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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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842 Ratings
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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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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Ratings: 842 | Reviews: 469 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

MattGrimley, Dec 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

markzab, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Stofko1992
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Stofko1992, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

TheBeerAlmanac, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Bikeboy1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Bikeboy1, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of HeadieBrews
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

HeadieBrews, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
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.

dbrauneis, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of TequilaTom
4/5  rDev +8.7%

TequilaTom, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

trevorpost, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of sonofliberty2
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

sonofliberty2, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

marley2112, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of NiceTaps
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.

NiceTaps, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BillRoth, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of fx20736
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.

fx20736, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

JVan, Dec 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

TastyAdventure, Dec 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

doremite, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of MarkQ617
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.

MarkQ617, Dec 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

jwps214, Dec 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

outoffocus, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Scarflower, Dec 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

gorman4, Dec 13, 2013
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
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

fav628, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of barczar
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.

barczar, Dec 12, 2013
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.