MiP (12863) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught. Good malt aroma. No head. The flavour is nicely malty with a little sour hint. Seems slightly infected, but not too bad. Slightly spicy hop note.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted cereals and spicy hops coalesce in this quenching, simple Oktoberfest.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam surfs the hazy dark amber.
-The finish is quite forgettable, sadly. A tad underhopped?
-The crunchy malt profile makes for a nice body.
-The spiciness and prominent cereals made me hallucinate rye at times...
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear deep mahogany with a nicely-lacing white head. Malty sweet, authentic German aroma has some hints of noble hops. Starts with a nice, sweet malty palate, some grainy character and a touch of green, grassy hops. Finishes crisp. A good oktoberfest.
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured cloudy medium amber with a short, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted caramel and bready notes accented by rustic earth and leafy hoppage.. really well presented. The flavor found mostly caramel along with some bready notes and a hint of molasses at the core.. light malt-inspired sourness and a hit of dry earthy bitterness around.. a little more sour through the finish, along with some residual sugars. Medium-bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. tartness was a little odd, but seemed somewhat intentional (as opposed to many infected bottles I’ve had from the same brewer).. OK feel and flow. Not bad.
TaktikMTL (5396) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée avec MartinT. Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel et d’houblons. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de caramel fruité avec une pointe d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #3338)
Suttree (4744) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brownish orange, thin ring of foam. Sweet aroma - some caramel, some fruity notes, too - like, maybe melon? maybe? Flavor is the expected caramel/toffee, play some fruityness like I smelled at first. Kinda odd, but tasty.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Earthy hops and large carmel malt aroma is appealing. Hazy amber-brown with thin, tan head that diminishes to ring. Earthiness and light spiciness in the flavour with some caramel sweetness and gentl bitterness in the finish. Body is medium but watery and a bit still and cloying. Bottle.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Jan 04: Bottled, 22 oz, unfiltered & bottled-conditioned. Very dark, cloudy-to-opaque, medium dying head. Powerful earthy-cedar-toffee nose, loads going on there. Flavor starts out a bit thin, but strong earthiness develops, with some nice hop hints at the end. Caramel, grass/hay, slight saltiness. Nice balanced fairly strong thick finish. Many of my friends thought the unfiltered overly-yeasty character worked against the style; I have mixed feelings about it, but I think this is worth a try. 7/3/7/4/14 3.5
Dec 05: This year’s model, or at least this bottle is pretty sour and lactic...the nose is still nice and earthy, bit smoky and nutty, but the body is vinous and disfigured by soured milk at the finish. Couldn’t finish it. Rating, for the moment, a combination of the two. 7/3/5/2 11 2.8
CapFlu (4253) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) I had some guests visiting and they are a keen beer-exploration bunch so I cracked this out. It was supposed to be a marzen though I found the malt notes and nuttiness to be more becoming of a Brown Ale. It poured a beige creamy head and a amber-brown body. The nose carried notes of caramel malt and a honey sweetness. This was far better than I had expected... and a perfect follow-up to the Quelque Chose I previously fed them. Very impressed. Many thanks Muzzlehatch!
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle aged some 5 or 6 months and shared with OldGrowth on 3/14/06
A settled bomber yields a muddy caramel body, even from the top of the bottle, with a beige-almond head that slowly recedes to cover and then a light ring. Tiny, bottle conditioned bubbles burst vibrantly at the surface, creating a sparkling appearance.
Fruity (apples, pears, peaches) yeast notes combine with soft, authentic caramel notes, with a drying nuttiness and a touch of bread. Soft and surprisingly mild, but yet deep fruit flavors and a gentle sweetness from the caramel malt, really soothe the nostrils.
Flavor begins, again, fruity (cherries, apples, dates, raisins) though the malt really intertwines here to produce a caramelized, sugary-sweet fruitiness that slowly gives way (and not ever completely) to light earthy vienna-like malts. Kind of like an English dark mild, though far less roasty/toasty character. Extremely soft and round texure, one of the prime examples I have seen. Yet it does no lack for carbonation, though that is certainly low. Malty, overall, but bitter enough up front from the, now old, hops. Yeasty with some breadiness growing as it warms with dry, soily and crusty flavors emerging regularly. No alcohol apparency. Different than what was probably intended fresh, but interesting in its own right now, and further proof that McNeills beers are not infected bombs waiting to happen.