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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
A bolder, toastier take on an Oktoberfestbier dry-hopped for added complexity

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (3756) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/2014. Pours light hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toast, raisin, brown sugar, pear, apple, light grape, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with solid balance of malt and yeast ester notes; but they are very muted. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, pear, apple, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, pear, apple, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with some lightly cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is moderately well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid imperial oktoberfest. Decent balance/complexity and big robustness of flavors; and pretty smooth to sip on. A fairly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
12oz bottle serve in a DFH IPA glass A - Brilliant pecan brown body with an active off-white head. No lacing and lackluster head make this a single color beer. S - Big malts, some general hops on the edges, sweet and clean aroma. T - Caramel malts, bready, sweet, toffee, it has a peppery overtone that creates a nice bite against the string malt base. Fall spices, all spice and nutmeg come to mind. Notions of sweet pumpkin, but that could be a placebo effect. Super sweet with some welcoming alcohol swimming in on the finish. M - Low to medium carbonation, syrupy body, medium with some minor lift from the carbonation. Could use a touch more carbonation. This is a malt bomb. There’s almost enough hop edge to combat it. The syrupy elixir provides memories of fall, spicy treats and an overall warmness. You have to know what you’re getting into with this beer. It’s uber sweet with hints of roundness toward the finish. Serving type: bottle 10-17-2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11790) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of caramel, fruitiness and toasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of caramel, fruitiness, light toasted malt and a hint of earthiness with a crisp fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear dark amber with a half finger off-white head. Aroma of fruit, nuts and caramel. Taste is heavily sweet. Fruit, nuts and caramel. Full bodied with a slightly sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, awesome. I’ve never been a fan of the mar zen style until this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle:   Deep amber, a bit of a copper hue, moderate foamy light beige head, nice lacing.   A bit more hoppy and citrusy than your normal Marzen on the nose.   Me Like!   Chewy on the tongue, caramel, bready malts, but also citrusy and a bit hoppy.   More hoppy than most.   This is a really well balanced example that has the bitterness and sweetness in balance.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Finishes hoppy, but also with a citrusy sweetness, caramel breadiness, and some biscuit.   This is not your normal over the top bready/mealy/biscuity Oktoberfest, this one has some hop bitterness and citrus sweetness to really balance it out.   Hard to believe this is 8.5%.   This one really worked for me!   Thanks Bob!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4370) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(Backlog) 12 oz bottle. Amber in color with a small beige colored head. The smell is malty, sweet, toffee, rich, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malt, grain, sticky, and candy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UncleKorm (1143) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle poured a clear orange hue w/ large thick head w/ lacing. Big bold sweet honey aroma. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are honey, malt, caramel, and a light orange citrus. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel, lively carbonation, and a warm finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (4394) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2013
12 oz. Clear copper-amber with a lasting film of cream. Mild nose of rich caramel and spicy dry grass. Flavors of spicy caramel, toast, lightly sour tangelo, peppery dried grass and just barely a note of alcohol. Nice balance of the rich malty flavors provided by the dry grass and minty finish. Medium-heavy body is smoothly carbonated with a light tongue tingle from the hops and a pleasant touch of warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
csaso (1818) - Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle - average size foamy head, medium clear amber color, sweet caramel malty aroma and flavor, fair hop balance, syrupy mouthfeel - OK overall, expected a little better ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Milky honey blond with a monster white crown that takes way to long to reacquaint with the shandy below. Aroma of orange, lemon and sugar. Taste is all wrong and sweet with orange, lemon, orange rind and pithy notes.

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