Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series)
BA SCORE
69.6%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 408 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:
#14,856
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
408
Liked:
284
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
11.32%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
36
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 408 |  Reviews: 112
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 Sellen
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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 imbibehour
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey DC.

A Dark walnut brown body is presented, with hints of red dark edges. Faint tan head is poured, not much retention, falls quite quickly leaving a super thin collar, quite soapy.

Nose has a neat fruit spice character to it, kind of a sweet licorice mild anisette a bit. With some warmth some sticky caramel too, but nothing that really appeals to me unfortunately.

Palate hits with the hinted sharp spice angle, almost peppery. A very light tannic wood, even mild smoke with large charring roast finish. Feel is a little thin. Some fruit character becomes more apparent kind of like a dirty soil earthy plum.

Overall real interesting palate, perhaps not an ultimate favorite to want again but certainly memorable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Stumbled onto this bottle during a recent trip to a nearby Binny's and felt it would be perfect for our New Year's Eve festivities. It pours a a bleak black-brown topped by a finger of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and very light bourbon. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger sense of whiskey. Not much Belgian character is to be found here, at least by my tongue's reckoning. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid beer, though the lack of any Belgian character, the relatively thin feel of the proceedings, and the general lack of complexity in general lead to a kind of nigh-disappointment on my end. In other words: this is indeed a tasty and enjoyable beer, but nothing much more than that.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours near pitch black with no highlights around the edges. A thin, crispy, kahki colored head that fades quickly and leaves little touches of lacing sticking to the sides.

S- Dark fruit that was gently smoked, dark Belgian cocoa powder, black iced coffee, roasted hazelnuts/pecans/walnuts/almonds, and maybe just a touch of the bourbon... smells more like a peaty scotch. Nice, not spectacular... but nice sitting by the fire and sniffing.

T- Some cocoa, smoked malt (or charred barrel), some sour cherry yeastiness. Picking up a little booze. Gentle notes of over-ripe banana, light coffee, figs, dried cranberries and roasted walnuts.

M- Pretty thin and whimpy. Nice bitter chocolate finish. Just a light touch of booze.

O- This is a good, not great effort from Smuttynose. The bourbon has more of a single malt scotch taste to me... lots of smoked peat, not so much vanilla/oak/maple syrup. Again, decent... but nothing that I'd be running out looking for.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been curious about this beer since it started appearing on shelves - Belgian-style stout partially aged in bourbon barrels? Sure. Thanks to Mr. Nawskon for sharing this at a tasting.

Pours dark, but not quite black, with some flecks settled at the bottom. Tan head has decent retention eventually forming a thick ring.

Smell is straight up chocolate-covered bananas. Good but simple.

Taste opens things up a bit, a pretty even balance of stout and dark Belgian. Chocolate+caramel malt forward, dark fruits, banana, some vanilla and roasted malt. Not much of a bourbon presence here but a good combo of flavors.

Body and carbonation are fine and fit the style, a bit boozier than expected.

This is a tasty beer - I feel like it could've been more though, the bourbon barrel didn't seem to add much here.

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Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like dry roasted coffee and earthy dark cocoa powder, with some spicy Belgian yeast and oak.
T: It tasted like copper hops and dry roasted coffee and earthy dark chocolate, with a bit of spicy Belgian yeast. It had a somewhat clean aftertaste that was bitter and earthy.
M: It was somewhat thick with lots of natural carbonation.
D: This was not a great Belgian stout, and it had no bourbon character as advertised. The scent and taste were ok, and the body was decent. The finish was a bit harsh, so it was not super easy to drink. I'm not convinced age would improve either. Skip this unimpressive brew.

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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 Gosox8787
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle purchased for $6. Not bad at all for a bourbon barrel aged stout. Chilled and poured into my Cigar City tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to almost black in color. Pours a really nice, two finger begie head that sticks before receding into a nice thin lacing.

Aroma: Milk chocolate, sweet cherries, belgian yeast tones and some pretty noticable alcohol presence. Maybe just a touch of vanilla and bourbon, but the dark fruit and clove notes from the yeast overpower any barrel. Interestingly enough, as this warms, the belgian yeast tones really start to become dominate.

Taste: Milk chocolate and roasted coffee notes provide some nice backbone and the stout qualities to this beer. Lots of dark fruit and cherries with some clove and fused alcohol. As this warm, the stout qualities are lessening and the belgian notes are getting stronger. The alcohol definitely is present throughout and I would guess this beer is a bit higher than teh ABV listed. The bourbon from the barrel is barely present, if at all.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than average body from the style. Definitely on the thin side. Carbonation is pretty spot on though.

Overall, an interesting take on a belgian style stout that feels more belgian than stout. The barrel notes are almost so subtle that I completely miss them. The alcohol is also not as mellowed as I would expect. Not a bad beer at all, but a bit of a letdown for a favorite style of mine.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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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Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.6% out of 100 with 408 ratings
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