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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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893 Ratings
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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass (also had in a chalice, nothing changed):

A: dark brown colored body with a tan head which quickly dissolved, the lacing doesn't last either

S: some toasted malt and nuts, super light hops only after a bit of warming, subdued "Belgian yeast"

T: aggressive malty sweetness, not as balanced ....hmmm?

M: medium with some slight harshness of carbonation on the tongue, smooth clean aftertaste and finish

O: good dubbel for me, but unsure how true "dubbel" fans feel about this ... hmmm?

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Did not realize this was a dubbel until I saw it on BA- doesn't taste like it. Not particularly active head but it is visibly effervescent. What little head exists is off-white. There is very minimal retention and only a few spots of lacing. Pours a dark brown color almost like cola (opaque but can see light through the edges). Smells of ginger and dark malt. Taste is not overly convincing- weak dark malt flavor almost like a dunkel and a hint of the ginger. The mouthfeel was the most disappointing part to me- watery, weakly carbonated; not the kind of things I want in a beer. Overall this is an OK session beer- definitely not one I would buy again.

Photo of jamiemottram
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of GardenWaters
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark plum-like color with a tan head which quickly dissolved. Some lacing present.

S: Toasted malt and dried fruit. Hop presence nearly undetectable.

T: Big notes of malty sweetness with fruity/nutty accents. Moderate carbonation/bitterness compliment the sweetness of this beer very nicely. Nicely balanced and would make a good session-beer.

M: Light-bodied and well rounded. Goes down smooth and finishes clean.

O: Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer and is very drinkable. I've been looking for a good winter ale all season, and this one didn't disappoint. Though there's nothing particulary memorable about this brew, I would definitely drink it again, no doubt.

Photo of specialiste
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mbs11
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of gearzstang
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of muttyd
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TheLargeMoose
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of rodney45
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of disemgrowler
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of Gehrig
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of BrownNut
2.03/5  rDev -44.7%
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.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of MerkurKing16
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.