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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 ballewblake
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my magic hat pint glass.

Light tan head about two fingers tall from a gentle pour, dark brown body with a purple tint. Some carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Spongy lacing on the glass, sporadic. Very light sweet hints on the nose, nothing in your face. Taste is sweet and malty, a slight burn on the tongue, good balance though. Light on the tongue, easier to drink than some of the macro doppelbock's though alcohol is more pronounced.

Thanks to Jwale73 for the beverage.

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Photo of cokes
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Translucent russet brown with a moderate and well-retained pale tan head.
It's scented of toasted grain, peanut brittle, roast beef, dark chocolate, and fallen leaves, spiked with a notable -but not disruptive- Brandy booziness.
Much more roasted in the mouth than the nose indicated. Coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and dark tobacco. Fruitiness arises but is difficult to pin down, as it is somewhere among golden raisins, figs, plums, and dates. From this fruit, an assertive anise note develops, as this takes a turn more herbal. A touch of tarragon sharpness precedes a forest floor of dead-but-not-dry leafy pungency. The hop counter-punch is a tad mightier than most, but it's done impeccably well so as to seem natural and congruent even in a style that's know solely for malt. And I find it captivating. Afterward, there are some vinous notes around the swallow, along with a resurgence and linger of cocoa.
A fluffed-out, downy mouthfeel is provided by the tiny but steady carbonation. This is full bodied, but never grabby or cloying. The is a huge doppelbock, but drinks with abandon.

Place this firmly amongst the Kings of the style.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty-two oz. bomber into a Delirium tulip.

A vigorous pour spills out a deceptively dark brew that brightens to a clear ruby red when held up to the light. The head, buff taupe in color, billows to a half inch before slowly receding. The end result is an attractive, thick ring of foam and a patch of bubbles that refuses to budge. The aroma is a pungent, spicy blend of sweet caramel sauce, toasted chocolate malt, wildflower meadows, fresh cut hay, and Sugar Daddy candy bars. However, hops keep the maltiness in check well, adding a piny resinous note to the mix.

What an great beer. Toasted marshmallow coats the palate with a pronounced stickiness, leaving in its wake notes of toffee, butterscotch, chocolate, herbal hops, and caramel. Phenomenal complexity, and the richness translates into the mouthfeel, where a thick, creamy body with a light carbonation level produces memorable sip after memorable sip. Overall, S'muttonator is a solid beer that resurrects the Doppelbock style in my mind after a few disappointing ones. Nicely done Smuttynose, now bring some of your Big Beer Series down to NC!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since i had one of these and figured it would go well with my MRT plan. Into my 16oz flute

A: Deepest of crimson reds with a gorgeous three-finger light brown head comprised of a ton of medium-sized bubbles. Pretty good retention, there's a ton of foam sticking to the side of the glass. Holding it against the light reveals it to be a beer of brilliant clarity with plenty of carbonation. Head retention is excellent, there's a constant cap and the coating of foam on the side of my glass is remarkable.Very appealing.

S: Rich and malty like a good dopplebock should be, this has notes of jaggery and palm sugar with ripe plums, figs and dates. While sweet, this is nowhere close to being saccharine with plenty of dark sugar character and the faintest leafy hop aroma

T: There's a ton of excellent malt flavor in this beer, it's decadent in its richness. Dates, jaggery, dark brown sugar, dark honey and a faint hint of spice (cloves?) to balance it out. This is liquid fruit and rum cake, the dark sweet character of this beer is excellent

M: Medium-to-big in body with a soft carbonation and a pleasing finish that is both, sweet and mildly bitter (think burnt sugar) make for a top notch beer

D: While I typically don't drink too many of these, this one's special. One bomber for dinner and I wish i had another to marinate some beef in for a burger

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Photo of dogfishlove120
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown almost black with a very thin head

S: Smells heavily of Malt and some coffee, chocolate, raisin and alcohol.

T: sweet malt, plum, raisin, prune and coffee.

M: sticky syrupy sweet. Makes lips stick together. Nice warming alcohol finish

D:Very drinkable, but more of a one beer sit and sip for a long duration

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

Brown Bomber of S'muttonator. I enjoy the punniness of the name next to the stately ram displayed on the bottle. This beer pours a beautiful dark amber or dark caramel color with a big cap of foam that left decent lacing. The aroma exudes rich malt, raisins, figs and caramel. Velvety smooth body as it crosses the palate. The flavor brings forth a big malt component, sweet, but not too sweet, with caramel and a hint of nutty character and ghostly mocha. A bitterness builds toward the end and then the beer finishes with a slight alcohol warming. This beer hits the spot as the cold wind howls just outside.

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Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite intriguing in this beer; I'm getting a distinct tootsie roll aroma, coupled with cola and cherry. While very sweet smelling, I'm loving the way this beer smells. The flavors are a bit on the simple side, but I still liked the caramel chocolate flavor quite a bit. Initially I picked up a bit of astringency in the finish, but over time that blew off and the beer became very smooth on the palate. The beer finishes well, though there is some warmth from the alcohol, and it becomes a bit tiring to drink after a while (the beer is pretty sweet and boozy). Nevertheless, this is another fine beer from Smuttynose.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 220z. bomber into shaker pint on 10/12. Thanks to akorsak for sharing.

A - Hazy toffee-colored, copper-tinged body with minumal carbonation and half a finger of beige head that receded and left some spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Huge caramel notes, like candy caramel cubes, as well as hints of chocolate and toffee, akin to a Heath bar. I am also able to pull out some nutty notes, mild soy sauce and a faint licorice character.

T - Heavy on the malt with heaps of caramel and nutty flavor. There is also a very slight soy sauce, jerky-esque quality in the middle, as well as black licorice. Chocolate notes come through in the backend with a mild coffee aspect and mild earthy bitterness.

M - Medium body with chewy, syrupy texture and warm alcohol presence. Smooth and softly carbonated mouthfeel overall.

D - This was a sample from a vintage 2006 bottle conditioned bomber. This was a nice, smooth and drinkable dopplebock that kept its alcohol nicely concealed.

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to akorsak for sharing a bottle of this.

A-Orangish copper with a thin light tan head that reduced to a ring. Very little spotty lace left behind.

S-Rich sweet caramel malt a touch of chocolate and hints of dark fruit. Spicy hops waft up through the malt.

T-Sweet caramel malt with a pleasant amount of roast. Spicy hops along with dark fruits meld in the background to help try and balance out the sweetness.

M-Medium-heavy and viscous. Very smooth with a good spicy bite that lasts.

D-Good stuff, rich and very smooth. Certainly a beer to savor and share.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 smcolw
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the name of this series--BIG BEER. It doesn't mean extreme, but they are all flavorful. This one pours a cloudy brown. It leaves great ring lace even after the three-finger initial head.

Creamy caramel sweetness in the nose. Some chocolate is present, too.

Light sweetness in the flavor, but this is in the background of some definitive chocolate and finishing hop.

This is a spot-on double bock.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doppelbocks tend to be one of my favorite beer styles. So, to me at least, there was a lot for this to sort of live up to.. The pour is a light brown, dark in some areas with some light passing through. Light tan head. Smell is sweet and malty, of course, but not too strong. Its a bit raiseny, roasted malt, etc, standard doppelbock. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet and caramel-like in flavor. It is sort of a dry sweetness though, which migh be more about the mouth than flavor. The way a dry wine has that dry feeling there is a bit of that here. Aftertaste is a bit floral, the only time any hints of hop are detectable. Mouth is very crisp and carbonated with medium body (and aforementioned dryness). Drink is good, not the most amazing doppelbock i've had, but very good. It's very alt bier-like (sort of like Uerige doppelsticke). It has a bit of boozey warmth. Aftertaste isn't the best either.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a small head, fades at a decent rate but leaves little lacing.

Smell is pretty much all caramel malt, not a hint of alcohol which tends to be normal with doppelbocks, slight spiciness.

Taste, like the smell, is heavily influenced by caramel malt, touch of hotness but not overwhelming, decent spiciness, good creamy mouthfeel, definitely a roasted aspect as well as a good presence of dark fruit.

Not the best doppelbock I've had, but I certainly won't turn this one down.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22 into Alpine mug while watching the Sox and Dice-K gut one out Friday nite...

Hardcore 3-finger, light maple walnut ice cream-colored head topping a deep, dark, bourbon-colored body. Laces up very nicely but head develops a honeycomb pattern on the mug.

Quintessential oily, sweet (almost sarsparilla/rootbeer scent) dopplebock aroma with carbonation contributing to a piney yet still-sweet aroma. Alcohol makes its presence known.

Silky dopplebock taste of rooty braised malt with an almost molasses-thick sweetness. Deep iced-coffee taste with husky caramel/chocolate/treacle character.

It's both dry and sweet at once. Comes in rather clean with nicely severe malt profile and a little pine bite. Interesting and powerful finish.

This one is full of good ideas and it's huge. Sip and savor. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

Very nice, murky deep mahogany/copper color. Very attractive. Sheet lacing which doesn't really stick to the glass due to elevated ABV.

Some bread/malt in nose, but not as prevalent as in some benchmark versions.

Taste is very traditional, although a bit sweet, almost cloying. Also, there is an odd taste in the very finish--a little bit metallic?? Not too off putting, but I had to drop the rating a bit, as this is not the norm for a doppel.

Mouthfeel is both smooth and full, classically true to style.

Overall a very nice American doppel, although not exactly on style. IMO, not enough bread in the nose and that odd finish. Still, another good attempt at a classic style from the brewers in Portsmouth. Good job!


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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose- S'muttonator

A- Deep ruddy brown with the thickest foamiest head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet sugary malt. Hints of dried fruits and alcohol.
T- Sweet syrupy malt. Thick fruits like raisin, prune, and fig. Slight touch of alc. in the body. Hints of molasses throughout.
M- Big thick sweetness. Sugary and slightly medicinal.

Overall- Good thick malty doppelbock. A bit sweet but a very good nightcap.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09/25/08- Purchased at Glen Beverage in Glen, NH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with 2008 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark rum colored appearance with a bottle conditioned light murky texture. 3/4 inch head on pour with a slight rim remaining after 5 minutes or so. Very light spotty lace.

Smell- Very nice nose, especially as it warms to room temp. Rich and malty with a chocolate malt ball nose, deep caramel and highly roasted malt.

Taste- Very sweet....very sweet...and quite thick and viscous. Almost like a doppelbock and scotch ale combined. Malt is super sweet and deeply roasted. Chocolate is puxhed to the back because the caramel coveres your whole mouth. I like the flavors, but it's a bit much. Hops are here and leave a bitter tongue lashing.

Mouthfeel- Mid carbonation at first, as it warms it becomes lighter. Thick and full mouthfeel. Light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hits pretty hard with it's almost 9%abv. Scotch ale fans will like this as I think it ranges more towards that style than a doppelbock. Either way it's very sweet and rich and not a session beer.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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 ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint; 2008 vintage

Pours a mahogany body with a light tan head. Head rose a good two fingers and left very light rings of lace.

Raisins, plums, cherries, bakers chocolate and a solid backbone of roasted malt. Has a little bit of a mysterious, musty smell.

Mimics the nose, only more full and rich. The cherries and plums dominate a bit more which makes it a little tart. The roasted malt does a great job of balancing out all of the flavors.

Smooth and supple. Medium-bodied.

This guy was a breeze. Everything is in its place and the flavor profile enhances as it warms. An easy drinker.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber brown with a thin white head and nice lacing.

Lots of caramel malt on the front on of the nose with a bit of hops and spice behind.

Sweet caramel malts and raisins start things off, with a surprising amount of hop bitterness in the finish. A nice surprise but far more than would be expected from the nose.

Mouthfeel is just a bit thick, not bad for the style, with just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Nicely drinkable for the style. I rarely enjoy more than one doppelbock due to the sweetness but this beer keeps it in check.

Another winner from Smuttynose's Big Beer series.


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Photo of corey0212
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice mahogany/chestnut color, some reddish highlights, big foamy tan head fades very slowly, leaves some nice patches of lace behind. Massive malt aroma, tons of caramel in the nose, some raisins and dark fruit. Taste follows along, with some spicy alcohol throwing down, fig, vague chocolate notes, doughy. Thick and chewy mouthfeel, seriously hearty, some nice lingering spice and dark fruit flavors. I'm looking at the ABV, and yeah, it's high....but something about this beer makes me want to drink another...and another. A perfect beer for the coming New England fall weather.

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

A - Pours a dark brown with huge foamy off-white head. Tremendous retention, wet lacing coats the glass.

S - Big malty aroma, with caramel, toffee, and some oakiness.

T - Big malty flavor to match the aroma. A touch of bitter comes through on the back end. Some booziness also makes an appearence

M - Full bodied, chewy beer. Well carbonated.

D - Between the sweet maltiness and the strong alcohol content, this is definitely a sipper. Well worth a try, though.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich brown with a creamy white head. Head retention is outstanding and adds to the pleasure. Aroma is malt with caramel, chocolate, a bit of oak and fruit. At first I felt the fruit was cherry. As the beer warmed the fruit seemed more like plum.

Well balanced beer. The sweetness and the alcohol play well together. The caramel is the finish with just a little bitter bite.

Drinkability is great. However, this is still a sipper.

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Photo of JeremyK
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. This beer pours a crazy head and lacing sticks for a long time! Deep dark chocolate brown in color. Roasted caramel and fig in the nose. This beer is serious. Rich full bodied sweetness of burnt caramel flavors. Perfectly carbonated. A superb interpretation of a German doppelbock. A serious sipping beer.

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Photo of scottg
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown color with some red hues and a one finger tan head with great retention and lacing all the way down the glass. Carmelized malt, chocolate, cherry and oak aromas. Lots of sweet caramel flavor with some cherry and oak mixed in. Medium body, light carbonation, this has a chalky, mouth coating mouthfeel, very nice. Very well balanced beer, the alcohol is present but not dominant. I'm going back to the store to buy some more!

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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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