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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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816 Ratings
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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%


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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Budlum

Maryland

2.73/5  rDev -26%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 00:10:03 | More by Budlum
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Citadel82

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed with this one. I generally love the Smuttynose products but this one is not that great.

Pours a slightly hazy redddish brown with little head that fades to zilch and leaves no lacing. Carbonation is faint and does not support any vestige of a head.

Smells nice a fruity treat with apples and some spices. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon.

Taste is musty with apples and some spices, some bittering hops in the middle perhaps some cocoa and a dryish finish. Not a pleasure to drink at all. There are some better dubbels out there for sure. I will give this a another try. If it stil is wanting I may mull it or poach some sausage in it.

Mouth feel is medium light.

I am not finding this brew to be very drinkable...at least tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 03:12:03 | More by Citadel82
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billybob

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a chestnut color with a half inch light tan head that quickly fades to the beer, some lace to start with that also quickly fades away. some aromas of caramel and roasted malt and a sharp scent of alcohol. taste is of roasted malt, slight caramel with some brown sugar.slightly oily slick mouthfeel, light to medium body with a carbonation that sort went flat. i don't think i'll be buying this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 17:05:15 | More by billybob
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby red highlights. The head rises 3" and is khaki in color. Retention is great and there is some decent lace.

Smell: Small malt aroma. Cereal, yeast, but overall very light.

Taste: Robust, deep flavor of barley malt. Slight cereal grain flavor, toasted walnut nuttiness. Not very sweet. Some alcohol. Mediocre.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Some carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably my least favorite style of beer. Not complex at all and very little aroma. I don't see a reason why you would reach for this beer over another.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 14:55:21 | More by Risser09
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atlason

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 33cl bottle into plastic party glass, unfortunately.

A: Dark brown, some head and lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee. Basic but pretty true to style.

T: Mostly caramel with a lot of hop bitterness. Feels pretty odd for the style, way too americanized. Beautiful Belgian yeast character.

M: Velvety but not sufficiently carbonated considering the low apparent carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer but not really a traditional Dubbel. It is an American Dubbel, if there is such a style.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 07:10:49 | More by atlason
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markgugs

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour resulted in a glowing ruby red/mahogany brew, with a nice frothy 1-finger head, mostly beige or cream-colored, starts to dissipate after only a short while, leaving nice wisps of lacing on the glass and clusters of bubbles on the beer's surface.

S: Not offensive, but not overly inviting either. Mildly bready, toffee-ish notes are obvious, not much in the way of spicing or hops.

T/M: Very drying, almost astringent on the palate. Not at all what I was expecting. Short burst of sweet malts up front, followed by a much boozier-than-expected body, a bit thin, and then a very dry finish. Reminds me of what bread would taste like if it was soaked in whiskey. Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel, it's rather velvety actually. Gets better with warming, but overall just not a very well balanced beer.

D: I didn't particularly care for this beer, so I really wouldn't seek it out again. As I mentioned above, it seems too boozy for an under-7% ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 01:21:19 | More by markgugs
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-nice cloudy brown with a thin cream colored head

S-not much going on except a faint scent of belgian sugars and caramel. maybe a hint of vanilla somehow. not much here.

T-comes in with an oddly aged flavor of peppery grains. it is not a flavor i love. it just tastes off. to me, this tastes like an american dubbel way past its prime. i'm really not a big fan of this.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a fairly dry finish

O-I don't like this. it doesn't taste like a good dubbel. it's an odd dubbel, even for an American brewery. I expect more from Smutty. it almost tastes adjunct to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 23:17:28 | More by AdamBear
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outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this sixpack thinking in line with a winter ale of deep roasted ale flavors and discovered a Belgium instead.
I'm not a fan of this style and was equally reduced to the taste of sour esters on a Fri. nite
The aroma carried a nice scent of cut lawn that hit the hops plants while mowing
Tasted crystal malts in a doughy blend of alcohol and toffee
Has some bitterness that remarkably doesn't offend and fades lightly sweet
Body is a weakling that takes one step up the water ladder
Each bottle tasted similar with some that were oxidized
All my experiences with Smuttynose were greatly appreciated
This one wouldn't be repeated
nuff said

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 03:01:27 | More by outdoorbrewer
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Keag Market in So. Thomaston, they had a few six packs of this sitting in the fridge so why not try one. Pours a beautiful dark brown. though the smell is a bit odd, not sure how to nail it until I tasted it. This is different, a bit like dried fruit, sweet malt and licorice. mouthfeel is allright. Overall drinkability? Well very different, not appealing at first although it seems like something I could like as I have five more of these. If so and edit of this will be on hand, but right now, this is just way different.

After drinking the rest I'm not too keen on the licorice flavor. This may be just a weird batch. I am willing to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 00:07:51 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was pretty good...reminiscent to me of a rather spiced version of Dead Guy Ale. I wouldn’t call it very "dubbel-ish," but still, I would recommend this beer.

This beer is cherry-wood colored with a lot of fine head. The beer has a hoppy smell. Taste is very spicy, like Lakefront’s holiday beer (but not like a dubbel). Mouthfeel is a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 03:45:01 | More by BeerBelcher
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: A walnut brown with red rose shades at its margins. Head is tan and single finger depth that vanishes rapidly with only a thin ring left to remind you of its existence. Still and clear.

S: A malt sweetness unique to dark munich with its melanoidins and a slight sherry aroma. Toasted nut combined with nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Hops and yeast give a fruity and floral scent. The aroma profile sounds magnificent, however most of these flavors are faint.

T: A toasted nut and bread dough sweetness briefly greets the palate. Then hello hops bitterness arriving way to early with a mineral flavor that clears the sweetness but does not last long either. A slightly salty taste in the pharynx and a spicy heat in the stomach finishes the tasting.

M: To be brief, too thin, too still, and too little head retention.

D: I got really excited about this beer when I picked it up. I got even more excited when I learned it was similar to a Dubbel. Unfortunately, this beer does not approach the level of richness, complexity, and class of a dubbel. Big deductions for mislabeling this one. In all, I have enjoyed many Smuttynose beers, but this is certainly one exception.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 19:38:11 | More by BWH3
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by July 2011. Quick, into my pint glass before it's too late!

A: Short, dishwater/off-white head that melted in under a minute. A cloudy mahogany with red wine highlights.

S: Malt and spices. Getting a mulled wine vibe from this.

T: Yep, a bit of sweet mulled wine, spices and... raisin? Plum? Something definitely dark and fruity. Faint hops and warming alcohol finish each sip. The combination just doesn't quite work. Flavors aren't really complimenting one another, just sort of lining up and taking their turns on the way down. Finish is a little harsh. Moreso after you've had a few sips.

M: Medium and a little like wine-like.

O: Eh. Maybe a fresher bottle would be better? Maybe not. The flavors were richer than they needed to be, and you'd think that time would actually mellow this.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:06:33 | More by DirtyPenny
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Woody_Obeer for this...
Appears a light orange/amber with small white lacing.
Smell is of light flowers mixed into a red ale that's been brewed with a Belgian yeast strain. Light amounts of banana are detected as well.
Taste is about the same as the aromas.
Mouthfeel is sweet and lightly malty.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 04:20:16 | More by weeare138
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viverlee

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The big boys want to lump – at the bottom mind you – this brew with the Abbey Dubbels. I’m going to make my own call here. It’s a seasonal brew with the marketing to match. Plus the spice bite, delicate sweetness, and semi-robust ABV just aren’t there.

STYLE: Winter Warmer

ABV: 5.8%

LOOK: The body really isn’t there either. A rich, oaky brown carries the load. Soft head, softer lacing and retention.

NOSE: Whoppers, raisins, cherries.

MOUTH: Fizz deep in the back of my throat – that’s my first impression. Not the staid malt, not the toffee dash. Odd because I remember liking it more on Xmas Eve and even thinking it better than what it replaced, my local Xmas Ale, Christkindl. Jammy toast and small purple fruits let you know what could be. But overall a little too balanced for this style.

Beeradvocate Rating: 84

ratebeer Rating: 81

Hayward Abbey Rating: 77

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 04:52:43 | More by viverlee
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a dark copper, clear, with a one finger creamy off-white head.

Nose is oddly a little hot, very estery, sweet, fruity, a bit hard to pin down. Not impressive.

Flavor starts out with an odd, fruity dark malt note. Slightly yeasty, a bit of anise, lightly roasty. As it progresses, the slightly hot fruity notes come out more, with notes of cherry and currant hiding out alongside a weird almost buttery flavor - diacetyl in a dubbel? Really?

Mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated, kind of light and slick. Odd beer, from a brewery that I normally put way up on a pedestal. Felt like it never really grabbed an identity. The oddly buttery diacetyl note killed it for me, without that, add another letter grade at least.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 00:55:07 | More by JohnQVegas
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warmstorage

California

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce botle, $1.40 as a single, from Paradise Market, Warren, VT. Bottle states "best before" date of April 2007.

Pours a deep ruby, almost reddish brown, with light, limited dense beige head that fades quickly.

Aroma is earthy and slightly sour, perhaps hints of cherries.

Taste is earthy, soil, some burnt sugar, and a tingly carbonation. Earthy hops noticeable. Fruit is definitely there, but hard to place. Yeasty notes are present, but I can't find the pround esters and phenols I might expect in a Trappist yeast. As it warms to room temp (poured a little cold, around 45), it gets slightly tangy and sour, with a more pronounced metallic taste.

A little thin for the style (which I thought might be a winter warmer... Seeing it classified as a dubbel makes sense for taste, for the fruit and burnt sugar, but is definitely a little thin for that style as well.)

Overall, a drinkable beer with some very interesting merits, and something I'd probably buy again to test out, but not something I'm crazy about. Drinkable, for sure, just not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 21:59:28 | More by warmstorage
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sleazo

New York

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A_Pours a cloudy brown with bits of amber in there as well. A small head dissipates into a wisp of a cap.

S_Mild malt and caramel aroma not unlike a Scottish ale. Slight spice in the background.

T_A bit sweet up front with the caramel malt taste shining through. There is a mild cherry component lurking ever so slightly. Hops manage to make their presence felt in a vaguely grasslike aftertaste.

M_Mildly thick and syrupy with a low carbonation.

D_Pretty much average all around. A decent winter ale but nothing too memorable. For a dubbel it lacks the Belgian kick.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 03:39:12 | More by sleazo
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KajII

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a medium brown with a large light brown rocky head that was mostly diminishig and had excellent lacing. The aroma was of toasted bread malts, a horse blanket yeast and a mild resin hop with notes of dried fruit and bananas. It tasted sweet and mild with notes of dried fruit and was qiute malty from start to finish. Mouthfeel was medium in body and watery in texture with lively carbonation. Overall a very nice drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 17:39:43 | More by KajII
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Did not realize this was a dubbel until I saw it on BA- doesn't taste like it. Not particularly active head but it is visibly effervescent. What little head exists is off-white. There is very minimal retention and only a few spots of lacing. Pours a dark brown color almost like cola (opaque but can see light through the edges). Smells of ginger and dark malt. Taste is not overly convincing- weak dark malt flavor almost like a dunkel and a hint of the ginger. The mouthfeel was the most disappointing part to me- watery, weakly carbonated; not the kind of things I want in a beer. Overall this is an OK session beer- definitely not one I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:09:32 | More by Hopdaemon39
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut brown with ruby hues. Thin head with minimal lacing.

Smell is faint with some light fruit and toasted grain. Mild aroma.

Toasted grain and some caramel with brown bread crust and some stone fruit notes. Goes from sweet to tart in your mouth and a bit of a dry finish.

Carbonated but not mouth clearing, this one didn't do it for me. A beer that doesn't have a direction to go in, almost as if it is not sure what it should be. OK, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 17:39:58 | More by OtherShoe2
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BDIMike

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper color. There is very little carbonation and no head at all.
Smell is of weak malts. There is a faint chocolate smell, but a nice plum smell.
Taste is fairly simple. Strong malt taste with a plum aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is too thin for a dubbel and much sharper than I would like as well.
Drinkability is nice. It is not too strong for a dubbel, so that helps. A very average offering for a dubbel. I guess it would not have been that bad as a starter dubbel for someone who had never tried the style before.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 02:24:37 | More by BDIMike
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JDV

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from trade from forgotten source. Thanks!
Pours reddish brown and clear with a short lived tan head. Smell is nutty, dark fruitiness, caramel with a faint belgian yeast character, perhaps. Taste is dark fruitiness, caramel, a bit of nuttiness, and is pretty good. Full body with a light to medium carbonation. Pretty solid for a style I don't particularly care for normally. Nice winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 22:13:13 | More by JDV
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kels

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep, rusty reddish-brown, fairly opaque, with just enough clarity to view glimpses of ruby highlights within. A short, tan, bubbly head rests atop the fairly thin-looking liquid. Spots of slippery lace hang along the sides of the glass briefly before sliding back down into the beer.

Not a great amount of aroma from this beer. A little bit of raisiny sweetness accompanies a dry roastiness, but that's about it.

The sweetness of the caramelized malts serves as the backbone of this beer. There is a distinct earthy aspect to the profile that reminds me a little of soil or moss, or strangely enough, even mushrooms. There raisiny sweetness of the smell is echoed clearly in the taste. A slight spice comes through in the aftertaste, along with a hint of metallic. For the darkness of the flavors in this beer, the feel is actually more moderate and somewhat lightened by the good carbonation. There's a stickiness from the sweetness and a slickness in the finish.

Drinkability overall is okay, but I'm not sure I'd buy this one again. It isn't bad, but it has some funky flavors that stick out and diminish the overall enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 00:08:29 | More by kels
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, cloudy amber with less than a finger of off-white head.

S: Aroma is sweet and fruity, of plums and raisins.

T: Taste also features these fruit flavors alongside those of caramel and butterscotch, but without being particularly sweet. Not as intense of a flavor as I was expecting from a dubbel, but not bad. Rich maltiness and light bitterness also noticeable; the bitterness particularly on the finish. Nice balance of bitterness with traditionally sweet flavors.

M: Body is medium, creamy, with average carbonation.

D: One of these is good for me, but not a hard beer to get down.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 12:40:58 | More by AwYeh
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cbl2

New York

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 3/06.

Appearance:

Pours a brilliant red-brown with a quarter inch of tan head that slowly settles.

Aroma:

Slightly sharp and bitter with an off-pumpkin pie aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Malty pumpkin sweet with an astringent finish. Body is thin and somewhat insipid. How is this a dubbel?

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 14:28:08 | More by cbl2
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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