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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
83 84 82 2 8 5
Big Beer Series - S'muttonator by Smuttynose Brewing Company
Doppelbock
8.50 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 06/21/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2010
Old Review
Mucho gracias goes out the awesome BA/LNBA Lum or IBUnit63 (can't friggin remember) for this bottle. Whoever it was, he knows the way to my heart, and doppelbocks are an easy way to get there. 22 oz bottle with a very fitting photo on the front, served up in a mug.

A: This sucker built up some head quickly and relentlessly. The pour was a nice dark brown that built an almost light black body in the glass. When held to the light, you get some nice brown coming out with a touch red poking through. The showstopper is that head. Initial pour got me almost two and a half fingers of light brown head. Great retention that only falters to a finger or so and keeps strong from there. The head is thick and pillowy, so inviting. The lace is unstoppable. The mug is just coated thickly with a nice chunky lace that squats on the glass and never leaves. THIS . . . is a fine looking doppelbock.

S: Oh yeah getting some nice bready malt coming out in here. This bread was made with some brown sugar though because he has that nice and dark sweetness coming out here. Touch of caramel coming out as well. Still this keeps from being crazy sweet in the nose. Getting some nice earthy hops character coming out and giving me some nice fresh hay aroma. Maybe some prune and raisin in here, but the malt is so bountiful and appetizing. YUM, mofo!

T: Smell is easily duplicated in the taste. That malt is very nicely and slightly roasted. Serious bready presence with that brown sugar coming out. Caramel is slight here as well but it is just enough to bring that flavor out and mingling with everything else. Somehow it is slight but everywhere. Makes no sense, I know but thats how it be. That earthiness is in here as well with that nice German quality that you expect. Fresh hay, grains and a touch of earth that is just slightly bitter to cut the sweetness. Very subtle dark fruits are in the middle here but add just enough to that malt bill. Friggin roasted and sweet almonds sit on the finish. Nice malty goodness.

M: This is just a little above medium in body and has an almost medium carbonation. It works incredibly well for this style, creating a somewhat chewy feel that coats the mouth and saturates the taste buds. ABV is minimal with just a slight "what up" in the throat. Aftertaste is all malt and some almonds. Just so nice and damned fitting for the style.

D: What can i say, this is a nice doppelbock that is pretty easy drinking. Doesn't sit heavy for a malt bomb, making this a nice sipper that could be guzzledif not careful. If you like malt bombs (like I do), you will like this brew. Its almost all malt but it doesn't have a crazy sweetness kicking in here. Its just sweet enough, but it keeps itself from being cloying. Remains easy drinking and just a damned good treat. Get some if you can, it works and works nicely.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-09-2009 05:03:05
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Served In: Mug

Review by tavernjef on 09/09/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 18 5 8 2009
Clear bodied oranged brown with a good streaming of bubbles lasting within for a good portion of its sitting. Two finger high roofing of smoothed creamy light tanned froth is nailed to the top. Keeps a solid thick skim of foam always present once settled and the lacing is mostly keeping close to the liquid in a thin sheet of fine foam. Some spots are flecked about across the glass.

Aroma is fairly milding with moderate malt tones of toffee, maple, molasses, and a slight toastyness that adds a nice bready-like drying note.

Thick on malt, moderate to mild and flavor, not sinking or heavy, very even set and smooth with a well-rounded taste and warming. The taste is hard to pin down as its nature is alluringly complex and simple in tone, yet has an urging length and tiny shavings of things in it that makes for good lip smacking intersest. Toffee and caramel are at the center in a milding set girth with a super creamy surrounding of all sorts of notings of dark fruits; raisin, fig, and a slimming dark cherry edge. Slightly spiced with a greasy backed, oily hopping adding a slight herbalness within the malty warmth. More so entering into the finish. The unique thing I find about both its flavor and thickness is a small breadyness that has a nicely set toasted realm to its overall scale of malt. Its slight, but somehow always present. A dull set fruityness in a bigger figgy, molassas tone really tends to take over as it goes as the warmth never leaves nor does the nicely added hoping in the finish. This definately gerw on me as I went along to the point where I was fixating myself on what exactly was going on. A perplexing palate soothing softy of a brew. When taken in to account of its Doppelbock style that it.

Feel is quite nice. Soft, yeilding, smooth, creamy, uncloying sideness and thickness. Big mediumness to full bodied on the palate. Not too heavy and definately not any heavier then need be. As it goes down pretty damn easy. The wamth is all malts and flavor and not just a bunch of heat. It sinks in like a good breakfast and soaks in like a hot suana. Gradually making its case for you to enjoy and continuing to enjoy,without much hassle to your palate.

A pleasurable beer for sure. Its abundant in complexing flavor and warmth all the while keeping a simple ease about it. How the hell they do it? I don't know, but damn if ain't a solid Doppelbock and then some. Onward S'muttonator!

Served In: Pint Glass

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