Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +29.1%
Chestnut brown in color with one finger of creamy pale mocha colored head which falls quickly leaving no lace.
The scent is almost imperceptible to my nose at first but I finally get a very mild belgian yeast and some cloves.
Taste is sweet and nutty to start, with a touch of spice - mainly cloves - to follow and a nice yeasty sour finish. There's a mild smokiness here as well which I'm really enjoying.
Rich medium mouthfeel with light tingly zesty carbonation.
Drinkability is very good.
This beer seems to have characteristics of a brown ale, a winter warmer, and a belgian dubbel but doesn't strike me as being distinctly any one of the three. Whatever it is it exhibits typical Smuttynose quality and is quite delicious. I'll be buying more.
11-06-2007 00:16:06 | More by BeerLover48Fan
4.53/5 rDev +23.1%
Nice dark brown, at first appears black,but when held up to light,is shiny and is exposed as a very dark brown/copper, with thin white head,leaving moderate lacing.
Smell is dry, very thin. Faint traces of roasted malt,little else.
Very good sweetness hits the tongue. Sweetness of nice, pleasant roasted dark malt. Maybe some light toffee/caramel to go with it. A pleasant medium,highly carbonated body,with flavors coming through the heavy carbonation.
Not sure if this is a dubbel or not, as it does not claim to be one on the label and I never had a dubbel before,but regardless a very good and tasty yet sessionable brew.
04-02-2011 20:53:29 | More by happy4hoppybeer
4.5/5 rDev +22.3%
Color: Dark red/ruby red color with a one-finger head of foam.
Aroma: Sweet and malty on the nose. A small, faint hint of chocolate.
Taste: Thick and rich upfront. Sweet but feels balanced. Smooth in the middle and fades to a mildly sweet aftertaste. Smooth. A hint of raisin in the middle as well.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, sweet and malty. Not too dry at the back of the throat.
Verdict: Nice and drinkable! Has the hallmarks of the style as well. I think it's solid. Drinkable.
02-25-2008 23:52:59 | More by Brad007
4.48/5 rDev +21.7%
One of the best winter ales I've tried in a long time. Smooth mellow taste, very drinkable, no weird flavors like many winter ales these days. The only problem is it is disappearing fast along with the winter but this beer could work all year long. I hope they can repeat.
02-12-2014 21:50:24 | More by mikalis
4.45/5 rDev +20.9%
Brown 12oz glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a 70's (?) winter scene with a laughing woman cradling either food or drink.
The body is a nice semi transparent ruby brown with low carbonation. The head is a creamy mottled tan with a few medium bubbles. Good retention and little lace.
This beer smells like pure christmas. Warm spices, sweet brown sugar malts with dates and maybe raisins. One of the most inviting smells from a brew I've encountered.
Sweet sugary malts with spice and delicious semi mellow, slightly spiked hops. A very pleasant aftertaste follows the initial flavors with a well balanced overall flavor of pine hops and christmas spice malts.
Medium full body with good coating. Some residual sugars.
Highly drinkable and so very enjoyable.
05-08-2008 00:28:30 | More by oelergud
4.45/5 rDev +20.9%
Beer/Brewery - Smuttynose Winter Ale 2010 (Aged 1 year)/Smuttynose Brewing Company
City/State- Portsmouth, New Hampshire
STYLE – Dubble
ABV – 5.1%
IBU – 30?
DATE – 04 DEC 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 OZ bottle
GLASSWARE – Schooner
APPEARANCE – SRM OF 40 thin almost no head
AROMA- Sweet plum and some nice roastedness as well with a hint of brown sugar
TASTE – Sweet with a nice caramelized brown sugar and hints of plum. Finishes with a nice soothing roasted malt
MOUTHFEEL – Good carbonation nice and warming, feels like more ABV than 5.
CONCLUSION – A good standing Winter brew. I am lucky this was shared with me.
12-04-2011 17:17:14 | More by Heischman
4.43/5 rDev +20.4%
Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Good till May 2011, we are good to go.
Pours a nice off tan colored two finger head. Some retention and puck like consistency to it. Body is a nice dark cherry color, with great blood red hues.
Malty sweet denseness of dried fruit cake. Hints of yeasty bread dough. Smells like boxed soft chocolate chip cookies or something. Real neat, kind of enjoyable.
Dense sweet malt with cherries and chocolate. Slightly drying in the palate, but a great body with some good density. Mouthfeel is almost watery but not quite, the bready/malt seems to beef it up just enough.
This is a real interesting take on this style, the low abv makes it real enjoyable and super easy to drink. This feels like a Christmas winter beer for sure, it hints of Black Forest German Chocolate cake with the artificial cherry on top. Great beer.
03-13-2011 20:59:25 | More by smakawhat
4.38/5 rDev +19%
Smuttynose Winter Ale....
Appearance-beautiful pour into the glass, dark color with a thick head that springs up, then down and settles, leaving sticky lace in the glass.
Smell- malty aroma, alcohol notes as well.
Taste/Mouthfeel-malty in character, strong and smooth, hops are there, but more gentle than the malts, chocolate notes and well as heavy caramel flavor. Very smooth and heavy but tastes great.
Drinkability- strong beer but incredibly smooth and drinkable, good for the long nights it toasts too.
Overall- I believe this beer has been classified incorrectly, it tastes much more like a Bock than a Dubbel. Still, an amazingly tasty and strong winter brew. Smutty continues to make really decent brews, this is no exception.
03-14-2008 00:34:08 | More by TheDeuce
4.38/5 rDev +19%
This is a really nice brown ale, I'm not so sure about the Belgian dubbel label, however, as it doesn't really have the yeastiness or character of that style. Nevertheless, this is a really fine beer. It pours a nice clear mahogany color with a tannish head, a bit foamy, that settles into a nice retention and small lace. The aroma is roasted sweet malts, a slight chocolatey whiff and maybe some tobacco. The nose on the beer is quite good, characterful, and nicely pungent. This has all the makings of a nice enticing beer.
The taste will not disappoint. This is medium bodied beer, modestly carbonated, with a nice heavy fruit flavored base, some roasted maltiness, a sweet caramel flavor throughout, and just enough of a hoppy bitterness in the finish to top this very good beer off. There is a nice malty and hop balance to the beer. There is almost a sweet nutty partially roasted quality to the beer that is complemented very nicely by the character of the hop. I had this beer a few weeks ago and I specifically sought it out to review. I'm glad I did. A great beer out of Smuttynose Brewery. L'Chaim.
12-19-2008 17:54:26 | More by albern
4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown color with a tan head. In the aroma, vanilla, oaky(?), and a nice spice blend. In the taste, vanilla, cinnamon, oaky, and almost creamy. A small spice bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon and almost bourbon like aftertaste. Almost feels bourbon barreled, quite nice.
02-07-2012 15:17:58 | More by OWSLEY069
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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