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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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 bishopdc0
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears as amber in color slightly darker then your average with a decent head and lace.

The nose is malty with a hint of nutty/pale maltyness.

The taste is malty caramel with a load of pale malt. It finishes with a slight citrus.

The mouth is light and is a very drinkable dubble but this also i think degrades its overall quality taste

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a dark, dark amber with a light brown, tight looking head with excellent retention and lacing

S - Nose is malty, nutty, and slightly fruity. Malts have a caramel quality to them with a sweet, fruity smelling light side

T&M - Very creamy and smooth feeling. Lot's of "English Brown" character with a discernible nutty quality. Caramel malts with bits of dark fruit and tobacco. There is a bit of spiciness that I originally thought may be an alcohol warmth, but that's probably unlikely at 5%. Medium body.

D - Has a bigger feel then it's ABV would indicate. A sessionable winter ale/dubbel/english brown. I'd spend a cold night with a few of these.

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tis the season to get Smuttynosed, Winter Ale style! And let's make it a 'double'!

Dark ruby red sporting a off white/tan head with skimming retention and alright fading lacing.

What the hell, beer. Smell already! The dark fruits and a hint of florals are way too hidden. I'm just struggling like a virgin here. I'm massively disappointed in this nose. I'll give it an extra point just because maybe I have something lacking on this end.

Slight dark fruits, melon?, raisins, nuts. It's tasty, creamy, slightly acidic, medium bodied and mighty good.

Drinkability is really damn good. I'm surprised by how big the gulps I'm taking are (slow down big fella...) and that's a testament to it's taste and feel. You'd be doing good if you give this one a go.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Pours a nice deep reddish brown with a just off white head withbtiny bubbles. Really pretty. After looking at the style, I saw this was a double and I have to judge on it. Aroma was astringent and really soapy. Had a mild molasses and orange peel tinge. The flavor is clean, fresh and crisp, really perfect winter taste. Nice orange peel, plum, raisins and a little cola taste. The mouthfeel is spot on. Moderate carbonation and really great cleansing at the finish. Drinkability is really great. Nice low abv let's me have a few of these.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised to find out this is a dubbel. Dark brown with traces of red around the edges. Off-white to tan head that fades, but leaves some lacing. Subsequent aggressive pours created large heads. Nice looking beer.

Smells of dark fruity sweetness. I pick up the Belgian yeast aroma and perhaps the malts. Tastes sweet, but not too sweet. The yeast is there as well as some alcohol which adds a little spice. It gets a little bit sweeter as I go and as it warms. It does warm me up a bit. After having a few more I grew to really like the taste.

The mouthfeel is creamy, moderate to full with some carbonation. Decent drinkability. I'll grab another as soon as this one's gone.

Updated after finishing the 6-pack. My favorite winter warmer this year.

On the border of being a little too sweet, but a little spiciness and alcohol save it.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had this and apparently it's a dubbel so I poured it into a Chimary goblet.

3.5 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. One finger of creamy/frothy hybrid light tan head. Retention could be a lot better, but this leaves a ring of creamy lacing.

4.0 S: Color me confused. It's called a winter ale, labeled as a dubbel, but smells like an English brown. Toasted malts are abundant with a formitable nuttiness. Dry and earthy with a touch of raisin fruitiness.

3.5 T: Taste is more like 3 units dubbel blended with 2 units English brown. This has the toasty nuttiness consistent with a good brown, but the yeasty spiciness and fruitiness of a dubbel (and the spritzy carbonation). Tobacco, raisin, and plum fruitiness. Clove and pepper yeastiness. Earthy again and dry overall. The problem is that the taste is overall too weak, which is a shame since it is tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter body. Moderate amounts of spritzy carbonation. Very creamy for how light and low in ABV it is, but I'd prefer a bigger beer and a nice warming.

4.0 D: A pretty good beer and probably the most sessionable "dubbel" I've come across, but need a bit of a boost in the flavor department. Would drink again.

Photo of HBeezley
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Basically, this is one of my favorite winter ales so far. Not at all something that will give you some awe inspiring session or blow your beer world away. But...sitting down, after a long days work, on a cold december night, this beer hits the spot. Just what I want to be drinking right now!

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy brown with mahogany hues. The head rests at just more than one finger. Retention is good and some patchy lacing sticks to the glass.
Some sweetness with a grains backing is on the nose, and there's a weird spiciness going on. That could possibly be attributed to a light spicing combined with the Trappist yeast. There is a touch of dark fruits here as well. Interesting is the proper word, I think.
This is nicely malty, with plenty of toasty breads. The funky spice-yeast combination is a little off, though. Otherwise it's a good brew, but I think too much thought went into making it winter-specific. There's a touch of clove and a light nip of alcohol as well.
Carbonation is at a medium level, which works for this one, keeping it from being flat and bland without making it spritzy. The body is medium with a nice thickness to it.
I'll take another, but there are winter-specific beers I'd pick up first.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a dark mahogany hue with one finger of sudsy khaki head.

Smell -- Toasted grain, caramel, burnt sugar, dates, earthy hops. Far more akin to a Scottish Ale than a Belgian Dubbel. Smells good, but it's not at all to style.

Taste -- Rich malty flavors up front with whole grain toast, brown sugar, dates, and some sweetness from the crystal malt addition. Belgian yeast is present, though not especially forceful in the flavor profile: mild earthiness and clove. Hopping is nice and gentle, lending some earthy/spicy character. Lingering flavors of toasted malt and hay. Again, tastes great, but nowhere near to style.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with ample frothy carbonation. At least it feels like a Belgian Dubbel.

Drinkability -- I really liked this beer. A lot. However, it's not really much of a Dubbel. The Belgian yeast is somewhat detectable, but it drinks more like a Scottish Ale with the toasted and caramelized malt flavors. Had it been called a Scottish Ale, or even a Winter Warmer I would've been glad to give this better scores. Still, it's a tasty beer that I would recommend highly.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some faint reddish hues. Provides a nice thick tan foam head with some spotty lacing.

S: Some vague hints of caramel, bread and some cherries. Not a real stand out for a Dubbel.

T: A decent malt profile. Some caramel, dark fruit, cherries and bread.

M: Slightly sweet taste on the palate, very nice feel.

D: This is a low ABV Dubbel. Not overly complex but certainly enjoyable.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy purplish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet dark malts with hints of raisins and figs.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are not quite as sweet as the nose would intimate. Coming in shortly thereafter are moderate amounts of dark fruits - raisins mostly with hints of crisp figs - and slight amounts of spices. The spices fade out quickly, allowing the malt and fruits to carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer just didn't have much of an identity, it just was. Not a terrible beer by any stretch but not worth seeking out.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a tan head.

Roasted nuts, warm spice, and molasses in the nose - alluring and pleasing.

In the mouth is a Sting of spice up front followed by a nutty fullness (meaty) finnishing with bitter citrus and molasses = very nice. A very warming winter brew.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Winter Ale pours a rich brown in color. Very malty, sweet and cake-ish. Just a hint of hops overall bready and doughy. Full bodied and robust, a little heavy for a winter warmer (not a dubbel at all) but still quite nice. Refreshing that this offering isn't an over-spiced holiday ale, in fact this was rather refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard American ale glass, this very well made dark ale reveals the truth that a so-called "winter warmer" does not necessarily require high alcohol strength. Instead, it is all about the depth of the body. And I can think of few things better matched for a cold day of freezing rain than to return home and have this marvelous ale. Perhaps it is the Abbey yeast strain that imparts a bit of magic, but there is no denying the balanced beauty of this recipe, where the restorative power of malt is in full display.
Calling this Dubbel, as BA designates, it is a bit of a stretch. Smuttynose says nothing of the kind on the label; it is just called winter ale. with a smiling lady holding packages, standing in front of a snow covered automobile.
This is one of this season's very best offerings.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to tulip glass.

A: A very dark brown with a tan head around two fingers thick. Holding it up to the light reveals a deep red, yet you really can't see through this one.

S: Sweet and fruity, a touch of bready yeast. Not really getting anything that hints at winter or typical seasonal ingredients. Very slight spice notes.

T: Dark fruits are present along with some cocoa nibs. The winter spices are more evident on the palate, which is nice. Finishes a bit bitter.

M: Carbonation has just a bit too much bite and the beer itself is a bit thin.

D: The beer doesn't lack decent flavors, it just seems an elementary stab at a winter ale. Thin and over carbonated for a dubbel.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cherry/mahogany color with a nice frothy head that retains well. Nice lacing. Smells of sweet malts, earthy hops. Tastes of candied malts, caramel, dark fruit, cherries, and a light earthy hop spice to finish. Slick, wet mouthfeel. Pretty good.

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

12oz. bottle served in standard pint glass.
Small amount of sediment in bottle; as much as possible was added to glass before consumption.

Beer pours a hazy reddish brown with an attractive if short-lived light brown head.

This is more like your standard Belgian dubbel than like a typical American winter ale. In contrast to the typical (if there is such a thing) American winter ale, this brew has a more fruity aroma and is less spicy in both aroma and taste. The beer is rather low in alcohol and, perhaps, a bit hoppier and less bold than an average Belgian dubbel. In any case, the bottom line is a fine, and distinctive beer, with good balance and drinkability.

Slightly watery mouthfeel.

Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Brownish-red in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Sweetish , toasted malt, slight citric notes, caramel.
Overall, not too bad. A rather middle-of-the-road offering from a pretty decent brewery.

Photo of scottyshades
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a barely transparent auburn color with a small off-white head. Retention is decent

S: Caramel malts, artificial red fruit, and slightly spiced. Pretty subtle in general.

T: Kind of similar to the nose...real malt forward, berries, and a yeast that I am unfamiliar with. Also a little vinous

MF/D: Carbonation is prickly, the finish is of artificial berries and caramel malt

Notes: Not sure of the freshness on this one, I get a little oxidation. Not my favorite smuttynose

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

If I read the bottle correctly, it had a freshness date of May 09.

Poured out of the bottle with an orange-reddish color that reminded me of a nice warm fire. Not much head to speak of, which probably has something to do with the carbonation of this one.

Smell - believe it nor not, the nose that it gave me was one of grape juice, very fruity, citrus notes are there, but not in the forefront, Malts are there right in line before it. Coffee, caramel. Not something I was expecting with this one. I didn't know what to expect so I guess I'll chalk this one up as a nice surprise.

Taste - This is where I was thrown the curveball. The flavors are all very complex. First, this one is very malty, you can taste the roastedness, toffee, the crystal hops make a quick appearance before the cocoa notes take over for the finish..and the finish will pop up here and there during conversation. That's when I noticed the cocoa/coffee notes.

Mouthfeel - this one is lower on the medium scale with not much carbonation to speak of but this one drinks very smooth. It's gone before you know it and doesn't leave much of an after taste.

Drinkability - This one is drinkable all the way through the coldest of winter nights, even more so with the ABV this year at only 5.2%. I thought it was higher, more around 7...I'll have to check the packaging again. This one goes down nice and smooth. A great beer when you don't want much of a hop bite, but do enjoy some complex flavors that aren't up in your face.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge. best before may 2010 on side of label. poured into a bulb glass.

this beer pours a very hazy brownish amber color with a thin off white head off of a vigorous pour that faded to a thin ring pretty quickly.

in the aroma, your hit with a fairly nice malt profile. sweet, slightly roasted, toffee, caramel, and a little chocolate malt. a slight dose of estery alcohol and spice.

them nice malts transfer to the taste as well. slightly roasted, chocolate, sweet, toffee and caramel malts. tiny bits of estery alcohol show through the malt but still retains a medium to light body. carbonation is nice, a bit prickly on the tongue at times.

pretty decent drinkability, but there are far better winter style ales to session out there. not much of a belgian dubbel. a nice try non the less. id love to have this side by side with this years upcoming smutty winter ale.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured very dark brownish-amber in color into a goblet. A light amount of carbonation is visible and there are just a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There is a light aroma of malty sweetness, caramel, dark fruits and spices in the nose, which becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: A moderate amount of sweetness from the malts dominates--but does not overpower the taste, which also has notes of brown sugar and dark fruits along with some hints of spices. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up. A slight amount of hop bitterness is perceptible, mostly in the finish. It doesn't taste like a true dubbel, but is an interesting interpretation of the style.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and rather smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight bit of dryness in the finish.
D: Given its low alcohol content, the beer is very drinkable yet it still manages to pack in a lot of flavor.

Photo of mikereaser
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark brown with just a ring of bubbles around the glass

S - sweet caramel malts, cherries and spices with a touch of hops

T - sweet malts and dark fruit, not much in the way of hops

M/D - light-medium bodied winter beer with some decent flavor but nothing too over the top.

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 gabe23
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep copper color, almost brown. The tan head fades quickly and leaves scattered lacing in the glass.

S - Sweet caramel with dark fruits and a slight touch of earthy hops.

T - Sweet and malty with some raisins and maybe a bit of spiced apple. A slight burnt toast flavor is present as well, but not much in the way of hops.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body.

D - This isn't really what I expect in a winter ale, but it's a nice beer that's easy to drink.

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.