TAR (2446) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber liquid with average sticky, frothy foam. Subtle notes of cinnamon, alcohol, toasted malt, and apple. Mild, yet very enticing. Soft mouthfeel with perfect level of carbonation. Flavors are of heavily toasted malt, pecan, and spicy hop finish. This remains classy and subtle, which is why I love Octoberfests so much; it is very difficult to make a subtle beer with refined flavor.
badgerben (4391) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has an orange/brown color and a bit of a fire to the taste. Unlike most beers that seem to become more dull the longer you drink them, this one picked up intensity as the pint went on.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
braised carrotty color, clear; white head quickly settled to a powdered sugar-like dusting. moderate woody-orange zest nose, muffin toasty malts, rumours of alcohol. sweet and then bitter in close succession. weak carbonation promotes a feeling of being slightly watery, but in fact it’s medium bodied, tart and tasty. not a herculean brewing achievement, but it could be i over-thought the thing. like always, i fussed over the drink, trying to coax out some nuances and interesting similies, but the style recommends itself rather to festive beer-hall quaffing; my single 12 ounce sample bottle ain’t quite enough to strike up the band.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer very much posseses the capital house quality. Nice slightly spicy malt flavors finished with a slight yeasty tang. Good firm hopping in the background. Solid.
Panzuriel (1295) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good malty aroma. Nice amber color. Good head, but disappating quickly. Nice roasted malty flavor. Good mellow hops. Slightly tangy. Good Beer overall.
drunkenman99 (6) - USA - AUG 29, 2002 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer. Love the smell! But it is lacking a bit in real strong taste.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Got a good, long lasting head on the pour. Reddish-orange in color. Malt smell. Malt dominates the taste as well. As the beer warms, gets flowery and citrusy. Not bad. Had this on tap a few days ago, and it seemed richer and more complex then. Different temperature maybe?
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I love the months that proceed October, because I love Octoberfest beers. This is no exception. While I have had much better Octoberfest beers (Water Street Brewery’s comes to mind), this was a decent dark beer that I could drink often.
stephen (308) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with little head; orange/copper colored with little visible carbonation. Aroma not as good as flavor. Malt flavor stands out. Perhaps a tiny bit of DMS is present.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light clear amber color. Aroma is quite malty with a faint floral and cream corn background. Very malty in flavor and quite bitter for style (perhaps trying to offset all the malt sweetness). A mid echelon american otoberfest.