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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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85
very good

304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

tdmccarthy, Dec 27, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

nathanjohnson, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of sentomaster
2.31/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was disgusting. I was really expecting something pretty awesome because Smutty usually delivers the awesome- not this time. looked nice enough in the glass; dark brown almost black with a nice three finger head.

The smell is where this went south fast. Smelled a bit funky and like old leather shoes. Really no trace of any barrel influence. The taste pretty much follows with some oak and maybe a touch of vanilla. Hard to tell what's buried, if anything, under the initially unappealing flavors of musty leather and weird earthy root like flavors. There's no dark fruit or real sweetness- or if there is it's just getting muddled away in the rest of the weirdness going on here.

This beer is just a mess that has too much going on and ends up going nowhere fast. Drainpour #3 in my life I think.

sentomaster, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of cavedave
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Darkest brown, thick looking, big topper of light brown foam that really hangs in. Perhaps this beer's best feature.

Woaah, didn't think I would smell all the flavors advertised, but wheat, dark malts, belgian yeasts, and candi sugar are all big players here in a rendition called, on its label, a stout. Fruity, yeasty and sweet roast, sort of coffee in there.

This Belgian Wheat Stout, aka BSDA, good catchall, has a strong and muddled taste of all above, and no barrel in taste or nose. Plenty of sweet in it, and not so much in a good way. Dark fruit for sure, but also not playing well with the myriad rooty and roasty notes that rule the end of the sip. Not delicious, but points for strange.

Here is the biggest fail, syrupy, and clingy in a bad, mediciny sort of way. Med. carb. but maybe too much, maybe too low, maybe it doesn't matter. Not a clean linger TSTL.

Some would argue a Belgian Wheatwine Stout BSDA is a bad idea. I would agree with them. This yeast doesn't play well with other flavors here. I wouldn't get this again, suggest you do the same.

cavedave, Dec 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Hophead717, Dec 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Warwick, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of projektyle
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Looks great, smells good, although the hint of cherry gives me a slight foreboding. I drank this while watching the SEC Championship game, and I am a Georgia fan, so that may have colored my impression of the beer, although I tried to judge it objectively. The key words that sum up my experience were thin, sour, and fizzy. These are not features I look for in a stout.

projektyle, Dec 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

GoGriz, Dec 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

jhighlandbrewing, Dec 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

steve8robin, Nov 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

IndyDad, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Bendurgin
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with a thin tan head.

The first aroma noticed is bananas with hints of licorice in the background. Tough to notice anything else for the yeast is a bit overpowering but notes of chocolate in the background. Charred coffee on the pallet with some slight barrel notes. The yeast is a bit toned down in the pallet.

The boy is medium with coarse carbonation. Overall this one is okay. Drinkable but it i don't notice much of the barrel and the aroma is pretty one dimensional.

Bendurgin, Dec 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Dcunicelli, Sep 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

cornpone, May 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

EricDu, Jun 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Grinky, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Try to pick up any new Smuttynose when I hit the Wisconsin border, since just about every beer they make is good. Another pickup, here. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is appropriately black, with the fizzy coffee head that I've come to expect from dark beers of Belgish lineage. Nose is kicking the irony out of the color: bananas? Cloves? Is this a hidden hefe? Also rich milk chocolate...ain't this a palette of weird.

Zinneke is as confused as the smell promised. More overripe bananas lightly coated with chocolate sauce. Mild roast flails through in the middle, cut with oatmeal, weapons-grade carbon, & a tangy medicinal quality that's very unappealing. Faint hop bitterness &, finally, whisper of vanilla & bourbon right at the end. Very thin, this would barely quality as a porter.

Love the experimentation, but this one falls flat for me; the tastes are just a tangled mess of jumbles. Mediocre? Seems like an inappropriate word, but in the end, it fits.

maximum12, Feb 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

TequilaTom, May 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

GrindFatherBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 1/30/13

Bottle conditioned in 2012

The color is a medium caramel brown, though it it close to black in the glass. A nearly three finger head deflates slowly over several minutes leaving a few spots of lace lingering. Thin retention. Good lace starts in about halfway through the glass.

Kind of an odd aroma with this one. Roasted chocolate and molasses, bourbon-soaked raisins, prunes, candi sugar, yeast spice, leafy herbal notes, wood, dark cherries, apple butter and blackberries all with a large helping of spiced bread. It never quite comes together.

The spices in this thing, oh my goodness. Zinneke is a ringer of a bedfellow for the spice rack crowd. Dry and tongue-scathing. It's a big jumble of spiced bread, nippy whiskey and yeast. Scorched chocolate and some dark roast. Modest fruit notions. The chocolate is slightly sweeter and lush as the beer warms up.

Medium feel with a teething grittiness from the spices and accentuated carbonation. The finish is spicy and charred oak on the dry, dry, dry finish. I do like the feel.

For what it's worth, drinking this beer leaves me with some of the same palate sensations as smoking a cigar. As an interesting beer, 10-12 ounces would have been more than sufficient. The whole bomber is drinkable but taxing.

Ryan011235, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of beagle75
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with less than one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and beige sediment remains at the bottom.

S: Dark vinous fruit, anise, and an integrated combination of scorched malt and bitter chocolate. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with early vinous fruit and heavy yeast metabolites. Acidity is mild into the middle where refined roasted malt is compartmentalized by persistent banana esters. Although the entire profile is a potent mix of earth and almonds, it becomes distinct during the finish as some of the yeast complexity eases. Although alcohol is suggested in the form of fancy liquor, it does not stand out.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A stout with stronger-than-normal yeast influences, this beer delivers on the Belgian promise but neglects the purported barrel aspect. The sensory qualities are divided between rich earth and yeast-affected fruit, probably to the detriment of this beer's overall character.

beagle75, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
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

dirtylou, Feb 08, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Light brown creamy/frothy head. Retention is about average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Nice nose on this. Christmas cookie spiciness meshes well with smokiness from the bourbon. Sweet caramel, dark candi sugar, plum, prune, raisin, and tobacco. Smokey bourbon with notes of leather, vanilla, and oak. Sweet, spicy, and complex nose.

3.0 T: The taste is more bourbon flavored than the nose. Much of the spiciness and sweet maltiness gets lost behind leathery and smokey bourbon. Vanilla and oak. Missing depth from the base beer. That's about all there is to say.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is a little bity without being spritzy or creamy. Just decent here.

3.0 D: Eh, it's alright, but it's nothing special. I've never been a huge fan of bourbon and Belgian, but I still can't help myself from giving it a try.

DavoleBomb, Jan 03, 2013
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Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.