nathan30533 (904) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good harvest season brew. Malty with a caramel taste and sweet smell. Good forming head and good lacing. Good brew.
TheBeerGod (5595) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - gift from my friend Noel. Copper pour with a short, dense tan head. Aroma is caramel, bread, earthy notes, and dark fruit. Taste is big caramel and chewy malt up front with earthy hops, fruit notes, dark bread, grass and toffee behind them. Body is medium-full and rather chewy with a moderate, creamy carbonation. Finishes with more caramel, big malt, light toffee, dark fruit, bready notes, earthy hops and soft grassy notes. Tasty!
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mostly clear deep re3ddish amber under a sticky, off-white head.
Bright, sweet fruity aroma.
Sweet and syrupy. You could pass this off as an English Barleywine. Definitely not to style for a Oktoberfest/ Marzen.
b3shine (6761) - Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to taster (thanks jmborggren). Looks good; a transparent brownish-orange with off-white lacing. Smells solid; doughy and hoppy. Tastes like it smells with a nice malty backbone that’s pleasant on the palate. A great example of the style.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured deep, clear amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma and flavor were bread, some nutty malt and spicy noble hops, hints of wood, toffee. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Medium weight. Alcohol is well-hidden. Pretty solid.
PorterPounder (6291) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jacksonville, Fl - Grassroots Natural Market - 22 oz bomber. Pours a sparkling dark copper, light, but persistent off-white head that leaves a wee bit of lacing. Aroma is pleasant with some nutty accents, a hint of bubblegum. Flavor is interesting with some slight pear-like fruitiness, a bit of caramel, some brown sugar and a touch of ripening vegetables. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. Pretty solid.
Gachupines (1091) - USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a thick white head. Aroma is big nutty malt with some mild hops. Flavor is a good bit hoppier than a standard marzen, it’s actually like they took 420 and turned it into a Oktoberfest. Surprisingly good, but definitely not a traditional German Oktoberfest.
maxwelldeux (4169) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark amber color with a moderate white head. Very malty and slightly sweet in the nose. Slightly sweet and some hints of caramel in this nice example for the style.
NachlamSie (2998) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Greenlife. Pours a cloudy amber hue with a sizable white head. The aroma is leafy with toffee and wood. I’m fairly pleased with this stronger marzen. It’s pretty crisp and the alcohol is not noticeable. The flavor has caramel goodness with plenty of cereal and bittersweet wooden notes. The hops definitely manage to come through on this one, but aren’t extra strong. Pretty decent, especially for a Georgian brewery who specializes in ales.
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Sherlock’s in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a good, clear body with a dark amber/copper vibe to it and a fairly sustained, frothy, off-white head.
Smell: Heavily toasted bready malts wrapped in candy-esque sweet-scented notes and some low-lying alcohol. Some growing notes of baked apple, brown sugar, and well-ground spice as it warms. I’m a little nervous to continue, frankly. I mean, we could have another straight-up The Kaiser on our hands, folks.
Taste: Breadcrusts, well toasted, with some faint, faint dough and caramel. Lightly sweetish. Fruity touch of skins-on apples. Spicy, herbal hops (even a tad minty) with bitterness, but, that’s when the traces of staunch alcohol crackle across the tongue. Dry, lightly bitter, warming finish with a whisper of untoasted nuts.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Not nearly as rough or as ghastly as Avery’s The Kaiser. Yes, folks, we dodged a The Kaiser on this one.