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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | 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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Tidesox28

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-14-2013 22:33:35 | More by Tidesox28
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andrewschirmer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

05-14-2013 00:51:48 | More by andrewschirmer
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-12-2013 19:06:37 | More by whallgren
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cornpone

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

05-11-2013 21:29:35 | More by cornpone
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer pours a dark, rich, ruby highlighted blackish coloring with a tall, frothy, light tan colored head that quickly settles into a sparse surface coating. Aromas of berry fruit highlighting a rich and roasted chocolate backbone. The initial light, fruit sweetness has a great contrast on the nose with the rich sweetness of the backbone. Smells tasty. Flavors of roast, followed quickly by a fruit characteristics that I can only liken to boiling fruit down when you are preparing it for jams or jellies. It's that concentrated sweetness that still has a light characteristic. Again, the fruit has a strawberry/raspberry profile to it, and that is quickly enveloped by a dry roasted and baker's chocolate backbone, with a subtle bitterness that grows into a strong roast and bitter blend in the aftertaste. There are also some boozy qualities in the palate that slowly build, as well as a warmth. This is a dynamic brew, and the layers continue to develop as you drink. Let this one warm in the glass before you drink in order to fully appreciate it. Smooth, dry finish, with a slight bitter chocolate linger. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 21:28:51 | More by GarthDanielson
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dalepryor

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-07-2013 21:04:28 | More by dalepryor
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 25oz snifter, the ale is near black and topped with a frothy tan head that holds excellent retention. Aromas are fruity, chocolate, roasty, bourbon, and boozy as it warms. Tastes are beautifully complex and balanced with notes of toasted grain, dark fruit - raisin, fig, date, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, some faint coffee, and Belgian yeast. Mouth-feel is full with nice carbonation, while finishing just dry enough for the palate to want another sip. At 8.4%, there actually was better drinkability, as opposed to some higher ABV stouts & strong ales. Overall, I loved it! One of my favorites out of the Big Beer Series.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 11:56:01 | More by barnzy78
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-06-2013 00:15:14 | More by drummermattie02
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jdhasse

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-04-2013 02:47:25 | More by jdhasse
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metter98

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very dark brown (black when viewed from afar) in color. it poured with a thin dense tan head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of Belgian yeast along with hints of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer if you like yeast, but doesn't have much in the way of dark fruits or bourbon, even after it warms up. It's rather easy to drink because no traces of alcohol are detectable.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:03:58 | More by metter98
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-03-2013 06:45:13 | More by spycow
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srgj88

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-30-2013 23:43:07 | More by srgj88
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-22-2013 11:12:32 | More by mychalg9
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atoulouk

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-17-2013 12:51:19 | More by atoulouk
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-16-2013 15:09:21 | More by lunarbrew
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-14-2013 15:49:37 | More by Hanzo
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Pencible

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like dry roasted coffee and earthy dark cocoa powder, with some spicy Belgian yeast and oak.
T: It tasted like copper hops and dry roasted coffee and earthy dark chocolate, with a bit of spicy Belgian yeast. It had a somewhat clean aftertaste that was bitter and earthy.
M: It was somewhat thick with lots of natural carbonation.
D: This was not a great Belgian stout, and it had no bourbon character as advertised. The scent and taste were ok, and the body was decent. The finish was a bit harsh, so it was not super easy to drink. I'm not convinced age would improve either. Skip this unimpressive brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:57:54 | More by Pencible
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-09-2013 06:20:46 | More by BrownAleMale
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-07-2013 21:38:45 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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ScottP

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-05-2013 23:36:51 | More by ScottP
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dpianka

Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 4/4/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Zinneke
brewery: Smuttynose
brewery location: Portsmouth, NH
type: Ale
style: Strong Dark Belgian Ale
abv: 8.4%
ibu: 50
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: gorgeous clean roasty black. It isn’t quite opaque, I can see through it a bit when held up to the light, when I do the color is an extremely dark amber. Head pours thick, heavy and creamy but doesn’t last long.

Smell: I get the typical vanilla and coffee, though the coffee is not very strong in intensity yet still strong in character. The chocolate is bitter, reminiscent of somewhere around 75% cacao. A little bourbon booze bite faintly hit me at the end

Taste: sweet malty bready vanilla up front. The bourbon barrel smoothness comes through with very faint rich vanilla cream and toastiness.The hops are prominent yet not offensive, they work their way through the malt enough to balance out the sweetness. Hops are green and grassy. The mocha leans more towards dark french almost burnt coffee with that 75% cacao.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to light bodied, slightly creamy.

Overall Impression: An awesome beer for sure. I love what the belgian yeast did to this beer. Generally when I’ve tasted something aged in bourbon barrels there is a huge sweetness that tends to also be present. I’m delightfully surprised that isn’t here. I mean there is sweetness but it’s very well balanced.

Food Pairings: fondue with little mushroom skewers, BBQ with a heavy rich bbq sauce, I kind of want to reduce this and pour it over strawberry gelato. Gingerbread men sandwiches stuffed with a vanilla bourbon cream. lamb in a bicuit, roasted pork belly, hearty chilli with sour cream.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 03:09:38 | More by dpianka
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-04-2013 01:38:48 | More by Sparky44
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bigbeerfan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-01-2013 03:43:12 | More by bigbeerfan
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jderosia603

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-28-2013 14:51:22 | More by jderosia603
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ryanpj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-28-2013 03:33:46 | More by ryanpj
Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.