1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Smuttynose ZinnekeSmuttynose Zinneke

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

302 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 302
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 302 | Reviews: 93 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of koopa
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

koopa, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottled conditioned

Pours a very dark brown color with a good sized light tan head, fades slowly and leaves a lasting cap on top, only small bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a strong roasted malt aroma, dark fruit also hits the nose mixed with a strong vanilla aroma, kind of all over the place, not picking up much of the bourbon barrel aging though.

Taste starts out with the caramel roasted malt backing, vanilla and the Belgian candied sugars strikes next, a strong bourbon burn follows in the aftertaste, slight woody presence but not overwhelming like the burn, carbonation is nice and soft which gives a decent body.

An interesting beer, I think a year of age will mellow out the burn and smooth out some of the other characteristics as well.

deltatauhobbit, May 23, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Notch on label says Bottle Conditioned in 2012.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Big dark roast aroma with nice notes of chocolate and a bit of Belgian candi sugar.

T- Flavor is more straightforward with a heavy thrust of dark roasted malt, a bit of sweetness and not much else. The sweetness is the only thing that stands out as Belgian-esque to me. Notes of chocolate, caramel and some raisin. I don't sense much of a barrel presence.

M- Thick and chewy but smooth. Medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- Not one of my favorites from the Big Beer series but still very tasty.

Immortale25, May 21, 2013
Photo of seplo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

seplo, May 21, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
3/5  rDev -20.8%

GrindFatherBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

twenty5, May 17, 2013
Photo of Tidesox28
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Tidesox28, May 14, 2013
Photo of andrewschirmer
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

andrewschirmer, May 14, 2013
Photo of whallgren
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

whallgren, May 12, 2013
Photo of cornpone
3/5  rDev -20.8%

cornpone, May 11, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

GarthDanielson, May 09, 2013
Photo of dalepryor
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
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.

barnzy78, May 07, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

drummermattie02, May 06, 2013
Photo of jdhasse
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

jdhasse, May 04, 2013
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, May 04, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

spycow, May 03, 2013
Photo of srgj88
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

srgj88, May 01, 2013
Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

mychalg9, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of atoulouk
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

atoulouk, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of lunarbrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%

lunarbrew, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Hanzo, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Pencible
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.

Pencible, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of BrownAleMale
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BrownAleMale, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Hairrrrrrrr, Apr 07, 2013
Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.