raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark oarnge.Medium head,is off white and decent lasting. Mainly malty-toast,toffee/caramel, sweetness. Light earthy, hop aromas. Fizzy mouthfeel,medium body,and wimpy texture. Sweet malt flavors. Mainly caramel/toffee. Finish is pronounced toasty,malty.Lingering earthy/herbal hop notes. Not too much flavor,except the finish,but quite sweet. Not one of my favorite O'fests.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A medium bodied sweet caramel malt in this orange brew. Thought it was going to be too sweet, but the finish was just dry enough. Tasted "fresh" to me.
argo0 (10338) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2002
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 (10/25/06) Crystal clear copper body with small but creamy beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, cookie, some floral, light earthy. Taste is medium sweet, earthy, some caramel, medicinal. Light-medium body, some acidity. Better than the first time I tried it, but that’s not saying much. (6/3/4/3/9)
(11/16/02) Cloudy rusty copper body with a small tan head. Aroma is moderately caramel, as well as some toastiness. Taste begins sweet, but finishes intensely lemon sour. Not pleasant, though I wonder if it was mishandled, ’cause my description bears little resemblance to anyone else’s. (5/2/3/1/6)
heykevin (1269) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet and worty. Very very sweet. Hops very muted. Lots of caramel sweetness. Not good.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful head and marvelous clarity. The malt is lighter, more in the style of Victory or Dominion. Light, but fine.
jsquire (2951) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep copper color with a nice fluffy head and a very malty sweet nose. Relatively sweet with a nice bitter in the finish to balance it off. Okay, but not very interesting.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes very German. Has that sweet caramel type taste to it. Much better than Sam Adam’s Oktobercrap.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like. This is what good Octo fests are all about. Unlike many U.S. interpretations of the style this one stays true to tradition and is actually lagered, which results in the nice smooth, crisp, clean taste of fall.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep golden to amber color with a large, pillowy head that disappears completely. Aroma is of caramel and general malt. Caramel malts up front and leaning towards a fairly clean, lightly bitter finish. Light in body. A good beer, but nothing to get excited about outside of the visual impression.
Ernest (5605) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2002
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 2006 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light to medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (vege-cereal, husks, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, husky/unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. About as bad as last year’s batch, but in a slightly different way. The aroma is almost like liquid dog food as it gets warmer. Pretty gross.