MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Grapefruit seep into wooden smoke and straw, offering acidity among the BBQ notes.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam garnishes the hazy amber.
-Mouthfeel is rather dry and prickly.
-The smokiness is soft throughout.
-This is as well executed as all Oxbox brews I’ve had.
-Smoke and grapefruit is not the intuitive flavor combo out there, so some mental ajustment is necessary to truly enjoy this one.
DocLock (9348) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Hazy straw pour with off-white head. Nose was caramel malt, noble hops. Tasted caramel malty, with notes of toffee, noble hops, and an earthy finish.
mansquito (4932) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer Street, Brooklyn tap: pours amber with a white head. Aroma is bacon, malts, caramel. Taste is not at smoky but hets smoky at the finish. Taste is complex and pretty weird. Kind of candy like flavor in some sense. Nice and yeasty. Interesting.
dogfish120love (1090) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark orange with brown hues. The aroma is bacon and smoked malt. The flavor is somewhat sweet, but for the most part dry. Not an Oktoberfest, but good
kaser (5181) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Orange and cloudy. Draft at their brewpub. Pumpkin and spices tons flavor and the smoke brings it along. Nicely done
Bulk_Carrier (3407) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VT.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a moderately semi-dark hazy ruddy brown color with no head nor lacing (bar pour, so I’m not worried).
The smell started off with big malty, but not overly sweet, smokiness. A light contour of meatiness runs in to balance nicely.
The taste copies the aroma nicely adding a nice little kick of earthy to musty flavor coincides nice enough to balance nicely. Earthy malt in the aftertaste runs into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a light sessionable malty alcohol quality about it on my tongue.
Overall, nice Bier de Garde, I’d have again.
Jow (3226) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at rattle couldn’t resist a Maine flight. Reddish copper pour. Nose is smoke and spice. Tate of soaked bread, some currants, rum spice, caramel and more smoke than I would have thought. Pleasant interesting brew.
Reynolds314 (3236) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hugely underrated beer. Amber color with eggshell head. Aroma is toasty nutty malts, a solid peppery yeasty backbone with mild sweetness that drys out with a touch of smoke.
ClarkVV (5210) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Portland location, 10/11/15.
It’s possible that this has changed significantly since last year, as this is now listed as a smokey biere de garde and the alcohol was bumped from 5.5% to 6.0%. But it’s inconclusive based on the ratings, so I’m not going to split it, but will try to get more info.
Deep amber with chestnut brown and auburn hues. Light beige head is small and fades rapidly to cover/ring. Good clarity.
Light smoke, more phenolic than anything, in the nose is joined by vanilla, boisterous fruitiness (raspberries, grapes, cherries) and a lovely, elegant yeast profile that is peppery, earthy and just as charming as it always is from Oxbow. Light caramel/toffee and baked bread notes are given off by the malt while no flaw or alcohol is noted.
A great oktoberfest should be primarily two things, IMHO: malty and dry. Malty because that’s what German lagers are known for and dry because, well, festbiers are session beers, ultimately. This does it perfectly on both counts. Sweet bread and toffee up front give way to earthy, hay, plentiful peppery phenols and very light smokiness. Some esters mix with this very enjoyably and you’ve got yourself a pretty solid example of a BdG (malt-driven, but with ample yeast character and dry overall) that still preserves the spirit of a German festbier. Clean, really well-done and incredibly drinkable.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
LSAT Freedom Trip #94. Keg at the brewery. Hazy orange, large foamy tan head, fair retention. Aroma of smoke, bready malt, caramel, mild spice and nuts. The taste is toffee, smoke, bready malt, nuts, spice. Medium bodied.