Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
12-19-2011 18:01:54 | More by spinrsx
3.55/5 rDev -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.
12-19-2011 02:15:37 | More by SteveS1
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
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
12-18-2011 18:58:46 | More by ixnay21
3.59/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
12-18-2011 02:19:25 | More by confer
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
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!
12-17-2011 03:49:11 | More by hyprlt
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-17-2011 01:43:38 | More by Apellonious
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
12-14-2011 01:50:04 | More by OneDropSoup
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
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!
12-13-2011 22:38:17 | More by elNopalero
1/5 rDev -72.8%
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
12-13-2011 04:17:50 | More by jtierney89
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
12-12-2011 00:54:25 | More by BrewStoutMagic
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.