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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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894 Ratings
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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of beerfinder
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes: Early December 2013

12 oz brown bottle with the usual Smuttynose odd labeling of random people or events. This particular label displays a woman strolling through the winter's snow all bundled up and seems to be enjoying gracing Smutty's winter seasonal bottling. Can't argue with that. I guess it takes a bit of respect to appreciate labels like what smuttynose slaps on their brews, but its really a part of what they are. An enjoyable yet appropriate winter labeling. Poured into a 12 oz Stemmed tulip. Belgian style!

A - dark amber color with hints of a near purple cloud effect to it. Creamy head pours quite large and its color fits perfectly with its dubbel colored body. Head thins out to a splotchy but still creamy ring of lace leaving pretty good stick though it disappears soon after it starts to stick.

S - lovely dark fruit aroma up front followed by some sweet caramel malt and Belgian style yeast while finishing with a straight out of Belgium spice in the back.

T - dark fruits, Belgian yeast and spices. Earthy character with some more on the toasted sweet caramel malts.

M - medium bodied and smooth. An easy drinker and highly session like dubbel. Wonderful texture that stays true to Smutty's quality and style. Just a great drinking dubbel for any winter occasion.

O - may I just say that I love dubbel's and I enjoy seeing an American brewery pull one off. Though this wasnt intended on slamming you with a massive Trappist inspired 8% dubbel. This is a creation of its own and one Smuttynose can be proud of. One we can sit down during the cold winter months and drink all night long with friends and family. Yes, a tasty treat during these brutally cold months but still allowing for a Cadillac of a brew. Easy going and flows perfectly. These were Smutty's intentions and I look forward to this for years to come.

Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Herze
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Doomcifer
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GaryOneill
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mattf311
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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