paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (2156) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown head on a brown body. Sweet malty flavor and a molassas flavor.
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Secret Santa. Lots of caramel, toffee, and chocolate int eh aroma with hints of nuttiness. Pours a deep transparent reddish-orange with a moderate off-white head. Flavors of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and molasses up front. Light hints of roastiness in the background. Light fruitiness and moderate citrus hops in the finish. The hoppiness in the finish gives it a barley wine character to the beer that I really enjoy.
jgb9348 (6107) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy brown coloured body with a nice tan head, completed by strong ruby highlights. Aroma of roasted malt, pit fruits, prunes and a light toffee scent. Medium to Full-bodied; Sweet nutty fruityness with a roasty malt flavour and a good balance between bitter and sweet. Aftertaste clean, but showing good qualities from the taste. Overall, a good beer - what the style should be, but missing some new complexities. Great to try though! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Village Pump Liquors in College Park, Maryland on 01-April-2005 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
kramer (6658) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby with a 1/2 inch fluffy head. Lots of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, maintaining head well. Aroma dominated by toffee and syrupy malt. Some alcohol aroma as well. Huge malty taste, tons of toffee, iced tea, and some alcohol. Bitter lingering finish that seems a little harsh and muddled. Very full bodied, sticky and syrupy with moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, more of a one trick pony, huge malt but no balance. Could be a little cleaner as well.