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Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
400
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
21.58%
 
 
Wants:
10
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37
For Trade:
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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 400
Photo of Atlas1
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love every Smuttynose beer I've ever had. No reason to think this will be any different. Also, really happy to see Smutty in Texas these days. I enjoyed it plenty when I lived in DC, and missed it sorely upon moving back to TX in 2008, but it's great to see it on the shelves here now.

Pours a mellow brown color. Appears kind of thin. No head or lace. The nose is pleasant, delivering notes of sweet malt, fig, prune and other dark fruits. Some vanilla, and a faint coffee scent as well. Taste is delicious, again with sweet chocolate malt flavors, dark cherry and vanilla. A slight bitterness in the finish provides a nice touch. Mouthfeel is smooth and balanced.

Another fine beer from Smuttynose. It's almost past stout season here in TX (this is listed as a Beglian Strong Ale by BA, but the brewery calls is a Belgian stout), as the heat begins to settle in for the summer, but I'm glad I grabbed this today. Tasty stuff. Cheers.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Davepoolesque
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 Bottle. Very smooth. Nice chocolate and vanilla flavor. Maybe a bit too carbonated if that is a thing. Short finish. Not bad, but not great either. Middle of the road bourbon barrel Belgian stout.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz snifter at almost room temperature bottled in 2012. Pours almost black with a tan 2 finger head, that settles rather quickly into a nice layer of foamy bubbles and unfortunately not leaving much on the glass.

Smell prune, chocolate, clove, vanilla oak, bourbon, hard candy, and banana bread.

Taste follows with chocolate at first touch, clove, caramel, vanilla, oak, banana, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is medium, mild carbonation not a problem here, on the dry side, and a sipper that doesn't waste much time in the glass.

Overall if I reviewed this when it first came out, the score would have been worse. Not because of the beer. It does seem it held up well in the cellar. It seems more balanced and complex. One I will say the cellar helped.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an extremely dark brownish amber with a thin, creamy khaki head that dissipates quickly.

S: Subtle aromas of roasted grain, black cherry, dried blueberry, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, spice, caramel, and coffee bean present themselves on the nose.

T: The entry is gentle and sweet, unveiling pleasant notes of vanilla bean, roasted grain, caramel, molasses, black cherry, blackberry, dried blueberry, black currant, lightly roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, toasted oak, and spicy Belgian ale yeast. Around mid-palate, mild notes of lemon rind, pungent herbs, and grass from the hops make an appearance. The finish is mostly roasty and sweet, with dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla bean, molasses, spice, and herb notes riding a mellow swell of alcohol on the swallow.

M: Luscious and full-bodied in the mouth with a silky, smooth texture, this ale is pleasantly creamy and filling. Carbonation is discreet, but still displays enough of a presence to keep this ale from feeling flabby. Alcohol is extremely well-integrated and really only becomes detectable on the finish. This is very easy to drink for an ale of this strength.

O: While I would like to have seen greater head retention and felt just a tad more carbonation in the mouth, this is still a very likable Belgian strong dark ale. The spiciness of the Belgian yeast is not overdone, instead merging smoothly with the sweet, roasted malt and mild hop aromas and flavors this ale presents. In the end, this is an admirable, sophisticated take on an incredibly complex Old World style that could be a total grand slam with a couple of very minor tweaks.

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Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of donnyowens
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Belgian yeast with a stout just doesn't work for me. the two tastes are in opposition and cancel themselves out. somebody may love this just not me.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head, dark body. Aromas of dark malt, plums, raisins, and some vanilla and whiskey. Lots of oak and cola notes with a bit of burnt malt lingering in the finish. Medium thick body, average carb and a fairly dry finish. Not bad, but it's a mediocre base beer with a less than stellar barrel treatment, not something that really needed to be made or that I would drink again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded black pry-off pressure cap. Decent label art. 650ml.

Acquired: at an Austin, TX bottle shop.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: November 2014.
ABV: 8.7% ABV.
Style: "Belgian style stout."
Serving temp: Cold. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.
Serving vessel: Tulip.
Expectations: High (given the brewery).

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half finger wide khaki colour. Okay creaminess. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Retention: ~20 seconds.

BODY: Opaque solid black colour. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Generally appealing. Not unique or special.

AROMA: Belgian yeast is evidenced. Dark malts, black malts, unrefined sugars. No hop profile is detectable. I find no alcohol. Mild roast.

Aromatic intensity: mild.

Suggests a somewhat thin but still interesting stout with mild Belgian influence.

TASTE: Dark malts, schwarz malts, unrefined sugars. The Belgian yeast is noticeable but not prominent, and I think the mouthfeel is a bit thinner as a result of the higher attenuation. It's not real intricate or subtly executed, nor is it well-layered or gestalt in its build, but I do like it, and it's decently balanced. There just isn't a whole lot going on considering the style.

As it comes to temperature, I pick up on some raisin.

Depth of flavour: Merely average.
Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Below average.
Flavour amplitude: Nice.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, undercarbonated, medium-bodied, and of mild weight and heft on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Complements the taste nicely, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste by any means.

OVERALL: Drinkable, but pedestrian. A swing and a miss from Smuttynose. I wouldn't buy it again, but I appreciate what they were after. Worth trying, I suppose, but not one of Smuttynose's best offerings.

C+

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Photo of utopiajane
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown and clear with honey tones around the edges and a ruby tint can be found when the light hits it right. Tan head of reluctant foam that fell fast. Mild nose, a little roast and faint dark fruits. Cherry, a touch of candi sugar, a fleeting hint of bourbon, again all very mild. Nothing belgian or yeasty on the nose at all. Taste is smooth. Rolling soft malt and no carbonation at all.This definitely needs some bubbles. Roast is mellow, dark fruits dried and sweet. A touch of spice finishes this one with a trace little bit of bitterness and a breaddy with molasses malt to linger. Nothing really belgian on the palate either.

With the proper carbonation this beer may have been very different on the palate. The malty flavors were good but they fell flat with the lack of body.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a moderate tan head into the glass. Roasty smell and flavor that hits you like a stout should. While enjoyable, it probably would improve with age.

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Photo of tango22
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 3 Crow, Rockland, Maine. Dark ebony brown, with creamy lingering head. Fruits, licorice, toffee, and subtle fruity yeast, smooth start, middle, and finish. 8.7% ABV, but not so's you'd notice it while drinking.
MMMM, good! Smooth. Tasty. Chewy. Very drinkable, especially during this snowy cold winter here on the Mid-Coast.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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 farrago
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin dusting across the surface, almost not sure if it’s there, same situation with the lacing, more or less nonexistent. The liquid is a pure brown color, fairly clear and transparent, curiously there’s a decent amount of beads with tiny, active bubbles. The nose mixes roast and sweetness, cocoa and coffee beans then cola and vanilla, some banana notes in there and has an herbaceous side as well. Medium-bodied, the carbonation has prickle during the mouth entry and then trails off. Vanilla, chocolate, cherry fruit makes it seem like a soft drink. Has that dough and banana element here too. The roast is mostly present as an aftertaste. Pleasant enough, not too sweet, overall though it comes off as flat-footed and one-dimensional.

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Photo of CHickman
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC, pours pitch black color with a small tan head that faded and left good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells and tastes of roasted malt, molasses, floral hops, syrup, toffee, dark sweet fruit, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, herbs, brown sugar, chocolate milk, red wine, dark fruit and oaky notes or a booze backbone. Flavor was much better than the nose, it had interesting complex malt flavors with some earthy notes that seem almost hoppy, along with nice wheat bread aspects.

Pretty thin for a stout, it's smooth with almost no carbonation and a slightly bitter malty aftertaste that had a sweet caramel taste which lingers. Overall pretty good and very easy to drink. A nice hybrid, this Belgian style stout was smooth and hid the ABV quite well.

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Photo of silverking
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours pitch black with a cola rim. Razor thin beige head with poor retention. It appears lifeless.

A- Aromas of coffee, plum, cherry, chocolate, molasses, and lightly burnt toast. Really complex, rather enjoyable.

T- Tastes of herbal hops and dark coffee. Bitter finish. The alcohol is hidden well. Leaves a burnt taste is the the mouth.

M- Surprisingly light. Low carbonation.

O- the aroma was definitely the most impressive aspect of this brew. Lackluster appearance and mouth feel hurt the overall score.

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Photo of bnes09
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Dark color with a finger of head. Weak retention with some lacing. Flavors of mild coffee and rich Belgian chocolate. Aggressive, earthy, herbal hop presence. A little off balance. Medium body. High carbonation. Finishes with smooth woody, bourbon tones. Not the best barrel aged stout I've had but not the worst either.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 KYGunner
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous ebony color pours under a thick, cloud like head of brown foam. The color is radiant and the head had moderate retention.

I get dark fruit on the nose, chocolate malt, creme, molasses and maple. It seems to change as its warms.

Really good oatmeal stout character with strong chocolate malt and what I perceive as toasted oats. Relatively dry this has some creamy qualities. I get a little barrel personality but it does seem to crop up at times. This has more chocolate features with a touch of caramel.

The feel is dry but has a duplicitous creamy side. Some alcohol heat hits the chest but for the most part it's easy to drink.

The barrel characteristics are not abundant enough to really raise the score. I enjoyed this but had you told me this was a breakfast stout I'd fallen for it.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber, a gift

Served in half acre goblet - dark bodied with a light mocha head. I am not a Smuttynose enthusiast, though I know they are more capable than this. Smuttynose calls this a 'belgian style stout'. I guess I should be honest and state that I think the words 'belgian' and 'stout' should not be combined - the clash of yeast strains and dark roasty malt is very offputting to me. They sat this sucker in bourbon barrels for a bit too, but that's lost in the shuffle. Too bitter, too roasty - a mess

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Photo of joeseppy
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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 falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, released winter 2012
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Like a blend of Belgian strong dark ale with a stout, Zinneke features fully flavored roasted malts and modest cocoa with Belgian yeast produced grape-like esters and spicy nutmeg/clove-like phenols. Not sure if this was special enough that I'd seek it out again.

Pours a 2cm tall head of pale khaki foam, made up of small bubbles, creating a frothy appearance. Retention is above average, lasting about two minutes in a slow decline to a thin film atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, but not excellent. Body is a very dark amber brown to black color, light bringing out very dark mahogany hues to the opaque beer. Carbonation is visible, vaguely, along sides of the glass, seemingly fairly active and numerous.

Aroma is of modest raisin, prune, molasses, modest roasted malt, slight cola and faint anise. Pleasant, but surprisingly understated and muted for a large, Belgian, part bourbon barrel aged stout.

Front of palate picks up roasted malt, mild cocoa, sharp Belgian yeast phenols giving a slightly clove-like flavor, raisins, prune, and anise. Mid-palate intensifies Belgian yeast phenols, leading to a greater clove and nutmeg flavor atop roasted malts, anise, raisins and prunes, and mild cocoa. Back of palate features strong Belgian yeast phenols with grape ester-tinged roasted malt, anise, prune, raisin, and cocoa. Aftertaste is of slightly astringent roasted malts, moderately bitter hops, grape esters, Belgian yeast phenols (nutmeg and clove).

Beer is medium in weight, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a creamy, foamy, pleasant mouthfeel that is never fizzy. Beer is maybe a bit thin for the style, but closes dry, with mild lingering astringency and substantial stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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 maxcoinage
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bomber (2012) into tulip glass with a 3 finger mocha colored head that took time to settled down. Color is dark black

Aroma - roasted malts, toffee, figs, dates, oak

Taste - coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla -- tasty!

Mouthfeel - a light-syrup like consistency and creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation

Overall - Excellent brew. not sure if I'd consider it a stout or belgian dark ale, either way it was tasty. Didn't really get any bourbon in the nose or flavor, but this bottle is probably a year old so I'm sure that didn't help. Definitely would pick up another bomber of this for like around $7 I believe is what I paid.

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Photo of hopley
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
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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