markskar (2) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2006 does not count
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). mephisto (1294) - TAIWAN - JAN 14, 2006
seems a bit too bitter for the style, though the malt profile certainly dominates. amber color with not much foam, the aroma is mild and malty. deceptively sooth and drinkable thanks to the bock yeast, this bottle is well balanced. while not on the level of celebrator, it is pretty decent. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2006
overall not bad for the style, but just cant live up to my high ’celebartoresque’ expectations of what a doppel bock should taste like. much more hoppy, but still has the malty overtones of a good doppelganger. good, but not impressive. i say this a lot. 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! CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 3, 2006
Alcohol is present in this beer, not as overwhelming as in their Big A, but Smuttynose is NOT afraid to make alcohol part of the taste (take note, Stone and DFH!), and therefore you do not have an overwhelming hop or malt wave to wash away any intracasy in taste. Excellent.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Dark, strong and malty. Seemed little out of balance with noticeable alcohol burn. Otherwise, full, deep and satisfying. GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Pours with a tiny white head that vanishes leaving behind a dark golden brown body. Sweetish aroma with the alcohol being prominant. Lively body with a malty taste. BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 [22 oz. bottle] Pours a clear, reddish brown color. Aroma is kind of alcoholic and sweet, a bit like Maple syrup. Complex caramel malts initially make the flavors, with sweetness at first, then a nutty/toasty breadiness. Bitterness is lightly spicy, showing in the finish. Very pleasing, smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth is not harsh in any way. An outstanding beer, I always look forward to this release. freekyp (2387) - 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. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Light brown head on a brown body. Sweet malty flavor and a molassas flavor.