1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

836 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 836
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)
View: Beers (54) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 836 | Reviews: 469 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mbs11


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-14-2012 00:39:32 | More by mbs11
Photo of Gregwa


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-12-2012 05:17:06 | More by Gregwa
Photo of erlenmeyer


4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-11-2012 04:51:59 | More by erlenmeyer
Photo of CWhite


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-10-2012 17:23:44 | More by CWhite
Photo of gearzstang


3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-09-2012 05:45:49 | More by gearzstang
Photo of muttyd


3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-09-2012 01:58:56 | More by muttyd
Photo of kevgod


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-08-2012 17:59:27 | More by kevgod
Photo of TheLargeMoose

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-05-2012 22:05:36 | More by TheLargeMoose
Photo of rodney45

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark hazy brown with an off white thick head that laces the glass rather nicely.

S: Heavy malt and canned peaches.

T: Big malt notes, with hints of vanilla and toffee. Slight resin flavored hops come through secondarily, but get overwhelmed by the Belgian yeast profile (pizza dough and cloves).

M: Moderate body, and moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter.

O: This is a perfect beer to be drunk sitting by a warm fire, or on a leather chair watching the night snow fall outside, warm, cozy and everything being just quite right. Malt character is the name of the game here, not as balanced or adequately hopped as I would have liked, but it will do nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 10:27:54 | More by rodney45
Photo of BigCheese


4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-05-2012 02:42:50 | More by BigCheese
Photo of disemgrowler

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-04-2012 23:24:58 | More by disemgrowler
Photo of bigbluebeerguy


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reddish walnut in color with a one-finger, light tan head. Recedes quickly to little lacing.

Nose is primarily dark fruits, slightly roasted coffee. Some sweetness in there as well.

The fruits come through in the taste. Also getting just a little nuttiness, as well as some caramel sweetness. Little to no hop presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy, slightly sticky. Medium body, low carbonation. Sweetness lingers in the mouth.

Overall not a bad beer, just lacking in complexity when judged against other dubbels. Would drink again, just wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:16:37 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Photo of Gehrig


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bottle at the sterling Sun Singer in Champaign, IL.

A moderate finger of slightly tan froth tops a cloudy mahogany body with cherry-brown trim. Decent amounts of lacing and mediocre head retention are ameliorated by a wonderful color to the beer.

Nice nose filled with biscuit, chocolate, and caramel malts, with some berry and a bit of ginger in tow.

Rich, full taste, very creamy, very malty. The chocolate and biscuit malt stand out, with some caramel in the finish. Good, fruity taste with a bit of a bite and with some dried fruit--date and raisin, along with maraschino cherry. The combination is wonderful and reminiscent of Avery's first-rate Old Jubilation (which is unfortunately unavailable locally this Winter). The taste won't exactly make me forget the magnificence of Old Jubilation, but Smuttynose Winter certainly fits the bill in a pinch.

Nice, creamy texture, with some piney hops and a touch of grit in the end. More hops would make this superb but, as it stands, Winter Ale is a really good, flavorful beer that drinks a bit stronger than the advertised 5.1% ABV. This goes down easy, though, and is easy to knock back a few of these on a cold Winter night.

Very good, and I am glad to have grabbed a sixer of it for the week.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 22:28:50 | More by Gehrig
Photo of BrownNut


2.03/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Sometimes a beer has kind of a vomit taste. Not full on vomit, just kind of. This was one of those times. It was from an hours-old growler. I've had a couple of other beers with that prominent flavor note, and once it was with a beer that did not normally have a vomit taste. Is it me? Or is it some particular thing that has gone wrong with the batch? I don't know. But with so many yet to try, I don't want to try this one again to find out.

Serving type: growler

01-02-2012 23:44:20 | More by BrownNut
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a transparent brown with shades of maroon. The dense off-white head id dense and long lasting. Smells like bread, with a hint of citrus. The taste is sweet and roasty malts, followed by pine and citrus hops flavors. Nicely balanced and complex, quite flavorful. Nice mouthfeel too. Solid beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 21:13:09 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
Photo of JAHMUR


3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-02-2012 17:57:09 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of MerkurKing16


2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-31-2011 16:08:12 | More by MerkurKing16
Photo of BeerBuckeye


3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a darker reddish/mahogany with mocha colored 1 finger head.

S - Some dark fruits, burnt sugar, bready malts. A faint bit of sweet nut, like hazelnut.

T - Starts a bit chocolatey, that fades into a touch of cinnamon, and then that sugary fruit taste. It finishes with again a bit of that sweet hazelnut. I actually found this to be a pretty solid, more complex beer than I was expecting.

M - Pretty smooth, good amount of carbonation, almost wine-like.

Overall - I was pretty impressed. A fairly solid, wintery dubbel. Another good beer by Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:06:51 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of bigred89


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-30-2011 22:49:39 | More by bigred89
Photo of Jamstone714


4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-30-2011 17:40:18 | More by Jamstone714
Photo of tsmiller7


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-29-2011 21:32:33 | More by tsmiller7
Photo of jeffthepony


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-29-2011 20:48:28 | More by jeffthepony
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear, dark red-brown color with one-finger, tan head that left a nice film. Good lacing.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Roasted malt flavor. Dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Just above average Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 04:09:21 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of grover37

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-22-2011 00:07:49 | More by grover37
Photo of rangerred


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.