Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
407
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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

Photo of user785335
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Notch on label says Bottle Conditioned in 2012.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and spotty surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Big dark roast aroma with nice notes of chocolate and a bit of Belgian candi sugar.

T- Flavor is more straightforward with a heavy thrust of dark roasted malt, a bit of sweetness and not much else. The sweetness is the only thing that stands out as Belgian-esque to me. Notes of chocolate, caramel and some raisin. I don't sense much of a barrel presence.

M- Thick and chewy but smooth. Medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- Not one of my favorites from the Big Beer series but still very tasty.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer pours a dark, rich, ruby highlighted blackish coloring with a tall, frothy, light tan colored head that quickly settles into a sparse surface coating. Aromas of berry fruit highlighting a rich and roasted chocolate backbone. The initial light, fruit sweetness has a great contrast on the nose with the rich sweetness of the backbone. Smells tasty. Flavors of roast, followed quickly by a fruit characteristics that I can only liken to boiling fruit down when you are preparing it for jams or jellies. It's that concentrated sweetness that still has a light characteristic. Again, the fruit has a strawberry/raspberry profile to it, and that is quickly enveloped by a dry roasted and baker's chocolate backbone, with a subtle bitterness that grows into a strong roast and bitter blend in the aftertaste. There are also some boozy qualities in the palate that slowly build, as well as a warmth. This is a dynamic brew, and the layers continue to develop as you drink. Let this one warm in the glass before you drink in order to fully appreciate it. Smooth, dry finish, with a slight bitter chocolate linger. Very tasty.

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Photo of SlainteAlbanyNY
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TubaManJack
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So according to the beer menu it's a belgian stout with a 50-50 split between fresh and burbon barrel aged. Needless to say I am intrigued.

Appearance - black as night and opaque. An almost tan grey head.
Smell - a mixed bag of dark malt, a touch of burbon, mild Belgian yeast
Taste - an interesting dichotomy of fresh and aged. There was a mild sweetness of unfermented sugar rounding out the taste. This was more of a malt and yeast exhibition than burbon.
Mouthfeel - light for many of the belgian stouts I have had and the lower abv helps support this

Overall - I liked it and its a nice change of pace and a good hybrid to try when you get a chance.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, opaque in the glass, two fingers of creamy light brown colored head, a few rings on the glass. Smell: cocoa, plum, brown bread, red grape, caramel, bourbon-y booze sweetness. Taste: dark brown sugar, prune, chocolate note, toasted brown bread, plum skin, vanilla note, earth and berry in the finish. Barrel-aged quad-y. 2012.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4/6...pours dark black, no foam, very still. Soft chocolate malt, some figs and raisins. Light licorice too. Cherry fruit taste, backed by a sweet chocolate milk flavor. Slick mouthfeel. Dark fruit, raisin plum in the background. Barely any carbonation. Quite interesting.

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Photo of cdwil
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AJacob81
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bluth frozen bananas in the nose; star anise, clove cigarettes, and a hint of mocha on the palate. Interesting, ultimately successful experiment w subtle bourbon barrel characteristics. What I expect from a Belgian-style stout. Would drink again.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Churchkey during Zwanze Day. Served in a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours black with a thick layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass and leaves some mild lacing.

Smell: Lots of roast and dark chocolate here. I'm getting a mild bourbon note and some dark fruit as well.

Taste: This beer is quite bitter up front with some dark chocolate and roast. I'm getting dark fruit and smooth bourbon notes. The finish is a bit peppery with some alcohol heat and a bitterness from the roast.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a finish that is very dry.

Overall: The old and new beer blended works quite well here. You got interesting notes from both. I would have more in the future.

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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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottled conditioned

Pours a very dark brown color with a good sized light tan head, fades slowly and leaves a lasting cap on top, only small bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell has a strong roasted malt aroma, dark fruit also hits the nose mixed with a strong vanilla aroma, kind of all over the place, not picking up much of the bourbon barrel aging though.

Taste starts out with the caramel roasted malt backing, vanilla and the Belgian candied sugars strikes next, a strong bourbon burn follows in the aftertaste, slight woody presence but not overwhelming like the burn, carbonation is nice and soft which gives a decent body.

An interesting beer, I think a year of age will mellow out the burn and smooth out some of the other characteristics as well.

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Photo of jwent91
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
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 woodchipper
4/5  rDev +5%

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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 407 ratings.
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