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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 840
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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New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

From 11/22/11 notes. Had on cask at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Had a little bit of a reddish tint to it.

s - Smells of bananas, wheat, cloves, bready malts, light spices. Pretty decent.

t - Tastes of bananas, bready malts, wheat, roasted malts, light yeast and spices. A little bit of a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and no carbonation, super smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very easy to drink dubbel. Lots of bananas, bread/wheat, and cloves. Would definitely order this one again.

11-28-2011 22:02:09 | More by mdfb79
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New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

Served in a pint glass

A: Dark, dark brown with 1-2 fingers of tan foamy head with big soapy bubbles. Hints of ruby and orange shine through when the light hits it right. This is a fine looking beer!

S: Sweet malts, esters, brown sugar.

T: The taste is much the same as the smell. It opens sweet and inviting with malts, brown sugar, raisins, toffee, and some estery action mid-palate. The sweetness on the nose and palate is rounded out by a well-balanced, medium-dry finish. There are just enough bittering hops to prevent this beer from being overly sweet. Well done.

M: Medium bodied with a slick feel and fluffy, moderate carbonation.

O: Very tasty. Seasonally appropriate.

11-28-2011 20:02:51 | More by Boppar
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date stamped and etched.
Served in a standard pint glass.
This brew is listed as a Dubbel, but I think it fits very nicely in the Winter Warmer family.
It pours an orange-hued amber color with a medium-sized off-white head and loads of sticking lace.
The immediate smell that comes to mind is fruit cake. A whiff of malted milk balls follows, then a little citrusy and mixed fruit after that.
A tastes are in line with the aromas if you allow for a fairly strong taste of buttery caramel and a hint of peppery spice.
Speaking of buttery, the mouthfeel is slick and velvety.
You can really down these beat feet fast!
I would welcome a semi-Imperial version of this brew. Maybe something in the 6-6.5% range. Just a thought...

11-28-2011 01:00:18 | More by BeerResearcher
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance is dark brown and head is light.
Smell is slight caramel and a little bit of toffee. Overall odor is pretty light. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Does not linger long. Not bad, but does not feel substantial.
Taste is pretty good. It is actually a little nutty and satiny smooth. Some hops present at the end. Mostly a light malt flavor prevails.

11-27-2011 01:34:07 | More by dexterk1
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-27-2011 00:46:27 | More by smallz0307
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Dubbel??? Always seen this beer as more of a scotch ale. Nonetheless, like it as a winter seasonal since it differs from the mold.

Peat-ish, caramelly scent and taste as it's always been, dark brown in appearance. Slight spice & caramel up front, peat in the finish.

Alcohol is subdued so this is a sessionable beer at holiday gatherings.

Very drinkable - a steady beer when I tire of SN Celebration & Berkshire Cabin Fever.

11-26-2011 22:19:18 | More by SunDevilBeer
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-25-2011 22:59:26 | More by Rochefort10nh
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-25-2011 18:03:28 | More by nmann08
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-25-2011 13:16:50 | More by nh2032
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-24-2011 01:58:54 | More by djrn2
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-22-2011 14:29:22 | More by AJD1201
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-22-2011 04:20:14 | More by jrutigs
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Appearance: Clear dark ruby red color with a foamy tan head

Smell: not very complex, caramel roasted malt and some sort of candy: perhaps toffee

Taste: some citrusy hops, sweet malt and a slight candy flavor and minimal bitterness, everything was kind of subdued.

Mouth Feel: dry chalky feel, light bodied, light bitter aftertaste

Overall: very drinkable beer, abv is low but flavors are also kind of subdued and don't really 'wow' at all. I was kind of disappointed in the flavor after the pleasant smell.

11-22-2011 00:13:13 | More by Crundy
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Poured from 33cl bottle into plastic party glass, unfortunately.

A: Dark brown, some head and lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee. Basic but pretty true to style.

T: Mostly caramel with a lot of hop bitterness. Feels pretty odd for the style, way too americanized. Beautiful Belgian yeast character.

M: Velvety but not sufficiently carbonated considering the low apparent carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer but not really a traditional Dubbel. It is an American Dubbel, if there is such a style.

11-20-2011 07:10:49 | More by atlason
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

This has a black cherry look to it with a big, foamy, off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Basically, opaque.

There's a bit of a graham cracker taste underneath that mixes well with the malt. It's very crisp and basically smooth, with a mild carbonation to it. There's something a bit off, that detracts just slightly. I can't put my finger on it. But it's a bit stale. Yet, it's flavorful and worth a go.

11-20-2011 02:21:45 | More by Amalak
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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

A: Deep, murky amber/red-orange color. 1/2-1 finger of a cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Decent amount of lacing on glass upon consumption.

S: Sweet candy, sweet malts, slight bitter scent

T: Again, candy and malt. Very mild hop bitterness. Subtle caramel taste. Not really tasting much chocolate, like some of the other reviewers are. Mild spiciness.

M: The mouthfeel is the best part this beer. It's extremely smooth and creamy, and very enjoyable to drink overall. Moderate carbonation

O: Very nice to drink! I like the sweet flavor, which is delicately balanced by a bit of bitterness from the hops. AT just 5.1%, I could easily see myself enjoying a few of these on a cold winter night by the fire. Only downside is, I was expecting a bit more spice character. Nevertheless, pick it up if you get the chance!

11-18-2011 04:05:23 | More by Scourge07
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3.68/5  rDev 0%

Poured into NB snifter.

A: pours a deep maroon with ruby highlight, not much light passage, tannish brown head, decent lacing

S: nose has candied grape qualities along with a slightly buttery (not like diacetyl) middle and candied sugar on the end

T: taste features mellow banana and spice along with grapes and cherries, a bit of sweetness in the middle is countered with yeast on the end, the yeast gives the beer a slightly chalky taste on the end

MF: medium body, high carbonation

O: some nice things going on here, doesn't quite achieve the authentic Belgian dubbel flavor, a little lacking in the balance department.

11-18-2011 02:12:08 | More by homebrew311
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-18-2011 01:52:59 | More by MemphisKev
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2011 02:28:12 | More by virinow
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Smuttynose have the best labels, period. They look like ads from a 1960's Esquire.

Appearance is dark brown/red, with a tan pancake head and nice lacing.

Nose is sour and somewhat stale.

Taste is cocoa, toasted malt, and a candy tartness. Tastes like a winter porter, but without the porter mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is chalky, like crushed cocoa; fades into a nice creaminess. Medium carbonation.

Overall, the smell is wack but the taste is great. A hardy brew for winter months.

11-16-2011 04:45:00 | More by dorianmarley
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 03:00:34 | More by oline73
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 21:32:39 | More by ScreamForMe
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-15-2011 21:13:08 | More by bpfrush
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 16:42:07 | More by ElGallo
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

11-14-2011 17:53:16 | More by Jspriest
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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