Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours copper with a hwite head. Big malty nose. Taste is malty with some light peppery elements.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was very good. Lots of caramel color and flavor. Good hop presences. Finish was great, and there was lots of body in here. Great brew.
DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 (22 oz bottle, obtained in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!) This is a pretty big, malty, flavorful beer for an Oktoberfest, loaded up with sweet caramel, plus a prominent toastiness. Mild bitterness, most notably in the finish, so this is certainly a malt dominated beer. Unfortunately, the finish is a bit sugary sweet, but its offset by the bitterness that has picked up steam. Moderate alcohol comes out in the flavor as well. Malty nose, caramely and sweet. Dark amber color. Off-white head pours to an average size, slowly fades to a thin layer, and leaves a fair amount of lace in large patches. Not exactly what the Germans had in mind with this style, it’s much more hearty than almost all other beers in this category, but it’s an enjoyable, tasty brew.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Peachy brown. Nose has loads of caramel, similar caramel maltiness predominates in the flavor. Surprisingly hoppy for an Oktoberfest.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange-brown with a dense off-white head. Caramel, some mustiness. The flavor is malty with a surprising hop kick at the end. The body is medium with the hop kick again being a shock. Medium and farily dry. A real surprise.Yum
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
As red as a penny with a tightly wound bubbly head, this bear is nice for the looking.
Fresh cherries meet the nose, a thoroughly fresh malty aroma.
Big bodied with ample carbonation, this beer is at once tart, and creamy with a full-frontal malt presence.
Balancing hops quickly address the situation, but the finish is big with a bang, and a long, lingering liquorish finish ensues. Warming alcohol steps in. Nice.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Quite frankly, I am very impressed with this offering. Pours beautiful orangeish amber color with a fluffy head. Tiny little bubbles effervesce. Aroma has a nice amount of slightly roasted malts and finely selected hops. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Very well balanced - not overly malty like some marzens. This is an all night long beer. Smuttynose is one of my favorite brewers and this is quite the lager.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color of this “Big Old Beer” is a lucent burnished copper with a modest head that is semi-creamy in texture; the color a beauteous light tan and the lace a tight clinging sheet to conceal the glass. Ah the crisp and fresh aroma of hops, sweet malt, a maybe a bit of raisins, spicy and nice this nose. Start is sweet with a nice malt profile, top is fair to middling in its feel. Finish is masterfully hopped, the acidity stern and the aftertaste quite dry and the hops stay with you till the end, a fine drinking beer, form a great brewery.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Smutty Octoberfest had a huge head that dissipated quickly over an orangy color. Pretty ok hoppy taste. Nothing hugely amazing about this one. I'd rather have the Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale over this one any day.
TogBean (47) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was hopeful with this one. I was in the mood for the holidays and thought this would be a nice start. I was wrong. It started great, red/amber in color, a good head that left behind a nice lacing. Fruity/spicey aroma with mild hops and a hint of malt but that's where the good ends. There wasn't much flavor at all and it had a bitter/unpleasant aftertaste. This one didn't live up to the hype.