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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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836 Ratings
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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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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whartontallboy

New York

2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a slightly translucent brownish-red with a thin head of tan bubbles that disappears pretty quickly and with minimal lace. After that, the head is gone. For good. No bubbles at all.

Smell is bubblegum, banana, cotton candy, sugars, and a little bit medicinal.

Flavor is sweet, slightly phenolic, with bubblegum flavors and lots of banana coming through. Not the typical complex-dark-fruit-sweetness that I've come to expect from a dubbel. There's a decidedly toasty/bready malt flavor that sneaks through on the back end, but as I drink it, the lack of carbonation and complexity start to remind me of drinking a really flat cola. It was something of a struggle to finish it.

Overall: A disappointing offering, and I have loved a lot of Smutty's stuff. The phenolics, dead mouthfeel, and cloying sweetness of this one are just kind of off-putting. Not epically terrible, but I wouldn't give it to a good friend.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 04:01:41 | More by whartontallboy
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MarvinTheMarzen

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

01-07-2013 01:34:16 | More by MarvinTheMarzen
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atlason

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a chestnut color with a half inch light tan head that quickly fades to the beer, some lace to start with that also quickly fades away. some aromas of caramel and roasted malt and a sharp scent of alcohol. taste is of roasted malt, slight caramel with some brown sugar.slightly oily slick mouthfeel, light to medium body with a carbonation that sort went flat. i don't think i'll be buying this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 17:05:15 | More by billybob
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icehawk

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

08-07-2013 18:12:31 | More by icehawk
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klesniew

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

01-26-2014 01:39:32 | More by klesniew
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mrmitsui29

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

12-01-2013 02:15:36 | More by mrmitsui29
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HOPHEADNATIONMATT

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

04-11-2014 00:10:57 | More by HOPHEADNATIONMATT
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Citadel82

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed with this one. I generally love the Smuttynose products but this one is not that great.

Pours a slightly hazy redddish brown with little head that fades to zilch and leaves no lacing. Carbonation is faint and does not support any vestige of a head.

Smells nice a fruity treat with apples and some spices. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon.

Taste is musty with apples and some spices, some bittering hops in the middle perhaps some cocoa and a dryish finish. Not a pleasure to drink at all. There are some better dubbels out there for sure. I will give this a another try. If it stil is wanting I may mull it or poach some sausage in it.

Mouth feel is medium light.

I am not finding this brew to be very drinkable...at least tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 03:12:03 | More by Citadel82
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby red highlights. The head rises 3" and is khaki in color. Retention is great and there is some decent lace.

Smell: Small malt aroma. Cereal, yeast, but overall very light.

Taste: Robust, deep flavor of barley malt. Slight cereal grain flavor, toasted walnut nuttiness. Not very sweet. Some alcohol. Mediocre.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Some carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably my least favorite style of beer. Not complex at all and very little aroma. I don't see a reason why you would reach for this beer over another.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 14:55:21 | More by Risser09
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markgugs

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour resulted in a glowing ruby red/mahogany brew, with a nice frothy 1-finger head, mostly beige or cream-colored, starts to dissipate after only a short while, leaving nice wisps of lacing on the glass and clusters of bubbles on the beer's surface.

S: Not offensive, but not overly inviting either. Mildly bready, toffee-ish notes are obvious, not much in the way of spicing or hops.

T/M: Very drying, almost astringent on the palate. Not at all what I was expecting. Short burst of sweet malts up front, followed by a much boozier-than-expected body, a bit thin, and then a very dry finish. Reminds me of what bread would taste like if it was soaked in whiskey. Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel, it's rather velvety actually. Gets better with warming, but overall just not a very well balanced beer.

D: I didn't particularly care for this beer, so I really wouldn't seek it out again. As I mentioned above, it seems too boozy for an under-7% ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 01:21:19 | More by markgugs
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-nice cloudy brown with a thin cream colored head

S-not much going on except a faint scent of belgian sugars and caramel. maybe a hint of vanilla somehow. not much here.

T-comes in with an oddly aged flavor of peppery grains. it is not a flavor i love. it just tastes off. to me, this tastes like an american dubbel way past its prime. i'm really not a big fan of this.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a fairly dry finish

O-I don't like this. it doesn't taste like a good dubbel. it's an odd dubbel, even for an American brewery. I expect more from Smutty. it almost tastes adjunct to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 23:17:28 | More by AdamBear
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: A walnut brown with red rose shades at its margins. Head is tan and single finger depth that vanishes rapidly with only a thin ring left to remind you of its existence. Still and clear.

S: A malt sweetness unique to dark munich with its melanoidins and a slight sherry aroma. Toasted nut combined with nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Hops and yeast give a fruity and floral scent. The aroma profile sounds magnificent, however most of these flavors are faint.

T: A toasted nut and bread dough sweetness briefly greets the palate. Then hello hops bitterness arriving way to early with a mineral flavor that clears the sweetness but does not last long either. A slightly salty taste in the pharynx and a spicy heat in the stomach finishes the tasting.

M: To be brief, too thin, too still, and too little head retention.

D: I got really excited about this beer when I picked it up. I got even more excited when I learned it was similar to a Dubbel. Unfortunately, this beer does not approach the level of richness, complexity, and class of a dubbel. Big deductions for mislabeling this one. In all, I have enjoyed many Smuttynose beers, but this is certainly one exception.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 19:38:11 | More by BWH3
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Keag Market in So. Thomaston, they had a few six packs of this sitting in the fridge so why not try one. Pours a beautiful dark brown. though the smell is a bit odd, not sure how to nail it until I tasted it. This is different, a bit like dried fruit, sweet malt and licorice. mouthfeel is allright. Overall drinkability? Well very different, not appealing at first although it seems like something I could like as I have five more of these. If so and edit of this will be on hand, but right now, this is just way different.

After drinking the rest I'm not too keen on the licorice flavor. This may be just a weird batch. I am willing to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 00:07:51 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by July 2011. Quick, into my pint glass before it's too late!

A: Short, dishwater/off-white head that melted in under a minute. A cloudy mahogany with red wine highlights.

S: Malt and spices. Getting a mulled wine vibe from this.

T: Yep, a bit of sweet mulled wine, spices and... raisin? Plum? Something definitely dark and fruity. Faint hops and warming alcohol finish each sip. The combination just doesn't quite work. Flavors aren't really complimenting one another, just sort of lining up and taking their turns on the way down. Finish is a little harsh. Moreso after you've had a few sips.

M: Medium and a little like wine-like.

O: Eh. Maybe a fresher bottle would be better? Maybe not. The flavors were richer than they needed to be, and you'd think that time would actually mellow this.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:06:33 | More by DirtyPenny
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outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this sixpack thinking in line with a winter ale of deep roasted ale flavors and discovered a Belgium instead.
I'm not a fan of this style and was equally reduced to the taste of sour esters on a Fri. nite
The aroma carried a nice scent of cut lawn that hit the hops plants while mowing
Tasted crystal malts in a doughy blend of alcohol and toffee
Has some bitterness that remarkably doesn't offend and fades lightly sweet
Body is a weakling that takes one step up the water ladder
Each bottle tasted similar with some that were oxidized
All my experiences with Smuttynose were greatly appreciated
This one wouldn't be repeated
nuff said

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 03:01:27 | More by outdoorbrewer
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was pretty good...reminiscent to me of a rather spiced version of Dead Guy Ale. I wouldn’t call it very "dubbel-ish," but still, I would recommend this beer.

This beer is cherry-wood colored with a lot of fine head. The beer has a hoppy smell. Taste is very spicy, like Lakefront’s holiday beer (but not like a dubbel). Mouthfeel is a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 03:45:01 | More by BeerBelcher
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jamiemottram

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-16-2012 01:37:54 | More by jamiemottram
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-30-2012 01:16:05 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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Razr86

New York

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-13-2012 07:08:04 | More by Razr86
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ironwill54


3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-04-2013 00:44:22 | More by ironwill54
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-06-2014 17:12:44 | More by PaBeerLover
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%

08-13-2013 02:19:20 | More by timjim1327
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cujim

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

03-18-2013 02:20:31 | More by cujim
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richbrew

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-18-2011 14:53:06 | More by richbrew
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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