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

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493 Ratings

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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 59
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of tgncc
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is a pleasing mix of malts, toasted grains, and dark fruits, maybe some molasses. The appearance is true to the style, an attractive dark red/purple/brown, with a steady tan head. The flavor is, like many dopplebocks, a nice sweet, fruity flavor, malts, bready. The mouthfeel is appropriately thick for the style, and the finish has a mild bittering from hops. Well crafted beer overall.

tgncc, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of paulys55
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

paulys55, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of kduf
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

kduf, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Loco_Joe
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Loco_Joe, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of LostHighway
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

LostHighway, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of littlebibs
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dave for this one. Nice sweet malty taste and it has
a nice alcohol kick, I didn't realize 9% but its so tastey you
don't really notice it. Creamy raisin/ and that cherry(sour) back
there makes this a beer I will seek again. I had Three Philosophers
the night before so I still had that sour cherry taste going, it gives
this beer a whole drinkablitly. Highly recommended stuff.

littlebibs, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of ThreeDollarDewey
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I'm impressed. A gorgeous ruby colored brew with a tenacious, firm head. A malty sweetness (raisins, molasses) as a doppelbock should have, but also surprising assertive in the hops department -- potent and spicy, just like I like 'em. The ABV is hidden, but definitely sneaks up on you after about half a bottle. Perfect late winter/early spring brew. And clever name to boot. Nice work, Smuttynose.

ThreeDollarDewey, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Auror, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of taospowder
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

taospowder, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Gehrig
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the terrific Crane Alley in Urbana, IL.

A thick finger of light mocha froth tops a deep clear amber body with burnt orange trim. Loads of snowy lacing and good head duration leave me highly impressed with the look of S'Muttonator. Good smells of roasted almonds, caramel malt, a hint of roasted coffee bean, and a whiff of berry.

Really delicious taste, full and smooth, with tons of malt. Caramel is pronounced, and S'Muttonator is overall sweet with berry and chocolate. But the finish has a nice, nutty finish that impresses me. The alcohol (8.5%) catches up a bit near the end, making it slightly heavier than my favorite Dopplebock Salvator. Smooth, creamy as Dopplebock should be, S'Muttonator could perhaps be a bit fuller in the texture, but it carries itself very well as a representative of the style.

Easily one of the best offerings I have had from Smuttynose, S'Muttonator is a terrific Dopplebock, a festive beer that packs a punch and should be a seasonal staple for lovers of the style. Excellent, and one I will not miss next Fall.

Gehrig, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Lebanon Health Food Store in Lebanon NH for $5.99. Bottle conditioned in 2010. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Cloudy orange brown brew gives 1" of thick tan head that percolates gently and leaves thick lace as it settles. Aroma is dense and thick with the sweetness and zesty esters of raisins, figs, dried cherries. It smells like red liccorice. Taste leads off with a big dose of fruity esters and peppery alcohol that completely dominates from start to finish. In the middle a little toasty malt and warm vanilla appears, but it is mostly overwhelmed by the esters and EtOH. The finish has a big warming alcohol bite that sticks around for quite a while, but a little lingering cherry ester and vanilla is also present to even it out a bit. The feel is slick with a small but zesty carbonation, finishes mostly dry but with a little sticky resin. As I get maybe half way through the bottle, I notice a bit of dry citrus rind hop mingling amongst the other pungent flavors and lingering in the finish... can't say if it was there all along or if it came out with airing/ warming.

This is a really interesting and tasty brew, as long as you don't mind an insane level of esters. Esterbomb fo' shizzle. Definitely a sipper.

BeerNinja007, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

egrace84, Mar 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

tpauer, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Huffs
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a nice dark copper / amber color with a dense tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma had nice malt and bread notes. Taste had strong notes of malt, bread and some molassas with traces of caramel. Great mouth feel, creamy and full. Aftertaste was sweet and lingering.

Huffs, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy to find this bomber in my packy today. Fresh seasional in the correct season, bottle tells you it was bottled in 2004. Looks like they think it will age well.
Dark amber, cloudy with what looks like unexpected yeast particles floating around. Tan head, leaving thick sticky lacing. Rich nose of malt, bourbon and alcohol. This is a full bodied, flavorful , strong sipper. It feels all of its 9%! Nice thick and smooth mouthfeel. Notes of rum, raisins, vanilla, honey, cinimmon. This brew oozes flavor, character and complexity, Go Smutty! Fine winter sipper.

Billolick, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby red when held up to the light. Off white, three finger head that dissipates quick but leaves some decent lacing.

Aromas of toffee, bready malts, sweet dark fruits and vanilla.

Taste of dark fruits (black cherry, currants), cocoa powder, vanilla, oak. This beer has a big malt backbone. Alcohol taste is present but not overpowering.

Medium to full mouthfeel. Creamy, slightly sticky, well carbonated.

Another big hit from the Big Beer series!

ThreeDimesDown, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich brown with a creamy white head. Head retention is outstanding and adds to the pleasure. Aroma is malt with caramel, chocolate, a bit of oak and fruit. At first I felt the fruit was cherry. As the beer warmed the fruit seemed more like plum.

Well balanced beer. The sweetness and the alcohol play well together. The caramel is the finish with just a little bitter bite.

Drinkability is great. However, this is still a sipper.

LittleBreeze, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1 finger head. Carbonation is visibly light as only a few bubbles are seen rising.

Smell: candy-like as sweet malts, brown sugar, and caramel candy abound.

Taste: as detected from the nose, this doppelbock is very malty with plenty of brown sugars and caramels, but is nicely balanced with a decent bitterness, alcohol, and some mild prune tones.

Mouthfeel: smooth, lightly leaning towards syrupy, but still had a bit of crispness at the finish. The malts lingered long on the tongue.

Drinkability: very enjoyable doppelbock, and even with the higher alcohol contect you can still have a few glasses of this. Another great beer from Smuttynose.

Gavage, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Sam21
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition with the bottled on year notched on the label. Been stored since at 50-60 degree temperatures. Poured into tulip.

Appearance – The body is a beautiful amber brown color good clarity. It pours with a large fluffy tan head that sticks around nicely leaving sparse lacing as it recedes.

Smell – You don’t have to try hard to smell this beer. During the pour, bready aromas push out of the glass revealing layers of deep caramel and malt complexity. Figs, caramel, sherry and raisin bread. Richly sweet and mouth watering in that respect.

Taste – Waves of dried dark fruit and deep intense caramel drizzled bread arrive first. Similar to the nose, there are figs, raisins, and a light sherry component that ties the sweetness together. The goes on and on with chewy malt sticking to the tongue and disguising the faintest touch of alcohol in the finish. In the back of the mouth, there is a great sticky sweet dark fruit note that lingers forever.

Mouthfeel – Full, soft, and juicy. The carbonation is active enough to keep the mouthfeel out of the syrupy realm and does a great job. Simply juicy.

Overall – As a part of Smutty’s Big Beer Series, this brew carries its own. Complexly sweet with an extremely delicious and lingering finish. One to be enjoyed over an evening, or with a thirsty friend.

Sam21, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of dasenebler
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, 2010 bottling. 9.5 percent ABV according to the Smuttynose website.

Murky dark amber with an excellent taupe head that's sticky and thick.

Aroma is malty with some dark fruit, brown sugar and booze.

Wow, what a malt bomb. Hits all the right doppelbock notes: chocolate, dulce de leche, molasses, roasted nuts and doughy sweetness. Sturdy hop bitterness on the finish is a nice American twist. Only thing holding this beer back is the the alcohol flavor-- it's bearable but strong. Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery, coating the palate in unctuous, finely carbonated layers.

Really good doppelbock here. Close to the best German examples, just a bit too much alcohol presence in the end.

dasenebler, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big brown crown of head forms a thick, dense 2 finger high pillow above a deep, very dark brown beer and barely relents. A thick foam remains that leaves a good amount of lacing behind.
There's a big, strong malt on the nose with less complexity than the flavor but still plenty of plum/raisin, licorice and caramel as well as just a hint of hops and a tinge of alcohol that softly underlies, implying a high ABV without getting too involved.
There's lots going on in the flavor, and the malts are very big. They set a backdrop for all kinds of licorice, molasses, toffee/caramel, notes of vanilla and just enough hops to add a balance along with plenty of doughy breads. This is one of those sippers that is easy to put back and tasty enough to keep going at, with the alcohol making itself just evident and, again, detracting from nothing this beauty has to offer.
There's a rich, thick, lush mouthfeel to this beer as well with appropriately light carbonation and lots of smoothness from a full, hearty body.
This is an exceptional doppelbock, and nearly as good as Celebrator in my opinion.

Brenden, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner style glass. Bottle conditioned in 2011.

Super dark copper red, with lots of burnt brown sugar color. Head is soapy and light tan in color with still quite a lot of staying power even for some big bubbles. Slightly cloudy, and fairly hard to see through.

Nose is just great doppelbock malt. Sticky malts and toffee, with hints of licorice all over. Light brown sugar and whole wheat toasty bread. Just great and solid.

Palate hits with a bit of fusel alcohol and boozy character, but still manages to feel somewhat crisp and brings all the classic dark malts into play. Rich toffee but with a very light palate. Very clean finish with airy dryness, and a light almost pilsner crispness. Slightly gaseous, but with all the hints of toffee and licorice you could want. Subdued sweetness.

Overall it's pretty darn solid, it's nose reminds me of classic Ayinger, but a very different flavor profile. It's still a real good doppelbock for sure.

smakawhat, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

TastyTaste, May 21, 2006
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.