Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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636 Ratings
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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%

Added by Bierman9 on 01-11-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
636
Reviews:
397
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
63
For Trade:
3
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber bottle poured into a spaten pint glass.

Appearance- A mahogany hue with red highlights. One finger of foamy white head. Head disapates into quarter inch with beautiful lacing.

Smell- Definitely a lot going on but very very feint. Roasted nuts and sweet fruit.

Taste- Where the smell lacked, the taste made up. Beautiful nuttiness with a sweet finish. A slight warmness from the abv.

Mouthfeel- Nice smooth almost light feel. Even though light, the integrity of the doppelbock stays in tact. Beautiful light carbonation.

Overall- One of the very best doppelbock's I've ever tasted. Definitely the best from the usa by far.

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4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
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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4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the thickest aromas I've ever smelled in a doppelbock. Tons of sweet caramel present with toffee, rum, and a bit of booze. Malty to the nth degree.

Pours a reddish copper color in the glass with a pretty good sized head on it.

The taste doesn't surprise me at all, thankfully. Malty to the max with lots of caramel checking in with raisin, some bread and rum. Slightly boozy on the finish with just a touch of hops helping to close the beer out. Beautiful thing, really.

This may be my new favorite doppelbock. This is everything I would like this style of beer to be, and one I would probably use to introduce people to the style.

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4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle dated 2008.

Incredible.

Drinking this beer is like drinking warm, chocolate, gingerbread out of a brandy snifter, sitting on a humidor stuffed with Cuban cigars.

An unbelievable experience. Arguably the best Smuttynose has offered to date!

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4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008

Translucent russet brown with a moderate and well-retained pale tan head.
It's scented of toasted grain, peanut brittle, roast beef, dark chocolate, and fallen leaves, spiked with a notable -but not disruptive- Brandy booziness.
Much more roasted in the mouth than the nose indicated. Coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and dark tobacco. Fruitiness arises but is difficult to pin down, as it is somewhere among golden raisins, figs, plums, and dates. From this fruit, an assertive anise note develops, as this takes a turn more herbal. A touch of tarragon sharpness precedes a forest floor of dead-but-not-dry leafy pungency. The hop counter-punch is a tad mightier than most, but it's done impeccably well so as to seem natural and congruent even in a style that's know solely for malt. And I find it captivating. Afterward, there are some vinous notes around the swallow, along with a resurgence and linger of cocoa.
A fluffed-out, downy mouthfeel is provided by the tiny but steady carbonation. This is full bodied, but never grabby or cloying. The is a huge doppelbock, but drinks with abandon.

Place this firmly amongst the Kings of the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was absolutely blown away by this. Firstly, I have never seen head retention like this beer boasts. It's been in my glass for over an hour, and there's still a measurable head. The taste and smell remind me of Celebrator, the yardstick by which double bocks will be measured, but just seems to do so much more. Viciously smooth, with a velvety mouthfeel that leaves very little to be desired. Near perfection. I will have to try this next to a Celebrator one day to determine which is the true yardstick.

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4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug:

Appearance: Dark amber, like a chocolate cherry color, with 4 fingertips worth of foam that lasts for 5 minutes, a nice contrast to the darker color beneath.

Smell: Dark fig wafts up the glass, and with the minutes passing, opens up into a more raisin-like earthiness.

Taste: Breadiness with the best of the Doppelbocks! There's a caramel back-end that balances sweet and bitter perfect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with effervescence that is very ephemeral. The taste is so overwhelmingly incredible that I don't really notice the mouthfeel all that much, but wished it had more creaminess. If anything it might be a little too thin for its flavor.

Overall: Incredible value, and one to be sipped to enjoy its flavor (and at 8.5% ABV, not one to be slugged down on an empty-stomach). It's my meal in a glass after my meal on a plate!

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4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 version. 9 month old sample. Ruby amber with a three finger head. Fruity, malty nose with hop spiciness. Glorious aromas. Smooth maltiness that is very pleasing. Rounded alcohol warmth. Bitter hops to balance but the malt is center stage. Molasses, brown bread with butter, and a nuttiness can all be tasted. Smooth mouthfeel with a creamy head. I remember this beer was raw with almost semi-harsh malt, hop and alcohol flavors when fresh. This aged sample is smooth and balanced and easy to drink. Big, Big lager from Smuttynose.

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4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Where do i begin with this one. Let me start upon pouring the head rentention was incredible very thick. Color was not quite as dark as i thought it might be but the beautiful mahogany color drew me in.

The smell carried a well balanced malty aroma along with hints of dark fruits which I thought was a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: smooth but lightly bubbly very nice atribrute.

Over all this double bock ranks very well among bocks such as Samuel Adams double bock. The taste was so wondefully malty nice dark roasted malt wow this is very nice and shall be bought home from the beer store. Cheers!

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