StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2005
As soon as I popped the cap, emitting the slightest of carbonation hisses, I knew this could be great. Poured a nice rosy mahogany color with some tan bubbles along the edges and bubbly cloisters scattered intermittently on the surface. Smells oh so good. Rich, vibrant caramel, chocolatey and a little smoke on the backend paired with some toasty pecans. Rich and sweet all over. Flavor? Yes. This one gives an all-out one-two punch. Velvety, solidified chocolatey caramel rolls in, resonating with an unparalleled richness, reminiscent of Rolos. Some pecan casings and hazelnuts for robust dimension, and a soothing vanilla crème current underneath it all. Woodsy-cedar backdrop to an ever present caramel decadence, transitioning to hints of amaretto in the aftertaste.markskar (2) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2006 does not count
So full-bodied it’s ridiculous. Slowly seeps in and accentuates every nuance in its wake. Balance has never been better. Daunting, chewy and impressive malt complexity. Carbonation is so toned down and at most preferable levels, and the noble hopping has never been more regal. Finishes like white chocolate covered cashews. I’m so happy I drank this beer. Big thanks to tpkenned for landing this one and sending it my way!
Very smooth and thick, good for sipping on cold and snowy New England evenings. A word to the wary, however: this brew is not for the faint of heart, as the name clearly indicates.
As always, the artwork on Smuttynose’s labels for their big beer series is top notch (normally, I wouldn’t even mention this, but it’s just that good). wlajwl (6806) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2012 Very strong malt aroma, with a bit of white bread in it. The flavor is very malty with a ton of caramel, while not being too sweet. Extremely good, not an everyday beer but once in a while this is awesome. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Man, this just, once again, proves how awesome Smuttynose is. Viva New Hampshire!!! Dark brown/blood red color with a fruity aroma. Big malty taste that is smooth smooth smooth. Love name of it too (a sheep on the bottle, hence the name). I’m going to buy a frickin’ case of this. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
S’Muttonator pours to a beautiful, deep caramel color with a thick and creamy tan head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is sweet malty, with aromas of sweet malt, toffee, and hints of peppery alcohol. The palate is firm, with flavors of sweet malt, caramel, and toasty malt flavors, on a rich but very smooth and polished body. S’Muttonator finishes with more sweet and caramel malt flavors up front, then ends with a malty, cloying, warming burn that lingers.
An outstanding example of double bock, or dopple bock bier S’Muttonator is an excellent tribute to the style.
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a creamy tan head that mostly lasts. Nose is sweet malt and caramel. Very creamy with a rich soft velvety texture. Taste is bold and full of sweet malt, caramel, maple syrup with just a touch of hops to prevent cloying. An excellent dopplebock that pairs well with smoked cheese or brats off the grill. Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2007
From the 22 oz bomber, this poured an orange-tinged amber color with a sizable and solid foam head. It throws a wildly bitter hoppy nose ... my nose says, "holy cow!" This is an ubiquitousoen though ... the first swallow accosts my tongue with a solid malt tug, almost Scotch-like, yet with a hoppy bitter flourish at the finish. The more I drink, the more I like. This is a nicely assembled big (but not too big) beer. (#2730, 3/1/2007) beerlord (217) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2007
Gifted from gwpom’s wife, aka my sister. Poured a nice light ruby color, thick tan head, malty aroma, big malty flavor with alcohol present but not a detractand. Brussels lace adorned the glass till empty. One of my favorite styles and one of the best i have ever had. This is a must have beer. freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2005
A rich malty caramel aroma and flavor pervades this heady winter brew. Almost completely dominated by malt, the sweetness is kept in check with a slight rise in bitterness at the swallow and in the lingering aftertaste. A fine dopplebock with impressive attention to authenticity. paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Wow! Pours chocolate brown with a quick to diminish head. Aroma is carmel/toffee, with faint alcohol notes. Flavor is of chocolate and toffee, with a great warming mouthfeel Well put together beer!