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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Winter Ale is a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops. Warming, mellow & pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion.

30 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 10-30-2005

BEER STATS
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493
Ratings:
1,024
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
16.49%
 
 
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19
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87
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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a dark, dark amber with a light brown, tight looking head with excellent retention and lacing

S - Nose is malty, nutty, and slightly fruity. Malts have a caramel quality to them with a sweet, fruity smelling light side

T&M - Very creamy and smooth feeling. Lot's of "English Brown" character with a discernible nutty quality. Caramel malts with bits of dark fruit and tobacco. There is a bit of spiciness that I originally thought may be an alcohol warmth, but that's probably unlikely at 5%. Medium body.

D - Has a bigger feel then it's ABV would indicate. A sessionable winter ale/dubbel/english brown. I'd spend a cold night with a few of these.

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Photo of fx20736
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6 pack from Wegman's Calkins Rd on 12/15/13.

Poured froma 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

Appearance: Murky Ochre Brown with honeyed highlights. Thick Khaki head, good lacing.

Aroma: Dates & Figs, Boston Brown Bread

Mouthfeel: a little thin.

Taste: Toasted malt, Brown Sugar, Dates & Figs, grapes.

Notes: very good beer.

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Photo of farrago
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gets close to two fingers of dark tan microfoam, dimples slightly as it dissipates swiftly, touch of lacing left behind. Some cloudiness to the orange-brown liquid, metallic sort of look, lightens a good bit at the rims. Nutmeg, clove and cola, pinch of dark chocolate, white raisin, apple, pear fruit scents, overall the nose has many elements yet remains demure, if not reticent, ends with suggestions of chocolate-filled croissants as well as peat moss. Medium-bodied, the carbonation contributes lift and steadier pacing, right-sized to the whole. The flavors lean towards the sweet side but the beer remains pretty dry. Green apple, white grape, pear and apricot predominate, light glimmer of orange peel. Cocoa powder, malts, cinnamon and clove spice work well to create an affable first half even as hoppier grassiness and pepperiness rises through the finish. Roasted qualities work, never bitter nor burnt. While not blazing any new trails, different enough to hold your attention.

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Photo of edchicma
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purs a beautiful dark copper with a beautiful head. Smell is hoppy, fruity..very nice. The taste is a very nice combination of sweetness and tartness. Sweet on the front with a good malt backbone through mid-palate, hoppy light on the finish. Mouthfeel is a similar balance between oily and dry..very good. The drinkabilty factor is high. Overall very smooth with an excellent dry finish.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wonder how many Smutty's have been consumed in Alaska? This one was honored by being poured into a Midnight Sun goblet, where it looked very inviting. It was medium brown, but deep copper when held to light, and clear. Decent tan head with retention faded to a film and ring. Spotty lacing. SMELL is of a bunch of things at once. Sweet caramel malty, lightly roasty, grainy, nutty, fruity esters and it has some legs. TASTE is smooth and balanced. Sweet caramel malty flavors are backed and balanced by a respectable hop presence. It is a bit boozy, nutty and fruity. Tasty and fairly complex. FEEL is moderately strong tingling early on, too much I thought. It seemed to fade later. Body is medium full with a pleasant rich texture emerging before the clean finish with some restrained bitterness and dryness. OVERALL yum. Very easy to toss this one back. Many of the categories were close to being scored one step up. I liked it alot.

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Photo of bjoyce12
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good little issue from Smutty. What you'd expect in a winter lager but not your prototypical winter. Dark color, good nose, and a definite palate-pleaser in taste BUT much crisper than your average winter. After finishing the first one I thought "This is a nice little beer." A pleasant surprise. Unmistakingly a winter but with a nice Smutty twist. If you're looking for something heavy or powerful, you'll want to pass on this one. If you want a highly drinkable winter this is an excellent choice.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep mahagony color with initial moderate tannish head, that rapidly fell to a thin ring. No lacing to be found. Smell gives an aroma of dark fruit balanced with a firm yeast scent. Extremely pleasant to the nose. Taste brings strong malt notes, the dark fruits (prunes, raisins) continue, and a nice hoppiness begins to present itself. Leaves a very creamy mouthfeel, and the finish melds the malt and hops in appropriate amounts., and lect a very pleasurable taste in the mouth. A very nice drinking beer, and the taste just got better and better as the beer slowly warmed toward room temperature

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass (D'oh!)

Deep mohogany hue with a one finger tan head that settles to a thin cap.

Light spiciness in the aroma along with a bit of caramel.

Along with some dark caramel, there is a bit of smokiness in the flavor to compliment the spiciness of the aroma. The slightest amount of dried dark fruit is in there as well. Full bodied. Somewhat of a smooth feel.

I poured this into a pint glass, but I'm glad I did. This is a very drinkable Dubbel (assuming that's what it actually is). Low on the phenolics. Tastes more like a Winter Warmer or something.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (BBD 4/2009) into first crack at Smutty pint glass.

Maple walnut ice cream head tops an auburn-dark clear body. Head is rather thin but this looks warm.

Mild sarsparilla scent backed by brown sugar warmth, mellow hop pininess and cinnamon/maple syrup spice - quite pleasant indeed.

One word: Cozy. This has fireplace written all over it...Copious braised spicy malt, a little pepper, mild clove and cinnamon with mellow pine, maybe some grass on the hop profile. Hefty coffee notes give this more bite with warmth...by no means alcoholic but I can feel its strength.

Extremely comforting to the palate...Coats, soothes, relieves. Wonderfully solid with a velvety spicy finish.

For its heft this drinks mightly well. It's getting very difficult to be disappointed by any Smutty offerings these days.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber bordering on burgandy, with lots of lacing and pretty nice light tan head, down to a thin film. With the aroma and taste, its quite malty, yeasty, biscuts, fruits and clove, a little honey perhaps, everything a good dubbel should have, but, as 'winter ale' would imply, it leans a bit more on certain spices that give it that warmer quality. There is a mild warming, good body, really a good beer and a easy quaffer.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Winter Ale on tap at Valhalla in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, offered as "Smuttynose Double" on special for $5 to commemorate the end of the world (May 21 2011)

Appearance: Classic Belgian-style brew, with a big (huge!) head, outrageous lacing and retention. Hazy brown color, very dark and opaque.

Smell: Milk chocolate, dark sugar, a tad of coconut cake. Very dessert-y but delicious! Aromas of hops and caramel.

Taste: Raisin, chocolate pudding. Bitter-but-smooth Belgium chocolate, gourmet. Delicious yeasty-bready finish. Again, a total dessert of a beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation (surprising), full flavor. Sweet, cookie-like, nourishing flavor. Yum!

Overall: A really good American dubbel. Better than Sierra Ovila, which is another example of the American interpretation of the style I recently had. Not too boozy, very flavorful and drinkable.

Props to Smutty and founder Peter Egelston, who responded right away to an e-mail of mine asking about this beer being called "Smuttynose Double" at the bar where I enjoyed it. Cheers!

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Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy brown with a tan head. Plenty of lacing down the side of my goblet. Aroma of caramel with hints of spice and brown sugar. Belgian yeast is apparent along with a whiff of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and softly carbonated. Grainy and bready malt flavors are combined with hints of dark chocolate. Intriguing yeast influences the flavor throughout. The finish has a light spiciness to it. Very smooth and drinkable for a dubbel. Alcohol isn't overwhelming at 6.8% either. A 'must-try' winter warmer.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured a clear reddish brown withg a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of toffee, cocoa,light earthiness and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of toffee, cocoa, light carmel, light earthiness and a hint of spice with a smoothlingering malty finish.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from one of my favorite breweries. Best before date is April of 06. Pours out a reddish-amber color with very little head that does not last. There is one tiny stream of bubbles that makes it way to the top.

Smell is candy sweet with hints of malt, spices and some hops in the background. From the first sip, the one big suprise is the smokey notes. Cherries, dates and malt dominate. A hop ending with some spices round it out nicely. Very low carbonation level. The smoke notes are something I did not expect at all.

An interesting take on a "winter ale" from Smutty. It is great to see someone trying something new with this style.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Winter Ale is a hazy, tawny brown ale with a thin, khaki head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has a big, malty aroma with a soft sweetness and light notes of grass and spice. It has a smooth, medium body that's lively with a crisp, clean finish. It has a smooth, malty flavor with a slight caramel sweetness. The grassy, herbal bitterness is light and doesn't distract. Spice comes late in the taste... like nutmeg and corriander. It tastes leathery; slightly phenolic. It's pretty complex but it's mellow. Yeah, it's incredibly drinkable-- it could serve as a session ale.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into pint glass (I made the mistake of assuming this was a winter warmer; else I'd have decanted it to a chalice)

Chestnut brown in color with one finger of creamy pale mocha colored head which falls quickly leaving no lace.

The scent is almost imperceptible to my nose at first but I finally get a very mild belgian yeast and some cloves.

Taste is sweet and nutty to start, with a touch of spice - mainly cloves - to follow and a nice yeasty sour finish. There's a mild smokiness here as well which I'm really enjoying.

Rich medium mouthfeel with light tingly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability is very good.

This beer seems to have characteristics of a brown ale, a winter warmer, and a belgian dubbel but doesn't strike me as being distinctly any one of the three. Whatever it is it exhibits typical Smuttynose quality and is quite delicious. I'll be buying more.

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Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear reddish copper color with a thick 2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the aroma is of dark fruits and some soft spices.

Taste: the flavor follows the nose, as dark fruits and spice like cinammon, clove, and pepper are clearly evident. Plenty of caramel and bitterness is quite up front too. Alcohol is slighty noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium / heavy in body. Smooth with a light crispness at the start and finish. The flavors linger long on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable and overall a good winter beer.

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Photo of fosterific
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The winter ale poured deep red with a sizable head and a spot of yeast at the end.
The aroma is that of hops and alcohol, with just a touch of wood.
The flavor is dry and nutty, and then ends with a little spice of booze. I also taste chocolate.
The beer feels heavy on the palate, fairly dense and creamy.
This is the perfect beer for procrastinating; it is slow, complex and makes you feel warm and cozy. A good winter ale, just what I needed before going out to shovel, or maybe I will sip a bit slower and savor this one as long as I can.

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Photo of Scourge07
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, murky amber/red-orange color. 1/2-1 finger of a cream colored head that dissipates quickly. Decent amount of lacing on glass upon consumption.

S: Sweet candy, sweet malts, slight bitter scent

T: Again, candy and malt. Very mild hop bitterness. Subtle caramel taste. Not really tasting much chocolate, like some of the other reviewers are. Mild spiciness.

M: The mouthfeel is the best part this beer. It's extremely smooth and creamy, and very enjoyable to drink overall. Moderate carbonation

O: Very nice to drink! I like the sweet flavor, which is delicately balanced by a bit of bitterness from the hops. AT just 5.1%, I could easily see myself enjoying a few of these on a cold winter night by the fire. Only downside is, I was expecting a bit more spice character. Nevertheless, pick it up if you get the chance!

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown with a three finger foamy head. Reddish copper shows when being held to the light. Subsides to nice cap and light lacing.

S - Milk chocolate and malts takes up the majority of the aroma. I feel there are spices there, but I can't tell which ones.

T - Caramel at first with a mild milk chocolate that grows as you swallow. A cherry flavor far in the background, now that I have tasted it, I would say there is a little in the scent as well. Slight hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

M - Moderate body and carbonation, good for the style.

O - This is a very good winter beer. Nice flavor, while still having some subtle undertones of fruit. Good to warm up on a cool winter night.

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Photo of djeffbee
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Quotations Pub - New Years Day 2010.

A: Deep murky, ruby red with a nice white head. A thin lacing.

S: Roasted, sweet, malty and fitting for a seasonal. Low hop presence, but nice.

T: Roasted, sweet, malty and fitting for a seasonal. Has some character resembling a dubbel, but lower in alcohol. Some nutty flavors in the finish.

M: Fairly thin with a decent finish and good carbonation.

D: Good winter ale, no crazy spices, and with the low ABV it's super drinkable. I think it being classified as a dubbel may be a bit off.

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Photo of Katahdin
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a credible amount of head and rich, reddish brown color. The initial smell is a fruity/malty combination that belies the taste to come. The taste is much fuller than one would expect from such a beer and has hints of caramel and fruits with a spiciness in the after taste that is tough to pin down. There is a lingering taste of roasted nuttiness as well. A bit chewy but goes down relatively smooth. A great interpretation from Smuttynose

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If this is a Dubbel, it's a unique one. Pours a deep amber with ruby highlights. Nice herbal qualities in the nose, along with a heaping of winter spices - cinnamon, clove, a touch of caramel. Slightly acidic and bitter, with a flavor profile somewhat reminiscent of Anchor OSA. It's that piney, herbal hop profile. Spicy with a solid layering of hops throughout. Carbonation nips the tip of the tongue before fading into oblivious smoothness. A nice seasonal! One I'd certainly go for again.

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Photo of ralree
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep cloudy red with a slightly disappointing head of 1/4-finger that laces very quickly. OK lacing for this style.

S: Fruits with lots of spices. I like it so far.

T: Rich malt flavor comes though strongly in a good way. Backing of fruity tones (almost like fruit candy), and a bit of smokiness. This is a very good brew. Bready tones at the end. Not too bitter nor too sweet. The alcohol is present, but not too noticable. The only complaint I have is that it's a little too fruity for me personally. I know a lot of people who would love it to death.

M: Medium-light bodied and well-carbonated. Non-astringent. I think I just chewed on some sediment from it.

D: Drinks well. I could easily put down 3-4 in an evening. This will be a good one for parties.

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Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of off-white foam settles quickly to a ring of loose bubbles and leaves virtually no lace. The body is dark brown and hazy with some amber highlights.

S - Some spicy yeast aromas of clove and pepper over caramel malt and toffee. Light fruit notes of plum and red apple with perhaps a bit of coriander.

T - Peppery yeast with lots of dark, sugary malt up front. Notes of caramel, toffee, and molasses mesh nicely with clove, pepper and other spicy yeast flavors. Finishes with an increased emphasis on the malt, lots of caramel with strongly toasted notes and some cola-like character as well as mild hops to balance. Lingering dark malt flavors coat the palate and are complimented by pepper from the yeast.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable and well balanced, this has an impressive amount of flavor considering its modest alcohol content. Its flavors heavily favor sugars and malt but do well in those departments with a complex amber profile. The hops stick to the background, but do contribute enough to the finish to keep the beer balanced. The yeast complexity is a bit weak, and if it were actually a dubbel this would hurt the beer, but it is sufficient to identify this as a Belgian style beer. Overall, this is quite enjoyable and a nice choice of style for a seasonal winter beer.

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