jefcon (1205) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big head and nice lacing on this beer, but its color is flat brown without much glow. The nose is hard to pin down: I get orange and nectarine mingling with vanilla. The hops are appropriately sweet in the beer, which is smooth and rich. The mouthfeel is light, and the finish a little bitter. The yeast is a constant player in the nose, flavor, and mouthfeel, but there is nothing exceptional about it. Overall, I would consider this a good "food" beer, because it will not overpower any dish you might serve with it. By itself, an average contribution.
desurfer (1173) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lucid garnet with a sizeable tan head. Aroma is heavily malt with notes of caramel and butterscotch. Flavor is heavy on the alcohol but smooth, not surprisingly dominated by a bready, yeasty maltiness. Finish seems lacking in a way, though I canít place it. Nonetheless, itís good.
MaiBockAddict (1498) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Andyís. Reddis brown, cllear, tan head. Aroma is of huge malt, mixed with a touch of Sulfur and alcohol. Big malty flavor, and very smooth. Thick body, but very easy to drink. Well done for such a massive brew.
ukoolaid (575) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Deep brown color with some nice red when held up to a light. Aroma is sweet caramel malts and alcohol. Taste is very smooth and sweet with raisons, fig, candy sugar, and spice. Good tasting beer but I would like it a bit less sweet alcohol in the finish.
Kinz (2971) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I always look forward to the release of a new Smuttynose "Big Beer," but was saddened to see that they had gone with a doppelbock. I donít normally go for this style. But I decided to throw caution and good prudence to the wind and try it anyway. Good decision, as I found myself actually enjoying this beer immensely. Deep brown, touch of ruby, creamy head. Big cola nose with a splash of cherry and bitter apricot pits. Warming malt, with a note of molasses and caramel. The pleasant surprise was the balancing hops, providing a bracing shot of bitterness to keep things tied together. Also found notes of cherry, spice, raisins, and pepper. Warming alcohol. Really a complex, excellent beer.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A real whopper of a dopplebock, thats for sure. I am loving Smuttynose more with each and every new beer of theirs I drink. In fact, the bottle lets you know what year it was made and informs you that itís bottle conditioned. What a novel approach. Now if everyone else would do this, I would be in heaven. This stuff whacks ya right in the nose with bourbon, malt and ripe cherries. The taste has the most fantastic blend of roasted malts follwed with a nice alcohol kick in the ass. This shit is awesome and will probably do nothing but get better. Hats off to Smuttynose again. Thanks
TheBeerGod (4640) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper body with splashes of ruby. Small tan head. Nose is sweet with fruit (could swear I smell bananas), caramel, light hops, and big malt. Taste is very sweet but has a nice hop backbone to balance it. Light spice, caramel, big fruit notes, and alcohol. Body has a pleasant warming feel to it. Nice carbonation feel as well - not overdone. Thereís a creaminess that I appreciate. Finishes with more sweet malts, spice, alcohol, fruit notes and caramel. BIG doppelbock and a nice beer!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark copper with a fluffy tan coallpsing head, nice glass lace. Cool label. The aroma is light raisins, light sweet caramel, and some definite hop presence. The flavor is spicy and sweet malt, warming alcohol, and a good dose of bitter hoppiness. The body is medium (needs to be a bit fuller), carbonation is lively on the palate. Much hoppier than a typical dopplebock. Overall I like it but the carbonation works against the high alcohol percent on the palate. Interesting for sure.
egajdzis (4896) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Poured a ruby red, caramel color with an off white head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, smoked peat, raisins, light roast, sweet caramel, and alcohol in the aroma. Light roast and caramel, dominated by peppery alcohol, and nuts. Even after a year, I find this a bit hot.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is an array of friuts(cherries),spicy german yeast,sweet caramel malts.Nice medium mouth,very smooth.I had figured this to be in the 9+ alc%.Itís noticible but just part of itís Smutty glory.This stuff is named properly cause I have started three seperate nights out with a bomber of this and woke up feeling pretty smutty.Great stuff though. Hoppier than your average dopplebock.Smutty delivers the goods(no surprise here) Keep up the great work Dave Y and co.