BigDogLiquor (31) - Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a excellent seasonal. I really enjoyed the blend used in creating this. It was almost as if it had more of the fall, Christmas style aroma than a typical Oktoberfest beer.
beer_rookie (220) - USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper gold color. Two finger head, okay lacing. Itís not clear, itís a little cloudy, and a little sediment floating around in there.
Aroma is amazing. Itís quite malty, and a little hoppy. Quite bready. It is quite sweet smelling. It smells like a Caramello bar. Such a high caramel aroma, I want to take a bath in it..
With a nose like that you would expect the taste to follow suit. But not so fast. Iím a little disappointed in the taste. Itís very malty in taste, itís also a little hoppy. Itís bready. Itís sweet, but Iím not so much tasting the caramel I was smelling. Iím really tasting the malts. Itís very bready to the taste. Itís a little sweet, but very bready.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Itís easy drinking. Itís sweet, and dry. Thereís barely any bitterness. Itís highly drinkable, and 6.1% ABV, is barely noticeable. Itís medium body at best. Maybe just a tiny bit of bitterness on the finish.
Overall, this is really good. Absolutely try this one if you can find it. I wish that caramel on the nose could make it into the taste. But otherwise, itís still a fine Marzen!
MorganBaughman (147) - Long Beach, Mississippi, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
We had this beer at the 2013 Tops of the Hops in Biloxi, MS. Our friend Chris hated it and immediately dumped it out. I liked it. It had a caramel color but a chocolately taste.
Nosambee (2) - Malvern, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this brew overall. Diamond Bear had a tasting session at a local liquor store (Celebrations Wine and Spirits) in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Iím not going to break it down by color, head, lacing, etc. Iíll just say that it is a flavorful beer that was well worth the money in many aspects. I had tried a few other brews of Diamond Bearís in the past and all were acceptable, but this one was exceptional IMPO. I donít want to tout it as being the best Iíve had, but its definitely worth a try.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours clear and amber with flashes of copper and a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is an eclectic assortment of maltiness, toastiness, nuttiness and fruitiness Ė fruitcake drizzled with warm liquid toffee. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is fairly rich and malty, but not sweet - excellent balance. In fact, this actually trends slightly bitter in the finish. Whatís not to like? Bottle courtesy of BVery!
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GABF, new State! Pours a nice looking deep copper with a fluffy head that lasts. Nose is crisp and fresh, nice bready notes and some spicy noble hops. On taste, much hoppier than anticipated, really nice bitterness that verges toward a dark pilsner. Lots of bready melanoidins and spicy hop flavors. Very decent beer.
handsomejn (72) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank the 2008 version at the brewery on tap and in the bottles I brought home. Medium rich on the palate, pours a nice copper color with a modest head and some lacing. I really liked the aftertaste, both on the palate and in the nose. The mild hop bite at the end is the thing that sets this one apart. Very nice. Best year so far for Diamond Bear.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold with a thin white head. Smells malty and sweet. Tastes biscuity with a nice breaddy finish.
popery (1741) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a bright amber-brown with a rocky off-white head. The aroma is mostly caramel with an earthy yeast tone and an herbal hoppiness. The malt has a tasty German character. Itís a bit nutty. Itís mildly sweet with a drying finish and a gentle hop bite. Thereís a lot of nice German flavor bouncing around. Easy to drink and fairly refreshing. Mouthfeel is pretty standard. Average carbonation. A bit slick. This is a surprisingly tasty beer, particularly for one that I was mostly looking forward for the state tick. Itís got some nice, authentic German flavor and a nicely balanced tone.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint on tap. In my opinion, the best beer from Diamond Bear Iíve had. Dull copper color, clear, no real head or lacing...Nice aroma. Malty, caramel-tastiní, little bite. Iím partial to the style, I like this one lots! The sweetness at the end is nice, too.