otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: typical Märzen hues of rubies, garnets, and ambers brilliantly polished. Coppery head lingers as a collar and swirls thick, but no lace either way.
Nose: toffee breads crunchy and caramelized and just a smidge moist. Chestnuts and acorns roasting. Whole grains crunch. Red-hot embers and firewood in the back. Nutmeg. Bark, piles of leaves changing color for the season.
Palate: thin and clean, she is sweet in the middle, finishing dry and woody. Within her sweetness is crunchy toffee and pumpernickel crust glazed in said crunchy toffee. Smoke in the back of breath, red-hot and embers. Nutmeg mingles within the toffee crunchy while the essence of leaves changing is a subtle permeation – gives the impression of an autumn chill in the air. Chestnuts and acorns in the fire-hot smoke and toffee.
Final Thoughts: way better than I was expecting. The flavors were seamless and even though I call the sunny state of Florida home, I felt as though I was right there in the mountains painted in autumn hues. Fantastic.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first taste of this was not good at all. But, after I became accustomed to it it was much better. A bold flavored beer. I bought this this the first week in september so i feel pretty special considering the commercial description says its not available till the last friday in september.
rejtable (1727) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at carlsbad brewpub. Nose is malty sugar sweet. Flavours of syrup, plums English tea. Taste light bitter light sweet. Medium/light body with light carbonation.
Fatehunter (1647) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a finger and half of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is caramel candy and wet grain. On the bold side.
The taste is caramel sweetness with mild pine bitterness. Nicely balanced.
The texture is chewy with crisp edges and moderate carbonation.
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with no head at all. Strong malty notes with a hint of hops. Dry taste with a strong sense of malt. Kind of lacking spice, and a little bland, but not terrible.
ghawener (1522) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - DEC 19, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: At Pat and Oscars to try the restaurant and by the way a new brew. Foods was good, and the beer ok.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Getting notebook online. Draft at SDFOB 2007. Poured copper with a small white head. Flavors were just not right. The bitter of the hops and and sweet malt fought. Or maybe the malt was just bitter. Not my thing.
RedSox2004 (1436) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber orange with a small rocky head with good retention but lttle lacing. Rich malt aromas feature bread and caramel. Toasted malt flavors with a caramel sweetness offset by lightly bitter hops. Light to medium body, gentle carbonation, and a dry malty finish. Very drinkable.
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Clear golden pour with a froth of white foam. Aroma is a light toasted malt smell with some sweetness and a generic, bland lager aspect. Taste is lightly toasted malt with sweet malt and perhaps some minimal hop bitterness. Doesn’t taste much like an Octoberfest or marzen - more like a generic lager with a bit of toasted malt.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap. Pours clearish amber with a moderate white head, specks of lace. Smells caramelly sweet malty, slightly cereal. Tastes the same, plus a little bit of metallic flavor. Thin, smooth body with good carbonation.