dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma is packed full of malty notes, showing sweet caramel, toasted malt, and a slight hint of vanilla finished off by a light earthy hop. Flavor shows basically the same. Overall body is moderate, soft, and chewy. Not a whole lot about this one to keep interest other than it’s easy drinkability.
BigBeer45 (1470) - Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2016 Sampled from a bottle,
the beer had a dark gold pour with red and brown mixed in, there was a little haze (some bottles had more haze than others) and gave a one to two finger very faint off-white cover (bubbles had a faint yellow tint to them) that receded to a thinner layer and ring,
the nose was malty with melanoidins like notes, a little toasted malt, caramel and some chocolate tootsie roll like notes, some bread,
it had malt and bread sweetness, the hops were light on the nose,
the flavors were malty, caramel, faint chocolate that resembled tootsie roll and bready, it had light spice hops, the flavor had some sweetness but not as sweet as the nose, the finish had a light hop bitterness with toasted malt and caramel following,
it felt light to light medium on the mouth and was creamy, it had soft to average carbonation,
this beer was on the sweet side for an Octoberfest beer,
also, and this beer appears to be different than what the Short’s Noble Chaos that was made a few years ago,
a good drink but not what I was expecting.
Onslow (1453) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear light brown brew with pale off white head. Dense head upon pouring, settles to a half a finger of persistent foam. Great lacing. Aroma of nuts, caramel, lightly toasted malt. Taste is moderate caramel and a rich nuttiness, ends with a moderate noble hops flourish that slakes any lingering sweetness. Full and satisfying palate. A superior Oktoberfest/Marzen.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Ashley’s. Pours a somewhat transparent, dark ruddy cherrywood color with a thin, wispy layer of off-white head. Quite dark for an Oktoberfest, and the aroma shows it, too. Lots of caramel and light chocolate going on, along with notes of prune flesh and some nutty, woody bark. Smells a bit dark, heavy, and astringent, and the palate reveals this is no misconception. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. A pleasant amount of chewy malt up front, and while not overly sweet, it has this dark, borderline roasty, woody astringency that makes this taste a bit more in the lines of a bock. Plenty of caramel and dark malt qualities, but not much Munich malt flavor. Finishes dry, with more of that woody astringency and a kiss of noble hops on the back end. Drinkable and somewhat enjoyable, but not to style.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2010
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of infection. Medium amber hue with a small off-white head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is undrinkable, completely infected(no surprise there from Short’s) Palate is thin and watery with average carbonation. Overall another infected bottle from Short’s. I hate this crap.
demitriustown (1188) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: Aroma has a really nice grainy and malty texture to it. Caramel, roast, light banana and spice are the most prevelent scents. Appearance is a very cloudy orangish brown with a medium slightly off white head. Taste has got a really nice an complex texture, malt, grain, light fruit, hops, and spice are intermingled together quite well. Palate is medium carbonation and a light roasted malt aftertaste that is enjoyable. Overall. I think this is a really nice and proper to style Oktoberfest beers. Cheers!
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a woody, caramel, and greenly hoppy brew. rich and toasty malt, with clean lager notes and a classic octoberfest profile. no noticeable booze, nicely balanced and a medium body. more hops than a typical octoberfest but it’s quite a nice touch, and one i would gladly drink for most of the fall season!
alliance100 (1118) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Tip Top Deluxe - pours a dark copperish gold color . Malty aroma . Tasty is very bready malt , slightly sweet . Ok .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transferring my rating from Beer Advocate. Pretty good stuff. Not the biggest fan of the style but I thought it had a nice quenching quality to it.
bpar73 (1015) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the brewpub. Dark golden pour with a thin off-white head. Caramel , chocolate and malt. Nicely hopped with a smooth finish.