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.
canary dog (582) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This stuff is dynamite. Pure, crisp body. Light bronze in color with quickly fading head. Sharp. Caramel malt note is very tastefully done. Just a bit more hops than typical for this style, but it is very well blended with the rich malts. Very fine, pleasant nose. Malty and buttery, but never cloying: just like the body. Smooth. Perhaps just a hint of smokiness, just a speck. The best beer I have had in a long, long time. Excellent.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best version I have ever had, my friend and i did a tasting 6 Oktoberfests and this one won the cake.Huge toastiness to balance,malt and hops.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This big beer series is awesome. All I’ve tried so far have been terrific. This octoberfest is, of course, malty. Full, well rounded body, light hoppiness, very well done beer. One of my favorite octoberfests.
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.
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.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Overall I like this beer however it is definetly not true to the "oktoberfest" style. A lot maltier, darker and hoppier than any German Oktoberfest. This is a very big Oktoberfest and I will be drinking much more of this. I am really liking this Big Beer Series.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice medium amber, with a large tan head that mostly recedes, leaving small bit of lace. Aroma is a pleasant mix of toasted malt, some caramel malt, and a bit of hops. Flavor carries on the caramel, less toast than the aroma had, and ends with a nice crisp hoppiness that wisks the other flavors away. Medium in body, medium carbonation, very easy drinking.
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.
jgb9348 (3970) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby tinted amber colour with a perfectly dense light tan head. Aroma of pumpkin, malt, caramel and a light nutmeg. Medium-bodied; Sweet flavour mixed with plentiful malt and some spices. Aftertaste full of sweetness-caramel, caster sugar and a bit of natural sugars from raisins, etc. Overall, a pretty good beer and a pleasant twist on the style. I bought this 65 cL bottle from Norm's in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 19-November-2003.