Fall is in the air, well, at least in my home. So you know what that brings, right? Darker beers! After my recent dances with IPAs, I noticed the changing of the seasons in my local beer aisle. Smuttynose Brewing is one of my recent favorites of the past year for their “Big Beer” series of brews, which are always at a great price point. Factor the price with the quality craft beer, and that equals a winner in my book. That said, let’s walk this goat together. Enter the S’Muttonator Double Bock:
This beer pours out of the gate a very nice looking double bock, in a darker hue with a tan head. The head races out of the bottle like a pissed off goat chasing you out of his domain, then recedes ever so slowly as to let you know who is boss. Can you tell that I have been chased by a billy goat before? True story. Back to the beer: This is a classic for a double bock. Malts are your best friend with this one. Sweet malt flavors hit you in the front, with a hint of dark fruit making itself known. The beer finishes with a touch of alcohol flavor, since it does weigh in at 8.5% ABV. That is big for a double bock. Like the other Smuttynose beers that I have had, this beer is on my list to buy again.
Double bocks are a great way to usher in the colder temperatures. While there are quite a few on the market that are worthy of your time, I would say to give Smuttnose a shot at your bock beer time, you will appreciate every moment with this goat. Well done!
Over the past few months, I have become closely acquainted with Smuttynose. It all started one evening at the local bar with their IPA being the “beer of the night” special. It was good, and it made my want to explore the brand a little further. Then I discovered their “Big Beer Series,” and it has been a pleasant ride to awesome ever since. So, with the nice weather lately, that just called for their Maibock…
Smuttynose’s Maibock pours like a lager, only with a darker orange hue. It almost looks like a golden pale ale in appearance. Once in your glass, the beer’s sweet aromas hit your nose. A very different smell, but very pleasant. Taste wise, this beer delivers. This is a sweet, malty drink that also balances a tiny bit of hops, and finishes nice and dry. There is a tiny bit of alcohol in this as well, weighing in at 8.7% ABV.
Even though Maibocks are relatively new to me, this is by far one of my favorites, and dare I say now a new member of my top 5. If this beer was sold in a six pack, I would be in trouble. It is that good. Once again, well done Smuttynose! Check them out here.
Smuttynose Baltic Porter. This is a beer that I have wanted to try for some time now, finally had the chance the other day. Since dark, heavy porters are one of my favorite styles, it was inevitable that I would have to try this one out. And after just one bottle, I will say that this beer is going to be a staple in my arsenal.
Part of their “Big Beer Series,” this beer is only available is the larger, single bottle. Once opened and poured into your glass, it pours super dark with a decent sized tan head. The beer has a sweet smell of malts and chocolate. The taste follows suit, with added coffee flavors and a hint of vanilla. Lots of flavors are happening here, I will admit probably some that I am missing, but it is never overwhelming, it all balances nicely. This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink.
Thankfully Ohio is one of the 19 states that Smuttynose ships to. After this beer, when I see the brand I will be picking it up. Well done Smuttynose!
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