zizzybalubba (1645) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from The Hop Yard, Raleigh, NC. Dark brownish-orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt met with an almost cherry-like presence. The taste is a nice balance of sweet caramel and a fruity essence that keeps this from becoming dull. Some moderate alcohol warming. Not a traditional marzen but that is not a bad thing in this case.
dfinney23 (2317) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bigger, badder Oktoberfest, sweet and toasty and boozy. Certainly not traditional but it works.
scotchzombie (438) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear reddish-orange with a fast dwindling white head. Aroma is bread, caramel malt. Perky in the palate and quite dry. Sweet caramel malts, toasted grains, some dark fruit, even apple. Rides a mild current of booze. Very short with minimal aftertaste. Strong offering but not a top notch 'fest.
deyholla (8573) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber orange with a tan head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Flavor has lots of sweet grains with a bit of toffee and some underlying booziness. Flavor is similarly sweet with notes of sweet grain, caramel and cookie backed by a bit of booze and toffee.
onceblind (5885) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear beautiful copper under a thick rocky light beige head. Lovely nose of boozy caramel and a touch of floral grassy notes, and a light kiss of sweet cantaloupe. Creamy sweet flavor of boozy nougat, caramel, blonde toasted biscuit, and sweet floral hop resins with very low bitterness--hops for a light flavor balance only. Appropriate booze and sweetness levels with a good caramel base.
b3shine (6911) - Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Looks good for the style; a transparent amberish caramel with foamy off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells Offaly and mildly toasty with notes of plum, toffee, and lager yeast. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable; almost like a quad with lager yeast.
TheCaptMatey (189) - Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber with little or no head. Sweet malty aroma of honey. Very sweet with notes of oranges and malt. Do not really notice the hops, but did feel the alcohol. Was intrigued by this decked out Marzen and it didn?t disappoint by introducing some interesting flavors.
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear copper with a small tan head.
Bread-heel, caramel aroma.
Caramel malt, boozy taste....
Fairly sweet and sticky....sugary..then a clingy and boozy finish.
Not an easy drinker.
degbert (1443) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep red-brown with a shallow, lacy, fine-grained off-white head. Nose is caramel, golden raisins, cooked apples, tea, and smoke. Sweet and caramelly, with a lot of boozy flavor behind it; I don’t get much dry-hopping at all, but it’s definitely more extracted and more emphatic than your average Oktoberfest offering. Velvety on the tongue, it’s got definite weight behind it, and stays right in the caramel/toffee range. Reminds me of a good, rich bread pudding. Finish is heavy, boozy, and sweet; definitely a confectionery beer. Nice.
shrubber85 (9325) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light milky caramel malt and hay aroma. Amber with moderate head. Sweet creamy caramel malt and moderately bitter grass/orange peel/alcohol flavor. Rough.