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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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 bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/11/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a completely cloudy dark-brown color with a finger of light khaki head.

S: The nose shows notes of roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, cinammon, and some chocolately undertones.

T: The taste is of dark fruity and roasty notes with caramel, toast, and banana mixed in.

M: While this is not necessarily sweet, it leaves a sticky mouthfeel with a medium body.

D: What a delicious beer and quite similar to Sweetwater Festive Ale.

Photo of rcjennings
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of waughbrew
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drink by date of February/March 06. Thanks for the date!

Clear dark orange beer with a medium-sized head that is a mixture of big bubbles, smaller bubbles, creamy texture, and oily texture. Color is very attractive, but head and lacing could use some improvement. Aroma has a great combo of spiciness - peppery phenolics, alcohol, and continental hops. The yeast notes remind me of Unibroue and the hops remind me of Prima Pils. Flavor is some caramel sweetness with molasses and raisins. Nothing bad, but it doesn't mesh with the spiciness as well as it should. The feel is slick with some sizzle. The phenolics (a little band-aid) might have contibuted to a small headache that I got after drinking it on two occasions.

For me, doubles (or similar) seem to be the hardest profile to do right. Everything needs to fall right into place or else it ends up being a lackluster drinking experience. This is one that, while being a decent beer, fails to do much for me.

Photo of mountdew1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Poured a dark red-brown. Very little head that quickly disappeared. Very little aroma, slight sweet maltyness hiding. Tasted of medium spice with a touch of bitterness that isn't very noticable. Carbonation could be tasted despite the lack of head. Tasted ok in the mouth. Very easy to drink. I would expect a winter beer to be slightly spicier, but other than that its a solid beer.

Photo of marcpal
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this in Vermont this past weekend and led me to pick up a six to see what I really thought- a bit unsure. I don't think it is the best Smutty has, but worth a try.
12oz bottle poured into shaped Dogfish pint glass.
Bottle Graphics: 5/10.

A: Dark red with a nice puffy white cloud head. Superfine thin lacing.

S: Roasted flavors, fitting for a seasonal. I find it bizarre in that it has more of a smell of an autumn beer or oktoberfest with some spices tied on, nutmeg maybe.

T: The taste comes through nicely. Not too sweet but the right amount to balance the warming effect and give it some life. The nuttiness in the finish is the high note. Winter spices add some character.

M: Fairly thin with a decent finish and good carbonation.

D: A different take on a winter ale. Good, just not great. Sweet but do not think it should be classified as a dubbel at all.

Photo of harryhops
3.56/5  rDev -3%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear, dark red-brown color with one-finger, tan head that left a nice film. Good lacing.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Roasted malt flavor. Dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Just above average Dubbel.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok, first: What's with the picture of somebody's Grandma on the label? It's just creepy. Stop it.

Pours a nice deep mahogany/brown with a thin buttery head that reduces to almost nothing, but leaves a thin froth that stays. Almost no lacing to speak of.

Smells sweet and malty with hints of buttery toffee.

Starts out with earthy malt & molasses. There's some dark fruit like raisins or black cherries in the middle. Finishes with a strong alcohol bitterness. Hops are in there, but are pretty muddled; they don't really have a chance to come through. As it warms the spices become more prominant. Especially cinnamon and nutmeg.

Full bodied and slightly creamy.

Overall it's not bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to the other Smuttynose products I've tried. There's a bit too much unblended alcohol in the finish. At 6.8% it shouldn't be that harsh in my opinion.

Photo of dherling
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Natural510
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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...

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jpd026
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of emwild12
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Higravity
2.05/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

Photo of Peyton5410
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of prdstmnky
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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).

Photo of taylor714914
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of EROCK75
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of burnstar
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Citadel82
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 889 ratings.