atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant pour, massive carbonation slowly rising to the top as it helps build a solid tan head. A very nice clear amber beer. Nice smooth roasted and sweet malt aroma. Medium to full body with creamy malt that also ranges from roasted to sweet. A nice fruity taste at the front of the mouth really sits on teh touhg. This beer is built very nicely and fits together quite well.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear golden amber with thick white head. Lager nose, w/light carmel, pillowy malt and delicate quality of peach on the nose. Med weight with sweet mid and slightly drying finish. Carmel, light hops, toffee, sweet malt and delicate hops. I LIKE!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful clear ruby with a thick beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and plenty of hops. Taste has notes of heavy caramel, roasty malts, brown sugar/molasses, dark fruits and wood. Very well hopped and sweet with an alcohol presence. Slightly roasted and bitter finish. Silky smooth mouthfeel with sublte carbonation which coats the mouth very nicely. Great lacing and head retention. Nice stuff.
jtw (1135) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i think calling this an oktoberfest is a stretch, but i guess itís the closest style there is--itís too extreme, too hoppy for the style but itís still really good. tons of dark malt, but it feels like thereís an abundance of cascade hops that gives the palate a slight tang. very good beer.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Okay. This beer brings up the style v. sheer goodness debate. This is absolutely not an oktoberfest. It tastes like Averyís IIPA, just with slightly different malts. A few oktoberfest malts do not an oktoberfest make. Other than that, itís a tasty, though supremely one-dimensional beer. HOPS!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright, clear red with a thick, tan head. Big, warm nose of sticky caramel, alcohol, whole grains, earthy, noble hops, toffee, toasted bread, and some noticable spiciness. The body is full and rather robust, especially for the style. The flavor is nice, starting sweet, becoming warm at the top and finishing with an earthy, spicy bitterness. Not really my favorite beer, but Iím glad I got to try it. I prefer my Oktoberfest beers to be less intense. They should be well balanced and highly drinkable. This is good but will not be a regular at my table.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark orange/amber with a tall white head that left a lacing on the glass. Very strong aroma, with a nose of oktoberfest maltiness mixed with a distinct hoppiness. Taste starts off with sweet oktoberfest malt with the usual seasonal spiciness, but fades into a doulbe IPA hop character. Alcohol well-hidden. Very complex, and the best oktoberfest Iíve had.
Kinz (3415) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I know they get a lot of criticism as being a marketing gimmick, but I tend to love "Imperial" versions of beers. Imperial Pilsner? Sure! Double Helles? Why not? So when I saw Avery with an Impy Okto, I was excited. And apprehensive. After all, just because it is imperial doesnít mean itís good. This, however, did not disappoint. Clear copper, touch of ruby and orange, slender head that fades completely. Aroma is fantastic, some caramel malts mixed in with a lovely nose of floral hops. The flavor changes over time. Initially when cool, the malt start is caramel accented, with a floral hop finish. As it warmed towards room temperature, roasted coffee notes began to emerge from the malts, while a well integrated earthy hop flavor showed on the finish. Full bodied, luscious, and throroughly enjoyable. This was a fun, interesting beer, one of the best Iíve had in quite some time.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 2005 bottle sampled 1/17/06: Clear orange copper pour with a thin-lacing, frothy off-white head. Rich, sweet malty and strongly noble hopped aroma has an enticing balance. Good fresh citric hoppiness melds well with the amount of sweet, sticky caramel malt. I like this vintage better than the 2004. A very nice "imperial" style brew.
2004 bottle sampled 11/24/04: Pours a rich copper brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is full of sweet German caramel malt and a touch of hoppiness. Body starts a sweet and viscous blend of caramel and toasted malts. Finishes more dry and hoppy with more of a bitter US hop presence. The malt billing here seems to be right on par with what I would consider an imperial oktoberfest, but the hops exert more bitterness than Iíd prefer. Still a nice and interesting brew.
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An orange-amber beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel as well as hints of hops. The flavor is dominated by alcohol, that runs over the tongue, but also has notes of hops and caramel.