Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to buffalohead for sharing a fine Oktoberfest. A reasonable introduction to Westbrook gives me the sense that rather than going big or trying to make everything sour they’d rather focus on the basics. Depending on how hard this is to acquire I might trade for a few more of their regulars once I make some room in the cellar or do more traveling.
Aroma / Appearance - A semifluid caramel base supports a pillar of thin head. Butterscotch, honey, and light malts open up over the course of a few minutes. Clean and simple, it gets the job done with much flash.
Flavor / Palate - Light maltiness sweetens the palate. A bit of polish carries the mouthfeel to a refreshing finish of caramel and honey. No wonder the brewery has so much buzz right now. If they ever expand into the Ohio market I’ll definitely grab a couple of bottles at the local store.
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lightly hazy copper - nose of caramelized sugars, toasted bread, light fruity esters, a bit of spiciness - fairly nice texture - flavor is toasty malt, but borders pretty dang close to tasting burnt - however, this works to an extent as there is a moderate bitterness that plays with it decently - moderately warming spiciness, caramel - it’s pretty enjoyable despite the mild burnt character.
Gachupines (950) - USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with a light wrote head. Aroma is vaguely nutty with a bit of malt. Strong, malt forward flavor with a touch of nuttiness. Full body, vaguely sweet with a funky bitter finish.
UDBeernut (1843) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap pouts he park nice Amber with gold highlights. Minimal head, most of wet grains. Philly soft pretzel. Btw the way u kno it’s a philly pretzel b/c of urine content. That’s just an fyi and only soft pretzel that matters to this bro. Light to medium body. Well done. Still can taste the salt. Yum.
onceblind (4512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy dark copper with a thin white foamy cap. Nice nose of toasted biscuit and caramelized bread, with a very subtle sausage note underneath. Smooth and biscuity flavor with a big spritzy carbonation and a little toast and semisweet malty undertone. A wee bit generic and bone dry on the finish.
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was expecting more from this after the other excellent beers. It’s very hazy. Bit of nuttiness. Corn in the back of the aroma.
drfabulous (4173) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to James. Big pillowy carbonated pour. Too much! Taste is spicy hop. Malt. Much more nuanced than other Oktoberfests that just pour on the caramel. Nice.
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From bottle. Clear amber with a lasting off-white head.
Toffee-heavy cara malt, butter and peanut brittle aroma. Medium body, rich and creamy with fine carbonation. Green-herbal-pine hop aroma. Light off-notes of plastic. Velvety and lush in the mouth. Burnt grain astringency lingering forever in a finish that tastes like pancake batter left on the burner too long... kettle caramelization taken to the extreme. Without this loud roughness this seems like it would be something enjoyable.
adnielsen (9449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Zach’s house. Pours a hazy orange appearance with a thin cream colored head. Caramel, toasted malt, biscuit in the nose and lots of herbal notes. A little spicy flavor with lots of dough and light citrus. Fizzy carbonation. Ok.
GTAEgeek (1285) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange, with a big, frothy, beige head. Caramel, oranges, coriander, light floral hops, and sourdough. Bready sweetness, with a light bitterness. Light body, chalky, a little sharp, and astringent. Overall, this is a nice, flavorful, and dangerously drinkable beer. Mellow, balanced, and well done.