Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium copper, with moderate carbonation, and a small dissipating head. Lots of Saaz on the nose, very true to style. Taste has some good caramunich notes, but in my opinion, slightly overhopped for the style. Sweetness is just a touch too subdued. Finish is some light maltiness with a distinct saaz hoppiness. Very tasty, but just a bit out of balance for the style.
DocLock (10346) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ortino’s Northside. Pours heavy deep copper colored, with medium off-white head. Aroma of heavy grainy malt, fruit, corn flakes, some cabernet notes. The flavor was malty, with a dense palate and hints of grainy malt, nuts, brown sugar, and cabernet. Decent complexity. A very nice marzen.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, best by 12/7/05) Rich looking, deep amber body, nice biscuit head, good head retention, but poor lacing. Aroma mildly sweet, bready. Mouthfeel good, smooth, touch of bitter at start, smooth finish. Tastes nice, smooth, mildly malty. Nice marzen.
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ur-Marzen, just wanted to write that. Nice brown-orange color that raised a finger full of head. Caramelized malt aroma. Malt is nicely braced by the bittering hops and leaves a well blended semi-sweet flavor. Maybe not world-class but an excellent seasonal offering by the local boys here in Portland.
hotstuff (5052) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a small off-white head that was mostly diminishing, fne-small sized bubbles, sparse lacing, carbonated, slightly hazy, and an orange hue. Aroma and flavor were malty, hoppy and sweet. Smooth palate. Light-medium body.
thedm (6005) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of off white colored foamy finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a softly carbonated transparent light brown colored body. The aroma was mild with malty and caramel malt notes. The mouth feel was of medium thickness with an initial tingle that soon mellowed in the finish with a smooth mild malt hop bite. The flavor contained a good amount of caramel malts with a mild but notable hop content.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Best before 121704: Clear light golden amber hue. Big foamy cream coloured head. Steady carbonation. Sweet, malty, nutty candy nose. I like CLarks note of rusty because that sums it up real nice. Malty, but not real malty, toffee/caramel, light to medium body. Hops are faint and way off in a pretty quiet finish. Quite drinkable, but lacking depth where its needed to be a contender with the big Marzens.
jimhilt (2589) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a three-finger cream head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium body and medium carbonation. Starts sweet and malty, finishes smooth with the sweetness still there. Nose is sweet and malty. 95¢ for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. The ABV is 5.0%.
ClarkVV (6300) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2004 bottle. Dark hickory brown color, very clear with a small off-white slight yellowed head. Aroma of maple, walnuts, light yeast and some sweet caramel.. Flavor is very sweet, with a rusty sort of yeast note lingering on. medium body, but just too much malt. For once, I will say, this has too little hops, or spiciness, or balance, whatever you want to call it. Decent enough caramel flavor, but just not enough interesting balanced body.
fly (1475) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initially tasting it I thought it to be on the sweet side, but as this style begs for some good malt, that wasn’t distressing - then as the finish came through shortly thereafter I started to think this is the real deal - perhaps not THE BEST ever O-fest, but a VERY WELL made one that stands on its own. Well enjoyed.