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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 194   ABV: 6.48%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
patrick767 (3799) - 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 (2130) - - 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 (1109) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber almost brown pour. Nice off white head with lacing. Aromas of sweet fruit, caramel, touch of spice, and some bread. The flavor is full of fruit, caramel, and more fruit. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Light chocolate notes also come to mind.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LeT248 (6) - - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
Looks like coca cola when poured. Creamy head when poured. Sweet aroma and taste. The carbonation is pleasant and the beer itself is sweet and not hoppy. - LeT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScipioA (403) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Pours out a color that looks a lot like medium brown sugar with some red highlights. Slightly hazy with a large tan head. Lots of fruity yeast byproducts waft through the air immediately on opening the bottle and while pouring, more restrained when actually smelling the glass. It’s absolutely delicious going down, sweet caramel and syrup dominate but yield ground to fruity Belgian yeast to keep things interesting. It leaves lingering caramel and whiffs of bitter hop in the aftertaste. Really, really good palate, refreshing with a well-balanced carbonation. Probably the best "winter seasonal" I tried this year, will look out for it next year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkSachon (807) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2014
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle on Rte. 8 in Pittsburgh. Plenty of body and nicely balanced with just the right amount of hops. Smuttynose did a nice job with this one.

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