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:
#14,816
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
408
Liked:
284
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
11.32%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
36
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 408 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a two inch, fizzy, khaki-colored head that sizzles and pops as it slowly collapses into a consistent skim. Delicate webs of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses fruity esters as well as a hint of bubblegum and cocoa. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a roasty character to the flavor profile, as well as a slight metallic tinge towards the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively, even carbonation. You don't see too many Belgian Stouts out there, so kudos to Smutty for putting one out. That said, while enjoyable, it's a little bit too fruit forward in my opinion. Nonetheless, a solid effort put forth by one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Try to pick up any new Smuttynose when I hit the Wisconsin border, since just about every beer they make is good. Another pickup, here. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is appropriately black, with the fizzy coffee head that I've come to expect from dark beers of Belgish lineage. Nose is kicking the irony out of the color: bananas? Cloves? Is this a hidden hefe? Also rich milk chocolate...ain't this a palette of weird.

Zinneke is as confused as the smell promised. More overripe bananas lightly coated with chocolate sauce. Mild roast flails through in the middle, cut with oatmeal, weapons-grade carbon, & a tangy medicinal quality that's very unappealing. Faint hop bitterness &, finally, whisper of vanilla & bourbon right at the end. Very thin, this would barely quality as a porter.

Love the experimentation, but this one falls flat for me; the tastes are just a tangled mess of jumbles. Mediocre? Seems like an inappropriate word, but in the end, it fits.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my tulip glass this beer was near black in color. It had a dark tan head with a little bit of lace.

The aroma was dark fruit and cherry. Kind of toasty. Some vanilla

Nice taste. Toffee, sweet fruit/cherry. Some chocolate, and a little bit of vanilla.

This was a nice beer, just a little bit thinner than I thought it would be.

Still enjoyed it, though.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Bung
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Nearly opaque black pour, thin frothy layer of cream head. Retention ok, minimal lacing.

Aroma, healthy molasses and chocolate candy. Some vanilla, banana and yeasty spice.

Taste, Large chocolate and larger roast malt presence than I was expecting. Vanilla, some earthy spice, peat. Vanilla and molasses as well. Stork chocolate resin finish.

Pretty solid mid body, carbonation in check enough to make this quite drinkable. Coating and nicely sticky. Alcohol barely shows.

A dessert beer and one of the best "Belgian" style stouts I've had. Not overwhelmed by yeast notes and carbonation.

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rlee1390
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head and clear ruby while pouring.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, clove, slight bourbon, vanilla and darker fruits.

T-Roasted malt and darker fruits that do not completely balance with each other. Not much bourbon either. Malt is too burnt as well.

M-Light to medium bodied but not much carbonation.

O-Smutty missed the mark on this one, their regular Imperial Stout is good, this one, not so much.

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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 cdwil
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Dope
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown. Enormous fluffy medium brown head. Fades slowly with top notch head retention, but leaves only the lightest skeletonwork of lacing behind.

S: Dark fruits and decent roasted malt. Raisin, prunes, fig and chocolate to be more specific.

T: Lots of dark fruit up front, similar to the aroma. Some caramel with decent chocolate, turning bitter and very earthy into the middle. Finish is drying with chalky char and smoke. Lingering dark fruits and earth/char in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Quite dry in the long aftertaste.

O: Not a bad belgian stout. Very fruity. Lacks much barrel character outside of the drying char and oak. Lacks a lot of roasted malt character too, it gets lost in the mix with the drying oak and dark fruits and earthiness. Decent but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and some lacing

S-dark roasted malt, dark fruit, bourbon, brown sugar

T-dark fruit, dark roasted malt, vanilla, light bourbon notes, caramel

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, alcohol not very noticeable

O-pretty decent beer, had a good flavor and enjoyable to sip

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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 KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- pours black, nearly opaque with a two-finger head with short retention and no lacing

S- some fruity esters from the Belgian yeast with candy-like sugar, traces of vanilla oak aroma with just a touch of barrel juice

T- fruity yeast with a light metallic flavor, light roasted notes with just a touch of chocolate, oak character mid-palate ith some tangy barrel juice at the end, pretty dry finish

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish, mouthfeel seemed a bit light for the style

O- some good flavors going on, the bourbon is very subtle from only using a blend of barrel aged beer, a little light on flavor and mouthfeel for a stout

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Photo of argock
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No precise bottling date although "Bottle conditioned in" notched at 2012 on left side of label. Purchased at Market Street WIneshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Very dark brown to almost black with brownish edges and short 1 finger cap of off-white head with below-average retention and no lacing.

S: Strong sweet banana aromas with light clove note followed by milk chocolate and a very slight roasted note.

T: The yeast character is also strong in the flavor as in the aroma with a lot of clove and banana. It tastes like a chocolate dipped banana in a lot of ways, very sweet but with a lightly roasted edge. I am not digging the Belgian character that much as the clove note doesn't work well with the sweeter stout notes. A bit of sour dryness in the finish. I get no barrel character at all in this beer aside from possibly the dry finish.

M: Very smooth with low-to-average carbonation and medium body at most.

O: Pretty disappointing and not one I'll revisit. Very odd combination of flavors that really don't mesh well at all and leave an muddled beer in the final rundown.

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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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