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Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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3.81/5
Very Good
409 Ratings
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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:
#14,767
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
409
pDev:
11.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
36
Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very dark brown (black when viewed from afar) in color. it poured with a thin dense tan head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of Belgian yeast along with hints of dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer if you like yeast, but doesn't have much in the way of dark fruits or bourbon, even after it warms up. It's rather easy to drink because no traces of alcohol are detectable.

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3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
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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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black body, sturdy billowing soufflé head, long lasting and creamy in texture.

Nutty dark chocolate, banana and plum esters from the Belgian yeast.

Chocolate, cocoa, bitter roast in the aftertaste. Lingering dried fruit traces of dates and plums. Smooth supple feel, medium bodied and slightly chewy. A little bit of dry woodiness in the aftertaste, but otherwise not much overt bourbon presence. Dry bitterness lingers in the finish. Nicely blended and well integrated. Smooth and warming on a cold winter afternoon.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours light fizzy head covering, semi clear mahogany dark color.

Nose Belgian esters, phenolic and glue like phenols unhappy yeast, light Belgian chocolate, dusty oak, faint cocoa dust, cola syrup.

Taste starts with some cocoa, Belgian choc, light caramel and syrupy flavors, fairly sweet, light booze, back to esters, slight phenolic glue again but not as much as the nose, very faint oak, no bourbon, little yeasty flavor and light biscuit. Finish is sticky syrupy, little earthy herbal hop, biscuit, bbq sauce like flavor with syrupy sweetness, little cocoa, light phenols lingering.

Mouth is med to bigger bodied, decent carb, little slimy.

Overall not very good. Off flavors, unhappy yeast like it got too hot during fermentation, yeasty too, very little barrel, slimy, too estery, just overall not pleasant. Smuttynose really seems to be going in the wrong direction these days, their new beers haven't been very good, and even their old beers seem like they are losing a little something.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/25/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong chocolate flavor with some coffee, dark fruit and licorice in the background. Then a hearty roasted malt character and a good Belgian yeast breadiness come in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a very nice dark Belgian beer to drink for a long time.

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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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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Devil's Backbone snifter. Black in color with a thin, frothy head to it. Decent retention and lacing as I drank it.

Aroma shows dark, roasted malts and chocolate notes mixing with a sweeter, fruity, estery yeast presence. It's got some distinct banana flavors to the yeast as well. I don't get any of the barrel aging in the aroma unfortunately.

The taste has more of the roasted malts and dark chocolate to it. The finish also shows a little of the barrel aged character. The estery, banana like yeast flavors are there but they are a little more reserved thankfully.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being about average. Overall, it was a pretty good beer. The fruity, yeasty notes dominated the aroma a little too much for me but the flavors came together pretty well The barrel aging didn't really seem to add much though unfortunately.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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

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Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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