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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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926 Ratings
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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 52 | 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:
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 jpd026
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of rcjennings
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Kinsman
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite winter seasonals, a simple and approachable ale without the price-tag that goes with most dubbels.

Reddish-brown chestnut colored body with bronze highlights underneath a semi-sticky ivory colored head.

Aroma is notably sweet with a caramel-toffee like malt presence and some fruity hints. A slight bit of spice, but not as strong as many dubbels.

Lots of different flavors greet your palate, with a strong fruit presence and some malty sweetness that provides a caramel-apple flavor which is balanced out with a pleasant clove-like spiceness.

Lower ABV than a typical dubbel, but then again Smuttynose doesn't consider this to be a true dubbel. Still, there is a solid medium-body mouthfeel that, combined with dark appearance and yeasty spice flavors, gives it a bit of a warming feel perfect for the season.

Photo of mobrockman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, white head that diminished slightly. Bosy is a dark ruby color, very clear. Very nice lacing was left behind in sheets on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice aroma, very malty and sweet, with some fruit notes in there as well.

T: Again, malty and sweet with a nice, smooth finish. Some chocolate is present in there too. The hops provide a nice balance but aren't very detectable. Interesting for a dubbel. Moderate duration for the flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, very creamy, with average carbonation.

D: This beer is very easy to drink, and a nice departure from the typical styles of winter brews.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from one of my favorite breweries. Best before date is April of 06. Pours out a reddish-amber color with very little head that does not last. There is one tiny stream of bubbles that makes it way to the top.

Smell is candy sweet with hints of malt, spices and some hops in the background. From the first sip, the one big suprise is the smokey notes. Cherries, dates and malt dominate. A hop ending with some spices round it out nicely. Very low carbonation level. The smoke notes are something I did not expect at all.

An interesting take on a "winter ale" from Smutty. It is great to see someone trying something new with this style.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark cherry brown color with a nice size head and good lacing action.
It had an aroma of grape hints/fruits and candy with a touch of alcohol.
The taste was sweet and slightly burnt. Some hints of fruits,vanilla dash and mild hops.
The overall feel was rich and creamy with a light-heavy body and low carbonation. The alcohol was subtle.

Notes: No,it was not complex nor did it have the depth for the style. This was a replica and it still tasted pretty good. You still have to pour this in a goblet/chalice or it will not taste as good.
I thought of it more as a winter warmer type than the style it is listed as,but no disrespect as it was good.

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 happygnome
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a deep amber brown color ruby hues are present around the edges of the glass. about a quarter inch of off white headis present for a short time but it dissapears quickly leaving a lot of sticky lacing on the glass
s: dark fruity aroma sweet malts little hop presence citrusy
t: a very fruity sweet malt aroma toffee, the hop flavor is surprisingly pretty the first detectable flavor followed by the sweet fruity malts.
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is a nice beer but i dont really think that it is one of my favorites

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/11/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a completely cloudy dark-brown color with a finger of light khaki head.

S: The nose shows notes of roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, cinammon, and some chocolately undertones.

T: The taste is of dark fruity and roasty notes with caramel, toast, and banana mixed in.

M: While this is not necessarily sweet, it leaves a sticky mouthfeel with a medium body.

D: What a delicious beer and quite similar to Sweetwater Festive Ale.

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of waughbrew
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drink by date of February/March 06. Thanks for the date!

Clear dark orange beer with a medium-sized head that is a mixture of big bubbles, smaller bubbles, creamy texture, and oily texture. Color is very attractive, but head and lacing could use some improvement. Aroma has a great combo of spiciness - peppery phenolics, alcohol, and continental hops. The yeast notes remind me of Unibroue and the hops remind me of Prima Pils. Flavor is some caramel sweetness with molasses and raisins. Nothing bad, but it doesn't mesh with the spiciness as well as it should. The feel is slick with some sizzle. The phenolics (a little band-aid) might have contibuted to a small headache that I got after drinking it on two occasions.

For me, doubles (or similar) seem to be the hardest profile to do right. Everything needs to fall right into place or else it ends up being a lackluster drinking experience. This is one that, while being a decent beer, fails to do much for me.

Photo of mountdew1
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Poured a dark red-brown. Very little head that quickly disappeared. Very little aroma, slight sweet maltyness hiding. Tasted of medium spice with a touch of bitterness that isn't very noticable. Carbonation could be tasted despite the lack of head. Tasted ok in the mouth. Very easy to drink. I would expect a winter beer to be slightly spicier, but other than that its a solid beer.

Photo of marcpal
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this in Vermont this past weekend and led me to pick up a six to see what I really thought- a bit unsure. I don't think it is the best Smutty has, but worth a try.
12oz bottle poured into shaped Dogfish pint glass.
Bottle Graphics: 5/10.

A: Dark red with a nice puffy white cloud head. Superfine thin lacing.

S: Roasted flavors, fitting for a seasonal. I find it bizarre in that it has more of a smell of an autumn beer or oktoberfest with some spices tied on, nutmeg maybe.

T: The taste comes through nicely. Not too sweet but the right amount to balance the warming effect and give it some life. The nuttiness in the finish is the high note. Winter spices add some character.

M: Fairly thin with a decent finish and good carbonation.

D: A different take on a winter ale. Good, just not great. Sweet but do not think it should be classified as a dubbel at all.

Photo of nodder
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of grahuba
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harryhops
3.56/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok, first: What's with the picture of somebody's Grandma on the label? It's just creepy. Stop it.

Pours a nice deep mahogany/brown with a thin buttery head that reduces to almost nothing, but leaves a thin froth that stays. Almost no lacing to speak of.

Smells sweet and malty with hints of buttery toffee.

Starts out with earthy malt & molasses. There's some dark fruit like raisins or black cherries in the middle. Finishes with a strong alcohol bitterness. Hops are in there, but are pretty muddled; they don't really have a chance to come through. As it warms the spices become more prominant. Especially cinnamon and nutmeg.

Full bodied and slightly creamy.

Overall it's not bad, but it doesn't hold a candle to the other Smuttynose products I've tried. There's a bit too much unblended alcohol in the finish. At 6.8% it shouldn't be that harsh in my opinion.

Photo of MattGrimley
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear, dark red-brown color with one-finger, tan head that left a nice film. Good lacing.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Roasted malt flavor. Dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Just above average Dubbel.

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, dark amber with a tannish/off-white head.

Smell: Could be the bottle, but I'm not picking up much. Maybe some vanilla.

Taste: Reminds me a lot of Harpoon Dark. Definitely vanilla, but not much else in terms of spice. It is sweet, but not too sweet. Really makes me want some nice cheddar cheese. This is a relaxer, and something I would definitely enjoy Christmas day if I had cases available in my market.

Mouthfeel: Smooth! Yet still pretty carbonated. Very nice drink. Easily the best quality of this beer.

Like I said, I'd probably have this for the family if it was more widely available in my market. I can imagine this being a good holiday beer for "average" drinkers. I like it well enough either way.

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.