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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 31 | 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 DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had this and apparently it's a dubbel so I poured it into a Chimary goblet.

3.5 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. One finger of creamy/frothy hybrid light tan head. Retention could be a lot better, but this leaves a ring of creamy lacing.

4.0 S: Color me confused. It's called a winter ale, labeled as a dubbel, but smells like an English brown. Toasted malts are abundant with a formitable nuttiness. Dry and earthy with a touch of raisin fruitiness.

3.5 T: Taste is more like 3 units dubbel blended with 2 units English brown. This has the toasty nuttiness consistent with a good brown, but the yeasty spiciness and fruitiness of a dubbel (and the spritzy carbonation). Tobacco, raisin, and plum fruitiness. Clove and pepper yeastiness. Earthy again and dry overall. The problem is that the taste is overall too weak, which is a shame since it is tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter body. Moderate amounts of spritzy carbonation. Very creamy for how light and low in ABV it is, but I'd prefer a bigger beer and a nice warming.

4.0 D: A pretty good beer and probably the most sessionable "dubbel" I've come across, but need a bit of a boost in the flavor department. Would drink again.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cdizinno
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned with best before date of May '09

A: Dark mahogany with thick tan head that leaves lacing wherever it touches.

S: Sweet malt and brown sugar aromas. Hint of spicyness from hops but mostly malts.

T: Sweet malty taste. Very mild licorice and very, very light spicy twang.

M: Very smooth light carbonation. Medium bodied.

Very good. I would definitely try again as with most Smuttynose brews I have tried.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, some Belgian yeast, a little spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of Belgian yeast, caramel, spice, tart fruit and a little chocolate. The hops presence is mild but complimentary. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent representation of style, it might not be your prototypical winter seasonal, but it's still a pretty nice beer. I could certainly drink quite a few of these in an evening.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rjochman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a hint of red color. Has a very small amount of brownish white head that dissipates very quickly. Leave little to no lacing on the glass. The smell has toasted malts with a sweet brown sugar tones as well. Taste goes with the smell and has a good amount of spice to it. Has medium carbonation and creamy feel to the texture. Pretty drinkable and a good winter ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kudashov
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass .We have The The on the Hi-Fi . "Mind Bomb " is a great album . Johnny Marr is my guitar hero . As for the beer ...

A- Nice dark brown color with a two finger head . Very hazy , murky .

S- Raisins , fruit .

T & M - wonderful flavor and nice lacing on the glass after a few healthy gulps . Too bad Kappy's only had this one single . An absolute joy to drink . Another winner from Smuttynose . Pure pleasure drinking this . Too bad the Celtics are not as good as this . They are down by 10 as I review this .

D- No question . Great .

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose have the best labels, period. They look like ads from a 1960's Esquire.

Appearance is dark brown/red, with a tan pancake head and nice lacing.

Nose is sour and somewhat stale.

Taste is cocoa, toasted malt, and a candy tartness. Tastes like a winter porter, but without the porter mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is chalky, like crushed cocoa; fades into a nice creaminess. Medium carbonation.

Overall, the smell is wack but the taste is great. A hardy brew for winter months.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a tan head.

Roasted nuts, warm spice, and molasses in the nose - alluring and pleasing.

In the mouth is a Sting of spice up front followed by a nutty fullness (meaty) finnishing with bitter citrus and molasses = very nice. A very warming winter brew.

Photo of MTLChris
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.