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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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very good

333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
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 SlickestWilly
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Envelopes
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of flyingmick
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Snellgg5
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Bung
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of mkennedy119
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Churchkey during Zwanze Day. Served in a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours black with a thick layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass and leaves some mild lacing.

Smell: Lots of roast and dark chocolate here. I'm getting a mild bourbon note and some dark fruit as well.

Taste: This beer is quite bitter up front with some dark chocolate and roast. I'm getting dark fruit and smooth bourbon notes. The finish is a bit peppery with some alcohol heat and a bitterness from the roast.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a finish that is very dry.

Overall: The old and new beer blended works quite well here. You got interesting notes from both. I would have more in the future.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice pretty much black except when held close to the light there is some deep brown that barely shows,a thinner beige head atop.Caramel and toffee notes stick out most in the nose along with some Belgian yeasty spiced notes.A nice mix of earthy roasty stout,vanilla/barrel, and yeasty spiced Belgian Dark on the palate,not overly sweet and it's pretty earthy in the finish.Comparing this to the Thirteenth Hour Stout this wins because it's more complex and not overly sweet,it's just good.

Photo of irs
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle. Label tells me it was "Bottle-conditioned in: 2012"

Belgian style stout aged in bourbon barrels. Pours near black, dark tan head that rapidly goes to a film, minor collar and then leaves moderate amounts of ringed low sheeting and then minimal spotty lacing.

Nose of dark chocolate, brandy and some licorice.

Tasty, big and bold, with more rich chocolate notes as well as some bitter coffee. On the thinner side body wise. Finishes with a biting and super drying hop presence.

I like it, gonna put a bottle away for Christmas dinner and pair it with a decadent chocolate and raspberry cake.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dwescott
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of morningthief
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

A- Pours near pitch black with no highlights around the edges. A thin, crispy, kahki colored head that fades quickly and leaves little touches of lacing sticking to the sides.

S- Dark fruit that was gently smoked, dark Belgian cocoa powder, black iced coffee, roasted hazelnuts/pecans/walnuts/almonds, and maybe just a touch of the bourbon... smells more like a peaty scotch. Nice, not spectacular... but nice sitting by the fire and sniffing.

T- Some cocoa, smoked malt (or charred barrel), some sour cherry yeastiness. Picking up a little booze. Gentle notes of over-ripe banana, light coffee, figs, dried cranberries and roasted walnuts.

M- Pretty thin and whimpy. Nice bitter chocolate finish. Just a light touch of booze.

O- This is a good, not great effort from Smuttynose. The bourbon has more of a single malt scotch taste to me... lots of smoked peat, not so much vanilla/oak/maple syrup. Again, decent... but nothing that I'd be running out looking for.

Photo of fehrminator
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of GoGriz
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown, almost black, with a fingers worth of light tan head that sticks to the glass

S-rich malt, dark fruits, light chocolate and molasses, and light bitter coffee

T-Black coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt with some breadlike qualities. As the beer warms I'm getting more of the Belgian yeast and dark fruits.

M-medium body, medium carbonation, a dry roasted flavor is left

Overall as the beer warms I get more of the Belgian qualities of the beer, though I don't get much of the bourbon flavor that the beer is supposed to be aged in. Overall I like it and would have it again.

Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.