Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
407
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
36
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 407 |  Reviews: 111
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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown on the pour, nearly black. One inch of tan head quickly settles, but can be revived with a few strong swirls of the glass. Light wispy, spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is fruity and yeast forward. Banana and subtle apricot esters. Taffy. Caramel. Subdued roasted malt scents of chocolate and charcoal. Very slight phenols. Light prick pf alcohol. Muffled hints of toasted oak, vanilla, and bourbon.

T: Caramel and cola. Candi sugar. Belgian yeast gets a little lost in the shuffle, but it adds some fruity and vaguely spicy notes. Mild darkfruit esters of plum, blackberry, and fig. Banana taffy. Chocolate covered raisins. Roasted character builds on the mid-palate. Charcoal, wood, and dark chocolate cake. Slight jab of spicy alcohol and peppery phenol. Barrel character finally comes out toward the end. Drying woody oak and a kiss of bourbon on the finish.

M: Medium thick body, but deceptively light on the palate. Creamy and slightly chewy. Little to no carbonation.

O: A pretty good beer, but it's just a little too restrained across the board. A bolder stroke here or there would make all the difference.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of andylipp
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Beerrenda
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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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3.81/5  rDev 0%
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 jegross2
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Zinneke from Smuttynose Brewing Company out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Score: 86

Winter 2012-13 vintage bottle served in a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed on 02/12/13.

Appearance: Molasses color with thin layer of beige head. Poor lacing, poor retention. 3/5

Smell: Roasted malt, cocoa, banana and subtle bourbon. A little fruitiness too. Roast more prevalent in nose than elsewhere. 3.75/5

Taste: Roast ones upfront, then chocolate and banana throughout. Only the faintest sweet bourbon flavor. A little fruitiness in the finish too. Chocolate and banana are the main characters on the palate here. Malty in a good way. Slightly growing roast towards the finish as the beer warms. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good level of carbonation for the style. Moderately dry finish. 3.75/5

Overall: For the price, this beer is really solid. It is better than I expected, certainly something I would drink again, but it is not a beer I would recommend you particularly seek out.

Cost: $5.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tkelley
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BIG BEER series... 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A -- Very dark black with a toasted marshmallow (toasted, not burnt!) head. The head has very very fine bubbles, which almost look like the head on a nitro-stout.

N -- subtle, sexy desserty scents fill the nose. Dark roasted malts.

T -- Like the bottle promises this beer blends chocolate and caramel from the malts, fruit from the Belgian yeast, and some really smooth vanilla flavors from the bourbon. I usually dont like really strong bourbon flavors, but this one hits the right notes. Really good.

D -- Smooth, silky. The alcohol hits you pretty quick even though its not in the taste too much.

O -- Love it. Really good. Good blend of different flavor profiles.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mountdew1
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a medium snifter. Color was a completely black opaque with a 1 finger light brown head. Aroma was a sweet fruity floral. A small bit of brown sugar lactose in the back. Seemed like an overly sweet barleywine. Flavor was mellow and balanced up front, but shifted to a slightly bitter oaky finish. Very good in the mouth, coated well with just a bit of carbonation. Overall a good stout, perhaps didn't benefit as much as expected from the aging, but not at all bad.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is kind of an odd one. Seems almost like a Belgian rauchbier, at first impression. I get a minimal to none impression of barrel aging on this. I mean, I guess I do get a mild sense of it, but it's kind of a glob of flavor and nothing specifically defined. It's a nice drinker, just not something I can really pinpoint as far as specifics or intent. Always nice to try something new from Smutty though.

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Photo of Chaney
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Elysian tulip because I don't (yet) have a Smuttynose one.

A: Poured a dark, dark chocolate brown color, with only a slight mocha head that died down rather quickly. Barrel-aging (partial) at its finest.

S: Nothing miraculous or earth-shatter, but I did get a whiff of some dark malt with a bit of roast and some raisons.

T: Much more bitter than I was expecting. Like many have stated, this isn't anything amazing, but it's still good. I even noticed the Belgian yeast strain after a few sips.

M: Bitter for sure, Belgian-like (the more I dug in), and with a serviceable carbonation bill. Lotsa lacing.

O: Good, not great. However, this one is pretty easy on the wallet.

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Photo of far333
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown colored with a low light brown head that settles out quickly. Low aroma of roasted malt and cocoa. Very rich flavor of deeply roasted malt, a bit of roast bitterness, cocoa, espresso, root beer, and molasses. Punctuated with a Belgian yeast type funk with clovey esters. Full mouthfeel, not too creamy, finishes slightly dry. Bitter roast lingers. Good beer, but the clovey funk detracts a bit for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a "The Smuttynose Big Beer Series" branded snifter

Pours a dark espresso brown with a two finger beige sea foam-like head that is reminiscent of heads found capping Belgian dubbels and quadrupels. Fades fairly quickly. Big fruity Belgian yeast, vanilla, cocoa power, hints of oak and bourbon booziness. Dark chocolate covered plums, fig, caramel maltiness, vanilla, and toasted oak. Very light bourbon accents appear midpalate. Finishes pleasantly dry with dates and black cherry and some continued chocolate accents. Medium, very drinkable body. Slick, with lively carbonation. Consider me impressed as this brew delivered a level of complexity that wasn't expected. Very drinkable, complex, and extremely unique. Not to mention, at $5.99 a bomber the value for the quality this brew delivers is fantastic. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with faint ruby highlights and a modest khaki head of coarse bubbles. Rich aroma smells of brown sugar, raisins, some dark chocolate, and perhaps a faint trace of hops. The brew is flavorful on the front end but difficult to dissect. There is some dark fruit, roasted malt, and zesty Belgian yeast that takes a bit more than its fair share of the flavor profile. There is some bitterness present as well, but it's hard to say whether this is due to hopping or just a byproduct of the roast. Despite the bourbon barrel verbiage on the bottle, whatever bourbon is there could only be regarded as trace amounts. The carbonation is a bit too frolicsome for my tastes, which distracts from the actual flavor of the brew. The mouthfeel, while moderately sticky, is slightly thinner than I look for in a stout, but probably appropriate for a Belgian ale.

The highlight here is a delightful finish that creeps up on you in the end, with a prominent dose of fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and warming alcohol. The aftertaste holds steady for an impressive duration, affording plenty of time to savor. If the whole affair was as delicious as the finish, this could be special. As is, this remains an interesting fusion of Belgian ale and conventional stout, with plenty of flavor and texture to peruse. Would probably be phenomenal on nitro.

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Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 407 ratings.
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