Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by Brianmerrilyn:
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured twice from the taps at Skibbo's on East Tremont in the Bronx over the course of a seven days. It was only after tonight that I ignored my pride and simply looked up what a Winter Ale equated into beer styles.
A: Poured into plastic cup to reveal a crimson and brown color which works well for the winter weather in the Northeast. Head from the sample cup looked to be at least a finger size, fading away slowly with not much lacing to mention.
S: The nose is sweet of malts, fruits along with the dubbel style. I read Smuttynose got a hold of a Trappist yeast straing but could not detect along with spices but still alluring nonetheless.
T:Last week when taking a loing sample, I was suprised at the thick and sweet nature of this winter ale. However, upon learning it's a dubbel, it the flavor delivery makes more sense but is enjoyable anyway you shake it. Malt is the first and foremost flavor, brown being the first that comes to midn, then seconded by cocoa, nuts, and some tobacco leaf and a pinch of clove but not enough. An overall estery fruitness of apples and cherries lingers in the pallet.
M: Medium mouthfeel is cloying at first then lingering bitterness and oveall hoppyness at the end. Very easily drinkable with low key carbonation to make it slippery down the throat.
D: I prefer Smuttynose's sweet Winter Ale to the other spicy or hoppy versions. The beer is a combo of true Belgian yeast with west coast American hops to continue to redefining of beer in America. Smuttynose has some gosh darn good talent near their vats.
Serving type: on-tap
01-16-2009 02:34:16 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
DATE TASTED: April 23, 2014... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: Easter The Desolation of Smaug on spring break--thanks, Shan!... APPEARANCE: velvety dark amber red body; frothy, creamy off-white head; strong, cloudy lacing... AROMA: doughy, bready malts early; cinnamon, nutmeg and some floral pine resin too--with a hint of clove; a pleasure to breath in...PALATE: medium-bodied, creamy and lively--warming and substantial...TASTE: soft, rounded, almost nutty malted finish; buttery too; more subtle flavors of indistinguishable fruits than the aroma suggests, with the main influence on the taste buds being the malts... OVERALL: a solidly-built, easy-sipping ale that feels right on a windy, cold April night....
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2014 21:12:10 | More by dacrza1
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.