Ericular (850) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice amber with lasting pillowy head and great chunky lacing. Aroma is woody, caramel, richer than most of the style. Taste is similar, thicker and creamier with mild oak tannin, caramel, wheat bread, sweet malts but heavy enough to avoid cloying. The aging gives this a mild sweet barleywine feel, which could be good or bad depending on expectations. Overall this is an interesting, unique fall beer. Too sticky and undercarbonated for the style though.
Nsanders (789) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Orange with a thin tan head. Toffee, alcohol, wheat, and bread. Flavor is lightly sweet. Lighter body with a watery feel.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Body is solid on this one and refreshing at the same time. It’s slightly spicy, but low on the hops. Most of the flavor comes from the malts and the yeast.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber orange with frothy white head. Aroma is caramel, sweet bread and almond. Flavor is a mix of raisin, caramel, hawaiian bread and cereal. Body is clean and light and is crisp on the tongue. Balanced carbonation.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Please let me find, one day, an Oktoberfest/Marzen that’s better than mediocre. Atom Smasher isn’t it, although at least the higher than average abv helps set it apart by one metric. Appearance - clear amber, no bubbles, no foam. Aroma - sweet like High Life. Taste - Sweet, metallic. Palate - medium bodied, heavy fizz. Overall - Another bland Oktoberfest. Also, I was curious what are these oak "foudres" they mention in the deScription, other than the French word for lightning. As you can probably guess from context, they’re giant wooden barrels. I’m still confused how French-oriented barrels, German-based Oktoberfest beer and Fermilab all fit together though.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Copper in color. Very light aroma. Flavor is caramel and light fruitiness, with a slightly bitter finish. Fairly enjoyable for its style.
commonmac (726) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Busters. Pint glass. Pour leans on amber with minimal head. Aroma is pretty malty with some sugar presence too. Taste is strangely unique for an Oktoberfest. The malt is there along with a nearly rye sweetness. Subtle hops. Enjoy the finish. Surprised a little by the quality of this one. Worth a sample smash this time of year.
sloshgator (581) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Two Brothers Atom Smasher is an Oktoberfest with a twist. Nice orange-copper pour with a fluffy white head. Maybe a slight malty aroma. Taste is surprisely hoppy for this style -- kind of like pale ale meets Oktoberfest. There is a heavy malt on the swallow resulting in somewhat of an aftertaste. Atom Smasher is a nice departure from the typical seasonal fare.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear copper with white head. Caramel malt aroma. Sweet caramel malt flavor with a little spice/pumpkin.
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper, no head. Aroma is sour green grape. Sour taste starting out, gets a bit maltier, then finishes quickly with a lot of booze. No carbonation to this, and the flavor is all over the place, not representative at all of the style. Alcohol too heavy.