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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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Ratings: 816
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%


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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rangerred

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear very dark brown with an almost 2 finger head. Greate retention and lacing.

The smell is of roasted malt along with a bit of chocolate. A tiny bit of hoppiness there as well.

The taste is very roasty and chocolatey up front. This fades to some dark fruits along with a metallic taste. There is some hop flavor on the finish along with a fairly assertive bitterness.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Very well suited to the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 22:53:56 | More by rangerred
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, butterscotch/caramel, raisins/dates

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with butterscotch/caramel and some dates/raisins. There is also a bit of a cherry flavour and some hay. It ends with a malty/fruity aftertaste with some light lingering bitterness.

Overall - Not what I was expecting, but still pleasantly drinkable. There is some nice fruit flavour mixed with a good amount of malts. Not something I'd be on the look out for next winter, but still solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 18:01:54 | More by spinrsx
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SteveS1

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look- Dark brown/cherry translucent with a tall frothy brown head. Decent retention, good lacing.

Smell- Light citrus fruits, cereal malts, tart berries. I have a tough time smelling the belgian yeast.

Taste- Sweet on the tip of the tongue, blends into citrusy hops mixed with a bready malt. Bitter hops in back and finishes tart. Yeast present in aftertaste.

Feel- Medium-to-heavy bodied, a little sticky, mild carbonation.

Drink- I would have said this was a standard, if not tasty, winter ale if I hadn't read that it had belgian ale yeast in it. Complex enough to satisfy you craving for a hearty ale. Fairly drinkable, but I would switch to even warmer winter stouts after one of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:15:37 | More by SteveS1
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ixnay21

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottled served in pint glass

A-reddish brown a little more on the red side, nice sticky head

S-dark fruit, little bready smell and just a little hops in the back end

T-Beligian fruit yeast taste with a nice malt backbone slight hop bitter in the back end good lasting aftertaste

M-some prickly carbanation upfront, thick with a lingering feel to it.

O-another nice seasonal from smutty, a nice switch from over spiced/over boozed seasonals

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 18:58:46 | More by ixnay21
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours brown with red tints when it held to the light. Froth tan head that never fades totally away.
S- Smell is underwhelming, but what is there is a caramelly and sweet.
T- Tastes like a sweet brown ale. Gets better as you go.
M-O- A little thick and very smooth. This is a bit light as doubles all the way around, but a very good beer. A winter beer that not to spiced up and/or boozed is a nice switch.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 02:19:25 | More by confer
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hyprlt

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into bowled tulip glass.

A: head with almost pink hues. did not last very long. dark brown with ruby red points.

S: aromas of dark fruit, seems to be very estery aromas.

T: esters of bananas, tastes very much like a belgian style. didnt realize it was a dubbel until I started typing the taste section. tastes appropriate to the style.

M: very bubbly carbonation. thick body. lingers on the tongue for a while.

O: I didn't expect a winter ale to be a dubbel, but i guess it does fit for the winter time. it is good, and very low in alcohol but too complex for high drinkability, in my opinion. definitely a recommended beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:49:11 | More by hyprlt
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Apellonious

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown/black with red hues. Thin lace that sizzled at the pour.

S -chocolate, dark fruit, wafts of bread. First use of the word "waft" in a review. I like it. Waft. Say it with me now!

T- the taste is solid, the bread and dark fruit notes are most apparent. Some vanilla in the finish. Some dry alcohol on the palate, though lighter than usual for this style. Though nothing that sets it apart.

M- mouth feel is good,slightly slick.

O - A good beer, wouldn't kick it out of my glass, and would recommend it.

Ps. ... waft.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:43:38 | More by Apellonious
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like the label on this on.

Poured into a tulip pint: Two fingers of puffy, glistening head over deep brown body with amber highlights around the edges.

Nutmeg, raisins, & other dried fruits in the smell, with a kind of not-quite-mixed cookie dough with, like, baking soda showing up. Sort of interesting, but not real pleasant. An actual cookie smell shows up, helping the smell out a little bit.

Taste is a little better, with a decent caramel presence showing up alongside the dried fruit. Nice little bit of round, toasty, nutty/biscuity character bringing up the rear, along with some pleasant fruity hoppiness. Not bad at all, much better than I'd anticipated given the smell, to be honest. Some chocolate notes even show up later. Good stuff.

Medium-bodied, a little creamy with a residual body & sweetness after swallowing.

Kind of schizophrenic beer here, with a nose like a lackluster American-made dubbel, but flavor like a good porter or straight winter warmer. I was getting ready to slam this, but it came around, & I'm glad.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 01:50:04 | More by OneDropSoup
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elNopalero

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a seasonally-colored ruddy amber red. It has an aroma of cloves backed by some malty sweetness. Taste is layered, complex, lingering and rewarding. There’s cloves and nutmeg, some allspice, and a long finish that coats the mouth with each subsequent sip. Hard to believe it’s a dubbel only because I like it so much—no “bubblegum” flavors makes it really enjoyable. This is exactly how I want my winter ales to taste!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 22:38:17 | More by elNopalero
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jtierney89

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -72.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Hazy deep brown color with amber highlights. Well retaining grayish head. Earthy barnyard scents on the nose with a faint hop presence. Some burnt toast on the nose as well. Something off putting about the nose already. Doesn't smell good.

Mouthfeel is slick and watery and flat. Taste is barely there with some burnt biscuit malt and seasonal spice. Barely perctable though with a pale finish and a slightly sweet after taste. Bready at best.

What is this? And is that style, a "dubbel" marked properly? I might've accepted this as a crappy winter warmer but a dubbel? No, severely dissapointing

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 04:17:50 | More by jtierney89
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BrewStoutMagic

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very nicely dark colored ale. Aroma has a light chocolate roastiness.Taste is a fine malted toffee, chocolate ale.Overall this is very nice, but make sure it has been refridgerated for a while.Otherwise the malt taste will be more like your drinking a robust tootsy roll.It does get better.I'd be happy to drink more.Glad I gave it a chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 00:54:25 | More by BrewStoutMagic
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying the Smuttynose Winter ale. The beer pours a clear copper color with a medium sized head that laced alll the way down my glass.
The scent of this beer was very sweet malt that included characteristics of belgian ale yeast. The taste was pretty mild and had great malt character. The mouthfeel was a good medium body with decent carbonation. I highly recommend this winter sensation.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 06:26:02 | More by WoodBrew
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Ratman197

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured a clear reddish brown withg a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of toffee, cocoa,light earthiness and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of toffee, cocoa, light carmel, light earthiness and a hint of spice with a smoothlingering malty finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:37:14 | More by Ratman197
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this out of blind faith for the brewery. Their Big Al is enough to make you try the rest of theirs.

What a nice surprise. Not knowing what style it was, I liked the faint, fruity aroma (very faint) and the nice dark color. But I thought I was getting something of a different style - maybe an English dark ale or something - not something closer to my tastes. This works as a unique ale. I guess "dubbel" is an appropriate style name if that is what it is (right yeast), but it really doesn't taste a lot like one, just a little.

It's a bit too drinkable for the style, and not fruity enough, but it is very good, and a great value. I am going to seek out a bunch more to have around the house for the holidays. It is easy to drink and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 00:39:01 | More by schoolboy
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew. Served with a thick, light tan, foamy, frothy, expansive head that settled after a bit and plenty of lace. Color is a clear dark red amber. Aroma is malt, fruit, roast, toffee. Flavor is like nose plus more emphasis and carbonic tang, yeast. Body & carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, of shorter duration, and pleasant. Very easy drinking beer. Easy enough to have another, which I will do.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 03:08:14 | More by drpimento
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Heischman

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Smuttynose Winter Ale 2010 (Aged 1 year)/Smuttynose Brewing Company
City/State- Portsmouth, New Hampshire
STYLE – Dubble
ABV – 5.1%
IBU – 30?
DATE – 04 DEC 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 OZ bottle
GLASSWARE – Schooner
APPEARANCE – SRM OF 40 thin almost no head
AROMA- Sweet plum and some nice roastedness as well with a hint of brown sugar
TASTE – Sweet with a nice caramelized brown sugar and hints of plum. Finishes with a nice soothing roasted malt
MOUTHFEEL – Good carbonation nice and warming, feels like more ABV than 5.
CONCLUSION – A good standing Winter brew. I am lucky this was shared with me.

-JH-

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 17:17:14 | More by Heischman
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep chestnut color with a tall frothy head. Lots of lacing. Avg carbonation. Aroma is rich malts and maybe some fruity esters. Taste is good with plenty of malty goodness. Some fruitiness comes through as it warms.
Smooth and soft on the palette.
A good beer worthy of more, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 15:57:58 | More by micromaniac129
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown with a medium sized creamy head.

Smell is heavy on malts with a distinct breadiness. Jelly toast and whipped cream combine with some restrained ripe fruitiness.

Layers of caramel malt and grain mix with a tiny hint of coffee, dark fruits, molasses, and a bit of hop bitterness.

Smooth and rich, perfect for a winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:04:22 | More by TheMultiYeast
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mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 11/22/11 notes. Had on cask at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Had a little bit of a reddish tint to it.

s - Smells of bananas, wheat, cloves, bready malts, light spices. Pretty decent.

t - Tastes of bananas, bready malts, wheat, roasted malts, light yeast and spices. A little bit of a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and no carbonation, super smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very easy to drink dubbel. Lots of bananas, bread/wheat, and cloves. Would definitely order this one again.

Serving type: cask

11-28-2011 22:02:09 | More by mdfb79
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Boppar

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: Dark, dark brown with 1-2 fingers of tan foamy head with big soapy bubbles. Hints of ruby and orange shine through when the light hits it right. This is a fine looking beer!

S: Sweet malts, esters, brown sugar.

T: The taste is much the same as the smell. It opens sweet and inviting with malts, brown sugar, raisins, toffee, and some estery action mid-palate. The sweetness on the nose and palate is rounded out by a well-balanced, medium-dry finish. There are just enough bittering hops to prevent this beer from being overly sweet. Well done.

M: Medium bodied with a slick feel and fluffy, moderate carbonation.

O: Very tasty. Seasonally appropriate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 20:02:51 | More by Boppar
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date stamped and etched.
Served in a standard pint glass.
This brew is listed as a Dubbel, but I think it fits very nicely in the Winter Warmer family.
It pours an orange-hued amber color with a medium-sized off-white head and loads of sticking lace.
The immediate smell that comes to mind is fruit cake. A whiff of malted milk balls follows, then a little citrusy and mixed fruit after that.
A tastes are in line with the aromas if you allow for a fairly strong taste of buttery caramel and a hint of peppery spice.
Speaking of buttery, the mouthfeel is slick and velvety.
You can really down these beat feet fast!
I would welcome a semi-Imperial version of this brew. Maybe something in the 6-6.5% range. Just a thought...

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:00:18 | More by BeerResearcher
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance is dark brown and head is light.
Smell is slight caramel and a little bit of toffee. Overall odor is pretty light. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Does not linger long. Not bad, but does not feel substantial.
Taste is pretty good. It is actually a little nutty and satiny smooth. Some hops present at the end. Mostly a light malt flavor prevails.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 01:34:07 | More by dexterk1
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dubbel??? Always seen this beer as more of a scotch ale. Nonetheless, like it as a winter seasonal since it differs from the mold.

Peat-ish, caramelly scent and taste as it's always been, dark brown in appearance. Slight spice & caramel up front, peat in the finish.

Alcohol is subdued so this is a sessionable beer at holiday gatherings.

Very drinkable - a steady beer when I tire of SN Celebration & Berkshire Cabin Fever.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 22:19:18 | More by SunDevilBeer
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Crundy

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark ruby red color with a foamy tan head

Smell: not very complex, caramel roasted malt and some sort of candy: perhaps toffee

Taste: some citrusy hops, sweet malt and a slight candy flavor and minimal bitterness, everything was kind of subdued.

Mouth Feel: dry chalky feel, light bodied, light bitter aftertaste

Overall: very drinkable beer, abv is low but flavors are also kind of subdued and don't really 'wow' at all. I was kind of disappointed in the flavor after the pleasant smell.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 00:13:13 | More by Crundy
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atlason

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 33cl bottle into plastic party glass, unfortunately.

A: Dark brown, some head and lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee. Basic but pretty true to style.

T: Mostly caramel with a lot of hop bitterness. Feels pretty odd for the style, way too americanized. Beautiful Belgian yeast character.

M: Velvety but not sufficiently carbonated considering the low apparent carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer but not really a traditional Dubbel. It is an American Dubbel, if there is such a style.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 07:10:49 | More by atlason
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 816 ratings.