelbock and more.

Taste - Nothing really takes center stage here, just a lot of flavors really melding and meshing beautifully to create a super smooth, fine drinking bock. Chocolate, caramel, coffee, honey bread. Very thick and full feel. A moderate alcohol taste sneaks in at the end.

Drinkability - This is one of the smoothest, most deceiving doppelbocks I've ever had. It's almost too good. That being said, I'll drink to that. (699 characters)

Photo of wil19b85
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured nicely. Had a solid finger thick head. Now that it's settled there is a nice foamy layer that is lingering. It has a great mahogany, almost rosey color when held up to the light.

S - It has a very malty smell. I can't help but thinking of the smell of the woods thawing from winter. Does that sound kind of ridiculous or what? I like it.

T - I'm picking up oak, and peat right off. It finishes fairly bitter.

M - This is a very rich beer.

Overall I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I love living 25-30 minutes from the grocery store, but being able to pick up great beer at the local general store up the road. (625 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh... the long-awaited and much anticipated S'muttonator! Into my Portsmouth Imperial pint glass she goes, a clear, rich garnet/mahogany color. Hard-pour didn't entice too much head, so to speak, but about a 1/2" layer receding to just some wispy, beige gatherings of bubbles around the edge, and with a bit, but not a whole lot, of lace to write home about. Lovely color, though.
Nose was fairly strong, reaching me from a couple feet away after pouring, and consisting of a healthy dose of caramel, malty sweetness along with hints of dark fruit, like raisin and currants. Body was well-above medium, almost full, imo. And it has a thick, chewy feel and is quite smooth across the palate. Oh yeah!

Flavor is a solid hit of lots and lots of malt. It has an exquisite sweetness level without being cloying, with caramel and suggestions of brown sugar leading the way. There seems to be some sort of nuttiness present as well, and it has a sharp, spicy quality sticking in the nooks and crannies of my mouth. I can't put my finger on the hops, but they lend a subtle, floral quality to the flavor background, and keep the malt from going overboard.

First impression? I like!! S'muttonator has lots of potential, with perhaps some good aging possibilities. I must do a side-by-side with this and some other DBock faves, like Sammy, Andechs and Salvator. Right now, 2 thumbs up for Smutty!!

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.45
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5

790 (1,501 characters)

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

Browsing at a local bottle shop and I eye up two of the big beers from Smutty nose priced very modestly. This and the Baltic Porter from 2009 were only six bucks, I was sold. This one pours an impressive deep amber mahogany brown hue completed clouded with some yeast sediment. Nice huge collar of tan khaki head goig on with fine intricate layers of lacing, this bottle was bottled in 2010 probably earlier this year in the spring. Aroma has some big malt layers deep with tart fruit and hints of raisin, a nice depth of ingredients involved in the brewing process. Also some floral fruity notes in the back end quite the interesting New England brewed German style lager. Flavor really coats the palate with back end roasted malt and upfront fruitiness. Figs/plums/raisins soaked in alcohol with a nice crusted bread layer finishes somewhat balanced with a strong herbal hop finish. A touch of dark chocolate and other roasted malt qualities brings a nice balance to the overall mix. As it warms herbal mint with a touch of pine cone comes out, the hops here definitely have an American slant but they're note overdone. Mouthfeel is as full bodied as a lager will ever be, almost chewy due to loads of malts and bready yeast sediment bringing a nice body. Carbonation was natural bottle conditioned very enjoyable experience. Drinkability, I had no problems finishing and enjoying a whole bomber although ideally you better find a drinking partner on a big beer like this. Great quality version of a rarely brewed in America style. (1,533 characters)

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

Part of the Smuttynose Big Beer series, I picked up a 22oz bottle thanks to a fellow BA mentioning it's back in stores. Pours a dark, caramel color with a thick, off-white head that lingers for quite some time and sticks to the side of the glass upon drinking. A strong malt aroma with some sweetness. The taste is malty with a hint of toasty, and the alcohol is noticable. The mouthfeel is heavy and creamy and leaves some stickiness behind, although it's a smooth swallow. Carbonation is moderate and disappears quickly when swallowed. Overall, a delicious and very drinkable dopplebock that should be consumed slowly. (620 characters)

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

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! (606 characters)

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

2004 bottling.

A- Murky red clay amber with prodigious lasting head, thick lacing.

S- Very malty, a tad smokey, a bit tart, sappy.

T- Tasty: caramelly, warm n' fuzzy, low carbonation. Very pleasant aftertaste, lingers on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Can't detect any of the formidable ABV, except for a whiskeyish aura.

M- Creamy, smooth and rich. Booyah.

D- A really nice offering in the style. It's a big bottle and not hard to get through. Balanced, wholesome and tasty. (501 characters)

Photo of mac31
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

22oz to tulip

Sweet, big caramel entry. Big, bold beer. Sipper. Cooked caramel and brown sugar. Bready malts. Deep, deep black cherry, raisin is present. Touch of warm orange hues. Just enough earthy, subtle hops to keep the beer honest. Soft (very), clean bitterness. Alcohol adds a drying effect (in the finish) to a sweet beer, another aspect that keeps the beer honest. Slight cereal graininess noted in the finish. Lager finish is apparent in the first few sips, but dissipates as the rest of this big beer takes over. Slight warming effect as the beer is quaffed, welcomed. Syrupy body with soft carbonation. Complex yet balanced brew. Serve at appropriate temp for best impression. Served mine slightly chilled, slightly astringent. Much better as the beer warmed (as all big beers do.) I definitely will by again. Have not had many bocks, reminds me almost of an English style barley wine, one of my favorites styles. 2014 version, 9.8%. Good stuff!!! (962 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass at 50 degrees. Bottle conditioned in 2010 notched on the label. Pours a translucent plum with a dense, creamy, tan-colored head embedded with tiny craters. Head eventually settles into a consistent, quarter inch cap. Thick swaths of lacing coat the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose reveals candied dark fruits (figs and prunes), followed by toffee notes and a trace of cocoa. Taste consistent with nose; however, the flavors are less distinct and coalesce much more in the flavor profile. The chocolate character is also much more robust. Finally, there's also a residual alcohol presence that comes out towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation. Texture is somewhere between oily and creamy and there's a little alcohol heat at the back end which lingers at the back of the throat. What can I say - this is one delicious doppelbock and another winner from Smutty's Big Beer Series. I definitely need to pick up another bottle to cellar. (1,018 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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 (382 characters)

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

"Bottle Conditioned in 2006"

A - Cloudy amber with brown hues. slight head of an off-white reddish color.

S - Very malty, sweet, sugary, fruity, slight alcohol.

T - Toasted malt, bread, molasses, hints of coffee, and everything that's in the nose.

M/D - Very smooth, very little carbonation, seems to have aged very well. Great stuff. (338 characters)

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

Twenty-two oz. bomber into a Delirium tulip.

A vigorous pour spills out a deceptively dark brew that brightens to a clear ruby red when held up to the light. The head, buff taupe in color, billows to a half inch before slowly receding. The end result is an attractive, thick ring of foam and a patch of bubbles that refuses to budge. The aroma is a pungent, spicy blend of sweet caramel sauce, toasted chocolate malt, wildflower meadows, fresh cut hay, and Sugar Daddy candy bars. However, hops keep the maltiness in check well, adding a piny resinous note to the mix.

What an great beer. Toasted marshmallow coats the palate with a pronounced stickiness, leaving in its wake notes of toffee, butterscotch, chocolate, herbal hops, and caramel. Phenomenal complexity, and the richness translates into the mouthfeel, where a thick, creamy body with a light carbonation level produces memorable sip after memorable sip. Overall, S'muttonator is a solid beer that resurrects the Doppelbock style in my mind after a few disappointing ones. Nicely done Smuttynose, now bring some of your Big Beer Series down to NC! (1,111 characters)

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

A- Pours a deep burgundy with a huge frothy head. Lacing like crazy on the glass.

S- Sweet and malty, mildly fruity. Notes of caramel, butterscotch and raisins. A mild alcohol warmth.

T- A rich sweet malt, notes of caramel, fruit, and coffee bloom. A mild grassy hoppiness in the finish.

M- Rich, smooth and a bit creamy. Very full bodied.

D- Excellent! Rich and complex, alcohol is very well hidden. You could eat this brew with a fork and a knife. Smutty did a hell of a job with this one. (495 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who sent me this? I can't remember for sure but I think it was Pabs311. Thanks for the North East hook up man. 2010 vintage.

A: Clear ruby body, tight fine two finger beige head, some spotty lacing. 4/5

S: Big sweet bready malt, spicy alcohol, raisins. All smells are big, pungent, and very enjoyable. 4.5/5

T: Very robust sweet malts, a long boil was obviously used here. Tannic edges with a bitter finish round this out nicely. 4.5/5

M: Full, chewy, and smooth. This is the way a doppelbock is supposed to feel. 5/5

O: Damn good beer from a damn good brewery. Another impressive showing from Smuttynose again. Get one if you can. 4.5/5 (643 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of JohnCJr
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Medium red-brown with thin white head. Very little retention.
Smell: Sweet brown sugar, nutty.
Taste: Very malt forward. Smooth with no hint of the almost 10% ABV.
Feel: Medium. Coats the mouth nicely.
Overall a superb beer. (243 characters)

Photo of corey0212
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice mahogany/chestnut color, some reddish highlights, big foamy tan head fades very slowly, leaves some nice patches of lace behind. Massive malt aroma, tons of caramel in the nose, some raisins and dark fruit. Taste follows along, with some spicy alcohol throwing down, fig, vague chocolate notes, doughy. Thick and chewy mouthfeel, seriously hearty, some nice lingering spice and dark fruit flavors. I'm looking at the ABV, and yeah, it's high....but something about this beer makes me want to drink another...and another. A perfect beer for the coming New England fall weather. (589 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (389 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear red body with brownish highlights, sort of a reverse stout. Topped by a full fist of light tan crackling froth which skyed above the rim.

Bits of sweet caramel and other candy in the aroma, along with a whiff of alcohol, though overall the whole nose is slightly surprisingly subdued.

Taste is delightfully rich. Thick malt slathers over the tongue and throat, laying down walls which will rebuff any attempt by hops to overpower them. Its thick with caramelly goodness, but the hops do a remarkable job of cutting the sweetness, while not really making their own presence felt until well into the aftertaste. Their is an almost subliminal sense of alcohol, but no burn. Just an incredible job of balancing the taste factors at play here. Astounding.

Mouthfeel is simply wonderful, thick and soothing. And for a big beer, it is superbly drinkable.

An outstanding, highly enjoyable, example of the style. Smutty, make more. (940 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big props to Zrrbrrt for this one!

Pours copper/auburn with 4 fingers of chunky sand colored head. Good lacing & above average head retnetion

S: Malt sweetness & caramel

T: Big bready malts, warming booze, brown sugar & caramel up front. Faint hints of chocolate& cinnamon as this warms along with some toastyness & dryness. Finishes with a hint of pecans, caramel & a whisper of boozeyness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, gets chewier as this warms. Just not quite meaty enough to rate the full 5.0

Drinks pretty easy for the heft, a very nice dopple! Top shelf, would
stock up if feasible (614 characters)

Photo of pjkelley82
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle conditioned in 2010... drinking on 7/22/13... is/almost 3 years old.. jackpot pick up a month or so ago.

Poured a amber plum looking color with a 1/2 inch mocha colored head that didn't last long but left a ring. Lacing was watery with magorityl amounts falling back into the beer. It looks very pleasing.

Smell was prune, raisin, date, malt, bread, alcohol (nothing offputting, a good smell)

Taste followed the nose in every aspect... in that order as well... the one things in there that wasn't present in the smell was the bittering hops They used. It was so present right after the malt but right before/in between the alcohol/warmth taste towards the end. It lasted and mellowed out to nearly nothing a second after you stomach it but was present in the after taste.... ohhhh so perfect....

Mouth feel was somewhat heavy and chewy... a Tad overcarbonated for me but also mellowed out as it warmed.

Overall this was a perfect example of the style. If you have a chance to age it, try it at 4 years and see cause there was NO signs of infection in this 3 year old one, Zero... nada.
.. I can see it going to 5 or 6 possibly. I would imagine the malt/prune will start to be more forward with a little bit more mellow on the alcohol. Needless to say this 3 year old one was damn near perfection. Way better when you drink it at the recommended temperature so let it get there before consuming.. I have to try a fresh one to compare but this made my pallet go crazy. Alcohol was non bullying and complimented the balance between the bitterness and sweetness. I'm sooo surprised that this beer still remains perfectly hop balanced even 3 years in. This is an absolute must try for dopplebock lovers but I would be carefull if you aren't into a big.... phenomenally tasting beer.. (1,791 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep mahoghany with a caramel colored head that hangs around for the duration. Has good lacing.

In the nose is fresh grass, caramel, malt, and barley.

Taste is sweet caramel backed by bitter chocolate & coffee notes. Carbonation is excellent - really keeps the flavor popping. Really good drinkability. I have been aging this one two years and it has paid off - it is definitely better than the one I had last year. (429 characters)

Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a 12 oz. Smutty Nose "Big Beer" snifter at Novare Res in Portland ME on 12/20/11.

A: Amber red in color with a light brown head, lots of lacing and amazing retention--sticks around for the duration of the serving.

S: malty, caramel notes, oak, dark pit fruit, and a bit of alcohol.

T/M: Definite malts up front that have a hint of caramel and brown sugar, also raisiny, ends with a fair amount of alcohol heat. It is crisp with a fair amount of alcohol but definitely not overly boozy.

O: A fantastic beer, would highly recommend. I feel lucky to have had this one on tap. (588 characters)

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.