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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2559) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Courtesy Beerlando. Dark cherry color with little head. Roasted grain, toffee, dark malt aroma. Taste is smooth woody, dark malt, bready with some bitterness in the taste. Really nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Courtesy Beerlando, from a somewhat compromised growler. Brown with a bit of off white carbonation. Great malt flavor, more similar to a dunkel than a lot of the festbiers I’ve had. Toasty and bready with mild bitterness. Medium body, smooth. Damn tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
From Growler - 2005. A powerful, spicey, malty, sweet powerhouse of an Octoberfest. As good as it gets - probably my ATF Fest beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Draft at darkhorse. Dark brown, hazy with cream head dissipating rather quickly. Nose was dry with hints of roasted nut and fruitiness. Somewhat dry finish, overal well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Draft at Dark Horse.Dark amber hue with a moderate off-white head that diminshed slowly with good lacing. Roasted sweet aroma. Medium body. Good well balanced flavor with a dry smooth long finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2005 Tap, Dark Horse Brewery. Dark brown beer with a big creamy head that is mostly lasting. Aroma is floral with malty sweetness. Flavor is very big for an oktoberfest. Lots of hops and caramel malts. Finish is dry, nice mouthfeel. Not to style, but an outstanding beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Dark Brown, light long lasting tan head. Kind of fruity mouthfeel, good. Followed with nuts and malts. Medium yet full body. Very good for unfiltered.Great. Wish I got it on Tap.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2004 2003 bottle. WOW. Bottle conditioned, hazy, dark brownish-tan with some light oranges. Good oatmeal colored head. Aroma is crisp, hoppy (quite a bit of bitterness) and has a hint of red raspberry. Opens up with a flavor so fresh, it dosent even taste bottled. Pure, clean spicy hops, full bodied, with plenty of toasted malt goodness. No harsh dry tones, no astringency, just incredible flavorful beer. If I was rating to style, this wouldnt get many points as it is very hoppy (too high alpha hops content for a marzen) but hell, this tastes so good, I dont care what style it is. Pure milk chocolate on the finish that lingers on.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2004
Dark brown with beige head. Fruity aroma with yoghurt, hops, coffee and toffee notes. Fruity flavor with coffee and butter tones.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2003
This is the darkest Oktoberfest I've encountered, pouring a dark red-brown with a light tan head. This is also a surprisingly hoppy beer. Floral, grassy, spicy and slightly bitter hops subdue the lighter caramel malts in both the aroma and the flavor. Not sure this really belongs under the Oktoberfest category, despite the name.


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