bnoel09 (432) - Elk Grove, California, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light mahogany color with a thick cream colored head. Aroma is very toasty with some caramel and earthy hops. Flavor matches the aroma perfectly. Medium bodied. It's been awhile since I've had an Octoberfest but this one is decent.
JamesMichael (5) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - SEP 16, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice! Bottle from Fallpack at local Smith’s. Comparing this to Sam Adams Octoberfest - no contest whatsoever! Smooth, mellow, amber color with nice, full, lingering white head. Bready, doughy, earthy, roasted, and hearth-like. All things good and fall in a bottle. Question: Why doesn’t SN offer this as a stand alone in 6s, 12s, and growlers? The Nut Brown and the Vienna Lager are ok I guess, but including their standard Pale Ale in a "Seasonal" collection like this is just plain a rip off. I’ll be searching this one out on tap locally to to see if I can remedy the situation.
fidelis83 (1952) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber to copper pour with a tall, chunky to creamy beige head that has great retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is cereal, toffee, spicy, herbal and floral hops. Flavor is toffee, caramel, a touch of molasses, a hint of anise, crusty bread, and floral, herbal and spicy hops. Medium body, syrupy to slightly chewy feel throughout and medium, somewhat sharp carbonation. Good stuff, a very robust, dark malt take on the style, but good nonetheless.
fattybladdy (555) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, dark amber in appearance. Aroma is mild, slight maltiness. Taste of bready malt with light hops.
wlajwl (3874) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is caramel, light toffee, malts and slightly perfumed/fruit. The flavor is fruit, malts, caramel, a bready backbone, mild earthiness and citrus hops/slight bitterness in the finish.
Getbetter (839) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle.The pour is a dark orange with a frothy white head.Theres caramel,nutty notes, medium body, slick.
strongpieman (1494) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark copper color, clear, foamy off white head. Malty, a little sweet, long finish that coats the mouth. Okay for style
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This looks and smells fine, but the beer is much too sweet with caramel malts for my taste. A common trend with oktoberfests for me.
beertholomeus (784) - California, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with a white head. Malt, caramel, toffee and earthy hop aroma and flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a slightly sweet taste. Caramel malt finish.
nakedwhendrunk (2081) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a semi- dark red almost brown color. A one finger white foamy head rests a top of the beer. Silky thin and smooth soapy lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
The smell takes a really nice roasted nuttiness to blanket a real assault of caramel and toffee malts, wonderfully combined and powerful.
The taste took the previously mentioned flavors and added a nice sweet stickiness that almost appears larger than life in the flavoring. There’s a long sweet roasted nutty caramel/toffee aftertaste with a semi-dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me. Such smooth silky graceful nuttiness just rolls over my tongue very nicely.
Overall, I liked this one for me, though it could be just a tad different than some other Oktoberfests this one really plays up a sweet sticky maltiness that is really nice.