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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)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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%

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Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark amber color with a thick tanish head that evaporated somewhat quickly. There is an interesting aroma of sweet malt with some hop notes and maybe a big of brown sugar with the alcohol cutting through. The taste is big as the abv would suggest with a balance through the sweet malt and floral hops. A very enjoyable beer with a medium body but overall very drinkable in my mind and another good selection from their big beer series.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap as a Friday lunch brew at Mahaffeys. Dark wood brown with amber highlights. Half a finger of head with average retention and lacing.
Smokey caramel aroma.
Taste is very malty. You have your sweet caramel, some nutty aspects, some coffee, and just a hint of smokiness.
Chewy and drinkable. I found it to be nutty and enjoyable. However, mouthfeel and drinkability lost some points due to the observable ABV lurking around every sip.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The color was dark clear amber with brilliant red hues of light bouncing around with a small tan head. This looked thick almost like it was a solid, it left a big glycerin layer on the glass, not legs just a coating. The nose let me down a bit, malty some caramel and a plum like fruit smell. The taste was all malt, not as sweet as I expected, I didn't get any of the fruit that was in the nose. This has a very full body, thick and smooth with low carbonation leaving a warming alcohol sensation.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, not what I expected, but interesting, none the less. I seem to have a sort of love-hate, hit or miss relationship with Smuttynose, %75 on the love side. I definitely don't hate this beer, but I certainly don't love it, and I'd file it under the "miss" category. First of all, this is on the more pale, fruity end of the doppelbock spectrum, which is fine. There are plenty of doppelbocks that have these characteristics, and I realize the difference between this approach and say a Celebrator or Thomas Hooker, and I understand what the brewers were going for. That being said, it's kind of wimpy. Not much head to speak of on top of an otherwise nice looking, red beer. Very clear for a doppelbock. Smell and taste both lack a defining character in my opinion. If I'd had this beer blindly I'd think it was a hearty English strong ale. Plenty of toffee-ish carmelly malt notes and plenty of estery fruitiness. Hmm, after writing that line and taking another sip I bumped the taste mark up to a 4, and I'm starting to think out of the box of a style per se. Chewy, rubbery mouthfeel with out being thick or full bodied, but a noticeable alcohol kick to it. Smooth though. Hmmm, for the third time. I'm just not sure what I think about this beer. It's on the thin side, for a doppelbock, but throw style out the window and you have a nice, hearty, English ale, almost...
Eh, what can you do?? Beer is beer, no dry cheers.

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Photo of rousee
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Hagbard
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose's interpretation of a doppelbock pours a very dark ruby, verging on brown. A 2 finger white creamy head forms and quickly recedes to a film that sticks around. The aroma is a very complex maltiness with a fair amount of fruity esters. The taste is very fruity, reminiscent of overripe fruit...think about crushing a soft plum against the roof of your mouth with your tongue. Holding up the fruitiness is a very strong maltiness. The fruitiness imparts a sweetness but it never approaches cloying, even with the absence of any noticeable hoppiness. Unfortunately it seems fairly hot, the alcohol is not hidden very well. This is especially apparent in the finish when it becomes the primary component of the taste. It leaves you with the same feeling you get after taking a sip of hard liquor. The mouthfeel is smooth, though maybe a bit too carbonated. The drinkability is good, though it would be much better if it wasn't so hot.

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Photo of counselor
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a nice fluffy head that dissipates quickly. There are sweet, dark sugar and molasses aromas. The flavors are very straightforward sweet without being cloying. Geeod mouthfeel, smooth and cramy. Only enough hops to keep in the style. A nice beer, and a good bargain for a bomber

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful caramel appearance with a thunderous head that dissipates eventually into a nice sticky lace. Smell is malty, witha hint of spice..light alcohol undertones. Taste is is mainly sweet, very malty..very light spice note...alcohol is present, but understated. Mouthfeel is chewy, full-bodied. Very drinkable for the abv. Definite smoothness.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear thick auburn brew with a one finger head that leaves little spots of lacing on the glass after it vanishes in two minutes .

S - Alcohol, caramel malt, pepper, a tiny bit of smokiness and light-bodied malt. The smell is nice, but the alcohol's appearance is "not impressive."

T - Strong sweet, smokey caramel malt flavor with a backing of lighter malt flavors with a touch of coffee. Abv is detectable, but less dominant here than in the odor. The aftertaste is a lingering relaxing bitterness of indeterminant origin.

M - Chewy, thick, smooth and refreshing too.

D - It's no Troeganator, but it is quite good. A meal in itself, but I think it would work well with unspiced foods. It is easy to drink and soothing enough to entice you back for more. A good price, good beer, I will probably have it again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1 finger head. Carbonation is visibly light as only a few bubbles are seen rising.

Smell: candy-like as sweet malts, brown sugar, and caramel candy abound.

Taste: as detected from the nose, this doppelbock is very malty with plenty of brown sugars and caramels, but is nicely balanced with a decent bitterness, alcohol, and some mild prune tones.

Mouthfeel: smooth, lightly leaning towards syrupy, but still had a bit of crispness at the finish. The malts lingered long on the tongue.

Drinkability: very enjoyable doppelbock, and even with the higher alcohol contect you can still have a few glasses of this. Another great beer from Smuttynose.

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Photo of mcowgill
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very nice dark amber color with a large creamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. The smell was of malts and alcohol. The taste was great! Caramel and malts throughout. Mouthfeel was creamy goodness. This is a very drinkable beer that I highly recommend.

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Photo of asabreed
2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into an oversized wine glass. 2005 version.

Appearance: A dark amber color with brown hues. Some bubbles, but not many, gurgle toward the top of the glass. Hardly any lacing and almost no head to speak of.

Smell: This is a doppelbock? I get a lot of sweet malt and tons of hops, and really nothing more. There's not really much balance, and it almost, oddly enough, smells like a barley wine. Bland stuff.

Taste: Damn, this tastes like a barley wine too. What the hell is going on? There's a harsh balance between the sweet malt and hops, as if they're both trying to come through more, but instead of harmony there's heads colliding and too much dissonance. Finishes extremely hoppy, once again like a green barley wine. Did Smuttynose really make this?

Mouthfeel: Overly cloying and coating, and almost syrupy. I feel like the brew's sticking voraciously to my gums and the sugars are eating away at them.

Drinkability: Wow, maybe my biggest shock of 2006 so far. I love Smuttynose and all their brews, especially the wheat wine and the Big A IPA, but man... this is just bad. I don't think this is a bad bottle, and I was pretty neutral when I opened it. I'm utterly shocked and disappointed. Still, though, I'm thinking this is just a slight chink in the chain, and it's not deterring me from purchasing more of their brews for sure.

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

2004 bottling.

A- Murky red clay amber with prodigious lasting head, thick lacing.

S- Very malty, a tad smokey, a bit tart, sappy.

T- Tasty: caramelly, warm n' fuzzy, low carbonation. Very pleasant aftertaste, lingers on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Can't detect any of the formidable ABV, except for a whiskeyish aura.

M- Creamy, smooth and rich. Booyah.

D- A really nice offering in the style. It's a big bottle and not hard to get through. Balanced, wholesome and tasty.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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 pentathlete
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent brown, some rosy highlights, a big beige head but it falls away very fast leaving a miniscule incomplete ring. Smell is weak versus expectations, some toasty malt, but nothing promising a heavy dose of maly sweetness. Taste begins with some of that missing malty sweetness, but moves to a mild hop bitterness, and finishes with a fine alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is medium, nearly light. Drinkable but not overly delicious. It doesn't demand to be consumed.

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Photo of akorsak
2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: The lager is a deep auburn color with no visible sediment. It poured with a vigorous head that quickly settled down. There was no lace remainder.

Smell: A mild malt note emerges from the lager. I stress mild because the nose does not imply a doppelbock. I expected an overwhelming malt nose that was sweet and grainy. Instead, the aroma was very muted and relaxed.

Taste: A little stronger than a Vienna lager, the taste does not live up to expectations. In the taste, I pick up a smoked malt character that conjures up a rauch-lager hydrid. The taste does not impress me.

Mouthfeel: The lager sits nicely on the palate, although the taste is a little muted.

Drinkable: Moderately drinkable. For someone looking for the malt charge of a doppelbock, this beer will disappoint.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dark reddish color with a smallish head. The smell has a slight malt and fruit,prunes,raisins, scent,but it's not very strong. The flavors are a real fruit taste with some alcohol aftertaste. This isn't really anything special. The m/f is heavy with a flavor that's not well balanced. This is an average, or below, double bock and I wouldn't go out of my way to get this again.

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Photo of ThreeDollarDewey
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I'm impressed. A gorgeous ruby colored brew with a tenacious, firm head. A malty sweetness (raisins, molasses) as a doppelbock should have, but also surprising assertive in the hops department -- potent and spicy, just like I like 'em. The ABV is hidden, but definitely sneaks up on you after about half a bottle. Perfect late winter/early spring brew. And clever name to boot. Nice work, Smuttynose.

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Photo of Foxman
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep rich ruby brown, clear, crisp, and reasonably carbonated. Two fingers of frothy light tan head retain considerably. Droopy veils of lacing remain.

The aroma brings a swarthy mix of malt sweetness and prunes, figs, and cherries. The very slightest hop perfume is no match for a surging current of alcohol at the periphery.

Upon sipping, there is a pulse of toasted malt sweetness partnered with black cherry, currants, and a vinous sherry note. A lighter berry fruitness slips through in the middle. Alcohol is an ever-present vaporous entity throughout. Toward the close there's a warmer, more rounded dark fruit sweetness that wraps around the tongue.
The finish dries promptly and gives the first room on stage for the hops, but here as a lingering, mitigating bitterness. It's simply a big dopplebock chock full of earthy influences.

Medium bodied, it lays sweetly on the palate, coating and flowing and leaving a gentle glow behind.

As advertised, it's a big beer, with a punch and a kick, both to be savored. It's in your face fruity malt, slick, sweet, and down to earth. The bigness reins things in a bit, making it one to be sipped and enjoyed slowly, in increments rather than in quantities. The ABV is never out of the picture, and it warms cozily as well as lightens the atmosphere. I was plenty happy to find this on the shelf; I was every bit as happy to drink it.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this last year as well as this year. selected this bottle from the fridge rather than the cellar. I wanted to see how the beer settled down through the course of a night given that it is a 22oz bottle.

Initial pour is a medium carbonated brew with a light reaction to the glass. The color is a deep reddish brown with a nice subtle glow around the edge of my glass from the light. very inviting presentation.

The initial taste is a solid caramel malt. Not a distinct leaning towards one malt style over another, rather enough of a hint of malt layers to leave you wanting another sip to explore further.

Working towards mid bottle, a nice hops taste enters mid mouth. There isn't much of a "hop nose" about this beer so the hops coming into the taste experience as the beer comes to room temp is a nice touch.

The last third or so of the bottle balances out to a nice blend of hops and malt. A very enjoyable finish. I think as a double bock, this brew does a nice job interpreting the style. I would recommend this as a beer to enjoy when the brewery deems it "in season".

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Photo of jakester
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pint glass.

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a 1/2 finger of off-white foam. The head falls pretty quickly to nothing, with no lacing. Carbonation appears medium. Kind of disappointed with the head of this one.

Aroma is sweet caramel and Munich malt, with some just there spicy hops. Very clean, and not fruity at all, as per style. Brown sugar and spiciness is good, although I was expecting more from a doppelbock. Alcohol comes through as it warms.

Flavor is rich, sweet caramel, clean as hell, with faint spicy hops. Malt is the star of this beer, as it should be. Alcohol very well hidden. Aftertaste is sweet, dark malt.

Mouthfeel is rich and full, with fairly gentle carbonation. Finish is sweet and warm.

This is good, if not a little underwhelming. I was expecting more of everything. As a bock it would work very well, as a doppelbock, it's strictly a little above average.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Great looking dark, transparent, ruby-red brown. good 3/4'' inch head which lasted substantially. Ok lacing.

Smell = Lots of spice and fruit with a high bit of alcohol coming through. I smell cherries and plums mostly. A bit too pungent but still good.

Taste = I think this beer would be so much better if it had less of an ABV %. The flavors are initially very good with a sweet, malty fruity mix but then the alcohol comes and it just overpowers everything else. I do enjoy high ABV beers but they have to be done really well and the brewers need to make sure the alcohol doesn't dominate everything else. This beer fails at that and brings the taste and drinkability scores way down.

Overall = I like a lot of things about this beer but I can't recommend it. I just don't think they do a good enough job of mixing the alcohol in with the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle conditioned in 2005.. nice label with a cool ass ram or whatever the hell that thing is. still, classy label. always has been one of my favorites. love the liberator, but lust for the smuttonator.

deep crimson approaching burnt sienna, topped with a stable, one-finger, thick german head. crusty lace. bubble highway running deep up and down the center of the glass. its alive!

grainy like a bock in the nose, clean and lacking any metallic weirdness. subdued hops enrobed in brown sugar emerge from the aromatic haze. subtle overall in the aroma, but pleasing.

very full bodied, banana strikes in the first sip with some of that vanilly bourbony jeneseqwah. charred husk bitterness meets a clean hop, balances the buttery fruit with sharp, raw hop oils. bitterly tart fruit peels evoke the 9.8% alcohol, which leaves a warmth in the stomach and is not as hidden to me as it is to others. nice banana bran muffin burps from this one. easily drinkable thanks to the carbonation, but could use a little more smoothness.. perhaps less of the bubbly.

a good, time-honored release from smutty and a yearly event to look forward to. get these bottles while ya can and drink em fresh.

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Photo of Franchise
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
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 WanderingFool
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose S'muttonator pours a hazy dark mahogeny color with a creamy light tan head on top. A lace ring is created when the glass is full and stays behind to remind you of what once was. The aroma has caramel malt notes, with some apricot, alcohol and a hint of hops mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, with a lighty syrupy feel on the palate. The flavor is mainly caramel malt. There are some fruity (apricot) notes, bubblegum and alcohol mixed in. It finishes with some hoppy flavor leaving behind some caramel malt and alcohol.

For 10% alcohol this beer is rather easy to drink. It's well balanced and quite tasty.

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