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 BEERMILER12
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to nothing within a minute

S: Some light fruity esters and sweet maltiness up front with a hint of nutty notes in the back

T: Starts off with the big maltiness that provides some sweetness and nutty notes, and then goes into some fruity esters and alcohol. Alcohol is very well melded and is hardly noticeable. Finishes with a light sweetness and more of the esters

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and chewy

O: A very nice American doppelbock that combines the huge maltiness with some nice fruity esters and alcohol. Impressively easy to drink at just under 10%. Great value and definitely worth picking up

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Photo of arizcards
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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 NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sommersb
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-20-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Dogfish Head signature glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Dark brown and clear. The head is cream-colored, 2 fingers high, with small tight bubbles. Head retention is very good and leaves an attractive, sticky lace.

S: Aroma is rich and malty, with a sweetness and notes of caramel and dark fruits.

T: Malty and semi-sweet, along with roasted grains and earthy hops in the background. A light smokiness to it as well. Mellows nicely as it warms.

M: Full bodied and smooth, accompanied by a high amount of carbonation. The aftertaste features bitterness alongside the malts.

O: Overall an enjoyable lager. A good, slow sipping beer due to the warm alcohol and rich flavors.

Thanks to DrewShal9 for this one!

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Photo of churchillps
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S'muttonator is a marriage of Sunkist orange and classic hot-rod cherry red. I reckon that makes it a little light in colour (not to mention generous in clarity) for the style although I'd argue it an unequivocally attractive beer whatever the case. Large quantities of alcohol don't typically generate a large head but this case is an obvious exception.

Notes of bruised fruits, molasses and dark honey dash across the nose amidst a smoke cloud of alcohol vapors. The senses, however, are too occupied to pay much attention to the alcohol (which affords much of the complexities anyhow). Plum and blackberry are foremost, doused in sugar, with a vintage tawny-port mustiness to them.

Like a good lager, S'muttonator is compliantly drinkable, impeccably clean and finishes with a quenching, drying swallow. These are positives in terms of drinkability, but concerning with regards to flavour. The taste is rich, but thin enough - relatively speaking - that it doesn't make a terribly discerning impression. At least not a lasting one.

That said, like with any doppelbock, sampling just a bit of it can be a revelation - dried fruits, chocolate truffle, caramel and toasty bread crusts are in and of themselves delicious flavours but taste remarkable when consumed altogether. Warming doesn't seem to be any help to the big guy as it let's the alcohol seep in. Still, rum raisin and dark honey persist.

Smuttynose S'muttonator is a big beer that you'd actually rather chug than sip. It has great flavour, but an even more appreciable quaffability. Sure, the alcohol plays a big hand, but it's a helping hand that furthers the beer's (and indeed the style's) nuanced and distinct features. If you like candle-apple sweetness at all, this beer is worth a bite.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always excited when I get to have a Smuttynose brew on tap. This one did not dissapoint....

A- Dark brown caramel color. Looked like a thick iced tea or melted liquid caramel. Some tan head, but that went away quickly. Not much lace to speak of.

S- Sweet and sugary. Toffee, caramel, and a ton of malts.

T- Similar to the nose. More dried fruits. Prunes? Candy, sugars, biscuit.

M- Extremely rich and sticky.

D- I could have one or two of these but in no way could I drink this all night. The flavors are too rich and the alcohol is too strong.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Harrington's Wine & Liquors, Chelmsford, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head above the dark reddish amber brew. Frothy head lasts excellently, with bits of foamy lacing left sporadically. Aroma is lots of heavy malt sweetness, with alcohol notes apparent. Taste follows the aroma, but the alcohol becomes even more prominant, over the tongue and especially in the aftertaste. Almost seems the grains could be a bit more hearty here, but that's kind of nitpicking... Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great for the style, with the drinkability limited somewhat just by the alcohol presence and it's being out on display for all to see. Another very nice offering from SMutty in their Big Beer series.

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Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i haven't tried all of the big beer series but i'm getting there

the poof on this is decadent and leaves fine lacing. the beer itself is a deep brownsugary mahogany

my duvel snifter channels a fairly (relatively) hoppy aroma to my olfactory glands. there's plenty of heat as well.

plenty of caramelly raisin business in the flavor--from abundant boiling, i am sure. brown sugar, dates and maybe even some anise or coriander (a fair spice element, actually). and a great deal of hop flavor. it's quite an imposing drink

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to goodbyeohio and clvand0 for allowing me to try this beer. It pours a deep ruby with brown hues. The head is billowing and about 3 fingers high, but falls to a finger over the beer. The nose is roasty and nutty. I dig it. Smells right to me. The flavor is slightly raisiney, slighely roasted, very smooth. Not bad at all. Maybe a touch too much raisin to me. The feel is nice and thick, minimal carbonation, a touch creamy. Overall, for almost being 10%, the alcohol is well hidden. I think I could enjoy this one a few more times. I'll be looking forward to trying more from Smuttynose.

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Photo of jampics2
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased at Heinens. Enjoyed with Paulie watching the Browns blow another game. Cleveland fans just can't win at football - luckily, we have much better luck with beer.

It's a brilliant crimson read color with orange edges and a hint of brown. There's a nice head, a big white fluffy crown on top of the prize with nice lace. A really good looking dopplebock! Even if it is a bit untraditional.

As I raise up the glass to my nose, I'm impressed with the chocolate flavors from the roasted malt. There's some dark fruit, caramel and tons of booze. It's just too boozy. I like the sweet and prominent chocolate and toffee going on, but the booze just sticks out like a sore thumb.

Luckily it takes more of a back seat, or at least a passenger seat in the taste. There's a ton of dark chocolate from the roast, accompanied well with a raisin, fig, and plum taste. Some malt sweetness but more roasty. Molasses and spice linger. This beer is pleasant, huge and unapologetic.

The carbonation is low and the body is creamy, with lingering sweetness and some raisin notes too. This is a huge beer and it feels great in my mouth. The booze is very well covered, but not invisible. If this was an 11% it would be expertly masked, but, as is, there's enough rewarding flavor to make this above average in drinkablity. Another nice one from Smutty!

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Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mucho gracias goes out the awesome BA/LNBA Lum or IBUnit63 (can't friggin remember) for this bottle. Whoever it was, he knows the way to my heart, and doppelbocks are an easy way to get there. 22 oz bottle with a very fitting photo on the front, served up in a mug.

A: This sucker built up some head quickly and relentlessly. The pour was a nice dark brown that built an almost light black body in the glass. When held to the light, you get some nice brown coming out with a touch red poking through. The showstopper is that head. Initial pour got me almost two and a half fingers of light brown head. Great retention that only falters to a finger or so and keeps strong from there. The head is thick and pillowy, so inviting. The lace is unstoppable. The mug is just coated thickly with a nice chunky lace that squats on the glass and never leaves. THIS . . . is a fine looking doppelbock.

S: Oh yeah getting some nice bready malt coming out in here. This bread was made with some brown sugar though because he has that nice and dark sweetness coming out here. Touch of caramel coming out as well. Still this keeps from being crazy sweet in the nose. Getting some nice earthy hops character coming out and giving me some nice fresh hay aroma. Maybe some prune and raisin in here, but the malt is so bountiful and appetizing. YUM, mofo!

T: Smell is easily duplicated in the taste. That malt is very nicely and slightly roasted. Serious bready presence with that brown sugar coming out. Caramel is slight here as well but it is just enough to bring that flavor out and mingling with everything else. Somehow it is slight but everywhere. Makes no sense, I know but thats how it be. That earthiness is in here as well with that nice German quality that you expect. Fresh hay, grains and a touch of earth that is just slightly bitter to cut the sweetness. Very subtle dark fruits are in the middle here but add just enough to that malt bill. Friggin roasted and sweet almonds sit on the finish. Nice malty goodness.

M: This is just a little above medium in body and has an almost medium carbonation. It works incredibly well for this style, creating a somewhat chewy feel that coats the mouth and saturates the taste buds. ABV is minimal with just a slight "what up" in the throat. Aftertaste is all malt and some almonds. Just so nice and damned fitting for the style.

D: What can i say, this is a nice doppelbock that is pretty easy drinking. Doesn't sit heavy for a malt bomb, making this a nice sipper that could be guzzledif not careful. If you like malt bombs (like I do), you will like this brew. Its almost all malt but it doesn't have a crazy sweetness kicking in here. Its just sweet enough, but it keeps itself from being cloying. Remains easy drinking and just a damned good treat. Get some if you can, it works and works nicely.

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Photo of Happyyb
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of amattocks2
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty quick head and no residual foam. Only a few sluggish bubbles. Medium ruby and bronze mix. Looks a little syrupy.

Super malty, toasty, and sweet caramelized fruits. This smells great!

Lots of sweet toasty malts. Add some yeast and you get rich bread with a caramelized plum and purple grape jam. Maybe some blackberries too. Syrupy palate with a little heat. The alcohol comes together with teh flavors and palate well. This is an awesome Doppelbock!!

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip

Appearance: Light murky brown color that looks like a good apple juice but a touch darker. Head was an off white, three fingers worth and was rocky in appearance. There were big and small bubbles mixed together that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing behind.

Smell: A big sweet presence in the form of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, maple soaked dark fruits and some molasses. There is a bready component mixed with big time malts.

Taste: At the front of the tongue the sweet, sweet malts shine in the form of caramel and toffee malts. It has a bready and yeast taste that follows. At the back end there is an interesting spice that leads into a mild alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: This is a malty creamy bomb that is very smooth. At the same time the carbonation prevents the sweetness from taking over and making this cloyingly sweet. I do get a mild alcohol burn on the swallow as earlier noted.

Overall: Not a big overly complex beer but rather simple and true to its style. It is an enjoying beer to sip without having to think about it too much. Straightforward and so easy to drink to the point it is dangerous.

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Photo of akahn
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my tall water goblet a beautiful, deep, clear ruby color. Big bubbled brown, firm head. Lasts pinky-nail tall for a bit and then recedes to a collar. No lace, but I ain't complaining because the color is gorgeous. After the yeast-pour, things get a bit murkier and browner, still looks great.

Not a very strong aroma. Alcohol is present, with hints of prune and olive, somewhat musty or stewed.

Sweet, hot alcohol is prominent in the flavor, too. Reminds me of a "mini" barley wine. Plenty of fruity esters here, too, tart green apple and green grape skins, instead of the prune and plum flavors I got from Celebrator. The flavor of old, dry raisins makes an appearance here. A fairly complex flavor once it warms up toward room temperature. The yeast pour brightens the flavor up, and adds fruityness and juicyness, making it sublime.

On the lighter side of full bodied. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel despite ample, tingling carbonation, carbonation which was very important in offsetting the alcohol.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer, to be sure. It took some doing, but I greatly enjoyed sipping 22 ounces of this finely crafted, BIG beer (they don't call it the big beer series for nothing!). Highly recommended.

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Photo of ksimons
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a dark caramel color with two fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-heavy caramel malt backbone, brown sugar, and light raisins

T-brown sugar, raisins, caramel and toffee with a light hop bitterness in the finish.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth

Overall a delicious beer for the style, nice chewy body with just enough hop bite

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark amber with a dirty bone white head that was a solid 1 finger in height that retained well while leaving a spotchy lacing behind.

S: some dried fruit (raisins, cherries), sweet caramel bread, and a light toffee sweetness finishing things up.

T: rich, malty, with a huge caramel backing with toffee sweetness. There was some raisin bread hints as well a light alcohol presence. The beer finishes semi-dry with some bread and dried molasses.

M: medium in fullness, slightly syrupy with a gently carbonation. Was slightly sticky from the caramel with a light finish.

D: Drinkability was very much so, Abv was well hidden making this a tasty bock treat with a gently nice warmness.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle conditioned in 2005.. nice label with a cool ass ram or whatever the hell that thing is. still, classy label. always has been one of my favorites. love the liberator, but lust for the smuttonator.

deep crimson approaching burnt sienna, topped with a stable, one-finger, thick german head. crusty lace. bubble highway running deep up and down the center of the glass. its alive!

grainy like a bock in the nose, clean and lacking any metallic weirdness. subdued hops enrobed in brown sugar emerge from the aromatic haze. subtle overall in the aroma, but pleasing.

very full bodied, banana strikes in the first sip with some of that vanilly bourbony jeneseqwah. charred husk bitterness meets a clean hop, balances the buttery fruit with sharp, raw hop oils. bitterly tart fruit peels evoke the 9.8% alcohol, which leaves a warmth in the stomach and is not as hidden to me as it is to others. nice banana bran muffin burps from this one. easily drinkable thanks to the carbonation, but could use a little more smoothness.. perhaps less of the bubbly.

a good, time-honored release from smutty and a yearly event to look forward to. get these bottles while ya can and drink em fresh.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 version had been sitting in the back of the fridge.

A: Pours a slightly clear rust color with orange and red tints. Nice frothy one and a half finger cream colored head. Almost like a pillow. Nice retention on this.
S: Sweet caramel notes with cherries, plums, raisins, and figs. Nice toasted grain appears with a swirl of the glass.
T/M: Nice and sweet in the mouth with cherries, raisins, figs, and a slight rummy flavor. Crisp across the palate with a better than average dryness on the tongue. Grassy hop notes are present are rather large with sticky caramel left on the lips.
D: This is a bit more hefty on the palate when fresh--meaning I may have sat on this too long. Great double bock on tap and in the bottle, especially when fresh. It was still quite good, but I think it's a bit more juicy when fresh.

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Photo of mattpetti
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok this is my first review and i'm still kind of new to drinking beer of this kind so be nice guys...and away we go...

I got this from Oak Tree Buy Right the it came in.(12/22/05) The only other double bock i've had has been Celebrator so im comparing it to that.

a: the color was a medium brownish color, not too big of a head( about 1/2 an inch). It seemed to linger in my glass, granted i'm drinking it in a champagne glass slowly.

s: I got a mix for this one. Some caramel, hint of some spice, alcohol. There was also alittle bit of fruit that i couldn't recognize.

t: Yummy. i thought double bocks were supposed to be heavier, darker and so i guess maltier than this though. But then again i'm still learning. You catch a small bit of caramel, its malty to a point maybe a hint of chocolate plus there is some fruit in there too. Thye after taste left a hint of something smokey. There is some alcohol flavor which is masked for the most part.

m: It goes down very smooth for a beer of it's alcohol percentage. I'd say medium to full bodied.

d: Overall it was a great beer. It wasn't at all what I was expecting yet i was happy i had it nonetheless. If you like smuttynose i'd say definately give it a try.

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Photo of MA08
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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