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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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888 Ratings
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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 31 | 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 billab914
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a murky, dark brown color with a thin head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a decent malty profile to it with some caramel, toffee and bread notes to it. It has a little fruitiness to the malts as well. A bit of the yeast spice is present, but it's not overly spicy at all. Decent aroma overall.

The taste starts out with some of the yeast spice coming through. Midway it starts to show more of the bready, malty, caramel, toffee flavors to it. In the finish some more of the yeast spice comes back along with a very moderate bitterness. I get some chocolate coming through in the finish and lingering for a bit after.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy, but good for the style. Carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is decent, the yeast spice and the malty sweetness worked pretty well as a Christmas seasonal. It wasn't the best Dubbel, but it was a pretty good holiday seasonal in relation to all the other spice bombs. Pretty enjoyable beer overall.

Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a candied aroma with an earthy grain.

The taste was upfront candy sweet with earthy hop and yeast undertones. There was a slightly medicinal dark fruit element as well. Some metallic flavors came through.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a decent dubbel and a good winter brew. The drinkability is average based on some of the off flavors.

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark red with a slight head that faded quickly.

S: sweet malty caramel and winter spicing (cinnamon, caradamon).

T: The flavor had some fresh dark fruit, sweet maltiness and dry spices. There was a slight alcohol and woodiness on the finish.

M: creamy finishing with a dry bitterness in the end.

D: Decent drinkability and a nice winter warmer treat.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, clear, hazelnut coloring with a sparse, filmy white coating on the surface. Aromas of roasty nut and biscuit in the backbone, with a solid spicing of nutmeg and cinnamon rounding out the sweet, rich flavors. Some fruity highlights in the back of the nose, also. Flavors of deep, dark, old world fruit, including prune and date, with an earthy undertone that keeps the richness in check. Spicing takes a backseat, but is present enough to perk the taste buds out of the sweetness shock by the end of the palate. Sweet and spicy blend on the aftertaste, which is fairly shortlived despite the robust initial flavors. The beer is smooth and round, but the spicing and carbonation does well to keep it light in mouth. Frothy, slightly sweet lingering finish. Very tasty.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear burgandy. Nice looking thin beads of carbonation surface at a good clip. Thin beige head leaves some sporadic lace. Nice aroma of cherry juice, raisins, prune, belgian yeastiness and breadiness. Yes, very nice. First impressions are of bread pudding, poundcake and rum. A little raisin. A little chocolate. All in all, a pleasant blend. Mouthfeel is very agreeable. Light carbonation and light body. Easy drinking, tasty beverage.

Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear auburn with some reddish highlights topped by a very light brown head. The foam receded to a thin cap and left behind just a bit of lace. Malty caramel aroma with a light, bready yeast quality and a hint of fruit. There was a bit of spice in the nose at first, but this disappeared quickly. Low bitterness with not a lot of hop character - malt is dominant in this brew. It has an earthy, nutty, caramel and cocoa flavour with mild fruit rounding it out in the finish. Moderately low, well-integrated carbonation with a body that's lightish, but far from thin. Mild alcohol warmth with a bit of dryness. Quite tasty. Definitely a step above a lot of other winter brews.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've passed this over for years thinking it was a spiced winter ale, well today I fixed that and bought a bottle. Pours a deep clear shade of orange garnet with a bubbly beige head that displays remarkable retention but spotty lace. Smells of spice, pepper, and caramel with hints of dark dried fruits. Sweet sugary flavor is highlighted by caramel and sweet reduced fruit syrup. Hints of spice, and Belgian esters, but not to much for my palette. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy mouthfeel. Decent brew, surely not the best dubbel in the world, but very respectable. Time to check out some more brews I've been avoiding.

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy purplish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet dark malts with hints of raisins and figs.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are not quite as sweet as the nose would intimate. Coming in shortly thereafter are moderate amounts of dark fruits - raisins mostly with hints of crisp figs - and slight amounts of spices. The spices fade out quickly, allowing the malt and fruits to carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer just didn't have much of an identity, it just was. Not a terrible beer by any stretch but not worth seeking out.

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Dark red/ruby red color with a one-finger head of foam.

Aroma: Sweet and malty on the nose. A small, faint hint of chocolate.

Taste: Thick and rich upfront. Sweet but feels balanced. Smooth in the middle and fades to a mildly sweet aftertaste. Smooth. A hint of raisin in the middle as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, sweet and malty. Not too dry at the back of the throat.

Verdict: Nice and drinkable! Has the hallmarks of the style as well. I think it's solid. Drinkable.

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

Trying the Smuttynose Winter ale. The beer pours a clear copper color with a medium sized head that laced alll the way down my glass.
The scent of this beer was very sweet malt that included characteristics of belgian ale yeast. The taste was pretty mild and had great malt character. The mouthfeel was a good medium body with decent carbonation. I highly recommend this winter sensation.

Photo of THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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

Very deep ruby color when held to the light, and a cola brown brown when held from the light. The head is just shy of two fingers after the pour, but has a thin film of light tan foam after a few sips till the end.

The aroma has some tart X-Mas notes mingling with Mildly roaseted and heavily toasted malt notes.

The taste starts with a tart brown ale of roasted malts. The middle hash a more mild roasted malt flavor, and a more heavy toasted malt flavor with X-Mas spices lingering in the fore- and background of the palate. There's some spice notes, but very faded and light. The palate overall is somewhat tart, but mostly roasty and toasty malt. Not a bad seasonal session.

This is NOT a Dubbel by the way!!!

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer had a brown color when poured into a goblet. Consistency was thick and cloudy. Not a huge amount of head, but some good lacing.

S: A malty, slightly spicy aroma with sugary notes.

T: A solid taste of malt, caramel and dark fruits. A decently well constructed taste, though not exactly what you expect from a dubbel.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a good, drinkable beer. Not the best dubbel I've had, but well done nonetheless.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some dark fruits, a bit bready. Taste is some hops up front, then malts, a touch of caramel, not as much fruit as the smell. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of claspada
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves some thin lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with ligh caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate malt base with some Belgian yeast, a little spice and a touch of hops that emerge as it warms.

The tastes begin with malty flavors of caramel and a little chocolate. The yeast adds some spicy and some fruity ester notes. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied for the style with medium carbonation. There could be a bump in that for sure. Finish is fairly crisp, clean and dry.

Overall this is a decent representation of style but really is fairly one noted. It is definitely not your prototypical winter seasonal or Dubbel for that matter but I have definitely had worse. Kind of tastes like an American Amber fermented with a Belgian yeast. Decent but I'll stick to something else during the winter months.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to love best before dates! Was questioning this one but best before April 2011!

A - Pours a nice hazy brown color, almost amber but the head is a lovely bubbly inch with nice lacing.

S - First impression kind of like a light old ale. Tons of caramel and toffee sweetness but mild spices of cinnamon but hard to tell.

T - Wow it came off pretty smooth. All the taste of a regular warmer but with very little spice which may sound dull but came off rather well. Caramel, toffee, mild sugar, slight cherry and a hint of cinnamon at the end makes it a good brew. Malts overpower the hops also making it pretty creamy.

M - Came off kind of medium. Went down pretty easy.

D - As far as winter warmers go this beer is a pretty nice tick. Easy drinking and not to much spice, yet not really needing it I could have a couple a sitting. Very good guys!

Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Duff27
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Half-inch fizzy tan head on a brown beer. Minimal head retention and nearly no lacing.

S- Off vanilla, cola whiffs. "Dessert-y"

T- More cola, grapes, and to a lesser extent chocolate. Well integrated flavors. Drinks stronger than 5.1% Growing on me the more I drink it.

M- Smooth tiny-bubbled carbonation. Good mouthfeel...maybe my favorite part about this brew.

D/O- Yeah, I know it's after the "Best Before" date...I took a chance on a single and I don't think it turned out that badly. Didn't know what style or ABV this was when I bought it...hoping for an 8% winter warmer but this didn't disappoint.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, butterscotch/caramel, raisins/dates

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with butterscotch/caramel and some dates/raisins. There is also a bit of a cherry flavour and some hay. It ends with a malty/fruity aftertaste with some light lingering bitterness.

Overall - Not what I was expecting, but still pleasantly drinkable. There is some nice fruit flavour mixed with a good amount of malts. Not something I'd be on the look out for next winter, but still solid.

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.