YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Secret Santa Joss - you are the bestest Known Santa :-) Very light amber color, no head, soft carbonation. Light malt and honey nose. Herbal floral, malt in the middle, bitter, peppery finish - long lasting aftertaste.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best before August 2005 33cL bottle consumed on 12/4/05. Sent to me from Bogdi1, thanks Juha!
Pours a deep cherry pie meat red, with some burnt ambers, light beige and auburns swirling about, and a mostly diminishing off-white head that is retained well at cover and provides ample lacing. Plenty of sediment in the bottle and appears to be bottle conditioned.
Aroma is sweet and creamy, with only light fruits (cherries, raisins, light berries) and mainly a sweet caramel and vanilla cream. Fresh toasted barley malts, with even some green, leafy, lightly spicy hops. Full and round, it’s one of those aromas that really fills up the senses. Flavor is unlike any other Oktoberfest I’ve had. Lacking the grainy, drying, bready maltiness that is so dominant to the style, this one has a more reserved, creamy sweetness, toffee and caramel with vanilla and a fair amount of hop flavor (green, leafy, lightly spicy floral notes). Moderate bitterness on end as well complements the creamy sweet malts. Relatively low roast character, a slight dark brown bread sort of aspect is passing, with more earthiness and light spice. Low, natural carbonation and a creamy, fluid texture. The hops are amped up a bit in this example, moreso than traditionally done, but not too much so that it ruins the balance. No alcohol apparency, surprisingly light yeast apparency.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark copper with a thin diminishing white head. Malty, somewhat roasted nose. Hoppy, earthy, refreshing flavour. Great bitterness.
Ingevara (746) - SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Inviting color and a slim head. The smell is full of roasted malt and the deep and hoppy aroma contains lots of syrupy biterness and well balanced alcohol. It’s rich in flavour, something to drink slowly and again and again.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Dark amber with a nice, dense head. Very filling with a solid amount of malt sugars and some great hops to add both aroma and a rather distinct bitterness. A delicious brew - as most Nils Oscars. 050801
yngwie (11750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2006 Bottle. Nice head that disappeared to quick. Dark, copper color. Aroma with lots of malt, but also delicious fruity hints. The taste has some roasted element, but mostly malt-flavour, with a little alcohol in it.Quite balanced. Finishes with a light bitter aftertaste. Its a shame I only bought one bottle. (050825)
MiP (12840) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very malty, slightly roasted aroma. Copper colour, small creamy head. Dusty, malty, roasted flavour. Some hop aroma, bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel.
oh6gdx (19642) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper brown, very small white head. Aroma of malt and a bit of caramel. Strong malty taste, and a dry aftertaste. Wellbalanced. It took me a while to "get used" to the strong malt taste, but before my glass was empty I liked it much.
TBone (11287) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (BB 03/2005)
Dark copper brown with small off-white head. Excellent aroma of barley/bread with hints of caramel. Medium-bodied, malty with good balance of bread-like barley and soft flowery hops. Also roasted tones found. Balanced märzen (one of the best in this style), only finish is lacking some extra tickles. As in this style often, gives a long dry aftertaste to mouth.
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful dark copper to amber color. Fine white head that slowly vanishes. Strong bitterness crossed with malt and hops. The beer has an earth-like feel which I often find and like in Oktoberfests. Thanks Eructoblaster for another good Nils Oscar!