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 RickS95
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin dark brown liquid with a thin, slow forming off white head. There's a bit of chill haze that eventually settles into a dark iced tea color. The head is disappointing as it teases you into thinking how awesome it's going to look but never really gets there. Lacks size and retention.

Smells German, full of malts and any hops present must be of the spicy Noble variety. Very high alcohol but the nose doesn't detect it.

While the nose ignores the alcohol, the taste buds account for it. Has a German bock-like Earthiness to it. I thought there would be more of a malty flavor but I get more yeast than malt.

Strong spicy character, along with a lot of bite and heat from the 9.8%. Faint sweetness up front, then a combination of spice and heat as the beer coats the tongue and never really let's it free. Full bodied with a semi-dry finish and a lingering heat.

This is one of the stronger beers I've had in a while; by feel not by ABV. Very aggressive features and something you'll want to sip. Not an easy beer to drink, but something to enjoy as you nurse it for an hour.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was bottled on 2004. One inch, thick light-brown head. Big aroma of heavy malt, dark bread, molasses, taosted. Quite a bit of banana, as well. Lots of dried fruit, too. Soft carbonation and full bodied mouthfeel. Taste has some dried fruit and caramel.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of dogfishlove120
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Manosbeeroffate
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose has always been a fave, this is a bit different from what I normally drink from these guys. Pours a nice dark orange brown color with a thick head. Smells a bit liek dried fruits but very weakly. Tastes stronger than the smell, the same. Dried fruits, malt a bit of alcohol in the background. Overall it's good, not a big WOW for me, but I think it's cause I always expect these guys to make hop bombs (which I love) It may not be my style, which means I can even more so recommend this to anyone who likes bocks. (Then again I like Celebrator, whatever)

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Photo of counselor
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of mstyne
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Beverage Mart, NY 66.


Pours a dark dark red with a nice 3/4" to 1" of head. Carbonation is light.

Aroma, is heavy, meaty-- like a medium rare steak. No, seriously!

Flavor is BOLD. Chocolate, coffee, oak, and some slight sweetness. Wow. This brew is pretty outrageous.

Okay Smuttynose, you may be on to something here.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given to me by ShogoKawada. I can buy this around here, but I've never tasted it, so I was glad to receive it.

This doppel is light in color. Its a bright plum red with a heavy cloudiness. The head is really nice and large, throwing copious lacing.

The aroma is very potent. It's strong bouquet wafts up from the glass and fills the room with sweetness. Notes of cherry and apple pies, oatmeal raisin cookies. Some grassy hops.

Quite sweet and rich with a bit too much booze. Lots of raisin and sugar cookie. Some apple on the finish.

Very dry, yet somehow sticky sweet. There is too much noticeable alcohol.

This beer is really enjoyable, but it doesn't hide the alcohol quite well enough, like a great doppelbock should.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2011

Purchased @ Somersworth Village Market, Somersworth NH

Price - $5.99/bomber

Pours a deep amber color with a one inch soapy white head. Haze is evident when held up to the light but no sediment is visible. Spotty lacing at best with a steady stream of bubbles. Looks pretty good from the start but towards the finish is when the chunks appear. Lots of sludge noticeable on the bottom, so pour it with ease.

The nose is dark malts, toffee, rye, spicey hops and biscuit. Brown sugar and honey add to the sweetness which helps the overall aroma.

The flavor is interesting and not how I remembered it. Rye, caramel, piney hops and grass. In the end the alcohol is overwhelming and detracts from the flavor.

Mouthfeel is hot from the start and continues right through the finish. The body is medium and coats the palate nicely which is a highlight. Finishes warm and dry but surprisingly tangy.

Overall I'm disappointed either with my past memory or an apparent recipe change, I don't know. I'll revisit this vintage with a little more time on it in hopes the heat backs off.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Pours a clear, rich chestnut brown with reddish hues. Has a thin white head that maintains with decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some caramal and bready tones. Also has a slight fruitiness to it.

Sweet and malty upfront with some nice caramel and bready flavors. This is followed by rich dark fruitiness and a slight hop bitterness. Finishes sweet with a slight alcohol taste. The alcohol taste becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Big full body, plenty of carbonation.

A nice drinking dopplebock, but there are others that I enjoy more.

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Photo of bayner34
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber purchased from Jungle Jim’s.

A: Looks great…a rusty brown, mahogany color with an off-white head. Left 2.5 finger head with almost no lace.

S: Caramel, maple, molasses, raisinets, malty. Almost no hops that I could smell.

T: Malt, Malt, Malt. And more malt. Sweet and smooth but the alcohol definitely comes through. Very warming. Would be ideal on a cold winter night.

M: Thick, almost syrupy. Still smooth but alcohol is certainly there, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Definitely a sipping beer meant to be savored.

O: Not my favorite style but I like it. Not my favorite from Smuttynose but I like it. A malt lover’s dream, but not a enough hops for a hop-head like me. It’s a nice change of pace though and overall pretty good beer.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice light brown in color. Creamy head that slowly dissolved to form a thin film. Stubborn, spotchy lace. The aroma is mildly caramel. The flavor is sweet, but nicely balanced with the hops. Cream and caramel also come through in the flavor. Only can slightly taste the alcohol. Not sure if this was served as cold as it should have been. May have been slightly crisper if it was served appropriately. A great drinking beer, not overly hoppy to destroy the taste buds, but has great flavor and balance. Easy to enjoy.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 sacfly
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz, bottle conditioned in 2005 on front label.
Very cool pour. Cascades of bubbles fight their way up to the top to make a thick brown head of huge bubbles. Orange red color comes out after the bubbles die down. Sweet, roasty aroma, with a hint of wet cardboard. Taste is muted, but a definite nuttyness, and Munich malt character. Seems a bit thin for a Double Bock, but enjoyable none the less. Easy to drink, high alcohol is well hidden. The 2005 is just a bit past its prime. If you have it, drink up!

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Photo of SawDog505
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 2010 Vintage into a 20 oz giant Duvel tulip glass. Beer is probably 15 months old give or take. Poured fairly aggressive and got a huge 3 inch fluffy white head that, doesn't settle quick at all, lots of lacing. Color when held up to light, very bright ruby red. Smell is dark fruits raisins, fig, brown sugar, and a breadyness. Taste is all of that with raisins, fig, and hard candy flavor dominant. Even after a year booze is present. Mouth feel is large, nice amount of life for the abv and age. Would be lying if I called it overly drinkable, a sipper for sure. I like this for the style, but my tastes have become very hop dominant, malt lovers dream here. I feel this is a complex, malt driven brew, that is a must try for all serious beer drinkers.

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Photo of mltobin
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at DeCicco`s in New York. It pours a brown tone with close to a finger of tan head. The nose has nuts, dates and chocolate. Taste of this double bock contains malts, caramel, hops and more of the nuts. A sweet, but rich flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-full, bitterness in the finish. A very nice representation of this style from these good people out of New Hampshire.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was happy to stumble upon this one when I stopped into Blanchard's on my trip to Boston last week.

It pours an amber/brown colour that is nice and deep and is topped with a soupy tan head. This one looks like it's going to definitely be a big brew.

The smell is simple, yet nice and to the point: it is primarily malt and some caramel with some grape/berry hints thrown into the mix as well.

Malty fruit flavours dominate as opposed to the caramel that was more prevalent in the smell. Alcohol is much more apparent here as well, to the point of being a bit too much at times. The finish is a warm, cherry-ish earthy flavour that I've noticed in other doppelbocks, but just am not particularly a fan of. It's good within the style, but not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel is smooth but chunky and filling. Just right for the style.

I can't say this was a favourite brew of mine, but I also can't say that it was poorly made in any way shape or form. There is good stuff going on here all around, it's just not necessarily the brew for me. I could/would drink this one again, but it might be a while before that happens. That said, if you're a fan of the style, you should thoroughly enjoy this brew.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz - 2005 "bottle conditioned"

A - Pours a magnificent ruby/copper/amber with a thin off white head.

S - Dark fruits, raisins, slight roast, sweet caramel, somewhat subtle aroma.

T - Fairly sweet, dark fruits, strong raisin flavor, caramel, hint of alcohol comes through.

M - Medium to full body. Warming feeling from the alcohol. Slightly cloying.

D - A little too sweet and a little too much raisin for me to have more than one in a sitting. Definitely a nice sipper though.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
No bottled on date on the bottle, but this arrived in 11/2011
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Smuttynose's doppelbock starts out with a great appearance and aroma, but sipping yields a somewhat antagonistic, overcarbonated mouthfeel and a taste that, while good, slowly seemed to become an over-the-top alcohol bomb by the end of my glass. That being said, I thought this was a good doppelbock and am looking forward to giving it another try to see if it was my perception that the beer can't contain its ethanol.

Pours a 3cm head of medium-large, off-white bubbles that fade over two minutes to a thin cap atop the body. Leaves some decent lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is amber or garnet hued, dark, orangish-red when held to light. Very active carbonation, very visible in the transparent body.

Aromas of roasted and primarily dark malts with a bit of chocolate or black malt. Prominent fruit esters contributing dark, dried fig scents. Malts and dark fruit esters make up a desirable aroma for any doppelbock, but I would have liked a little something else, such as bread, making this good, but not great.

Large taste of hearty, heavy bread, caramel malt, chocolate malt, syrupy sweetness. Beer is noticeably hopped with piney, resinous hops, giving a distinct bitterness and mild pine flavor that is second to the malt. Alcohol burn also present in the latter half, mostly pleasant, but becoming increasingly antagonistic and apparent as the beer warms. The beer actually becomes something of a hot mess by the time this is marginally warm, which I found a bit humorous and disturbing. I'm aging another bottle to see if this problem desists with age.

Heavy body with mid to high level of carbonation leads this to a beer that's a bit antagonistic on the palate, but also foams up quickly to be soft and pillowy after the initial burn.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured to my elegant steamed glass from a way big 22 oz bottle. A nice dark rust colored liquid with a big maybe too big 3 finger head. Fades very fast and leaved no lace.

The smell is bold, lots of dark fruit, Big malt and some flowery hops.

The taste is big but not complex as I would have liked. Lots of heavy fruit and sweet berries, Could have more dark roasted notes.

Mouthfeel is good, full body, rich and creamy, some what filling, think and bready.

Drinkability is just above ave, nothing to slow you down but I am less then captivated. Prosit MK

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a really dark reddish brown, almost even a garnet kind of color to it. Poured into a snifter, it gave me about .5cm of head. I woulda liked it to be darker, almost black, even.

S: Smell is of white grapes, almost to the point of wine, mixed with other dark fruits and sweet malty notes.

T: Plums, grapes, brown sugar, dark roasted malts, caramel malts, and raisins. If you hold this one in your mouth for a second and swallow you will get a big red wine taste. I like a darker taste in my doppelbocks, something with a little more caramel or roasted flavor.

M/D: Really smooth feel all the way down, with a medium to lite texture. The high ABV makes it kinda tough to session this one, though you may be tempted to.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of glowing amber-brown. The brightness of the color is, however, dulled by the hazy sediment swirling about the glass. We were also given a one and a half finger head of beige, which dissipates at a medium speed, leaving little lacing. The aroma is of sugary sweet caramel, with a large helping of diacetyls. There are also hints of walnuts, faint esters, and of course, big malts. The latter come through strongly on the front end of the taste, with a curious flash of browned banana. These fall to a middle that has a fruity sweetness to it. The finish and, subsequently, the aftertaste, are overtly boozy, with a mild bitterness of hops that are otherwise nonexistent throughout the tasting. The beer is medium to heavy bodied with mild carbonation. The feel to it is smooth, and it almost coats the mouth. There is an astringent aspect to it which leaves the mouth quite dry. Due to the higher abv, and generous alcoholic burn, this beer drinks more slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the smoothness to the drink itself, the boldness of the taste, and the pop of the aroma. We were a bit surprised, but not entirely unpleased, by the enormity of how apparent the alcohol was. That characteristic alone makes this stand out among its competitors while, simultaneously, forcing the drinker to switch to something a bit lighter for the second round.

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Photo of Stimack
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was able to pick up a bomber of this the other day, first time I have seen it. The brew poured to a deep brown color with red like tinge to it. It had a fairly robust off white head that consisted of very small/fine bubbles and broke down quite rapidly. The lacing from this brew was somewhat limited. The aromas from this brew seem to be mostly malts with highlights of caramel and roasted scents. Also you are able to pick up a strong scent of alcohol mixed in with what seems to be dark fruity like smells. It is a nice smelling brew though the alcohol might be a little to pronounced. The flavors of this brew are dominated by thick almost chewy malt feel that are somewhat sweet, reminds me of brown sugar and caramel. Has an alcohol like flavor that seems to be spicy in the back of the mouth, not able to pick up much in the way of hops. Over all this is a good brew, the alcohol seems to be a little to pronounced for my tastes.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. The color is slightly hazy amber. There is a large light tan head that leaves nice lacing and holds well.

The aroma is fruity with a lot of apple and a touch of banana.

The taste is a mildly sweet caramel-forward malt bomb. This is tasty. There is a nice bready flavor here also.

This is full bodied, with crisp carbonation. There is nothing fancy here; just a good solid dopplebock.

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