willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
10.08.04 Standard Avery foil capped bomber with a crazy, shiny label. The pour is a light caramel-copper color with a medium sized, quickly fading head. Aromas are malty and sweet as a marzen ought to be; light flowery hops; slight hints of salt and pepper; nothing over the top. Flavors are certainly floral and sweet with a nice biscuity malt. An odd combination of sharp hops and honey thick mouthfeel make this an experience like no other oktoberfest. I’m not totally convinced that this was the best idea...a sipping beer, but in a true session style. I guess I just don’t get it.
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
color is mostly clear orange with slight reddish notes. head is thick and creamy, almond colored. has a sweet toasted caramel aroma that i love in an O’fest. alcohol is high, but completely undetected by my nose. alcohol again is virtually non-detectable in the flavor. there are toasted notes, mild toffee and the slightest alcohol burn. very tasty, not an alcohol monster as i expected.
Kevin (2025) - Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours a red hued deep brown, has a very thick light tan head. grass and some kind of wood(walnut?Pecan?)are present in the aroma. taste is surprisingly smooth for the ABV of this bad boy. strong spicy malt flavor with a very strong hop presence. sticky mouthfeel that reminds me of of a chocolate malt with too much syrup. there is a very slight taste of caramel that i am noticing in this also. alcohol lingers a bit on the finish of this, that is the only hint that shows up that would make someone wonder how much alcohol is in this. an interesting brew, that i have enjoyed immensly.
Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber-pours a nice ruby red hue with an off-white head that was gone in an instant. noble hops, grassy notes, big surupy german malts and alcohol. Big spicy hops presences in the flavors along with lots of hot alcohol llike the Beast toned down. a little rough around the edged, but lets see how this one ages. Avery’s beers are always clean, but they need to mask the alcohol better on these big brews.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 Deep Copper.
Unpleasant, medicinal aroma, with notes of cherries, popcorn, butter toffee, mixed nuts and spicy floral hops.
Enormous malty backbone of dark fruitiness (grapes, red apples), caramel and toffee. The hops are spicy, moderately bitter, unexciting and floral. A hint of mixed nuts, green plants and butter are present on the finish.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark copper brown with great lacing. Aroma is malty, smooth and hopped-up. The flavor is extremely hoppy followed by a malty sweetness. Too much hops. Hops. Hops. Hops. Heartburning hops. Enough already. Not much room for oktoberfest in this bottle. It’s been hopped beyond recognition.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium amber with a thick head. Sweet, nutty toffeeish flavor with notes of caramel and some hops. Nice and warming with a smooth silky mouthfeel and a dry finish.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean but complex aroma, hazelnut, caramel, pine, hints of citrus. Brilliant copper color, thick frothy head, gorgeous. Full malty flavor up front, with an herbal, piney hop flavor coming through in the middle, even balance, with toasty malt and piney hop flavors lingering in the finish. Creamy and full bodied, with a little warming in the end. An interesting invention by the folks over at Avery, definitely worth trying.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interestingly powerful aroma, plenty of sweet, toasty caramel and cookieish maltiness alongside the strongly fruity, flowery hop presence, and with some fainter notes of earth, pine and alcohol. Deep reddish copper color, clear and filtered, with a finely creamy head leaving some fetchingly delicate lacing behind. Flavor profile is profoundly sweet and sugary, abundant light brown sugar and caramel but brewed with a correspondingly large dosage of hops -- fruity, leafy and lightly spicy, and with a lightly warming, lingering malt finish. Alcohol is quite apparent once the beer warms a bit, and it packs the associated punch. Palate is smooth, effervescent and thick, a touch fiery, with a decidedly full body. Overall, about as was expected; it is interesting to sample this the first "Imperial Oktoberfest". Cheers, Bert!
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep amber hue with a small off-white head. Aromas of roasted malts, dough, and a little wheat. Flavors of roasted malts, a light spice, a slight bitterness and some caramel. Probably the best example of the style, and one of the better brews from this brewery.