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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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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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mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 11/22/11 notes. Had on cask at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Had a little bit of a reddish tint to it.

s - Smells of bananas, wheat, cloves, bready malts, light spices. Pretty decent.

t - Tastes of bananas, bready malts, wheat, roasted malts, light yeast and spices. A little bit of a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and no carbonation, super smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very easy to drink dubbel. Lots of bananas, bread/wheat, and cloves. Would definitely order this one again.

Serving type: cask

11-28-2011 22:02:09 | More by mdfb79
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Honisbygonis

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual upon pour: dark reddish brown, with medium carbonation and nominal aroma

Taste: nice initial smack, "zingy" flavorful (w/o ingredient specifics, since not a HB judge) taste with CO2 dissolving effect, and aftertaste lingers adequately as you'd expect.

Not too wintry as of the sampling since a nice 80s spring day in the southeast.

Not outstanding, but stands true.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:25:33 | More by Honisbygonis
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

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

Review taken from notes: Early December 2013

12 oz brown bottle with the usual Smuttynose odd labeling of random people or events. This particular label displays a woman strolling through the winter's snow all bundled up and seems to be enjoying gracing Smutty's winter seasonal bottling. Can't argue with that. I guess it takes a bit of respect to appreciate labels like what smuttynose slaps on their brews, but its really a part of what they are. An enjoyable yet appropriate winter labeling. Poured into a 12 oz Stemmed tulip. Belgian style!

A - dark amber color with hints of a near purple cloud effect to it. Creamy head pours quite large and its color fits perfectly with its dubbel colored body. Head thins out to a splotchy but still creamy ring of lace leaving pretty good stick though it disappears soon after it starts to stick.

S - lovely dark fruit aroma up front followed by some sweet caramel malt and Belgian style yeast while finishing with a straight out of Belgium spice in the back.

T - dark fruits, Belgian yeast and spices. Earthy character with some more on the toasted sweet caramel malts.

M - medium bodied and smooth. An easy drinker and highly session like dubbel. Wonderful texture that stays true to Smutty's quality and style. Just a great drinking dubbel for any winter occasion.

O - may I just say that I love dubbel's and I enjoy seeing an American brewery pull one off. Though this wasnt intended on slamming you with a massive Trappist inspired 8% dubbel. This is a creation of its own and one Smuttynose can be proud of. One we can sit down during the cold winter months and drink all night long with friends and family. Yes, a tasty treat during these brutally cold months but still allowing for a Cadillac of a brew. Easy going and flows perfectly. These were Smutty's intentions and I look forward to this for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 17:14:54 | More by BradtheGreat7
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Act25

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fine example of American winter warmer, but only reminiscent of Belgian dubbel.
Lacks the fruit and aroma of the real dubbel.

A: Not the Belgian head, but still a great looking walnut body with a lasting, lacing head.
S: pecan and almond doiminate, over a caramel malt body. Finishes with pepper and spice.
T: Follows the smell, but stronger, bolder (yet not as bold a Belgian). A little too sweet and not drying enough, lacks the intensity and complexity. A cousin to Dubbel, not a dubbel ganger.
very cola like in the finish.
MF: Med to full body, elevated carbonation.

Not as zesty, pin-point, champagne like as the Trappists. But as good as any other US Winter Warmer like Widmer Brr.

Smuttynose does a consistently GOOD job, again. Consistent. Love this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:31:38 | More by Act25
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mikalis

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 21:50:24 | More by mikalis
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secondtooth

Indiana

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

Pours a dark ruby, with a nice sudsy head of off-white bubbles. Lovely lattice-like lacing.

Nose is caramel malts, with a hint of fruit and some light spice. Subtle and pleasing to the olfactory unit.

Taste is pleasant as well, and complex to boot. I get some fruity malts and yeasts that collide with cinnamon and nutmeg touches. This is an easy to enjoy ale that works perfectly on a wintry, snowy morning! Prost!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 19:03:41 | More by secondtooth
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with copper edges. The finger of head dissipated rather quickly and only left a trace of lace behind. The nose is distinctly malty. The flavor profile is rather malty with a slightly sweet finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky. This offering is not quite full-bodied, but certainly not thin at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:46:28 | More by 57md
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champ103

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a garnet red/brown color. A tightly packed white head rises to over two fingers with spiderweb looking lace left all the way down the glass.
S: Starts out great. Dark fruits of cherries and plums, even some banana like esters. Toasted malts. Then a pronounced metallic aroma takes over, and grows as this warms.
T: Again, dark fruits and esters. Toasted malts. Really nice at first, but again as this warms a tiny metallic flavor takes over.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky and syrupy. Not hard to drink at all. A decent warmer.

If not for the metallic character, this would be superb. I will certainly need to give this a few more tries to see if it is just an off bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:42:04 | More by champ103
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Trappist-style Belgian Dubbel Ales generally possess the wintry flavors that are common to desserts like fruit cake, cobbler, nuts and crusty richness. Smuttynose discovers this link and devises a Belgian inspired ale to grace their portfolio during the winter months.

Smuttynose Winter Ale kicks off with a russet brown and hazy pour. Lightly yeasty, its body allows for a softly diffused glow to permit. It settles with a froth head pulling from its body and capping the session with firm retention and a smattering of lace.

Bold earthen sweetness leap out immediately, first with the caramel and bready-sweet richness from malt, but soon a weave of pecan and almond complement the sweetness with a richness all its own. Then come the fruits- apples, cherries, dates and figs just ahead of mild pepper and vinous spice to round out the beer's scent.

To taste, much the same transpires as its crusted bread and caramel medley capture the attention of the taste buds. Nutty and fruity with those pitted, stone fruits- the ale takes on fruit cake-like proportions with its threads of brown sugar and burnt toffee. The ale finishes with a spicy balance that's lightly winey, woody and scantly cola-like.

Medium-full in body, the ales creamy sweetness is slow to recede and the beer lumbers across the middle in order to deliver that full "wintertime" weight. Its late tangy acidity triggers its finish while spices and alcohol provide a rummy aftertaste.

I think Smuttynose is right on target, using a Belgian Dubbel base recipe for its own Winter Warmer. The problem is that the Trappist Belgian monks got there first. The Smutty-version is denser, richer and heavier... a far departion from the drier, zestier and exuberant examples from those monasteries.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 18:56:19 | More by BEERchitect
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear (but opaque) very dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and significant amounts of garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a few small patch of thick film and a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer along with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet malts with notes of toffee and caramel. There is also a light to moderate presence of dark fruits (plum and fig), spices, and Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of sweet malts with notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. That is followed by light flavors of dark fruits (plum and fig), spices, and Belgian yeast. Veyr light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Quite flavorful and much easier to drink than a lot of others in the style considering the rather low ABV. Definitely an enjoyable brew and one I would definitely grab again. An interesting take on the winter beer with the introduction of the Belgian yeast (kind of a hybrid styled beer). Both the aroma and flavor of the beer increase in intensity + complexity as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 21:59:41 | More by dbrauneis
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a stand pint glass.

A- Beautiful dark amber color. Tan head, 1f, good sticky lacing.

S-Dark fruits. Sweet breads , too. Red wine like. The aroma grows as the beer warms.

T- Sweet dark malts and fruits. A little bit of chocolate and spice.

M- Full body and good carbonation. Chewy and dry. Mineral aftertaste.

O- I get some of the Belgian Dubbel connection, but I wouldn't go that far. Not too bad, mine may have been served too cold. The mineral feel holds it back.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 01:04:17 | More by NiceTaps
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fx20736

New York

4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack from Wegman's Calkins Rd on 12/15/13.

Poured froma 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

Appearance: Murky Ochre Brown with honeyed highlights. Thick Khaki head, good lacing.

Aroma: Dates & Figs, Boston Brown Bread

Mouthfeel: a little thin.

Taste: Toasted malt, Brown Sugar, Dates & Figs, grapes.

Notes: very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 21:51:50 | More by fx20736
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first review of a Smuttynose. Sort of a syrupy mouthfeel that was a little strange. Hoppy flavor with maybe some coffee notes. Nice amber color, full body. Some dark fruit and sugar aromas comes through on the nose. Nice beer to enjoy by a fire, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:21:20 | More by MarkQ617
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 19:38:34 | More by taylor714914
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barczar

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with caramel highlights and a dense, frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Toasted, bready, nutty caramel malt is accompanied by soft Belgian yeast fruit esters. There's an offputting metallic character at the finish.

Flavor reveals lightly chocolatey, toasted bready malt at the base, with muted cherry and apple esters clashing a bit. The finish is fairly minerally and bitter, with notes of spice. The metallic character shines through.

Body is moderate, with moderate to slightly spritzy carbonation. Light alcohol warmth is present.

Odd combination of flavors. There's a decent malt base, but the yeast character is just not of good quality. Metallic notes are offputting. Too bitter for my liking.

I was hoping time to warm would help. It brings out more yeast character. Unfortunately, it also brings out diacetyl and vegetal notes, though the metallic character subsides. Just seems stale.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 01:56:31 | More by barczar
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The bitter cold here today definitely calls for a winter ale. Cheers.

The best-before date is 04/21/2014, which is four months after the date of this tasting.

A: Fizzy, low-ABV head stands at a solid half-inch for a minute or two; nice khaki color to it. Body is a tawny amber, mildly hazy.

S: Leads on a metallic note with backing scents of nut and vanilla taffy, like a British pub beer. Though light to start, the residual sugar scents become deeper and more pronounced as the beer warms; over time, aromas of peat, nutmeg, and milk chocolate begin to appear. Quite welcoming, if a bit tame.

T: This is certainly one flavorful, enduring palate; the nose definitely doesn’t do it justice. Nutty, slightly sweet tastes inhabit the front of the palate – pumpernickel, roasted chestnut, whipped cream – with a touch of roasty, chocolaty mocha. It begins to stiffen up into something earthy and more peaty toward the middle, taking this beer to a climax of soil and brown sugar, and raisin (very traditional). Finishes with a welcome black pepper and lemony hop zest over a savory (but short-lived) breadiness.

M: Creamy and filling, but with a sprits of effervescent carbonation to keep it drinkable. Goes down with more heft than you’d expect for a 6% beer.

O: This is one of the best winter beers I’ve tasted in quite a while. I’d be more than happy with a six-pack of this…and the more I think about it, the more I realize I could say that about any of the Smuttynose beers I’ve tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 22:28:01 | More by BarryMFBurton
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some dark fruits, a bit bready. Taste is some hops up front, then malts, a touch of caramel, not as much fruit as the smell. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 05:18:47 | More by tone77
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color had an almost amber hue but it tended towards a medium brown. The head was thin but foamed up well and slowly disappated to a film.

The aromas were dry but a kilned barley malt was most evident. There was a caramel malt scent but it isn't sweet, just dry and almost stale.

The flavor is dry with a lot of barley, kilned grain and caramel malt, unsweetened. There's almost a smokiness to this, a strong roasted character but as with the scent it's a tad stale.

The feel holds a lot of dryness with a slight astringency. The carbonation is less than moderate as it has a thinness but it's not weak.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 01:43:15 | More by KYGunner
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Best by 4/28/14" printed on bottle.

A weak pour delivers half a finger of manilla colored yeast. The body is a dark rosy brown. Lace initially makes an attempt but dries up pretty quickly.

Dark fruit, malt, earthy aromas all appear. The nose is rather laid back.

Sweet dark malt combine with a graininess. A little xmas spice comes in with the earthy taste. More xmas spice as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium/heavy bodied.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:46:14 | More by CFHMagnet
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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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Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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