Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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:
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 Chaney
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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.

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ESeab
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a "The Smuttynose Big Beer Series" branded snifter

Pours a dark espresso brown with a two finger beige sea foam-like head that is reminiscent of heads found capping Belgian dubbels and quadrupels. Fades fairly quickly. Big fruity Belgian yeast, vanilla, cocoa power, hints of oak and bourbon booziness. Dark chocolate covered plums, fig, caramel maltiness, vanilla, and toasted oak. Very light bourbon accents appear midpalate. Finishes pleasantly dry with dates and black cherry and some continued chocolate accents. Medium, very drinkable body. Slick, with lively carbonation. Consider me impressed as this brew delivered a level of complexity that wasn't expected. Very drinkable, complex, and extremely unique. Not to mention, at $5.99 a bomber the value for the quality this brew delivers is fantastic. Highly recommended.

Photo of MaximalC
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with faint ruby highlights and a modest khaki head of coarse bubbles. Rich aroma smells of brown sugar, raisins, some dark chocolate, and perhaps a faint trace of hops. The brew is flavorful on the front end but difficult to dissect. There is some dark fruit, roasted malt, and zesty Belgian yeast that takes a bit more than its fair share of the flavor profile. There is some bitterness present as well, but it's hard to say whether this is due to hopping or just a byproduct of the roast. Despite the bourbon barrel verbiage on the bottle, whatever bourbon is there could only be regarded as trace amounts. The carbonation is a bit too frolicsome for my tastes, which distracts from the actual flavor of the brew. The mouthfeel, while moderately sticky, is slightly thinner than I look for in a stout, but probably appropriate for a Belgian ale.

The highlight here is a delightful finish that creeps up on you in the end, with a prominent dose of fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and warming alcohol. The aftertaste holds steady for an impressive duration, affording plenty of time to savor. If the whole affair was as delicious as the finish, this could be special. As is, this remains an interesting fusion of Belgian ale and conventional stout, with plenty of flavor and texture to peruse. Would probably be phenomenal on nitro.

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Try to pick up any new Smuttynose when I hit the Wisconsin border, since just about every beer they make is good. Another pickup, here. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is appropriately black, with the fizzy coffee head that I've come to expect from dark beers of Belgish lineage. Nose is kicking the irony out of the color: bananas? Cloves? Is this a hidden hefe? Also rich milk chocolate...ain't this a palette of weird.

Zinneke is as confused as the smell promised. More overripe bananas lightly coated with chocolate sauce. Mild roast flails through in the middle, cut with oatmeal, weapons-grade carbon, & a tangy medicinal quality that's very unappealing. Faint hop bitterness &, finally, whisper of vanilla & bourbon right at the end. Very thin, this would barely quality as a porter.

Love the experimentation, but this one falls flat for me; the tastes are just a tangled mess of jumbles. Mediocre? Seems like an inappropriate word, but in the end, it fits.

Photo of jrohrbacher
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of msondel
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black body, sturdy billowing soufflé head, long lasting and creamy in texture.

Nutty dark chocolate, banana and plum esters from the Belgian yeast.

Chocolate, cocoa, bitter roast in the aftertaste. Lingering dried fruit traces of dates and plums. Smooth supple feel, medium bodied and slightly chewy. A little bit of dry woodiness in the aftertaste, but otherwise not much overt bourbon presence. Dry bitterness lingers in the finish. Nicely blended and well integrated. Smooth and warming on a cold winter afternoon.

Photo of sixtyMIN
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of mmmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as midnight oil with a tall head of coffee colored foam - good retention.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, plumb, earthy, woody, nutty - a beautifully complex nose.

Creamy mouth with a chocolate coating and a robust body big on coffee flavor. The dark fruit/plumb notes are subdued in the background but come forward with some sweet caramel malt notes. A chewy malt mouthfeel with a lingering woody fruit finish. This one is full of flavor all over the place = a very tasty brew.

Photo of Dank26
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Kinsman
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark and rich body thats capped by a large and sticky tan head. Not sure how you improve on this one. Roasted malts right up front on the nose with a nice mix of dark fruits and some wood and vanilla hints as well.

Nice roasty stout flavors on the palate with a sweeter side than normal. Chocolate and vanilla mix in with a some fruity flavors as well. A bit lighter on the mouth than many stouts but it certinaly doesn't hurt the beer. Makes it all the more drinkable.

Not sure why this had so many lackluster reviews. Anyone expecting a big bold imperial stout clearly doesn't know how to read a beer label. A relatively moderate 8.4% ABV makes for a nice midweek drink and the Belgian yeast certainly adds a nice fruity quality you don't find in Smuttys other stouts/porters.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark, dark brown where no light shines through. If I didn't know any better, I'd swear this is a stout. Light head, even for a bar pour. Some runny ring lace.

There's an element of a stout to the aroma (burnt patent malt?). Unlike most Browns, this one has a bit hop nose.

Starts with the black patent malt,which remains throughout the entire taste. There's an alcohol presence up front. Dark chocolate and mocha are the initial flavors. Relatively thin body with a high carbonation. The aftertaste has a dollop of bitterness with the aforementioned black patent flavors.

Photo of jdhilt
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, faint ruby highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted chocolate nose and flavor is chocolate, hints of caramel and bourbon. Bottle conditioned 2012, $6.79 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

Photo of Charlie_Hoss
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beagle75
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with less than one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and beige sediment remains at the bottom.

S: Dark vinous fruit, anise, and an integrated combination of scorched malt and bitter chocolate. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with early vinous fruit and heavy yeast metabolites. Acidity is mild into the middle where refined roasted malt is compartmentalized by persistent banana esters. Although the entire profile is a potent mix of earth and almonds, it becomes distinct during the finish as some of the yeast complexity eases. Although alcohol is suggested in the form of fancy liquor, it does not stand out.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A stout with stronger-than-normal yeast influences, this beer delivers on the Belgian promise but neglects the purported barrel aspect. The sensory qualities are divided between rich earth and yeast-affected fruit, probably to the detriment of this beer's overall character.

Photo of Rekrule
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of sentomaster
2.31/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was disgusting. I was really expecting something pretty awesome because Smutty usually delivers the awesome- not this time. looked nice enough in the glass; dark brown almost black with a nice three finger head.

The smell is where this went south fast. Smelled a bit funky and like old leather shoes. Really no trace of any barrel influence. The taste pretty much follows with some oak and maybe a touch of vanilla. Hard to tell what's buried, if anything, under the initially unappealing flavors of musty leather and weird earthy root like flavors. There's no dark fruit or real sweetness- or if there is it's just getting muddled away in the rest of the weirdness going on here.

This beer is just a mess that has too much going on and ends up going nowhere fast. Drainpour #3 in my life I think.

Photo of Ryan011235
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.

Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.