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
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of msondel
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black body, sturdy billowing soufflé head, long lasting and creamy in texture.

Nutty dark chocolate, banana and plum esters from the Belgian yeast.

Chocolate, cocoa, bitter roast in the aftertaste. Lingering dried fruit traces of dates and plums. Smooth supple feel, medium bodied and slightly chewy. A little bit of dry woodiness in the aftertaste, but otherwise not much overt bourbon presence. Dry bitterness lingers in the finish. Nicely blended and well integrated. Smooth and warming on a cold winter afternoon.

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Photo of sixtyMIN
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of mmmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as midnight oil with a tall head of coffee colored foam - good retention.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, plumb, earthy, woody, nutty - a beautifully complex nose.

Creamy mouth with a chocolate coating and a robust body big on coffee flavor. The dark fruit/plumb notes are subdued in the background but come forward with some sweet caramel malt notes. A chewy malt mouthfeel with a lingering woody fruit finish. This one is full of flavor all over the place = a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Dank26
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Kinsman
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark and rich body thats capped by a large and sticky tan head. Not sure how you improve on this one. Roasted malts right up front on the nose with a nice mix of dark fruits and some wood and vanilla hints as well.

Nice roasty stout flavors on the palate with a sweeter side than normal. Chocolate and vanilla mix in with a some fruity flavors as well. A bit lighter on the mouth than many stouts but it certinaly doesn't hurt the beer. Makes it all the more drinkable.

Not sure why this had so many lackluster reviews. Anyone expecting a big bold imperial stout clearly doesn't know how to read a beer label. A relatively moderate 8.4% ABV makes for a nice midweek drink and the Belgian yeast certainly adds a nice fruity quality you don't find in Smuttys other stouts/porters.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark, dark brown where no light shines through. If I didn't know any better, I'd swear this is a stout. Light head, even for a bar pour. Some runny ring lace.

There's an element of a stout to the aroma (burnt patent malt?). Unlike most Browns, this one has a bit hop nose.

Starts with the black patent malt,which remains throughout the entire taste. There's an alcohol presence up front. Dark chocolate and mocha are the initial flavors. Relatively thin body with a high carbonation. The aftertaste has a dollop of bitterness with the aforementioned black patent flavors.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black color, faint ruby highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted chocolate nose and flavor is chocolate, hints of caramel and bourbon. Bottle conditioned 2012, $6.79 for a 22oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of Charlie_Hoss
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of beagle75
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark brown color with less than one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and beige sediment remains at the bottom.

S: Dark vinous fruit, anise, and an integrated combination of scorched malt and bitter chocolate. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with early vinous fruit and heavy yeast metabolites. Acidity is mild into the middle where refined roasted malt is compartmentalized by persistent banana esters. Although the entire profile is a potent mix of earth and almonds, it becomes distinct during the finish as some of the yeast complexity eases. Although alcohol is suggested in the form of fancy liquor, it does not stand out.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A stout with stronger-than-normal yeast influences, this beer delivers on the Belgian promise but neglects the purported barrel aspect. The sensory qualities are divided between rich earth and yeast-affected fruit, probably to the detriment of this beer's overall character.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of sentomaster
2.32/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was disgusting. I was really expecting something pretty awesome because Smutty usually delivers the awesome- not this time. looked nice enough in the glass; dark brown almost black with a nice three finger head.

The smell is where this went south fast. Smelled a bit funky and like old leather shoes. Really no trace of any barrel influence. The taste pretty much follows with some oak and maybe a touch of vanilla. Hard to tell what's buried, if anything, under the initially unappealing flavors of musty leather and weird earthy root like flavors. There's no dark fruit or real sweetness- or if there is it's just getting muddled away in the rest of the weirdness going on here.

This beer is just a mess that has too much going on and ends up going nowhere fast. Drainpour #3 in my life I think.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 1/30/13

Bottle conditioned in 2012

The color is a medium caramel brown, though it it close to black in the glass. A nearly three finger head deflates slowly over several minutes leaving a few spots of lace lingering. Thin retention. Good lace starts in about halfway through the glass.

Kind of an odd aroma with this one. Roasted chocolate and molasses, bourbon-soaked raisins, prunes, candi sugar, yeast spice, leafy herbal notes, wood, dark cherries, apple butter and blackberries all with a large helping of spiced bread. It never quite comes together.

The spices in this thing, oh my goodness. Zinneke is a ringer of a bedfellow for the spice rack crowd. Dry and tongue-scathing. It's a big jumble of spiced bread, nippy whiskey and yeast. Scorched chocolate and some dark roast. Modest fruit notions. The chocolate is slightly sweeter and lush as the beer warms up.

Medium feel with a teething grittiness from the spices and accentuated carbonation. The finish is spicy and charred oak on the dry, dry, dry finish. I do like the feel.

For what it's worth, drinking this beer leaves me with some of the same palate sensations as smoking a cigar. As an interesting beer, 10-12 ounces would have been more than sufficient. The whole bomber is drinkable but taxing.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Dope
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 jsilva
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +5%

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