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RATINGS: 224   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1826) - 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 (1822) - 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 (3887) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Poured from a 2012 bottle into a snifter. Aroma is light chocolate and bourbon notes. Appearance is a dark brown almost like old engine oil with a small light tan head. Taste is dark chocolate some vanilla and bourbon. Palate is good with a nice level of carbonation. Overall a good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2014
650 ml. 2012 vintage. Opaque with a lasting film of cream. Aroma of chocolate, plum, red wine and fig. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, a touch of blackberry and red wine. Finish has some oak and metal. Heavy body has a nice balance and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1998) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bomber. Pours a dark black pour with a rapidly dissipating java head. Nose is chocolate and malt with a touch of alcohol. Taste is bitter sweet chocolate, malt, fruity with some tastable alcohol. Finish is dry, bitter sweet and moderately long. Quaff Score 8 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1891) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head and sweet, chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet and burnt, of chocolate, fruit notes, caramel, wood, and roastiness leading to a slight warming, long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (1182) - , Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
bomber from trade with the great phatdog1. DAMN, I love this brewery!!! 2012 bottle. aroma was heavy on cocoa and chocolate with slight roast - niiice. Taste was a solid stout - I didn’t get much if any bourbon or barrel but the roasted malts, cocoa mad this very nice!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (2174) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Coffee and soft bitter chocolate on the nose. Jet black with a quickly fading head, but a lasting ring of light tan. Dry, savory, slightly metallic, some subtle dried cherry, burnt raisin, a little vanilla. Medium-full bodied, decently carbonated, some lingering roasty flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (757) - Delaware, USA - MAR 15, 2014
bomber pour..2012..light black color..1 finger tan/off white head..aroma is chocolatey..roasty..mouthfeel is pleasing with vanilla from the bourbon..getting hints of figs..overall fairly smooth consistency..a pretty enjoyable offering but palate is a tad thin..decent stuff..

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