Pennichuck The Big O Oktoberfest Lager

RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
Copper colored with a big malty taste. Original Gravity 15.0 Plato Final Gravity 3.5 Plato Alcohol by Volume 6.25% "The Big O" is a slang term from the steam locomotive days and was used to refer to the Conductor. The "O" refering to the professional organization "Order of Railway Conductors and Brakemen". No.........REALLY......!!! Won a Bronze Medal at the 2006 International Beer Festival.
Won a Silver Medal at the 2007 IBF.

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omhper (25558) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2008
<i>Bottled at Akkurat, Stockholm. </i> Clear copper colour, fair sized head. Light cinnamon aroma. Sweet with plenty of chewy caramelly malt. There’s dough and crystalized sugar, wide and deep in malt character. Finishes with low bitterness. One of the very best malt characters I have come across from Oktoberfest beers from across the pond!

Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Three cheers to Pennichuck! This is likely the last beer I’ll ever have from them, which is sad as I had really grown to like them and rumors of distribution to my state almost immediately preceded their demise. Thanks to jblauvs for the 22 ounce bottle. Pours a clear dark copper color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel and toffee with lightly toasted malts and a very faintly hoppy finish. The taste is toasted malts, berries and toffee with a mildly hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Pretty decent.

hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
22oz bottle. Pured a deeper amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toasted nuts, bread, and earthy. Tastes of the same.

jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2006
growler-pours a tan head and copper/red color. Aroma is medium malt-sweet. Taste is medium malt-a bit too sweet/caramel, bitter hops. OK carbonation.

DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Bottle from the Maestro of Malt, Matt Capone. Pours deep brown with 1-finger off-khaki head. Nose is vinous caramel malt, brown sugary, earthy peaty cobwebby esters. Tastes caramel malty, a bit tart, with dry merloty fruit characteristics, and brown sugary, peaty, and earthy notes. Decent complexity and balance makes thisone a nice marzen, with more earthy notes than many.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Name: The Big O
Date: October 01, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, lots of breadyness, nice earthyness
Flavor: sweet bready flavor, lots of Munich character, light earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

I would like to rerate this beer.

douglas88 (9571) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Thanks to mcox90 for this bomber. Pours a clear copper color with a large light beige head and light lacing. The aroma is full of caramel and some light grains. The flavor is oddly very dry, some full caramel malts, light grains, some light peppery spices and nutmeg. Not bad at all. Somewhat medicinal.

JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
Tap. Pale amber beer, creamy thin head. Bready and sulphury aroma (not skunky, more minerally). Flavour is lightly caramelly and malty. A bit too prominently sulphurous. Sweet malt seems slightly underattenuated. Some earthy hops. As it warms a bit of spicy hops come forward. Not a great example, but it’s quite distinctive.

Svesse (8731) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2009
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 13 Jan 2009) Dark reddish amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, slightly toasty nose with notes of caramel and dried fruit. Malty taste with caramel, dried fruit and a spicy, toasty bitterness in the finish. Solid malt profile with balanced sweetness throughout. Leaning in the vienna direction. Really good American style Oktoberfest with emphasis more on malt than hops. Solid effort.

Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 4, 2008
Fresh bomber. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of caramel, light spice, some earthy hints. Tastes earthy with some nice spicy touches. Very enjoyable.

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