Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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very good

315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of NSK79
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Pitch black with ruby edges and a finger's width brown head.

A big milk chocolate aroma with some Belgian yeast notes.

Chocolate, licorice, Belgian yeast, clove, and a touch of hop.

Smooth and creamy. Medium body.

A good dark ale. Solid flavors and aromas and easy to drink for a strong ale. Didn't get any Boubon flavor, but that's ok since it is a quality beer on it's own.

Photo of tzolandz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of alamode
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of beerFool28607
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of chefduff2
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jsteele
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained at Tully's in Wells, ME. Pours an opaque black body with a quarter inch of light tan head. Espresso and dark chocolate make up the aroma. Espresso hits the palate first, with dark chocolate, nut, coming back to roasted coffee in the finish. Medium in body and carbonation. A nice toasty stout for the cold months. Roasty and dry.

Photo of Etan
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a woody black with a small tan head.

S: Cookie dough, mild roasted grain and coffee bean, some sweet spice and vanilla from the barrel.

T: Taste brings some mild roasted grain, banana esters, slight chocolate sweetness, some light tannic caramel and vanilla in the finish.

M: Creamy feel, medium-bodied.

O: Pretty good. 100% barrel-aging would make it a bit more memorable.

Photo of Grinky
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of bonkers
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my tulip glass this beer was near black in color. It had a dark tan head with a little bit of lace.

The aroma was dark fruit and cherry. Kind of toasty. Some vanilla

Nice taste. Toffee, sweet fruit/cherry. Some chocolate, and a little bit of vanilla.

This was a nice beer, just a little bit thinner than I thought it would be.

Still enjoyed it, though.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Light brown creamy/frothy head. Retention is about average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Nice nose on this. Christmas cookie spiciness meshes well with smokiness from the bourbon. Sweet caramel, dark candi sugar, plum, prune, raisin, and tobacco. Smokey bourbon with notes of leather, vanilla, and oak. Sweet, spicy, and complex nose.

3.0 T: The taste is more bourbon flavored than the nose. Much of the spiciness and sweet maltiness gets lost behind leathery and smokey bourbon. Vanilla and oak. Missing depth from the base beer. That's about all there is to say.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is a little bity without being spritzy or creamy. Just decent here.

3.0 D: Eh, it's alright, but it's nothing special. I've never been a huge fan of bourbon and Belgian, but I still can't help myself from giving it a try.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Stumbled onto this bottle during a recent trip to a nearby Binny's and felt it would be perfect for our New Year's Eve festivities. It pours a a bleak black-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and very light bourbon. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger sense of whiskey. Not much Belgian character is to be found here, at least by my tongue's reckoning. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid beer, though the lack of any Belgian character, the relatively thin feel of the proceedings, and the general lack of complexity in general lead to a kind of nigh-disappointment on my end. In other words: this is indeed a tasty and enjoyable beer, but nothing much more than that.

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, syrup, liquor, slight alcohol, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of liquor, hops, sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, and a hint of syrup. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottle Conditioned in 2012.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a tall, churning, tan head that's steadily, slowly flattens out. A few stray dots of lace.

Smell: Initial sniffs revealing well-roasted malt, charred breadcrusts, and bitter chocolate. A vinous presence, noted notes of ripe banana, spice, and, upon warming, even some half-chewed bubblegum. Incredibly subdued barrel-aging quality in the nose, which could be easily missed, if not specifically mentioned on the bottle's label.

Taste: Roasty, toasty, and chocolaty, but not quite as hard or bitter as I'd anticipated from the nose. Dark fruits leaning towards plums, also a fair amount of banana. Light spicing. Growing chocolaty tone, along with the barrel character, which I'll assume was only a small portion, as it's fairly subtle. Some bitterness, some alcoholic warmth. Chocolaty, spicy, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. It's not exactly thin, but it's not the thickest brew around.

Overall: While not loved, it was well-liked.

Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.