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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 389
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-25-2012

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
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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 389
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oily, viscous black brown pour yields a fluffy beige head. Retains well sticks like sea tide drifts as it recedes.

Roast malt, licorice and barrel char aroma. Very mild smoke like campfire ashes from the night before.

Dark fruity bourbon and licorice. Nice interplay between the aforementioned flavors. Some char and dark chocolate syrup in back.

I had the Smutty small batch Belgian stout and I didn't like it at all (I don't like the style in general though). I don't know if this is a completely different recipe or just a bourbon-ized version but it's much better and my favorite of the style so far.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since I pretty much try any of Smuttynose big beer series I reluctantly found this one for sale at Halftime beverage for $7.50. Its a tad more expensive but bourbon barrel treatment usually costs a bit more...

A - Looks like a stout I could get into. Pours is very dark and very thick especially for only 8%. I only got a 1/4 of an inch of mocha head but it seems to stick around for a bit. Very sticky lacing to boot.

S - Well it's very woody and as some Belgium dark fruit like dried plums and raisins. Just a mild if any twang of bourbon which mixed well with the roast and caramel like malts. Hopefully it tastes as good.

T - Very strange it starts off as a nice Bourbon stout but quickly falls to a sour cherry and leather kind of taste that leaves a medicinal herbal tea/coffee taste. Finish is clinging bitter and has some roasty aspect. I can drink it but I am not sure I want to... Who enjoys these flavors?!?!?

M - Much more medium bodied and creamy than the initial thick pour but kind of a mess of flavors.

Overall I am not sure what they were trying to accomplish or even if they drank it before it went out the door. To tell you the truth I was pretty much hoping it was a Belgium imperial stout like Weyerbacher tiny but I was TOTALLY wrong.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 7.99. Bottled in 2013. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours black with a quickly dissipating 2 fingers of pale tan head. Very little head.

Smells of odd yeast, dark fruit and smoke.

Taste is a bizarre mix of stout and quad. Roasty smoke, dark cocoa, cherry pits, toffee, burnt sugar, funky semi sour yeast, faint vanilla, woodsy bourbon and lemon peel. A whole lot going on.

Slick medium feel with slight but present effervescence. Funky sweet bourbony finish.

Not a bad beer but it's not quite my thing. A interesting blend of styles. I think I'll stick to either full on quads or imperial stouts.

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Photo of cavedave
2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Devil's Backbone snifter. Black in color with a thin, frothy head to it. Decent retention and lacing as I drank it.

Aroma shows dark, roasted malts and chocolate notes mixing with a sweeter, fruity, estery yeast presence. It's got some distinct banana flavors to the yeast as well. I don't get any of the barrel aging in the aroma unfortunately.

The taste has more of the roasted malts and dark chocolate to it. The finish also shows a little of the barrel aged character. The estery, banana like yeast flavors are there but they are a little more reserved thankfully.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being about average. Overall, it was a pretty good beer. The fruity, yeasty notes dominated the aroma a little too much for me but the flavors came together pretty well The barrel aging didn't really seem to add much though unfortunately.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So according to the beer menu it's a belgian stout with a 50-50 split between fresh and burbon barrel aged. Needless to say I am intrigued.

Appearance - black as night and opaque. An almost tan grey head.
Smell - a mixed bag of dark malt, a touch of burbon, mild Belgian yeast
Taste - an interesting dichotomy of fresh and aged. There was a mild sweetness of unfermented sugar rounding out the taste. This was more of a malt and yeast exhibition than burbon.
Mouthfeel - light for many of the belgian stouts I have had and the lower abv helps support this

Overall - I liked it and its a nice change of pace and a good hybrid to try when you get a chance.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a goblet, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (cherries, plums), roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, bananas, and some vanilla. It tastes like bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (plums, figs), roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, and a bit of smoke and banana. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has moderate/high soft carbonation. I think this is a good overall Belgian-style stout. I don't think the partial batch barrel aging hurt this brew at all, although I'd like to try a version of this beer that was fully aged along with the base version of it as well. At $5.99 a bomber, I'd certainly pick this one up again.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been curious about this beer since it started appearing on shelves - Belgian-style stout partially aged in bourbon barrels? Sure. Thanks to Mr. Nawskon for sharing this at a tasting.

Pours dark, but not quite black, with some flecks settled at the bottom. Tan head has decent retention eventually forming a thick ring.

Smell is straight up chocolate-covered bananas. Good but simple.

Taste opens things up a bit, a pretty even balance of stout and dark Belgian. Chocolate+caramel malt forward, dark fruits, banana, some vanilla and roasted malt. Not much of a bourbon presence here but a good combo of flavors.

Body and carbonation are fine and fit the style, a bit boozier than expected.

This is a tasty beer - I feel like it could've been more though, the bourbon barrel didn't seem to add much here.

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Photo of Bung
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Nearly opaque black pour, thin frothy layer of cream head. Retention ok, minimal lacing.

Aroma, healthy molasses and chocolate candy. Some vanilla, banana and yeasty spice.

Taste, Large chocolate and larger roast malt presence than I was expecting. Vanilla, some earthy spice, peat. Vanilla and molasses as well. Stork chocolate resin finish.

Pretty solid mid body, carbonation in check enough to make this quite drinkable. Coating and nicely sticky. Alcohol barely shows.

A dessert beer and one of the best "Belgian" style stouts I've had. Not overwhelmed by yeast notes and carbonation.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a two inch, fizzy, khaki-colored head that sizzles and pops as it slowly collapses into a consistent skim. Delicate webs of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses fruity esters as well as a hint of bubblegum and cocoa. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a roasty character to the flavor profile, as well as a slight metallic tinge towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively, even carbonation. You don't see too many Belgian Stouts out there, so kudos to Smutty for putting one out. That said, while enjoyable, it's a little bit too fruit forward in my opinion. Nonetheless, a solid effort put forth by one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 2012 big bottle. Sampled on December 15, 2012.

It pours a dark brown to nearly black with a small tan head that fizzles quickly.

The aroma is rich with sweet dark malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cherry, smoke, and a little hard liquor.

The body is better than medium but it has a slight astringency.

The taste starts sweet with caramel and bourbon and then evolves into a moderate lingering bitterness. The wood barrel is more noticeable in the taste than in the aroma. But overall this is a fine beer from Smuttynose.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown almost black in color with a short 1/4" head.

Smell: roasted tones with vanilla and chocolate.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate. vanilla, a hint of bourbon, some dark ripe fruits and a bit of alcohol create well balanced beer. Some yeast and candied sugars arrive late. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: a nicely flavored Belgian ale that is easy to quaff and very satisfying. Definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head settling to a ring of foam.

S - Milk chocolate, alcohol ,clove, banana and belgian yeast notes. Light vanilla and bourbon. Sweet.

T - Lightly roasted malt, sweet belgian candi sugar, clove, alcohol, some char, cocoa and over ripe banana. Not much bourbon barrel in taste

M - Medium body and slightly sticky. Stinging carbonation on the tongue.

D - Disappointed with this one. A little hot and messy tasting.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Churchkey during Zwanze Day. Served in a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours black with a thick layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass and leaves some mild lacing.

Smell: Lots of roast and dark chocolate here. I'm getting a mild bourbon note and some dark fruit as well.

Taste: This beer is quite bitter up front with some dark chocolate and roast. I'm getting dark fruit and smooth bourbon notes. The finish is a bit peppery with some alcohol heat and a bitterness from the roast.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a finish that is very dry.

Overall: The old and new beer blended works quite well here. You got interesting notes from both. I would have more in the future.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours near pitch black with no highlights around the edges. A thin, crispy, kahki colored head that fades quickly and leaves little touches of lacing sticking to the sides.

S- Dark fruit that was gently smoked, dark Belgian cocoa powder, black iced coffee, roasted hazelnuts/pecans/walnuts/almonds, and maybe just a touch of the bourbon... smells more like a peaty scotch. Nice, not spectacular... but nice sitting by the fire and sniffing.

T- Some cocoa, smoked malt (or charred barrel), some sour cherry yeastiness. Picking up a little booze. Gentle notes of over-ripe banana, light coffee, figs, dried cranberries and roasted walnuts.

M- Pretty thin and whimpy. Nice bitter chocolate finish. Just a light touch of booze.

O- This is a good, not great effort from Smuttynose. The bourbon has more of a single malt scotch taste to me... lots of smoked peat, not so much vanilla/oak/maple syrup. Again, decent... but nothing that I'd be running out looking for.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown, almost black, with a fingers worth of light tan head that sticks to the glass

S-rich malt, dark fruits, light chocolate and molasses, and light bitter coffee

T-Black coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt with some breadlike qualities. As the beer warms I'm getting more of the Belgian yeast and dark fruits.

M-medium body, medium carbonation, a dry roasted flavor is left

Overall as the beer warms I get more of the Belgian qualities of the beer, though I don't get much of the bourbon flavor that the beer is supposed to be aged in. Overall I like it and would have it again.

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Photo of n2185
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with two fingers of light tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Lots of Belgian sweetness up front with bubblegum, candy sugar, vanilla, and sweet cocoa. There's a floral, lavender-like quality as well. The finish is a bit more roasted, though still sweet smelling.

T: Roasted malts are a bit more present here with bitter chocolate and char. There is a significant underlying sweetness as well, with Belgian candy sugar, bubblegum, vanilla, and sweet fruits. Subtle notes of Belgian spices and yeast bring up the finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is neither creamy nor crisp, but rather strikes a balance without being too thick or too watery.

O: An interesting and enjoyable beer overall. It says bourbon barrels on the bottle, though I don't really get any bourbon. The mix of flavors doesn't mesh perfectly, but it works well enough.

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Photo of cbutova
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #999. Thanks to Atremains for sharing this.

A- Pitch black beer poured into four pint glasses for a tasting. A light tan head forms to about a finger in size and has decent retention. A nice amount of creamy lace patches.

S- Definitely Belgian. The yeast shows up pretty big with notes of banana, spices, raisin and dark fruits. Beyond that some highly roasted malts and a bit of vanilla as well. The banana aroma here is very big.

T- Starts out with a huge roasted grains profile. The Belgian yeast comes out big-time especially with warmth. A big helping of banana, cloves, raisins, dark fruits and spices. Some dark candi sugars, a tiny bit of oak and vanilla. Not getting much of the barrel influence.

MF- Moderately thick body with creamy, moderately high carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth and some roasty bitterness.

Not really seeing much of the barrel influence here besides maybe a bit of vanilla and tiny bit of oak. The roastiness is just straight roast, no cocoa or coffee feel to me which is nice for a change. The yeast is massive with huge dark fruit and spice, especially as more time goes by.

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Photo of j37geogaddi
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is, easily, one of the most interesting beers I've ever tried. Period. Maybe one of the very best beers I've ever tried.

Pours dark brown, not black, and small amount of lace in the glass when the foam drops.

Smells like a Belgian Brown, and maybe some hints of coffee and Banana.

Taste is very complex. Starts out like a Belgian Brown, but then the coffee and chocolate come through. What separates this beer from others, is after all of that, the flavor of Oak-ey Banana and Vanilla is present towards the finish. There's more going on, but those are the most obvious characteristics. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but if you can get past that- this is a standout beer.

I'm honestly confused by the lackluster reviews here... Yes, its thinner than some heavy Stouts- if you're looking for a regular Imperial Stout, this isn't one... But it does have enough alcohol and flavor complexity to make up for that and then some. Take it for what it is- a unique take on the Belgian Stout, and one of the most delicious beers around... If you ask me.

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Photo of projektyle
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle purchased for $6. Not bad at all for a bourbon barrel aged stout. Chilled and poured into my Cigar City tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to almost black in color. Pours a really nice, two finger begie head that sticks before receding into a nice thin lacing.

Aroma: Milk chocolate, sweet cherries, belgian yeast tones and some pretty noticable alcohol presence. Maybe just a touch of vanilla and bourbon, but the dark fruit and clove notes from the yeast overpower any barrel. Interestingly enough, as this warms, the belgian yeast tones really start to become dominate.

Taste: Milk chocolate and roasted coffee notes provide some nice backbone and the stout qualities to this beer. Lots of dark fruit and cherries with some clove and fused alcohol. As this warm, the stout qualities are lessening and the belgian notes are getting stronger. The alcohol definitely is present throughout and I would guess this beer is a bit higher than teh ABV listed. The bourbon from the barrel is barely present, if at all.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than average body from the style. Definitely on the thin side. Carbonation is pretty spot on though.

Overall, an interesting take on a belgian style stout that feels more belgian than stout. The barrel notes are almost so subtle that I completely miss them. The alcohol is also not as mellowed as I would expect. Not a bad beer at all, but a bit of a letdown for a favorite style of mine.

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Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.