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:
#14,789
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, this one was poured into a tulip and a snifter there weren’t any significant changes between the two. The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a decent one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated at a decent pace. The lacing left in the wake was sticky and somewhat thick. The smell had Belgian spices up front with a decent fruitiness running underneath. It seemed to have leaned towards a light plum and raisins with some light apricots even thrown in there. After a bit of warming, a sweet booziness starts to appear (bourbon - I guess) along with some light chocolate, caramel and vanilla. The taste took all of those flavors and combined them to add a decent woodiness about it. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation seemed right on for a big Belgian stout. Overall, this was a pretty good Belgian stout to me.

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Photo of GregSemenza
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papposilenus
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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 BoomKentucky
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My local Go-to Beer store "Brewtopia" in Keene, NH surprised me today. A collection of "cellard" or aged brews from the Smuttynose Big Beer series, one of my all time favorite line of local craft beers. I've been enjoying the Big Beer series since 1998. The Zinneke is a 2012 vintage.This review is from 1/27/2017 So, 4.5 years old!

Pitch black liquid, totally opaque. A fizzy, dark tan foam cap appears and spreads out quick. Major fizzy activity remains in the middle of the glass, bubbling up like a gyser from the Belgian yeast bottle conditioning.

Massive bourbon cask aroma, heady chocolate and dark fruits with sweet Belgian candy under that. Awesome, robust nose. Coffee and cream pop out a bit later. As the liquid warms to room tempratutre or slightly less, caramel and sweet milk chocolate aroma's kick in, becomes sweeter with blueberries and black berries making an impact on the already impressive nose.

The feel is still very zippy still, with a nice crisp bite. Zesty effect with a long, oily feel from the heady malt and aged bourbon barrel enhancement. The alcohol, bourbon cask and large, earthy hop effect gives it a very dry finish.

The flavor has big time complexity. The malt itself comes in with bitter bakers chocolate, cream, coffee and nuts. Belgian yeast provides a funky, dark fruity edge, the heat is pretty high which blends with the rather up-front bourbon cask infusion. A zesty, dry-earth hop thing makes for a very excellent balance. The hops have mellowed into their own but still remain very bold. Toasted oak wood and chared chocolate seems to hold it all down. There are many factors that contribute to this brews big complexity. Yet, balance of all flavor's seems right on for the style. The Belgian yeast is not super impressive, giving a fruity, earthy taste, but it seems just about right to harmonize with the rest of what is essentially an American Double Stout.

Long, sweet notes of dark fruits and chocolatey malt blend perfectly from more bitter, earthy and dry hops as time goes on. With 22 oz's of this beast, it's very important to have a long session with some slow sipping !

I have personally aged many of the Smuttynose Big Beer series offerings in the past; including the Imperial Stout and Baltic Porter with great success. It's always a pleasure to pop open a great beer that has been layed down for an extensive amount of time, and be able to compare how the aging affects the overall experience from the fresh versions. I could see this one being excellent with even longer aging.

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

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of khoff5
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Boone757
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Huffs
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabre311
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of hop_junkie
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 zotzot
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rethij
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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