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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%


Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian-style stout, partially aged in bourbon barrels.

8.4% abv 50 IBU
Malts: North American 2-Row, Carawheat, Munich 10L, C-120, Chocolate,
Roasted Barley, Brown Malt
Hops: Magnum, Glacier
Mojo: Dark #2 Belgian Candi Syrup

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-25-2012)
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC

Pours an eefervescent mahogany/black with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Figgyness, plums brown sugar & some boozeyness

T: Roastyness, raisins, a touch of coffee & a touch of caramel up front, slight boozeyness as well. Carob & plums as this warms, some candi sugar & raisins & baker's chocolate & some boozey warming & vanilla/caramel notes. Finishes dry, sweet & fruitty & slightly warming with nice chocolatey notes

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation, some stickyness

A fairly complex, enjoyable & drinkable example of the style. As usual Smutty kicks ass

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:00:09 | More by russpowell
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-25-2014 22:45:19 | More by morebeergood
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-24-2014 02:08:51 | More by Griffith
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-23-2014 03:00:56 | More by mjstacker
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skydogpenn

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-22-2014 02:29:44 | More by skydogpenn
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dirtylou

Washington

3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber, a gift

Served in half acre goblet - dark bodied with a light mocha head. I am not a Smuttynose enthusiast, though I know they are more capable than this. Smuttynose calls this a 'belgian style stout'. I guess I should be honest and state that I think the words 'belgian' and 'stout' should not be combined - the clash of yeast strains and dark roasty malt is very offputting to me. They sat this sucker in bourbon barrels for a bit too, but that's lost in the shuffle. Too bitter, too roasty - a mess

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 18:16:06 | More by dirtylou
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-07-2014 22:59:58 | More by vinny21bal
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-13-2014 03:08:09 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-13-2014 02:45:07 | More by kjkinsey
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woodchipper

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-05-2014 22:23:08 | More by woodchipper
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MattTastrophee

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +19%

01-01-2014 14:40:21 | More by MattTastrophee
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-09-2013 15:32:31 | More by BuckTuckian
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is extremely dark brown to the point of a black hole. Minimal mocha receding head clings to the sides.

Aromas of baking chocolate, Concord grape juice, roasted grain and malt. Nice sweetness to it with coffee and faint alcohol. To me a classic Belgium ale.

Taste initially is bittersweet chocolate. Caramel cola, star anise, sweet malt and hops. Temps 55-60' yield more pronounced oaky bourbon with vanillas and Belgium sugars.

Medium to heavy bodied with a creamy texture as you savor this. Each sip has the aroma of roasted grain and the drying bitterness lays on the tongue awhile. Some stickiness on the lips.

Not over the top barrel aged brew yet satisfying and I would even go as far to say that this is a sleeper in the world of whale hunting. I've had a few of these and look forward to this for years to come. These guys and gals always keep their craft extremely well priced and a solid fare! Can't find that whale, give this a go!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 22:12:28 | More by joeseppy
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AndyEich

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-03-2013 06:54:49 | More by AndyEich
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-28-2013 01:36:46 | More by bradfordjohnson
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14%

11-27-2013 03:04:30 | More by irish01980
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d_brommer_nh

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-24-2013 03:17:29 | More by d_brommer_nh
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prototypic

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-16-2013 04:29:10 | More by prototypic
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-14-2013 06:32:12 | More by whatname
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Mycescephalus

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-09-2013 04:45:25 | More by Mycescephalus
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-08-2013 08:48:05 | More by GRG1313
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-31-2013 02:15:02 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, released winter 2012
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Like a blend of Belgian strong dark ale with a stout, Zinneke features fully flavored roasted malts and modest cocoa with Belgian yeast produced grape-like esters and spicy nutmeg/clove-like phenols. Not sure if this was special enough that I'd seek it out again.

Pours a 2cm tall head of pale khaki foam, made up of small bubbles, creating a frothy appearance. Retention is above average, lasting about two minutes in a slow decline to a thin film atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, but not excellent. Body is a very dark amber brown to black color, light bringing out very dark mahogany hues to the opaque beer. Carbonation is visible, vaguely, along sides of the glass, seemingly fairly active and numerous.

Aroma is of modest raisin, prune, molasses, modest roasted malt, slight cola and faint anise. Pleasant, but surprisingly understated and muted for a large, Belgian, part bourbon barrel aged stout.

Front of palate picks up roasted malt, mild cocoa, sharp Belgian yeast phenols giving a slightly clove-like flavor, raisins, prune, and anise. Mid-palate intensifies Belgian yeast phenols, leading to a greater clove and nutmeg flavor atop roasted malts, anise, raisins and prunes, and mild cocoa. Back of palate features strong Belgian yeast phenols with grape ester-tinged roasted malt, anise, prune, raisin, and cocoa. Aftertaste is of slightly astringent roasted malts, moderately bitter hops, grape esters, Belgian yeast phenols (nutmeg and clove).

Beer is medium in weight, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a creamy, foamy, pleasant mouthfeel that is never fizzy. Beer is maybe a bit thin for the style, but closes dry, with mild lingering astringency and substantial stickiness on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 23:50:37 | More by falloutsnow
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Wukk

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-26-2013 03:28:42 | More by Wukk
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M1A2

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-21-2013 17:58:41 | More by M1A2
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Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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