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

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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:
638
Reviews:
397
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
63
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 638 |  Reviews: 397
Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a murky caramel brown with a frothy beige head that sinks into a 1/8" film. Spots of lacing.
Smell is of huge malt with complex aromas of bananas, caramel, breadiness, and rumcake with chunks of cherries, raisins, and apples.
Taste is of the same malty complexities that warms the mouth with a sugary and alcohol zip that livens and awakens the tastesbuds.
Mouthfeel is smooth, & full bodied with a balanced sweetness that is very good to rival double bocks of the German lineage.
The drinkability on this is nice. Classic German style done by our friends up New Hampshire.
Do it, do it.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pilsner glass. Pours a deep caramel color with a 1" creme colored head that slowly bubbles down.

Has a nutty smell, with notes of toffee malt, butterscotch, and Ovaltine. Sweet, yet malty in smell, with a touch of Frangelico lingering above the head.

Is sweet, boozy and aromatic; I taste vanilla extract, figs, toasted malt, and burnt caramel. There is a pleasant earth quality, with a decent helping of oak, yeast, and buttery cream.

While there is an initial tang on the tongue in its feel, it is big bodied, smooth, and lacking any residual bitterness.

Quite drinkable, especially at the warmer temp that I allowed it to reach before serving it, I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok last of the beers sent by JahNoth .
22 oz bomber.
A nice attractive Doppelbock,dark ,mahogany brown with a huge dark cream coloured head.
smell is as expected quite malty, with a tinge of alcohol.
The malts dominate this one, chocolaty,creamy malts, some fruitiness ( blackberries etc), a woody aspect which is pleasant and a hint of smoke..alchol is detected but it compliments this one.
Great feel on the tongue,quite smooth and pleasant.
Good drinkability though maybe one bomber is enough per night.

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Photo of Kudashov
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my trusty Newbury Comics pint glass ..22oz bottle

A- Amber / mahogany color nice large beige head nice lacing too . The head stuck around for a while too . Wonderful color . Wish my Strat was this color .

S- malt , caramel ...can't place anything else ...

T- pleasant , tasty , I have tried other Smutty types and was not impressed , this however the best . Wish i had bought 2 more bottles .

M- What more is there to say . The color in my cheeks lets me know that this has some kick to it too . I will have another one of these during the Super Bowl . Cheers to Smutty ...

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Photo of Dylan2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 06/03/09
22 oz. Bottle-Conditioned Bomber from 2008 release

Appearance: Nice reddish brown color, only a bit of head height, but head retention was good, staying frothy on top for quite a while.

Smell: Immediate caramelized/roasted malt smell, followed by faint alcohol, raisins, maybe some molasses in there.

Taste: Layers of sweet malts reside in this behemoth of a beer - it is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Nice full bodied, creamy texture, good carbonation hits after a few seconds, finally some heavier alcohol aftertaste - but not in an unpleasant way

Drinkability: This is truly a Big Beer - appropriately so from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series - and although this is pretty smooth for such a high alcohol content, it is still just a sipper - but I would be glad to keep sipping it for quite a long time.

Notes From Smuttynose: As the name implies, a doppelbock (double bock) is an extra strong, very malty German lager beer. Typically quite sweet with some roasted malt undertones, doppelbocks range in color from deep amber to nearly black and are normally associated with the winter season. Traditionally, German brewers have used the suffix "-ator" in naming their doppelbock beers; we have, too.
S'muttonator is a tasty mixture of German ingredients & good ol' fashioned New England tenaciousness. Our brewers take 30 hours to brew a single batch of this traditional Double Bock. Take your time & enjoy its rich, malty & deceptively smooth flavor.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet.
2008 Bottling

Pours a deep brown with a beautifully clear ruby tint when held to light. Bubbly two finger head leaves mad lacing on the glass. Smells of caramel malt, some dried fruits and a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet with malts and more of the dried fruits. Some brown sugar, then a bit of alcohol lingers in the finish as well as a little smoke. Creamy mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation, medium to thick in the body. Great Dopplebock from smutty, I need to put a few more of these away for sure.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maltheads rejoice! This is one big, MALTY brew! Pours a deep dark brown with a huge head that stays put. Sweet, roasted malts, perhaps some prunes and candied sugar? Nice hoppy bite at the end. An excellent interpretation of the style. Not as smoothly creamy as Celebrator, my all time favorite Dopplebock, but its now my favorite US-brewed Dopplebock, However, I have not been able to lay my hands on any Thomas Hooker Liberator yet.... hmmmm.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint; 2008 vintage

Pours a mahogany body with a light tan head. Head rose a good two fingers and left very light rings of lace.

Raisins, plums, cherries, bakers chocolate and a solid backbone of roasted malt. Has a little bit of a mysterious, musty smell.

Mimics the nose, only more full and rich. The cherries and plums dominate a bit more which makes it a little tart. The roasted malt does a great job of balancing out all of the flavors.

Smooth and supple. Medium-bodied.

This guy was a breeze. Everything is in its place and the flavor profile enhances as it warms. An easy drinker.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Bomber of S'muttonator. I enjoy the punniness of the name next to the stately ram displayed on the bottle. This beer pours a beautiful dark amber or dark caramel color with a big cap of foam that left decent lacing. The aroma exudes rich malt, raisins, figs and caramel. Velvety smooth body as it crosses the palate. The flavor brings forth a big malt component, sweet, but not too sweet, with caramel and a hint of nutty character and ghostly mocha. A bitterness builds toward the end and then the beer finishes with a slight alcohol warming. This beer hits the spot as the cold wind howls just outside.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking deep orange brown with a frothy tan head that drops slowly to an opaque film.
The smell is dried fruit, caramel candy and a bit of alcohol.
The taste is very sweet , bready malt, caramel...lots of dried fruit flavors..raisons, figs, prunes..a bitter rush of hops kicks in kind of unexpectedly...and works a little...fades as the malts kick back , and returns to leave a pretty bitter aftertaste that is really good. The alcohol is there , but it's pretty well hidden.
Mouthfeel is heavy...carbonation is medium.
This is a really enjoyable doppelbock. I will want more for sure.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

I'm pouring it cold and there's some gushing going on here.. colour is rusty and it's hazy. Huge head of foam with good lacing.

The smellis grainy and malty with a healthy nose of chocolate and some toffee.

The taste matches the nose nicely. Big graininess followed by sweet malts, chocolate, and toffee. Very tasty and very malty with the abv hidden very well. Now I'm getting a light fruitiness that borders between sweet and tart.

Medium mouthfeel with the carbonation on the light side of medium. Head retention is primo.

Drinkability? The abv is a non factor in the taste and only gives me a slight warming after the swallow. The taste is very satisfying so I'd say it's pretty darned good in that category. Well done, Smuttynose.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, once again courtesy of ppoitras.
Pours a middle-of-the-road brown with nice ruby hues. Head is tan, thick and pretty dense. Lacing is nice, but not very long lasting.
Smell is cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted malts, caramel, light hops, and dried fruits (raisins, dates, figs). Alcohol is present in nose but not really fusel in quality.
Taste is spicy hops, caramel, toasty malts, same dried fruits as the nose. Alcohol is definitely more present in taste. A very light bit of bitter chocolate is also present.
Mouthfeel is good, not too slick, but not overly carbonated either. A good Dbock, but no where near as good as some others that I've had.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. This beer is a dark amber color with a thin light beige head that has decent retention. Patchy lacing. Nutty, malty aroma that has a good amount of hops around the edges. Rich, smooth body with roasted malt, bread and caramel flavors that are rounded out nicely by hops and spices. Alcohol is present but not overdone. The finish is full and sweet with toasted malt and caramel, leaving a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very good from start to finish.

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Photo of LOCAL
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 22oz bottle into goblet

Pours a dark reddish/brown with plenty of tan creamy head. Smell is dominated with malt. Also has notes of raisin and prune. Taste is smooth, creamy malt followed by more of the raisin and prune flavors mixed in with some chocolate. Mouthfeel: Did I say smooth and creamy, because yeah... smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Although this is a very drinkable beer, I'm not sure I'd have more than one in an evening. I have a few more in the cellar. I'll see how time treats them.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a small head, fades at a decent rate but leaves little lacing.

Smell is pretty much all caramel malt, not a hint of alcohol which tends to be normal with doppelbocks, slight spiciness.

Taste, like the smell, is heavily influenced by caramel malt, touch of hotness but not overwhelming, decent spiciness, good creamy mouthfeel, definitely a roasted aspect as well as a good presence of dark fruit.

Not the best doppelbock I've had, but I certainly won't turn this one down.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I seem to be enjoying this style more and more, and this is no exception. I bought this in Boston sometime in January and have been sitting on it since, unintentionally I might add...I was unaware of its near 10% strength. A fresher sample may have been hotter, but this has cooled a bit and does not taste as strong as it is.

Has a deep roasted chestnut color with a quickly dying ivory lace. Rich malty aroma consists of caramel and lots of candy sugar, with only a touch of alcohol. Quite malty and a tad sweet with a slight warming in the finish. Deceptively smooth and I find that the alcohol is hidden quite well as well, at least in this shortly-aged sample. Delicious.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep brown color with a good solid head. Smell is pungent and much like good European Doppelbocks: lots of malty sweetness and just a hint of alcohol. The taste is big and chewey, and seems to be well balanced with hops. Again, dark malts are what stick out in the initial taste, but also a pervasive carbonation which makes you thin it in your mouth a bit before swallowing. Because of the size of the malts is hard to discern any kind of specialty grains that are added, but I'm sure they're in there. The lingering taste is strong as well with a mostly sweet and almost chocolaty flavor. Overall a terrific beer, would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at local BA gathering.

Poured clear red brown color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good caramel toasted malt, tart citrus and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Good balanced bittersweet malty flavor with a moderate to heavy smooth balanced finish of moderate to long duration.

Standout doppelbock.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty reddish-amber color with a decent offwhite head that slowly dissipates and leaves a thin layer of foam on top.

Aromas of malt, with some sweet fruit, some molasses, honey. Definite sweet aromas.

Taste is sweet, very malty, alcohol is not well hidden, and lends a definite bitterness. Overall it is a good tasting beer.

Fairly thick but not syrupy mouthfeel. Slight carbonation leaves a lingering alcoholicy bitterness as it goes down.

Overall this is a good, albeit strong, doppelbock.

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Photo of deathdealer666
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip.

In the light it's a great spectrum from a copper red to a deep brown with a beautiful fluffy white head.

That's quite a yeasty nose with a good amount of toasted malt. Kinda smells like a bran muffin.

OH. MY. JEBUS. That is f'in great! With grain bill like this I would normally prefer a metric fuck ton of hops to accompany it, but this is fantastic. The sweet breadiness along with sourness provided by the yeast is killer. Some burnt caramel and a gentle kiss of hops perfectly rounds it out. GREAT!

Smooth. I don't know what else can be said. Really, really smooth.

Yeah it's 8.5% but it's not like you haven't done that before. Great stuff. All the way around. This might be the best free beer I've ever had. I do suggest you pay for it when you find it.

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Photo of Duff27
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Big long lasting light tan head on a fairly clear brown beer. Great lacing and excellent head retention.

S- Caramels, perceive a slighty smokiness.

T- More caramel malts. Nice alcoholic warmth to it.

M- thicker mouthfeel, good carbonation.

D/O- very drinkable even with the booziness. One of the better dopplebocks I've ever had. Hats off to Smutty!

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Photo of tgncc
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is a pleasing mix of malts, toasted grains, and dark fruits, maybe some molasses. The appearance is true to the style, an attractive dark red/purple/brown, with a steady tan head. The flavor is, like many dopplebocks, a nice sweet, fruity flavor, malts, bready. The mouthfeel is appropriately thick for the style, and the finish has a mild bittering from hops. Well crafted beer overall.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dave for this one. Nice sweet malty taste and it has
a nice alcohol kick, I didn't realize 9% but its so tastey you
don't really notice it. Creamy raisin/ and that cherry(sour) back
there makes this a beer I will seek again. I had Three Philosophers
the night before so I still had that sour cherry taste going, it gives
this beer a whole drinkablitly. Highly recommended stuff.

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 638 ratings.
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