jeremyh70 (695) - Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear orange/copper color, minimal white head with little retention and lacing. Sweet malty aroma, almost honey. Sweet taste of light fruit and light bitterness. Not very complex. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation. Not a very good version of an Oktoberfest.
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kevinator (892) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I always enjoy this. Caramel malt flavors with a woody essence. Nice brandy and caramel color. Full and oily palate with a smooth finish. Strong malty flavors up front with a slight hops presence and sweet finish. Somewhat alcoholic but not oppressive. Fine beer.
generallee08 (650) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It has a copper or reddish amber color with a thin and creamy, light tan head. The body has good clarity and some visible carbonation. Its head fades out quickly leaving just a few stray bubbles on top. The aroma has a spicy hop presence with lighter malty notes and a hint of grainy alcohol. Its flavor starts with its solid malty backbone that has a dark caramel sweetness. A grainy alcohol pops out and gives the beer some bite and its hop flavor is spicy and a little bit earthy. It finishes slowly with some bitterness from the hops. The palate has a slick heavy texture with mild carbonation. The alcohol has a harsh unrefined quality to it, which holds down its drinkability. Overall it is still very interesting
alexsdad06 (5370) - Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from backlog notes. Pours a clear amber/copper color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have bready/biscuity malt, caramel, some fruitiness, a hint of banana, floral and spicy hops, enough other stuff going on to cut some of the sweetness. Easy to drink.
TXBadger (1354) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very nice clear copper color with white head. Spice, caramel notes, and some flowery notes as well on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, alcohol is hidden well. Finishes dry.
ASak10 (56) - Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 10, Aug 2013. Carmel, malty smell. Sweet, malty, boozy taste. Spices, little bit of bitter, and a little burn towards the end. Beautiful color as well.
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DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma - the aroma is spice, alcohol, fig, and raisin
Appearance - body is mahogany in color, the liquid is clear, the head is white and small and dies quickly into a halo.
Taste - heavier sweetness and light bitterness dominate - the caramelized sugars, alcohol, and dark fruit (fig and raisin) and spices are really what is noticed in this brew.
Palate - the body is medium in quality; the texture is somewhat oily, but mostly slick; the carbonation is average in the mouth; the finish is somewhat is long and strong and astringent with an alcohol burn.
Heilige Scheisse! That’s a dunkler bock?! That is intense! Punched me out!
Scrapersnbeer (1469) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10th release, August 2013. Syrupy, stinky floral hop mush and burnt caramel...the type of aroma derived from mixing too much alcohol and a mellow beer style. Copper color that nearly glows under light. Powerfully sweet taste, not starchy but coats the palate. Reminds me of the big German eizbocks if not as heavy, although it may be more profound by subtraction there as the alcohol will really sink in your gut. ’Dank and sticky’ are the two right words here.
Fritz123 (971) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL. Opened on Christmas Day and drank out of a snifter. Beautiful amber pour with a thin, sparkling head. Head lasted only a few seconds. No lacing. The aroma was heavy malts, little caramel, spices and dark breads. The taste was spices, deep malts, light flavorful hops, caramel, and bread. Smooth body, medium light. Finish is a little booze and spices.
ClassyBeagle (319) - 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 (1500) - 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