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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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861 Ratings
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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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: 861 | Reviews: 469 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mbs11
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Gregwa, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

erlenmeyer, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

CWhite, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of gearzstang
3/5  rDev -18.5%

gearzstang, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of muttyd
3/5  rDev -18.5%

muttyd, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

kevgod, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of TheLargeMoose
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

TheLargeMoose, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of rodney45
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.

rodney45, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +8.7%

BigCheese, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of disemgrowler
3/5  rDev -18.5%

disemgrowler, Jan 04, 2012
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.

bigbluebeerguy, Jan 04, 2012
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.

Gehrig, Jan 03, 2012
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.

BrownNut, Jan 02, 2012
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.

DeltaGolfSierra, Jan 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

MerkurKing16, Dec 31, 2011
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.

BeerBuckeye, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

bigred89, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Jamstone714
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Jamstone714, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of tsmiller7
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

tsmiller7, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jeffthepony, Dec 29, 2011
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.

SolipsismalCat, Dec 28, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

grover37, Dec 22, 2011
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.

rangerred, Dec 21, 2011
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.