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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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83
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845 Ratings
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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

OneDropSoup, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Ramprider69, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

elNopalero, Dec 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

BMart, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of jtierney89
1/5  rDev -72.8%
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

jtierney89, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

KC9LDB, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

BrewStoutMagic, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

LeoPanna, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

WoodBrew, Dec 11, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Ratman197, Dec 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Chugs13, Dec 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dcs1548, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

schoolboy, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

harrylee773, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

eej12, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

JoeBoxer522, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

drpimento, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

PthPndr, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Heischman
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
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-

Heischman, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

mscott1975, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

ewalden, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

micromaniac129, Dec 03, 2011
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.