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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Named in honor of the doggy denizens of Brussels, this hybrid beer is a mix of what we love best in a big, roasty stout, but fermented with a Belgian yeast, which brings out a beautiful, fruity nose.
This relatively new sub-style combines Belgian, American and English influences to create a beer whose total is more than equal to the sum of its parts. Here’s how Zinneke breaks down and adds back up. Start with a strong stout. This is the Big Beer Series after all… then “Belgianize” it by altering the grain bill and fermenting the wort with a Trappist yeast strain. We backed off the heavy caramel and roasted malts to create a more complimentary flavor profile for the yeast, which contributes fruity esters and a light body. These parts combine to create a beer with dark color and light body with prevalent flavors of dark fruits, vanilla and toffee, while subtle chocolate flavors appear in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
two7offsuit (449) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of malt. Flavor includes spice, and hints of bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (3205) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
Sample from 65 cl. bottle. Near black with an amber tint. Thin, lightly tanned head. Roasted aroma with sweet fruits, coffee, chocolate, caramel malts and vanilla. Taste is lightly bitter. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes dry and roasted with vanilla and sweet fruits. Lovely Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11327) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
Bottled. Dark reddish brown coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma. Roast, light chocolate, caramel, sweetness, vanilla, light bourbon. Flavour. Sweetness, roast, vanilla, chocolate. cocoa. spice, bourbon, alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Ends light roasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (7722) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
Sample from Bottle - black pour with thin tan head. Roasted malty aroma and taste, light burnt caramel, some choc, toffee, nice palate, roasty finish. Lovely drop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CloakedDagger (1813) - - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle 65 cl. Pours a clear, dark brown with an orange hue and a creamy, light brown head. Sweet, vanillaish roast up front in the aroma, but not overly affected by the barrel aging. Rich, sweet chocolatey body, subtle vanilla roast and again only very discreet impact of the Bourbon barrels. Pleasant, but i did expect a little more from a barrel aged Stout. 081114

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2408) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2014
From Rays in Tosa, cellar aged 3 months. Pours black with a tannish head, some streaky lace. Aroma consists of caramel, roast, some licorice and bakers chocolate. The chocolate comes through stronger down thru the glass. Taste is of bakers chocolate, sweet caramel, light roast and some tangy spices. Maybe would be better at colder than cellar temp. Medium to full bodied. Finishes bitter and sweet, slightly more to the bitter side. Enjoyable, without super depth or complexity. 14.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9283) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle, RBAG 2014 prelim. Dark amber brown. Chocolste, spices, light plastic, low bitterness, a tad on the thin side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1669) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle to plastic taster at the RBAG14 warmup Rye, nutmeg, orange, lots of malt. Light reddish brown with a thin frothy head and no lacing. Milk, malt, and nutmeg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1780) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2014
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market (bottled in 2012). Very dark brown pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of rich roasted malts, light chocolate, and a hint of bourbon. The taste offers up much more of the bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, and nuts. The carbonation lifts the heavy flavors from the palate so the lingering bitterness is lessened. Nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (3554) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUN 27, 2014
This looks to be my last Smuttynose until I ever get the chance to get back to this wonderful brewery. Reviewed from notes, this one was poured into a tulip and a snifter there weren’t any significant changes between the two. The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a decent one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated at a decent pace. The lacing left in the wake was sticky and somewhat thick. The smell had Belgian spices up front with a decent fruitiness running underneath. It seemed to have leaned towards a light plum and raisins with some light apricots even thrown in there. After a bit of warming, a sweet booziness starts to appear (bourbon - I guess) along with some light chocolate, caramel and vanilla. The taste took all of those flavors and combined them to add a decent woodiness about it. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation seemed right on for a big Belgian stout. Overall, this was a pretty good Belgian stout to me. In fact, I once had it with an Easter dinner and that was an absolutely awesome meal.

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