shrubber85 (8235) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light honey and barley malt aroma. Amber with large off-white head. Sweet corn-syrup, toffee malt and mildly bitter herbal hops flavor. Okay - on the sweet and hoppy side.
DrSilverworm (7678) - 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 (7248) - 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 (7233) - Burnsville, 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.
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.
BBB63 (6299) - 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.
b3shine (6101) - 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).
blutt59 (6067) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to exiled, orange amber color with malty woody aroma, flavor is mild fruity malt, finish is medium not a standard marzen
TheAlum (6027) - 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
Braudog (5938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a dark amber or light mahogany with an initially thick but quickly disappearing head. The aroma is of sweet malt. Indeed, the beer drinks with a distinct sweet tartness, appley, and almost puckery. Different for an O-fest. (#4063, 1/24/2011)