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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-30-2005

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
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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter brown with a subtle redness. A thick amount of light tan head. Head dissipated quickly and left a ring around the glass. Caramel and lightly chocolate malt and toasted biscuit. A fruity backing that is faint. A light earthy hop aroma.
The flavor is more complex than expected for how light the mouthfeel is. Some earthy prune/grapes underneath a biscuit/toasted chocolate base. A dry finish with not that much hop character. Just a dryness that doesn't cloy and with a lighter body a drinkable beer.

Photo of seplo
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheDeuce
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Winter Ale....

Appearance-beautiful pour into the glass, dark color with a thick head that springs up, then down and settles, leaving sticky lace in the glass.

Smell- malty aroma, alcohol notes as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malty in character, strong and smooth, hops are there, but more gentle than the malts, chocolate notes and well as heavy caramel flavor. Very smooth and heavy but tastes great.

Drinkability- strong beer but incredibly smooth and drinkable, good for the long nights it toasts too.

Overall- I believe this beer has been classified incorrectly, it tastes much more like a Bock than a Dubbel. Still, an amazingly tasty and strong winter brew. Smutty continues to make really decent brews, this is no exception.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark brown color with little head on the top. Scents of orange peel and brown sugar shine through. Tastes, however, a bit heavier than the scent. Almost oft-chocolatey taste with a bit of orange. Very pleasant. Easy to drink! Not really overly heavy. Seems like it can be a good summer quaff. Nice offering.

Photo of changeup45
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter Ales are not my favorite style but this was alright. Poured a dark amber color, small off-white head and some lace. Slightly sweet fruity, vanilla aroma. Somewhat spicy tasting with a sweet maltiness and some fruit. A decent, warming, winter brew.

Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Kinsman
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite winter seasonals, a simple and approachable ale without the price-tag that goes with most dubbels.

Reddish-brown chestnut colored body with bronze highlights underneath a semi-sticky ivory colored head.

Aroma is notably sweet with a caramel-toffee like malt presence and some fruity hints. A slight bit of spice, but not as strong as many dubbels.

Lots of different flavors greet your palate, with a strong fruit presence and some malty sweetness that provides a caramel-apple flavor which is balanced out with a pleasant clove-like spiceness.

Lower ABV than a typical dubbel, but then again Smuttynose doesn't consider this to be a true dubbel. Still, there is a solid medium-body mouthfeel that, combined with dark appearance and yeasty spice flavors, gives it a bit of a warming feel perfect for the season.

Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mobrockman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, white head that diminished slightly. Bosy is a dark ruby color, very clear. Very nice lacing was left behind in sheets on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice aroma, very malty and sweet, with some fruit notes in there as well.

T: Again, malty and sweet with a nice, smooth finish. Some chocolate is present in there too. The hops provide a nice balance but aren't very detectable. Interesting for a dubbel. Moderate duration for the flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, very creamy, with average carbonation.

D: This beer is very easy to drink, and a nice departure from the typical styles of winter brews.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from one of my favorite breweries. Best before date is April of 06. Pours out a reddish-amber color with very little head that does not last. There is one tiny stream of bubbles that makes it way to the top.

Smell is candy sweet with hints of malt, spices and some hops in the background. From the first sip, the one big suprise is the smokey notes. Cherries, dates and malt dominate. A hop ending with some spices round it out nicely. Very low carbonation level. The smoke notes are something I did not expect at all.

An interesting take on a "winter ale" from Smutty. It is great to see someone trying something new with this style.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry brown color with a nice size head and good lacing action.
It had an aroma of grape hints/fruits and candy with a touch of alcohol.
The taste was sweet and slightly burnt. Some hints of fruits,vanilla dash and mild hops.
The overall feel was rich and creamy with a light-heavy body and low carbonation. The alcohol was subtle.

Notes: No,it was not complex nor did it have the depth for the style. This was a replica and it still tasted pretty good. You still have to pour this in a goblet/chalice or it will not taste as good.
I thought of it more as a winter warmer type than the style it is listed as,but no disrespect as it was good.

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.73/5  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.

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

a: pours a deep amber brown color ruby hues are present around the edges of the glass. about a quarter inch of off white headis present for a short time but it dissapears quickly leaving a lot of sticky lacing on the glass
s: dark fruity aroma sweet malts little hop presence citrusy
t: a very fruity sweet malt aroma toffee, the hop flavor is surprisingly pretty the first detectable flavor followed by the sweet fruity malts.
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is a nice beer but i dont really think that it is one of my favorites

Photo of nodder
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MattGrimley
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of waughbrew
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
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
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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 ILiveOffHops
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.34/5  rDev -9%
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.

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.