jimhilt (2633) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Pours with a four-finger very light tan head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Nearly black color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty. Starts slightly sweet, definite hoppy finish but not overpowering. Good Oktoberfest. $3.60 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
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. luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 7, 2007
Somewhere between a Dunkel and a rauchbier... throw the style guide out and drink a treat awaits you
Smells of munich malt, some dusty chocolate powder and a slight hint of earthy smokiness
Pours like a porter with a tan head
Nice clean lean malt structure with munich like biscuit, bread, bitter sweet chocolate, fleeting spicy hop flavor with some earthy smokiness
Surprisingly light in the mouthfeel... finish is dry and complex wth some nutty and spicy notes with some smoke
I bet on tap it would be even more fantastic... WOW! TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours near black with some reddish hues and mostly receding light tan head. Aroma of dark malts, light chocolate, light toasted malts. Taste is dark malts, light chocolate, bready munich, raisins. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lively carbonation. Very enjoyable dunkel. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottle from the Chino Hills BevMo. Poured a dark brown with a good sized light brown head. Aroma was heavy on the roasted malt with chocolate and yeast. On my initial taste I thought this was the best I have had of the style. Went back and checked my ratings and I was proven correct. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. Rich flavor that had some lactic sweetness. Palate was almost watery, but worked well.
nearbeer (5662) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 0.5 l.Opaque black with a sticky, lasting three-finger head. Grain, herb, molasses and corn on the nose. Grain and biscuit initial flavor turns to roasted corn and nuts, then finishes with a delicate balance of spicy-herb hop and cocoa flavors. Light-medium body is fairly smooth, slightly watery, and finishes just dry enough. Great, highly-sessionable alternative to the ubiquitous Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Ale fall seasonals. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Very nice pour, a mahogany dark enough to seem almost black, capped by a tall tan head that pasted heavy lacing to the sides of the glass. The aroma has chocolate, dark roasted malt, nuts, and the slightest hint of herbal/grassy hops. Rich malty flavor, grain and dark bread dough, milk chocolate, a soft spiciness... i.e., good stuff. It finishes both sweet and mildly dry. A very quaffable lager.kapusta (118) - Browns Summit, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2008
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Dark, dark browm color, almost black, but light still goes through. Quickly diminishing taqn/brown head. Flavor is malty and bread-like. Nice bitter sweetness along with a slight roasted flavor. This is very well done. joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Dark chocolate color with a thin, creamy tan head. Molasses, rosted malts, and smoked wood aromas. Medium sticky body. Smokey and sweet flavor. Tastes mostly of roasted malts: caramel, toffee, molasses, with a little chocolate coming through. It has a bittersweet, dusty earth finish. Nice example. Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2005
Swing top bottle. Pale tan head. Roasty caramel nose. Dark brown hue. This was on tap at the Moan & Dove in Amherst, MA a few moths back called Mahrs J or Jubel or something along those lines. I was told it was a schwarzbier...Hows your schwarz? This is quite nice. Roasty, bready, smooth, toasted nuts, coffee, medium body, finishing with a nice bitterness. I knew I should have saved another bottle...damn