1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Smuttynose ZinnekeSmuttynose Zinneke

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

312 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 312
Reviews: 93
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)
View: Beers (54) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 312 | Reviews: 93 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Cath
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JoeMans
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Burt
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mjstacker
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of skydogpenn
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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

Photo of vinny21bal
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of MattTastrophee
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of BuckTuckian
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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!

Photo of AndyEich
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of bradfordjohnson
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of irish01980
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of prototypic
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Mycescephalus
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.