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

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)
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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 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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Photo of PBoegel
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 -3.7%
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 -3.7%
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 +4.2%
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 -11.9%
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 -0.7%
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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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 640 ratings
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