sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Amber pour, foamy white head. Grain and toast, nutty, biscuit, herbal, light caramel. Medium-full, quite sticky. One of the less impressive offerings I’ve had from Thirsty Dog.
rangerred (954) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a nearly clear, dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Lacing is really lacking but head retention is better than average.
Aroma is full of sticky sweet caramel, almost candy-like, with some hints of wet grass. Touches of plum in there as well.
The flavor provides the same caramel candy notes but there is more of a roasty character. The hops are pretty muted but provided a bit of bitterness towards the finish. More dark fruit notes and light milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little stickier than I like but it works well here.
Overall, a very nice American take on the style and one of the better ones out there.
edgallow (2348) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malts, grain and bread. Taste is caramel, bread and grain.
Chad9976 (1246) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
When it comes to an Oktoberfest beer I pretty much expect mediocrity, since so few brewers do anything exciting or original with the style. Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest is a good example of what I mean. Sure, it’s a by-the-book Marzen, but it’s not particularly memorable. You want an Oktoberfest, you get one here.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.49 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Pretty shade of copper; crystal clear though not much carbonation is visible. Pours to a one-finger, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves minor amount of lacing.
Smell: Virtually non-aromatic. A faint trace of amber malt, but otherwise has a standard lager smell.
Taste: The palette here has all the standard makings of an amber European lager. A light sweetness of dark malt with a mild caramel and toffee flavor on the finish and light, dry spiciness through the middle (probably due to Noble hop varieties). I also detect a slight peanut brittle-like astringency in the aftertaste as well as a slight tanginess. It’s not bad, it’s not off-putting, but does it serve any purpose? Overall, this is a fine-tasting beer, but nothing more.
Drinkability: I was surprised to see that Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest weighs in at 6% ABV, since it drinks like something much lighter and sessionable. The mouthfeel is rather light and short-lived. Crisp with a dry finish and some tang on the aftertaste. It goes down smooth and it’s refreshing while in the mouth, but it’s quite inefficient for its weight. One bottle is all you need.
superspak (2836) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, 2014 release. Pours fairly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Very clean malt flavors with minimal yeast esters present. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest style. All around great robustness, balance, and complexity of clean dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
beerme31 (514) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden thin white head. Mild aroma, malt heavy aroma of bread, hay, nuts. Medium sweet taste. Finish is sweet and abrupt. Hops mildly present. Overall an ok Oktoberfest.
pdx77 (1443) - Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. Amber color. Aroma is sweet caramel malt. Taste is similar, fairly sweet. Could use a touch more light hops to balance.
ryanscourt (795) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Seems to be a fairly solid oktoberfest - sweet, malty and easy to drink. Finishes a little to rich, but fine enough.
60minuteman (854) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
High on the malt marzen. Caramel notes add a thick but not overly sweetness to it. Light bodied but sticky. Some spices and a lot of tree; pine and oak. Hop is throughout but it blends nicely with the other flavors. Pretty balanced, decent.
hippieman556 (8) - - OCT 12, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer was from a bottle. It has a red brown appearance with great taste and aroma. I will try this one again.
Carlisle (89) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Thin white head dissipates quickly. Clear amber color. Cereal in the nose. Malt, heavy toasted biscuit up front. Effervescent, malty finish. More toasted than most Octoberfests I've tried.
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