Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer 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:
S’muttonator is a tasty mixture of German ingredients & good ol’ fashioned New England tenaciousness. Our brewers take 30 hours to brew a single batch of this traditional Double Bock. Take your time & enjoy its rich, malty & deceptively smooth flavor.

2007 - 9.8%
2008 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.5%

Added by Bierman9 on 01-11-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
396
Ratings:
625
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
13.22%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
59
For Trade:
2
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Photo of arizcards
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in late February from TW Arrowhead for $6.49 (Received at TW 1-29-16). "Bottle Conditioned 2014" date on bottle.

Beer poured reddish-brown with a decent white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is soft malts and a pleasant sweetness.

Taste is wine like, with a huge malt base that has a decent amount of hopping that balances things nicely.

Feel is full and satisfying.

Overall a nice beer from Smuttynose. Their quality is solid with pretty much everything i have had. The Doppelbock was a nice change of pace from the normal loop of ipas, stouts, etc!

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage
1.5 years since bottling

Appearance- Pours a medium mahogony color w/ brown and orange hues.Thin layer of off white colored head, soapy, dissipates quickly. Lots of head lacing and alcohol legs.

Aroma- Toasted grains, bready malt sweetness. Dark fruits, raisin, figs, slight grape and dates. Brown sugar and syrupy sweetness.

Taste- Dark fruits, raisin, grapes, figs. Rich malty sweetness, toasted grains, brown sugar, creamy toffees and caramel.

Feel- Medium feel, very smooth, sweet creaminess. Moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall- Wonderful richness and full flavor. Fruitiness is so well integrated with the toasty and rich malts. Body enhances the smooth and creamy flavors, alcohol well hidden at this age. This has aged incredibly well, flavors havent necessarily evolved but the beer has become much more refined and cohesive.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It took me at least a year of looking to find this.
I thought it was interesting that a brewer who specialized in British styles could make such a great lager, albeit a very dark one.
While there are many things to like about this beer, its full, malty taste and balanced, smooth finish is one to remember.
I'm also will not forget to look for another.
Listed on the "1001" this deserves to be there.

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Photo of Lukass
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi opaque dark brown with a thin white head. Smell is sweet and bready, like a good doppelbock should be. Taste is rich, malty, and toasty, with hints of dark fruit, caramel and vanilla. Some definite warming from the alcohol but in a pleasant way. A good doppelbock by these guys and stays very true to the style. Another great one by smuttynose's 'big beer' series.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper brown, mostly opaque, with cap of foam and lacing.

S - Malt, caramel, slight tea notes, a floral aspect.

T - Open is sweet, with a doughy middle, and a mild bitter close.

M - Moderate stickiness, but clearing a bit.

O - A very pleasant, full beer, with lovely caramel and dark brown bread notes.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle. Absolutely no head. Beer had a good taste, but way too sweet for me. Caramel color. A hint of that alcohol taste but not over powering. Would be an excellent after dinner beer in a small 8oz glass.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dopplebock. Poured a chestnut brown with a minimal finger of head that broke quickly leaving nothing it its wake. Smell was dried dark fuits, sugars and some malts. Taste followed the palate closely, perhaps with the malts moving forward a bit. Some hops presence, but really quite mild. Feel was medium, creamy and mid carbonation.

A good beer, and right up there with others I have had from Germany.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant chestnut crowned by a clingy cream to light tan colored foam collar with a fine bead. S: Light toast, bread, fruit. T: Malt driven liquid medium dark bread and bread crust with some prune to grape highlights. A light kettle sugar sweetness balanced by a mild to moderate hop accent. Nor harsh roast or burnt flavors. F: Clean, smooth, medium carbonation, full body. O: A go to doppelbock.

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Photo of FFreak
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately dark amber into the glass with a small head. Some lacing that remains as you enjoy the brew. Tastes like a double bock. Enjoyable. Dangerous.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber marked “Bottle conditioned 2014” at 42 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, diminishing to 2 – 4 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium red-amber, clear
Flavor of malt with some hop bitterness coming through; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Edit. Drinking a five-year-old 2011 vintage right now and it is amazing. well worth the time spent in the cellar.

2014 Bottle

Probably my favorite american dopplebock right behind troeganator. Dark ripe fruits in the nose with bready sweet goodness. Butterscotch and caramel. Mouth feel is outstanding. So glad I finally found more of this one.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

650 ml bottle poured into a Heavy Seas tulip (2014 bottle, 9.8%)

A: Burnt Sienna body color with a mild head on the pour but leaves some lacing and a bit of a collar.
S: Interesting scents here. Lots of spices with a sweet malt base. Just a tiny bit of yeast in there.
T: Weird flavor here that is yeast, bread and some sweet malt. Weird spices that dominate the flavor profile. Sweet malt base undertone. Yeast and bread with some spice is the aftertaste.
M: Nearly no carbonation. Maybe I should have waited for it to bottle condition a bit more, but I don't think I should have had to wait.
O: Just weird flavors here, that make for an uncharacteristic doppelbock. Not like the doppelbocks that I'm used to.

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Photo of RickS95
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin dark brown liquid with a thin, slow forming off white head. There's a bit of chill haze that eventually settles into a dark iced tea color. The head is disappointing as it teases you into thinking how awesome it's going to look but never really gets there. Lacks size and retention.

Smells German, full of malts and any hops present must be of the spicy Noble variety. Very high alcohol but the nose doesn't detect it.

While the nose ignores the alcohol, the taste buds account for it. Has a German bock-like Earthiness to it. I thought there would be more of a malty flavor but I get more yeast than malt.

Strong spicy character, along with a lot of bite and heat from the 9.8%. Faint sweetness up front, then a combination of spice and heat as the beer coats the tongue and never really let's it free. Full bodied with a semi-dry finish and a lingering heat.

This is one of the stronger beers I've had in a while; by feel not by ABV. Very aggressive features and something you'll want to sip. Not an easy beer to drink, but something to enjoy as you nurse it for an hour.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22 oz, bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Slight spiceness.

t: Caramel/bready malt balanced by some peppery spice and a significant hop bite.

m: Medium, good body and lots of carbonation tingle.

o: Good double bock or winter warmer, although I prefer one sweeter and more malt dominated than this fairly strong spicy version.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
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 JohnCJr
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Medium red-brown with thin white head. Very little retention.
Smell: Sweet brown sugar, nutty.
Taste: Very malt forward. Smooth with no hint of the almost 10% ABV.
Feel: Medium. Coats the mouth nicely.
Overall a superb beer.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bottle marked 2014. I'll start by saying this beer seems young for a doppelbock. I am scoring based on my 'off the shelf' experience. Merely a warning.
The malt is there but the young astringent, bitter flavor begs attention. The alcohol is quite overwhelming as well. I believe this beer will do much better with some age. A true Doppelbock should be all malt forward, almost chewy, with a warming flush affect from the alcohol. You shouldn't taste it on the front end.
Do the dilligence where the brewery may have left off and lay this down for 8-10 months. Could be intentional to lengthen its shelf life? Again, not brewery bashing. rating based off of experience. I will purchase a second bottle and throw some age its way. it would be worth the wait.

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Photo of Gbgbrouge
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, slightly hazy dark red copper with low off white head. Aroma is mild with notes of caramel, dried fruit, vanilla and whey butter. Taste is sweet with a big malt body and some bitterness in the finish. Didn't like the whey butter aroma at all, spoiled the whole experience.

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Photo of Red34
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark brown with little beige head. The most impressive things about this beer are how the malty flavors coat your mouth, and considering the high ABV how un-boozy it tastes. Smuttynose has done an excellent job at replicating a long time German offering. Bravo!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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 HipCzech
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

Serving: 750 mL bottle poured into a stemmed Pilsner (beer tulip) glass (bottle marked "bottle conditioned 2014").

Appearance: Lightly hazy, deep caramel brown. Modest tan head leaves little lace but persists as a crowning haze.

Smell: Sweet, rich and lightly toasty malt; brown sugar, caramel.

Taste: Big, sweet and toasty malts, sweet dried fruit (raisins), caramel. Slightly earthy hop bitterness provides dry balance to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and gentle carbonation.

Overall: Big and malty without being either overly sweet or alcoholic.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy brown with a barely-there head. Smells of brown sugar, figs, lots of toasty malts, some booze. Flavor does not remind me of a classic, chewy doppelbock. It reminds me more of an imperial dark amber lager or something. Loads of toasty malts overwhelm the more caramelly/dried fruity malt aspects. Alcohol isn't overly present. Mouthfeel is rather flat and slick. Not impressed with this, at all.

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Photo of mac31
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

22oz to tulip

Sweet, big caramel entry. Big, bold beer. Sipper. Cooked caramel and brown sugar. Bready malts. Deep, deep black cherry, raisin is present. Touch of warm orange hues. Just enough earthy, subtle hops to keep the beer honest. Soft (very), clean bitterness. Alcohol adds a drying effect (in the finish) to a sweet beer, another aspect that keeps the beer honest. Slight cereal graininess noted in the finish. Lager finish is apparent in the first few sips, but dissipates as the rest of this big beer takes over. Slight warming effect as the beer is quaffed, welcomed. Syrupy body with soft carbonation. Complex yet balanced brew. Serve at appropriate temp for best impression. Served mine slightly chilled, slightly astringent. Much better as the beer warmed (as all big beers do.) I definitely will by again. Have not had many bocks, reminds me almost of an English style barley wine, one of my favorites styles. 2014 version, 9.8%. Good stuff!!!

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Photo of ksimons
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a dark caramel color with two fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-heavy caramel malt backbone, brown sugar, and light raisins

T-brown sugar, raisins, caramel and toffee with a light hop bitterness in the finish.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth

Overall a delicious beer for the style, nice chewy body with just enough hop bite

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