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

635 Ratings
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%

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Photo of unit555
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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 +8.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +6.5%
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 +3.7%
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 -5.7%
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 -0.5%
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 +5.7%
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 +11.9%
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 -1.2%
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 nhindian
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
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 +0.7%
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%
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 -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 PBoegel
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Series Bottling, poured into a Sam Adams Imperial Series Snifter.

Appearance pine sap amber, reddish brown very good clarity, very light Irish Cream colored head. Clarity and color is brilliant.

Aromas of fig, currants, melanoidins, brown sugar baked carrots, extremely clean and rich, no hops, warming alcohol apparent.

The flavor is redolent of currants, concord grape, melanoidin, brown sugar, crisp malt character. The only drawback is a substantial bitterness, more so than I would anticipate for the style, it could be that bottle conditioning and a more perceptible carbonation than is normal for the style accentuates that bitterness. A minor thing, in terms of overall appreciation of the beer. A touch of alcohol warming in the finish, which is perfect for this style and the overall heft of this beer.

A medium body, with some astringency, finishes semi-sweet, but the combination of alcohol, higher rate of bitterness and slightly higher carbonation leaves the palate clean.

Other than the minor style flaws, a wonderful drinking beer with tons of flavor and exceptional character. Very drinkable and enjoyable, more please.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose S'muttonator pours a deep coppery amber with orange highlights around the edges. A small head falls quickly and lacing is pretty much absent.

The aroma is of sweet caramel with a dark fruitiness and equal whiffs of alcohol.

Hmm, I'm not overly familiar with Doppelbocks but this tastes much like a barleywine to me. It has a strong dark fruit character, brandied prunes and raisins and caramel covered apples, very sweet up front, with an equally strong caramel malt flavor and a distinct alcohol taste as well. The Euro style hops are present in good supply and help keep things balanced with a nice touch of finishing bitterness. Warming does not change it's character much.

Mouthfeel is thick, approaching the heavy end of the spectrum, very smooth and somewhat creamy. Carbonation is on the low side.

Warming and nourishing is the feeling I get from this beer with it's very alcoholic but not too hot character and strong caramel drizzled fruit flavor. It has a good variety of flavors, perhaps not as complex as it could be but good nonetheless. Definitely split this with someone or plan on stretching it out over a good period of time.

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S'muttonator is a very attractive deep red color. It's quite hazy, but still features brilliant crimson highlights. It's topped with a light tan head that stretches to two fingers in height. Retention was pretty good. It dissipated to a surface covering somewhat quickly, but held there for a bit. A moderate web of sticky lace lines the glass as it descends.

The nose is a little light on aromatics, but isn't bad by any stretch. It kicks off with a mix of cocoa-esque chocolate malts and sweet caramel/toffee scents. They seem pretty well balanced. It smells a tad fruity, but it's clearly a secondary player. Smells like a mix of apple and light fig. Interesting. Alcohol is there, but doesn't smell overly strong. It's pretty good, but would easily be better with more muscle.

The flavor is quite good. Easily a step up from the nose. The malt base is quite flavorful and features a mix of sweet caramel and cocoa flavors. They blend well and neither seems to overpower the other. Fruit is definitely more of a player here. Apple and pear are in the mix, and blend with dark fruit flavors of prune and fig. It's interesting, but works well. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn't approach being hot. It might be a little too strong, but not by much. Finishes malty and fruity.

S'muttonator has a medium that's quite smooth and satisfying. That's attributable in part to light, restrained carbonation. The abundance of malt takes care of the rest. Drinkability is good. I'm pretty impressed with the flavor, and it goes down easy for a big beer. This bomber won't present any problems.

For the most part, I enjoy the Big Beer Series from Smuttynose. S'muttonator is a nice addition to the series. It's not perfect. The nose could use a little work, and perhaps the flavor could use a little less fruit. But, there's no shortage of flavor (if you ask me). It's just a little more fruity than you might ordinarily expect from a Doppelbock. Bottom line...I'm still enjoying it. Grab a bomber.

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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 thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a murky brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount upon sitting. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapes, and bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapes, chocolate, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that great for me. I was truly expecting more on it. The fruit aspect to this one stole the show for sure. If you like Doppelbocks you might like this one, but I don't suggest aging it at all...

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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a chalice.

A: Deep plum coloring with hints of brown. Translucent. Tan foam head.

S: Sweet wheat with a bit of clove. Roasty.

T: Roasted and malty. Brown sugar, wheat, alcohol, possibly grains of paradise as well. Fermented purple grape finish. Bitterness in the finish as well. Alcohol lingers.

M: A little sticky with a long lasting coat. Fuller body. A little bit extra carbonation.

D: A good sipper from Smuttynose. Not my favorite Big Beer of theirs, but a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Bung
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Darker amber pour, healthy finger of off white head. Good retention, nice lacing.

Malty rumcake aroma. Prune and brown sugar. Hint of citrus hops.

Malty toffee, dark fruits covered in caramel and booze. This is a bit warm, but comprimisingly so. Yellow raisin, then some citrus and hint of hop resin in the finish.

Enough carb to keep it from being real sticky or cloying. It's a warmer, but drinks pretty well in spite of it.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Lebanon Health Food Store in Lebanon NH for $5.99. Bottle conditioned in 2010. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Cloudy orange brown brew gives 1" of thick tan head that percolates gently and leaves thick lace as it settles. Aroma is dense and thick with the sweetness and zesty esters of raisins, figs, dried cherries. It smells like red liccorice. Taste leads off with a big dose of fruity esters and peppery alcohol that completely dominates from start to finish. In the middle a little toasty malt and warm vanilla appears, but it is mostly overwhelmed by the esters and EtOH. The finish has a big warming alcohol bite that sticks around for quite a while, but a little lingering cherry ester and vanilla is also present to even it out a bit. The feel is slick with a small but zesty carbonation, finishes mostly dry but with a little sticky resin. As I get maybe half way through the bottle, I notice a bit of dry citrus rind hop mingling amongst the other pungent flavors and lingering in the finish... can't say if it was there all along or if it came out with airing/ warming.

This is a really interesting and tasty brew, as long as you don't mind an insane level of esters. Esterbomb fo' shizzle. Definitely a sipper.

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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 TK5150
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark amber with ruby and copper highlights when held up to the light. Two finger head forms and leaves a little lacing that slowly falls down the sides of the glass.

S- Loads of caramel, dates/figs, and sweet cherries. Smells a lot like the last bottle of Firestone Walker 12 I had. Reminds me of my mothers date cake she makes around the holidays. Malt and powdered sugar is present as well. Very sweet smelling. Like a dessert.

T- Loads of caramel and sweet cherries. Dates and figs are there as well. Powdered sugar is in the taste too. Burnt caramel and bitterness lingering in the mouth after the swallow. Starts sweet and finishes bitter. The bitterness tastes just like radicchio, which I'm not liking. Alcohol appears as the beer warms. I like this better cold.

M- Gets a good coating on the palate. Syrupy, full body.

D- Would be hard to drink a bomber by yourself I think. A little sweet, but the lingering bitterness makes an awkward transition from the sweetness in the mouth.

Overall I like this. Glad its back after a 2+ year hiatus. I will cellar a few bottles to see how this one ages. I'm thinking this will get better.

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Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Double Bock pours a pretty dull red with a small head that sticks around, there is tiny bits of weak lacing. The smell is pure malt and some spicy background perhaps the yeast or some spice not yet clear to me. I enjoy bock and this double does not let me down. It has clean smooth flavor that only hints of alcohol and some nice malty aftertaste. The mouth feel is awesome smooth and thick yet not to thick. I will be buying more of this beer.

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 635 ratings.
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