Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
408
Reviews:
112
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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 dpianka
4.87/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 4/4/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Zinneke
brewery: Smuttynose
brewery location: Portsmouth, NH
type: Ale
style: Strong Dark Belgian Ale
abv: 8.4%
ibu: 50
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: gorgeous clean roasty black. It isn’t quite opaque, I can see through it a bit when held up to the light, when I do the color is an extremely dark amber. Head pours thick, heavy and creamy but doesn’t last long.

Smell: I get the typical vanilla and coffee, though the coffee is not very strong in intensity yet still strong in character. The chocolate is bitter, reminiscent of somewhere around 75% cacao. A little bourbon booze bite faintly hit me at the end

Taste: sweet malty bready vanilla up front. The bourbon barrel smoothness comes through with very faint rich vanilla cream and toastiness.The hops are prominent yet not offensive, they work their way through the malt enough to balance out the sweetness. Hops are green and grassy. The mocha leans more towards dark french almost burnt coffee with that 75% cacao.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to light bodied, slightly creamy.

Overall Impression: An awesome beer for sure. I love what the belgian yeast did to this beer. Generally when I’ve tasted something aged in bourbon barrels there is a huge sweetness that tends to also be present. I’m delightfully surprised that isn’t here. I mean there is sweetness but it’s very well balanced.

Food Pairings: fondue with little mushroom skewers, BBQ with a heavy rich bbq sauce, I kind of want to reduce this and pour it over strawberry gelato. Gingerbread men sandwiches stuffed with a vanilla bourbon cream. lamb in a bicuit, roasted pork belly, hearty chilli with sour cream.

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

22oz bottle, 2012 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours black with red highlights and a two finger brown head that leaves some spots of lacing and recedes to a small cap.

Aroma is definitely that of a Belgian-style stout...roasted malts, coffee and chocolate paired with dark fruits and a strong yeast presence. The bourbon barrel impact is quite mild, mostly just picking up notes of the oak and not much more. Very good overall strength.

Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, Belgian yeast. Nice to see the barrel come through more here, but still mild overall compared to other barrel-aged stouts. Somewhat sweet, minimal bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, good to sharp carbonation.

Pretty good, but I’d prefer their regular Imperial Stout, to be honest. Nice balance of Stout and Belgian characteristics, could have used more barrel influence.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pitch black, cloudy and opaque with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, roasted malt aroma.  Some piny resinous hops countered by dark chocolate malt, toast, coffee bean and oatmeal.  Decent amount of roast but sweetness and fudge/dessert like characteristics are dominant.  Still slightly hop forward.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of earthy hops, roasted malt and alcohol sweetness.  Dry piny bitterness up front with resinous oils and grassy pine needle flavor. This is countered by sweet chocolate, toffee and caramel as well as burnt toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal and roasted coffee bean.  Prominent boozy sweetness and heat in the finish.  Decently balanced but a touch too hot for my preference.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- poured into tulip, big foamy tan head that lingers for a little bit
S- Belgian yeast, chocolate, cinnamon, oaky, some vanilla
T/m- dark chocolate, Belgian yeast, some dark fruit, slightly oaky, milky texture, pretty easy drinking
O- I'd love to have more oak, there is a lot of chocolate and Belgian flavors. It's very unique and is a great balance between the flavors. If you made it an imperial stout, it would really make it an excellent beer.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark cola color with some purple-red tones. Another overpour. Head is a thin cap that barely fits in the glass. Rising carb visible through its translucency.

Alcohol-soaked prune, raisin, caramelized pear, dark candi sugar, phenols, medium roast.

Belgian chocolate, medicinal minerality, prune, bitter red grape skins, roastiness, and a flair of aged hops in the finish. A little too phenolic; heavily medicinal, which mixes astringently with the bitterness and semi-sweetness. Distant bourbon nuance. Very distant, but there. Redefined as something that is no longer whiskey.

Feels a little heady, but not heavy. Thinner than appropriate, and with some spry carb at work.

So-so, but I like the idea behind the interpretation. Lots of dark fruit and dark chocolate in the marriage. Not terribly far off.

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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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Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 408 ratings.
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