Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by ryan1788a5:
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Very dark brown on the pour, nearly black. One inch of tan head quickly settles, but can be revived with a few strong swirls of the glass. Light wispy, spotty lacing.
S: Aroma is fruity and yeast forward. Banana and subtle apricot esters. Taffy. Caramel. Subdued roasted malt scents of chocolate and charcoal. Very slight phenols. Light prick pf alcohol. Muffled hints of toasted oak, vanilla, and bourbon.
T: Caramel and cola. Candi sugar. Belgian yeast gets a little lost in the shuffle, but it adds some fruity and vaguely spicy notes. Mild darkfruit esters of plum, blackberry, and fig. Banana taffy. Chocolate covered raisins. Roasted character builds on the mid-palate. Charcoal, wood, and dark chocolate cake. Slight jab of spicy alcohol and peppery phenol. Barrel character finally comes out toward the end. Drying woody oak and a kiss of bourbon on the finish.
M: Medium thick body, but deceptively light on the palate. Creamy and slightly chewy. Little to no carbonation.
O: A pretty good beer, but it's just a little too restrained across the board. A bolder stroke here or there would make all the difference.
03-05-2013 02:43:37 | More by ryan1788a5
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4/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured into a chalice pretty much black except when held close to the light there is some deep brown that barely shows,a thinner beige head atop.Caramel and toffee notes stick out most in the nose along with some Belgian yeasty spiced notes.A nice mix of earthy roasty stout,vanilla/barrel, and yeasty spiced Belgian Dark on the palate,not overly sweet and it's pretty earthy in the finish.Comparing this to the Thirteenth Hour Stout this wins because it's more complex and not overly sweet,it's just good.
12-13-2012 23:14:35 | More by oberon
3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
In my tulip glass this beer was near black in color. It had a dark tan head with a little bit of lace.
The aroma was dark fruit and cherry. Kind of toasty. Some vanilla
Nice taste. Toffee, sweet fruit/cherry. Some chocolate, and a little bit of vanilla.
This was a nice beer, just a little bit thinner than I thought it would be.
Still enjoyed it, though.
01-05-2013 20:54:28 | More by lordofthewiens
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
Bomber bottle. Label tells me it was "Bottle-conditioned in: 2012"
Belgian style stout aged in bourbon barrels. Pours near black, dark tan head that rapidly goes to a film, minor collar and then leaves moderate amounts of ringed low sheeting and then minimal spotty lacing.
Nose of dark chocolate, brandy and some licorice.
Tasty, big and bold, with more rich chocolate notes as well as some bitter coffee. On the thinner side body wise. Finishes with a biting and super drying hop presence.
I like it, gonna put a bottle away for Christmas dinner and pair it with a decadent chocolate and raspberry cake.
12-11-2012 01:33:28 | More by Billolick
3.99/5 rDev +5.3%
Bomber from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo, which was graciously shared with me at a recent tasting. 5.99 a bomber - good brew for the price.
Poured into a goblet. Dark chestnut brown, about a half inch of head, recedes to a thick ring.
Nose is really something. Nice mild coffee, caramel, whiskey, and a nice nutty smell as well. Maybe a touch of Belgian yeast, but really I had this as an American brown.
Nice sipping beer, very smooth. Good roasted malt, light coffee and the whiskey is certainly present, but not overpowering. Nutty finish with a touch of puckery hops. Not getting a lot of Belgian ale in the taste either.
The Belgian mouthfeel I think holds this brew back a bit - it lacks that thickness that the tastes seem to demand, and the carbonation is a touch high.
Nice brew, tasty sipper. Belgian dark ale blends well with the bourbon aging, and though the mouthfeel wasn't doing it for me, it was still an enjoyable brew and priced just right!
01-21-2013 00:27:37 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.71/5 rDev -2.1%
Deep dark brown colored with a low light brown head that settles out quickly. Low aroma of roasted malt and cocoa. Very rich flavor of deeply roasted malt, a bit of roast bitterness, cocoa, espresso, root beer, and molasses. Punctuated with a Belgian yeast type funk with clovey esters. Full mouthfeel, not too creamy, finishes slightly dry. Bitter roast lingers. Good beer, but the clovey funk detracts a bit for me.
02-16-2013 22:16:00 | More by far333
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
Bottle conditioned in 2012
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a thick coco tan head that last for a short bit. There are strands of microbubbles trailing up the side of the glass.
S- The yeast ester aroma of raisins fades away quickly with some more full black roasted malt aroma and a fusel alcohol heat note finishes.
T- The dry roasted black malt has some dark tootsie roll flavors as the beer opens. There is a roasted black bitterness in the finish with some mellow alcohol heat. Some faint burnt toast notes and slight hints of dark fruit esters come through when it is pretty warm.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and a gentle alcohol heat lingers.
O- This beer has a nice black roasted malt flavor but it is otherwise a bit thin and a bit to hot in alcohol. There isn’t much yeast characteristics that it really needs for support or any other hop or malt flavors to add depth to the beer.
02-28-2013 22:19:18 | More by rhoadsrage
4.23/5 rDev +11.6%
22oz bottle split and poured into snifters. Bottle conditioned in 2012.
A: Pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger slightly tanned head. Takes a minute or two to settle down to a thin covering. A good amount of yeast settles to the bottom of the glass. No real lacing.
S: Has a fruity aroma that I was not expecting from such a dark beer. I'd say its a cherry mixed with a yeastiness. If you look for it you can get some of the bourbon notes.
T: The two snifters taste very different with one having the yeast poured into it. The start of the bottle holds much more bourbon and roasted malt while the bottom of the bottle is fruitier and has a tart bitterness. Nice and complex.
M: Medium bodied with a good warming feel, a little slick toward the back end. Very drinkable for a bourbon stout.
Overall this one is certainly worth a try. Complex and different. Imagining this would age very well and hope I can snag another bottle.
12-19-2012 01:02:32 | More by CloudStrife
4.06/5 rDev +7.1%
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!
12-08-2013 22:12:28 | More by joeseppy
3.21/5 rDev -15.3%
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
02-08-2014 18:16:06 | More by dirtylou
3.96/5 rDev +4.5%
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
01-18-2013 04:00:09 | More by russpowell
4.23/5 rDev +11.6%
BIG BEER series... 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A -- Very dark black with a toasted marshmallow (toasted, not burnt!) head. The head has very very fine bubbles, which almost look like the head on a nitro-stout.
N -- subtle, sexy desserty scents fill the nose. Dark roasted malts.
T -- Like the bottle promises this beer blends chocolate and caramel from the malts, fruit from the Belgian yeast, and some really smooth vanilla flavors from the bourbon. I usually dont like really strong bourbon flavors, but this one hits the right notes. Really good.
D -- Smooth, silky. The alcohol hits you pretty quick even though its not in the taste too much.
O -- Love it. Really good. Good blend of different flavor profiles.
02-24-2013 00:24:23 | More by tkelley
Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.