ChainGangGuy (4777) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a thin, white head and a few steady streams of carbonation.
Smell: Soft, light nose with only mild notes of bread malts, caramel, apple, florals, and spice.
Taste: Mild-tasting mixture of crisp grains and bread with a lightly sweet-tasting touch of caramel. Spicy, floral-toned Noble hops with a moderate amount of bitterness. Small hint of fresh orchard fruit arrives late. Dry, lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation providing for a carbonic bite.
Drinkability: It’s an adequate, American-born Oktoberfest. Clawhammer will do in an O-fest pinch, but there’re definitely better to have out there.
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty, sweet, bready- slight earthy/nuttiness to it. Goes down smooth tho. Pretty darn good, I would down a 750 with glee.
nick76 (4372) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is malty and a bit nutty with yeast and grassy hops. The appearance is amber gold with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter malty finish. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a decent beer.
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brownish pour. typical caramel malt dominate aroma. Flavor is much the same. Nothing special here.
sebletitje (9078) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours amber, off-white head
aroma is hoppy, some spices and malts.
flavor, caramel malts followed by thin bitter hop profile.Overall finish retains a good amount of sweet caramel, light spices also noted for some bitterness. Enjoyed this one a lot, more on the sweet side and not so much of the over hoppy seasonals out there.
douglas88 (8335) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to brentk56. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that goes down quickly. The aroma is full of those crisp malts, light banana that smells like Autumn. A easygoing smooth flavor; light hops, sweet malts, light banana. Smooth and nice. I could drink a few liters of this.
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as huge in the flavor dept, but very creamy and smooth. A solid highland offering, however not in my top tier of Ofests. I do always like to support NC breweries, though, so I’ll probably buy again.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle… Clear amber lager with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. Biscuity, caramelized, toffee nose with a hint of acetaldehyde. Medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. Well-balanced. Malty caramel sweetness balanced by spicy hop bitterness. Crisp, lightly bitter finish.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Clear amber orange color with a very small, foamy, off-white head. Poor head retention.
Aroma: Toasty, malty nose with some dough notes as well.
Flavor: Earthy malt, some grain, malt sweetness, and an alcohol bite. The bitterness seemed to be a bit off on this one.
Palate: Medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel and a medium, malty finish.
Overall: This one lacks a bit of crispness and just seems to sit there on your tongue. Everything just doesn’t quite come together with this one. Skip it in favor of better examples.
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper color. Aroma is spicy sweet. The flavor was more bland than the aroma would indicate. There were some hops in there but really not much more.