CapFlu (5126) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
(22oz bottle) I had some guests visiting and they are a keen beer-exploration bunch so I cracked this out. It was supposed to be a marzen though I found the malt notes and nuttiness to be more becoming of a Brown Ale. It poured a beige creamy head and a amber-brown body. The nose carried notes of caramel malt and a honey sweetness. This was far better than I had expected... and a perfect follow-up to the Quelque Chose I previously fed them. Very impressed. Many thanks Muzzlehatch! tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2004
Earthy hops and large carmel malt aroma is appealing. Hazy amber-brown with thin, tan head that diminishes to ring. Earthiness and light spiciness in the flavour with some caramel sweetness and gentl bitterness in the finish. Body is medium but watery and a bit still and cloying. Bottle. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
Une des meilleurs octoberfest.Pit pour une fois mcneills n’on pas trop houblone cette biere.
gout:de caramel,miel tres bon petillement une reusite. canary dog (766) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 23, 2004
A very tasty lager beer. Like the Sam Adams version except fresher and smoother. Yum. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
Bottle. Cloudy dark amber color, very thin head. Biscuity, grainy malt aroma. Intense biscuity and grainy malt flavor with hops and maybe bread. Full body, very soft carbonation. It’s surprising to taste a McNeill beer that is not strongly hopped, it’s very good too.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2004
22 oz bottle. Another amber in what seems to be a never ending supply of Vermont ambers. Bitter malty aroma and thin resiliant 1/8" head. Taste is a funky yeasty barnyard thing going on. Light bodied with some pumpkin? going on also. Not a fan but not drainpour. muzzlehatch (4950) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Jan 04: Bottled, 22 oz, unfiltered & bottled-conditioned. Very dark, cloudy-to-opaque, medium dying head. Powerful earthy-cedar-toffee nose, loads going on there. Flavor starts out a bit thin, but strong earthiness develops, with some nice hop hints at the end. Caramel, grass/hay, slight saltiness. Nice balanced fairly strong thick finish. Many of my friends thought the unfiltered overly-yeasty character worked against the style; I have mixed feelings about it, but I think this is worth a try. 7/3/7/4/14 3.5
Dec 05: This year’s model, or at least this bottle is pretty sour and lactic...the nose is still nice and earthy, bit smoky and nutty, but the body is vinous and disfigured by soured milk at the finish. Couldn’t finish it. Rating, for the moment, a combination of the two. 7/3/5/2 11 2.8