Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)
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Style:
German Doppelbock
Ranked #15
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,697
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.12%
Reviews:
404
Ratings:
653
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Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)
Notes: Formerly Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)

S’Muttonator Double Bock displays the characteristically full malt flavor that can only come from using the best German specialty malts, and a traditional decoction mashing technique. The extra effort also adds a lot of extra time to each batch, but that’s the only way to get the nuttiness, toffee notes and smooth character beer drinkers expect from a double bock.

2007 - 9.8%
2008 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.5%
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Photo of tekstr1der
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always interested to try anything ending with -ator, this doesn't disappoint. Dark brown pour with little off-white foam. Rich aromas of dark fruit abound mixed with sweet malt. Flavor follows similarly. Good American stab at this style. Would have again.

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Photo of Djoneil
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It remains a warm, humid evening here in Baltimore at the Brass Tap, so decided to 'finish' my exploration of the bock/doppelbock selection w/a 12oz bottle (3/21/17) poured in stages into another 8oz snifter

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, bottled on 3/21/17... purchased 2-3 weeks ago at State Line... poured into a snifter)

L: burnt tawny colored liquid with way more flaky sediment floating about than anticipated... a little foam forms, but soon creeps down and back to one corner of the glass in a crescent shape with a sun flare of thin cap jutting out

S: heavenly, cavernously-deep malty aromas - medium-dark caramel, hint of show leather... mellow sultana vinous note quickly emerges... faint essence of perfumy booze... mmm, expression and potency on par with some of the German imports

T: murky swath of sweetish, toasty bread crust, dried fruit (with a hint of date), and an herbal, leafy, lingering hop flavor and bitterness... the bitterness still has a little bite left... has a lovely, mildly-spiced caramel sugar cookie thing, but doesn't altogether deviate much from the standard reddish-brown angle on the style

F: dumpy-plush; medium-full bodied but rife with lil divots and pockmarks... very delicate chewy texture, but the alcohol cuts it a touch, lightens it up, while letting off a rather mellow warmth

O: looks time-worn but tastes quite fine despite it... probably won't rush back to grab some more old bottles, but certainly will keep my eye out for this now, though I don't think it'd quite replace my Troegenator as my (local) go-to

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer poured like a dishwater blonde barleywine.

Smell - The nose was sweet like grapes with a grassy presence.

Taste - The malts come to the front with a strong green grape presence with a grassy malt backbone. The grape presence is so pronounced, I am made to think the beer was aged in wine barrels. The sweetness carries into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The beer was an almost chewy mouthfeel with a full body.

Overall - While a good example of the style, the beer seems overly sweet.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/2017 - 8.2% ABV

Appearance - chestnut color with beige head

Smell - raisin, chocolate, toffee, honey

Taste - honey, raisin, toffee, honey, hazelnut

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, moderately sweet upfront, crisp, nuttiness breadiness and some bitterness on the back end

Overall - nice iteration of a dopplebock - a bit sweeter than most, but otherwise nice flavors here. Certainly worth a shot

Price Point - $3.25/12 oz single

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom grip shaped glass: color is amber, hints of brown, head is very light tan which presents 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates to a thin top, head is finely bubbled.

Smell is a bit sharp with some boozy esters (i don't pick it up in flavors), then moderate munich/vienna malt sweetness.

Taste is moderately sweet, flavors of bready, earth, light honey, toast, nuttiness; a bit bitter, compared to some other doppelbocks

Mouthfeel is crisp, a bit bitter and not cloying.

Overall a good doppelbock, a little different with some prominent hop components but overall good malt presence and flavor.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a lager glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark copper to milky brown color with a modest transparency about it. Two finger sustaining white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some spotty lace speckled the sides of the glass.
The aroma had a super nice blend of sweet red apples, mild earthy notes, crisp sweet nuts, subtle roast, some dark bread and a touch of grassy to woody sweetness at the end.
The flavor was moderately sweet with the earthy and bready notes making a play at the balance which was nice and fitting. Mostly a dark bready to nutty and apple-like aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt a bit under, but I wasn't too bothered by that. ABV felt on par. Slight stickiness but not cloying. Dark bready to nutty and malty finish.
Overall, really nice doppelbock well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3-21-17, 8.2% ABV

Look - Pours a dark ruby/amber color with lighter copper highlights, short cap of khaki head, no lacing.
Aroma - Honey, grain, toast, earthy spice. Mild aroma.
Taste - Thick and full bodied malt, bread crust, syrupy sweet, heavy toast, heather honey, very light medjool date note. Mid sip the hops come in with a substantial but balanced bitterness. Slight floral spice. Sweetness dies down towards the end and the beer finishes dry, crisp and nutty. No alcohol to speak of.
Feel - Medium bodied, slick at first, fine carbonation bubbles, dry and crisp finish. No alcohol warmth. Incredible, reminiscent of a dubbel.

Overall - Very unique doppelbock. Hoppier than German versions but it really pays off. The refreshing bitterness and crisp, dry finish put this into a league of it's own. A must try if you're a lager fanatic.

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Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy caramel, copper brown color with a 1 F head in a Pilsner glass.

Initial aroma: very fruity, with a sweet, ester- fruit aroma which is present throughout the tasting.

Very malt forward, medium-full body.

Taste follows the aroma: fruit, esters, finished with a dry, crisp, moderately bitter hoppy finish-
which points to the decocted mash.

Excellent Dobblebock. Solid beer, with a lot character. Smuttynose is noted for their variety and attention to a distinct brewing signature.

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Photo of arizcards
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in late February from TW Arrowhead for $6.49 (Received at TW 1-29-16). "Bottle Conditioned 2014" date on bottle.

Beer poured reddish-brown with a decent white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is soft malts and a pleasant sweetness.

Taste is wine like, with a huge malt base that has a decent amount of hopping that balances things nicely.

Feel is full and satisfying.

Overall a nice beer from Smuttynose. Their quality is solid with pretty much everything i have had. The Doppelbock was a nice change of pace from the normal loop of ipas, stouts, etc!

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage
1.5 years since bottling

Appearance- Pours a medium mahogony color w/ brown and orange hues.Thin layer of off white colored head, soapy, dissipates quickly. Lots of head lacing and alcohol legs.

Aroma- Toasted grains, bready malt sweetness. Dark fruits, raisin, figs, slight grape and dates. Brown sugar and syrupy sweetness.

Taste- Dark fruits, raisin, grapes, figs. Rich malty sweetness, toasted grains, brown sugar, creamy toffees and caramel.

Feel- Medium feel, very smooth, sweet creaminess. Moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall- Wonderful richness and full flavor. Fruitiness is so well integrated with the toasty and rich malts. Body enhances the smooth and creamy flavors, alcohol well hidden at this age. This has aged incredibly well, flavors havent necessarily evolved but the beer has become much more refined and cohesive.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It took me at least a year of looking to find this.
I thought it was interesting that a brewer who specialized in British styles could make such a great lager, albeit a very dark one.
While there are many things to like about this beer, its full, malty taste and balanced, smooth finish is one to remember.
I'm also will not forget to look for another.
Listed on the "1001" this deserves to be there.

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Photo of Lukass
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi opaque dark brown with a thin white head. Smell is sweet and bready, like a good doppelbock should be. Taste is rich, malty, and toasty, with hints of dark fruit, caramel and vanilla. Some definite warming from the alcohol but in a pleasant way. A good doppelbock by these guys and stays very true to the style. Another great one by smuttynose's 'big beer' series.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper brown, mostly opaque, with cap of foam and lacing.

S - Malt, caramel, slight tea notes, a floral aspect.

T - Open is sweet, with a doughy middle, and a mild bitter close.

M - Moderate stickiness, but clearing a bit.

O - A very pleasant, full beer, with lovely caramel and dark brown bread notes.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle. Absolutely no head. Beer had a good taste, but way too sweet for me. Caramel color. A hint of that alcohol taste but not over powering. Would be an excellent after dinner beer in a small 8oz glass.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dopplebock. Poured a chestnut brown with a minimal finger of head that broke quickly leaving nothing it its wake. Smell was dried dark fuits, sugars and some malts. Taste followed the palate closely, perhaps with the malts moving forward a bit. Some hops presence, but really quite mild. Feel was medium, creamy and mid carbonation.

A good beer, and right up there with others I have had from Germany.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant chestnut crowned by a clingy cream to light tan colored foam collar with a fine bead. S: Light toast, bread, fruit. T: Malt driven liquid medium dark bread and bread crust with some prune to grape highlights. A light kettle sugar sweetness balanced by a mild to moderate hop accent. Nor harsh roast or burnt flavors. F: Clean, smooth, medium carbonation, full body. O: A go to doppelbock.

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Photo of FFreak
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Trader Joe's for ~$7.00 and poured into a tall tulip. Pours a dirty dark brown with a finger or two of tan head. Aromas of dried fruit, dates, brown sugar. Taste also has dates, dark brown sugar, figs, maybe some cherry. Very true to style. Mouth is medium bodied, silky and smooth. Easy to drink but tending more to sipping. Overall, this is a delicious doppelbock...well done.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately dark amber into the glass with a small head. Some lacing that remains as you enjoy the brew. Tastes like a double bock. Enjoyable. Dangerous.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber marked “Bottle conditioned 2014” at 42 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, diminishing to 2 – 4 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium red-amber, clear
Flavor of malt with some hop bitterness coming through; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Edit. Drinking a five-year-old 2011 vintage right now and it is amazing. well worth the time spent in the cellar.

2014 Bottle

Probably my favorite american dopplebock right behind troeganator. Dark ripe fruits in the nose with bready sweet goodness. Butterscotch and caramel. Mouth feel is outstanding. So glad I finally found more of this one.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

650 ml bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip (2014 bottle, 9.8%)

A: Burnt Sienna body color with a mild head on the pour but leaves some lacing and a bit of a collar.
S: Interesting scents here. Lots of spices with a sweet malt base. Just a tiny bit of yeast in there.
T: Weird flavor here that is yeast, bread and some sweet malt. Weird spices that dominate the flavor profile. Sweet malt base undertone. Yeast and bread with some spice is the aftertaste.
M: Nearly no carbonation. Maybe I should have waited for it to bottle condition a bit more, but I don't think I should have had to wait.
O: Just weird flavors here, that make for an uncharacteristic doppelbock. Not like the doppelbocks that I'm used to.

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Photo of RickS95
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin dark brown liquid with a thin, slow forming off white head. There's a bit of chill haze that eventually settles into a dark iced tea color. The head is disappointing as it teases you into thinking how awesome it's going to look but never really gets there. Lacks size and retention.

Smells German, full of malts and any hops present must be of the spicy Noble variety. Very high alcohol but the nose doesn't detect it.

While the nose ignores the alcohol, the taste buds account for it. Has a German bock-like Earthiness to it. I thought there would be more of a malty flavor but I get more yeast than malt.

Strong spicy character, along with a lot of bite and heat from the 9.8%. Faint sweetness up front, then a combination of spice and heat as the beer coats the tongue and never really let's it free. Full bodied with a semi-dry finish and a lingering heat.

This is one of the stronger beers I've had in a while; by feel not by ABV. Very aggressive features and something you'll want to sip. Not an easy beer to drink, but something to enjoy as you nurse it for an hour.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22 oz, bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Slight spiceness.

t: Caramel/bready malt balanced by some peppery spice and a significant hop bite.

m: Medium, good body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o: Good double bock or winter warmer, although I prefer one sweeter and more malt dominated than this fairly strong spicy version.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The beer is a brown caramel color. The beer is bottel conditioned but is very transparent. It pours out with a minimal 1/4 finger of off white head. The head is gone pronto leaving some bubbles along the edge of the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (9.8%) and the "Bottle conditioned" data "2014".

S: [3.50] Big caramel and bready smells. I think I can smell some booziness too.

T: [3.25] The taste has a lot of the bready character. As it warms a bit there are nice malt characteristics with caramel and honey. There is a bit of alcohol or hop bite on the back end. There is also a hint of spiciness throughout the beer.

M: [3.50] The beer is smooth with low carbonation - but there is a finish of booziness that lingers on the palate until the beer warms up.

O: [3.50] If this was labelled "Christmas Ale" (or something) I would believe it. It has a hint of some spices that remind me a of a Christmas seasonal. The sweetness gets a little cloying over time so it is a sipper.

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 653 ratings