PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Tap at the Brazen Head: Strawberry color bright red with a bright red head. (All food coloring/artificial) Surprisingly clean malt aroma, fresh and doughy. Decent texture. The appearance would suggest it’s taste articial, but it doesn’t. It actually has a lightly spiced malt body with a balanced flowery bitterness. Better than expected (for the entire premise of the beer)
JoeMcPhee (8313) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Brazen Head. Bright red beer with a huge red head. Looks like a bloody mess. Actually smells like beer. Light toasty munich malt and soft herbal hops. A bit of soft caramel flavour as well. Quite fresh and fairly balanced. It’s tough to get past the appearance, but it’s actually a pretty solid brew. Softly herbal bitterness on the back.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Barcade, and for good measure, Brazen Head. Dyed-red color. Like foamy and hazy fruit punch. I get the whole looking-like-blood for Halloween thing, but I’m hoping it’s at least some kind of natural beet dye as opposed to "red #40." This gimmick reminds me of the old anti-freeze color green Schlitz of St. Patty’s days past. As far as the beer goes, has an aroma of buttered toast or popcorn, fruitstripe gum, and maybe some cotton candy, not dissimilar to the C.I. Lager. Flavor of light caramel malts with some more buttered popcorn and gummy bears. A little pastey tasting in the palate, but with some hops coming at the end to cut through. I listed this as an "Oktoberfest" just by default, but don’t look for any O.F. style attributes here please. Good Halloween party beer I suppose, it’s just that someone has to bring the party...
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Barcade. I think it looked like a frothy, slightly watered down glass of blood. I am not quite sure it tasted as good as blood though. There was a little bit of the german style malt in this one, but there was also a noticable tart / fruity taste that was not normal for the style. It was alright, and at least somewhat creative.
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Barcade; poured a red color with light pink head. Color looked dyed and somewhat offputting. Definitely not normall for beer or the style. The flavor was very malt focuses and didn’t hit the style well at all. Not tasting bad, but really not an octoberfest beer in my opinion.