argo0 (13439) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draft) Rich red copper body, clear with minimal head. Minimal caramel aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel, with a slight bitterness that becomes more noticeable at the end. Medium bodied.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2003 Re-Rate - 2003 - This had such a wonderfull malt kick - medium sweet - bith a great chunk of chocolate at the finish, a nice amount of hop for balance - I would call it a lighter version of St.Rogue Red. (Winking Lizard Draft - 10/10/2003) -2002 - smelled like pie (apple/caramel). First few sips were o.k., but then got way tooooo syrupy - caramel, sweet malts, very lightly hopped. one of the lesser fest beers.
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I figured that this would be the best oktoberfest brew of all time, becuase red hook can make some damn fine beer. I overestimated, but it still kicked some ass. It wasn’t the best of all time, but it was up there. In one word, this beer is robust.
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best Octoberfest style beers I’ve had. Easily better than Sam or Pete’s offerings. Couldn’t find it in the store, only found it once on tap at a resteraunt. I’ll take a trip to the Portsmouth brewery next season to make sure I get some.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely one of Redhook’s finest. It’s nice to taste those hops in an octoberfest style for a change. None of the overbearing sweetness associated with most marzens.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Redhooks best offering. So thick and richly malty (had on tap) with a nice hoppy bite to it. Comes close to being as good as some Germans. Being this good means they’ll probably axe it or change the recipe like they did with the Double Black Stout.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sad to say, only had 2 bottles to sample, caramel, hops, malts all well balanced, quite mellow in fact, but still nice and satisfying.