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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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857 Ratings
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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | 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 dherling
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a hazy copper color with a big tan head, not much in the way of lacing. The nose offered malt, caramel, some green hop, and spice. The taste started biscuity, followed by minimal spice, some herbal notes, and a slightly bitter hop finish. Moderate carbonation, and fairly easy drinking for a big beer. Pleasent but not outstanding.

dherling, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Natural510
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best-by date May 2011.

Pours a dark, dense brown with thick amount of light-tan head.
Scent composed mainly of sour fruit, caramel and brown sugar.
Flavor a mixture of sour, sweet and tart. Tartness from yeast comes forward, with the malt sweetness kicking around in the background followed by a sharp hop bite.
Full in the mouth, as in appearance, so that element is not a problem.

Overall, I'd say this needs work. The ingredients to not marry well together, and it is too hoppy for the style. Perhaps some age with the yeast and hops to mellow would do it some good...

Natural510, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of ColdWaffles
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

ColdWaffles, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of emwild12
4/5  rDev +8.7%

emwild12, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Higravity
2.05/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Oh hell no. This is a trainwreck of a beer. Looks ok translucent brown with a white head that dies too quick and little lacing. Smells of sweet spices a little raisin with a hint of green apple. The taste is not right I thought I might have got an off bottle but no after dumping the first bottle the second tasted the same. Slight burnt paper taste covered in sweet malt with a fruityness and cinnamon fake flavor. I guess it has a decent body and it is utterly near undrinkable.

Higravity, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of Lawl3ss
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Lawl3ss, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Peyton5410
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Peyton5410, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of prdstmnky
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before date: June '11

Pours a dark brown with some orange / amber hues, 1 finger of tan head that doesn't hang around long. Lots of malt sweets in the nose, maybe some spices too that I cant place. Picking up lots of flavors - roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, apples, black cherry, cinnamon, even some dark chocolate...seems to all balance out well. Medium bodied and adequate carbonation - not a style I really care to drink more than one of in a sitting, but the lower ABV certainly makes this Dubbel fairly drinkable (though maybe not exactly a Dubbel).

prdstmnky, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of taylor714914
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

taylor714914, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of EROCK75
3/5  rDev -18.5%

EROCK75, May 20, 2014
Photo of jpd026
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

jpd026, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of burnstar
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark murky copperish brown with a small off white head that recedes quickly. Smell is spicy and fruity malt with a bit of a yeast note. Nice malty flavor with some fruit and spicy complexity. Toasty and caramel. Some herbal hops also. Nice underlying sweetness. Pretty balanced and tasty. Medium bodied and smooth. Very easily drinkable. A solid winter beer.

burnstar, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Citadel82
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Citadel82, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of jackorain
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 1-08-2008

A-Medium dark brown. 1/4 inch head from fairly agresive pour. Fell very quickly and left nearly no coat or lace.

S-Caramel malt and fruity. Touch of molases and bready yeast.

T-Caramel malt and molasses. Touch of coffee and cocoa powder. There is a yeastiness here as well, breay in a way. Nice green and spicy hops in the middle to end. A mild bitterness balances out the fruity sweetness.

M-Medium body, very creamy, low carbonation, i like in a winter beer.

D-I hade no idea this was supposed to be a dubbel when I reviewed it. However, it does explain the yeastiness in the aroma and flavor. I would expect a larger, creamier, long lasting head, but of course I already dinged ot for this in the Appearance. Overall it is a nice beer winter warmer or debbel.

jackorain, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev +8.7%

JasonTaverner, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of grover37
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

grover37, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Stockfan42
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Stockfan42, May 24, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
4/5  rDev +8.7%

harrylee773, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of chrishiker1409
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

chrishiker1409, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, $4.50 for a six pack at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Safe to assume it was an end of season clearance. Best By date of June '10 stamped on the bottle. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: 3/4" of light tan foam settles quickly to a scant layer. Beer itself is a thick murky reddish-brown.

S: Strong brown sugar/ molassas sweetness, raisins, toasty malt, wood smoke, subtle nutmeg and grapefruit.

T: Not as sweet as I was expecting from the nose. Smoke flavors up front, toasty malts, bitter molassas, nutmeg, raisin, finishes with grapefruit rind and raisin. A slight artificial fruit flavor develops as it warms and lingers in the finish.

M/D: Full and starchy, like an oatmeal stout. I expect a winter ale to have more punch (ABV).

BeerNinja007, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Orval-branded chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a thin fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately. The head leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has a fruity smell to it (mostly grapes and apples). Smells similar to most Belgian (or Belgian-style) beers. The smell is kind of weak though.

Taste: Initially tastes of fruits with a slight hop bitterness. Finishes sweet with a touch of caramel. Also has a nice touch of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin with a lot of carbonation. Still not too bad.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer and probably a good winter seasonal. Nevertheless, it feels like it's missing something and isn't living up to its full potential.

wahhmaster, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smuttynose just hit Milwaukee so I was excited to try this. Not sure what style this was when I bought it, but obviously turned out to be a dubbel. The body is deep chestnut and ruby red with beautiful clarity/ The head was made up of very fine carbonation activity. The wonderful Belgian phenolic aroma was evident as soon as the pour began. Fruity spiciness filled the nostrils quite well. The taste was very "dubbelish" with its dry, semi-sweet maltness. A small amount of hop bitterness shine through. It seemed a bit too spicy even though I doubt any additional winter-type spices were added. The mouthfeel was a little harsh off the start. Although the dryness is always welcome in a dubbel, it seemed a bit cloying. I believe this would be great after a year in the cellar. I will definately save a 6 pack for next winter. Overall, good, but not yet conditioned to its finest.

ALESwhatCURESya, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

erlenmeyer, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

AwYeh, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass (also had in a chalice, nothing changed):

A: dark brown colored body with a tan head which quickly dissolved, the lacing doesn't last either

S: some toasted malt and nuts, super light hops only after a bit of warming, subdued "Belgian yeast"

T: aggressive malty sweetness, not as balanced ....hmmm?

M: medium with some slight harshness of carbonation on the tongue, smooth clean aftertaste and finish

O: good dubbel for me, but unsure how true "dubbel" fans feel about this ... hmmm?

BeerKangaroo, Jan 21, 2012
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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