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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 175   ABV: 5.83%
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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.

Available in sixpacks and on draft from late October through January.
Color: dark, reddish brown

Malt Bill
North American 2-Row, Caramunich, Carastan, Special B, Carahell, Carafa II DH

Bittering: Bravo
Flavoring: Sterling

Yeast: Abbey Ale
Dark Belgian candi syrup

Starting Extract 15° Plato
Terminal Extract 4.5° Plato
ABV 5.83%
IBU 30
Recommended Food Pairings
Wild mushrooms, carbonnade flamande, duck with tart fruit sauce

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dacrza (544) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2014
DATE TASTED: April 23, 2014... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint... OCCASION: Easter The Desolation of Smaug on spring break--thanks, Shan!... APPEARANCE: velvety dark amber red body; frothy, creamy off-white head; strong, cloudy lacing... AROMA: doughy, bready malts early; cinnamon, nutmeg and some floral pine resin too--with a hint of clove; a pleasure to breath in...PALATE: medium-bodied, creamy and lively--warming and substantial...TASTE: soft, rounded, almost nutty malted finish; buttery too; more subtle flavors of indistinguishable fruits than the aroma suggests, with the main influence on the taste buds being the malts... OVERALL: a solidly-built, easy-sipping ale that feels right on a windy, cold April night....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7977) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2014
355ml bottle. Best before tomorrow. Stunning red mohagany color. Big lasting head. Aroma is extremely clean for a dubbel. Dark fruits and some bread. Flavor is light, sweet, toasted notes, dark fruit, light bitterness. Tasty beer, not sure if its a dubbel. Feels like an easter beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arojewski (50) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
Decent pour with a nice head and deep dark amber color. A light sweetness, which isn’t familiar to a brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (3531) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Top Shelf Brews at a good price. Dark brown color with no head and soft carbonation. Aroma is light Belgian yeast and caramel malts.

Flavor starts with darker malts, hints of dark fruits, traces of yeast. Light mild spice in the finish. Hops also adds needed bitterness to round off the sweet malts and yeast. Medium grain in body with a chewy texture. Overall not the prototypical Dubbel but for the lower ABV makes it a easier session type brew for sure. Decent on the shelf beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
patrick767 (3611) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2014
bottle - Pours dark amber with a thick light tan head. It has a lightly roasted malt aroma with a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is similar with a little roast and dark fruit. It’s sweet, bubbly, and seems oxidized. Decent at best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bierkrug (2133) - - MAR 20, 2014
355 ml bottle in Margate FL. Pours a light brown with a red hue and no head. Some sweetness on the nose but not much else. Dull cherry flavor along with some other dark fruits and an oddly bitter bite in the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopcop (5) - - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
This is a good beer. It is certainly not overwhelming for a winter ale. I would have like to see a bit more spices in it, but it has a nice taste. Poured from bottle. Dark reddish color, aroma is not too strong. Taste could be a bit more flavorful.If youre on the fence about trying this beer...TRY IT

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (771) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Hazy reddish brown color topped by a small creamy beige head. Nice caramel malt nose with a hint of dark raisins. Sweet roasted malt flavor has notes of brown sugar and Dr. Pepper. Slight yeastiness and spicy hops come through in mid taste. Finish is cloyingly sweet and malty. Smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thebullshornbar (74) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2014
A maltier take on a dubbel, this beer is on the shallow end in terms of complexity for this style. Toffee, the sweet and bitter notes of molasses, and dark fruits like plum coat the palate while the expected esters never really make an appearance. A lightly pleasant sourness finishes the beer out and leaves me wanting more out of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
c4p3n (6) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2014 does not count
To be fair, winter styles (winter warmer, christmas ale, spiced, etc.) are not usually for me. Slight roasty and burnt sugar smell. Maybe a hint of cherry in the taste, and a much stronger flavor of burnt sugar, which I am really not a fan of. Just a very middle of the road beer to me.

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