Braudog (6545) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Swing top ... OK, I didn’t expect this to be a dark beer for some reason. The aroma is smoky and meaty, like beef jerky. But after that promising introduction, the beer falls flat ... literally. Flat and little texture and without any strong flavor components, this settles to be a moderately chocolatey beer with a mild chalkiness and a hint of smoke. (#3086, 9/9/2007)
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma:light bread aroma...
Appearance:Dark brown,huge head...
Flavor:grainy malt,cooked vegetable...
jb (3136) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decided to cap off a night at a concert (Southside Johnny, woo hoo!) with a beer. This one was recappable, even better. Brilliant candy, molasses and tea aroma. Beautiful look too, dark, reddish with a nice head and heavy lacing. Palate is a bit thin, graham crackers, dough, sweetness and a the finish is a total absence of everything.
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 There is chocolate, paper, and toasted grains. The appearance is dark brown with a small tan head. The flavor is like the aroma and a little like a fruity porter. The palate is thin. I really just don’t love this. It’s OK but that’s it.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge concentration of coffee, chocolate and roasty malts. Sort of a german porter in aroma, but with that fresh scrubbed German aroma you get in a lot of bocks and dunkels, offset by the dry fruti notes of cooked prune and raisin. Dark brown with a fluffy tan head that is mostly lasting. Cocoa, coffee, chcolate...all muted followed by toasty grains and a clean water/smoke (think hooka) finish. Very damn good. It just hits me right. I could drink a lot of this.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep and clear brown, with a huge head of light brown foam that recedes to a thin cap in about a minute. Decent lacing.
Mild chocolate malt in the aroma. More bittersweet chocolate in the flavor, along with a little bit of toasted malt. Fresh and clean, medium body, solid carbonation, with a mild hopping for balance. Good balance, good smooth drinking.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown, that borders on black, with red highlights. The one inch head is a light mocha color that fades slowly to a thin swirling cap, leaving behind a nice webbing of lace. This has to be the darkest marzen that I’ve ever seen.
Smell; very pleasant roasted malts, with toffee, and a lot of dark fruits. There’s also a touch of chocolate in the nose, with a bit of bread dough.
Taste; the dark fruits, most noticaby plums, come out on the initial sips, followed by the toffee and chocolate. The finish is all roasted malts, that gives this a bit of a dry finish to go along with a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but this only aids in the drinkability, as it would be easy to knock back a few of these.
This is probably the most "out of the norm" marzen/octoberfest that I’ve had so far. That being said, I enjoyed this, and would definitely have it again.
argo0 (13874) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(50cl bottle) Clear dark ruby body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some roast, anise, light cinnamon. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, roast, chocolate, light raisin, smoke, earthy. Light-medium body, with light stickiness, very drinkable.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a large tan head. Huge aroma! Thick malty scent, milk chocolate, spices, nuts, dried raisins. The body is nice with a creamy mouthfeel. Very robust for such low alcohol. The flavor is overall light, but firm. Has a very roasty malt character, slightly smokey. There’s definitly an earthy malt, and a slight metallic character. Subtle late spicyness. The finish is extremely late, it’s more like an aftertaste of burnt bitter raisins, metallic, and very pleasant. However the aroma is even more complex than the flavor. Nice beer.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown in appearance with huge beige head. Great lacing. Aroma is all chocolate up front. Plenty of toasted grain and roasted nuts. Flavor almost exactly like arom indicates. Nutty/roasted character comes through even more as it warms. Very subdued fig/prune flavor towards the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, but thin at times. Not a dunkel fan at all, but this is pretty nice. Underrated IMO.