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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | 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
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Ratings: 359 | Reviews: 103
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown body beneath the hn tan head which quickly dissolves leaving only the faintest ring of lacing around the glass.

Aromas of yeast, candied sugar and milk chocolate float from the glass with hints of roasted malt.

The flavor offers more hop presence than the nose would hint as well as a stronger roasted malt presence paired with the milk chocolate and previously mentioned Belgian yeast.

The body is medium to fuller with a fair amount of carbonation. So far this has been the only hint of oak barrels which shows up in the woody, yet sweet after taste.

I can appreciate wghat Smuttybose was looking to accomplish here and pretty much nailed it outside of the bourbon barrel aspect.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oily, viscous black brown pour yields a fluffy beige head. Retains well sticks like sea tide drifts as it recedes.

Roast malt, licorice and barrel char aroma. Very mild smoke like campfire ashes from the night before.

Dark fruity bourbon and licorice. Nice interplay between the aforementioned flavors. Some char and dark chocolate syrup in back.

I had the Smutty small batch Belgian stout and I didn't like it at all (I don't like the style in general though). I don't know if this is a completely different recipe or just a bourbon-ized version but it's much better and my favorite of the style so far.

Photo of Bendurgin
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with a thin tan head.

The first aroma noticed is bananas with hints of licorice in the background. Tough to notice anything else for the yeast is a bit overpowering but notes of chocolate in the background. Charred coffee on the pallet with some slight barrel notes. The yeast is a bit toned down in the pallet.

The boy is medium with coarse carbonation. Overall this one is okay. Drinkable but it i don't notice much of the barrel and the aroma is pretty one dimensional.

Photo of CJS
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tdmccarthy
1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since I pretty much try any of Smuttynose big beer series I reluctantly found this one for sale at Halftime beverage for $7.50. Its a tad more expensive but bourbon barrel treatment usually costs a bit more...

A - Looks like a stout I could get into. Pours is very dark and very thick especially for only 8%. I only got a 1/4 of an inch of mocha head but it seems to stick around for a bit. Very sticky lacing to boot.

S - Well it's very woody and as some Belgium dark fruit like dried plums and raisins. Just a mild if any twang of bourbon which mixed well with the roast and caramel like malts. Hopefully it tastes as good.

T - Very strange it starts off as a nice Bourbon stout but quickly falls to a sour cherry and leather kind of taste that leaves a medicinal herbal tea/coffee taste. Finish is clinging bitter and has some roasty aspect. I can drink it but I am not sure I want to... Who enjoys these flavors?!?!?

M - Much more medium bodied and creamy than the initial thick pour but kind of a mess of flavors.

Overall I am not sure what they were trying to accomplish or even if they drank it before it went out the door. To tell you the truth I was pretty much hoping it was a Belgium imperial stout like Weyerbacher tiny but I was TOTALLY wrong.

Photo of Orange
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of cavedave
2.56/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Didier
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of TubaManJack
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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