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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 838
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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dcs1548

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-10-2011 16:20:59 | More by dcs1548
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-09-2011 03:45:38 | More by rab53
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this out of blind faith for the brewery. Their Big Al is enough to make you try the rest of theirs.

What a nice surprise. Not knowing what style it was, I liked the faint, fruity aroma (very faint) and the nice dark color. But I thought I was getting something of a different style - maybe an English dark ale or something - not something closer to my tastes. This works as a unique ale. I guess "dubbel" is an appropriate style name if that is what it is (right yeast), but it really doesn't taste a lot like one, just a little.

It's a bit too drinkable for the style, and not fruity enough, but it is very good, and a great value. I am going to seek out a bunch more to have around the house for the holidays. It is easy to drink and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 00:39:01 | More by schoolboy
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harrylee773

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-08-2011 04:36:36 | More by harrylee773
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eej12

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-06-2011 02:25:02 | More by eej12
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JoeBoxer522

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-05-2011 22:02:41 | More by JoeBoxer522
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-05-2011 21:47:47 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew. Served with a thick, light tan, foamy, frothy, expansive head that settled after a bit and plenty of lace. Color is a clear dark red amber. Aroma is malt, fruit, roast, toffee. Flavor is like nose plus more emphasis and carbonic tang, yeast. Body & carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, of shorter duration, and pleasant. Very easy drinking beer. Easy enough to have another, which I will do.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 03:08:14 | More by drpimento
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PthPndr

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-04-2011 20:17:30 | More by PthPndr
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Heischman

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Smuttynose Winter Ale 2010 (Aged 1 year)/Smuttynose Brewing Company
City/State- Portsmouth, New Hampshire
STYLE – Dubble
ABV – 5.1%
IBU – 30?
DATE – 04 DEC 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 OZ bottle
GLASSWARE – Schooner
APPEARANCE – SRM OF 40 thin almost no head
AROMA- Sweet plum and some nice roastedness as well with a hint of brown sugar
TASTE – Sweet with a nice caramelized brown sugar and hints of plum. Finishes with a nice soothing roasted malt
MOUTHFEEL – Good carbonation nice and warming, feels like more ABV than 5.
CONCLUSION – A good standing Winter brew. I am lucky this was shared with me.

-JH-

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 17:17:14 | More by Heischman
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-04-2011 05:47:14 | More by mscott1975
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ewalden

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-03-2011 19:03:28 | More by ewalden
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep chestnut color with a tall frothy head. Lots of lacing. Avg carbonation. Aroma is rich malts and maybe some fruity esters. Taste is good with plenty of malty goodness. Some fruitiness comes through as it warms.
Smooth and soft on the palette.
A good beer worthy of more, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 15:57:58 | More by micromaniac129
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animalchin

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-03-2011 06:18:29 | More by animalchin
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown with a medium sized creamy head.

Smell is heavy on malts with a distinct breadiness. Jelly toast and whipped cream combine with some restrained ripe fruitiness.

Layers of caramel malt and grain mix with a tiny hint of coffee, dark fruits, molasses, and a bit of hop bitterness.

Smooth and rich, perfect for a winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:04:22 | More by TheMultiYeast
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LostHighway

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-01-2011 17:30:21 | More by LostHighway
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-01-2011 03:08:50 | More by barnzy78
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philbert42

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-29-2011 23:47:36 | More by philbert42
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mdfb79

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

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

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 20:02:51 | More by Boppar
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:00:18 | More by BeerResearcher
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 01:34:07 | More by dexterk1
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smallz0307

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-27-2011 00:46:27 | More by smallz0307
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 22:19:18 | More by SunDevilBeer
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-25-2011 22:59:26 | More by Rochefort10nh
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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