Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a beige head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Flavor of caramel malt and some fruit.
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark orange with long lasting lt tan head. Had a hard time picking up aromas, but what I did get was sligtly malty. Sweet flavor with hints of carmel and malt. sweet, long finish. Medium body, slightly sticky. Not too bad, but something is missing in the malty flavor department that I’d expect in an oktoberfest.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium dark orange. Clear in tone. Thin whitish cap slips quickly to set as a thin skim and collar. Lacing is drippy with some broken strings sticking.
Aroma is mildy sweet and toasted with toffee, darkly malty, sticky, clean, doughy, and what one would come to know as an O-fest type nose.
Flavors are fairly solid, toffeeish, sweet, brisk, and clean, perhaps a bit understated in the middle but the background of sticky breads and malty finish with light whispering herbal hops really brings it full circle. Standardly good taster.
Feel is medium bodied with a nice malty smooth texture and light sticky nuances. The middle is missing and the finish a bit weak even though the flavors tend to stick around much later after the fact. Could and should be beefier.
A fairly good offering; respectfully to style and drinks easy enough.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2007 12 oz bottle - Pours dark amber with a short tan head that lingers and laces pretty well. Aroma of caramel, and toffee. Flavor is caramel with much toffee influence. Finish is slightly bitter from the german hops. Palate is creamy and medium bodied. A nice seasonal brew. Glad I picked this one up.
BeerandBlues2 (10910) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Left Hand. Pours mahagony with a spotty, edgy tan head and lined lacing. Caramel sour malt (hay, straw) and yeast (sweat) aroma. Caramel malt bitter hop flavor with an acidic malty finish. Medium bodied and clean refreshing palate.
DocLock (8697) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Robert’s Reality for this. The pour was deep copper, with a 1 to 2-finger head. Caramel malt and some fruit was present in the aroma, with the flavor being caramel malt, some slight fruit, and some cabernet flavor in the finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at The Federal in Durham, NC. Clear copper color with thin white head. Nice caramel aroma and malty caramel flavor. Carbonation was very mild, which was a nice suprise.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured dark copper amber with no head or lacing.
Sweet malt aroma and flavor with a watery body.
To sweet for me.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet apple and caramel presense in this excellent Octoberfest beer!! Haven’t had a bad Left Hand product to date. Smooth and drinkable very good beer from a quality brewery.
Braudog (6041) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rusty red with a head that rapidly fizzes out. Robust caramel/roasty malt aroma. Bit more smoke in the flavor than anticipated, otherwise a pretty hearty caramel beer.