Scipio (754) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear caramel color that lacks a head. The aroma is heavy on cinnamon and spices, along with some nutmeg, toffee, and bread. The taste is dry. There is nutmeg and spices up front, moving into orange, ginger, and cinnamon. Hints of breadiness, minor yeast and apple as well. The aftertaste is a short spicy apple flavor. Medium bodied, more thin in texture, and having some softer carbonation. This one isn’t all that bad. I’m not sure I’d purchase it again, but I’d have no problem drinking one again.
arminjewell (8474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap, dark orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, lots of yeasty and hoppy spice into a bit of grass, big spice notes from cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice come through as well. Taste is a mix of cinnamon, clove, some ginger into a bit of caramel, toffee, slight grass, touch of bread, finishing fairly sweet, slightly spicy.
Christpuncher (1779) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just not a great beer. I have not had a good one out of this brewery. They call it an octoberfest but it is a little spicy and smells like socks. Hard to choke down. Pours a nice cooper color
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zach8270 (3798) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Orange pour with a fizzy white head. Heavy spice aroma with a nice malt undertone. Flavor is a good Oktoberfest base but then a ton of spices and sweetness from the milk caramel. Sweet and really smooth.
S_Side_Smitty (572) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber-orange with a minimal head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy (nutmeg/cinnamon kinda spicy). Taste is "wet" and spicy. It’s like a pumpkin beer blended with an easy to drink Oktoberfest Märzen. There seems to be a hoppy presence in the mid. Definitely interesting and if you imagine the dulce de leche, you can pick it up. Curious as to why it is called "life and death"? P.S. - I guess I should read the brewers description. Duh.
HonusWagner (1695) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Semisweet chocolate, dash of caramel, drinks kinda like a midway between a porter and a festbier, really tasty and awesome despite not being totally to style.
Aurelius (4603) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clearish tea color. Tight khaki head. Bad tap label. Light lemony tea aroma with some florality. Soapy mouthfeel... a little on the light side with the body. Lightly candied effect, but not sweet. Very lightly tannic. Lightly acidic finish. On tap, Brass Tap,Tallahassee Midtown.
PorterPounder (6043) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly sparkling medium copper with an initial bubbly off-white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has some light caramel and dates. Flavor is decent and on the sweet side with some caramel notes, a touch of raisins, just a light hint of chocolate. Clean, even mouthfeel. Does in a pinch.
Tmoney99 (11690) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.
DrSilverworm (8162) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, from Dutch’s. Half hazy amber orange color, a bit darker. Thin off-white head, leaving a few bits of lace. Really interesting aroma for an oktoberfest, much more complex. Drinks like an ale.. Medium body. Super smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Light slick. Super smooth and easy-drinking. Great flavor. Dulce le leche is a very creative thing to add to a Marzen, and it seems to add a ton of character here, that complements the natural caramel malt flavors of the style very nicely. Kind of a tropical fruity hop character. I don’t know if it’s that fancy leaf contributing this, but there’s also a nice touch of a kind of minty earthy herbal factor towards the finish... Awesome journey of flavor here. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter, lightly spicy. Very enjoyable, tasty, interesting stuff. Fruity hop seems to make this for me, as typically the style is too sweet... The taste here is much more balanced than your typical marzen, despite all the additions. I normally insist on pairing this style with food, but this beer was interesting and easy-drinking enough to hold up on it’s own easily. Much better than expected... I’ve heard some people say that 5 Rabbits has gotten much better lately, and considering the last few things I’ve had from them, I have to agree.