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

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631 Ratings
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:
631
Reviews:
397
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
60
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 631 |  Reviews: 397
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth easy drink, medium mouthfeel, sweet malty and carmel, good dark colour, roast. Some fruitiness. Chewy nutty. Some more please. Hops noticeable in finish, well carbonated. Dry aftertaste, alcohol whollop. Had a second complete bottle six months after, where I noticed full taste again, and maintained raiting.
Another bottle two years later, good soapy head on mahogoney, creamy. Did not notice disadvantages earlier.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and brown sugar aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with some slight fruity flavors as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good American take on a doppelbock.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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 kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 650ml brown glass bottle with apt label art and a branded black and lime pry-off pressure cap purchased at a local bottle shop.

Expectations are high given its current 91 rating. 9.8% ABV. Reviewed as a doppelbock per the label. "Bottle conditioned 2014." Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide. White colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Not real frothy. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good for the ABV - about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Dark copper with amber hues. Average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Translucent. Semitransparent.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special for the style, but certainly within conventions, and appealing.

AROMA: My first whiff yields only a simplistic impression of generic malty sweetness.

Trying again, I pick up on caramel, some brown sugar, vague indistinct fruit, and caramelized fruits and malts.

Hmm. There aren't many notes in the aroma. As it warms a bit, though, it does start to take shape: light fig, faint sugarplum, the beginnings of a trace of red apple...it's not a muted or subdued aroma, it's just a withdrawn one.

Pleasant, but light in strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Caramel, prune, light fig, a kiss of sugarplum, caramelized indistinct fruit, amber malts, traces of cherry and juicy red apple, brown malts, dextrins, Vienna malts, and some fruity breadiness on the finish. I find myself working in overdrive to find these notes; it's not a reticent or muted flavour profile, and it does have depth of flavour, but everything melts together so nicely it's tough to break it down into its constituent notes. A bit of cinnamon spice; if they played that note up this beer might be wonderful. A hint of pecan, a whisper of walnut...this is a tough nut to crack.

The malty sweetness is well-checked, and the fruitiness guides the flavour profile nicely, tying it together with a rare (for a doppelbock) cohesion. As it warms, fruitcake enters the equation. Maybe even some raisin. The subtlety of the dark fruit is notable, yet it retains a distinctly German vibe, never venturing into Belgian dark fruit territory - I guess because it never tastes candied?

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. I'm surprised many other reviewers are calling it warm and/or boozy; I find the alcohol quite well concealed.

Overall, I find it well-balanced and cohesive, and it almost feels like a gestalt whole. Complex enough for a doppelbock, with surprising subtlety and an initial inaccessibility. Sure, it could be more intricate and nuanced, but that goes for damn near every beer. Sweetness is high in general, but just right for the style.

TEXTURE: Sticky, smooth, wet, full-bodied, heavy, thick, and lush without ever venturing into syrupy or viscous territory. It's only slightly over-carbonated, and while it's unrefreshing I do think it's a quenching meal-in-a-glass kind of brew. You could see a glass of this nourishing a tired German monk on a winter's night, and I suppose in the end that's what the style is designed for.

Has a good overall presence on the palate. This mouthfeel complements the taste quite well, but doesn't elevate the brew beyond the potential of the taste.

OVERALL: Drinkable for its high ABV, but nevertheless a very filling beer. You wouldn't want more than one in a night, and while I'll finish the bottle alone, I don't know that I'd recommend that to most beer drinkers. This will definitely satisfy fans of the style, and it's one of the better American offerings in the style I've had recently, but it's certainly not world-class. Smuttynose has done a good job brewing the intended style and I could see myself aging one or two of these if I had the disposable income on hand (I don't). It's perhaps a bit more subtle than my palate is currently able to contend with; I'll have to revisit this one when I'm more experienced. In any case, it's certainly worth trying at least once.

B-

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear nut-brown dopplebock with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Huge aroma of freshly baked banana bread is quite just unbelievable. The freshly baked banana bread with a good slightly sweet malt backbone also dominates taste. Alcohol is well hidden and body is just above average with some medium carbonation. Definitely one of the best dopplebock I ever had.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2010 release. Pours hazy reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big raisin, prune, biscuit, toast, molasses, toffee, caramel, nuttiness, earth, light roasted malt, and herbal. Very nice and well balanced doppelbock aromas with good complexity. Taste of big raisin, molasses, prune, toffee, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, earth, light roasted malt, and herbal spiciness. Light spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toffee, toast, caramel, biscuit, nuttiness, roasted malt, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity and balance. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a moderate warming after the finish. This was very easy to sip on when I opened it, and it gained a bit more heat as it warmed up. Overall this is a damn nice doppelbock. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and pretty smooth to sip on. Got a little bit boozy as it warmed up, but was still a highly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep somewhat dulled amber with a nice tight well retained head that left a ring of lace behind as it settled slowly.Not big aromas but pleasant I pick up some definent caramel notes as well as some plum the alcohol is well hidden in the nose.A big malt bomb to be expected a sweet pizza dough like quality with caramel and prune with just a hint of German hop zip in the finish.A solid American doppelbock to be had,I would drink again for sure.

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

The S'muttonator delivers a fairly clear (it's bottle-conditioned), reddish-chestnut body beneath a short cap of creamy light-tan foam. The head retention is fair, and it leaves a decent amount of splotchy lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is sweetish, lightly toasty, caramelish, and even a touch fruity from the Vienna malts. It's mildly zesty on the tongue with a very fine-bubbled and natural carbonation, and a medium-full body that's smoothly dextrinous. Rich, toasty, "juicy", sweet, molasses and prune-like, and subtly husky malts dominate the flavor; laced with floral and spicy hop flavors as well as a quick, sharp slap of alcohol. The bitterness is more than firm enough, however, to reign it in and keep it from becoming cloying. The occassional caress of alcohol appears to "warm" in the finish (9.8% is a touch high... Paulaner's Salvator is only 7.5%), but other than that it's very clean, superbly balanced, and exceptionally well-done. It's very nice indeed with the exception that it is a little over-the-top as far as alcohol content is concerned. Worth trying...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Smuttynose US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramelized malts, brown sugar and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with strong flavors of dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar up front. The malt character is hearty and there's a little bit of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is yet another good Smuttynose beer, but I definitely find it to be more a sipper than a pounder.

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

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany in color with a thin beige head. The head reduces to patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of roasted malts, some nuttiness, and some lighter tones of caramel and dark fruit.

T: Very sweet upfront with lots of caramel malts and some dark fruit, this is quickly followed up with an intense spiciness like you often get with a rye beer in the finish. There is some definite light bitterness and you can detect the presence of the alcohol.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. There is a light presence of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: Alcohol is not as well hidden as I might have liked with this beer but it is still an enjoyable beer overall. I like the hints of spiciness and I could definitely sip this one for a while.

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

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

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 ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clearish, ruby-hued body topped by a full, though short-lived yellowish head.

Smell: Strong maltiness in the nose, with a full scent of luscious toasted caramel. Figs and plums provide some fruitiness. Hint of breadcrusts and booze.

Taste: Rich, toasty caramel maltiness with a big sweetness. Touch of light aniseed, a drizzle of fruit-flavored syrup. Only a slight hop bitterness. Hint of ripe red apples near the sweetish finish. Taste of toasted grain lingers into the aftertaste. The alcohol is present, sure, but nothing to fuss about.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very nice doppelbock from Smuttynose. Full of malts and plenty chewy without ever wandering into syrupy territory.

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Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big props to Zrrbrrt for this one!

Pours copper/auburn with 4 fingers of chunky sand colored head. Good lacing & above average head retnetion

S: Malt sweetness & caramel

T: Big bready malts, warming booze, brown sugar & caramel up front. Faint hints of chocolate& cinnamon as this warms along with some toastyness & dryness. Finishes with a hint of pecans, caramel & a whisper of boozeyness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, gets chewier as this warms. Just not quite meaty enough to rate the full 5.0

Drinks pretty easy for the heft, a very nice dopple! Top shelf, would
stock up if feasible

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