viverlee (18) - - JAN 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013
The big boys want to lump – at the bottom mind you – this brew with the Abbey Dubbels. I’m going to make my own call here. It’s a seasonal brew with the marketing to match. Plus the spice bite, delicate sweetness, and semi-robust ABV just aren’t there.
STYLE: Winter Warmer
LOOK: The body really isn’t there either. A rich, oaky brown carries the load. Soft head, softer lacing and retention.
NOSE: Whoppers, raisins, cherries.
MOUTH: Fizz deep in the back of my throat – that’s my first impression. Not the staid malt, not the toffee dash. Odd because I remember liking it more on Xmas Eve and even thinking it better than what it replaced, my local Xmas Ale, Christkindl. Jammy toast and small purple fruits let you know what could be. But overall a little too balanced for this style.
Beeradvocate Rating: 84
ratebeer Rating: 81
Hayward Abbey Rating: 77
ttoadee (833) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
iggynelix (87) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
JStax (3421) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
rougeau13 (2132) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
dfinney23 (2087) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing wrong with it but it’s a far cry from an actual Abbey Dubbel. Sweet and malty with just a touch of spice.
sloshgator (519) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
wlajwl (4316) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is malts, fruit/dark fruit and bread. The flavor is dark fruit, oak/funk, a hint of tobacco and a tart/acidic finish.
Padron4KM (619) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
ilovedarkbeer (2386) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark mahogany color with a foamy taupe colored head. Notes of candi sugar, bubble gum, toffee, and dark fruits. Bit thin
kaser (3658) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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