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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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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Photo of OtherShoe2


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a tan foam head that reduces to a ring. Spotty lace.

Charred malt and french roast coffee in the nose; some dark fruit. A little cherry/bourbon too.

Coffee, boozy dark fruit, charred, carbonized malt, bitter chocolate, with a long bitter finish. It works, but not earth shattering.

Full bodied, good carbonation.

Overall, a solid stout with a little fruit. Not over-hopped, which is a plus for me, but not a smooth beer, with some charred bitter edges and boozy notes. All flavors are up front.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 17:27:57 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 01:34:24 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-24-2012 03:26:42 | More by Chugs13
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-13-2013 17:21:35 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-24-2012 05:02:22 | More by Falcone
Photo of 2dogbrew


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-04-2013 01:32:56 | More by 2dogbrew
Photo of Sparky44


4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-04-2013 01:38:48 | More by Sparky44
Photo of rlee1390


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head and clear ruby while pouring.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, clove, slight bourbon, vanilla and darker fruits.

T-Roasted malt and darker fruits that do not completely balance with each other. Not much bourbon either. Malt is too burnt as well.

M-Light to medium bodied but not much carbonation.

O-Smutty missed the mark on this one, their regular Imperial Stout is good, this one, not so much.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 21:35:42 | More by rlee1390
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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Score: 86

Winter 2012-13 vintage bottle served in a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed on 02/12/13.

Appearance: Molasses color with thin layer of beige head. Poor lacing, poor retention. 3/5

Smell: Roasted malt, cocoa, banana and subtle bourbon. A little fruitiness too. Roast more prevalent in nose than elsewhere. 3.75/5

Taste: Roast ones upfront, then chocolate and banana throughout. Only the faintest sweet bourbon flavor. A little fruitiness in the finish too. Chocolate and banana are the main characters on the palate here. Malty in a good way. Slightly growing roast towards the finish as the beer warms. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good level of carbonation for the style. Moderately dry finish. 3.75/5

Overall: For the price, this beer is really solid. It is better than I expected, certainly something I would drink again, but it is not a beer I would recommend you particularly seek out.

Cost: $5.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 17:24:04 | More by jegross2
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-21-2012 20:12:26 | More by lupercmda
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

05-20-2013 21:34:05 | More by GrindFatherBob
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-27-2013 21:53:18 | More by SadMachine
Photo of whatname


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-14-2013 06:32:12 | More by whatname
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-23-2014 21:01:46 | More by Burt
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-03-2013 19:49:05 | More by JRod1969
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 05:06:42 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of MDDMD


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and some lacing

S-dark roasted malt, dark fruit, bourbon, brown sugar

T-dark fruit, dark roasted malt, vanilla, light bourbon notes, caramel

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, alcohol not very noticeable

O-pretty decent beer, had a good flavor and enjoyable to sip

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 22:02:47 | More by MDDMD
Photo of far333


3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 22:16:00 | More by far333
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-25-2012 03:33:04 | More by ElGallo
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-06-2013 01:27:46 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of brewcrew76


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 01:23:14 | More by brewcrew76
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 05:56:53 | More by n2185
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-03-2013 03:41:20 | More by sneaks2210
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-10-2012 16:35:26 | More by CaptDavyJones
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-09-2013 22:12:53 | More by jacewg
Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.