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Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.81/5
Very Good
409 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:
#14,762
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
409
pDev:
11.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
36
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 409 |  Reviews: 113
Photo of mrfrancis
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BcOneSeven
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 pat61
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: A bright deep dark brown column sits under a persistent clingy sudsy 3” tan foam cap that looks like somebody stirred it up with an egg beater.
S: Fruit, chocolate and coffee aromas.
T: Starts as a nice chocolate sweet moussey foam that dries to a mild coffee flavor with long lingering chocolate aftertastes with dried fruit highlights. Finishes chocolaty and slightly sweet but pleasant. Nothing harsh or burnt. Nice separation of flavors between the foam and the body that merge as the body incorporates the foam.
F: The Belgian yeast shines in the rich creamy texture and the medium to medium full body.
O: Not a lot of bourbon barrel character but a good Belgian style stout.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of donnyowens
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Belgian yeast with a stout just doesn't work for me. the two tastes are in opposition and cancel themselves out. somebody may love this just not me.

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

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

Photo of Nurt20
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of polloenfuego
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ucsbmullet
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rkcrozier
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Domvan
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bvcapllonch
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Westyn
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of badgustav
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice stout, curious how it would be without the barrel-aging. Had the 2013, ages quite well

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Photo of jborg
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kilobees
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
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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Photo of Lovely85
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chanfles
2.79/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good stout but not too rich in flavor.

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Smuttynose Zinneke (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 409 ratings
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