Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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901 Ratings
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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | 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 Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of jtierney89
1/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Hazy deep brown color with amber highlights. Well retaining grayish head. Earthy barnyard scents on the nose with a faint hop presence. Some burnt toast on the nose as well. Something off putting about the nose already. Doesn't smell good.

Mouthfeel is slick and watery and flat. Taste is barely there with some burnt biscuit malt and seasonal spice. Barely perctable though with a pale finish and a slightly sweet after taste. Bready at best.

What is this? And is that style, a "dubbel" marked properly? I might've accepted this as a crappy winter warmer but a dubbel? No, severely dissapointing

Photo of mirp1
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Nobody gave this beer a narrative review. Not a good sign. Smuttynose can make good beer, I've had many of them. However, if their winter offering is a 5.83% "Trappist Ale" that nobody will take the time to write anything about, that tells you something. This may be due to Smutty fans not wanting to badmouth their brewery, which is admirable and understandable. However, a belgian dubbel for the cold season at 5.83% was a mistake. They would have been more honest to make a diet cola instead. What a waste of kettle space. Yes, session beers are in, but not for the winter, and certainly not belgian dubs. The caption shows "warming, mellow,pleasantly complex." Yeah, warming. Should have been released as a brown ale, a bad one at that. You have to nail holiday/winter beers. Did you really think that this would stand out, or didn't you care? The Monks are crying tonight. Sorry.

Photo of BrownNut
2.03/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Sometimes a beer has kind of a vomit taste. Not full on vomit, just kind of. This was one of those times. It was from an hours-old growler. I've had a couple of other beers with that prominent flavor note, and once it was with a beer that did not normally have a vomit taste. Is it me? Or is it some particular thing that has gone wrong with the batch? I don't know. But with so many yet to try, I don't want to try this one again to find out.

Photo of Higravity
2.05/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Oh hell no. This is a trainwreck of a beer. Looks ok translucent brown with a white head that dies too quick and little lacing. Smells of sweet spices a little raisin with a hint of green apple. The taste is not right I thought I might have got an off bottle but no after dumping the first bottle the second tasted the same. Slight burnt paper taste covered in sweet malt with a fruityness and cinnamon fake flavor. I guess it has a decent body and it is utterly near undrinkable.

Photo of auxiliary
2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Mid dark amber color. Head was small. Rminded me of poring some flat soda. Fizzled like a soda. Not much lase on it.

S - Hoppy smell to it, not too crazy about it.

T - Malt and hop taste to it, kinda of an odd taste, not to crazy about it.

M - Odd feel to it, just like the taste.

D - This on the low point of a Winter Ale. Not to crazy about it. I won't be drinking this again.

Photo of loren01
2.3/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Apperance is great, pours a dark reddish brown color good sized head, nice lacing.
S: I'm really trying here but it doesn't smell like much of anything. Maybe caramel sweetness in there??
T: Slightly sweet fruity flavor up front, earthy toward the end.
M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation.
D: Nice apperance and mouthfeel but where is the smell/taste with this one....very bland beer.

Photo of LarryV
2.38/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I like Smuttynose brews, but this one was really disappointing to me. Supposedly a Dubbel, but seems very distantly related. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Spiciness dominates the nose. The spices don't seem to go with this beer, and there's an overwhelming bubble gum flavor that just cloys and annoys. Personally, I don't like the taste of bubble gum in my beer. There's also a cloying underlying sweetness, and the taste of the spices and bubble gum linger for an unpleasantly long time on the palate. A pretty poor offering for a winter ale from Smuttynose, and one that I find a chore to drink. There's many better choices to be made, and I'm surprised that Smuttynose chose this beer as their annual offering.

Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of sweisel80
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of grover37
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of hmmmbeer10
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of MerkurKing16
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of CreightonSM
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of lvbs
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was definitely the loser of our five tastings. Only one of our 11 drinkers gave it an overall rating over 3, and that was mostly because she enjoyed it more than any other winter ale. Most found it too sweet, with not enough bitterness to balance out. Some thought it was just undistinguished, with no clear flavor or identity.

Overall average: 2.6

Photo of taylor714914
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wolf. This is nasty. Reminds me of state watered down Ommegang abbey dubbel. The flavors are there, dried fruit, caramel, toffee, but it was thin and bitter. It was a pour, I just couldn't drink it. I'm normally a Smutty fan, but I think they severely missed the mark on this one.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smuttynose Winter Ale

Appearance- dark blood red with a thick head that quickly disappears.
Smell- cherries and cinnimon.
Taste- smooth cherry with a sh!tload of cinnimon maybe a dash of clove dumped in. Alcohol is present in the flavor.
Mouthfeel- smooth and warm. Very bland.

Overall- A incredibly bland ale! What little flavor is so watered down. This would be a decent Winter Ale if they kicked the flavor up a notch or two. Very disappointing from such a good brewery!

Photo of Budlum
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pouring this ale produces one inch of foamy, light tan head. The head is retained nicely before leaving a thin layer behind. The body is a very rich mahogany color displaying quite a bit of carbonation.

The nose is quite weak but it presents a rich, malty sweetness mixed with rich spices. Hops a very light but noticeable. Overall, this smells a bit like a holiday cookie but it lacks punch.

A maple syrup sweetness is briefly presented before a rich, bready taste. Nutmeg and hops mix for a little excitement but these flavors quickly fall flat. The finish is quite watery with lingering hops and spice. Some cocoa notes appear in the finish as it warms.

The moutheel is quite thin, oily and lacking carbonation.

Drinkability is okay but nothing too spectacular. A somewhat disappointing effort from a good brewery.

Photo of whartontallboy
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a slightly translucent brownish-red with a thin head of tan bubbles that disappears pretty quickly and with minimal lace. After that, the head is gone. For good. No bubbles at all.

Smell is bubblegum, banana, cotton candy, sugars, and a little bit medicinal.

Flavor is sweet, slightly phenolic, with bubblegum flavors and lots of banana coming through. Not the typical complex-dark-fruit-sweetness that I've come to expect from a dubbel. There's a decidedly toasty/bready malt flavor that sneaks through on the back end, but as I drink it, the lack of carbonation and complexity start to remind me of drinking a really flat cola. It was something of a struggle to finish it.

Overall: A disappointing offering, and I have loved a lot of Smutty's stuff. The phenolics, dead mouthfeel, and cloying sweetness of this one are just kind of off-putting. Not epically terrible, but I wouldn't give it to a good friend.

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Bieniek30
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of ambiguousfigures
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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