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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
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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
Ranking:
#14,558
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
409
pDev:
11.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 409 |  Reviews: 113
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of argock
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No precise bottling date although "Bottle conditioned in" notched at 2012 on left side of label. Purchased at Market Street WIneshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Very dark brown to almost black with brownish edges and short 1 finger cap of off-white head with below-average retention and no lacing.

S: Strong sweet banana aromas with light clove note followed by milk chocolate and a very slight roasted note.

T: The yeast character is also strong in the flavor as in the aroma with a lot of clove and banana. It tastes like a chocolate dipped banana in a lot of ways, very sweet but with a lightly roasted edge. I am not digging the Belgian character that much as the clove note doesn't work well with the sweeter stout notes. A bit of sour dryness in the finish. I get no barrel character at all in this beer aside from possibly the dry finish.

M: Very smooth with low-to-average carbonation and medium body at most.

O: Pretty disappointing and not one I'll revisit. Very odd combination of flavors that really don't mesh well at all and leave an muddled beer in the final rundown.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo, which was graciously shared with me at a recent tasting. 5.99 a bomber - good brew for the price.

Poured into a goblet. Dark chestnut brown, about a half inch of head, recedes to a thick ring.

Nose is really something. Nice mild coffee, caramel, whiskey, and a nice nutty smell as well. Maybe a touch of Belgian yeast, but really I had this as an American brown.

Nice sipping beer, very smooth. Good roasted malt, light coffee and the whiskey is certainly present, but not overpowering. Nutty finish with a touch of puckery hops. Not getting a lot of Belgian ale in the taste either.

The Belgian mouthfeel I think holds this brew back a bit - it lacks that thickness that the tastes seem to demand, and the carbonation is a touch high.

Nice brew, tasty sipper. Belgian dark ale blends well with the bourbon aging, and though the mouthfeel wasn't doing it for me, it was still an enjoyable brew and priced just right!

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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour black with a thin mocha head that faded fast. The smell was a nice mix with chocolate, vanilla, sweet notes, and some yeast. Big flavors, starts sweet with the higher ABV being very apparent. The bourbon barrel flavors are there along with the chocolate and coffee notes. This is much more a stout then a belgian. The mouthfeel could have been a bit heavier, but still smooth, and nice flavors. Overall the flavors are huge and tasty, but would have enjoyed it more if it had less of the alcohol flavors.

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4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Black with a crimson tinge and a tall bubbly mocha coloured foam head. Blanket recedes promptly to a ring with minimal lacing.

(4.5) S: Very aromatic dark fruits (plums, dates, raisins), dark chocolate, black licorice, variety of tropical fruits (banana and peach), and generally quite a herbal (anise-like) aroma. Waves of mellow and boozy whiskey. This is excellent stuff. Diverse and fruity-herbal aromas that are very enticing.

(4.0) T: Similar to aroma with those bold and boozy dark fruits upfront (mostly figs, plums, cherries) that transition to tropical fruits (mostly banana) and roasted malt flavour (dry cocoa) on the backend. Flavours of molasses, anise, and clove compliment the primary tastes well. Fairly bitter and dry with smooth bourbon and oaky notes. Very good.

(4.0) M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Oily and chalky with a boozy warmth.

(4.0) D: Very good. Stout characteristics are interesting in this with a dry roasted malt flavour coming through, but works very well together with more belgian strong dark ale qualities.

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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a thick tan head

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, cappuccino, spicy yeast, and vanilla.

The roasted malt and coffee hit the tongue first followed by some of that spicy Belgian yeast and vanilla. A mild bitterness in the finish helps balance it out.

Perfect medium bodied carbonation.

This is a solid beer. Well balanced, complex, and perfect for a cold January night in upstate New York.

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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC

Pours an eefervescent mahogany/black with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Figgyness, plums brown sugar & some boozeyness

T: Roastyness, raisins, a touch of coffee & a touch of caramel up front, slight boozeyness as well. Carob & plums as this warms, some candi sugar & raisins & baker's chocolate & some boozey warming & vanilla/caramel notes. Finishes dry, sweet & fruitty & slightly warming with nice chocolatey notes

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation, some stickyness

A fairly complex, enjoyable & drinkable example of the style. As usual Smutty kicks ass

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Pitch black with ruby edges and a finger's width brown head.

A big milk chocolate aroma with some Belgian yeast notes.

Chocolate, licorice, Belgian yeast, clove, and a touch of hop.

Smooth and creamy. Medium body.

A good dark ale. Solid flavors and aromas and easy to drink for a strong ale. Didn't get any Boubon flavor, but that's ok since it is a quality beer on it's own.

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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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