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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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86
very good

330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
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 jsteele
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of brikelly
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
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
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Warwick
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of phingdong
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of brod25
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hints of vanilla, caramel, dark fruit and bourbon on the nose. Poured dark brown with a thank tan head and appears reddish brown in the light. Tastes of roasted malts, plums and raisins with a bourbon and dark chocolate finish. Decent overall, starts a little sweet and finished bitter.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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 pathman
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of CBodamer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of nathanjohnson
1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

Photo of jhighlandbrewing
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown body beneath the hn tan head which quickly dissolves leaving only the faintest ring of lacing around the glass.

Aromas of yeast, candied sugar and milk chocolate float from the glass with hints of roasted malt.

The flavor offers more hop presence than the nose would hint as well as a stronger roasted malt presence paired with the milk chocolate and previously mentioned Belgian yeast.

The body is medium to fuller with a fair amount of carbonation. So far this has been the only hint of oak barrels which shows up in the woody, yet sweet after taste.

I can appreciate wghat Smuttybose was looking to accomplish here and pretty much nailed it outside of the bourbon barrel aspect.

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 Bendurgin
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with a thin tan head.

The first aroma noticed is bananas with hints of licorice in the background. Tough to notice anything else for the yeast is a bit overpowering but notes of chocolate in the background. Charred coffee on the pallet with some slight barrel notes. The yeast is a bit toned down in the pallet.

The boy is medium with coarse carbonation. Overall this one is okay. Drinkable but it i don't notice much of the barrel and the aroma is pretty one dimensional.

Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.