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

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)

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480 Ratings

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%

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 rlee1390


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep ruby, some carbonation with a generous head that leaves some lacing behind.

S-Smells like a malt bomb with some nuttiness as well.

T-Very sweet malt with nut flavors not much of a hop presence.

M-Medium bodied but little carbonation.

O-A nice malt forward beer. Although still in the hop-head category a well done malt bomb like this is a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 16:09:46 | More by rlee1390
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 23:39:27 | More by Sam21
Photo of scruffwhor


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty quick head and no residual foam. Only a few sluggish bubbles. Medium ruby and bronze mix. Looks a little syrupy.

Super malty, toasty, and sweet caramelized fruits. This smells great!

Lots of sweet toasty malts. Add some yeast and you get rich bread with a caramelized plum and purple grape jam. Maybe some blackberries too. Syrupy palate with a little heat. The alcohol comes together with teh flavors and palate well. This is an awesome Doppelbock!!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:51:52 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of lovindahops

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

watching the knicks game with family over... had to tap into the smuttonator to keep things going. SMutty is a wicked NE brewery and i love having access to this crew

a- dr pepper like look with ruby hues on the side. The foam fades to leaving a filling look of a caramel body

s- amazing caramel flushed raisins that is covertly coated with sugars and mouth watering darkened fruit. Even cinnamin twists and turns on the scent profile. Maybe even a step further this is caramel popcorn to the second degree

t- a stinging sweetened malt literally coates the mouth with "sugar daddy" flavors. Dark fruit essentially pursues a "coup" with the flavor. Hearty and full of flavor. Moreover this is tasty and oddly enough... it could probably be pounded. It's that good

m- smooth. Scary smooth. The carbonation is prickly and in synch with the flavor

o- what a doppelbock. I swear smutty is one of those breweries that a bulk of the country does just not know about. S'muttonator is so smooth and flavorful that i am going back to my store and buying a few more bottles off the shelf tomorrow

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:53:29 | More by lovindahops
Photo of Duff27


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Big long lasting light tan head on a fairly clear brown beer. Great lacing and excellent head retention.

S- Caramels, perceive a slighty smokiness.

T- More caramel malts. Nice alcoholic warmth to it.

M- thicker mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D/O- very drinkable even with the booziness. One of the better dopplebocks I've ever had. Hats off to Smutty!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:41:52 | More by Duff27
Photo of sommersb


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-20-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Dogfish Head signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Dark brown and clear. The head is cream-colored, 2 fingers high, with small tight bubbles. Head retention is very good and leaves an attractive, sticky lace.

S: Aroma is rich and malty, with a sweetness and notes of caramel and dark fruits.

T: Malty and semi-sweet, along with roasted grains and earthy hops in the background. A light smokiness to it as well. Mellows nicely as it warms.

M: Full bodied and smooth, accompanied by a high amount of carbonation. The aftertaste features bitterness alongside the malts.

O: Overall an enjoyable lager. A good, slow sipping beer due to the warm alcohol and rich flavors.

Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 06:19:08 | More by sommersb
Photo of jayhawk73


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with reddish highlights. Massive two finger dense cocoa head which lingers for a bit. Not as dark as I'd expect, but a good looking brew. I get mainly caramel, malt, sugar, and slight fruit in the nose. It's pleasant, although a little weak. Maybe warming will help a little. The taste is nice- Caramel, malt, toffee, fruit, hops, w/ a slight alcohol burn on the back end. I wish the nose smelled more like this- it's very good. Mouthfeel is bready, chewy w/ a giant malt presence to it. Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit- there are better in the style, but this is solid. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:04:28 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of BeerLover99


4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: brown/cloudy orange, finger tan head,
gorgeous lacing

S: big biscuity malt, caramel, nutty

T: sweet caramel, nutty, biscuity malt, smooth
light earthy finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/chewy mouth

O: Another fine Smuttynose brew.
Will get again+recommend.
Smuttynose continues to produce really
nice beers.


Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 20:38:41 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of babaracas


3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:54:04 | More by babaracas
Photo of BrownAleMale


4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber bottle poured into a spaten pint glass.

Appearance- A mahogany hue with red highlights. One finger of foamy white head. Head disapates into quarter inch with beautiful lacing.

Smell- Definitely a lot going on but very very feint. Roasted nuts and sweet fruit.

Taste- Where the smell lacked, the taste made up. Beautiful nuttiness with a sweet finish. A slight warmness from the abv.

Mouthfeel- Nice smooth almost light feel. Even though light, the integrity of the doppelbock stays in tact. Beautiful light carbonation.

Overall- One of the very best doppelbock's I've ever tasted. Definitely the best from the usa by far.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 17:22:11 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm usually not a big fan of this style, but hell... this one gets rave reviews!

Sadly, this may be the last beer I pour into my trusty DuClaw Colossus snifter. My wife cracked it accidentally the other night and I thought I would pour one last entry in this glass that has lasted me at least 100 beers or so....

A: Poured a dark, dark red, with the darkest part being in the middle. Of course the head wasn't that big, but in the doppelbock land, that is not something on the radar.

S: Wow... it's like melted Jolly Rancher with alcohol. Rock on! Also, the marshmallow was a bit evident.

T: Lots of yummy malts and without even a trace of alcohol! This is rich, so take your time with it! However, the sugar/fruit combo resembled a melted cherry popsicle.

M: Not much carbonation, but what doppelbock does? No lacing - but what doppelbock does? This was thick, but not syrupy, and on that note, "The Dude definitely abides."

O: This was actually remarkable for the style... no question! I'd have this again in a heartbeat!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 03:52:51 | More by Chaney
Photo of samie85


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep auburn hued, dark caramel color with two fingers of dense, light tan head.

S-Smells of vanilla and dark fruits like figs, plums and cherries with notes of spicy hops.

T-Follows the nose with rich, dark fruit, some vanilla and a faint spicy hop bitterness.

M-Ridiculously smooth and rich in the mouth with low carbonation and medium, full body.

D-As this one warms, the ease of drinking goes up. It starts out a little one note when still a little chilled with a spicy bitterness but the malt backbone really shines as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:40:06 | More by samie85
Photo of AmericanGothic


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a hazy, copper orange color with two fingers of foamy, pale tan head. Good retention and lace. Vigorous carbonation.

S: Cotton candy, banana and straw.

T: Spicy caramel, then a touch of bitter coffee, followed by sweet caramel on the finish. Intensity of the peppery spice builds at first. As the beer warms, cinnamon, lavender and brown sugar join the mix.

M: Creamy and silky smooth, really nice.

O: This is a very satisfying doppelbock. Flavors are very rich. I am not sure how old this is, but I could see it benefiting from some time in the cellar. Will have to check on my next trip across the border to see whether any more can be procured. Meanwhile, well done, Smuttynose!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 21:54:02 | More by AmericanGothic
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 2010 Vintage into a 20 oz giant Duvel tulip glass. Beer is probably 15 months old give or take. Poured fairly aggressive and got a huge 3 inch fluffy white head that, doesn't settle quick at all, lots of lacing. Color when held up to light, very bright ruby red. Smell is dark fruits raisins, fig, brown sugar, and a breadyness. Taste is all of that with raisins, fig, and hard candy flavor dominant. Even after a year booze is present. Mouth feel is large, nice amount of life for the abv and age. Would be lying if I called it overly drinkable, a sipper for sure. I like this for the style, but my tastes have become very hop dominant, malt lovers dream here. I feel this is a complex, malt driven brew, that is a must try for all serious beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 19:47:29 | More by SawDog505
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 23:48:28 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy brown color with a big off white head.

Nose is big and boozed with a big raisin stench as well. Smells like grape jam and alcohol. Not the most pleasant thing in the world.

Fortunately the flavor is a bit more mild. Big body with a cinnamon raisin bread flavor. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, and honey are present as well. The sweetness is cut with a subtle herbal hop presence however a warming alcohol presence is found on the finish as well as a lightly lingering sugared fruit sweetness. Not bad but nothing impressive either.

A simple and slightly different doppelbock.

Im just glad it doesn't taste like other smuttys I've had before.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 04:06:13 | More by jtierney89
Photo of 05Harley

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2011

Purchased @ Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth NH

Price - $5.99/bomber

Pours a deep amber color with a one inch soapy white head. Haze is evident when held up to the light but no sediment is visible. Spotty lacing at best with a steady stream of bubbles. Looks pretty good from the start but towards the finish is when the chunks appear. Lots of sludge noticeable on the bottom, so pour it with ease.

The nose is dark malts, toffee, rye, spicey hops and biscuit. Brown sugar and honey add to the sweetness which helps the overall aroma.

The flavor is interesting and not how I remembered it. Rye, caramel, piney hops and grass. In the end the alcohol is overwhelming and detracts from the flavor.

Mouthfeel is hot from the start and continues right through the finish. The body is medium and coats the palate nicely which is a highlight. Finishes warm and dry but surprisingly tangy.

Overall I'm disappointed either with my past memory or an apparent recipe change, I don't know. I'll revisit this vintage with a little more time on it in hopes the heat backs off.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 23:32:04 | More by 05Harley
Photo of Kinsman


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I originally reviewed this beer in my early days of reviewing but decided to scrap the old one and start with a new review for the 2011 release of S'muttonator.

Appearance was a dark mahogany with a moderate off-white head with surprising retention in that it stayed for quite a while

Smell was very sweet with this one. Being a malt forward style there was a mix of roasty-toasty goodness going on. The rest of the aroma was caramel and toffee like with a mix of fruity notes too.

As expected from the aroma, the taste was quite sweet and fruity. Again a noticeable toasted malt presence but fruityness and caramel notes are most prominent and just a touch of chocolate in the background. A tad bit of a hop bitterness in the finish, but really nothing much.

Mouthfeel is great on this one, a solid full body and nice carbonation. Alcohol provides a wonderful warming sensation with the finish. Overall a nice brew for a chilly evening and another winner from the big beer series.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 00:23:43 | More by Kinsman
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected to love this beer but sorry I don't. Poured almost all head, beige color, long lasting. Smell is really quite mild. Yes there's malt but it's not a complex malt smell. Color is a hazy rusty brown. Taste is indeed malty but again it's not a complex malt, and to be honest I thought it was kind of salty. Finally, I did expect the high alcohol yet this beer still seems hot to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 23:05:27 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of ONUMello


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage
A: Amber/caramel colored with a 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Hazy with some small chunks, most likely yeast, floating throughout.
S: Nice nose of molasses, raisins, earth, citrus, and spice.
T: Molasses, coffee, raisins, cinnamon, hops, citrus... wonderfully complex and great balance.
M: Full, balanced, palate-coating, good carbonation and citrus, great all-around.
O: Complex, very enjoyable beer. I will have to buy multiples of the current vintage & try one fresh & age a couple to see how it improves, but one year out it drinks very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 02:02:18 | More by ONUMello
Photo of mentor


3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a two finger dark tan head over a red-brown copper liquid. Smells caramel, toffee, sherry-like oxidation, earthy hops, clean alcohol, a little bit of grain-husk phenol.

Tastes mild malt sweet that's quickly over-run by carbonation, noticeable flavor, and earthy hop flavor. There is an acidic bite in the finish that doesn't fit in the style, nor with the flavors, nor the mouthfeel. Malt flavor is honey with a dash of chocolate, nougat, and caramel. Hop flavor is earthy, but not quite noble...perhaps a variant of tettnanger, but not tettnanger itself. Alcohol intensity matches the style and works well with the honey flavor. Hop bitter is mild and grassy. The finish dries from alcohol and leaves lingering hop flavor into the aftertaste. Too strong carbonation and light in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 03:40:15 | More by mentor
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 2010 vintage for $4.99 at my Shadyside Giant Eagle. Poured into my English pint glass.

A - Wow over a year old and it still has quite a bit of carbonation! About a 1/4 inch of creamy tan head that turns to a slightly sticky lace ring. Touch of sediment throughout my glass.

S - Has a bit of an Old ale in the smell with caramel, biscuit malts, and a bit of wood.

T - Opens with a bit of bittering hops then a bit of caramel sweetness and finishes a bit dry with some biscuit like malts. ABV has a bit of a warming sensation in the finish but is pretty well masked.

M - For the style it is a sipper (medium to heavy body) but very tasty.

Overall this is a very solid take on the style and almost a steal for around 5 bucks a bomber. I can pick up the other big beers for the same price so thanks Smuttynose for making these great big beers so affordable!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 23:24:13 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of jondeelee


4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S'muttonator opens with a rich, malty nose overflowing with aromas of fresh baked bread (both wheat and white baguette), oranges, pears, white grapes, cherries, heavy molasses and brown sugar, fig, and hot toffee/caramel, somewhat like a candied apple in this last respect. The effect is mouthwatering, which is exactly what I want from a double bock.

On the tongue, the beer begins with deep, dark fruit esters, including fig, black cherry, raisin, and caramelized plum. These are joined by a heavy grain base that boasts some light coffee flavors, as well as wheat and marbled rye bread, molasses and brown sugar, and just at the edge, hints of port and cognac. In this latter area, the beer shows one of its few flaws, for the alcohol (8.5% ABV) does add just slightly too much of a vodka-like hint to the brew. Subsequent sips end up bringing more of this alcohol flavor to the front of the profile, and the beer suffers if too many sips are taken in rapid succession, especially if it is held on the tongue. The aftertaste is slightly alcoholic, but still has many of the darker fruit esters. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding a slight tingle to the soft palate.

Overall, the aroma of this beer is excellent, and the flavors present in the first sip of this beer are lovely. I only wish that the beer had better lasting power through subsequent sips, as the alcohol did become overpowering after a time.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 23:17:08 | More by jondeelee
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a dark ruby red with dark edges...huge billowing tan head with plenty of lacing.
smells of thick, dark malts. hints of chocolate, raisins molasis,
taste was BIG with a capital "B'.
Thick, full on the mouth. Malt bomb.Hints of dark fruits roasty edges. figs
still tasting a twinge of warming alcohol too
very nice beer...would be especially good on a cool evening

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 11:02:39 | More by dmamiano
Photo of jdense


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #11 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Medium amber brown body, a bit light for style, off-white head, some visible effervescence with minimal lacing. Really noticeable boozy nose, stone fruit forward, more raisins than prunes. Taste mirrors nose with some brown sugar caramel and molasses notes along with significant floral hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium, a slight stickiness, but very boozy, quite a bit of alcohol heat. One of the better beers of the tasting, wonder if some aging would tame the booziness a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:06:35 | More by jdense
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.