Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
407
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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Photo of dpianka
4.87/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 4/4/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Zinneke
brewery: Smuttynose
brewery location: Portsmouth, NH
type: Ale
style: Strong Dark Belgian Ale
abv: 8.4%
ibu: 50
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: gorgeous clean roasty black. It isn’t quite opaque, I can see through it a bit when held up to the light, when I do the color is an extremely dark amber. Head pours thick, heavy and creamy but doesn’t last long.

Smell: I get the typical vanilla and coffee, though the coffee is not very strong in intensity yet still strong in character. The chocolate is bitter, reminiscent of somewhere around 75% cacao. A little bourbon booze bite faintly hit me at the end

Taste: sweet malty bready vanilla up front. The bourbon barrel smoothness comes through with very faint rich vanilla cream and toastiness.The hops are prominent yet not offensive, they work their way through the malt enough to balance out the sweetness. Hops are green and grassy. The mocha leans more towards dark french almost burnt coffee with that 75% cacao.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to light bodied, slightly creamy.

Overall Impression: An awesome beer for sure. I love what the belgian yeast did to this beer. Generally when I’ve tasted something aged in bourbon barrels there is a huge sweetness that tends to also be present. I’m delightfully surprised that isn’t here. I mean there is sweetness but it’s very well balanced.

Food Pairings: fondue with little mushroom skewers, BBQ with a heavy rich bbq sauce, I kind of want to reduce this and pour it over strawberry gelato. Gingerbread men sandwiches stuffed with a vanilla bourbon cream. lamb in a bicuit, roasted pork belly, hearty chilli with sour cream.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of j37geogaddi
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is, easily, one of the most interesting beers I've ever tried. Period. Maybe one of the very best beers I've ever tried.

Pours dark brown, not black, and small amount of lace in the glass when the foam drops.

Smells like a Belgian Brown, and maybe some hints of coffee and Banana.

Taste is very complex. Starts out like a Belgian Brown, but then the coffee and chocolate come through. What separates this beer from others, is after all of that, the flavor of Oak-ey Banana and Vanilla is present towards the finish. There's more going on, but those are the most obvious characteristics. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but if you can get past that- this is a standout beer.

I'm honestly confused by the lackluster reviews here... Yes, its thinner than some heavy Stouts- if you're looking for a regular Imperial Stout, this isn't one... But it does have enough alcohol and flavor complexity to make up for that and then some. Take it for what it is- a unique take on the Belgian Stout, and one of the most delicious beers around... If you ask me.

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4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very drinkable stout from Smuttynose. Their Big Beer series, which you really can't beat - ZINNEKE - is actually almost a sessionable stout with lots of sexy taste. Velvety smooth, a limited head, but one that is present and lurking the whole time, dark, too. Bourboney taste is very forward, but that's only if you pick up the difference between that and the oak. Really great beer.

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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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4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great, dark and full of many balanced flavores.

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4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice stout, curious how it would be without the barrel-aging. Had the 2013, ages quite well

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of andrewschirmer
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of barnzy78
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 25oz snifter, the ale is near black and topped with a frothy tan head that holds excellent retention. Aromas are fruity, chocolate, roasty, bourbon, and boozy as it warms. Tastes are beautifully complex and balanced with notes of toasted grain, dark fruit - raisin, fig, date, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, some faint coffee, and Belgian yeast. Mouth-feel is full with nice carbonation, while finishing just dry enough for the palate to want another sip. At 8.4%, there actually was better drinkability, as opposed to some higher ABV stouts & strong ales. Overall, I loved it! One of my favorites out of the Big Beer Series.

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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as midnight oil with a tall head of coffee colored foam - good retention.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, plumb, earthy, woody, nutty - a beautifully complex nose.

Creamy mouth with a chocolate coating and a robust body big on coffee flavor. The dark fruit/plumb notes are subdued in the background but come forward with some sweet caramel malt notes. A chewy malt mouthfeel with a lingering woody fruit finish. This one is full of flavor all over the place = a very tasty brew.

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