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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Deep amber pour with a thin off white head. Spicy armoa, lots of fruity odors. Taste was all spice and and wet blanket barnyard. Mouthfeel was sticky and thick. Overall not my 1st choice for a winter beer no matter how cool the label is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Bottle from John (jjpm74) Thanks! I love smuttynose beers, I dont know why, probably because they kick ass, but I want to drink everyone I possibly can, regardless of rating. This one is a brown colored beer without much of a head at all. Taste is smooth and rich, some yeasty and slight hoppy notes in it. A nice spicy winter beer, would maybe be better if it was fresh (this one was 7 or 8 months old) but it was still good. Love this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with Dickinsonbeer! - Thanks Paul! - Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a short offwhite head that fades quickly to a ring and laces the glass from there. Aromas of candi sugar, caramel, and some raisin. Flavor is caramel, raisin, and some candi sugar also just a touch of spice on the finish. Medium bodied and pretty well balanced. This one was enjoyable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 9, 2006
12oz bottle shared by ClarkVV. Pours a dark reddish brown color, ruby highlites on the bottom with a small off white head that stays well. Nose is sweet caramel, malty, light dark fruit notes. Palate is semi thick with a nice bitter finish. Palate is relatively clean with a slight film present. Flavors are caramel mostly, with some sweet malty notes, hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Deep mahogony colored body with a small tan head. Very minimal aroma, almost non-existant, some light hops. Light spicing in the taste, honey and caramel as well. Sweet ending, almost like a Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2966) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Ok, since I didn’t know what I was drinking (how much diversity is there among the "winter" seasonal beers you see in a bottle), I am not rating this on style. It certainly didn’t nail the abbey double style. Poured a dark amber to brownish color witha decent head, but one that certainly was not impressive. The aroma was sweet and malty, some cherries. The flavor was based on a backbone of caramel malts with cherries, bubblegum and bananas featured. Some spicing also detectable. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin (especially for the style), but not a bad beer. I’d drink another, but wouldn’t rave about Smutty’s Belgian-ness based on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Amazingly I found a bottle in the "bahgin bin" at Spirit Haus in AMherst, MA. Beautiful ruby color. Raisiny aroma that reminds me of some of the better Belgians. Yummy smooth with a nice mixture of flavors that work well with each other. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Bottle, BB 03/06. Poured a deep orange with a short cap of off-white head. Nose was of banana and clove-y yeast, spicy caramel, and alcohol. Booze-fueled dark fruits and clove form most of the flavor.. left an odd feeling in the throat. Dark fruits and alcohol at the finish, too... with a little spice added. Didn’t enjoy it too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Maybe it’s just too late in the season for me to be drinking winter lagers, or maybe this style is just not my thing. Yeah, sweet spice in the taste, along with dried fruit and a little malt. Slightly bitter, slightly sour, slightly skunky finish. Nose is typical winter lager holiday stuff ... sweet malts, fruit, and spice in the nose. Appearance is hazy amber brown, with a small and quickly vanishing head. Worth trying, maybe not worth finishing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Muddy brown amber, slight head fades rapidly. Aroma of caramel, apple, hint of dirty sweat socks, distinctly Belgian in nature. Flavor matched, with a hint of other random fruit lurking in the background. Hint of a sour, almost barnyard action going on. Interesting and different. Hope they keep playing with this recipe, they could be on to something good here.

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