DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, best by 11/22/12. Another Two Bros. beer aged in French oak foudres? They must be getting a bulk discount on those. Was surprised when I actually sat down to taste this beer that the ABV is labeled 7.7% - definitely not your average oktoberfest. Clear orange-red color, minimal white head, leaving some lace. Good, more crisp lighter carbonation, dry finish. Very interesting toasty aroma - much more substantial than other oktoberfests, which I usually find to be a little lacking, yet no decrease in drinkability, here. Some dates? Light spice, definitely complex malt aroma. Light bitter taste, some savory. This is really tasty, and drinks like it’s 6%. Along with Southern Tier Harvest, this is definitely another offering that I’ll be frequently adding to my fall mix-packs.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Gingerman when I stopped in with Joe after Paul’s tasting. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Caramel and hops, sticky sweet. Crisp and clean. Malt and light bitterness throughout. Clean hops and sticky grapefruit on the finish, with a lightly medicinal quality.
BVery (9387) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Orange pour with a white head. Toffee and sweet caramel aroma and taste. Nice smooth palate. Solid brew.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber pour. The nose has a little bit of light chewy fruitiness. Dried berries and a little bit of tobacco. Fairly rich and a little bit chewy as well. Fairly estery with some lingering toastiness. Lean and bready with some astringent bitterness.
b3shine (7951) - Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to pint. Looks good; a fairly transparent copper with thin white lacing. Smells solid; semi-sweet and malty. Tastes like it smells, only better. And that oak really adds to the complexity of the beer. Good on the palate too. Nice! Maybe the best Oktoberfest I’ve ever had (even if it isn’t from Germany).
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a clingy-lacing off-white head. Has a semisweet toasty caramel malty nose with some earthy noble hops and a hint of light citric tartness. Starts with pretty good fullness and chewy authentic caramel maltiness and pretty good bittering hoppy balance. A pretty true to style festbier but would be better without the hints of tartness.
PorterPounder (7106) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Medium copper pour, quickly diminishing light off-white head. Pleasant light spicy aroma, hints of nutmeg, a trace of date fruitiness. Flavor is pleasantly sweet with some light molasses, a hint of date fruitiness, just a hint of nutmeg-like spiciness. Mouthfeel has a nice crispness to it,
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle from Binnys (Willowbrook, IL). Pours a glowing murky brownish amber, some fiery glow, reddish sunset orange. A frothy smaller offwhite head, laces small, dies to a nice film. Aromas are malty off the bat, toffee and biscuits, caramel, toasty, biscuits, bread, a touch of applesauce, a touch of that telltale light oaky vanilla. Faint floral hopping with a touch of spice, simple and maybe a little vague. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, sweeter on the palate, with bread, toast, dough, apple sauce, a touch of spiciness. Crisp and sweet, a bit too sweet for me as it gets a little cidery within the bread, toast, and biscuits aspect. Light oaky vanilla tannins Faint spice grows on the backend, touch of warmth from the alcohol. Ok, but a bit sweet overall for the body it’s pushing
JaBier (6773) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample at the Oktoberfest tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 9/23/10. Clear amber pour with a thin beige. Malty nose with some alcohol and a bit of tartness. Malty flavor with some tart fruit and a thin finish.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle and served in non-nik pint glass: Basic amber hue with very little head and no lace. The aroma has a lactic acid and soured fruity vapour along with a lot of heavy crystal malts, slight oak and earthy esters. The taste is not as acidic as I feared but it is sweet to the point of becoming cloy. I guess there is some tannic oak upon the finish along with a dash of pepper. The mouth feel is sticky and slick but far too under-carbonated. Just not all that good in a genre that has a lot of meh beers, give me a Marzen from Capital or Ayinger.