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Dark Horse Octoberfest
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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2711) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Dark orange pour from draft at local option. White creamy head. Malt and grass almost pumpkin taste. Very good. One of the better octoberfest I have had

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1304) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Draft at soup spoon. Chestnut brown with minimal head. Dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Creamy and a mild sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
A2kenCdaisyC (50) - Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2013
On tap at Ashley’s....pours dark brown with thin off white head True to style but stronger alcohol than most Festbiers...malt dominates, as it should, medium palate with nice smooth finish....recommend this to any fest beer fan

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwoodward (566) - - SEP 27, 2013
Had a glass at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor as part of a sampler. Dark in color. Delicious, on the sweet side, spicy, malty.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (940) - Troy, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Draft at brewery. The pour is a very dark amber. The aroma is sweet malt. The taste has a nice spice to it, with a mild smokey flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1487) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2011
nice head and malty aroma. amberin color bitter hop upfront followed by sweet malt finish

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2338) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Deep amber brown pour thin creamy beige head .... aroma of toasted caramel malts little biscuity .... taste was of caramel malts burnt and toasted lightly spicy with a lingering spicy not bad but more like a spicy fall/winter lager than a true marzen lacks the fruity lager taste ... still tasty though similar to great lakes october

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Draft... Dark mahogany with a great light tan head... Sweet caramel nose... Taste is bit metallic with too much alcohol

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6644) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle. Poured an amber orange with a beige head. Aroma was full of grainy and malty notes with a light floral undertone. Flavor was nice with a bready touch with and undertone of citrus hops. Amazingly smooth on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Growler from Schroppfy, some of which leaked out during shipping. Pours a clear, dark, reddish-copper hue. A small, bubbly, tan colored layer of foam leaves no lacing behind, though the growler likely had alot to do with that. The aroma shows loads of toast and caramel, very fresh and bready overall, with a smooth, dark cereal grain overtone and a delicate floral hopping. Flavors follow suit, really well balanced, with fresh cereal and toast malts, a hint of biscuit sweetness, and perhaps even the slightest little bit of burnt marshmallow. Floral hops lend balance, and a touch of wood brings in some earthiness. Medium-plus in body, smooth, and easy drinking, not a bit of the 8% ABV comes through. Damn, despite the growler leak, this might just be the best Oktoberfest I’ve had to date. Reminds me alot of the base for the Schlenkerla Fastenbier, obviously without the beechwood smoke.


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