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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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85
very good

295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 91
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)
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-26-2013 04:03:28 | More by TonyTalon
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2012 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with red highlights and a two finger brown head that leaves some spots of lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is definitely that of a Belgian-style stout...roasted malts, coffee and chocolate paired with dark fruits and a strong yeast presence. The bourbon barrel impact is quite mild, mostly just picking up notes of the oak and not much more. Very good overall strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, Belgian yeast. Nice to see the barrel come through more here, but still mild overall compared to other barrel-aged stouts. Somewhat sweet, minimal bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, good to sharp carbonation.

Pretty good, but I’d prefer their regular Imperial Stout, to be honest. Nice balance of Stout and Belgian characteristics, could have used more barrel influence.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 04:42:01 | More by elgiacomo
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raffy313

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-24-2013 21:48:44 | More by raffy313
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pitch black, cloudy and opaque with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, roasted malt aroma.  Some piny resinous hops countered by dark chocolate malt, toast, coffee bean and oatmeal.  Decent amount of roast but sweetness and fudge/dessert like characteristics are dominant.  Still slightly hop forward.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of earthy hops, roasted malt and alcohol sweetness.  Dry piny bitterness up front with resinous oils and grassy pine needle flavor. This is countered by sweet chocolate, toffee and caramel as well as burnt toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal and roasted coffee bean.  Prominent boozy sweetness and heat in the finish.  Decently balanced but a touch too hot for my preference.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 00:22:23 | More by corby112
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cfh64

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-23-2013 21:32:10 | More by cfh64
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Beermaine

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-23-2013 00:28:12 | More by Beermaine
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-20-2013 23:29:57 | More by ShemRahBoo
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brewtus

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- poured into tulip, big foamy tan head that lingers for a little bit
S- Belgian yeast, chocolate, cinnamon, oaky, some vanilla
T/m- dark chocolate, Belgian yeast, some dark fruit, slightly oaky, milky texture, pretty easy drinking
O- I'd love to have more oak, there is a lot of chocolate and Belgian flavors. It's very unique and is a great balance between the flavors. If you made it an imperial stout, it would really make it an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:57:27 | More by brewtus
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark cola color with some purple-red tones. Another overpour. Head is a thin cap that barely fits in the glass. Rising carb visible through its translucency.

Alcohol-soaked prune, raisin, caramelized pear, dark candi sugar, phenols, medium roast.

Belgian chocolate, medicinal minerality, prune, bitter red grape skins, roastiness, and a flair of aged hops in the finish. A little too phenolic; heavily medicinal, which mixes astringently with the bitterness and semi-sweetness. Distant bourbon nuance. Very distant, but there. Redefined as something that is no longer whiskey.

Feels a little heady, but not heavy. Thinner than appropriate, and with some spry carb at work.

So-so, but I like the idea behind the interpretation. Lots of dark fruit and dark chocolate in the marriage. Not terribly far off.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 19:57:48 | More by thecheapies
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours light fizzy head covering, semi clear mahogany dark color.

Nose Belgian esters, phenolic and glue like phenols unhappy yeast, light Belgian chocolate, dusty oak, faint cocoa dust, cola syrup.

Taste starts with some cocoa, Belgian choc, light caramel and syrupy flavors, fairly sweet, light booze, back to esters, slight phenolic glue again but not as much as the nose, very faint oak, no bourbon, little yeasty flavor and light biscuit. Finish is sticky syrupy, little earthy herbal hop, biscuit, bbq sauce like flavor with syrupy sweetness, little cocoa, light phenols lingering.

Mouth is med to bigger bodied, decent carb, little slimy.

Overall not very good. Off flavors, unhappy yeast like it got too hot during fermentation, yeasty too, very little barrel, slimy, too estery, just overall not pleasant. Smuttynose really seems to be going in the wrong direction these days, their new beers haven't been very good, and even their old beers seem like they are losing a little something.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 12:43:02 | More by jlindros
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jwat

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

03-12-2013 01:21:05 | More by jwat
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-10-2013 16:56:54 | More by sweemzander
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MA08

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

03-09-2013 03:10:02 | More by MA08
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FlakyBiscuit

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-09-2013 01:19:14 | More by FlakyBiscuit
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown on the pour, nearly black. One inch of tan head quickly settles, but can be revived with a few strong swirls of the glass. Light wispy, spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is fruity and yeast forward. Banana and subtle apricot esters. Taffy. Caramel. Subdued roasted malt scents of chocolate and charcoal. Very slight phenols. Light prick pf alcohol. Muffled hints of toasted oak, vanilla, and bourbon.

T: Caramel and cola. Candi sugar. Belgian yeast gets a little lost in the shuffle, but it adds some fruity and vaguely spicy notes. Mild darkfruit esters of plum, blackberry, and fig. Banana taffy. Chocolate covered raisins. Roasted character builds on the mid-palate. Charcoal, wood, and dark chocolate cake. Slight jab of spicy alcohol and peppery phenol. Barrel character finally comes out toward the end. Drying woody oak and a kiss of bourbon on the finish.

M: Medium thick body, but deceptively light on the palate. Creamy and slightly chewy. Little to no carbonation.

O: A pretty good beer, but it's just a little too restrained across the board. A bolder stroke here or there would make all the difference.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:43:37 | More by ryan1788a5
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Goobastic

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-04-2013 16:24:44 | More by Goobastic
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andylipp

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-03-2013 23:43:15 | More by andylipp
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-03-2013 01:15:26 | More by rolltide8425
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-02-2013 19:15:25 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerrenda

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-02-2013 17:23:29 | More by Beerrenda
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle conditioned in 2012
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a thick coco tan head that last for a short bit. There are strands of microbubbles trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The yeast ester aroma of raisins fades away quickly with some more full black roasted malt aroma and a fusel alcohol heat note finishes.

T- The dry roasted black malt has some dark tootsie roll flavors as the beer opens. There is a roasted black bitterness in the finish with some mellow alcohol heat. Some faint burnt toast notes and slight hints of dark fruit esters come through when it is pretty warm.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and a gentle alcohol heat lingers.

O- This beer has a nice black roasted malt flavor but it is otherwise a bit thin and a bit to hot in alcohol. There isn’t much yeast characteristics that it really needs for support or any other hop or malt flavors to add depth to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 22:19:18 | More by rhoadsrage
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rlee1390

Indiana

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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jegross2

Illinois

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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wil19b85

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

02-25-2013 17:45:38 | More by wil19b85
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-24-2013 02:19:40 | More by DrunkinYogi
Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.