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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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841 Ratings
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Ratings: 841
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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Photo of smallz0307
4/5  rDev +8.7%

smallz0307, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of SunDevilBeer
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.

SunDevilBeer, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.7%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +8.7%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of AJD1201
4/5  rDev +8.7%

AJD1201, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +8.7%

jrutigs, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Crundy
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.

Crundy, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of atlason
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.

atlason, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Amalak
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.

Amalak, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Scourge07
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!

Scourge07, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
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.

homebrew311, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of MemphisKev
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MemphisKev, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of dorianmarley
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.

dorianmarley, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

ScreamForMe, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Kenyont2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of akk101
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Dark brown color, short lived head. Bottle labeling isn't the most appealing

T - Slight hop prescence

M - A drinkable beer but lacking in carbonation

O - Not bad. I feel that overall flavor and aroma are light. Nothing really stands out. This beer would best be suited as a winter session ale.

akk101, Nov 12, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

A-Pours brown but when held up to the light, there are some reddish hues that emanate. Head is manilla color. Frothy consistency. Laces excellently. Strapping rings of lace mark the beer's progress after every gulp.

S-One of the nuttier smelling beers I have encountered. Almond and hazelnut. Dark fruit, caramel and hints of cocoa. Well roasted. This Winter Ale smells likes how a Winter beer should smell.

T-Chocolate syrup flavor bursts out initially. Much more chocolate than I found in the nose. Nuts are still there, and in heavy doses. Nut covered chocolates. Very sweet. Roasted flavors are there too. Tootsie-Roll flavor. Kinda changes sip by sip. As it warms I notice more fruitiness.

M-Light side of medium bodied. Carbonation is noticeable and more aggressive than anticipated. Slightly dry.

O/D-Pretty good in terms of a Winter seasonal. Would I ever buy a six pack of this beer before a six pack of SN Celebration Ale? NO. But this is a nice buy if you're looking for a smooth, interesting dark seasonal beer to experiment with. Decent price for a six. Love the artwork on the bottle too.

VelvetExtract, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of JustinAniello
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%

A - Pours a dark brown with a three finger foamy head. Reddish copper shows when being held to the light. Subsides to nice cap and light lacing.

S - Milk chocolate and malts takes up the majority of the aroma. I feel there are spices there, but I can't tell which ones.

T - Caramel at first with a mild milk chocolate that grows as you swallow. A cherry flavor far in the background, now that I have tasted it, I would say there is a little in the scent as well. Slight hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

M - Moderate body and carbonation, good for the style.

O - This is a very good winter beer. Nice flavor, while still having some subtle undertones of fruit. Good to warm up on a cool winter night.

JustinAniello, Nov 10, 2011
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.