tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Dark Horse: Muddled burnt amber with a brown center. Opaque, skimmed with a thin, dark-khaki foam on top. Aroma of toasted CaraMunich malts, lots of semi-residual sweetness, light toffee, toasted bread, faint nuts, & a hint of sweet plum. Flavor is even more sweet up front, hitting heavy with loads of caramel malt, toffee, & plum flavors. Back-end shows more of a toasted breadiness with a light metallic twinge towards the finish. Strong toffee coated bread lingering in the aftertaste. A little heavy on the sweetness overall, but still not a bad O-fest.
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2016 Draft at Dark Horse taproom. Pours a really murky brown with a small off white head. Mild toasty bread aroma. Flavor of malt, caramel and nuts. Big nutty mouthfeel. Hard to believe its taken me so many years to try this one. Very nice Octoberfest.beer. Big body separates it from most of the other Octoberfest beers I’ve had.
Just rated this again, forgetting that I had rated before. Funny that two years later my notes are almost exactly as before. This time I was drinking from a bottle. This really is a nice offering from Dark Horse.
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Dark Horse. Pour is murky brown/orange with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of all spice, light fruit, almond, slight brown sugar, and hops. Finish is toasted malt and spice.
kaser (6069) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange pour from draft at local option. White creamy head. Malt and grass almost pumpkin taste. Very good. One of the better octoberfest I have had
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at soup spoon. Chestnut brown with minimal head. Dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Creamy and a mild sweetness.
A2kenCdaisyC (51) - Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ashley’s....pours dark brown with thin off white head
True to style but stronger alcohol than most Festbiers...malt dominates, as it should, medium palate with nice smooth finish....recommend this to any fest beer fan
joshwoodward (575) - - SEP 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a glass at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor as part of a sampler. Dark in color. Delicious, on the sweet side, spicy, malty.
ICEatALAMO (1340) - Troy, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at brewery. The pour is a very dark amber. The aroma is sweet malt. The taste has a nice spice to it, with a mild smokey flavor.
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mikem409 (2019) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice head and malty aroma. amberin color bitter hop upfront followed by sweet malt finish
italianjohn (3068) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber brown pour thin creamy beige head .... aroma of toasted caramel malts little biscuity .... taste was of caramel malts burnt and toasted lightly spicy with a lingering spicy not bad but more like a spicy fall/winter lager than a true marzen lacks the fruity lager taste ... still tasty though similar to great lakes october