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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Elysian tulip because I don't (yet) have a Smuttynose one.

A: Poured a dark, dark chocolate brown color, with only a slight mocha head that died down rather quickly. Barrel-aging (partial) at its finest.

S: Nothing miraculous or earth-shatter, but I did get a whiff of some dark malt with a bit of roast and some raisons.

T: Much more bitter than I was expecting. Like many have stated, this isn't anything amazing, but it's still good. I even noticed the Belgian yeast strain after a few sips.

M: Bitter for sure, Belgian-like (the more I dug in), and with a serviceable carbonation bill. Lotsa lacing.

O: Good, not great. However, this one is pretty easy on the wallet.

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of jsh420
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jegross2
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of KYGunner
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous ebony color pours under a thick, cloud like head of brown foam. The color is radiant and the head had moderate retention.

I get dark fruit on the nose, chocolate malt, creme, molasses and maple. It seems to change as its warms.

Really good oatmeal stout character with strong chocolate malt and what I perceive as toasted oats. Relatively dry this has some creamy qualities. I get a little barrel personality but it does seem to crop up at times. This has more chocolate features with a touch of caramel.

The feel is dry but has a duplicitous creamy side. Some alcohol heat hits the chest but for the most part it's easy to drink.

The barrel characteristics are not abundant enough to really raise the score. I enjoyed this but had you told me this was a breakfast stout I'd fallen for it.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.