Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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636 Ratings
Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
636
Reviews:
397
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.45%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
63
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 636 |  Reviews: 397
Photo of greenmonstah
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz into large snifter

A - Ruby brown with a two finger yellow-tan head. Nice retention.

S - Aroma includes raisin, some spice, dark bready malts, and yeast.

T - Intensely flavored, with alcohol, bready malt, mild dark fruit, spicy yeast.

M - Sharp feel, medium body, over carbonated.

O - Overall an average take on the style. Very very intense in flavor, it doesn't have the mellow-yet-robust flavor of, say, a Celebrator. A very strong beer that demands your attention but maybe doesn't deserve it entirely.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one sported a smallish white head and was light, ruby brown in color.

Smell – There’s some light caramel and good toasty malts to this nose, but the booze is just horrendous. I like a sense of alcohol in my Doppelbocks, but this was like Russian vodka from a plastic bottle (no offense, Globetrotter). The fruits, mostly prunes and plums, were terrific along with the sugary molasses, but I just couldn’t get by the alcohol.

Taste – The molasses came out big at the taste. The malts were huge and soaked in darkish fruits. The cheap vodka flavor dimmed my view of this one, though.

Mouthfeel – This is between medium and full-bodied with a light drying at the finish and a huge alcohol sting.

Drinkability – I enjoyed some of the malty and fruity flavors of this DB, but the booze and harsh bitterness at the finish ruined the experience.

Comments – Thanks to Skyhand for letting me use her sink to pour out the rest of this bottle.

Update – I originally reviewed this with a 2005 sample and noticed that I came in much lower than everyone else. I thought maybe I got a bad bottle so was thrilled when BeerGuy brought me another bomber, this time an ’06 vintage.

I would stand by my previous review with two exceptions. First, the head was much better this time around. Second, the alcohol was still cumbersome but not as bad as the ’05. The rest of my tasting notes seemed right on, so I am going to raise my Appearance rating by half a point and call it even.

Oh, and I'm not sinking this one.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mymasterpiece75
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and brown sugar aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with some slight fruity flavors as well. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good American take on a doppelbock.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of MediocreatBest
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mahignay in color, with a tannish/white head that doesn't stick around for long. smells like booze, carmel and toffee. tastes the same, a little unbalanced on the alcohol front, but it blends nice enough after the initial startling few sips. other big beer series beers are better but smutty never let ya down. somewhat heavier in the muth feel then you might expect, probably due to the alcohol. still drinable, despite the alcohol taste because as it warms the taste blends better.

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

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

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Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of AndyEich
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jaluria
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi-clear, dark brown color with copper highlights and a frothy head that left behind minimal lacing. Aromas of caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, dried peaches, and raisins. The taste followed suit with the addition of a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and sweet with nice depth and mild flavors.

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Photo of Dulliwhig
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Klister
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hagbard
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose's interpretation of a doppelbock pours a very dark ruby, verging on brown. A 2 finger white creamy head forms and quickly recedes to a film that sticks around. The aroma is a very complex maltiness with a fair amount of fruity esters. The taste is very fruity, reminiscent of overripe fruit...think about crushing a soft plum against the roof of your mouth with your tongue. Holding up the fruitiness is a very strong maltiness. The fruitiness imparts a sweetness but it never approaches cloying, even with the absence of any noticeable hoppiness. Unfortunately it seems fairly hot, the alcohol is not hidden very well. This is especially apparent in the finish when it becomes the primary component of the taste. It leaves you with the same feeling you get after taking a sip of hard liquor. The mouthfeel is smooth, though maybe a bit too carbonated. The drinkability is good, though it would be much better if it wasn't so hot.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled in 2006

Pours reddish amber with a thick head that soon becomes a thin cover that sticks around for quite some time, esp. considering abv.

The smell is sweet malt with some peppery alcohol. There is some underlying fruitiness.

The taste is sweet grainy malt. Little if any hop noticeability - the balance is in the alcohol, which lends a fruity, peppery undertone to it. A bit too boozy, but the malt taste is not lost. It comes close to being a malty barleywine. Finishes sweet, though not cloying, with a bit of a boozy kick.

The body coats, but is a bit thin. Sharp, warming alcohol lingers along with some of the flavor.

All-in-all, it turns out to be decent, but seems to lack something. Mybe more caramel? It's more in-line with Salvator than with Celebrator or Optimator, which is fine, but it just doesn't reach its potential. Not bad - just didn't do much for me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S'muttonator, ontap, 12oz pour

Appears a hazy dark orange/brown color. Nice froth and retention on this one. Nose is lightly fruity and a hint of floral hops. Flavor is interesting, fruity and malty with faint spices, light roast, some banana, wheat and very low bitterness. The finish is abrupt if not clean. A nice interpretation of the style, and fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I kept this beer in the cellar for seven months after reading that the alcohol was still rather "hot" and could use a few months of cellaring. How I resisted this brew for so long, I don't know.

I was initially surprised by this beers clarity and sparkling glow. Despite a quickly receding head, there is ample carbonation rising to the surface. The smell was more restrained than I was expecting. It is subtle, but the alcohol comes through nicely mixed with a rather fruity aroma reminiscent of cherries.
Poured the beer at cellar temp. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and creamy leaving a tingling sensation at the tip of the tongue. The flavors are crisp & clean, with the alcohol throwing the first punch then the big dark fruity aroma filling in second. A murky aftertaste lingers indefinitely.

A solid rendition of the style, if a tad simplistic. Seems to reveal all its secrets at once.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a murky brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount upon sitting. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grapes, and bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, grapes, chocolate, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that great for me. I was truly expecting more on it. The fruit aspect to this one stole the show for sure. If you like Doppelbocks you might like this one, but I don't suggest aging it at all...

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Heritage Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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