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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 7
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: 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Griffith, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

mjstacker, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

skydogpenn, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber, a gift

Served in half acre goblet - dark bodied with a light mocha head. I am not a Smuttynose enthusiast, though I know they are more capable than this. Smuttynose calls this a 'belgian style stout'. I guess I should be honest and state that I think the words 'belgian' and 'stout' should not be combined - the clash of yeast strains and dark roasty malt is very offputting to me. They sat this sucker in bourbon barrels for a bit too, but that's lost in the shuffle. Too bitter, too roasty - a mess

dirtylou, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

vinny21bal, Feb 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Texasfan549, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

kjkinsey, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

woodchipper, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

MattTastrophee, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

BuckTuckian, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is extremely dark brown to the point of a black hole. Minimal mocha receding head clings to the sides.

Aromas of baking chocolate, Concord grape juice, roasted grain and malt. Nice sweetness to it with coffee and faint alcohol. To me a classic Belgium ale.

Taste initially is bittersweet chocolate. Caramel cola, star anise, sweet malt and hops. Temps 55-60' yield more pronounced oaky bourbon with vanillas and Belgium sugars.

Medium to heavy bodied with a creamy texture as you savor this. Each sip has the aroma of roasted grain and the drying bitterness lays on the tongue awhile. Some stickiness on the lips.

Not over the top barrel aged brew yet satisfying and I would even go as far to say that this is a sleeper in the world of whale hunting. I've had a few of these and look forward to this for years to come. These guys and gals always keep their craft extremely well priced and a solid fare! Can't find that whale, give this a go!

joeseppy, Dec 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

AndyEich, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

bradfordjohnson, Nov 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

irish01980, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

d_brommer_nh, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

prototypic, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

whatname, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Mycescephalus, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

GRG1313, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

bigbluebeerguy, Oct 31, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, released winter 2012
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Like a blend of Belgian strong dark ale with a stout, Zinneke features fully flavored roasted malts and modest cocoa with Belgian yeast produced grape-like esters and spicy nutmeg/clove-like phenols. Not sure if this was special enough that I'd seek it out again.

Pours a 2cm tall head of pale khaki foam, made up of small bubbles, creating a frothy appearance. Retention is above average, lasting about two minutes in a slow decline to a thin film atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, but not excellent. Body is a very dark amber brown to black color, light bringing out very dark mahogany hues to the opaque beer. Carbonation is visible, vaguely, along sides of the glass, seemingly fairly active and numerous.

Aroma is of modest raisin, prune, molasses, modest roasted malt, slight cola and faint anise. Pleasant, but surprisingly understated and muted for a large, Belgian, part bourbon barrel aged stout.

Front of palate picks up roasted malt, mild cocoa, sharp Belgian yeast phenols giving a slightly clove-like flavor, raisins, prune, and anise. Mid-palate intensifies Belgian yeast phenols, leading to a greater clove and nutmeg flavor atop roasted malts, anise, raisins and prunes, and mild cocoa. Back of palate features strong Belgian yeast phenols with grape ester-tinged roasted malt, anise, prune, raisin, and cocoa. Aftertaste is of slightly astringent roasted malts, moderately bitter hops, grape esters, Belgian yeast phenols (nutmeg and clove).

Beer is medium in weight, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a creamy, foamy, pleasant mouthfeel that is never fizzy. Beer is maybe a bit thin for the style, but closes dry, with mild lingering astringency and substantial stickiness on the palate.

falloutsnow, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Wukk, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

M1A2, Oct 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

npala86, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jacewg, Oct 09, 2013
Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.