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 Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You just LOOK at this beer and think "Serious. Malt." Color is a brownish/dark red rust, as opaque as a non-black beer can be. The head is a toasted tan color, stiff and everlasting. I'm already completely wowed by this beer and I haven't even smelled or tasted it yet.

Yet. And my god, the aroma is one to grapple with. Serious fruit and alcohol invade the nose, instantly telling you this is going to sit on some higher level of sweet and rich. Reminds of a Belgian strong dark ale, in some ways. The alcohol almost veers out of control into aftershave territory, but the succulent dark fruit (especially black currant and fig), Christmas/pie-like dessert spice, and extreme pumpernickel smells keep everything in depth and in check. (I can't believe I just wrote "extreme pumpernickel"...someone shoot me.)

Sweet and rich it is...not too sweet, but, yeah, pretty rich. Nears chocolate cake territory, and also has a nice twang of vanilla, rum-soaked raisin, fig, Ovaltine, black cherry and many varieties of dark bread. Also pretty vinous, and a little bit of a strained grassiness, although that's pretty far back there. The alcohol isn't bashful, but with all that other great stuff going on, it underlines and amplifies everything a bit. The alcohol is actually a bit tamer in the flavor than in the aroma. And like the aroma, there's something here that crosses the line into Strong Belgian Dark Ale territory. S'muttonator, being a type of bock, should be a lager, although I wonder if Smuttynose slipped a little Belgian yeast into the process? Or at least some candi sugar?

The feel is fantastic, being creamy and round and slick, but never too thick or heavy. Totally smooth. It's definitely got big presence, texturally, but if it was too thick/heavy, this beer would tip the scales into "too much." As it is, the feel is yet another terrific aspect of this hugely impressive beer.

Probably a bit much for any kind of everyday drinking. Everyday beers don't need to be "ho-hum," of course, but this one strikes me as something to pair with dessert and/or bust out on special occasions with friends who are down with the dark. Another killer from Smuttynose's Big Beer series, where Smuttynose usually always excels. Awesome.

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Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just luv to be greeted with a nice mahogany brown pour, massive frothy ivory head, finishing with sticky marshmallow of lace around the glass. ummm.

Wow, sweet malts, coffee, and for the first time, a tidbit of tobacco in the aroma. Easy pull off the diamond encrusted snifter highlights a chocolate malt, but subtle, and the standard malted roasted barley. Sweet, but well balanced. Just nice, very nice.

This brew drinks like a dream, easy going and the alcohol is hidden like a viper in a bush.

Thanks be to bkett01 for a massive super bowl O beer payoff!! If this has a <decent> price to it, GET IT! Under $7 a bomber?

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's a 2008 bottle received from NJpadrefan in the Clue LIF. Thanks Alan! Poured chilled into a Spiegelau pilsner glass...

Appearance: At first glance, this is a very heavily carbonated beverage. Whether it's from the bottle conditioning since 2008 or the brew itself, I don't know, but it looks friggin' awesome in the glass. A nice ruddy, deep, orangish-ruby color with about 3 fingers worth of tan-colored fluffy head. This is exactly what I would expect from a doppelbock, and I can't wait to dig further into this heady brew.

Smell: This one is all toasted malts and barley scents. The grain bill on this beer must be staggering and that's based purely on the first whiff of the glass. Some biscuits and breads mix with some caramel malty sweetness to produce a great smelling beer.

Taste: The taste follows the nose almost perfectly. This beer is a well-defined mix of toasted grains and malts, along with a nice sweetness that sits nicely on the palate. A little bit of hop bite hits you on the back end, but even then, the finish is all sweet malty goodness, and the aftertaste is reminiscent of peat, wood, and oak flavors that meld together seamlessly on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: True to the 'Big A' series, this is not a light brew. The first sip envelops the tongue, and as this beer continues its journey, it refuses to let go of your senses. This is a great beer to have on a night in, where the only thing that is called for is rest and relaxation, and drinking beer, of course.

Drinkability: The flavor of this beer was quite surprising, in a very good way. I wasn't expecting the full mouthfeel that this beer gave, but I truly enjoyed it. Of all of the Smuttynose beers I've had up to this point, this one is definitely in the running for the top spot. I would try this again in a heartbeat!

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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 cfrancis
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous Dobbelbock! Dark garnet pour with a white head. Heavy malt aroma with some fruit. Taste is very bold with malt and fairly complex with lots of little flavours that come through in the aftertaste. Fruit, chocolate, yeast. Full body that just pleases. I adore this beer and will be on the hunt for more.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber, that generates a nice khaki finger length collar. lite lacing creeps down the glass as the collar dissipates.
smells of sweet malts and apricots. nice warm alcohol smell aswell.
taste is a blast of malts with bitterness that increases as you taste. has a molasses like taste as well. raisins. Has nice earthy tones that make it very smooth to drink. enjoyable
nicely balanced. The bitterness is near perfect with the sweetness. very enjoyable and sits well. this is one of the best double bocks around.
Being that it is 9.5%ABV not 8.5% ( 2010 brew ) this is wonderfully drinkable. each drink you take you feel something new, and makes you want to keep drinking. Well done smuttynose.

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Photo of marcpal
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a smaller tasting tulip glass to enjoy and savor on a cold day.

A: Dark mahogany, hazy and some sediment in the glass on each pour even though there were a few. The head was puffy like a marshmallow. Adequate lacing but the one slap on this whole beer are the floaties.
Bottle Graphics: 8/10.

S: Malt, an abundance of beautiful malt. Sweet pitted dates and other dried fruits. Some chocolate and vanilla mixed in when it was colder.

T: Creamy malty pleasure. Being a hophead, I let them take a back seat and enjoyed what was a malt explosion. When the temperature picked up, it tasted like a fruitcake laden with brown sugar.

M: Creamy but leaves the mouth dry. No, the alcohol offers zero burn.

D: So much different from the ones that come from the other end of the pond, but that don't make it bad. A different take on a doppelbock but one that I would never turn away.

Another big beer Smutty success.

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Photo of medic25
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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 velo343
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass. A very deep, translucent mahogony with a slight orange hue. Large tan head that still has some presence a while later.

Smell - Very malty sweetness, molasses and raisins. Everything I'd want from a doppelbock and more.

Taste - Nothing really takes center stage here, just a lot of flavors really melding and meshing beautifully to create a super smooth, fine drinking bock. Chocolate, caramel, coffee, honey bread. Very thick and full feel. A moderate alcohol taste sneaks in at the end.

Drinkability - This is one of the smoothest, most deceiving doppelbocks I've ever had. It's almost too good. That being said, I'll drink to that.

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Photo of wil19b85
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured nicely. Had a solid finger thick head. Now that it's settled there is a nice foamy layer that is lingering. It has a great mahogany, almost rosey color when held up to the light.

S - It has a very malty smell. I can't help but thinking of the smell of the woods thawing from winter. Does that sound kind of ridiculous or what? I like it.

T - I'm picking up oak, and peat right off. It finishes fairly bitter.

M - This is a very rich beer.

Overall I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I love living 25-30 minutes from the grocery store, but being able to pick up great beer at the local general store up the road.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage, bottle conditioned. Served at just over fridge temperature in a Celebrator glass. Purchased for $3.99 at Cable Beverage in Bardonia, NY.

Appearance- Pours a clear, raisiny, deep cognac with a light tan two finger head. There is very little action inside the glass, but there is a wall of lacing just getting underway. Microscopic bubbles make up the thin mat of foam.

Smell- A hugely appetizing blend of malts and grape soda... the kind from years ago that came in a glass bottle... dates, figs, plums and the like. Extraordinarily sweet aromas, I would compare this to sticking my nose into a newly opened box of Nerds or other sweet, sugary candy. The malts are overpowered slightly here until the beer approaches cellar temp... then they are king.

Taste- Surprisingly, the alcohol is at the fore... not quite what I expected, with the big plummy nose and malty character. The dark fruit notes are way up front and intense, matching the higher ABV in this beer. This is like a doppelbock/old ale... the malts really go deep here, and pack a punch. A quick, bittering hop finish wraps things up.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Sharp and quite aggressive in the mouth on the outset, but let this beer breathe for awhile... it mellows and becomes a sudsy delight. I learned that sipping is the way to go with this beer, as it has big complexities that must be appreciated. Overall a very enjoyable evolution of flavors and textures.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh... the long-awaited and much anticipated S'muttonator! Into my Portsmouth Imperial pint glass she goes, a clear, rich garnet/mahogany color. Hard-pour didn't entice too much head, so to speak, but about a 1/2" layer receding to just some wispy, beige gatherings of bubbles around the edge, and with a bit, but not a whole lot, of lace to write home about. Lovely color, though.
Nose was fairly strong, reaching me from a couple feet away after pouring, and consisting of a healthy dose of caramel, malty sweetness along with hints of dark fruit, like raisin and currants. Body was well-above medium, almost full, imo. And it has a thick, chewy feel and is quite smooth across the palate. Oh yeah!

Flavor is a solid hit of lots and lots of malt. It has an exquisite sweetness level without being cloying, with caramel and suggestions of brown sugar leading the way. There seems to be some sort of nuttiness present as well, and it has a sharp, spicy quality sticking in the nooks and crannies of my mouth. I can't put my finger on the hops, but they lend a subtle, floral quality to the flavor background, and keep the malt from going overboard.

First impression? I like!! S'muttonator has lots of potential, with perhaps some good aging possibilities. I must do a side-by-side with this and some other DBock faves, like Sammy, Andechs and Salvator. Right now, 2 thumbs up for Smutty!!

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.45
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5


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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant chestnut crowned by a clingy cream to light tan colored foam collar with a fine bead. S: Light toast, bread, fruit. T: Malt driven liquid medium dark bread and bread crust with some prune to grape highlights. A light kettle sugar sweetness balanced by a mild to moderate hop accent. Nor harsh roast or burnt flavors. F: Clean, smooth, medium carbonation, full body. O: A go to doppelbock.

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

Browsing at a local bottle shop and I eye up two of the big beers from Smutty nose priced very modestly. This and the Baltic Porter from 2009 were only six bucks, I was sold. This one pours an impressive deep amber mahogany brown hue completed clouded with some yeast sediment. Nice huge collar of tan khaki head goig on with fine intricate layers of lacing, this bottle was bottled in 2010 probably earlier this year in the spring. Aroma has some big malt layers deep with tart fruit and hints of raisin, a nice depth of ingredients involved in the brewing process. Also some floral fruity notes in the back end quite the interesting New England brewed German style lager. Flavor really coats the palate with back end roasted malt and upfront fruitiness. Figs/plums/raisins soaked in alcohol with a nice crusted bread layer finishes somewhat balanced with a strong herbal hop finish. A touch of dark chocolate and other roasted malt qualities brings a nice balance to the overall mix. As it warms herbal mint with a touch of pine cone comes out, the hops here definitely have an American slant but they're note overdone. Mouthfeel is as full bodied as a lager will ever be, almost chewy due to loads of malts and bready yeast sediment bringing a nice body. Carbonation was natural bottle conditioned very enjoyable experience. Drinkability, I had no problems finishing and enjoying a whole bomber although ideally you better find a drinking partner on a big beer like this. Great quality version of a rarely brewed in America style.

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

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with some garnet tints. A soft creamy beige head foams up even with a gentle pour.
The aroma is toffee and red grape with a bit of bready yeast as well. The first sip reveals a thick slightly syrupy texture with fine gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor starts fairly sweet with toffee and brown sugar. The middle allows for some roasted malt and even a bit of chocolate. The finish carries the roast flavor and lingers as well. The beer is smooth and easy drinking. A nice doppelbock that you should buy if you see it!

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Photo of alexwag
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 mac31
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

22oz to tulip

Sweet, big caramel entry. Big, bold beer. Sipper. Cooked caramel and brown sugar. Bready malts. Deep, deep black cherry, raisin is present. Touch of warm orange hues. Just enough earthy, subtle hops to keep the beer honest. Soft (very), clean bitterness. Alcohol adds a drying effect (in the finish) to a sweet beer, another aspect that keeps the beer honest. Slight cereal graininess noted in the finish. Lager finish is apparent in the first few sips, but dissipates as the rest of this big beer takes over. Slight warming effect as the beer is quaffed, welcomed. Syrupy body with soft carbonation. Complex yet balanced brew. Serve at appropriate temp for best impression. Served mine slightly chilled, slightly astringent. Much better as the beer warmed (as all big beers do.) I definitely will by again. Have not had many bocks, reminds me almost of an English style barley wine, one of my favorites styles. 2014 version, 9.8%. Good stuff!!!

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

Thanks to nouseforotacon for this brew.

Poured into a Celebrator Glass a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice creamy two finger head, tons of sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of slightly roasted malts, hops, dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins), caramel. The taste if fabulous of sweet roasted malts, hops, slight dark fruits, very nice touch of caramel, and slight alcohol taste/warming effect. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, a absolutely tasty brew, highly recommended.

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

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

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

22 oz bomber, 2006 vintage, served in a Pilsner glass.

A - clear, deep amber color with a big tan head that thinned out to a light layer, leaving good lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet caramel malt flavor, with a slight touch of hop bitterness. 8.5% abv is totally hidden.

M - full bodied, very nice carbonation.

D - very good, very drinkable Dopplebock

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

"Bottle Conditioned in 2006"

A - Cloudy amber with brown hues. slight head of an off-white reddish color.

S - Very malty, sweet, sugary, fruity, slight alcohol.

T - Toasted malt, bread, molasses, hints of coffee, and everything that's in the nose.

M/D - Very smooth, very little carbonation, seems to have aged very well. Great stuff.

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

A- Pours a deep burgundy with a huge frothy head. Lacing like crazy on the glass.

S- Sweet and malty, mildly fruity. Notes of caramel, butterscotch and raisins. A mild alcohol warmth.

T- A rich sweet malt, notes of caramel, fruit, and coffee bloom. A mild grassy hoppiness in the finish.

M- Rich, smooth and a bit creamy. Very full bodied.

D- Excellent! Rich and complex, alcohol is very well hidden. You could eat this brew with a fork and a knife. Smutty did a hell of a job with this one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 625 ratings.
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