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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-30-2005

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
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Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fine example of American winter warmer, but only reminiscent of Belgian dubbel.
Lacks the fruit and aroma of the real dubbel.

A: Not the Belgian head, but still a great looking walnut body with a lasting, lacing head.
S: pecan and almond doiminate, over a caramel malt body. Finishes with pepper and spice.
T: Follows the smell, but stronger, bolder (yet not as bold a Belgian). A little too sweet and not drying enough, lacks the intensity and complexity. A cousin to Dubbel, not a dubbel ganger.
very cola like in the finish.
MF: Med to full body, elevated carbonation.

Not as zesty, pin-point, champagne like as the Trappists. But as good as any other US Winter Warmer like Widmer Brr.

Smuttynose does a consistently GOOD job, again. Consistent. Love this brewer.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, best before date (March, 07) notched on the label. Pours dark honey amber, pretty clear, sporting a dark tan head, that leaves scattered slippery lacing, nose on this one is of smokey raisins and some malts. Smokey, oily offering, I dont get too many "Dubbel" feelings here, this hits my taste buds and other senses as a smoked up, wintery brew. Dry finish, cant say I'm in love with this stuff, perhaps as a cold weather nightcapper

Photo of josefnewsong
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable double, but lacking in flavor. Has roasty and nutty characteristics atypical of the style. slightly on the watery side. its not anything mind blowing but it is unique and not as cloying as dubbels can tend to be. a good solid brew, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of Kudashov
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass .We have The The on the Hi-Fi . "Mind Bomb " is a great album . Johnny Marr is my guitar hero . As for the beer ...

A- Nice dark brown color with a two finger head . Very hazy , murky .

S- Raisins , fruit .

T & M - wonderful flavor and nice lacing on the glass after a few healthy gulps . Too bad Kappy's only had this one single . An absolute joy to drink . Another winner from Smuttynose . Pure pleasure drinking this . Too bad the Celtics are not as good as this . They are down by 10 as I review this .

D- No question . Great .

Photo of cvstrickland
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decanted into a pint glass Smutty's Winter Ale is sparkling clear and richly reddish-copper with a quickly-fading cap of light beige foam. The short collar that remains leaves no lacing gracing the glass, and, as usual in such circumstances, that makes me just a little sad.

The smell is sweet and malty with a fair bit of sugary candy. A mild spiciness and a touch of soft dark fruit becomes more prominent as the drink warms.

The taste is brown-sugary with diluted layers of dark cane syrup and mellow, steely caramel, but it is toasted grains with a dark, almost maple-smoked note that form the backbone of the flavor profile. A touch of dryness in the finish puts a respectable end to the quaff, mostly cleaning up a lingering semi-seco malty syrupiness.

The drink is heavy-medium in body with a fine spritz of carbonation. An inoffensive beer, but not one of my favorite dubbels.

Photo of Matthew
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always enjoyed smuttynose's beers so decided to give their winter ale a try. Pours a dirty copper color with a medium sized head.
The aroma of this beer is not very strong but you can definately pick the characteristics of belgian ale yeast. Some banana and other mild fruitiness.
Pretty mild tasting considering the style. The flavors that are true to the style are mild as they are in the nose. This is still a pleasant tasting beer and I enjoyed drinking it.

Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy amber with some lighter golden amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger beige head that settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Malty aroma with some peppery spice and dark fruit notes especially dark cherries.

Spicy peppery flavor up front that lingers over the medium malty body into a medicinal cough syrup flavor with some dark fruit notes, mostly cherries, raisin and plum. Nice subtle dry hops in the finish.

Photo of HarryPotHead
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first go round with this brewery and it wasn't a bad one....this is a decent but not great winter ale.

A - Pours dark brown / red around the edges into a traditional pint glass. A "not so soft" pour yielded a two finger off-white head that hung around for a few minutes...long enough for me to snap a photo with my phone and send it to a friend who was working late...you know, just to rub it in cause that's what friends do right?

S - Expected more of one. LOL! Nothing real pronounced with this one. Very subtle hints of caramel with an earthy scent. Not overpowering or in your face...nice, but lacking complexity.

T - Again not the most complex. Very "safe" for a winter seasonal. I expected more of a robust character...something that would "put hair on your chest"!

M - Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation....kind of thin though. Could stand to be a little heavier.

Overall - Not a bad beer AT ALL! I enjoyed this beer....as I do most (it is beer...duh!) and I'm ready for another. Very easy to drink albeit one dimensional, but I won't hold that against it. I did expect more for a winter brew but was not disappointed. Nice ABV for the price ($9.99 for six here in Maryland). BEER!!

Photo of hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Brownish-red in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Sweetish , toasted malt, slight citric notes, caramel.
Overall, not too bad. A rather middle-of-the-road offering from a pretty decent brewery.

Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Darkish, murky, garnet-amber. Small, yet persistent, light rose-tinted khaki head. Nice lacing. Nose is a mix of fruit, caramel, and spicy yeast. Light banana and tropical fruit. Raisins. Caramel roll. Definite Belgian-y yeast.

Lightly toasted malt up front. Tangy, sweetish fruit fills in. Tropical-y and banana-y. Caramelly, biscuity malt underneath. Yeasty finish is spicy with a hint of bitterish banana aftertaste. Medium bodied with a lively feel. Not bad, overall, but could use a little oomph to help bring a little more complexity and bring everything together better.

Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a 1.5-finger head
S: Brown sugar, caramel, fig, roasted malts, something bitter that's not hops
T: Matches the nose perfectly, nicely balanced though the flavors are less bold than I expected
M: Medium-bodied with a pleasant carbonation
O: Not necessarily something I'd search out regularly but very solid overall, I'd definitely drink more

Photo of BeefyMee
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of rjochman
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a hint of red color. Has a very small amount of brownish white head that dissipates very quickly. Leave little to no lacing on the glass. The smell has toasted malts with a sweet brown sugar tones as well. Taste goes with the smell and has a good amount of spice to it. Has medium carbonation and creamy feel to the texture. Pretty drinkable and a good winter ale.

Photo of chefelf
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of NEhophead
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fizzy, light brown head that fades to a whispy sheet after a moment. Spotted lacing with average strength. Glowingly clear auburn with garnet highlights.

Sour fruit esters: apple, orange, cherry. A touch of candied, sugary sweetness. A distinct corriander spice. Gentle whaffs of noticable alcohol.

Moderately sweet, candied sugar malt profile. Fig, raisin, plum, and lightly soured fruit: cherry, apple, and orange. A wave of alcohol spiced with pepper and corriander, adding a nice kick to this dubbel's sweetness. Finishes dry with a powdered sugar aftertaste.

Medium bodied; powdery, dry on the palate.

A rather drinkable dubbel; not too sweet, the sour qualities and spices are well placed. Not the best version of the style, but a nice change of pace for a winter offering.

Photo of LoganMc
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of PSUDREW
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know what, I really dig this brew. Smuttynose is slowly becoming a favorite of mine, and this beer is a good example why.

Pours a nice deep redish-brown color. Solid foam, white-ish in color that dissapates quickly.

The nose is a nice fruity mix of all sorts of berries. very malty, and slightly spicey, to be sure

Nice malty taste, good over all presentation, it is not the "let's throw every spice there is in here" that a holiday brew is, but it is a nice, malty, winter beer that can be drank rather easily. great job by the smutty nose crew

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has the courtesy of being my favorite beer label, just makes me think of the holidays and being home. Notched bottle June 08.

Pours a dark copper, minimal head that fades fast. No noticeable lacing.

Smell is predominately malty, some caramel. Surprisingly little spice for a winter ale.

Taste is also quite malty but not in a sweet way, now the spice kicks in. Touches of fruit, decent carbonation, can make out the alcohol a bit. Could have benefited from being more sweet though.

Photo of hyprlt
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of brureview
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good everyday winter beer. The most prominent features of the beer are its tangy mouthfeel, and its finish: hints of chocolate with a slight bitterness. The notes in this beer are better brought out when served warmer. Overall, a good daily beer, but not with a distinctive character.

Update 4-6-12: I had a few bottles stored in the fridge for the about two months. Within the last few weeks, I drank both bottles- and there is quite a difference in the taste. The first bottle had an excellent chocolate finish, and the second bottle had a pleasant lemon finish mixed with chocolate.

I also drank both bottles warmer, and the temperature along with sitting in the fridge for two months made a big difference.

I am upgrading my rating of the beer to 4.0 overall.

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 12 oz tulip. Best before date 4.29.13

Look- Deep brown, finger and a half of dense off-white head, excellent retention, good lacing.

Smell- Nondescript, nutty, raisin. Mild but pleasant

Taste- Brown bread, light treacle, nutty, graham cracker, ginger. Light stone fruit, red delicious apple. As it warms, it takes on a rounder, toastier flavor that suits it nicely.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light-medium carbonation. Smooth, juicy feel.

Overall- Does what it's aming to do and I'd certainly buy it again; not something I'd pick up all the time, but as a Winter seasonal it's a solid offering.

Photo of nrbw23
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours red/brown with a light tan head. Head has fairly good retention and leaves eome nice lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted caramel malts, burnt sugars, touch of a smoke, has a few hints of red apples.

T- Caramel sweetness, big time roasted malt character, and overall pretty solid.

M- Medium in body and right on carbonation.

D- Really easy to drink and I think the name on this one had me fooled. Not at all what I expected.

Photo of littlebibs
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unusal offering from the Smuttynose crew for winter. It was the
old fashioned bottle label that drew my eye, I love to try everything
in this style. Nice color to the ale. poured a slight head and then
gone. Not to much to say about the carbonation either. I do like
the spice style ales, some are over done, some to watery. This
one has a peppery note and that traditional belgium, dry yeasty
thing going on, its not bad, I taste fruits, some sour, bananas &
cloves. Its a flat beer after warming(but it doesn't ruin it, but I
think I would rather have this one on tap.
The warming dry candied after taste stays with you for a while
but its not bad, not great. I prefer shipyards old thumper, magic hats jinx
or dogfish head raison d'etre for some spicey, smokey delicious change of pace during the holidays, but I will still give these a

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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