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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | 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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mecmd, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of n0rmann
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

n0rmann, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Robdrinx
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Robdrinx, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev +5.5%

thegerm87, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of j37geogaddi
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

This is, easily, one of the most interesting beers I've ever tried. Period. Maybe one of the very best beers I've ever tried.

Pours dark brown, not black, and small amount of lace in the glass when the foam drops.

Smells like a Belgian Brown, and maybe some hints of coffee and Banana.

Taste is very complex. Starts out like a Belgian Brown, but then the coffee and chocolate come through. What separates this beer from others, is after all of that, the flavor of Oak-ey Banana and Vanilla is present towards the finish. There's more going on, but those are the most obvious characteristics. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but if you can get past that- this is a standout beer.

I'm honestly confused by the lackluster reviews here... Yes, its thinner than some heavy Stouts- if you're looking for a regular Imperial Stout, this isn't one... But it does have enough alcohol and flavor complexity to make up for that and then some. Take it for what it is- a unique take on the Belgian Stout, and one of the most delicious beers around... If you ask me.

j37geogaddi, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of AdamP
4/5  rDev +5.5%

AdamP, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of projektyle
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Looks great, smells good, although the hint of cherry gives me a slight foreboding. I drank this while watching the SEC Championship game, and I am a Georgia fan, so that may have colored my impression of the beer, although I tried to judge it objectively. The key words that sum up my experience were thin, sour, and fizzy. These are not features I look for in a stout.

projektyle, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of ferrettman687
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ferrettman687, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

oldedog, Dec 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

gkob, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle purchased for $6. Not bad at all for a bourbon barrel aged stout. Chilled and poured into my Cigar City tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to almost black in color. Pours a really nice, two finger begie head that sticks before receding into a nice thin lacing.

Aroma: Milk chocolate, sweet cherries, belgian yeast tones and some pretty noticable alcohol presence. Maybe just a touch of vanilla and bourbon, but the dark fruit and clove notes from the yeast overpower any barrel. Interestingly enough, as this warms, the belgian yeast tones really start to become dominate.

Taste: Milk chocolate and roasted coffee notes provide some nice backbone and the stout qualities to this beer. Lots of dark fruit and cherries with some clove and fused alcohol. As this warm, the stout qualities are lessening and the belgian notes are getting stronger. The alcohol definitely is present throughout and I would guess this beer is a bit higher than teh ABV listed. The bourbon from the barrel is barely present, if at all.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than average body from the style. Definitely on the thin side. Carbonation is pretty spot on though.

Overall, an interesting take on a belgian style stout that feels more belgian than stout. The barrel notes are almost so subtle that I completely miss them. The alcohol is also not as mellowed as I would expect. Not a bad beer at all, but a bit of a letdown for a favorite style of mine.

Gosox8787, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that shows good retention and spotty lace. Smells of roast, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, a bit of lactose like sweetness, spicy Belgian yeasty esters, and a mild bit of vanilla. The flavor is actually quite complex. Mild chocolate and dark sugary sweetness up front that is almost immediately pushed aside for some peppery yeastiness. Juicy and lightly tart dark fruits come around next and meld with a bit of chocolate and roast before a touch of vanilla, oak, and ethanol show up. Long lingering sweet tart fruit sugar and chocolate finish last long after every sip. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary mouthfeel. Wow this one impressed me. It might be a hair on the sweet side, but I enjoyed the hell out of this brew.

johnnnniee, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of brewtechnik
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

2012 bomber slightly chilled, poured into a snifter...

This beer looks awesome...dark brown with minimal tan head lasting only a few minutes until dissipating into a consistent outer ring. Very clean and clear...nice lacing as well.

I smell raisins, vanilla, wood/bourbon, tad bit of Belgian yeast character (but not over done).

The taste starts with hops and toned down Belgian yeast flavor (low phenolics), transitions into chocolate, vanilla, wood and little bourbon, and finishes with dark fruits, dark chocolate and hop bitterness mixed with a little ethanol twang.

This beer is fairly light bodied with perfect medium carbonation...more of a porter in comparison, but right in style for a Belgian dark. Easy drinking, not very filling...I would have no problem finishing a second bottle.

Overall I would like to see this beer a little heavier in body, with a larger percentage (possibly even 100%) aged in bourbon-oak. This is another solid beer from Smutty that I'll definitely buy again, perhaps even age some for half year to bring out more of the chocolate and dark fruit character. Good buy at $7 regardless!

brewtechnik, Nov 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

jlogan7, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Nov 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bootdown21, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +5.5%

2012

A: Pours a very dark mahogany color with a fingers worth of light brown head

S: Very fruity and estery from the Belgian yeast, along with some toffee, light toasted malts, and a hint of wood from the barrels

T: Starts off very BSDA-like, with plenty of dark fruits and esters from the yeast. Moves into stout territory with some nice dark chocolate, toffee, and toasted malts. Don't get a lot from the barrels (no bourbon presence at all), but there is a light presence of vanilla and wood. Alcohol is well hidden and goes well with the fruitiness

M: Medium-full bodied with plenty of carbonation

O: A solid Belgian stout with a great influence from the Belgian yeast strain(s). I know only a portion is aged in bourbon barrels, but there really isn't too much of an influence to be found. I'd like to see how the base beer stands up to the barrel aged portion. Regardless, this is a solid brew with plenty of Belgian and American character

BEERMILER12, Nov 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Donsmitty, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey DC.

A Dark walnut brown body is presented, with hints of red dark edges. Faint tan head is poured, not much retention, falls quite quickly leaving a super thin collar, quite soapy.

Nose has a neat fruit spice character to it, kind of a sweet licorice mild anisette a bit. With some warmth some sticky caramel too, but nothing that really appeals to me unfortunately.

Palate hits with the hinted sharp spice angle, almost peppery. A very light tannic wood, even mild smoke with large charring roast finish. Feel is a little thin. Some fruit character becomes more apparent kind of like a dirty soil earthy plum.

Overall real interesting palate, perhaps not an ultimate favorite to want again but certainly memorable.

smakawhat, Nov 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

smutty33, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

On-tap 11/25/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong chocolate flavor with some coffee, dark fruit and licorice in the background. Then a hearty roasted malt character and a good Belgian yeast breadiness come in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a very nice dark Belgian beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ElGallo, Nov 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

DBosco, Nov 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Ray7233, Nov 24, 2012
Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.