jimhilt (2452) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a three-finger cream head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium body and medium carbonation. Starts sweet and malty, finishes smooth with the sweetness still there. Nose is sweet and malty. 95¢ for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. The ABV is 5.0%.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the best I’ve had from Casco yet! Very good october beer, smooth, hoppy, malty, and just well balanced. I now have an alternate favorite to Gritty’s haloween. :)
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ortino’s Northside. Pours heavy deep copper colored, with medium off-white head. Aroma of heavy grainy malt, fruit, corn flakes, some cabernet notes. The flavor was malty, with a dense palate and hints of grainy malt, nuts, brown sugar, and cabernet. Decent complexity. A very nice marzen.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initially tasting it I thought it to be on the sweet side, but as this style begs for some good malt, that wasn’t distressing - then as the finish came through shortly thereafter I started to think this is the real deal - perhaps not THE BEST ever O-fest, but a VERY WELL made one that stands on its own. Well enjoyed.
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ur-Marzen, just wanted to write that. Nice brown-orange color that raised a finger full of head. Caramelized malt aroma. Malt is nicely braced by the bittering hops and leaves a well blended semi-sweet flavor. Maybe not world-class but an excellent seasonal offering by the local boys here in Portland.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, best by 12/7/05) Rich looking, deep amber body, nice biscuit head, good head retention, but poor lacing. Aroma mildly sweet, bready. Mouthfeel good, smooth, touch of bitter at start, smooth finish. Tastes nice, smooth, mildly malty. Nice marzen.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange body with vey thin light tan head. Light scent, mostly of malt. Tasty but not as full flavored as some. Malty (somewhat roasty?) with light hop notes. Light medium body. A good Oktoberfest, but I’ve had better, I’m affraid.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium copper, with moderate carbonation, and a small dissipating head. Lots of Saaz on the nose, very true to style. Taste has some good caramunich notes, but in my opinion, slightly overhopped for the style. Sweetness is just a touch too subdued. Finish is some light maltiness with a distinct saaz hoppiness. Very tasty, but just a bit out of balance for the style.
thedm (5029) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of off white colored foamy finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a softly carbonated transparent light brown colored body. The aroma was mild with malty and caramel malt notes. The mouth feel was of medium thickness with an initial tingle that soon mellowed in the finish with a smooth mild malt hop bite. The flavor contained a good amount of caramel malts with a mild but notable hop content.
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy golden brown with a thick, big bubble, long lasting head.
The nose is a metallic, malty foreground with hints of sweetness and somewhat hoppy.
Relatively high carbonation for the style with a medium body.
The overall metallic taste is a bit of a distraction. The malt is nice, along with the hint of sweetness. The hops seem out of place for this style too. It would be better if they were toned down just a bit.
Not bad, but not something you can have a lot of at once.