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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4675) - Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2016
12 ounce bottle into mug, bottled on 8/11/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish copper/brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing cling on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa/coffee, herbal, wood, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa/coffee, herbal, wood, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light dryness from bitterness/roast as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this a very nice imperial Marzen. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. This felt closer to a traditional bock due to the light roasted character that was present; but still very enjoyable all around.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (2249) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2016
My number one want when I started on Ratebeer...Deep reddish orangish brown. Biscuity, toasty, caramel malt. Flavor follows with uber-Special B. Raisin toasted malt, burnt biscuit, caramel, and molasses. Strong ale barley-wine esque. Not expected but good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (1426) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Pours a dark brown with an off-white foam head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and bread malts. Flavor is biscuit, roast, sweet caramel, toffee, and bread malts. Has a smooth body with some carbonation. Excellent. Might be my favorite Oktoberfest beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9306) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 6, 2016
Bottle. Pretty reddish brown color with a thick, bubbly head. Malty nose, fudge, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel. Toasty, crackery malt flavor, charred toast, caramel, chocolate. Big malt is very tasty. This is basically an toasty amber doppelbock. Very nice, but not fair to compete it against other marzens.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
geologyguy (1329) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Good smell...tasty is very malty...but not too sweet, hops are also in there 50/50 mix...good roasted flavor, caramellyness,

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lutz2jm (271) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2016
One of the best October fest beers I've had. The pour and look of this beer set it apart from the rest. It is a dark gold murky look that has a nice head. Taste is malty. A lot of toast and bread in this great beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Draught at Beer Trappe. Caramel and toffee to some extent. Mild in taste. Finish is slightly sweet. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9260) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Pour on tap at HopCat, slightly hazy reddish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, some bread, hints of earth, spice, some yeasty notes as well. Taste was a mix of grass, bread, biscuit, dough, yeast, some slight toast, cracker, caramel, hints of grass, spice, finishing slightly bitter. Pretty tasty, no sign of the 8% and the flavors are pretty classic for Marzen styles.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (420) - Portland, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2015
On tap at Dark Horse. Very good malt forward beer. Wonderful caramel aroma as well as taste. Maybe the most flavorable Octoberfest I’ve had. We’ll done.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Tap @ Dark Horse: Muddled burnt amber with a brown center. Opaque, skimmed with a thin, dark-khaki foam on top. Aroma of toasted CaraMunich malts, lots of semi-residual sweetness, light toffee, toasted bread, faint nuts, & a hint of sweet plum. Flavor is even more sweet up front, hitting heavy with loads of caramel malt, toffee, & plum flavors. Back-end shows more of a toasted breadiness with a light metallic twinge towards the finish. Strong toffee coated bread lingering in the aftertaste. A little heavy on the sweetness overall, but still not a bad O-fest.


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