on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 194   ABV: 6.48%
Share this beer with friends!
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

Scipio's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Scipio (743) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Pours a medium brown with a good frothy beige head. Aroma is very light and almost completely neutral, but I do detect a bit of chocolate and caramel. It is actually a bit soapy. At least I get something from the taste. Roasted malt, caramel, with some chocolate undertones. The chocolate comes out more in the aftertaste. Medium in body with a somewhat chewy texture. I’m not impressed with this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (812) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Thick red pour, hardly any head. Nose is roasted malt. More sweet than bitter. Middle is strong toffee and faint dried fruit. Finish is still fairly sweet. Not bad, but also not an abbey ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
iggynelix (84) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2015
On tap Unos. A full bodied brew with higher than average viscosity. Pours opaque ruby amber with a thin tan head. Sliky mouth feel with molassas under barley with bannana overtones and some spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3381) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2015
12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark mahogany color with a grayish head of foam. The aroma has caramel, candi sugar, dates, cinnamon. The taste is mostly sweet, but does get dry and a little earthy upon the swallow. On the verge of ashy as well. Thicker mouthfeel. Moreso than I was expecting. Low to medium carbonation. Decent dubbel, but won’t knock anybody’s socks off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (2115) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Dark reddish-brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, toast, and peaches. Taste is sugary sweet; caramel with a tiny bit of fruit. On the thicker side of medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dfinney23 (2044) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Nothing wrong with it but it’s a far cry from an actual Abbey Dubbel. Sweet and malty with just a touch of spice.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloshgator (513) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Smuttynose Winter Ale is good but not a standout. Dark reddish brown pour but only a light short-lived head. Aroma is light -- stone fruit notes. Taste is caramel and stone fruit with a slight alcohol burn on the back end. Not complex at all. Smuttynose Winter Ale isn’t bad but there are better choices in this category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4253) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Aroma is malts, fruit/dark fruit and bread. The flavor is dark fruit, oak/funk, a hint of tobacco and a tart/acidic finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Padron4KM (611) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2015
12 oz bottle, best by 5/11/15
Clear mahogany, thin tan head, no retention, no lace.
Caramel malt and Belgian yeast aroma, Flavor is sweet, caramel malt, mild spicy hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Pours a dark mahogany color with a foamy taupe colored head. Notes of candi sugar, bubble gum, toffee, and dark fruits. Bit thin

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (3552) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Dark pour from draft at beer bistro. Off white head. Fruity and blackberry aroma. Taste is kind of sweet but not overly for this style. Liked it much more than expected

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 54

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50