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Smuttynose Zinneke - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose ZinnekeSmuttynose Zinneke

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BA SCORE
85
very good

284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%


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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oline73

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 02:37:51 | More by oline73
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 23:14:35 | More by oberon
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Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 01:33:28 | More by Billolick
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Thickfreakness

New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:24:04 | More by Thickfreakness
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ksimons

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 22:24:27 | More by ksimons
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n2185

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with two fingers of light tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Lots of Belgian sweetness up front with bubblegum, candy sugar, vanilla, and sweet cocoa. There's a floral, lavender-like quality as well. The finish is a bit more roasted, though still sweet smelling.

T: Roasted malts are a bit more present here with bitter chocolate and char. There is a significant underlying sweetness as well, with Belgian candy sugar, bubblegum, vanilla, and sweet fruits. Subtle notes of Belgian spices and yeast bring up the finish with a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is neither creamy nor crisp, but rather strikes a balance without being too thick or too watery.

O: An interesting and enjoyable beer overall. It says bourbon barrels on the bottle, though I don't really get any bourbon. The mix of flavors doesn't mesh perfectly, but it works well enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 05:56:53 | More by n2185
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #999. Thanks to Atremains for sharing this.

A- Pitch black beer poured into four pint glasses for a tasting. A light tan head forms to about a finger in size and has decent retention. A nice amount of creamy lace patches.

S- Definitely Belgian. The yeast shows up pretty big with notes of banana, spices, raisin and dark fruits. Beyond that some highly roasted malts and a bit of vanilla as well. The banana aroma here is very big.

T- Starts out with a huge roasted grains profile. The Belgian yeast comes out big-time especially with warmth. A big helping of banana, cloves, raisins, dark fruits and spices. Some dark candi sugars, a tiny bit of oak and vanilla. Not getting much of the barrel influence.

MF- Moderately thick body with creamy, moderately high carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth and some roasty bitterness.

Not really seeing much of the barrel influence here besides maybe a bit of vanilla and tiny bit of oak. The roastiness is just straight roast, no cocoa or coffee feel to me which is nice for a change. The yeast is massive with huge dark fruit and spice, especially as more time goes by.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:00:42 | More by cbutova
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j37geogaddi

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 23:40:20 | More by j37geogaddi
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projektyle

New Hampshire

2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:07:38 | More by projektyle
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:59:07 | More by Gosox8787
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:08:08 | More by johnnnniee
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brewtechnik

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 00:25:09 | More by brewtechnik
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 08:53:14 | More by BEERMILER12
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 22:55:53 | More by smakawhat
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 21:47:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swung over to Smutty today to pick up my case of this... Enjoyed one out in the 'Zebo as Fall slowly ebbs away...

Poured into a small tulip, it was a deep, dense, opaque brown. Only when held up to the sunlight was I able to see some ruby highlights...Head was creamy and beige, thinned rapidly and left just trace amounts of lace. Nose was on the mild side, with some roasty choco evident.. Body was a good medium, and it was a carbo-lacking smooth on the tongue.

Flavor had some light sweetness, with choco and roastiness present. Also found were some dark fruit notes, a la raisin and figs. Vanilla and subtle bourbon characteristics are also noted here, and the bitterness was quite restrained. Solid all around! Zum Wohl!!

4/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 21:39:17 | More by Bierman9
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Smuttynose Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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