oakbluff (403) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of Viggo- a great surprise and treat! Pours out a dark lager- right on style for an oktoberfest. Not much head or lacing, but no matter, this is a session beer. Excellent clean taste with the malty flavour I was expecting. Hop levels pretty moderate for three floyds. Carbonation was medium.
All and all - a solid lager. Had a nice tast profile, but yet very quaffable. Quite enjoyable.
blankboy (5625) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & GregClow -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy copper-orange with an average size diminishing off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, some hops, toffee and a hint of fruit and candy. Mild somewhat Lager-ish taste, grainy and malty with light hops and a light bitter finish. Medium bodied. A little disappointing for a Three Floyds beer (where are the hops?) but it’s a pretty good version of the style.
HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy and GregClow, my bottle. Ever so slightly hazy pale orange with a small off-white wispy head. Sweet, slightly earthy aroma, perfumey hops, an odd candy note, a bit like fresh plasticene. Sweet, lightly grainy taste, much like the aroma, quick finish, maybe a tad hoppier but very quick to finish. Average, slightly chewy body - soft, unremarkable on palate, no aftertaste. Pretty decent, but ...
GregClow (2801) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split with HogTownHarry & blankboy - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Orange-copper colour, small white head. Aroma is quite malty (biscuit) with a hint of orange and tea. Flavour is pleasant and well balanced, with a bit more hop character in the finish than the style usually calls for. Decent enough, just a little subdued for FFF.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Beer pours a dark brown reddish color. There is no head to speak of. Smells of an Octoberfest, but the trademark Three Floyds hops are not present in the nose. I was hoping for a hoppy attempt at an Octoberfest.
Taste is true to the style for an Octoberfest. I guess Three Floyds is falling to their reputation here. An incredible brewery that I love. This is a good, very true to form Octoberfest. However, I was expecting something special from FFF. I can get Christian Moerlein Octoberfest around here for $6/sixer and have the same experience.
Overall a good beer, just not something that demands the FFF premium.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper body, macro-like off-white frothy head.
Stale crackery malt body.
Lightly malted cracker body. Don’t know what to say. Light euro-hops. Drinkable, but not great.
Brigadier (2620) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle
I picked up two of these a few months ago on a trip to Chicago. One was shared with the Milwaukee crew at the December tasting. This one I opened by myself with a clean palate. I’m not sure it was strictly needed but it did help me to keep from being distracted by a slew of other choices. All in all it was not bad but I find myself thinking there is something missing. Whether that is a shortcoming of the Oktoberfest style or a shortcoming of this particular beer is hard to say. If you have one drink it soon - this is not likely to age gracefully at all.
Aroma / Appearance - A pillowy two finger head covers the top of a copper body that lacks any cohesive lacing. The aroma presents a strange combination of blueberries, semisweet cocoa, watermelon and a trace amount of maltiness. Balance is found but this leaves the senses wanting something more.
Flavor / Palate - Iced tea mixed with lemons create a first impression that soon turns into a fruity peachiness. Towards the middle of the bottle a toffee and vanilla profile takes over before a flavor profile that reminds me of very mellow Dreadnaught completes the experience. This strikes me as somewhere between an Oktoberfest and a pumpkin ale so I am not sure what the Floyds were aiming for. Either way it is quite enjoyable though not terribly complex.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber courtesy of leopoldstoch! Thanks! Must say really a bland smell, at least nothin i can put my finger on, maybe a few spices. Heavy malts, but nothin really exciting, kind of bland and not something i’d expect from FFF.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz. Thanks to jdg0608. Poured a reddish oragne tint. Aroma of wet cow. taste is of a tradional Ale.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz capped bottle. Pale yellow not very appealing color. Malty but yet light. Simple flavor makes it very drinkable. Refreshing. Was good with some pizza.