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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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85
very good

296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | 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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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 7.99. Bottled in 2013. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours black with a quickly dissipating 2 fingers of pale tan head. Very little head.

Smells of odd yeast, dark fruit and smoke.

Taste is a bizarre mix of stout and quad. Roasty smoke, dark cocoa, cherry pits, toffee, burnt sugar, funky semi sour yeast, faint vanilla, woodsy bourbon and lemon peel. A whole lot going on.

Slick medium feel with slight but present effervescence. Funky sweet bourbony finish.

Not a bad beer but it's not quite my thing. A interesting blend of styles. I think I'll stick to either full on quads or imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:33:18 | More by ThickNStout
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cavedave

New York

2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Darkest brown, thick looking, big topper of light brown foam that really hangs in. Perhaps this beer's best feature.

Woaah, didn't think I would smell all the flavors advertised, but wheat, dark malts, belgian yeasts, and candi sugar are all big players here in a rendition called, on its label, a stout. Fruity, yeasty and sweet roast, sort of coffee in there.

This Belgian Wheat Stout, aka BSDA, good catchall, has a strong and muddled taste of all above, and no barrel in taste or nose. Plenty of sweet in it, and not so much in a good way. Dark fruit for sure, but also not playing well with the myriad rooty and roasty notes that rule the end of the sip. Not delicious, but points for strange.

Here is the biggest fail, syrupy, and clingy in a bad, mediciny sort of way. Med. carb. but maybe too much, maybe too low, maybe it doesn't matter. Not a clean linger TSTL.

Some would argue a Belgian Wheatwine Stout BSDA is a bad idea. I would agree with them. This yeast doesn't play well with other flavors here. I wouldn't get this again, suggest you do the same.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:36:48 | More by cavedave
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billab914

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Devil's Backbone snifter. Black in color with a thin, frothy head to it. Decent retention and lacing as I drank it.

Aroma shows dark, roasted malts and chocolate notes mixing with a sweeter, fruity, estery yeast presence. It's got some distinct banana flavors to the yeast as well. I don't get any of the barrel aging in the aroma unfortunately.

The taste has more of the roasted malts and dark chocolate to it. The finish also shows a little of the barrel aged character. The estery, banana like yeast flavors are there but they are a little more reserved thankfully.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being about average. Overall, it was a pretty good beer. The fruity, yeasty notes dominated the aroma a little too much for me but the flavors came together pretty well The barrel aging didn't really seem to add much though unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:08:09 | More by billab914
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LOCAL

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-23-2012 01:32:09 | More by LOCAL
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-22-2012 20:32:57 | More by st9647v3
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erlenmeyer

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-22-2012 14:01:57 | More by erlenmeyer
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Didier

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-22-2012 05:10:25 | More by Didier
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34%

12-22-2012 02:10:56 | More by Hophead717
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TubaManJack

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So according to the beer menu it's a belgian stout with a 50-50 split between fresh and burbon barrel aged. Needless to say I am intrigued.

Appearance - black as night and opaque. An almost tan grey head.
Smell - a mixed bag of dark malt, a touch of burbon, mild Belgian yeast
Taste - an interesting dichotomy of fresh and aged. There was a mild sweetness of unfermented sugar rounding out the taste. This was more of a malt and yeast exhibition than burbon.
Mouthfeel - light for many of the belgian stouts I have had and the lower abv helps support this

Overall - I liked it and its a nice change of pace and a good hybrid to try when you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 01:58:49 | More by TubaManJack
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a goblet, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (cherries, plums), roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, bananas, and some vanilla. It tastes like bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (plums, figs), roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, and a bit of smoke and banana. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has moderate/high soft carbonation. I think this is a good overall Belgian-style stout. I don't think the partial batch barrel aging hurt this brew at all, although I'd like to try a version of this beer that was fully aged along with the base version of it as well. At $5.99 a bomber, I'd certainly pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 00:38:41 | More by bluejacket74
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-21-2012 20:12:26 | More by lupercmda
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-21-2012 16:02:07 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Khazadum

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-21-2012 04:26:25 | More by Khazadum
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SlickestWilly

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-21-2012 00:16:25 | More by SlickestWilly
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CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split and poured into snifters. Bottle conditioned in 2012.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger slightly tanned head. Takes a minute or two to settle down to a thin covering. A good amount of yeast settles to the bottom of the glass. No real lacing.

S: Has a fruity aroma that I was not expecting from such a dark beer. I'd say its a cherry mixed with a yeastiness. If you look for it you can get some of the bourbon notes.

T: The two snifters taste very different with one having the yeast poured into it. The start of the bottle holds much more bourbon and roasted malt while the bottom of the bottle is fruitier and has a tart bitterness. Nice and complex.

M: Medium bodied with a good warming feel, a little slick toward the back end. Very drinkable for a bourbon stout.

Overall this one is certainly worth a try. Complex and different. Imagining this would age very well and hope I can snag another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 01:02:32 | More by CloudStrife
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-18-2012 03:40:42 | More by Envelopes
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-17-2012 23:43:49 | More by PEIhop
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been curious about this beer since it started appearing on shelves - Belgian-style stout partially aged in bourbon barrels? Sure. Thanks to Mr. Nawskon for sharing this at a tasting.

Pours dark, but not quite black, with some flecks settled at the bottom. Tan head has decent retention eventually forming a thick ring.

Smell is straight up chocolate-covered bananas. Good but simple.

Taste opens things up a bit, a pretty even balance of stout and dark Belgian. Chocolate+caramel malt forward, dark fruits, banana, some vanilla and roasted malt. Not much of a bourbon presence here but a good combo of flavors.

Body and carbonation are fine and fit the style, a bit boozier than expected.

This is a tasty beer - I feel like it could've been more though, the bourbon barrel didn't seem to add much here.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 19:00:03 | More by Chico1985
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flyingmick

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-17-2012 03:05:20 | More by flyingmick
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-16-2012 18:26:42 | More by Snellgg5
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Bung

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Nearly opaque black pour, thin frothy layer of cream head. Retention ok, minimal lacing.

Aroma, healthy molasses and chocolate candy. Some vanilla, banana and yeasty spice.

Taste, Large chocolate and larger roast malt presence than I was expecting. Vanilla, some earthy spice, peat. Vanilla and molasses as well. Stork chocolate resin finish.

Pretty solid mid body, carbonation in check enough to make this quite drinkable. Coating and nicely sticky. Alcohol barely shows.

A dessert beer and one of the best "Belgian" style stouts I've had. Not overwhelmed by yeast notes and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:03:50 | More by Bung
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a two inch, fizzy, khaki-colored head that sizzles and pops as it slowly collapses into a consistent skim. Delicate webs of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses fruity esters as well as a hint of bubblegum and cocoa. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a roasty character to the flavor profile, as well as a slight metallic tinge towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively, even carbonation. You don't see too many Belgian Stouts out there, so kudos to Smutty for putting one out. That said, while enjoyable, it's a little bit too fruit forward in my opinion. Nonetheless, a solid effort put forth by one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 00:39:31 | More by Jwale73
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 2012 big bottle. Sampled on December 15, 2012.

It pours a dark brown to nearly black with a small tan head that fizzles quickly.

The aroma is rich with sweet dark malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cherry, smoke, and a little hard liquor.

The body is better than medium but it has a slight astringency.

The taste starts sweet with caramel and bourbon and then evolves into a moderate lingering bitterness. The wood barrel is more noticeable in the taste than in the aroma. But overall this is a fine beer from Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 23:07:16 | More by puboflyons
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown almost black in color with a short 1/4" head.

Smell: roasted tones with vanilla and chocolate.

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate. vanilla, a hint of bourbon, some dark ripe fruits and a bit of alcohol create well balanced beer. Some yeast and candied sugars arrive late. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: a nicely flavored Belgian ale that is easy to quaff and very satisfying. Definitely worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 22:04:44 | More by Gavage
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head settling to a ring of foam.

S - Milk chocolate, alcohol ,clove, banana and belgian yeast notes. Light vanilla and bourbon. Sweet.

T - Lightly roasted malt, sweet belgian candi sugar, clove, alcohol, some char, cocoa and over ripe banana. Not much bourbon barrel in taste

M - Medium body and slightly sticky. Stinging carbonation on the tongue.

D - Disappointed with this one. A little hot and messy tasting.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 01:23:14 | More by brewcrew76
Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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