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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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840 Ratings
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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  5.83% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Winter Ale is a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops. Warming, mellow & pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-30-2005)
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Reviews by 57md:
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a brown color with copper edges. The finger of head dissipated rather quickly and only left a trace of lace behind. The nose is distinctly malty. The flavor profile is rather malty with a slightly sweet finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky. This offering is not quite full-bodied, but certainly not thin at all.

01-03-2014 02:46:28 | More by 57md
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oberon

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured into a goblet a very deep brown a thin quick to fade light brown head set atop no lace left behind,alot of diferent things going on in the nose somewhat medicinal and herbal with notes of chocolate and dark fruit as well.Seemd a bit sharp in the mouth and not real full,flavors seem a bit dumbed down somewhat yeasty with cola-like flavors and dark fruit but they really dont assert themselves much.The sharp mouthfeel becomes more assertive as I drink more really making it less drinkable.Eh not my thing here I dont drnk many of the style but I look a well made dubbel,Iam sorry but this falls a bit short.

01-07-2007 01:42:40 | More by oberon
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-15-2012 04:16:07 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.7%

On tap at the Manchester Airport, waiting for my flight to Florida.
The beer was a dark brown color with a sizable tan head. A bit of lace was apparent.
The aroma was of brown sugar, sweet fruit, and caramel malts.
Taste of caramel, raisins, a bit of spiciness.
Sweet, substantial mouthfeel.
Not your typical winter beer. A nice take on the part of Smuttynose.

02-07-2011 12:02:40 | More by lordofthewiens
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csmartin6

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-17-2013 23:22:12 | More by csmartin6
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Dubbel??? Always seen this beer as more of a scotch ale. Nonetheless, like it as a winter seasonal since it differs from the mold.

Peat-ish, caramelly scent and taste as it's always been, dark brown in appearance. Slight spice & caramel up front, peat in the finish.

Alcohol is subdued so this is a sessionable beer at holiday gatherings.

Very drinkable - a steady beer when I tire of SN Celebration & Berkshire Cabin Fever.

11-26-2011 22:19:18 | More by SunDevilBeer
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

The beer appears as amber in color slightly darker then your average with a decent head and lace.

The nose is malty with a hint of nutty/pale maltyness.

The taste is malty caramel with a load of pale malt. It finishes with a slight citrus.

The mouth is light and is a very drinkable dubble but this also i think degrades its overall quality taste

12-14-2010 21:34:31 | More by bishopdc0
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a dark cherry/mahogany color with a nice frothy head that retains well. Nice lacing. Smells of sweet malts, earthy hops. Tastes of candied malts, caramel, dark fruit, cherries, and a light earthy hop spice to finish. Slick, wet mouthfeel. Pretty good.

11-20-2010 02:48:28 | More by Doomcifer
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Stella challis.

A - Three-finger head of egg cream white pillowy foam that slowly collapses on itself, leaving a ring around the edge. Deep amber/brown with a dark orange border and cloudy.

S - Citrus hops, caramel, and malt.

T - Toasted malts with a light roast edge, spice, caramel, and pine/citrus hops on the finish.

M - Good carbonation without being fizzy. Nice structure and good body. Its spice/hop finish lingers.

D - A quite enjoyable winter warmer. Could well enjoy sipping 2-3 of these in a sitting.

01-21-2011 05:04:10 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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mattf311

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a dark brown, like a dubble should. It smells and tastes of chocolate and slightly of coffee. Don't get me wrong its a good beer but the chocolate/coffee taste is a little too disjoint from the rest of the beer's flavor. This takes away from the complexity and cohesiveness of the beer. It has a nice mouthfeel though. Its adequately carbonated and drinkable. I could have a few of these in an evening.

11-03-2006 22:21:49 | More by mattf311
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megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-26-2014 13:16:06 | More by megamass
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Billolick

New York

3.68/5  rDev 0%

12 ouncer, best before date (March, 07) notched on the label. Pours dark honey amber, pretty clear, sporting a dark tan head, that leaves scattered slippery lacing, nose on this one is of smokey raisins and some malts. Smokey, oily offering, I dont get too many "Dubbel" feelings here, this hits my taste buds and other senses as a smoked up, wintery brew. Dry finish, cant say I'm in love with this stuff, perhaps as a cold weather nightcapper

11-25-2006 22:35:33 | More by Billolick
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

Decided to go with one of my favorite breweries for putting a little splash in my mug...Smutty all the way.
First tasted this beer at an awesome beer dinner at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA over the Thanksgiving weekend with my wife...was real glad to see Smuttynose on the menu.
Pours a clear rust amber with a half finger of off-white head...just a fine layer remains for the duration, producing some thin lace.
A nice mix of sweet malt, gentle spice and some molasses in the nose.
Taste is very enjoyable...all of the above finds its way into the flavor plus a nice smoked profile in the finish. Not sure of the abv, but there is not alcohol detected even as it warms to room temperature.
Mouthfeel is above average and the carbonation is a touch high...very easily consumed and one I will seek out on tap in the near future.
Another solid representation of the style from the boys up north.

12-14-2005 00:10:01 | More by warriorsoul
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance: amber in color, moderate carbonation, cloudy, 1/3 inch head

Smell: toasted malt, bread, and tree bark

Taste: toasted malt, bread, sweet caramel, cinnamon, and small hops

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, medium body with moderate/high carbonation

Drinkability: A good dubbel that I could have two or three of. I do like the breadiness of it. I would get this again.

03-30-2010 12:49:15 | More by tigg924
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

02-13-2013 03:42:53 | More by reitzbrewing
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donunrue

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-22-2012 02:57:21 | More by donunrue
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Best before date clearly notched on the label.

Pours a pretty clear ruby red with brown tints around the edges. A light tan head forms on top, then quickly vanishes to a scant ring around the glass. No real lacing.

Aroma is big malt combined with spices like nutmeg, cinammon, and cloves. There is also a detectable yeasty, musty smell there; some nice Belgian funk.

First flavor is a smoked malt character, quickly followed by dark, sweet caramel malt. Then you can taste cinammon and nutmeg and cloves(?). It's fairly sweet, with a lingering smokey/spicy aftertaste. Hop character is very low.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, with a lingering sweetness. Carbonation is low to medium. Finish is a long oily slickness, pleasant.

I guess this is a Belgian Dubbel. It fits the criteria, but I don't remember having one like this. It IS a very good winter ale, however. Very malty, the spices meld with it really well, and a low hop character. And I swear, this has smoked malt in it, a nice touch, to say the least. Highly recommended.

12-27-2005 19:16:57 | More by jakester
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Happy_Camper


1/5  rDev -72.8%

04-25-2012 18:01:58 | More by Happy_Camper
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2011 02:28:12 | More by virinow
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-15-2011 21:13:08 | More by bpfrush
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dogfishandi

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge. best before may 2010 on side of label. poured into a bulb glass.

this beer pours a very hazy brownish amber color with a thin off white head off of a vigorous pour that faded to a thin ring pretty quickly.

in the aroma, your hit with a fairly nice malt profile. sweet, slightly roasted, toffee, caramel, and a little chocolate malt. a slight dose of estery alcohol and spice.

them nice malts transfer to the taste as well. slightly roasted, chocolate, sweet, toffee and caramel malts. tiny bits of estery alcohol show through the malt but still retains a medium to light body. carbonation is nice, a bit prickly on the tongue at times.

pretty decent drinkability, but there are far better winter style ales to session out there. not much of a belgian dubbel. a nice try non the less. id love to have this side by side with this years upcoming smutty winter ale.

10-17-2010 04:39:56 | More by dogfishandi
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far333

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

Clear copper colored with a thick beige head that sits a full inch atop the liquid. The head settles out quickly. Aroma of yeast and toffee, cinnamon, and ripe fruits. Flavor is mild Belgian yeast upfront, followed by brown sugar and caramel, mild malt sweetness, with a fine hop bitter riding beneath. Finishes a little peppery. Full and rich mouthfeel with a slight carbonation tingle in the finish.

12-29-2005 00:30:27 | More by far333
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Ramprider69

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-14-2011 01:17:30 | More by Ramprider69
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-16-2013 01:29:22 | More by doremite
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

WTF, is a 4.5% beer now a dubbel, somebody change that rediculous label on this brew. Best by June 2010 yeah fuckin' right, I had this during Christmas on tap at Sharp Edge in Washington County the Brasserie. Low abv beers are meant to move quick brewed in october or november this is dead by march or april I don't care what Trappist yeast you use. Pours a deep clouded amber mahogany brown hue with a light beige khaki head, nice head retention again another gusher as I cracked it open, WTF? Aroma has a creamy nut and fruit combo let's go with crushed almonds and raisins cooked in a cookie dough maybe an Italiano biscotti. Flavor has a creamy sweetness going on okay I will swallow my words it is a dubbel light slight tart apple raisin combo with a nutty yeast flavor going on it's really a nice session ale a bit of a dryness in finish more power to 'em I didn't enjoy the draft as much. Maybe a 4.5% brew was too young with the yeast in the bottle this brew is drinking nice, I bough this for 2 bucks a bottle. Mouthfeel is medium bodied dry finish on the palate carbonation is even during the drinking experience but was pretty much a volcanic explosion on the opening of the cap.

04-11-2010 01:07:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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