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

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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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany in color with a thin beige head. The head reduces to patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, some nuttiness, and some lighter tones of caramel and dark fruit.

T: Very sweet upfront with lots of caramel malts and some dark fruit, this is quickly followed up with an intense spiciness like you often get with a rye beer in the finish. There is some definite light bitterness and you can detect the presence of the alcohol.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. There is a light presence of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Alcohol is not as well hidden as I might have liked with this beer but it is still an enjoyable beer overall. I like the hints of spiciness and I could definitely sip this one for a while. (901 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Label says bottle-conditioned in: 2011.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains nicely before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a sporadic coat of surface foam. Spotty lacing.

S- Has that classic doppelbock aroma with a little more kick to it and a fresh smell of bananas plus a little glass.

T- Yeast and malt are the first to come, followed rapidly by a sharp sting of booze. After a few more sips, the flavors start to balance and the alcohol mellows out a bit. There's not much depth though as the tastes are pretty neutral. Notes of caramel and banana.

M- Not as hearty as I was expecting. Medium body for the style and medium carbonation.

O- I don't know what all the rave reviews are about. Definitely not the best in the Big Beer Series. Try the Farmhouse Ale for a better success story. (876 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned in 2011.

Poured into a Troegenator stein.

Cloudy burnt umber color. Tall creamy off-white head. Lots of visible strong carbonation. Decent retention. No lace.

The aroma is rich is melonoidins. The label claims that they take 30 hours to brew this beer. I'm not quite sure how they're adding up time, and what brewing elements are being counted, but it is safe to assume that they were using an extensive decoction mash and long boil. Strong yeasty presence and floral hoppiness. Also the bite of alcohol in the guise of honey is in the mix.

Again, I found this fairly hoppy and bitter for a doppel... There are also some roasty, burnt flavors in there - elements of the decoction (possibly going too far?). Doughy but not really bready the way a doppel ought to be.

Warming, almost too hot going down, especially for only 8.5%. Over carbonated.

Overall this wasn't bad, and is a great value at $5.99 a bomber. That said, this doesn't hold a light to the traditional German doppelbocks out there. (1,020 characters)

Photo of KDawg
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a pilsner glass. Pours a medium brown color with a nice foamy head.

Well balanced aromas of roasted malts, nuts, caramel and some warm toffee

good depth with a very good feel. Medium/full bodied with good flavors of roast malts, toffee, and nutty flavors

a real quality dopplebock. A good malty side to it and it does the style well (360 characters)

Photo of wcintula
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-lliter flip-top into a Saison Dupont glass.

Pours mahogany-amber with a finger of ecru head. Beautiful banana aroma; very sweet and fruity smelling. This sweetness follows through in the flavor and is a bit bready as well, with a touch of clove and solid bitterness to grab hold of the palate and round things out. Was that a run-on sentence?

This beer touches all the bases and is excellent. Very smooth and velvet-y, a beer to savor. Thanks, Smutty! (473 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
No bottled on date on the bottle, but this arrived in 11/2011
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Smuttynose's doppelbock starts out with a great appearance and aroma, but sipping yields a somewhat antagonistic, overcarbonated mouthfeel and a taste that, while good, slowly seemed to become an over-the-top alcohol bomb by the end of my glass. That being said, I thought this was a good doppelbock and am looking forward to giving it another try to see if it was my perception that the beer can't contain its ethanol.

Pours a 3cm head of medium-large, off-white bubbles that fade over two minutes to a thin cap atop the body. Leaves some decent lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is amber or garnet hued, dark, orangish-red when held to light. Very active carbonation, very visible in the transparent body.

Aromas of roasted and primarily dark malts with a bit of chocolate or black malt. Prominent fruit esters contributing dark, dried fig scents. Malts and dark fruit esters make up a desirable aroma for any doppelbock, but I would have liked a little something else, such as bread, making this good, but not great.

Large taste of hearty, heavy bread, caramel malt, chocolate malt, syrupy sweetness. Beer is noticeably hopped with piney, resinous hops, giving a distinct bitterness and mild pine flavor that is second to the malt. Alcohol burn also present in the latter half, mostly pleasant, but becoming increasingly antagonistic and apparent as the beer warms. The beer actually becomes something of a hot mess by the time this is marginally warm, which I found a bit humorous and disturbing. I'm aging another bottle to see if this problem desists with age.

Heavy body with mid to high level of carbonation leads this to a beer that's a bit antagonistic on the palate, but also foams up quickly to be soft and pillowy after the initial burn. (1,910 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of Sam21
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,328 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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!! (459 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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 (1,090 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (356 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (806 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

YUMMY, PICK IT UP! (334 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 BrownAleMale
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
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. (634 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)

Photo of Gehrig
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.15/5  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! (1,030 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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! (740 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (762 characters)

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 jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of 05Harley
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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. (1,095 characters)

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