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

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of BrewDoctor
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one of Smuttynoses beautiful 22oz bombers!

Pours a deep copper and mahogany with a very thick off-white head full of light brown highlights. Head retention is solid.

The smell starts with a bit of sweet caramel, hops and some earthy scents, but nothing too overbearing.

As the glass tips toward the lips the complexity is more pronounced. The taste is initially of sweet caramel and some light butterscotch, definately some deep fruitiness like plums, a spicy hoppiness rolls over the tongue followed bite a nice alcohol bite around the entire mouth.

The mouthfeel provides a nice alcohol sting with a light coat of sweetness on the tongue. The hop bitterness is present which makes this an overall complex brew with some high quality flavors.

This Doppelbock is easy drinkin'. 22oz went down well and left room for a 6% bitter IPA which tasted excellent after this sweet creation. A great representation of the class!

Overall another fantastic offering from Smutty. These guys are my New England heroes.


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Photo of Ego
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the cellar, Bottled 2006...

1 full finger of craggy head crackles, this has lace on the legs as you swirl the foam 'round the glass, dark ruby color that slows light down as it passes through like a caravan on a meandering route in the deep dunes, some carbonation rides up from the bottom leading to decent head retention. good stuff.

malty and grainy, dark raisins, almost a barleywine-esque quality, nice quaffing.

taste etc...
a touch boozy with a more ashen finish, carbonation is still prickly and this drinks medium thick, definite booze kick in the stomach, pretty easy drinking for the ABV once you settle in to your glass.

aged well, mellowed out some of the heat from the booze, this is too drinkable.. 'scuse me while I kiss the floor...

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Photo of bditty187
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Largely clear, amber-brown in hue with ruby influences, especially when backlit. The head was off-white in color, almost beige. At the apex the foam was about two-fingers in height, it quickly faded to a fizzy cap that was just strong enough not to expose the liquid. This cap lasted most of the consumption. It is a shame there was no subsequent lacing. Oh well. Still this is an attractive looking beer.

The nose lacks potency but this seems to happen on occasion with this style. Regardless this Doppelbock doesn’t suffer from a lack of articulation. I understand the mumble; it is quite fruity and boozy for the style with dark cherry and purple grapes shining. The alcohol smells a little like rum and/or apple brandy. The malt follows this lovely one-two punch; it offers sweetness in the form of caramel and toffee. This beer’s nose is well put-together. I find the bouquet inviting.

Well… this is a tasty beast. The palate is sweet throughout with a rich, deep malt backbone. I am quite impressed with the layers of cake/toasted raisin bread/bread pudding/toffee/caramel candy that the malt supplies and this says nothing about the dark fruits like cherries, dates, and plums. In the middle enters the alcohol which is persuasive, maybe too much so for the style, and yet it supplies some lovely flavors like apple brandy, rum, with a kiss of whisky. I can’t help but feel the malt is lacking some thunder, it is no Celebrator in that regard. The finish is unrefined. It is hot and raw with a punch of spicy fruit. Too bad this beer ends so heavy handed. Still, this is a tasty beast… it just happens to lack grace. Regardless it is yummy.

Medium/medium-full in body, the carbonation is on the low side of moderate. The mouthfeel is a bit lazy but it is not sluggish… for some reason the mouthfeel doesn’t standout but there are no flaws in it either. Solid.

Without question this beer is a drinker. It would make a wonderful nightcap or a beer with desert. I’m letting it fly solo tonight. Thank you shippos of including this bomber in the Secret Bunny Beer Exchange. Recommended.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to akorsak for sharing a bottle of this.

A-Orangish copper with a thin light tan head that reduced to a ring. Very little spotty lace left behind.

S-Rich sweet caramel malt a touch of chocolate and hints of dark fruit. Spicy hops waft up through the malt.

T-Sweet caramel malt with a pleasant amount of roast. Spicy hops along with dark fruits meld in the background to help try and balance out the sweetness.

M-Medium-heavy and viscous. Very smooth with a good spicy bite that lasts.

D-Good stuff, rich and very smooth. Certainly a beer to savor and share.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pilsener glass.

Appears a hazy dark brownish red color with a massive four inch light tan head that is currently rising over the rim of the glass. This shit looks like an ice cream sundae. Lots of floaters in the bottle after I opened it and had to wait a few minutes for some of it to go back towards the bottom. After about ten minutes it finally goes down to a centimeter. Moderate lacing is left behind.

Aroma is full of caramel maltiness with some notes of dark fruit and raisins particularly.

The taste starts out full of caramel then some raisin and toffee flavors come out midway through, then a bit of chocolate. The finish is lightly of spicy hops and more of the chocolate and a very slight coffee dryness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, somewhat creamy, and quite clean.

Overall this was a pretty solid beer but I would definitely take a Korbinian or Celebrator over it. Good for an American version but the Germans can't be beaten here.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Redhook pint glass. It poured a dark caramel color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a sweeter, caramel and toffee flavor to it. I get a bit of dark fruit along with a hint of cocoa to it as well. Pretty flavorful aroma overall.

The taste also shows some sweeter caramel and toffee notes. It has a bit more of a bitter-sweet chocolate flavor to it compared to most doppelbock's I've had. The finish shows a little dry bitterness mixed with more of the sweet caramel and cocoa flavors. Pretty nice tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I thought it was a good beer overall with some great flavors to it. very nice doppelbock to sip on this evening.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 220z. bomber into shaker pint on 10/12. Thanks to akorsak for sharing.

A - Hazy toffee-colored, copper-tinged body with minumal carbonation and half a finger of beige head that receded and left some spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Huge caramel notes, like candy caramel cubes, as well as hints of chocolate and toffee, akin to a Heath bar. I am also able to pull out some nutty notes, mild soy sauce and a faint licorice character.

T - Heavy on the malt with heaps of caramel and nutty flavor. There is also a very slight soy sauce, jerky-esque quality in the middle, as well as black licorice. Chocolate notes come through in the backend with a mild coffee aspect and mild earthy bitterness.

M - Medium body with chewy, syrupy texture and warm alcohol presence. Smooth and softly carbonated mouthfeel overall.

D - This was a sample from a vintage 2006 bottle conditioned bomber. This was a nice, smooth and drinkable dopplebock that kept its alcohol nicely concealed.

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Photo of beancounter
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the 2010 batch:

A- Dark amber with a medium head and lacing as I drink it. Small quick bubbles.

S--Caramel, toffee

T- It probably has more IBU's than the typical DB, but the traditional/textbook DB flavors are all there.

M- Moderate (a little "lighter" than the typical DB.)

D-This is a very drinkable double bock. So many of the DB's I've tasted are cloyingly sweet malt bombs and drinking the entire bottle is a chore. This went down very pleasantly and I can easily see having a few more.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with reddish highlights. Massive two finger dense cocoa head which lingers for a bit. Not as dark as I'd expect, but a good looking brew. I get mainly caramel, malt, sugar, and slight fruit in the nose. It's pleasant, although a little weak. Maybe warming will help a little. The taste is nice- Caramel, malt, toffee, fruit, hops, w/ a slight alcohol burn on the back end. I wish the nose smelled more like this- it's very good. Mouthfeel is bready, chewy w/ a giant malt presence to it. Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit- there are better in the style, but this is solid. Cheers.

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Photo of okono
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aerozeppl
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice deep brown with one finger of white head with some lacing.

S: Nice big malt nose as you would expect. There was a little hint of candi sugar as well which added to the overall sweetness of the nose. Also hints of toffee and caramel.

T: Nice big malt taste. Tons of toffee and caramel. Very sweet with a slight hint of dark fruit.

M: Full bodied with a nice creaminess to it.

D: Nice drinker. Spot on for the style. I love a good doppelbock and this really is a nice one. Really hard to find at times which is kind of annoying.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clearish, ruby-hued body topped by a full, though short-lived yellowish head.

Smell: Strong maltiness in the nose, with a full scent of luscious toasted caramel. Figs and plums provide some fruitiness. Hint of breadcrusts and booze.

Taste: Rich, toasty caramel maltiness with a big sweetness. Touch of light aniseed, a drizzle of fruit-flavored syrup. Only a slight hop bitterness. Hint of ripe red apples near the sweetish finish. Taste of toasted grain lingers into the aftertaste. The alcohol is present, sure, but nothing to fuss about.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very nice doppelbock from Smuttynose. Full of malts and plenty chewy without ever wandering into syrupy territory.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ef88
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 1 pint bottle into stein.

A: Very dark copper with a white 1 and a 1/2-finger head, which leaves no lacing as it dissipates. Even lacing as I drink it though.

S: Alcohol and fruit.

T: Lots of malt and raisins, a little bit of alcohol, and a lingering taste of grapefruit. Reminds me of a barley wine.

M: Mouthfeel is very chewy but also smooth. Nice.

D: I'd rather drink a few Andechs Doppelbocks than a few of these because it's a sweeter doppelbock than this one, which is slightly bitter.

Overall pretty good, not the best doppelbock I've had, but a nice offering from Smuttynose.

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Photo of Pahn
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan. Poured into a 6oz sampler glass (part of a flight).

Appearance: Pours a very hazy red. Leaves thin lines of long lasting lacing.

Smell: Fruity and bready. Slight hint of the malty depth of the taste, but too faint and indistinct.

Taste: Peach, mild dark fruit flavors (fig), with some deep bready and sweet maltiness on par with good English barleywines. Decently bitter finish tames the sweetness nicely. Some roasted character to the flavor emerges with warmth, further balancing the great fruit and malt notes.

Rather hoppy for a doppelbock, but everything is superbly balanced, and bold enough to justify the high ABV (which is detectable only through the deep malty flavors; not much alcohol burn here).

Mouthfeel: High side of medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Juicy, like a good DIPA (which works great with the peachy hop flavor).

Overall: Tastes more like a riff on a doppelbock than an actual doppelbock, but the flavors work great together and all the classic elements are present. Very good.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep ruby, some carbonation with a generous head that leaves some lacing behind.

S-Smells like a malt bomb with some nuttiness as well.

T-Very sweet malt with nut flavors not much of a hop presence.

M-Medium bodied but little carbonation.

O-A nice malt forward beer. Although still in the hop-head category a well done malt bomb like this is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Smuttynose US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramelized malts, brown sugar and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with strong flavors of dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar up front. The malt character is hearty and there's a little bit of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is yet another good Smuttynose beer, but I definitely find it to be more a sipper than a pounder.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle poured into a balloon glass. Fluffy head that dissipates with molasses and dark bread in the nose. Amber in color. Taste is slightly sweet but very smooth and non-cloying. Not nearly as thick or sweet as traditional German dopplebocks I've tried (Celebrator comes to mind). I had avoided this for some time, thinking it would be too thick and heavy, but this is a very refreshing an easy-to-drink example of this style. Great for a winter's night by the fire.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that MtGoat send my way a while ago and I've been sitting on for a while.

Very nice tobacco tinted golden amber and lightens up into a bright cherry wood near the base of the glass, gentle ropes of carbonation squiggle to the fast fading, toffee colored, head.

Big. Very sweet, dark, fruity. Light toffee, slight cider and applewood smoke with a bit of booziness tied in there as well. Full bodied, thick and chewy feel, almost syrupy in consistency. Rich toasted malts, fresh crusty bread, intense creamy sweetness. Just a taste of earthy hop bitterness, but most of the bitterness comes from the wonderfully substantial malt bill. A very tasty beer, not sure how great a dopplebock it is as there are some real heavy hitters in this field. Still, if you are in need of a malt bomb this would be a pretty good place to look.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Axnjxn
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Varkias41
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a brilliant copper-tinged red not unlike a cut garnet. While lifting the glass to my lips, I inhale the bouquet of candied fruits. Then I take a sip and my taste buds cheer with delight. The taste is sweet, like alcohol-infused raisins. This is a good double bock. Not something I would drink in large quantities, but a wonderful after dinner drink.
I like this beer. I like this brewery. Another winner from the Smuttynose Big Bottle Series!

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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