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

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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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 631 |  Reviews: 397
Photo of Franchise
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a reddish brown, looks more like a red ale as suppose to the darker brown in most doppelbock's I've tried. I know this style can range in color but I just expect more brown than reddish. It leaves a small off white head that kind of lingers with the brew. The smell of this beer seems off to me, more of a grape sour smell comes out which throws me off a bit. As I continue to smell this beer more candied darker fruit begins to rise from the depths which now intrigues me. The taste is malty with a nice balance of hops to counteract that sweetness on the palate. Caramel starts off on your palate with medium carbonation followed quickly by a sharp herbal bitterness and finishes with some what mellow nutmeg spice characters. Overall this isn't the best beer from Smuttynose but decent.

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Photo of balinor
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rousee
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby color. Small amount of foam that does hang around for the entire beer. These are fairly new so I would assume they are bound to be pretty fresh and they taste it. Vinous and just a hint of malt in the smell. Taste is very rich with all kinds of elements entering. It has some licorice and caramel and it has a cinnamon type character in the background that is extremely impressive. All of this with your standard dark malt taste hangin around. Another winner for Smutty. These guys are good. I dont even like doppelbocks.

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Photo of Bristopher89
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always excited when I get to have a Smuttynose brew on tap. This one did not dissapoint....

A- Dark brown caramel color. Looked like a thick iced tea or melted liquid caramel. Some tan head, but that went away quickly. Not much lace to speak of.

S- Sweet and sugary. Toffee, caramel, and a ton of malts.

T- Similar to the nose. More dried fruits. Prunes? Candy, sugars, biscuit.

M- Extremely rich and sticky.

D- I could have one or two of these but in no way could I drink this all night. The flavors are too rich and the alcohol is too strong.

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Photo of FFreak
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Trader Joe's for ~$7.00 and poured into a tall tulip. Pours a dirty dark brown with a finger or two of tan head. Aromas of dried fruit, dates, brown sugar. Taste also has dates, dark brown sugar, figs, maybe some cherry. Very true to style. Mouth is medium bodied, silky and smooth. Easy to drink but tending more to sipping. Overall, this is a delicious doppelbock...well done.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Nice deep amber with ruby highlights. Off white head with good retention. Good clarity. Visibly effervescent.

S: Sweet malty caramel aroma. Noticeable grape aromas as well.

T: Sweet toasty malt notes with a nice bitter hoppy finish that is not dry.

MF: Medium velvet smooth body. Moderate carbonation.

D: A good drinkable dopplebock. Not one of my favorite styles but I would drink this again.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as dark or chewy as other dopplebocks. Flavor range not as rich.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking deep orange brown with a frothy tan head that drops slowly to an opaque film.
The smell is dried fruit, caramel candy and a bit of alcohol.
The taste is very sweet , bready malt, caramel...lots of dried fruit flavors..raisons, figs, prunes..a bitter rush of hops kicks in kind of unexpectedly...and works a little...fades as the malts kick back , and returns to leave a pretty bitter aftertaste that is really good. The alcohol is there , but it's pretty well hidden.
Mouthfeel is heavy...carbonation is medium.
This is a really enjoyable doppelbock. I will want more for sure.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - pours a nice deep copper, fairly clear. Decent 1 finger slight off-white head. Very minor lacing.

S - Wow, you can smell the sugar! Caramel sugar, plums, cloves, minor yeast, dry pine.

T - Decently sweet caramel, and toffee. The German hops provided a drying bitterness that is balanced well with dark fruits. I pick up a lot of dates, walnuts, rum and raisins.

M - Sticky sweet, tacky. Slight burn from noticeable alcohol.

O - This is a great example of the style. Overall a delicious sipper and easy to drink for the style. Definitely will have again.

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Photo of Loco_Joe
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of sleuthdog
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip

Appearance: Light murky brown color that looks like a good apple juice but a touch darker. Head was an off white, three fingers worth and was rocky in appearance. There were big and small bubbles mixed together that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing behind.

Smell: A big sweet presence in the form of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, maple soaked dark fruits and some molasses. There is a bready component mixed with big time malts.

Taste: At the front of the tongue the sweet, sweet malts shine in the form of caramel and toffee malts. It has a bready and yeast taste that follows. At the back end there is an interesting spice that leads into a mild alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: This is a malty creamy bomb that is very smooth. At the same time the carbonation prevents the sweetness from taking over and making this cloyingly sweet. I do get a mild alcohol burn on the swallow as earlier noted.

Overall: Not a big overly complex beer but rather simple and true to its style. It is an enjoying beer to sip without having to think about it too much. Straightforward and so easy to drink to the point it is dangerous.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep orange-red with a small dark tan head that doesn't last long.

S- Lots of sweet malt with toffee and caramel aromas abounding. Solid doppelbock aroma.

T- More sweet malt upfront, followed by a surprising hop bitterness. In addition to some nice spicy, grassy flavors, the hops give this beer a substantial bitterness, perhaps in an attempt to cancel out some of the sweetness. The alcohol comes through from time to time, but it's not too strong.

M- Nice and thick, full-bodied with a high level of carbonation. The carbonation might be a little too aggressive.

D- Decent, but it's too rich and alcoholic to have a whole lot of.

This is a good, not great, doppelbock. The bitterness in the flavor kind of threw me off a bit. It seemed a little too aggressive here. Nevertheless, it was a good beer, just not one of my favorites of the style (or of Smutty's Big Beer Series). Still worth a try.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into large snifter

A - Ruby brown with a two finger yellow-tan head. Nice retention.

S - Aroma includes raisin, some spice, dark bready malts, and yeast.

T - Intensely flavored, with alcohol, bready malt, mild dark fruit, spicy yeast.

M - Sharp feel, medium body, over carbonated.

O - Overall an average take on the style. Very very intense in flavor, it doesn't have the mellow-yet-robust flavor of, say, a Celebrator. A very strong beer that demands your attention but maybe doesn't deserve it entirely.

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Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of andylipp
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could have sworn I reviewed this beer a couple of weeks ago. I guess that what you get at 9.8% that goes down like candy. A very sweet Dopplebock, seemingly loaded with candied malts. A little too heavy on the sugar. If you like sweet beers this is the one for you. Mouthfeel is a little too coating, lingering aftertaste, pleasent, but a little much. This beer has a very earthy feel.

Overall a nice offering, a little bit of a let down on the Big Beer Series. I have a couple cellaring, so we'll see.

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

Poured from bomber into a pilsner glass. Pours a medium brown color with a nice foamy head.

Well balanced aromas of roasted malts, nuts, caramel and some warm toffee

good depth with a very good feel. Medium/full bodied with good flavors of roast malts, toffee, and nutty flavors

a real quality dopplebock. A good malty side to it and it does the style well

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Photo of sacfly
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz, bottle conditioned in 2005 on front label.
Very cool pour. Cascades of bubbles fight their way up to the top to make a thick brown head of huge bubbles. Orange red color comes out after the bubbles die down. Sweet, roasty aroma, with a hint of wet cardboard. Taste is muted, but a definite nuttyness, and Munich malt character. Seems a bit thin for a Double Bock, but enjoyable none the less. Easy to drink, high alcohol is well hidden. The 2005 is just a bit past its prime. If you have it, drink up!

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Photo of jaluria
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi-clear, dark brown color with copper highlights and a frothy head that left behind minimal lacing. Aromas of caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, dried peaches, and raisins. The taste followed suit with the addition of a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and sweet with nice depth and mild flavors.

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

Fresh bottle but noted that it was bottled in 2006 and bottle conditioned

A- Rich red tinted mahoghany with a giant caramel head which quickly resides

S-Toffee sweetness with no alcohol that some others have detected

T- Sweet caramel maltiness.

M- Very malty with some hop oil residue, little to no carbonation

D- A bomber is the perfect medium for this one. I am not picking up on the alcohol but at close to 10% more than one bomber would be a heck of a night cap. Overall, this has been my favorite Big series beer from smutty and I am an IPA guy.

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Photo of rkcrozier
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Grinky
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mater
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 631 ratings.
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