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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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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Photo of dorianmarley
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a tan head.

Roasted nuts, warm spice, and molasses in the nose - alluring and pleasing.

In the mouth is a Sting of spice up front followed by a nutty fullness (meaty) finnishing with bitter citrus and molasses = very nice. A very warming winter brew.

Chickenhawk9932, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of MTLChris
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

MTLChris, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of RedBeerchetta
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't get over the Bazooka Bubblegum nose. It's distinct, and not welcome. It looks better than free bubblegum, though. Deep brown, purplish. Little head that dissipates pretty much entirely. A welcoming looking beverage during the holidays.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Nice balance of sweetness, nuts, and silkiness. Doesn't stick to the tongue too long. Satisfying.

Taste is reminiscent of a good brown ale but heavier on sweetness, as I'd want in a Winter brew.

A very enjoyable brew during the holidays. A bit more complex and enjoyable as it gets warmer.

RedBeerchetta, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

mklisz, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Danmullens1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Danmullens1, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

bigred89, Dec 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

NumberNone, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of superdoopersauce
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

superdoopersauce, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Poured a nice bubbly deep reddish amber...thin head with loose lacing.

S - Some fruits and spices. Not overly strong odor.

T - Nutmeg jumps out at me along with plum. Pleasant after-taste. Pretty tasty.

M - Even carbonation with a good balance of flavor.

D - This is a pretty drinkable beer. Not my favorite, but I wouldn't turn one down. Certainly worth a try.

cosmicevan, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of CaverDave
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

CaverDave, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of TripelMark
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

TripelMark, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Boone757, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

wembly13, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

brotherloco, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of chefelf
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be a very nice winter ale. The woman on the bottle seems to taunt me with her euphoric enjoyment of the winter season. As we are covered in a sheet of ice here in the Northeast I could do without her whimsy at the moment.

However, I won't hold it against her. Things were different in the 1950's. They hadn't discovered cynicism yet.

chefelf, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

abcdefghijkyle, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of SCZ
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

SCZ, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

rorjets, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of VonZipper
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

VonZipper, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Duesler, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of BeefyMee
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown with a nice tan head. Smells super malty with big notes of brown sugar and dates, and now and then a waft of wet grain. Tastes sweet and rich like dark fruit, which for some reason makes it seem more boozy than it is. There's also some smokiness and an eventual bittering hop presence on the back of the tongue. That hop presence is very minimal though. This beer is a malt machine. It seems like some kind of Scottish dopplebock hybrid (Scotchbock?), but it's classified as a dubbel here. Interesting. Whatever it is, it's another good brew from Smutty. Keep em coming.

BeefyMee, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of ggell100
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ggell100, May 27, 2014
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.