Smuttynose Winter Ale

Smuttynose Winter Ale

Rated 3.315 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Smuttynose Brewing Company

Portsmouth, NH, United States

Style:  Abbey Dubbel

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Smuttynose Winter Ale is a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops. Warming, mellow & pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion. New in 2005! Available in sixpacks and on draft from late October through January.

ID: 20065 Last updated 18 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank9990
Overall Percentile81.3
Style Rank99 of 379
Style Percentile73.9
Lowest Score2.3
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.371
Weighted Score3.315
Standard Deviation0.419

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  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 2.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    This is a Abbey Dubbel ? I don't think so ! Pours out a dark brown color and that is the last good thing I have to say about this beer. It smells like a big glass of hops. And even though it's not an IPA it's still bitter.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    The fruitiness from the Belgian yeast is detectable throughout this offering, but I'd still consider this more of a brown ale than anything else. Nicely done with a deep malt profile of nuts, dark berries, heavy caramel and toast. Accents of clove, licorice and chocolate round it out. Deep amber color with a filmy tan head and supple lacing. Medium bodied with a slight bitterness.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    A deeply occluded amber colored beer. A big light beige head rises robustly above. Good hang time, settling eventually into splotchy thick film and thick soapy ringlet. A very light nose of roasted malt and raisins. The body is light. Moderately carbonated. Some creaminess on the palate. The tasting slightly less light then the nose is all about malt, sweet and roasty as well as dark fruit, like raisins. A drinkable experience.

  • OIZNOP 431 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Just who is that lady on the label? Is it mom coming home from a Christmas shopping trip? Is it a neighbor bringing over Christmas cookies for a party? So asks the Christmas beer book I purchased last year. The Smuttynose people I am sure would like to know who that is on the label of this very fine winter warmer. Smutty Winter starts out by displaying a foggy reddish brown hue that holds up an off-white creamy foam, which dissipates quickly. Aromas of cherry and alcohol waft from the confines, and on the buds, Smutty Winter has flavors of burnt malt, caramel, smoke, low key sugar and hops, with a chewy toffee-like finish. Reminds me of a cross between an Abbey Dubbel and a Scotch Ale. Good drinking for the Christmas season. And tell the lady on the label to bring some along too! Yo Ho Ho!

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Comes out of the bottle a clear, warm, dark coppery brown with a fairly thick cream-white head. Aroma is strong and malty with a fruity undertone and a hint of spice. Malty flavor has a spicy undertone and a hint of fruit, mainly apple. Texture is fairly smooth with a nice tingle to it. Not Smuttynose's best, but worth a try anyway.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    While not a bad winter beer, it certainly didn't live up to what I thought/think an Abbey Dubbel should be. they missed the boat on that, but it is a decent beer with a nice blend of hop/malt/spice without being over-the-top. Lacks complexity.

  • BEERHUNTER 667 reviews
    rated 3.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This beer poured a dark copper color with a thick tan head. It had a nice fruity aroma with subtle hops. Flavor was dominant with roasted malt notes and had a dry finish.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    This beer pours a clear, dark copper colour. A small thin tan head, with a firm mouthfeel. It has hints of smoke and black licorice. Aromas of caramel, toffee, oak and cinnamon. Fairly smooth, but a little weak in its style representation.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 4.0 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Rubyish brown colour, small beigeish brown head. Aroma is grapes, redwineish hints and some alcohol. Flavour is quite the same, in a pleasant mix, though quite sweet.

  • FOAMDOME 505 reviews
    rated 2.9 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Clear, red-brown fox colored body. Off-white head, rocky from a fast center pour, fades quickly. Smells farmlike in a Belgian way. Flavor is more tangy than anything else. Mouthfeel is quite thin, and the lack of carbonation doesn't help. Tangy flavors turn honey sweet in the aftertaste. This is a sprightly beer, enjoyable.

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