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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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Zorro

California

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown beer with a good light brown colored head.

Smell is sweet malt and lightly spiced. Dark bread scents with cinnamon and ginger.

The taste starts out malty and a little sweet but not as much as I might have thought from the smell. Dark bread and lightly spiced this is sort of like toned down German Christmas cake. Mildly bitter this is more or less spiced Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

A good drinkable ale that I could see drinking next holiday season.

Sampled through the effortsBentkentk56 and Secret Bunny 09 BIF.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 21:53:57 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this one.

Poured into a SA glass a nice brownish color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, nice sticky lacing remains. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty, slight hints of dark fruits, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/yeasty, dark fruits, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a some what different Dubbel, but very tasty, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 23:49:38 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy amber with some lighter golden amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger beige head that settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Malty aroma with some peppery spice and dark fruit notes especially dark cherries.

Spicy peppery flavor up front that lingers over the medium malty body into a medicinal cough syrup flavor with some dark fruit notes, mostly cherries, raisin and plum. Nice subtle dry hops in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 23:48:21 | More by corby112
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a finger width of medium tan head that retains into a smooth, creamy looking layer that left moderate lacing. The aroma is thick with heavy malt, sweetness, spices, and just a touch of alcohol.

The taste is rich malts and sweetness, spices, and a dark fruit element that allows things to end with a combo of tartness and hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied wiht a thick, creamy feel.

This wasn't bad. I liked the full, rich tastes of the malt and spices that leant themselves well to Winter imbibing and that nearly 7% ABV was very well hidden and kept things fairly drinkable. A solid effort from Smutty!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 17:21:17 | More by Kegatron
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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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plaid75

New York

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a candied aroma with an earthy grain.

The taste was upfront candy sweet with earthy hop and yeast undertones. There was a slightly medicinal dark fruit element as well. Some metallic flavors came through.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a decent dubbel and a good winter brew. The drinkability is average based on some of the off flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 03:18:37 | More by plaid75
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Clear burgandy. Nice looking thin beads of carbonation surface at a good clip. Thin beige head leaves some sporadic lace. Nice aroma of cherry juice, raisins, prune, belgian yeastiness and breadiness. Yes, very nice. First impressions are of bread pudding, poundcake and rum. A little raisin. A little chocolate. All in all, a pleasant blend. Mouthfeel is very agreeable. Light carbonation and light body. Easy drinking, tasty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 01:44:15 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark red with a slight head that faded quickly.

S: sweet malty caramel and winter spicing (cinnamon, caradamon).

T: The flavor had some fresh dark fruit, sweet maltiness and dry spices. There was a slight alcohol and woodiness on the finish.

M: creamy finishing with a dry bitterness in the end.

D: Decent drinkability and a nice winter warmer treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 19:12:04 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Winter Ale pours a rich brown in color. Very malty, sweet and cake-ish. Just a hint of hops overall bready and doughy. Full bodied and robust, a little heavy for a winter warmer (not a dubbel at all) but still quite nice. Refreshing that this offering isn't an over-spiced holiday ale, in fact this was rather refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 18:00:45 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Clear auburn with some reddish highlights topped by a very light brown head. The foam receded to a thin cap and left behind just a bit of lace. Malty caramel aroma with a light, bready yeast quality and a hint of fruit. There was a bit of spice in the nose at first, but this disappeared quickly. Low bitterness with not a lot of hop character - malt is dominant in this brew. It has an earthy, nutty, caramel and cocoa flavour with mild fruit rounding it out in the finish. Moderately low, well-integrated carbonation with a body that's lightish, but far from thin. Mild alcohol warmth with a bit of dryness. Quite tasty. Definitely a step above a lot of other winter brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 02:08:59 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

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

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy purplish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet dark malts with hints of raisins and figs.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are not quite as sweet as the nose would intimate. Coming in shortly thereafter are moderate amounts of dark fruits - raisins mostly with hints of crisp figs - and slight amounts of spices. The spices fade out quickly, allowing the malt and fruits to carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer just didn't have much of an identity, it just was. Not a terrible beer by any stretch but not worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2010 13:01:34 | More by glid02
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA. Served on tap in a pint

A - chestnut brown color w/ good clarity, two fingers of tan cream crest the ale and it has a tiny bead

S - A sweet, nutty and spicy nose w/ slightly yeasty aroma. The odor of subtle toast and honey w/ mild dried fruit scent

M - a lighter medium bodied feel, slightly strong effervescent front w/ a mildly roasted texture in the middle ad gentle alcohol influence w/ a mild sweetness and subtle spice in the finish

T - A crisp roasted and earthy taste w/ subtle fruit notes and spice is mild w/ creamy flavors that meld well. The mild yeasty fruitiness comes in late in the taste w/ a subtle toasted malt which is almost almond-like w/ a mild bready yeast tinge in the flavor. There is a subtle pine hop taste which seems like an afterthought

D - the drinkability is pretty good w/ flavor that is clean and pretty easy to quaff- the flavors of the malts are in focus and satisfies well, but doesn't prompt me to order more than a couple to be honest

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2009 17:27:42 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Dark red/ruby red color with a one-finger head of foam.

Aroma: Sweet and malty on the nose. A small, faint hint of chocolate.

Taste: Thick and rich upfront. Sweet but feels balanced. Smooth in the middle and fades to a mildly sweet aftertaste. Smooth. A hint of raisin in the middle as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sweet and malty. Not too dry at the back of the throat.

Verdict: Nice and drinkable! Has the hallmarks of the style as well. I think it's solid. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 23:52:59 | More by Brad007
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Good till May 2011, we are good to go.

Pours a nice off tan colored two finger head. Some retention and puck like consistency to it. Body is a nice dark cherry color, with great blood red hues.

Malty sweet denseness of dried fruit cake. Hints of yeasty bread dough. Smells like boxed soft chocolate chip cookies or something. Real neat, kind of enjoyable.

Dense sweet malt with cherries and chocolate. Slightly drying in the palate, but a great body with some good density. Mouthfeel is almost watery but not quite, the bready/malt seems to beef it up just enough.

This is a real interesting take on this style, the low abv makes it real enjoyable and super easy to drink. This feels like a Christmas winter beer for sure, it hints of Black Forest German Chocolate cake with the artificial cherry on top. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 20:59:25 | More by smakawhat
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

A nicly crafted beer, if a little safe. If its a dubbel, its apretty mild version, but still firly satisfying and a nice chngeo pace from some o the other winter brews. Pour a very dark brown with a reddih glow to it and fairly good clarity, but you can't relly see through i unlss you hold it up to the light. Some light aroma of Belgian yeast with a slight bit of toasted grain come throuh on the nose. Similar inthe taste- sort of like a classic brown ale bu with light Belgian yest notesand the barest touc of sweetness. Very restrained earthy an citrusy hops. I like it as a basic winter sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 23:48:47 | More by Georgiabeer
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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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown color with a tan head. In the aroma, vanilla, oaky(?), and a nice spice blend. In the taste, vanilla, cinnamon, oaky, and almost creamy. A small spice bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon and almost bourbon like aftertaste. Almost feels bourbon barreled, quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 15:17:58 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle a clear, warm, dark coppery brown with a fairly thick cream-white head. Aroma is strong and malty with a fruity undertone and a hint of spice. Malty flavor has a spicy undertone and a hint of fruit, mainly apple. Texture is fairly smooth with a nice tingle to it. Not Smuttynose's best, but worth a try anyway.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 02:51:46 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: This beer had a brown color when poured into a goblet. Consistency was thick and cloudy. Not a huge amount of head, but some good lacing.

S: A malty, slightly spicy aroma with sugary notes.

T: A solid taste of malt, caramel and dark fruits. A decently well constructed taste, though not exactly what you expect from a dubbel.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a good, drinkable beer. Not the best dubbel I've had, but well done nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 13:56:07 | More by avalon07
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange-brown color with a decent 1 finger tan head that fades to just a collar pretty quick.

Smell is hoppy with a syrup-like sweetness. Also get hints of raked leaves, pine sap and maybe some gingerbread. Smells pretty good, and very winter warmer-esque.

Loads of sweet malts and piney flavors. Very smooth with fairly low carbonation. Various spice notes are abundant but not quite identifiable...maybe some ginger snaps and sugar cookies. Very enjoyable brew, my first Smuttynose. I do believe I will be seeking them out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 08:10:43 | More by twiggamortis420
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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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

Got to love best before dates! Was questioning this one but best before April 2011!

A - Pours a nice hazy brown color, almost amber but the head is a lovely bubbly inch with nice lacing.

S - First impression kind of like a light old ale. Tons of caramel and toffee sweetness but mild spices of cinnamon but hard to tell.

T - Wow it came off pretty smooth. All the taste of a regular warmer but with very little spice which may sound dull but came off rather well. Caramel, toffee, mild sugar, slight cherry and a hint of cinnamon at the end makes it a good brew. Malts overpower the hops also making it pretty creamy.

M - Came off kind of medium. Went down pretty easy.

D - As far as winter warmers go this beer is a pretty nice tick. Easy drinking and not to much spice, yet not really needing it I could have a couple a sitting. Very good guys!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 07:20:48 | More by DrDemento456
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clouded amber colored...nice head and lace.

S-Caramel, and earthy hops on the nose

T-Nice caramel maltines...also some breadiness....a good earthy hop element and also some sweet cocoa powder (lighter impression)...very tasty..definitely leans malty

M-Medium bodied...a little slick and sweet....carbonation is medium at best.

D-One of the better winter offerings out there....certainly top 25%...Never feels like a huge sipping style beer but there is no doubt this has some depth to it....

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 03:48:17 | More by ZAP
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gford217

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany that shows through clear copper with a thick beige head on top. Lacing and retention are impressive.

Sweet fruity nose, lots of esters, but not nearly what you'd expect from a dubbel. Hints of spices with caramel malts.

Lightly roasted caramel malts with some fruity yeast, but, again, it's much more a brown ale than a dubbel. Chocolate and faint dry spices in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied for a dubbel and very roasty with less carbonation than I was expecting.

This is a good beer but not really in the conversation of solid dubbels. Nice winter brown though.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 03:26:16 | More by gford217
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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

Very deep ruby color when held to the light, and a cola brown brown when held from the light. The head is just shy of two fingers after the pour, but has a thin film of light tan foam after a few sips till the end.

The aroma has some tart X-Mas notes mingling with Mildly roaseted and heavily toasted malt notes.

The taste starts with a tart brown ale of roasted malts. The middle hash a more mild roasted malt flavor, and a more heavy toasted malt flavor with X-Mas spices lingering in the fore- and background of the palate. There's some spice notes, but very faded and light. The palate overall is somewhat tart, but mostly roasty and toasty malt. Not a bad seasonal session.

This is NOT a Dubbel by the way!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 05:39:35 | More by scruffwhor
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