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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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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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown with garnet hues with a nice frothy tan head.

Smells of rich malt, caramel, some chocolate/mocha hints, dark fruit.

Lots of brown bread flavors, great sweet roasty malt, dark dried fruit, and some coffee/toffee in there as well. Didn't get much hop, but thee is a bitter edge that comes thru nice.

Big and chewy, with mouth coating full bodied deliciousness. Some slight bittersweet aftertaste.

A sipper, with some alcohol on the breath. First couple of tastes you notice the sweetness and the booze, but as you work your way thru the 22 oz bomber, you notice the alcohol less and the other aspects of the beer more -- just opens up for you. Great beer.

Note: Found this at a Shaw's supermarket in Nashua, NH. $3.99 -- same beer at my favorite seller was $7.00 -- sure pays to shop around.

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Photo of markskar
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big Beer Series Bomber - 2008 Vintage

A: Poured deep and somewhat dark amber/gold from a bomber, fairly clear with a touch of chill haze. Large bubbles dangle at the top two inches for several seconds before a nice smooth head appears. Lacing so thick that one might need a brillo pad to clean the glass.

S: Very malty, hint of smoke and gunpowder.

T: Very malty and smokey. Almost too sweet, but just enough hops to balance it out. Hard to taste the alcohol imho thanks to the malt, making it deceptively potent at over 8% abv.

M: Almost perfect mouthfeel. As thick and smooth as could be without crossing the line to pure malt syrup. Keeps me coming back for more.

D: So delicious I had to drink two bombers at one sitting. However, the high abv made for a nice hangover the next day (when, of course, I had to work). But what the hell, for a beer this good I'll deal with a little headache the morning after.

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

Served from a 22oz bottle into a crystal chalice, bottle conditioned in 2008.

A: Brown earthy color with a espresso like head, slightly brown but thick and long lasting, head remained till the last sip with lacing present top to bottom.

S:Bakers Chocolate, Roasted malt.

T: Much like the smell, only a hint of bitterness, strong taste of dark chocalate, hint of heat

M: Mouthfeel is the largest strength, you just want more in your mouth, full yet silky, just slides down the throat. Leaves the mouth sticky, chewy, almost food like, very impressive.

D: Easy to drink in small volumes, 1 22oz is kinda pushing it. I'm just happy my local supermarket has been stocking this at $3.99 a bottle, what a bargain! Heck I bought them all so far. Will re-review in 2yrs when I get some age on a bottle or 2 or 3.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage. Served this slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle. Another great beer from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series.

Appearance: S'muttonator pours out a deep, dark, copper amber color that almost looks a bit hazy. A somewhat hard pour yielded a thick, two finger, butter colored head. Head shows decent retention, and leaves behind a good amount of sticky lace.

Smell: Quite a malty nose on this brew. Raisin and plum seem to stand out the most. A bit of a subtle roastiness and some wood are in there as well. Has a bit of a musty, yeasty note to it.

Taste: Flavor mimics the nose quite a bit in my opinion, but seems richer and fuller. Nice dark fruit flavors. Plenty of malt flavor with a bit of yeast and more wood. Quite sweet but not overbearing. Just a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and almost silky.

Drinkability: Great drinkability. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of medic25
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage, served from a bomber.
Dark honey color, with a thick tan-colored head that laces nicely along the glass. Rich malty aroma. Taste is right up there with any German Doppelbocks I've tried. Warm, sweet malt, with a sweet raisin-like component. The alcohol warms nicely without being aggressive or overpowering. An incredibly drinkable doppelbock.

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Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brownish-red color with a thick brown head that has lasting power.

The aroma is thick and rich with a decent hint of brown sugar/molasses in the nose. Alcohol warmness shines through lightly in the nose.

Taste is very strong and full of malt goodness. Hints of raisin, caramel and brown sugar stand out, followed by a chewiness and a hint of alcohol warmness. Very nice and deceiving!

Mouthfeel is chewy with faint hints of raisin and brown sugar. Alcohol warmness shows up more in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right as it seems to disappear once you taste the beer.

A very rich and deserving dopplebock. Definitely could use a bit more age. It's a good rival to Celebrator and other dopplebocks and is definitely something you want to sip. You could quaff it but it might overwhelm you. I definitely enjoy it and it's a decent beer for a cold fall or winter night.

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

Part of the Smuttynose Big Beer series, I picked up a 22oz bottle thanks to a fellow BA mentioning it's back in stores. Pours a dark, caramel color with a thick, off-white head that lingers for quite some time and sticks to the side of the glass upon drinking. A strong malt aroma with some sweetness. The taste is malty with a hint of toasty, and the alcohol is noticable. The mouthfeel is heavy and creamy and leaves some stickiness behind, although it's a smooth swallow. Carbonation is moderate and disappears quickly when swallowed. Overall, a delicious and very drinkable dopplebock that should be consumed slowly.

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Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle that has a classic label of a long horned goat standing tall of his pasture. The face on the goat says it all. It's saying "I'm going to head butt you till you get out of my face!" Under the label in the far right hand corner is the bottled year. Mine was the 2006 vintage. I believe that was the last bottled year for this Doppelbock. The far right side of the label is just the Government warning. The far left side has 3 seperate sentences. The top one talks about how it's brewed in limited quantities, the second one talks about the German ingredients that went into this beer, and the last one talks about how it took 30 hours to brew a single batch.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsner glass, this Doppelbock was a clear caramel brown color with a massive 5 inch initial head of foam. The color of this foam was a light beige color. This massive head of foam had really good retention that left behind a 1 inch tan film and a fair amount of sticky tan spots of lace around the glass. The massive head of foam was nice to see, but I still liked the color of this Doppelbock a bit more.

Smell: This Doppelbock's aroma was lightly sweet yet malty and slightly wheaty all at the same time. The aroma consisted of dark roasted malts, roasted wheat, sweet caramel, and dried dark fruits at the finish. When it was swirled around, more wheat and dark fruits emerged, but this time they had a small coating of alcohol on them. The alcohol did not take over the aroma because the sweetness of the beer controlled it.

Taste: The taste was sweet and malty, but not wheaty like the aroma. It's funny. It starts off with sweet roasted malts and then it goes directly into a sweet and alcoholic flavor burst. That means the sweetness of the caramel and the dark fruits a covered up by an alcoholic blanket. The alcohol was not overwhelming, but it will warm you up. The taste isn't done just yet. This sweet alcoholic flavor burst is followed up by more malts, but this time their dry roasted and not sweet roasted like they were in the beginning. In the end, it could have used more dark flavors and less alcohol, but it's still an enjoyable Doppelbock taste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was walking the thin line between being a medium bodied beer and a full bodied beer. It's hard to say which one it is. The aftertaste strated off sweet and boozy, but after about 3 seconds, the booze trails off leaving behind a slightly sweet aftertaste of sweet roasted malts and a hint of caramel.

Drinkability: Overall, it's not a Doppelbock you want to drink on a daily basis or a monthly basis because it's too sweet and boozy. The alcohol won't kick your ass, but it will let you that it's there. Is it worth a shot? Yeah, because it's an interesting Doppelbock that was brewed about 2 years ago. I wonder if a little more age will settle down the alcohol. Only one way to find out!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark amber with a dirty bone white head that was a solid 1 finger in height that retained well while leaving a spotchy lacing behind.

S: some dried fruit (raisins, cherries), sweet caramel bread, and a light toffee sweetness finishing things up.

T: rich, malty, with a huge caramel backing with toffee sweetness. There was some raisin bread hints as well a light alcohol presence. The beer finishes semi-dry with some bread and dried molasses.

M: medium in fullness, slightly syrupy with a gently carbonation. Was slightly sticky from the caramel with a light finish.

D: Drinkability was very much so, Abv was well hidden making this a tasty bock treat with a gently nice warmness.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks goes out to johnnnniee for this one.

Poured from the bottle a bright and clear ruby-brown color with a quicky fading off-white head.

Aroma is sweet malts, raisins, vanilla, and caramel. Faint hoppiness in the background.

The taste is big with sweet malts, raisins, figs, toasted caramel, floral hops, and creamy vanilla. Finished fairly clean with just a hint of raisins and figs. The alcohol is well hidden, just a touch of heat.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with moderate carbonation.

A very nice doppelbock from Smuttynose. A big beer, but easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I've been loving these Smutty trials.

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

2006 bottle purchased at Vidalia. Pours with a big head which settles nicely into a pretty lacing. Dark amber in appearance. Smells bready & sweet. The taste is a good combo of malt & sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is drinkable even with an ABV of 8.5%. I am a fan of the style & this is a good dopplebock.

Recommended. Cheers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clearish, ruby-hued body topped by a full, though short-lived yellowish head.

Smell: Strong maltiness in the nose, with a full scent of luscious toasted caramel. Figs and plums provide some fruitiness. Hint of breadcrusts and booze.

Taste: Rich, toasty caramel maltiness with a big sweetness. Touch of light aniseed, a drizzle of fruit-flavored syrup. Only a slight hop bitterness. Hint of ripe red apples near the sweetish finish. Taste of toasted grain lingers into the aftertaste. The alcohol is present, sure, but nothing to fuss about.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very nice doppelbock from Smuttynose. Full of malts and plenty chewy without ever wandering into syrupy territory.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Smuttynose US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramelized malts, brown sugar and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with strong flavors of dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar up front. The malt character is hearty and there's a little bit of an alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is yet another good Smuttynose beer, but I definitely find it to be more a sipper than a pounder.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 fl oz "Smuttynose Big Beer Series, Bottled in 2006""
Purchased for $4.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
A quick pour resulted in a deep, dark, mahogany brown, ruby-red colored hue with a modest-sized foamy head that soon receded and left a fair amount of lacing around the glass...
Sweet, malty, vanilla and caramel aroma, thick, with noticeable prune smells...
Thick, rich, creamy, filling taste, this one is certainly a heavy, full-bodied, big beer, bursting with flavor and toffee, nut, malt, caramel, sugars, dark candy, butter, and syrup essences... A thick, molasses-like taste pervades this one...
Overall, a pretty on-point sample from Smuttynose, and a rich, satisfying beer with a good mouthfeel and equally satisfying level of drinkability...

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Photo of bigman147
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured 2005 and 2006 and tasted vertically blind (with tasting notes matched after). Both bottles were courtesy of JT from Smuttynose.

2005: Deep orange amber which glows almost red under direct light. Carbonation is good but quickly dissipates.

2006: Brighter than 2005 with a reddish amber that was somewhat hazy. Carbonation was excellent and beer had significantly more lacing than '05. Head was khaki / tan and quickly faded to a 1/4 inch ring around the glass.

2005. Fruity floral hop aroma. With raisin:and black plum sweetness. Alcohol is more balanced and subdued than the 2006. Malty /Grainy character that gives this beer a mild sweet aroma.

2006. Most hops give this more of a apple / perfumy character. Malt sweetness is still present but the alcohol takes control and gives this a hot fusel aroma.

2005. Strong malt sweetness that balances the bitter hop character and helps cool the hot alcohol flavor. Much better balanced than the 2006. Sweet raisin with a slight toffee / butterscotch finish. Carbonation gives a slight creaminess and helps finish this beer. Excellent overall.

2006. Sweeter yet much more alcohol in the taste. Hops are more lively and give this a sharper bitterness which combined with the sharper carbonation takes away from this beer.

Both 2005 and 2006 are probably one of the best and most drinkable doppelbocks. 2005 aged very well and balanced the alcohol and malt sweetness to make it the perfect compliment to smokey sausages and cheeses. These beers in my mind rank up their with some of the best German beers in this style and in fact, I think exceed them hands done. Smuttynose is a maker of great beers and these are a great example of the Big Beer Series being used to truly define a style.

The only thing I wish is that I had more.

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

Sample at Firewaters in Atlantic City. This beer is a dark amber color with a thin light beige head that has decent retention. Patchy lacing. Nutty, malty aroma that has a good amount of hops around the edges. Rich, smooth body with roasted malt, bread and caramel flavors that are rounded out nicely by hops and spices. Alcohol is present but not overdone. The finish is full and sweet with toasted malt and caramel, leaving a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very good from start to finish.

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Photo of flexabull
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty. Thanks again!

Beer pours a bright and clear deep amber / brown color, with a nice white head on top.

Aromas are dusty, dough like, malty and slightly sweet.

Beer is crisp and dry. There is and underlying sweetness, some dustiness, floral flavors, and a bit of tartness. The finish is biting, spicy, and with an alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice, it's full in the mouth, crisp, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good. This beer seems to hit a bit too much with the alcohol burn, but it's still tasty and interesting.

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Photo of mshallah
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 version. 9 month old sample. Ruby amber with a three finger head. Fruity, malty nose with hop spiciness. Glorious aromas. Smooth maltiness that is very pleasing. Rounded alcohol warmth. Bitter hops to balance but the malt is center stage. Molasses, brown bread with butter, and a nuttiness can all be tasted. Smooth mouthfeel with a creamy head. I remember this beer was raw with almost semi-harsh malt, hop and alcohol flavors when fresh. This aged sample is smooth and balanced and easy to drink. Big, Big lager from Smuttynose.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is orange-amber in color with a good sized off white head. There's respectable staying power to the head but not much in the way of lacing.

A little less potent than I would like but there's a mild sweetness to an array of malty goodness. There's a crisp hop edge in the back but it's not taking away from the malt highlight.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
I can't say that I've had a dopplebock that had such an apparent hop presence, right up front there's a good piney crispness. After the brief, yet lifting, hops in the front malts steal the show as the should. The beer drinks a little light and thin but there's still plenty of caramel and bitter roasted or chocolate malts building the middle and finish of the beer. A bitter roasted malt edge carries on in to the aftertaste.

As far as dopplebocks go this one is a little more drinkable. It's a touch less cloying and viscous which lends well to the drinkability of the beer. Unfortunately it's a little high in the ABV and there's a lingering malt aftertaste that becomes undesirable for me after a few beers.

Bottom Line:
A fine beer in my opinion. I think it's a little bit Americanized but really only to the beer's merit.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle dated from 2006. Poured a nice brownish red color into the glass, with a sizable head. The first smell I took revealed a hint of spice. Upon tasting, the maltiness of this beer really hits you. The flavor notes that come through are a combo of figs and orange. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. As the beer warmed up to room temp, it became even smoother. This doppelbock was great to eat with some spicy salami and mild cheese. This is a beer that I enjoyed taking my time to enjoy and savor.

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 648 ratings