KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Midwest Brewfest, Wichita, KS.
Pours a deep amber with a sweet, sugary biscuit and sweet red wine aroma. Flavor is leafy pond malt. Average mouthfeel. Good marzen.
PhillyBeer2112 (2522) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2004 2004 version: I really don't know what's going on here. Originally it was virtually the same as their red ale, but this version was very different. I noted their grain bill was interesting and complex with 9 or 10 different malts, which explains why there was very little melanoidin character here, and instead a bit of a smoky and bitter roast note, with few hops. Strange vegetal flavors, maybe some DMS, hint at poor lagering, although I was informed that this did indeed spend 3 months in cold storage. Whatever, this brewery needs to refine its lager brewing techniques.
MWBF 2002: Extraordinarily hoppy: spicy resiny hops in aroma and flavor. Light caramel flavor. Wtf? So over-hopped for style and so similar to their Rock Island red, I had to go back and double check that I got the right beer...and I did. The only thing I can imagine otherwise is that they put Rock Island Red in the keg and mislabelled it as their OFest. Next step will be to try this at the brewpub. Otherwise I won't rate this as highly as the Rock Island red.