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): 8.20%

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 Jwale73
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass at 50 degrees. Bottle conditioned in 2010 notched on the label. Pours a translucent plum with a dense, creamy, tan-colored head embedded with tiny craters. Head eventually settles into a consistent, quarter inch cap. Thick swaths of lacing coat the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose reveals candied dark fruits (figs and prunes), followed by toffee notes and a trace of cocoa. Taste consistent with nose; however, the flavors are less distinct and coalesce much more in the flavor profile. The chocolate character is also much more robust. Finally, there's also a residual alcohol presence that comes out towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation. Texture is somewhere between oily and creamy and there's a little alcohol heat at the back end which lingers at the back of the throat. What can I say - this is one delicious doppelbock and another winner from Smutty's Big Beer Series. I definitely need to pick up another bottle to cellar.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who sent me this? I can't remember for sure but I think it was Pabs311. Thanks for the North East hook up man. 2010 vintage.

A: Clear ruby body, tight fine two finger beige head, some spotty lacing. 4/5

S: Big sweet bready malt, spicy alcohol, raisins. All smells are big, pungent, and very enjoyable. 4.5/5

T: Very robust sweet malts, a long boil was obviously used here. Tannic edges with a bitter finish round this out nicely. 4.5/5

M: Full, chewy, and smooth. This is the way a doppelbock is supposed to feel. 5/5

O: Damn good beer from a damn good brewery. Another impressive showing from Smuttynose again. Get one if you can. 4.5/5

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Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Bottle conditioned in: 2010 notched on the side of the label. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S. The aroma is rich and malty, it has quite the mouthwatering effect. The nose is loaded with sweet bready malt, caramel and dark fruits.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously malty on first sip. There is some sweetness up front from the malt, but the sweetness is balanced out in the finish. The taste also has some caramel, a touch of hops and a warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a pretty nice malt bomb that is definitely worth a try, especially if you are a fan of big malty beers.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S'muttonator, ontap, 12oz pour

Appears a hazy dark orange/brown color. Nice froth and retention on this one. Nose is lightly fruity and a hint of floral hops. Flavor is interesting, fruity and malty with faint spices, light roast, some banana, wheat and very low bitterness. The finish is abrupt if not clean. A nice interpretation of the style, and fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Darker than Lipton tea brown, but not by much, with red highlights. A couple of fingers of creamy tan foam falls more hastily than gradually, leaving minimal lacing. Yeast chunks visible after the final pour, which is fine by me. I like B-12.

Ripe dark cherry like fruit, charred roast, caramel malt, mild earthy hops and some booze. Quite nice.

Caramel and toffee malty sweetness, burnt roastyness, grassy and vaguely floral hops, a bit of yeasty spiciness, dark fruit, mild hop bitterness and some booze. And all of this balances well.

Plenty carbonated with strong warming that includes a bite. Thin side of medium body, mild viscosity, and a slightly bitter finish.

Very good beer and representation of the style. Great complexity and balance. Smutty continues to impress me.

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Photo of garbercury
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chalice.

A--Nice dark amber hue with a beige head, some good lacing and retention.

S--Toasted malts, caramel, phenols definitely present.

T--Caramel, toffee, malty goodness, great flavor, tasty.

M--Excellent smooth MF

D--Great example of a dopplebock, highly recommended, another "Big Beer Series" gem by Smuttynose.

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Photo of ef88
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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 IIKaRuII
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber, that generates a nice khaki finger length collar. lite lacing creeps down the glass as the collar dissipates.
smells of sweet malts and apricots. nice warm alcohol smell aswell.
taste is a blast of malts with bitterness that increases as you taste. has a molasses like taste as well. raisins. Has nice earthy tones that make it very smooth to drink. enjoyable
nicely balanced. The bitterness is near perfect with the sweetness. very enjoyable and sits well. this is one of the best double bocks around.
Being that it is 9.5%ABV not 8.5% ( 2010 brew ) this is wonderfully drinkable. each drink you take you feel something new, and makes you want to keep drinking. Well done smuttynose.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark cloudy brown color, that glows a light brown color on the edges of the glass when held to the light. It has a 2-finger light tan head, that left good lacing behind. Also, there is some floating sediment visible in the glass.

S - It smells of roasty and sweet caramel malts. There is some alcohol presence. also, there are note of dark fruits such as dates and figs. Overall, the nose is fruity, dark, and a tad boozy.

T - The taste is sweet, roasty, boozy, and it has a nice dark fruit presence. There are notes of fig, plum, caramel, and raisins. The finish is fruity, boozy, and a tad bitter.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. There is a bit of a chewy quality to it. There is some bitterness and a slight boozy warmth as well.

D - There is good drinkability here. It goes down easy, and it tastes great. I really like this beer, and it would take a lot before I get sick of drinking this one. I definitely recommend trying this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin creamy beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: The aroma is quite malty and sweet with notes of brown sugar, caramel, figs and raisins.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty and has some notes of sweetness and fruity flavors. Hints of alcohol and bitterness are present in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied, smooth and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: The beer is one that needs to be sipped although the alcohol is for the most part well masked to the taste.

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Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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 unit555
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer but not the strongest in this series. The color was somewhat lighter than I expected from a double bock. Slightly sweet with a pleasant funk in the aromas. The flavors were sufficiently solid to stand up to garlic chicken wings and would pair well with most any bar food.

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Photo of ar70584
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

App: good lacing. deep mahogany brown

smell: sweet butterscotch, brown sugar, alcohol esters

taste: full bodied, rich caramel taste. smooth and sweet, with noticeable alcohol. invades your tastebuds, sweetness is a bit cloying

mouthfeel. rich and velvety. coats your whole mouth.

drinkability. great, but a small glass is good enough as the sweetness and high alcohol can begin to overwhelm.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is rich and malty with a nice nutty, rye-ish and toasty undertone - very appetizing. It pours a nice clear mahogany with a thick, frothy, pale tan head. So far, so good. Flavor has a strong rye overtone, a malty core, and caramel, grassy and nutty hints. Yummy! Texture is quite smooth but rough around the edges, leaving a nice tingle and a grassy/rye finish. Recommended!

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Photo of Brenden
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big brown crown of head forms a thick, dense 2 finger high pillow above a deep, very dark brown beer and barely relents. A thick foam remains that leaves a good amount of lacing behind.
There's a big, strong malt on the nose with less complexity than the flavor but still plenty of plum/raisin, licorice and caramel as well as just a hint of hops and a tinge of alcohol that softly underlies, implying a high ABV without getting too involved.
There's lots going on in the flavor, and the malts are very big. They set a backdrop for all kinds of licorice, molasses, toffee/caramel, notes of vanilla and just enough hops to add a balance along with plenty of doughy breads. This is one of those sippers that is easy to put back and tasty enough to keep going at, with the alcohol making itself just evident and, again, detracting from nothing this beauty has to offer.
There's a rich, thick, lush mouthfeel to this beer as well with appropriately light carbonation and lots of smoothness from a full, hearty body.
This is an exceptional doppelbock, and nearly as good as Celebrator in my opinion.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a hazy copper with about two fingers of light tan head. The head drops after a few minutes to a thin layer of foam.

Aroma of sweet malt, ripe apricots, toffee, and a hint of alcohol.

First sip is of rich malt, ripe pitted fruits, with a lingering finish of alcohol and a light bitterness. Bitterness grows as you sip and the beer warms. Good level of carbonation with a light carbonic bite.

Mouthfeel is full, sweet, not cloying, bitterness is resinousy, coating the inside of your mouth. A light prickle of carbonation. Warming alcohol.

Very drinkable. Bitterness picks up some astringency after a while. Not off-putting, just shy of aggressive. Very good representation of style.

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Photo of farrago
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finger's worth of loosely woven light tan foam, moderate retention, minimal lacing at best. Amber red color with a mixed reddish orange hue at the glass bottom, the liquid is clear and transparent, perhaps in large part due to standing up the bottle for some time, you can see a good quarter inch of sediment in the bottle bottom. The nose has both alcoholic fumes and a syrupy, clingy texture to it, raw brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup and dark chocolate, maraschino cherries to plum, rum raisin, baker's dough, sufficient pine and flower accents to signal the hops in the background, same for the spiced orange peel. Medium-bodied, the carbonation moves from active to sluggish with no clear pattern. The sweetness is concentrated in molasses, cane sugar and cocoa. The raisin, plum, cherry, apricot fruit seems front-loaded and releases into tart white grapefruit, mandarin orange citrus during the mid-palate. The dough more fully baked here, pie crust and muffin. Pine, grass gains clarity of voice here. Fluid progression through the mouth, the alcohol more heady than burning. Seems like a beer best had with dessert, something like flan or pudding.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, hazy brownish-bronze color. The tall, caramel colored head is dense and frothy. Retention is sturdy, and some very nice splotches of lace stick to the glass.

S: Sweetly, robustly malty in the nose. Caramel and toffee are at the fore, with some lightly toasted breadiness. Light notes of ripe fruit (some pear) and herbal hops. Alcohol is not raw, but it is noticeable.

T: Firm notes of caramel and toffee up front, with substantial toasted character by mid-sip. There's a bit of a ripe/dried fruit flavor. If I had to pin it down, it again seems pearlike. Hops add some medium bitterness with a spicy flavor. Alcohol adds additional zestiness into the finish, where it definitely leaves an impression.

M: Pretty medium-bodied for the style. Carbonation is tingly but not overdone. A bit of stickiness up front before a slightly dry, warming alcoholic finish.

D: A hefty, punchy, alcoholic doppelbock that manages nice balance otherwise. Aside from being a bigger-than-normal doppelbock, this is fairly paint-by-the-numbers, but it's a good take on the style from one of the relatively few American breweries to attempt it.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber, 2010 bottling. 9.5 percent ABV according to the Smuttynose website.

Murky dark amber with an excellent taupe head that's sticky and thick.

Aroma is malty with some dark fruit, brown sugar and booze.

Wow, what a malt bomb. Hits all the right doppelbock notes: chocolate, dulce de leche, molasses, roasted nuts and doughy sweetness. Sturdy hop bitterness on the finish is a nice American twist. Only thing holding this beer back is the the alcohol flavor-- it's bearable but strong. Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery, coating the palate in unctuous, finely carbonated layers.

Really good doppelbock here. Close to the best German examples, just a bit too much alcohol presence in the end.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Browsing at a local bottle shop and I eye up two of the big beers from Smutty nose priced very modestly. This and the Baltic Porter from 2009 were only six bucks, I was sold. This one pours an impressive deep amber mahogany brown hue completed clouded with some yeast sediment. Nice huge collar of tan khaki head goig on with fine intricate layers of lacing, this bottle was bottled in 2010 probably earlier this year in the spring. Aroma has some big malt layers deep with tart fruit and hints of raisin, a nice depth of ingredients involved in the brewing process. Also some floral fruity notes in the back end quite the interesting New England brewed German style lager. Flavor really coats the palate with back end roasted malt and upfront fruitiness. Figs/plums/raisins soaked in alcohol with a nice crusted bread layer finishes somewhat balanced with a strong herbal hop finish. A touch of dark chocolate and other roasted malt qualities brings a nice balance to the overall mix. As it warms herbal mint with a touch of pine cone comes out, the hops here definitely have an American slant but they're note overdone. Mouthfeel is as full bodied as a lager will ever be, almost chewy due to loads of malts and bready yeast sediment bringing a nice body. Carbonation was natural bottle conditioned very enjoyable experience. Drinkability, I had no problems finishing and enjoying a whole bomber although ideally you better find a drinking partner on a big beer like this. Great quality version of a rarely brewed in America style.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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 nhindian
3.22/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter, split during a tasting. Generously provided by 603BeerMe. Thanks!

A - Pours a dark copper, hazy body with a finger's worth of head. Decent retention with small, scattered lacing.

S - Smell is very sweet, heavy on caramel, toffee, with some darker fruits in the background.

T - Taste, much like the nose, is malt-heavy and very sweet. Lots of caramel, figs, currants, and perhaps a hint of bitter chocolate. Finish is long and surprisingly bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with low carbonation. Relatively smooth and creamy, but as mentioned in the taste, it ends bitterly.

D - Drinkability for me is pretty low. A bit too sweet up front and too bitter in the back for my liking. Becomes a bit hard to drink about halfway through.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy mahogany color with a thick and frothy tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has huge malts upfront, with notes of treacle, caramel, toasted bread, fig and plum, oak and vanilla, turbinado sugar, alcohol and some herbal hops. The flavor is also very malty, with big caramel and toffee notes, along with turbinado sugar, vanilla, oak, dark fruits (plum, fig, cherry), along with some herbal hops and fusel alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and drinkability is good but limited by the sweetness and alcohol. A very solid american doppelbock, maybe a tad sweet but still complex and tasty.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of glowing amber-brown. The brightness of the color is, however, dulled by the hazy sediment swirling about the glass. We were also given a one and a half finger head of beige, which dissipates at a medium speed, leaving little lacing. The aroma is of sugary sweet caramel, with a large helping of diacetyls. There are also hints of walnuts, faint esters, and of course, big malts. The latter come through strongly on the front end of the taste, with a curious flash of browned banana. These fall to a middle that has a fruity sweetness to it. The finish and, subsequently, the aftertaste, are overtly boozy, with a mild bitterness of hops that are otherwise nonexistent throughout the tasting. The beer is medium to heavy bodied with mild carbonation. The feel to it is smooth, and it almost coats the mouth. There is an astringent aspect to it which leaves the mouth quite dry. Due to the higher abv, and generous alcoholic burn, this beer drinks more slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the smoothness to the drink itself, the boldness of the taste, and the pop of the aroma. We were a bit surprised, but not entirely unpleased, by the enormity of how apparent the alcohol was. That characteristic alone makes this stand out among its competitors while, simultaneously, forcing the drinker to switch to something a bit lighter for the second round.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 646 ratings
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