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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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838 Ratings
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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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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Bikeboy1

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-24-2013 04:39:18 | More by Bikeboy1
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HeadieBrews

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-24-2013 01:48:24 | More by HeadieBrews
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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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TequilaTom

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-22-2013 14:44:31 | More by TequilaTom
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-22-2013 12:46:13 | More by trevorpost
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-22-2013 00:38:52 | More by sonofliberty2
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marley2112

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-21-2013 03:56:38 | More by marley2112
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-19-2013 01:33:25 | More by BillRoth
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fx20736

New York

4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
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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JVan

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-16-2013 14:38:01 | More by JVan
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-16-2013 01:46:01 | More by TastyAdventure
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-16-2013 01:29:22 | More by doremite
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

12-16-2013 00:57:56 | More by jwps214
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

12-15-2013 19:32:39 | More by outoffocus
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Scarflower

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

12-14-2013 14:04:37 | More by Scarflower
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gorman4

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-13-2013 19:26:11 | More by gorman4
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 19:38:34 | More by taylor714914
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fav628

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-12-2013 15:43:56 | More by fav628
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barczar

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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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CaverDave

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-11-2013 03:12:10 | More by CaverDave
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -4.1%
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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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

12-08-2013 20:58:13 | More by mwar
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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