mbgrayson (580) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up a six pack of the 2008 batch in Missoula today. Like past batches, it is a good, all around bock/brown beer. Has some sweetness/maltiness. A very drinkable beer that I like a lot.
spikester (604) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a modest head and minor lacings. Taste is brown sugar, soy sauce, slight bitter hops, a slight amount of boiled ham, some leather. Not like any other beer that was labelled Octoberfest. Abv at 6% is much too high for a session beer. Sweet overall but not overwhelming.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Belmont Station--Poured a brown-chestnut body with a thin white head. Nose of bread and crispy grains. Resided on the malty sweet side. Mildly creamy with a touch of floral hops. Thin dull finish that needed more complexities for sure!
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
13-Jan-08 (12-oz bottle, Best Before 01-Mar-08: Purchased 04-Dec-07 for $1.30 from liquidsolutions.biz) Wow, this stuff pouring into my pint glass is dark! This isn’t amber, but light brown mixed with ruddy brick. The half-inch tall head is tan in color and short-lived, fading to a wide ring within a few minutes. malty and lightly sweet-smelling when swirled, but a modest sourness comes out if the beer is undisturbed for several seconds. On the palate, the beer is very malty, more so than most examples of the style. It’s moderately sweet too, but certainly not sugary, though a light tartness emerges in the finish. It’s seems apparent that they simply used a LOT of malt to make this beer. Hops are mild, but on the perfumy and floral side, offering some balancing flavor and mild bitterness, but malt remains the focal point here. Medium in body and carbonation with a bit of acidity to break up the clinging maltiness. No lacing on the glass. Overall, it’s packed with flavor and has a very aggressive profile for an Oktoberfest, but the malty sweetness and floral hops make this less enjoyable than hoped.
riversideAK (5726) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Kyzr. Poured dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is malty with notes of bread, some roast and maybe a little yeast. Flavor is mostly sweet and malty with a lightly crisp finish and light roast. Kind of thin, but it is flavorful.
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hard to go wrong with this style, from the examples I’ve tried so far. Easy to get a bocky/bready aroma, somewhat harder to get a good head presentation.
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Dark caramel, toffee colour. Shin fast dissipatiing white head. Sweetish malty aroma and not much of that. Malty flavour with not much hoppiness. Very sweet. Not super strong but much taste of alcohol. Thin but interesting and satisfying finish.
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up 12-oz bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours a dark caramel cola brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a fine film and thin ring. Aroma of caramel malt, some light flowery hops, a touch of toffee and raisins. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with flavors of caramel malt and some dry roasted nuts and citrus. Finish is slightly dry with a good hop bite and a faint caramel malt aftertaste. One of the more dry Oktoberfest brew than the sweeter styles I’ve tried.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark red/copper with a thin beige head. Malty caramel flavor, with a cherry and sweet bread finish. Light on the hops, just enough to keep it from being cloying. Long roasty caramel finish. Very rich oktoberfest beer, while not one you could probably drink a few steins of without feeling totally full, still a nice beer.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice deep dark amber color. Aromas of bread, caramel, and hops. Flavor has a nice big malty taste witha nice bitter hop finish.