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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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817 Ratings
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Ratings: 817
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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ONUMello

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a 1.5-finger head
S: Brown sugar, caramel, fig, roasted malts, something bitter that's not hops
T: Matches the nose perfectly, nicely balanced though the flavors are less bold than I expected
M: Medium-bodied with a pleasant carbonation
O: Not necessarily something I'd search out regularly but very solid overall, I'd definitely drink more

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:46:28 | More by ONUMello
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 04/09/2014. A new seasonal beer to me from Smuttynose, this one a dubbel, a style I am not too familiar with. Going in unbiased, and keeping my expectations open.

Poured into a Coca-Cola goblet.

A - Pours a smooth caramel color; a ruby-amber color in the glass. One finger of beige head. Rich and creamy appearance, but fairly simple.

S - Smell is very subdued. Light caramel / amber malts, cranberry, plums, raisins, some cream, & some alcohol fumes.

T - Taste follows the nose: light caramel maltiness, and some dark fruit presence - black cherries, figs, plums, & raisins. Dry brown bread, and maybe a hint of rum raisin. I'm not really getting much in the way of yeast or funk.

M - Feel ends fairly sticky and dry. Thin bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a fairly tame beginner's dubbel from what my previous experience with these beers has told me. A more moderate, drinkable 5.83% abv suits this beer well. Suitable for those looking to get into the style. While not offensive and definitely drinkable, this probably isn't a beer I would want again.

Smuttynose Winter Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 03:41:12 | More by mfnmbvp
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A lush rich creamy whipped late to develop three plus fingers worth of light-to-medium khaki colored head... Rock star retention... The color is a murky and is a notch darker than medium brown... A good bit of carbonation is present under close examination... Small bubbled sluggish carbonation at the bottom of the glasses accelerates to a moderate pace by the time it reaches the top... Rings of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - The nose of mild but pleasant... Multifaceted and no single aroma dominates... Toasted malt... Brown sugar... Plums... Fig... A very subtle spiciness... Many of the expected Belgian yeast components are missing... None the less, this one is very pleasant and inviting...

T - A bit of the Belgian yeast presence that was missing on the nose emerges on the palate... It's at the forefront along with the brown sugar... Buried a layer or two beneath the surface is the toasted malts, dark bread, and dark fruit components... Some cinnamon and assorted other spices rise on the finish...

M - The creamy forth greats your lips first... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Even and consistent... There is a touch of dryness on the finish... Perhaps a bit thin... A bit more thickness or lushness would go a long way...

D - Not sure about the stye classification... I would consider this one a brown ale with some faint Belgian characteristics rather than a Dubbel... Regardless, it's an interesting and satisfying brew... Not world class by any means, but it's slightly different and interesting enough to impress me... A nice take on the winter seasonal...

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 18:22:15 | More by philbe311
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Lawl3ss

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz tulip. Best before date 4.29.13

Look- Deep brown, finger and a half of dense off-white head, excellent retention, good lacing.

Smell- Nondescript, nutty, raisin. Mild but pleasant

Taste- Brown bread, light treacle, nutty, graham cracker, ginger. Light stone fruit, red delicious apple. As it warms, it takes on a rounder, toastier flavor that suits it nicely.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light-medium carbonation. Smooth, juicy feel.

Overall- Does what it's aming to do and I'd certainly buy it again; not something I'd pick up all the time, but as a Winter seasonal it's a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 02:39:18 | More by Lawl3ss
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JWU

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a very cloudy amber with a thin light tan head.

S- yeasty fruity esters, with some light candy sugar sweetness.

T- Certainly a belgian yeast here. Some yeasty funk, very light fruitiness, and sweetness.

M- light to medium, light but fizzy carbonation. A metallic dryness on the end.

O- Okay, but nothing special. Smutty certainly does better beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 23:45:07 | More by JWU
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StoutSC1

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy , warm, smooth with a suttle kick. Im thinking the ABV is a little over 6%. Went in for the OMB Dunkel , and after some prodding by the sales rep, i came out with the Smutty Winter. !st one straight from the bottle. Second one i poured , jus to get a better look, good aroma and nice red head. Really has body and hugs the glass. After #3 i had to rest my eyes

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 07:45:13 | More by StoutSC1
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a thin, but lasting head.

Surprisingly creamy, but still carbonated/effervescent.

Slightly sweet and lightly spiced in the holiday sort of way, namely nutmeg. Grows in complexity as it warms, including a grape/raisin layer similar to Raison d’ Etre, probably attributable to the Belgian yeast. Well balanced with cool light hop presence. Smooth and very drinkable.

A good solid representation of the holiday/winter ale class, but not mind-blowing.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 02:34:30 | More by Mongrel
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mattkoon

South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer has a great brown color. the smell is malty with some wafts of caramel and vanilla. the taste is bitter and there is almost a blackened quality. there is a slight sweetness there but not much as the smell promises. i havnt had many beers from smutty nose, but this isnt bad at all and i may be inclined to buy some other of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 00:12:58 | More by mattkoon
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a thin lacing of offwhite head that has no retention

S - very little to report; some caramel

T - baked apples, caramel, some grains, faintly metallic finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This beer doesn't seem to hit it's mark. For the most part the aroma and flavor try to survive on caramel malt alone with some esters trying to help out in the flavor. Unfortunately, a few off flavors creep in that detract from what this beer could have been. I'm glad I tried it once, but in my opinion there are better winter offerings and better Dubbels on the market.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 01:56:51 | More by tdm168
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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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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Texas bbq in Northborough, MA.

Light creamy head with touch of lacing, hazy mahogany dark brown colored.

Nose slight sweet malty aromas, toasty brown malts, light brown sugar, caramel, sweet molasses and hint of toffee, fairly nutty too almost hazelnut.

Taste starts slightly creamy, toasty brown malts, light caramel brown sugar sweet molasses and toffee but all very light, fairly nutty and toasty as well. Light grassy earthy hops in the back end with some mild bitterness. The hops start to turn herbal and not so tasty as it goes. Finish is syrupy with lingering candy syrup, nutty, toffee, caramel brown sugar and mild bitterness lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, bit syrupy, decent carb.

Overall decent, not great. I wouldn't call this remotely a dubbel, more like a winter brown, some interesting flavors,but a bit too syrupy and too much of the not so great hops.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 17:58:10 | More by jlindros
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer was served a dark brown color with a little bit of ruby highlights when held to the light. Upon serving there was a one finger cream colored head that faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was sweet and fruity. Cherries, raisin, and a bit of apple were mixed with a caramel and brown sugar smell. With these aromas was a lighter roasted malt smell.

Taste – The flavor begins with a dark roasted brown bread and dark fruit flavor. While there are flavors of cherry and apple in the taste, they are much lighter then the nose would have let on. While supposedly brewed with no spices light spiced flavors quickly come to the tongue with them initially being of a more allspice and ginger flavor. Toward the end the flavor sweetens a bit with some caramel flavors coming to the tongue. These flavors are accompanied by a bitter cocoa and which when combined with the rest take the taste to its end.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was average in terms of creaminess/thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average as well. A slightly thicker body may have been a bit better, but all in all the mouthfeel was fine.

Overall – A nice blend of malt, sweet fruit and sugar tastes. It is a rather balanced winter style ale that is well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2013 00:48:37 | More by Darkmagus82
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light yet very enjoyable session beer. Much less abv than most dubbels; yet, it has many classic features of that style, including the beautiful color and head, smooth yeasty smell and taste, and good balance. It might be a little light for some, but the taste is still appealing. It's easy to drink a couple of these or more. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 02:08:20 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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bnes09

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany and mostly transparent. Weak head on the pour which disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

Lots of sweets and spices in the aroma. Nutmeg and just a hint of Belgian yeast.

Wheat bread malt backbone. Burnt brown sugar. Mild roasted character. Dark fruits, mostly raisins. Lots of nutmeg. Descent balance.

Medium bodied, well carbonated with a grainy texture. Dry finish with lingering spices.

Descent winter ale. Complex and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 04:25:39 | More by bnes09
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Darkish, murky, garnet-amber. Small, yet persistent, light rose-tinted khaki head. Nice lacing. Nose is a mix of fruit, caramel, and spicy yeast. Light banana and tropical fruit. Raisins. Caramel roll. Definite Belgian-y yeast.

Lightly toasted malt up front. Tangy, sweetish fruit fills in. Tropical-y and banana-y. Caramelly, biscuity malt underneath. Yeasty finish is spicy with a hint of bitterish banana aftertaste. Medium bodied with a lively feel. Not bad, overall, but could use a little oomph to help bring a little more complexity and bring everything together better.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 01:56:19 | More by alexgash
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Auburn ale holds a tight bone-white head of maybe 3/4". Medium lace.

Has a Madagascar vanilla aroma with some light cinnamon and coriander and orange peel notes. Smells sweet and mild with a bit of toasty bitterness.

Gooey toffee, caramel, and vanilla are upfront with a backing of citrus peel and wintry spices. Cinnamon and grape and maple and cream soda. Actually, quite the vibe of vanilla cream soda. Toastiness is a secondary element and the hops are very quiet. Just a glass of Christmas-y malty goodness.

Has a spiking carbonation that reaches above the limits of medium. The body is rustled, but allows for some milkiness as it goes down. Pit-of-stomach warmth is very much welcomed as the booze sneaks right past the palate.

What!? This is a Belgian dubbel!? Hey, a good winter warmer this would make, but a dubbel? No dice, grandma.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 00:35:05 | More by thecheapies
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silverking

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy, dark, brownish-red with a light tan head. the head fades slowly leaving a thin ring of foam with beautiful lacing that cascades down the side of the glass after holding for a few seconds. The smell is remeniscent of a glass of red wine. Grape with some plum, cocoa, vanilla, spices, roasty malts and finally hops. The aroma is terrifically complex. It has a rich, thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The taste starts off light and fruity, but turns into a hoppy, spicy, earthy brew for the finish. The malt comes through a lot more in the taste. It finishes semi-dry with some dark cocao and coffee notes, along with a sweet yeastiness to round it all out. Definately a home-run from the Smuttynose brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:27:37 | More by silverking
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babaracas

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish brown with two fingers thick tan colored foam, settles slowly to a thin ring leaving a sheet of delicate lace for the first couple of inches. Smell: toasted wheat bread, red grape, caramel, floral and mildly earthy with a little black pepper. Taste: toast, caramel, peppery and midly earthy, plum skin, pear, unfiltered apple juice. Light bodied initially but very creamy feel, finishing dry and slightly sweet with some lingering tannic bitterness (peanut skin). Maybe not a standout, but I thought this was pretty solid. Best before 5/12/13.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 06:50:55 | More by babaracas
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz. Brown Bottle. Has Freshness Date.

A: Pours a dark brown color with hints of red around edges. An off-white
head starts one finger high and quickly turns to a thin layer. Foamy lacing
slides down glass.

S: Light creamy caramel. Other light spices and fruits are mixed in.

T/M: Smooth and full bodied. Dark fruits are mixed with yeast and just
a hint of hops. Roasted malts are also present and somewhat create a
balance in the beer.

O: This Winter Ale is easy to drink and a good choice for the winter months.
However overall the beer is on the plain side and leaves me wanting a little
more on the taste side of things. Still worth a look.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:55:04 | More by mnrider
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the color of this one is deep copper redish, pretty clear, with a few inches of finely laced tan foam. the nose is richly malty, complex, ranging from american amber to english caramel and beyond. there is a toffee sort of sweetness too, and more alcohol hanging around than the abv gives away. the flavor confirms that this is definitely a malt heavy beer, which is nice in this context without all the usual spice that typifies the style. like a christmas cookie or loaf of bread, rummy, tasty. the sweetness does not linger on in the finish, and it actually ends on a dry note. the flavors a good, but they all seem a little muted to me. not the depth of flavor i am used to in these often very robust beers. lots of body and an appropriate level of carbonation. not my favorite of the winter releases, but an easy drinking brew nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 21:51:51 | More by StonedTrippin
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark reddish brown, thick retained head of white foam. Sticky. Strong dark fruity nose, some spices. Strong fruity taste. Somewhat of a masked hop at the close. Mellow malty flavor. Almost a red wine flavor too. Really flavorful. Nice spin on winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 12:20:26 | More by KTCamm
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, clear, hazelnut coloring with a sparse, filmy white coating on the surface. Aromas of roasty nut and biscuit in the backbone, with a solid spicing of nutmeg and cinnamon rounding out the sweet, rich flavors. Some fruity highlights in the back of the nose, also. Flavors of deep, dark, old world fruit, including prune and date, with an earthy undertone that keeps the richness in check. Spicing takes a backseat, but is present enough to perk the taste buds out of the sweetness shock by the end of the palate. Sweet and spicy blend on the aftertaste, which is fairly shortlived despite the robust initial flavors. The beer is smooth and round, but the spicing and carbonation does well to keep it light in mouth. Frothy, slightly sweet lingering finish. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 23:47:53 | More by GarthDanielson
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, dark amber with a tannish/off-white head.

Smell: Could be the bottle, but I'm not picking up much. Maybe some vanilla.

Taste: Reminds me a lot of Harpoon Dark. Definitely vanilla, but not much else in terms of spice. It is sweet, but not too sweet. Really makes me want some nice cheddar cheese. This is a relaxer, and something I would definitely enjoy Christmas day if I had cases available in my market.

Mouthfeel: Smooth! Yet still pretty carbonated. Very nice drink. Easily the best quality of this beer.

Like I said, I'd probably have this for the family if it was more widely available in my market. I can imagine this being a good holiday beer for "average" drinkers. I like it well enough either way.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 02:05:32 | More by ColdWaffles
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Chadpaq

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased recently at Lighthouse Beer and Wine in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Must plug this place every time, regardless of how deaf the ears to which said plug falls upon are. Great store.

Dark Amber; translucent; a shiny Tootsie Roll. The creamiest head--a single finger--that receded quickly, but which left a milky, frothy film on the surface like a cup of hot chocolate. O yea, this is a Winter beer.

Chocolatey, in spite of everything. I think I even smell a Tootsie Roll. Subtle; no alcohol. Guess it isn't the highest gravity brew out there, but any minutiae of booze is completely masked. I don't know too much about Dubbels, but I have to believe this is on the more subtle end of their spectrum. In that regard, it's a preference thing. In my opinion, the subtle chocolatey scent works well for this beer.

It really tastes like--and I know I'm dwelling on this, but it really tastes like Tootsie Rolls! Delicious. I've been sipping for ten minutes, and only now am I beginning to feel a little warmth in my chest. This is welcomed, pleasant, and--yes!--subtle. This is no bourbon. There's no alcohol on the palate, but the near-six percent emerges a little after ten minutes' worth of drinking, not on the tongue but in the heart. It's getting colder out there, even in North Carolina. This is the right beer for tonight.

As creamy as the previously-mentioned hot chocolatey film atop the beer would imply. Smooth, subtle carbonation. Thick, pushing viscous. Satisfying. Full, yet somehow, not heavy.

This beer's worth drinking several times over the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 23:13:55 | More by Chadpaq
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- A cloudy dark brown with a finger and a half of tan head that dissipates into a thin layer on the walls of the glass. Very small amount of spotty spotty lacing.

Smell- A bubblegum scent is what 1st hits me then is followed by a fruity(banana)ester and some carmel and chocolate undertones.

Tatse- Just like the nose Im getting this fruity bubblegum flavor. Im not really getting to much malt flavors, and different in flavor then anything Ive ever had.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a semi dry finish. Very drinkable!

Overall- Doesnt seem really winter like, but I enjoy the unique flavors. The flavor and smell on this beer might have been the most difficult for me to ID, but it is very tasty!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 21:58:52 | More by BrownAleMale
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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