Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Fresh bomber. Pours copper with a nice, lasting tan head. Smells of caramel, some light spice, peppery. Tastes of sweet velvety caramel, some spice, earthy, grassy, clove. No real alcohol apparency here, outside of a complimentary warming presence. Excellent malt profile and great hop compliments. Finhead (1770) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
A clear amber pour with a light tan head. The aroma is very pleasant with lots of caramel and bread notes and some faint fruitiness. The full body has a thick and creamy texture with average carbonation. The taste is moderately sweet in the beginning and middle. MIld bitterness mixed with a slight alcohol warmth lingers in the finish. Very nice. MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Pours a wonderful amber color with very little head. Vienna and Munich malt aromas, with a yeasty note. Initial sparkly attack which fades quickly to a malty warm finish. happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Great beer/oktoberfest. Massive silky mouth.Beautiful amber color,decent head.
Yummy fresh caramel/munich malt character(in nose & flavor) with the right amount of spicy hops to let you know they are caapable of doing their ever so pleasant job.
Great 9% alcohol integration. Nicley balanced for an oktoberfest on ethonolic steroids!
I think any true German dude would enjoy this all things considered and I am almost half of one myself. ood work Cipper City, Prosit! jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2009
22oz bomber. Pours orangey brown with ruby red highlights and with a very thin off-white head. Aroma delivers as promised: double strength Oktoberfest. It has a rich balance of melanoidins (thick toastiness, toffee) and caramel maltiness with softer notes of noble hops. The flavor starts very toasty and rich with deep bready notes with delicious notes of caramel and toffee. Towards midpalate, noble hop balancing bitterness emerges. The finish is lightly spicy from hops with quite clean toasty malts and a touch of bitter ethanol. Subtle chocolate notes emerge as it warms - delicious complement to the toffee melanoidin malts. The mouthfeel is lavish in texture with a very full creamy body and brightly bubbled with strong amounts of tingly, effervescent carbonation. Overall, better than expected. It is a marvelous beer that is very true to the description on the label - it is doubtlessly an Imperial Oktoberfest. This recipe is a masterpiece.
Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Orange color with a small beige head. Grainy aroma. Flavor of rich grainy malts. Very good and drinkable. dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - SEP 13, 2009
oh yea! this is the octoberfest bomb! full bodied, extremely malty and very alcoholic! I loved this from beginning to end. I have to add it is very affordable also. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Clear amber body with a thin and foamy head which produced splotchy lacing. Sweet caramel aroma with a big honey scent. Hints of raisins and red grapes came about as the beer warmed. Aroma is big and malty. Creamy feel with a nice sweet finish. Medium bodied and no trace of the high abv, it’s big and malty. Nutty, sweet and lightly toasted malts with caramel, dry honey, fruity berries and fresh dough. Yes, this is a big and malty marzen. I was surprised how balanced and well put together this beast is. Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2009
22 oz’er. Big muddy, rust-colored pour with a big foam head. The aroma is mellow, if slightly fruity. Drinks with a nicely rounded combo of a meaty malt backbone and a fruity, esthery top-flash. Hides the 9% well, which is dangerous. (#3714, 10/25/2009) Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 19, 2009
THOUGHTS: I never really was much of a fan of Oktoberfests or marzens, but I had hopes for this one because it is considered a European Strong Lager. I did like the marzen aspects of this beer and didn’t think this was very much like a strong lager. It was very, very malty, but nicely balanced. I just love Vienna Malt. There was just enough hops to keep it from being cloying. Hid alcohol very well. This made me want to try more Oktoberfests. In a way it was like a premium European malt liquor. It did get a little cloying toward the end.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light bronzy amber with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left just about no lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy dark bread, molasses and caramel, lighter milk chocolate, prune, apple and a little fruitiness. The initial flavor was sweet, lightly acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was rather sweet, slightly sour and bitter with and average to long duration. There was caramel malt, molasses, dark breads, rye, a little prune, a little apple, a little spice, hops and slight alcohol. The medium to medium to full body was a bit syrupy and juicy with fizzy carbonation and a juicy finish that was also lightly alcoholic when warmer.