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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): 8.20%

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

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Ratings: 643 |  Reviews: 400
Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my idea of a Dopplebock. Thick bready and malty...and goes down smooth. Pours a very cloudy brown color with a bit of light getting through on the sides and bottom. Can barely see the outline of a finger on teh other side of the glass. The head is tan and fairly large. Shrinks down to a ring around the glass and a thin covering in the middle. Hige sheets of lacing.

Smell is of bready malts. Taste is the same. Rye bread, pumpernickle and maybe a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick. No chalkiness or unpleasant malty after taste. No hint of alcohol either. Drinkability is good for this style of beer. I drank the whole bomber over half a televised football game with no snacks. Enjoyed every bit. Some cheese would have benn nice though. Very drinkable...very tasty

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled in 2008. So this beer's got 8-18 months on it, meethinks. Poured into wide-mouthed snifter ( not my first choice, I need to upgrade my glassware)

A- pours impressively, active head and pretty solid carbonation. Beer matches the brown bottle, and the foam is like the tan of the side label. Nice head formation.

S- I can smell the malty sweetness from a mile away. Really smells like raisins or figs.

T- Slightly bitter on the tongue, a mild acidity, but it is gone in an instant. Malty, for sure, a roasted coffee flavor comes through after the first sip. The malt seems a bit smoky, but just a bit. Pretty good sweetness, not overbearing, but for sure the main focal point. Good, not great. The ABV is hidden exceptionally well.

M- Pretty darn good. Thick, luscious, slow and lingering, full-bodied. This is a beer brewed with a LOT of malt, if that's your thing this is the beer for you.

D- I like the big beer series from Smuttynose, and this one is no exception. Not my favorite of theirs, but still a rock-solid brew. A pretty good take on an underrated style, this is a good beer that is well worth the price of admission. I can't imagine having more than one at a time, but I enjoyed this beer and will stock up for sure, this would make a great trade extra.

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

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

I'm pouring it cold and there's some gushing going on here.. colour is rusty and it's hazy. Huge head of foam with good lacing.

The smellis grainy and malty with a healthy nose of chocolate and some toffee.

The taste matches the nose nicely. Big graininess followed by sweet malts, chocolate, and toffee. Very tasty and very malty with the abv hidden very well. Now I'm getting a light fruitiness that borders between sweet and tart.

Medium mouthfeel with the carbonation on the light side of medium. Head retention is primo.

Drinkability? The abv is a non factor in the taste and only gives me a slight warming after the swallow. The taste is very satisfying so I'd say it's pretty darned good in that category. Well done, Smuttynose.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass, this was a beautiful opaque mahogany brew with a frothy light-tan head. The color combination between the beer and the head is terrific...looks sexy as hell. Great solid lacing, too.

Smell: Raisin, fig - and dark fruit mix with a bit of spice. There's also a layer of caramel flavors underneath it all. And even a touch of cinnamon.

Taste: Up front are caramel malts, molasses, and raisin. I also sense something herbal.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Quite dry, with a long bitter finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a doppelbock because of it's balance.

This is a serious brew, with nice equality in its ingredients. Would go great with a soft, bitter cheese. Hooray for Smuttynose.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark cola with very little head. Minimal lacing and cascade.

S - cook/dried fruit and bread.

T - Wonderful expression of cook/dried dark fruit, with notes of heady dark bread.

M - Medium body, good carb and coat.

D - Not my fav for a session, but could do a few.

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Photo of Dylan2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 06/03/09
22 oz. Bottle-Conditioned Bomber from 2008 release

Appearance: Nice reddish brown color, only a bit of head height, but head retention was good, staying frothy on top for quite a while.

Smell: Immediate caramelized/roasted malt smell, followed by faint alcohol, raisins, maybe some molasses in there.

Taste: Layers of sweet malts reside in this behemoth of a beer - it is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Nice full bodied, creamy texture, good carbonation hits after a few seconds, finally some heavier alcohol aftertaste - but not in an unpleasant way

Drinkability: This is truly a Big Beer - appropriately so from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series - and although this is pretty smooth for such a high alcohol content, it is still just a sipper - but I would be glad to keep sipping it for quite a long time.

Notes From Smuttynose: As the name implies, a doppelbock (double bock) is an extra strong, very malty German lager beer. Typically quite sweet with some roasted malt undertones, doppelbocks range in color from deep amber to nearly black and are normally associated with the winter season. Traditionally, German brewers have used the suffix "-ator" in naming their doppelbock beers; we have, too.
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle split with brothercannon. Poured into a standard shaker glass, the beer appears a clear crimson brown color with an inch of lingering, dense light ecru foam. Smells and tastes of a good amount of sweet caramelized malt (as it should), followed by notes of raisins, molasses, prunes, toasty sweet and hearty bread. Bordering on full bodied, smooth and amply carbonated. Quite drinkable considering the higher ABV%. All fans of the style need to give this one a try.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at local BA gathering.

Poured clear red brown color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good caramel toasted malt, tart citrus and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Good balanced bittersweet malty flavor with a moderate to heavy smooth balanced finish of moderate to long duration.

Standout doppelbock.

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Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 duffextracold
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown, with clingy lace on the glass. smells like raisins, sweet malt, and molasses. fruity yeast. Tastes like sweet bready malt, raisins, dried fruit. well balanced flavors. slightly boozey. rich, creamy, mouth coating texture. lots of tiny bubbles, but not overly carbonated. very good overall, well balanced, very malty, but not overwhelming. i will definitely try this again next year.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint glass - probably a little too cold to start.

Deep ruby red and opaque, with a 2f frothy head and just a touch of lacing.

Nose was light to start, but definitely came out as it warmed. Raisins, brown sugar, and noticeable alcohol.

Taste was booming full of flavor - raisins, plums, heavy on the molasses and caramel maltiness. The alcohol presence in the nose faded in richness of the taste.

Relatively creamy, with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting.

This is a high quality offering, and very drinkable for an 8.5% double bock.

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Photo of Dulliwhig
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - poured into a wine glass at my mother in law's house watching Villanova basketball. Beautiful ruby red with a thick creamy off-white head that clung to the glass until the end.

S - sweet malt, spices and alcohol - not overwhelming complexity.

T - taste is malty and sweet with an alcohol presence, not bad but I was expecting more.

M - medium to high body, well carbonated and crisp.

D - I had to sip this over a long period of time - it certainly wasn't bad, but not something that I would search out again.

I am a big fan of Smuttynose, but I have to admit my disappointment in this offering.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pulled this out of the cellar after almost a year. Great beer name. Looks like caramel mud. Medium tan head that quickly fades to tribal swirls and collar. Lace takes it's time sliding down the glass.

Smells like caramel and raisins.

Tastes like a Milky Way candy bar. Super thick caramel and toffee with mild plums and raisins. Minimal carbonated support and no indication of 8.5% abv. Mouthfeel is the best part about this beer--uber frothy.

Overall, a very good dessert dopplebock but I would have like to have seen more complexity akin to it's German predecessors.

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Photo of Ego
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the cellar, Bottled 2006...

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.

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.

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 gford217
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber with a big creamy tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass stubbornly and stays on as a cap for the duration.

The smell is dominated by sweet caramel malts and lots of dark fruits as well. There's also some citrus hop burn in the nostrils as well.

The taste is again dominated by the caramel malts with some molasses coating the mouth throughout. The hops are present but very subtle in the taste. There are raisins and figs before a sweet slick finish.

The mouthfeel is slick and sticky with the sweetness of malts and dark fruits. The soft carbonation is very complimentary to the full bodied mouthfeel.

This a big, fairly heavy dobblebock that is quite a sipper for the style. It's not the best representation of the style but it's got some unique twists that make it interesting.

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Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this bomber into my large Pilsner glass the body was a hazy burgandy in color. The big foamy of white head seemed to last the whole beer

Big and malty nose on this thing, dark fruits follow as she warms up. The flavors are malt forward, sweet molasses raisins and figs. The thing is I get no warmth from this, and at 10% I am surprised medium feel in the mouth with good carbonation.

Good drinkability on this quite a relaxing one to drink but you do feel the alcohol in the end. I'll grab another one to cellar for longer next time

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Photo of TMB0424
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy dark amber body with a thick, pillowy tan head sitting on top. Frothy. Great retention, it stuck around for quite some time. Lacing is basically everywhere - nice.

Smells of sweet malts with hints of citrus and a boatload of dark fruits tossed in there. Molasses coated raisins, caramel.

Sweet malts immediately race to the forefront - raisins, burnt brown sugar, caramel. Small amount of hops provide a great, great balance to the extreme sweetness of the malts. Aftertaste is of a nice alcohol kick with slight chocolate. A hint of peppery yeast is somewhere in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel is great - it's exceptionally creamy and smooth. Chewy, thick, full bodied. The alcohol is well masked - it comes through at the perfect moment during the finish. Really surprised by this brew. Drinkability only suffers a little because of the alcohol - otherwise I could drink a few of these all night.

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Photo of DIM
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a hazy mahogany/ruby color. It poured with a big, sticky, light tan froth.

s: Warm dark fruits and some floral hops. There was a little chocolate hiding behind the excessive heat.

t: This is fairly hot, almost to the point of being harsh. The strongest flavors are of dry, perfumed, bitter heat. The sweet maltiness is there, tasting of raisins and chocolate, but it doesn't take center stage as it probably should.

m: Mouthfeel and carbonation are fine, but I didn't like the lingering bitter heat.

d: I don't think I'm a style nazi, but in my limited experience I haven't had a dopplebock like this one. One and done for me.

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Photo of bruachan
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i haven't tried all of the big beer series but i'm getting there

the poof on this is decadent and leaves fine lacing. the beer itself is a deep brownsugary mahogany

my duvel snifter channels a fairly (relatively) hoppy aroma to my olfactory glands. there's plenty of heat as well.

plenty of caramelly raisin business in the flavor--from abundant boiling, i am sure. brown sugar, dates and maybe even some anise or coriander (a fair spice element, actually). and a great deal of hop flavor. it's quite an imposing drink

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, how could you not love this name? I bought a bomber and drank it on a cold morning on the wrong side of the tracks down by the Winooski River. Into my pint glass this one was a garnet color with a khaki head that displayed good retention and nice lacing. The aroma was full of molasses, raisins and currants. The flavors were of roasted malt and caramel malt with hints of toffee, smoke and chocolate. Great depth in the malts and some dark fruits in the middle. Something a little odd in there too that gave it a chalky taste, but it was small enough to be overlooked. The malty finish lingered on my tongue. The higher ALC% was well concealed. The mouthfeel was slightly slick, the body medium and the carbonation lively. A great example of the style and well worth a try.

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Photo of mbrasi
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red-brown with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet malt, cane sugar, caramel, dark fruits and nuts. Flavor is sweet, it's a malt bomb with a slight hop profile in an attempt to balance the massive malts. I actually enoyed this brew even though I'm more into hops. Mouthfeel is rich and thick which makes the brew smooth to drink. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming, maybe the age has toned it down a bit. Finish is a little syrupy and sweet.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Poours a deep dark red, chunks floating around, slightly hazy, light brown hue, very thick tan head forms, drops a ton of spiral lacing on the glass, thick ring and layer, looks real nice. Smell is very sweet and malty, sugary, lots of fruit, caramel, very biscuity, brown sugar, raisin/figs, light bit of roast, pretty good. Taste is really nice, almost barleywine like, caramel and honey, biscuits/toast, fruit, very rich, brown sugar, figs, alcohol, graham wafers, sherry, pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, alcohol is nicely hidden with some warmth. Very rich flavour, maybe not as clean as a doppelbock should be but still pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a glass stein.

A- Pours a dark, ruby copper. Very frothy, cloudy off-white head that was a massive 3-4 fingers wide.

S- Massive amounts of molasses and malt. There is also a nice scent of raisins and other dark fruits.

T- Strong flavors of molasses and malt are made apparent immediately. Also detectable is biscuit yeast flavor that gives it a different texture and taste. The taste finishes with a trace of dark fruits.

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable. Particularly, as the beer warms up, the flavors become more intense and prominent.

Overall, a very quality beer. Can't wait to visit the brewery next month!

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Dimpled Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Big thanks to sholland119 for this hook-up (among many others)!
NOTCHED ON LABEL: Bottle-conditioned in 2008

Brown liquid with a beautiful dark ruby tint. Hella' huge head of light brown foam. Excellent retention and fantastic lacing.

Nice big molasses nose with a good malty presence. Good caramel presence, also. Slight hint of citrus hops. An element of fresh bread.

The molasses flavor is right out front, and quite prominent. Big yeasty breadiness. Good dark fruit presence. Mostly raisins, figs and even some notes of dates(!). Very nice rich maltiness. Hints of rich caramel and mild chocolate. Very slight hint of hop notes. Finish has a little bit of pepperiness in it.

Great full body. Nice and thick, almost chewey. This is how I like a beer to feel in my mouth. Very creamy and tasty.

For 10%ABV, this is a deceptively smooth and easy drinking brew. I'd have no problem drinking multiples or recommending that others do the same.
On top of all of that, I am a fan of the Double Bock/Dopplebock style, and this is a top ten, for me. Probably even a top five.
Very well done, Smuttynose!

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Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used my Sam Adams perfect pint glass to test this one out.

The color is a very unfiltered orange and dark red. Looks a lot like apple cider. The head is a brownish white.

The smell is molasses, slightly fruity with hints of grapefruit, alittle caramel and hops.

Taste is a bit bitter at first but has hints of fruit like grapefruit, a bit malty as well, with a raisin taste as well.

This was the first I have had of Smuttynose Brewery's Big Beer series. It is also the second Double Bock I've ever had. I was quite amazed how dark and how cloudy. Good beer.

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 643 ratings
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