Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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4.88/5 rDev +28.8%
date of tasting: 4/4/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
brewery location: Portsmouth, NH
style: Strong Dark Belgian Ale
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.
04-05-2013 03:09:38 | More by dpianka
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-25-2013 04:42:01 | More by elgiacomo
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
03-24-2013 00:22:23 | More by corby112
4.13/5 rDev +9%
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.
03-20-2013 00:57:27 | More by brewtus
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
03-12-2013 19:57:48 | More by thecheapies
3.43/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
03-12-2013 12:43:02 | More by jlindros
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
03-05-2013 02:43:37 | More by ryan1788a5
Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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