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

BA SCORE
90
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636 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:
636
Reviews:
397
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
63
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 636 |  Reviews: 397
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected to love this beer but sorry I don't. Poured almost all head, beige color, long lasting. Smell is really quite mild. Yes there's malt but it's not a complex malt smell. Color is a hazy rusty brown. Taste is indeed malty but again it's not a complex malt, and to be honest I thought it was kind of salty. Finally, I did expect the high alcohol yet this beer still seems hot to me.

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Photo of Ego
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the cellar, Bottled 2006...

eyes...
1 full finger of craggy head crackles, this has lace on the legs as you swirl the foam 'round the glass, dark ruby color that slows light down as it passes through like a caravan on a meandering route in the deep dunes, some carbonation rides up from the bottom leading to decent head retention. good stuff.

nose...
malty and grainy, dark raisins, almost a barleywine-esque quality, nice quaffing.

taste etc...
a touch boozy with a more ashen finish, carbonation is still prickly and this drinks medium thick, definite booze kick in the stomach, pretty easy drinking for the ABV once you settle in to your glass.

verdict?
aged well, mellowed out some of the heat from the booze, this is too drinkable.. 'scuse me while I kiss the floor...

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Photo of stomioka
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Photo of mmoriarty
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatandDavid
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry for the average scores, but I gotta review 'em as I drink 'em. Had on tap at the Barley Pub in Dover NH. My over-all impression of this one was of sugar. Medium dark amber when served, low head. Burnt sugar aroma. Tastewise was more of the same, there were notes of spun sugar to start, and the finish was more of a maple sugar flavor.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is slightly hazy amber. There is a large light tan head that leaves nice lacing and holds well.

The aroma is fruity with a lot of apple and a touch of banana.

The taste is a mildly sweet caramel-forward malt bomb. This is tasty. There is a nice bready flavor here also.

This is full bodied, with crisp carbonation. There is nothing fancy here; just a good solid dopplebock.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S'muttonator opens with a rich, malty nose overflowing with aromas of fresh baked bread (both wheat and white baguette), oranges, pears, white grapes, cherries, heavy molasses and brown sugar, fig, and hot toffee/caramel, somewhat like a candied apple in this last respect. The effect is mouthwatering, which is exactly what I want from a double bock.

On the tongue, the beer begins with deep, dark fruit esters, including fig, black cherry, raisin, and caramelized plum. These are joined by a heavy grain base that boasts some light coffee flavors, as well as wheat and marbled rye bread, molasses and brown sugar, and just at the edge, hints of port and cognac. In this latter area, the beer shows one of its few flaws, for the alcohol (8.5% ABV) does add just slightly too much of a vodka-like hint to the brew. Subsequent sips end up bringing more of this alcohol flavor to the front of the profile, and the beer suffers if too many sips are taken in rapid succession, especially if it is held on the tongue. The aftertaste is slightly alcoholic, but still has many of the darker fruit esters. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding a slight tingle to the soft palate.

Overall, the aroma of this beer is excellent, and the flavors present in the first sip of this beer are lovely. I only wish that the beer had better lasting power through subsequent sips, as the alcohol did become overpowering after a time.

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Photo of Gushue3
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that MtGoat send my way a while ago and I've been sitting on for a while.

Very nice tobacco tinted golden amber and lightens up into a bright cherry wood near the base of the glass, gentle ropes of carbonation squiggle to the fast fading, toffee colored, head.

Big. Very sweet, dark, fruity. Light toffee, slight cider and applewood smoke with a bit of booziness tied in there as well. Full bodied, thick and chewy feel, almost syrupy in consistency. Rich toasted malts, fresh crusty bread, intense creamy sweetness. Just a taste of earthy hop bitterness, but most of the bitterness comes from the wonderfully substantial malt bill. A very tasty beer, not sure how great a dopplebock it is as there are some real heavy hitters in this field. Still, if you are in need of a malt bomb this would be a pretty good place to look.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The beer is a brown caramel color. The beer is bottel conditioned but is very transparent. It pours out with a minimal 1/4 finger of off white head. The head is gone pronto leaving some bubbles along the edge of the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (9.8%) and the "Bottle conditioned" data "2014".

S: [3.50] Big caramel and bready smells. I think I can smell some booziness too.

T: [3.25] The taste has a lot of the bready character. As it warms a bit there are nice malt characteristics with caramel and honey. There is a bit of alcohol or hop bite on the back end. There is also a hint of spiciness throughout the beer.

M: [3.50] The beer is smooth with low carbonation - but there is a finish of booziness that lingers on the palate until the beer warms up.

O: [3.50] If this was labelled "Christmas Ale" (or something) I would believe it. It has a hint of some spices that remind me a of a Christmas seasonal. The sweetness gets a little cloying over time so it is a sipper.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark mahognycolored beer with a two finger high, beige head. Lacing stays on the glass when the head dissolves.

Nose: Plum, apples, raisin, brown sugar, caramel malt and nuts.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt, a LOT of malt! Raisin, toffee, nuts and bread.
Body: Medium to full body with small carbonation. Ligth bitter together with a high malty sweetness.
9.8% ABV made me think of a alcohol-bomb but it's well hidden in the sweet malt. To my suprise it's not at all boozy!

Great doppelbock! Not as great as some "original" German versions but still very pleasant!

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep mahoghany with a caramel colored head that hangs around for the duration. Has good lacing.

In the nose is fresh grass, caramel, malt, and barley.

Taste is sweet caramel backed by bitter chocolate & coffee notes. Carbonation is excellent - really keeps the flavor popping. Really good drinkability. I have been aging this one two years and it has paid off - it is definitely better than the one I had last year.

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Photo of Leschber
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LostHighway
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mjstacker
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of carln26
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting for this beer to become available since I first saw a notice of it on the Smuttynose website. It poured from the bottle a clear mahogany color with a thick tan head that settles to a clingy lace on the side of the glass. The nose has a great caramel/toffee aroma up front. More candy notes in the middle of the aroma, and just a hint of hop fruit on the finish. The taste is a lush burst of malt sweetness. Rich toffee with praline and dates, and oddly some pepper character. Very subtle, but there. Very rich, smooth mouth feel, and very drinkable. I love this beer.

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Photo of mlockman
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mucho gracias goes out the awesome BA/LNBA Lum or IBUnit63 (can't friggin remember) for this bottle. Whoever it was, he knows the way to my heart, and doppelbocks are an easy way to get there. 22 oz bottle with a very fitting photo on the front, served up in a mug.

A: This sucker built up some head quickly and relentlessly. The pour was a nice dark brown that built an almost light black body in the glass. When held to the light, you get some nice brown coming out with a touch red poking through. The showstopper is that head. Initial pour got me almost two and a half fingers of light brown head. Great retention that only falters to a finger or so and keeps strong from there. The head is thick and pillowy, so inviting. The lace is unstoppable. The mug is just coated thickly with a nice chunky lace that squats on the glass and never leaves. THIS . . . is a fine looking doppelbock.

S: Oh yeah getting some nice bready malt coming out in here. This bread was made with some brown sugar though because he has that nice and dark sweetness coming out here. Touch of caramel coming out as well. Still this keeps from being crazy sweet in the nose. Getting some nice earthy hops character coming out and giving me some nice fresh hay aroma. Maybe some prune and raisin in here, but the malt is so bountiful and appetizing. YUM, mofo!

T: Smell is easily duplicated in the taste. That malt is very nicely and slightly roasted. Serious bready presence with that brown sugar coming out. Caramel is slight here as well but it is just enough to bring that flavor out and mingling with everything else. Somehow it is slight but everywhere. Makes no sense, I know but thats how it be. That earthiness is in here as well with that nice German quality that you expect. Fresh hay, grains and a touch of earth that is just slightly bitter to cut the sweetness. Very subtle dark fruits are in the middle here but add just enough to that malt bill. Friggin roasted and sweet almonds sit on the finish. Nice malty goodness.

M: This is just a little above medium in body and has an almost medium carbonation. It works incredibly well for this style, creating a somewhat chewy feel that coats the mouth and saturates the taste buds. ABV is minimal with just a slight "what up" in the throat. Aftertaste is all malt and some almonds. Just so nice and damned fitting for the style.

D: What can i say, this is a nice doppelbock that is pretty easy drinking. Doesn't sit heavy for a malt bomb, making this a nice sipper that could be guzzledif not careful. If you like malt bombs (like I do), you will like this brew. Its almost all malt but it doesn't have a crazy sweetness kicking in here. Its just sweet enough, but it keeps itself from being cloying. Remains easy drinking and just a damned good treat. Get some if you can, it works and works nicely.

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Photo of horshack7
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Where do i begin with this one. Let me start upon pouring the head rentention was incredible very thick. Color was not quite as dark as i thought it might be but the beautiful mahogany color drew me in.

The smell carried a well balanced malty aroma along with hints of dark fruits which I thought was a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: smooth but lightly bubbly very nice atribrute.

Over all this double bock ranks very well among bocks such as Samuel Adams double bock. The taste was so wondefully malty nice dark roasted malt wow this is very nice and shall be bought home from the beer store. Cheers!

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Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Huffs
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a nice dark copper / amber color with a dense tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma had nice malt and bread notes. Taste had strong notes of malt, bread and some molassas with traces of caramel. Great mouth feel, creamy and full. Aftertaste was sweet and lingering.

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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