Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice full bodied brew. Has a nice head, with a warm aroma to it. Hint of chocolate with the malt and a nice amber color to it.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2003 Bright copper, thin head and lace. Nice nose of toast, fuzzy maltiness a bit of chocolate? Smooth feel with beautiful maltiness, some crispness, good bitterness and lots of style. A brew that can fill my cup many times in a night:) Drink on boys, good seasonal here.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good beer, but I thought it was a bit too hoppy for an octoberfest. Not very complex, but slightly aromatic. Harpoon’s done better.
hopscotch (8393) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2003 The very definition of a deep amber lager. Sparkling clear. Large, rocky, tan head.
The aroma is soapy and malty. Shoe leather and polish. Beefy with notes of dark bread.
The flavor is very rich and malty. Extremely sweet and toffeeish with just a hint of bitter hops… grapefruit rind. Not at all a balanced brew, but tasty.
Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Dry finish.
Not bad for an Oktoberfest… one of my least favorite styles.
Davhgbrew (747) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite beers. Aroma was great, nice golden appearance, and was perfectly smooth. Great beer from a great brewery! Re-rate 9/28/02 I remember this beer being a lot better, but then again I had it off tap in a glass. Still a real solid beer, and one of my favorites from Harpoon.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby copper hue. Nice beige head is moderately diminishing. Toasted malt aroma. Nice malts, sweet medium bodied, nice hops in the end. Very decent october brew.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Knowing that the only Harpoon beer I like is their Hibernian, I wasn’t expecting much from this Okto, despite its being one of the highest-rated Oktos on RateBeer. It’s a highly-hopped Marzen with plenty of malty bite. Sort of an imperial marzen, if there were such a thing, and I’m sure that’s what many like about it.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
a very dark, somewhat creamy beer, a bit under carbinated for my taste, not too hoppy, and a bit bland
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2003 Very dark amber color with a smooth taste and a slighty bitter finish. Not as flavorful as some of the German breweries, but overall really good for a local brew.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber, nice head, spicy hoppy nose with some sweet malt. Some chocolate in the malty flavor (a surprise there); hops don’t assert themselves so much in the flavor as in the nose; could use more flavor. An unusual interpretation of the style, but I enjoyed this more than the Paulaner O-fest that preceded it. Nicely done.