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

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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): 8.50%

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%

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/27/11 notes. On tap at Rustico in Arlington, VA. 2008 vintage poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, bready, raisins and dark fruits, and some earthy notes. Very slightly musty in the nose.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits, light spices, bready malts, and light alcohol. Pretty nice, a slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, smooth and light alcohol warmth, but good.

o - Overall a very good doppelbock that has held up quite nicely. Light musty notes in the nose that I would assume are from the time on it, but a good beer in any event. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of jctribe25; bottled in 2010; poured from a 22oz bomber into my Ayinger doppelbock glass.

Deep hazy rufous liquid with lighter mahogany highlights. A thin layer of even beige suds coats the surface. Poor clarity. Good retention, pasty lacing.

Intensely bready, melanoidin-suffused aromatics. Über-malty, but not too sweet; a bit of toast too.

An absolute malt bomb as expected by the nose. Faint postum, plum, and a whisper of turbinado arise as well to compliment the bready, toasty richness. Dry-ish finish with very faint esters from the alcohol. No off notes.

Medium-light bodied, clean, moderately carbonated, and smooth drinking.

One of the best domestic takes on the style I've had the pleasure of sampling (and more than an Optimtor clone).

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-amber body with about 1.5 fingers of creamy offwhite head. Poured into an Aventinus glass. 2010 bottling. I didn't get any lacing, and the head eventually dissipated into some decent surface memory.

Smell is boozy, with some hops and raisins or apricots or something, but it's hard to get past the booze on the nose.

Taste is nice though. It sort of follows the nose and this drinks much more like a mild barleywine than a doppelbock. The hop character is more aggressive than standard for the style. It's mostly malty, though, with some raisin and vague spice. Yeah, this is really more of an American-style barleywine than a doppelbock, in that it is hoppier and the alcohol is more present.

Mouthfeel is fine, pretty standard smooth effervescence from bottle conditioning, nothing of great note here.

Altogether it's all right, but probably not a doppelbock I'll buy again.

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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 thain709
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

A - Poured a deep copper body with some visible floaties...the body was thick as was the head...two fingers tall and light brown in color...spotty retention with a full ring around the edge...some lacing was left

S - The aroma is chalk full of sweet caramel...from beginning to end nothing but rich, sweet caramel

T - Flavor pretty much follows the nose...loads of caramel...the caramel flavors are coming from the malts...which have the roasted edge taken off by the age...caramel is also coming from underlying dates (and other dark fruits are present)...with all the age there is really nothing else coming out but it's not a bad thing

M - Medium bodied...extra smooth from the age...the caramel flavors add an extra texture to the feel but it's never too sweet

O - Yes a 2008 bottle consumed in 2011...the age really mellowed this beer out and made it smooth and sweet...the sweetness was never cloying...the caramel really stood out from the aroma and transitioned right into the taste...if you get a bottle or two I suggest aging it a few years, then giving it try

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Photo of NODAK
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the thickest aromas I've ever smelled in a doppelbock. Tons of sweet caramel present with toffee, rum, and a bit of booze. Malty to the nth degree.

Pours a reddish copper color in the glass with a pretty good sized head on it.

The taste doesn't surprise me at all, thankfully. Malty to the max with lots of caramel checking in with raisin, some bread and rum. Slightly boozy on the finish with just a touch of hops helping to close the beer out. Beautiful thing, really.

This may be my new favorite doppelbock. This is everything I would like this style of beer to be, and one I would probably use to introduce people to the style.

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

Split with anchor between two 12oz glasses.

Pour was very heavy though it left a comparatively lack luster amount of head. 2 fingers of head at most. Khaki head with a nice toasted amber body. Nearly see through but still murky.

What a beautiful nose. Nutty, sweet and fruity all in one. Dates, almonds and a bit of spice. Lovely. Not cloying but a bit on the candy side.

Buttery upfront. Transitions into a nice nutty malty mid body that brings both a caramel and candied walnut mid body. A spicy finish. Not sure if it is age (bottled '10) or hops, but there is a nice peppery finish. Now that I think on it, the finish is rather shirt. I wish for more...

Mouthfeel is rather thin. I was wanting something a bit more rich and heavy but the thin body is rather nice. Different, but appreciated.

Overall, nice but a bit hot to be honest. Alcohol is rather present throughout. Given that, I say give this beer a year or so. Good stuff, but difinately not traditional.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given to me by ShogoKawada. I can buy this around here, but I've never tasted it, so I was glad to receive it.

This doppel is light in color. Its a bright plum red with a heavy cloudiness. The head is really nice and large, throwing copious lacing.

The aroma is very potent. It's strong bouquet wafts up from the glass and fills the room with sweetness. Notes of cherry and apple pies, oatmeal raisin cookies. Some grassy hops.

Quite sweet and rich with a bit too much booze. Lots of raisin and sugar cookie. Some apple on the finish.

Very dry, yet somehow sticky sweet. There is too much noticeable alcohol.

This beer is really enjoyable, but it doesn't hide the alcohol quite well enough, like a great doppelbock should.

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

I have passed this by many a time just to go out and try stuff that isnt always around, well I am gonna try it today. Poured a very nice deep dark brown with a good two inches of off white tan colored head. This faded and nestled own leaving a thin film and some side glass lace. The smell was nce and smoky with a bit of an earthy grain mixed in. A touch of some caramel and sweetness as well. The flavor was very tight. Crisp clean and efficent flavor, lots of malt, nice smoky flavors with a touch of caramel. A great smooth feel with no sense of the alcohol at all. I could have easily had another of these.

Overall this was awesome. I love bocks and this was no exception. It definitly deserves the rep it has, this is a really good dopplebock and something I am glad is readily avaibke to me whenever I want it.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great example of this style. Very similar to Troegenattor. Dark copper with a creamy white head, great retention and spiderweb lace. The smell is sweet caramels, honey and fruits like peach and pear. The tast is almost spot on. Big malt bomb of sweet malts, caramels, honey, peach. Some earthy hoppy notes in the back with just a little burn from the high alcohol. Very smooth and enjoyable rich, big bodied beer.

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Photo of Pahn
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan. Poured into a 6oz sampler glass (part of a flight).

Appearance: Pours a very hazy red. Leaves thin lines of long lasting lacing.

Smell: Fruity and bready. Slight hint of the malty depth of the taste, but too faint and indistinct.

Taste: Peach, mild dark fruit flavors (fig), with some deep bready and sweet maltiness on par with good English barleywines. Decently bitter finish tames the sweetness nicely. Some roasted character to the flavor emerges with warmth, further balancing the great fruit and malt notes.

Rather hoppy for a doppelbock, but everything is superbly balanced, and bold enough to justify the high ABV (which is detectable only through the deep malty flavors; not much alcohol burn here).

Mouthfeel: High side of medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Juicy, like a good DIPA (which works great with the peachy hop flavor).

Overall: Tastes more like a riff on a doppelbock than an actual doppelbock, but the flavors work great together and all the classic elements are present. Very good.

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Photo of patreely12
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a mug.

A - murky copperish brown. fairly tall off-white head. the head is about 2 inches quickly dissolves to a film. lots of carbonation.

S - really strong - sweet malts, caramel and fruit. a good whiff of rummy alcohol. some spicy notes. big, rich nose.

T/M - the sweet malts are really on center stage in this beer. they have such a rich flavor and are complemented by sweet fruits and caramel. there's also some spice to even out the flavor. the back end is capped off with a slightly coffee like bitterness and a hint of alcohol. medium bodied and high in carbonation.

Overall - definitely a malt bomb. I finished the bomber but the rich flavors take their toll after awhile (not a bad thing, I'd just prefer it in a 12 oz next time). really great flavors. another great beer from Smuttynose.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass at 50 degrees. Bottle conditioned in 2010 notched on the label. Pours a translucent plum with a dense, creamy, tan-colored head embedded with tiny craters. Head eventually settles into a consistent, quarter inch cap. Thick swaths of lacing coat the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose reveals candied dark fruits (figs and prunes), followed by toffee notes and a trace of cocoa. Taste consistent with nose; however, the flavors are less distinct and coalesce much more in the flavor profile. The chocolate character is also much more robust. Finally, there's also a residual alcohol presence that comes out towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation. Texture is somewhere between oily and creamy and there's a little alcohol heat at the back end which lingers at the back of the throat. What can I say - this is one delicious doppelbock and another winner from Smutty's Big Beer Series. I definitely need to pick up another bottle to cellar.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who sent me this? I can't remember for sure but I think it was Pabs311. Thanks for the North East hook up man. 2010 vintage.

A: Clear ruby body, tight fine two finger beige head, some spotty lacing. 4/5

S: Big sweet bready malt, spicy alcohol, raisins. All smells are big, pungent, and very enjoyable. 4.5/5

T: Very robust sweet malts, a long boil was obviously used here. Tannic edges with a bitter finish round this out nicely. 4.5/5

M: Full, chewy, and smooth. This is the way a doppelbock is supposed to feel. 5/5

O: Damn good beer from a damn good brewery. Another impressive showing from Smuttynose again. Get one if you can. 4.5/5

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Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A- Bottle conditioned in: 2010 notched on the side of the label. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S. The aroma is rich and malty, it has quite the mouthwatering effect. The nose is loaded with sweet bready malt, caramel and dark fruits.

T- The taste like the aroma is deliciously malty on first sip. There is some sweetness up front from the malt, but the sweetness is balanced out in the finish. The taste also has some caramel, a touch of hops and a warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a pretty nice malt bomb that is definitely worth a try, especially if you are a fan of big malty beers.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S'muttonator, ontap, 12oz pour

Appears a hazy dark orange/brown color. Nice froth and retention on this one. Nose is lightly fruity and a hint of floral hops. Flavor is interesting, fruity and malty with faint spices, light roast, some banana, wheat and very low bitterness. The finish is abrupt if not clean. A nice interpretation of the style, and fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Darker than Lipton tea brown, but not by much, with red highlights. A couple of fingers of creamy tan foam falls more hastily than gradually, leaving minimal lacing. Yeast chunks visible after the final pour, which is fine by me. I like B-12.

Ripe dark cherry like fruit, charred roast, caramel malt, mild earthy hops and some booze. Quite nice.

Caramel and toffee malty sweetness, burnt roastyness, grassy and vaguely floral hops, a bit of yeasty spiciness, dark fruit, mild hop bitterness and some booze. And all of this balances well.

Plenty carbonated with strong warming that includes a bite. Thin side of medium body, mild viscosity, and a slightly bitter finish.

Very good beer and representation of the style. Great complexity and balance. Smutty continues to impress me.

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

Poured into Chalice.

A--Nice dark amber hue with a beige head, some good lacing and retention.

S--Toasted malts, caramel, phenols definitely present.

T--Caramel, toffee, malty goodness, great flavor, tasty.

M--Excellent smooth MF

D--Great example of a dopplebock, highly recommended, another "Big Beer Series" gem by Smuttynose.

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Photo of ef88
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +10.7%
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 +7.5%
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 -2.2%
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 biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -7.5%
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 +8.7%
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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4.02 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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