crossovert (8853) - Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. A bit on the low end in abv for this style. It pours quite a dark amber, fizzy quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma is heavy on roasted chestnut, hazelnut, and some floral hops. Flavor is heavy on the maillard notes, very similar to the Sierra Nevada product I had last night though noticeably less vegetal. This one verges into the woy territory but not all the way keeping it a subtle nuance. OVerall it is dryer than most in the style but holds the same overall flavor despite being 5.1% abv. Not bad.
nimbleprop (5568) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a clear caramel amber with some spitty, white head. Malty nose, orange, yeast, honey. Flavor is malty, honey, yeast, orange, carrot, metal. Clean finish. Not really a Marzen.
tmoreau (2829) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in the brewery’s tap room, and dispensed to a house pint glass showing a clear, coppery amber color, a modest layer of off white head foam that faded rather quickly to a ring & film, and deposited only some light lacing on the glass. The aroma offered light graininess, moderate toastiness, some Munich malt scent, and just a hint of toffee/malt sweetness. The flavor remained nicely toasted, the body was medium, carbonation was suitable, and the moderate hop bitterness possessed a lingering quality, with a touch of earthy astringency, leading to a clean & dry finish. A very sessionable example of this fall favorite!