Scipio (720) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
sturmthis (615) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft. Brown color with some reddish tint, very little head. Aroma isn’t very strong. Taste of sweet candy and dark fruit. Dry finish. Not bad.
Berard (345) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. It's a very visually appealing beer. Rich brown caramel in color with creme colored head that lingers. Spivey aroma like you would expect from the style.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mikedR (1349) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The trick with this beer is not to think of it as a dubbel, but rather "reminiscent thereof." Am I getting a dubbel-y beer. No. Am I getting a wonderful beer. Yes. Solid dark malt notes. Flavorful beyond its abv. Highly recommended.
rondphoto (2297) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle @ Jungle Jim’s / Eastgate OH --- Clear dark amber brown, heavy beige rim head, streaks of lace. Taste is roasted, hard-edged malt that is joined by raisin and earth in the palate, then dark candied fruit and mild hops bring things to a close. Light brew with a harsh edge.
bubblehouse (508) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A nice winter beer. A little weak on aroma but I haven’t been able to smell anything for days.
GreatDane1632 (609) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated based on notes taken 20 Dec 2011 -- A very nice winter ale. Very flavorful and easy to drink.
Darkmagus82 (1830) - - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-13-12-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer was served a dark brown color with a little bit of ruby highlights when held to the light. Upon serving there was a one finger cream colored head that faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a lighter level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was sweet and fruity. Cherries, raisin, and a bit of apple were mixed with a caramel and brown sugar smell. With these aromas was a lighter roasted malt smell.
Taste – The flavor begins with a dark roasted brown bread and dark fruit flavor. While there are flavors of cherry and apple in the taste, they are much lighter then the nose would have let on. While supposedly brewed with no spices light spiced flavors quickly come to the tongue with them initially being of a more allspice and ginger flavor. Toward the end the flavor sweetens a bit with some caramel flavors coming to the tongue. These flavors are accompanied by a bitter cocoa and which when combined with the rest take the taste to its end.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was average in terms of creaminess/thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average as well. A slightly thicker body may have been a bit better, but all in all the mouthfeel was fine.
Overall – A nice blend of malt, sweet fruit and sugar tastes. It is a rather balanced winter style ale that is well worth a try.
Bulk_Carrier (2277) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a chalice a couple of times and a tulip on other occasions. The head was slightly larger in the tulip.
The rest of the appearance was based on this: a nice ruddy brown complexion with gentle orange to amber tinges along the sides of the glasses. Once the head died off, the lacing was somewhat clingy and slightly foamy.
The smell had a nice light blend of sweet to earthy and rustic spices that gently allocates some light brown sugar, caramel and toffee notes in the aroma.
The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and seemed to blend them into a decent yeasty/somewhat bread texture coating my taste buds.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body to make it fairly sessionable. The carbonation seemed appropriately styled and lent a light harshness to the tongue without overdoing it.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good American made dubbel. On the side note, this made a great dessert along side some Germany chocolate cake and also one of my friends used an expired one of these in a BBQ sauce and wow that was absolutely amazing sauce.
ejh8 (93) - - MAY 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice winter ale served in a bottle. Warm brown amber color, lighter than most winter ales but still retains that rich dark taste to warm one in front of the fire on a cold winters night. Not dry either, this Smuttyhouse ale serves up the proper spices for the winter season. Delicious.
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DrinkinWell (291) - - MAY 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, amber with frothy white head. Spices, oak, caramel on the nose. Sweet Belgian malts, caramel, honey, slight bitterness. A nice take on the Belgian dubbel.