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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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864 Ratings
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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | 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 Denjhe
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Denjhe, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

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.

spinrsx, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of SteveS1
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

SteveS1, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of ixnay21
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

ixnay21, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -18.5%

richbrew, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of sing
3/5  rDev -18.5%

sing, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of confer
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

confer, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of pfrdaly
4/5  rDev +8.7%

pfrdaly, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of tpauer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

tpauer, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of hyprlt
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

hyprlt, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Apellonious
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Apellonious, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of jski
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

jski, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

jk3, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of ng85
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ng85, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
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
Photo of Ramprider69
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
Photo of BMart
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
Photo of KC9LDB
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
Photo of LeoPanna
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
Photo of Ratman197
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
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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