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Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3.81/5
Very Good
409 Ratings
Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style stout, partially aged in bourbon barrels.

8.4% abv 50 IBU
Malts: North American 2-Row, Carawheat, Munich 10L, C-120, Chocolate,
Roasted Barley, Brown Malt
Hops: Magnum, Glacier
Mojo: Dark #2 Belgian Candi Syrup

Added by Todd on 10-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,762
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
409
pDev:
11.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
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36
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Ratings: 409 |  Reviews: 113
Reviews by doucmehu:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Photo of papposilenus
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 22oz bottle, the 2012 bottling, served in a tulip.

Pours a nearly impenetrable molasses-black with inexplicable yellowish-green highlights and a finger-and-a-half of rough, bubbly, mocha foam. The head holds for a couple minutes before settling back to a thick ring with some dense islets. Due to a weird trick of the lighting, it looks like it might actually be pulsating but I think we're just going to go ahead and ignore that.

Nose is old, wet, punky wood and cinnamon, basement floor, damp, mouldering carpet and gingerbread. So, anyway, wow, that's different. We may sometimes say that a beer smells of 'barrel' but this bad boy actually smells like the barrel itself, an old, discarded barrel that's been out in the woods partially covered with leaves for a few years and, when you roll it over, there's bugs and stuff under it. Just saying.

Taste starts out largely following the nose but leads into some warm, rich, yeasty fruits, figs, bourbon-soaked raisins, blackberries and cherries, red wine, vanilla, dusty, unsweetened-chocolate-roasted-malt, with licorice and pipe tobacco. The sodden, earthy oak character persists throughout, finishing with a slightly sour, acerbic pucker.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium-plus bodied and brightly carbonated for the style. The alcohol is well hidden but it's still a sipper.

Overall, well, I was initially put-off by the sensation of drinking drip-water that had collected in a tarp under the wood pile but, as the beer warmed up, I warmed up to the beer. This is from Smutty's 'Big Beer' portfolio and 'big' in this instance refers more, I think, to complexity and character than to abv. I honestly don't know whether this is a very good beer or not - I can't help thinking it spent too much time in the wrong barrel? But, hey, I don't know how to make beer; I only know how to drink it. And drink it I did.

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3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but fairly subdued for a barrel aged beer.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Service: Bottle
Bottled: 2017


A:
Pours thick pitch black with a couple quickly-gone fingers of tiny-bubbled khaki head that ends up a ring/film. Okay retention; little lacing. (4)

S:
Greasy, fatty roasted nuts, some bourbon barrel, light spice, a little oxidation. (4)

T:
Follows the nose. Rich roast and dark fruit elements intermingled, with some black pepper, wood and subtle alcohol warmth. (4)

M:
Full bodied, warming feel with light carbonation, well-hidden alcohol. (4)

O:
This is a good beer that (I assume) has aged very well. Thanks a ton, KC!
It pours nice, especially considering its age. The aroma and flavor are both a nice blend of roasty stout flavors and Quad-like fruity yeast flavors. There is a really familiar nutty smell that is not quite candied nuts, but definitely caramelized and fatty. I can't put my finger on it, but I like it. It is definitely well-made and has some nice complementary elements.
I think that the barrel probably is a little better and more present fresh, but at the same time the yeast got pretty interesting with age. The oxidation comes through a touch more as it warms, but all in all its a nice beer made even nicer by having it on the first wintery night. (3.75)

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice pretty much black except when held close to the light there is some deep brown that barely shows,a thinner beige head atop.Caramel and toffee notes stick out most in the nose along with some Belgian yeasty spiced notes.A nice mix of earthy roasty stout,vanilla/barrel, and yeasty spiced Belgian Dark on the palate,not overly sweet and it's pretty earthy in the finish.Comparing this to the Thirteenth Hour Stout this wins because it's more complex and not overly sweet,it's just good.

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Photo of khoff5
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npala86
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my tulip glass this beer was near black in color. It had a dark tan head with a little bit of lace.

The aroma was dark fruit and cherry. Kind of toasty. Some vanilla

Nice taste. Toffee, sweet fruit/cherry. Some chocolate, and a little bit of vanilla.

This was a nice beer, just a little bit thinner than I thought it would be.

Still enjoyed it, though.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle. Label tells me it was "Bottle-conditioned in: 2012"

Belgian style stout aged in bourbon barrels. Pours near black, dark tan head that rapidly goes to a film, minor collar and then leaves moderate amounts of ringed low sheeting and then minimal spotty lacing.

Nose of dark chocolate, brandy and some licorice.

Tasty, big and bold, with more rich chocolate notes as well as some bitter coffee. On the thinner side body wise. Finishes with a biting and super drying hop presence.

I like it, gonna put a bottle away for Christmas dinner and pair it with a decadent chocolate and raspberry cake.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo, which was graciously shared with me at a recent tasting. 5.99 a bomber - good brew for the price.

Poured into a goblet. Dark chestnut brown, about a half inch of head, recedes to a thick ring.

Nose is really something. Nice mild coffee, caramel, whiskey, and a nice nutty smell as well. Maybe a touch of Belgian yeast, but really I had this as an American brown.

Nice sipping beer, very smooth. Good roasted malt, light coffee and the whiskey is certainly present, but not overpowering. Nutty finish with a touch of puckery hops. Not getting a lot of Belgian ale in the taste either.

The Belgian mouthfeel I think holds this brew back a bit - it lacks that thickness that the tastes seem to demand, and the carbonation is a touch high.

Nice brew, tasty sipper. Belgian dark ale blends well with the bourbon aging, and though the mouthfeel wasn't doing it for me, it was still an enjoyable brew and priced just right!

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Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: A bright deep dark brown column sits under a persistent clingy sudsy 3” tan foam cap that looks like somebody stirred it up with an egg beater.
S: Fruit, chocolate and coffee aromas.
T: Starts as a nice chocolate sweet moussey foam that dries to a mild coffee flavor with long lingering chocolate aftertastes with dried fruit highlights. Finishes chocolaty and slightly sweet but pleasant. Nothing harsh or burnt. Nice separation of flavors between the foam and the body that merge as the body incorporates the foam.
F: The Belgian yeast shines in the rich creamy texture and the medium to medium full body.
O: Not a lot of bourbon barrel character but a good Belgian style stout.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of far333
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown colored with a low light brown head that settles out quickly. Low aroma of roasted malt and cocoa. Very rich flavor of deeply roasted malt, a bit of roast bitterness, cocoa, espresso, root beer, and molasses. Punctuated with a Belgian yeast type funk with clovey esters. Full mouthfeel, not too creamy, finishes slightly dry. Bitter roast lingers. Good beer, but the clovey funk detracts a bit for me.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle conditioned in 2012
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a thick coco tan head that last for a short bit. There are strands of microbubbles trailing up the side of the glass.

S- The yeast ester aroma of raisins fades away quickly with some more full black roasted malt aroma and a fusel alcohol heat note finishes.

T- The dry roasted black malt has some dark tootsie roll flavors as the beer opens. There is a roasted black bitterness in the finish with some mellow alcohol heat. Some faint burnt toast notes and slight hints of dark fruit esters come through when it is pretty warm.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and a gentle alcohol heat lingers.

O- This beer has a nice black roasted malt flavor but it is otherwise a bit thin and a bit to hot in alcohol. There isn’t much yeast characteristics that it really needs for support or any other hop or malt flavors to add depth to the beer.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split and poured into snifters. Bottle conditioned in 2012.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger slightly tanned head. Takes a minute or two to settle down to a thin covering. A good amount of yeast settles to the bottom of the glass. No real lacing.

S: Has a fruity aroma that I was not expecting from such a dark beer. I'd say its a cherry mixed with a yeastiness. If you look for it you can get some of the bourbon notes.

T: The two snifters taste very different with one having the yeast poured into it. The start of the bottle holds much more bourbon and roasted malt while the bottom of the bottle is fruitier and has a tart bitterness. Nice and complex.

M: Medium bodied with a good warming feel, a little slick toward the back end. Very drinkable for a bourbon stout.

Overall this one is certainly worth a try. Complex and different. Imagining this would age very well and hope I can snag another bottle.

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Photo of Chanfles
2.79/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good stout but not too rich in flavor.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is extremely dark brown to the point of a black hole. Minimal mocha receding head clings to the sides.

Aromas of baking chocolate, Concord grape juice, roasted grain and malt. Nice sweetness to it with coffee and faint alcohol. To me a classic Belgium ale.

Taste initially is bittersweet chocolate. Caramel cola, star anise, sweet malt and hops. Temps 55-60' yield more pronounced oaky bourbon with vanillas and Belgium sugars.

Medium to heavy bodied with a creamy texture as you savor this. Each sip has the aroma of roasted grain and the drying bitterness lays on the tongue awhile. Some stickiness on the lips.

Not over the top barrel aged brew yet satisfying and I would even go as far to say that this is a sleeper in the world of whale hunting. I've had a few of these and look forward to this for years to come. These guys and gals always keep their craft extremely well priced and a solid fare! Can't find that whale, give this a go!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My local Go-to Beer store "Brewtopia" in Keene, NH surprised me today. A collection of "cellard" or aged brews from the Smuttynose Big Beer series, one of my all time favorite line of local craft beers. I've been enjoying the Big Beer series since 1998. The Zinneke is a 2012 vintage.This review is from 1/27/2017 So, 4.5 years old!

Pitch black liquid, totally opaque. A fizzy, dark tan foam cap appears and spreads out quick. Major fizzy activity remains in the middle of the glass, bubbling up like a gyser from the Belgian yeast bottle conditioning.

Massive bourbon cask aroma, heady chocolate and dark fruits with sweet Belgian candy under that. Awesome, robust nose. Coffee and cream pop out a bit later. As the liquid warms to room tempratutre or slightly less, caramel and sweet milk chocolate aroma's kick in, becomes sweeter with blueberries and black berries making an impact on the already impressive nose.

The feel is still very zippy still, with a nice crisp bite. Zesty effect with a long, oily feel from the heady malt and aged bourbon barrel enhancement. The alcohol, bourbon cask and large, earthy hop effect gives it a very dry finish.

The flavor has big time complexity. The malt itself comes in with bitter bakers chocolate, cream, coffee and nuts. Belgian yeast provides a funky, dark fruity edge, the heat is pretty high which blends with the rather up-front bourbon cask infusion. A zesty, dry-earth hop thing makes for a very excellent balance. The hops have mellowed into their own but still remain very bold. Toasted oak wood and chared chocolate seems to hold it all down. There are many factors that contribute to this brews big complexity. Yet, balance of all flavor's seems right on for the style. The Belgian yeast is not super impressive, giving a fruity, earthy taste, but it seems just about right to harmonize with the rest of what is essentially an American Double Stout.

Long, sweet notes of dark fruits and chocolatey malt blend perfectly from more bitter, earthy and dry hops as time goes on. With 22 oz's of this beast, it's very important to have a long session with some slow sipping !

I have personally aged many of the Smuttynose Big Beer series offerings in the past; including the Imperial Stout and Baltic Porter with great success. It's always a pleasure to pop open a great beer that has been layed down for an extensive amount of time, and be able to compare how the aging affects the overall experience from the fresh versions. I could see this one being excellent with even longer aging.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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