adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. When I picked this up, I figured out was a festbier aka a märzen but it’s not. Maybe "fest" for the holidays? Somewhat hazy, burnt orange appearance with a nice, tan head. Toasty caramel, munich malty, hay, grassy, a touch citrusy hoppy aroma. Medium to full bodied. Caramel, Munich malty dominated flavor with a mild grassy, a touch piney/citrusy hoppy, lightly nutty flavor with a note of spiced gingerbread. Very sessionable and overall quite solid.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10/26/11. session fest bottle at azwine.
red amber with soft ow head.
a + f are pine, mild citrus, spicy hops, caramel, faint choco, a little numb-ing hop wise.
nice hoppy red, crisp, very quaffable. tasty and again, sessionable. 7/3/7/4/16
Cavie (3842) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a white colored head. Aroma is dry grains, bitter with some earthy notes. Flavor is light spice, dry flavors, some caramel and roast. Finishes a bit watery with dry notes.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber orange, small foamy white head. Aroma of sweet bready malts. Taste is smooth sweet malt again with some light floral hops. Very easy to drink.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bonus from 5000. Amberish/mahogany, nice off white head. Bready malts, decent hop character, well balanced, easy drink. It sat and warmed for awhile and a slight butter is coming through. Other than that decent overall.
FrankGrimes86 (1) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2011 does not count
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good and drinkable, but occasionally you get a medicinal flavor with the strength of this beer.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: Bottle from True Vine. It pours a nice deep amber color with a decent off white head. The nose is malty with notes of bread and caramel. Malt forward on the tongue with some bread but not a whole lot else. In true Session fashion it’s very drinkable. Light to medium body with average carbonation and a medium, bready finish. Pretty good brew.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 pack from somewhere. Full Sail does it again with Session Fest. Some nice hopping matches perfectly with the sweet caramel-flavored malt. Not much else to say other than making me love lagers.
blutt59 (6035) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, reddish amber color with soapy white foam, aroma is malty cardboard, flavor is malty with some background hops, finish is a little metallic
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with a strong note of diacetyl (a buttered popcorn explosion!).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Wow, talk about a diacetyl bomb. Holy moly! It’s like buttered popcorn in liquid form. The malt and hops are noticeable underneath of course, but wow, that’s a whole lotta butta! It even conjures up walking into a movie theater it’s so striking. Yow. I realize the Session line is Full Sail’s bargain series, but this is really cutting corners to produce and leave behind this much diacetyl. Luckily it doesn’t affect the aftertaste or flavor balance too much, so I guess it would be drinkable if you hold your nose (or if you really like diacetyl).