csaso (1140) - Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - average size foamy head, light amber color, sweet malt and alcohol aroma & flavor - a little too much alcohol flavor for me
ClassyBeagle (300) - USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
FROM NOTES: October 21, ’13.
A: Big and malty, of course. Bready notes, caramel notes, booze and a general fruitiness. A very faint hint of hops also.
A: Deep orange bordering light brown. Soapy white head providing some lace.
T: Very much like the nose, with a rich and malty sweetness kept in balance by the bitter and spice notes of the hops. Alcohol burn is present also.
P: Thick, creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated.
O: Very easy drinking; I thought this would be more like a bock than a strong Oktoberfest, but this did a great job of just being a stronger Oktoberfest while maintaining those characteristic Oktoberfest notes.
harrymel (820) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch #9, 2012
Orange colored with a sheet of light cream foam. Smells sweet and malty with a hint of toffee and some tea like character. Flavor is sharper than I had envisioned with hints of anise and peppercorn. There is plenty of malt and sweet malt at that. Medium bodied with sharp carb. This beer is worth trying in a taster tray, not something worth $8/bomber for me. I actually bet it’s outstanding with about 18 months on it.
Serving type: bottle
koleminer20 (193) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Batch 9 Aug 2012 9.1% ABV. The pour is a rich ruby gold work a medium creamy tan head that fades quickly to a film, leaving no lace. The aroma is pretty solid for an Oktoberfest. A lot of caramel and malt with a strong note of spice and pumpkin. The flavor is really, really sweet. There is a lot of spice and pumpkin and then the malty caramel finish. The mouth feel is a touch light and the flavor quickly dissipates but it's not too bad.
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Beergeek23322 (1725) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/2/2010. 22 oz. bottle. Pours amber color with a white head. Aromas of malt, spice and hops. Caramel and dried fruit flavors, hops are showing well and the finish shows the alcohol.
DCLawyer (1168) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 10. Bomber-> snifter. Dark orange with small offwhite head. A: spicy malt, earth, wood. T: sweet caramel malt, grains. Lively mouthfeel. Nice balance of flavors. Good.
Jow (1684) - 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 (1926) - 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 (9942) - 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 (1066) - 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 (1911) - 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.