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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Brownish amber with a medium sized tan head. nice sweet malty aroma and taste. Medium bodied and quite fruity as well with some nuttiness, and a slightly bitter hop finish. This was a very enjoyable brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Sweet maltiness hints at nuts and sweetbread. Underlying chocolatiness. Medium bodied, a bit of hops peeks through at the end. Long sweet aftertaste. Beautiful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19192) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2003
Bottled. Pale brown with beige head. Citrusy hops up front. Fruity, malty and soft with loads of cookie malt. Quite bitter fruity finish. Very hop accented, but with good balance. Not even remotely similar to German oktoberfests, but a great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 16, 2003
This is definitely a beer that you don't drink straight from the fridge. Give it 10 minutes or so to warm up. It pours a murky brownish color with a small head. The aroma is sweet and malty. This brew is medium bodied. Personally, I prefer the appearance of a filtered O'fest, but the flavors on this puppy are hard to dispute. Pretty nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2003
This beer pours with a dark reddish brown body topped by a medium thick to thick off white, foamy head with good lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a nice fruitiness and a touch of hops. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter with more hops than malt showing through. The finish is slightly bitter. Medium bodied and smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2003
Dark, dark orange, brown color. Sugar, toasted almonds, sweet candy nose. Lively mouthfeel with a very lasting and sticky coating. Sweet flavor with some toffee. Low on the hops. I'm enjoying this.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2003
This is my first Oktoberfest beer. Medium to dark brown color. Can't really pick out any specific smell. Hoppy beer. Bitter. Not great flavor but generally good mouth appeal.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2002
A good Oktoberfest. Sweet spicy and malty with a good deal of hops thrown in.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2002
Also my first new fest this year, Darren, sad to say now that we’re deep in November. I drank more last year when I was trying to the style in homebrewing. In any event, this was worth the delay, to be sure, a beuatifully bellowing creature of a fest with full, hearty tuba noted malts and the sharp spiced hops trumpeting in. Nicely done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2002
More sweet and bocklike (I know they’re both lagers) than your Aying and Schafly Octoberfest subtle wonders of the world. Also quite the hop presence as proc has noted. Brassy and bold and, well, pretty good. I’ll send you one!


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