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

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 65
Gots: 51 | 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%
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Photo of mbrasi
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Poours a deep dark red, chunks floating around, slightly hazy, light brown hue, very thick tan head forms, drops a ton of spiral lacing on the glass, thick ring and layer, looks real nice. Smell is very sweet and malty, sugary, lots of fruit, caramel, very biscuity, brown sugar, raisin/figs, light bit of roast, pretty good. Taste is really nice, almost barleywine like, caramel and honey, biscuits/toast, fruit, very rich, brown sugar, figs, alcohol, graham wafers, sherry, pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, alcohol is nicely hidden with some warmth. Very rich flavour, maybe not as clean as a doppelbock should be but still pretty enjoyable.

Photo of rhinos00
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a glass stein.

A- Pours a dark, ruby copper. Very frothy, cloudy off-white head that was a massive 3-4 fingers wide.

S- Massive amounts of molasses and malt. There is also a nice scent of raisins and other dark fruits.

T- Strong flavors of molasses and malt are made apparent immediately. Also detectable is biscuit yeast flavor that gives it a different texture and taste. The taste finishes with a trace of dark fruits.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable. Particularly, as the beer warms up, the flavors become more intense and prominent.

Overall, a very quality beer. Can't wait to visit the brewery next month!

Photo of coldmeat23
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Dimpled Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Big thanks to sholland119 for this hook-up (among many others)!
NOTCHED ON LABEL: Bottle-conditioned in 2008

Brown liquid with a beautiful dark ruby tint. Hella' huge head of light brown foam. Excellent retention and fantastic lacing.

Nice big molasses nose with a good malty presence. Good caramel presence, also. Slight hint of citrus hops. An element of fresh bread.

The molasses flavor is right out front, and quite prominent. Big yeasty breadiness. Good dark fruit presence. Mostly raisins, figs and even some notes of dates(!). Very nice rich maltiness. Hints of rich caramel and mild chocolate. Very slight hint of hop notes. Finish has a little bit of pepperiness in it.

Great full body. Nice and thick, almost chewey. This is how I like a beer to feel in my mouth. Very creamy and tasty.

For 10%ABV, this is a deceptively smooth and easy drinking brew. I'd have no problem drinking multiples or recommending that others do the same.
On top of all of that, I am a fan of the Double Bock/Dopplebock style, and this is a top ten, for me. Probably even a top five.
Very well done, Smuttynose!

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used my Sam Adams perfect pint glass to test this one out.

The color is a very unfiltered orange and dark red. Looks a lot like apple cider. The head is a brownish white.

The smell is molasses, slightly fruity with hints of grapefruit, alittle caramel and hops.

Taste is a bit bitter at first but has hints of fruit like grapefruit, a bit malty as well, with a raisin taste as well.

This was the first I have had of Smuttynose Brewery's Big Beer series. It is also the second Double Bock I've ever had. I was quite amazed how dark and how cloudy. Good beer.

Photo of Mazeraski
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber poured into a glass mug.

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a ruby tinge, along with a nice thick, fluffy light tan 1 inch head that dissipates rather slowly and leaves a sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Large aromas of molasses and dark dried fruits mixed with hints of sweet malt and a bit of bready aroma.

T - The molasses and dark fruits predominate throughout the tasting, mixing with the malt and the slightest twinge of alcohol, leaving a lasting warming feeling after the sip is complete. Also has a certain chewy characteristic to it.

MF -Full-bodied, chewy and smooth with a lower amount of carbonation.

D - A heavy brew, both concerning the stomach as well as the ABV, lending to a bit of a lower drinkability (although quite a tasty brew).

Notes - A great winter brew due to its heavy malt and molasses characteristics. Also quite like the big presence of the darker fruits. Overall, a great beer for the darker and colder months.

Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber (notched 'bottled conditioned in 2008') recently recieved in trade from ATPete, thx! Served at 55F in my Delirium snifter, S'muttonator is dark hazy garnet with a tight bubbled tan head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is sweet, grape soda, perhaps a bit of roast, it opens some as it warms, but there is a bit of rancid grain or something that asserts itself more in the taste.

Taste is very rich and sweet, raisin and medjool dates, a tinny bite, grassy hop bitterness on the lingering, malty finish. Something about this isn't working for me at all, there is a sourness that stands out, but it's tough to pinpoint any one off flavor, just the sum of the parts is failing for me. Below average.

Mouthfeel is thick and malty, with lots of creamy carbonation.

Drinkabilty isn't to high for me, I'm just not feeling this beer. The strong flavors hide the ABV, but that's really no solstice.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/5/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and soda. Flavor of raisin bread, yeasty pizza dough, spices, and soda. Reminds me of expired Corsendonk Christmas Ale, hehe. A little too sweet with a weak palate. Probably most similar (in terms of doppelbocks) to Spaten Optimator.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice deep brown with one finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Nice big malt nose as you would expect. There was a little hint of candi sugar as well which added to the overall sweetness of the nose. Also hints of toffee and caramel.

T: Nice big malt taste. Tons of toffee and caramel. Very sweet with a slight hint of dark fruit.

M: Full bodied with a nice creaminess to it.

D: Nice drinker. Spot on for the style. I love a good doppelbock and this really is a nice one. Really hard to find at times which is kind of annoying.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage from Arrowine, Arlington, VA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy brown with garnet highlights. Closer inspection reveals its not really hazy, just so dark it's hard to see through - holding it up to the light, you can definitely see its filtered. You can also see some very occasional and slow carbonation. The tan, fluffy, two-finger head fades decently quickly, leaving three-dimensional strings of lacing, distinct, bubbly, clingy.

Aroma: Intensely malty and clean - classic doppelbock. Big toasted bread, fresh out of the oven, flourishes of darker, clean, estery fruits, and a few hints of darker malts, chocolate among them. It's not fantastically complex - the toasty bread note definitely dominates things - but it's enjoyable, pungent, and consistent.

Taste: As an initial observation, I'll say that I really like this one up front, but the finish I'm not such a fan of. The front end is intensely malty, sweet, and fruity. I get tons of toffee, hints of chocolate and coffee, and raisins galore that meld really, really well. About midsip, this slowly transitions into something more astringent, slightly acidic, and herbal. I don't really detect any one "unpleasant" note there in the finish, but it just seems to be a combination of things - sort of like a sour, leafy bitter, slightly burnt pile of whole wheat bread crusts? God, that sounds horrible, it's not that bad. But it does nonetheless drag down the taste score a tad.

Mouthfeel: Huge, fluffy mouthfeel over a medium-bodied beer - a much larger amount of effervescence than I expected from my initial observation, perhaps hidden just under the surface. It manages to remain remarkably even, however, despite the huge, pillowyness of it all, which is impressive, particularly as it warms.

Drinkability: A solid brew, my first of the Big Beer Series from Smuttynose, and it won't be my last. In the "drinkable" column, we have a solid array of flavors and aromas, well-hidden alcohol, and a really nice looking body. On the other hand, the alcohol is pretty high up there, even for the style (8.5%), and the funky finish is leaving me a little ... well, funky. It's a nice, warming cold-weather beer, a solid if not amazing doppelbock, and one I'm glad I tried.

Photo of marcpal
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a smaller tasting tulip glass to enjoy and savor on a cold day.

A: Dark mahogany, hazy and some sediment in the glass on each pour even though there were a few. The head was puffy like a marshmallow. Adequate lacing but the one slap on this whole beer are the floaties.
Bottle Graphics: 8/10.

S: Malt, an abundance of beautiful malt. Sweet pitted dates and other dried fruits. Some chocolate and vanilla mixed in when it was colder.

T: Creamy malty pleasure. Being a hophead, I let them take a back seat and enjoyed what was a malt explosion. When the temperature picked up, it tasted like a fruitcake laden with brown sugar.

M: Creamy but leaves the mouth dry. No, the alcohol offers zero burn.

D: So much different from the ones that come from the other end of the pond, but that don't make it bad. A different take on a doppelbock but one that I would never turn away.

Another big beer Smutty success.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass.

Deep and hazy mahogany hue with a thick three finger tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind about one finger of solid lacing.

The aroma is some sweet buttery caramel with a little bit of roastiness.

Thick malts coat the mouth and provide a good amount of burnt caramel. Some peppery alcohol is detectable, but it's mostly tame considering the amount. Full bodied. The burnt caramel lingers for a while after each sip. The hop bitterness is on the low end, and most of the bitterness seems to come from the roastiness.

This Doppelbock is packed full of flavor with the alcohol being on the lower end (as far as tasting it). Plenty of malty flavors crammed into this beer. Another good one from Smuttynose. Recommended.

Photo of Vendetta
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown beer with a creamy tan colored head with staying power. Very sweet smelling of toffee and caramel. Hops are not apparent in the nose. Some alcohol evident that refrains from being harsh.

Rich malts. Malt on top of malt. This is a big sweet doppelbock. Bready, caramel, toffee, and maybe a hint of allspice. Refrains from being cloying by presenting varied sweet flavors that are complex, varied and well prepared. Mouthfeel is soft, thick and rich. Biting alcohol warmth in the finish. Lacks some of the depth of nuttiness and roasted flavors found in the best German doppels, but still very enjoyable. Very drinkable and enjoyable with most any pork dish.

Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with a tight tan head that dissipated into a velvety cap. There is a nice wall of lacing and also some large yeast flakes floating about. The aroma is of a chocolate malt, raisins, charred wood and charred meat. Quite a sweet dopplebock with the raisins and red wine flavors forefront. The roasted malt and meat flavors come in towards the end and finishes with an earthy hop bitterness. The feel is big, thick, and chewy. It is a bit sticky from the sweetness but enough carbonation to keep it from becoming syrupy. Some alcohol belly burn action as well. A nice malty dopplebock for sure. The malt carries the ABV and sweetness well.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with lighter reddish-tan highlights and a thick and creamy two-finger tan head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell is sweet caramel, cherry, raisins, bready malt and molasses.

Taste starts with some doughy dark bread, brown sugar and molasses. Sweet dark fruits like plums and raisins lead into more bready malts before a tart cherry finish.

Thick, full-bodied mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth.

For a big beer, drinkability is near perfect for me, especially on these cold nights. I could drink one of these every night.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that MtGoat send my way a while ago and I've been sitting on for a while.

Very nice tobacco tinted golden amber and lightens up into a bright cherry wood near the base of the glass, gentle ropes of carbonation squiggle to the fast fading, toffee colored, head.

Big. Very sweet, dark, fruity. Light toffee, slight cider and applewood smoke with a bit of booziness tied in there as well. Full bodied, thick and chewy feel, almost syrupy in consistency. Rich toasted malts, fresh crusty bread, intense creamy sweetness. Just a taste of earthy hop bitterness, but most of the bitterness comes from the wonderfully substantial malt bill. A very tasty beer, not sure how great a dopplebock it is as there are some real heavy hitters in this field. Still, if you are in need of a malt bomb this would be a pretty good place to look.

Photo of roadhouse
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pilsener glass.

Appears a hazy dark brownish red color with a massive four inch light tan head that is currently rising over the rim of the glass. This shit looks like an ice cream sundae. Lots of floaters in the bottle after I opened it and had to wait a few minutes for some of it to go back towards the bottom. After about ten minutes it finally goes down to a centimeter. Moderate lacing is left behind.

Aroma is full of caramel maltiness with some notes of dark fruit and raisins particularly.

The taste starts out full of caramel then some raisin and toffee flavors come out midway through, then a bit of chocolate. The finish is lightly of spicy hops and more of the chocolate and a very slight coffee dryness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, and quite clean.

Overall this was a pretty solid beer but I would definitely take a Korbinian or Celebrator over it. Good for an American version but the Germans can't be beaten here.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet.
2008 Bottling

Pours a deep brown with a beautifully clear ruby tint when held to light. Bubbly two finger head leaves mad lacing on the glass. Smells of caramel malt, some dried fruits and a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet with malts and more of the dried fruits. Some brown sugar, then a bit of alcohol lingers in the finish as well as a little smoke. Creamy mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation, medium to thick in the body. Great Dopplebock from smutty, I need to put a few more of these away for sure.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, very dark amber with a creamy beige head that retains well. Smells of cherries, dark fruits, figs, sweet malts. Tastes of more cherries, dark fruits, ripe fruits, sweet caramel, figs, prunes, some raisins, toffee...sweet but delicious. Im usually not fond of very sweet beers, but this one doesnt go over the top sweet. It is perfect...it hits that sweet line and stops. Great flavors. Creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation, wet finish. Quite drinkable. All hail the glorious SMUTTY. Make mine a Smutty!

Photo of corby112
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a very dark brown with thin beige head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate maltines and tofee. Very quaffable beer with the high abv very well hidden. Flavor consists of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate brown sugar, cinamon and toffee. Sweet dry finish. Excellent.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into my Smutty pint glass
A - Pours a reddish brown that is hazy. Light tan head that falls away to a skim coat.
S - Caramel malt sweetness. I get a hint of alcohol.
T - The caramel malt comes first. I get a touch of the alcohol following the smell then a little spiciness.
M/F - Smooth, carbonation is quite lively maybe a touch more than I would care for. Full in body and rich/creamy.
D - A decent dopplebock that is a touch sweet but tasty none the less. It improves in taste and mouthfeel as it warms.

Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into my Allagash glass, gives a two-finger dark khaki head, thick and slow to recede with a healthy layer retained, some lacing, the beer is a dark ruby tinged brown in color, lovely

s: big aromas of prunes and toffee with a mild tannic undertone, other dried fruits - figs, blackberry, and cherry - give an almost jammy character, nearly burn graham cracker crusts, dark and nutty underneath the dried tree fruit sweetness, mild noble hops give a touch of spice

m: carbonation on the low side of medium, generally smooth but with a touch of fizz, full-medium body

t: sweet and juicy prunes, dried blackberries and cherries coated in dusty black cocoa, sweet upfront with a nicely balancing fruit tannin sneaking in after swallowing, hop flavors low but they've got a moderate bitterness in there that I enjoy - but it may be covering some of the complexity, tree fruit and dark chocolate flavors linger long

d: definitely one to take your time with, but good drinkability for its weight

bomber from Whole Foods, Reston, VA

Photo of bilyboy65
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass

I don't think the ram on the label was by accident. This beer will floor you after a couple of them. If not from the alcohol then from how full it will make you.

A: Brown color with a thick (almost full 5 fingered) head that really clings in layers to the glass. Looks like a canyon is being dug out of the head as you drink the beer. Lots of carbonation to fuel the head.

S: Mixture of sweet with the bitter. After all as the guy from Vanilla Sky said, the sweet just isn't as sweet without the bitter. This combines the 2 almost perfectly. Very malty in the aroma. Seeming to add hints of caramel and coffee to give the sweet/bitter relationship.

T: Is mostly sweet and not of caramel, but more like brown sugar. I drank an entire glass trying to figure it out and couldn't pin it. Very malty taste though.

D: As noted before the review a bottle goes down easy, but more will probably start to put you down.

Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Somewhere between a deep copper and rust. The head on it is a wonderful froth that peaks nicely over the rim and holds great retention. Very nice.

S: Rich maltiness, chocolate and toffee, peppery alcohol kick, and a touch of raisin and perhaps date?

T: A nice blend of dark fruit flavours and creamy caramel/toffee-like flavours. Plum and raisin stand out, some soft notes of chocolate, and a spicy alcohol

M: Medium carbonation, and a nice heavy body with some good sticky chewiness to it.

D: While the alcohol flavour is there, it's not harsh... no burn, no astringencies, no overdone spicy taste. Nice drinking, and I'm happy to take back the bomber alone. Nicely done!

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.