Jow (2154) - New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Stags Head, planned on getting as part of sampler but since it was too crowded had big pour of this beast. pours dark copper with white head. Nose of toffee and malt. tastes of caramel, figs, raisins, toast, malt, metallic, and woody. alcohol burn on finish.
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch 9 bottled in August 2012. Pours moderately hazy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, molasses, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasty malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, pear, apple, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and toasted/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, raisin, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/toasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; with big malt presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial Oktoberfest. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/toasty/nutty malt and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Hazy amber color, medium tan head. Aroma of fig, raisin, toffee. Taste is boozy dark fruit and caramel.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby two finger off white head.
Smell clean malty hog.
Taste boozy caramel, fall spices, toffee.
Not bad. More of an English Barley Wine but nice beer none the less.
jandd1983 (2563) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It poured a dark golden color with a white head. The aroma was light and grainy. The taste was a little bready with soft fruits and a sugary sweetness that leads to a warming alcohol finish. Nice.
Zer0 (1127) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Pours clear amber. Aroma is caramel, malts, red fruits and alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter. Very malty. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
spacemonster (80) - Igo, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is too damned sweet. It’s a good brew but not great. nice nuttiness and spiciness. Too much syrupy sweetness. A lingering sweet burn. Very roasty yet the sweetness is just too distracting.
DedicatedToFun (2540) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice oktoberfest beer, whole foods in venice, sweet, crisp, loved drinking this
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper mostly clear with a white head. Aroma had a tad of funk at first, unexpectedly, then some non sweet amber malts and a bit of zing from the alcohol. Flavor is some toasted malt aromas and a small zing from the booze that warms the tongue with of nuttiness.
dzimm27 (136) - - OCT 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light malty aroma. Gorgeous dark copper body with minimal head. Taste is malt and spice, amazingly smooth. Alcohol is a little overpowering in the taste profile. Complexity grows as it warms. Very enjoyable.