jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle with "FRESH BEER - KEEP COOL" on the right side of label, fall ’06 release.
Poured a clear reddish orange hued amber with a foamy off-white/pale tan head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, very minimal amount of sticking.
Aromas of toasted grain, sweet caramelized malts, a light fruitiness and floral hops.
Good carbonation for an Oktoberfest and a malty crisp, dryish, smooth light bodied mouthfeel. The body, more accurately, has a light-medium feel.
Pleasant and a nice Oktoberfest taste, light toasted grains, sweet caramelized malts, a subtle fruity breadiness, spicy, honey-like hops, a bit of herbalness as well, a flash of alcohol, and a dry grainy and malty finish. Good, easy, very quaffable drinkability.
A tasty and balanced Oktoberfest, I have feeling this best when it’s very fresh, in September and October, well worth trying.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 Very nice dark golden body with a good creamy ivory head. Nice aroma, honey, apple, wheat. Tast of pumpkin, nutmeg, oats with light hops. Sweet ending with some light spices.
Braudog (6517) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Shockoe Craft Beer Festival in Richmond, 8/26/06: Rich sweet malt on a reddish amber brew; bit of a bitter kick. Excellent to the style.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper body with a medium off-white head. Dark malty aroma. Sweet malty flavor, some pumpkin hints with some banana in the end.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
London Gathering Nov 05: Very sweet and somewhat over-the-top. Tart edge. Sharp and certainly different.
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at London gathering, November 2005. Gift from The_Beer_God (thanks Mike) that had languished, forgotten about, at the back of my "cellar" for a while. As others have remarked, it was real gusher on opening. However, although I’m sure it wasn’t intended, I rather liked the sour notes that may have come from the suspected infection. It must be something about me as, a while ago, I forgave an infected bottle from the Shardlow brewery in England because it ended up tasting like a gueuze. So I noted this beer as interesting, rather than unpleasant. There were some hops peeking through the net curtains of sourness. I guess this may have a good ration of sweet malt in its intended form as I picked up a distinct sweet & sour undertone.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. tasted similiar to the pale ale, but this was maltier. Slightly infected character, with touches of berry fruit sourness. Infected, but in a wierd way, it made it quite interesting, otherwise, not so good.
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ London Gatherying, Nov 05. Toffee and malt flavours with light fruitiness not ihden by the nasty sour aspect. Av rating given
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled at the Chris_O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A hazy copper coloured beer with a big rocky head. Gushed on opening. The aroma is malty and a little smoky. The taste is sweet and malty but there’s a different alcohol feel to German O’Fests. Below average.
harrisoni (17715) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 2005. Copper colour with sediment in suspension, beige lasting head. Exploded on opening. Bit nasty on nose. OK in mouth with yeasty funkiness on end.
Have given default score as not sure it was supposed to be like this. Original score of 1.4