mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle. Tastes like a Belgian beer to me, with that sickening sweet banana flavor. I have never had an Octoberfest beer that tasted Belgian. I will never drink this one again, although I like the other Smuttynose beer styles.
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep amber color, reminiscent of a well worn brown belt. Aromas are of sweet malts, and a slight aroma of hops. Not too much in the hops, but just right. Clean, crisp taste and finish make for a treat of a fall beer. I only wish I'd known about this beer earlier.
Finishes crisp, clean, and with a slight hoppy bite to it.
bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Overall I like this beer however it is definetly not true to the "oktoberfest" style. A lot maltier, darker and hoppier than any German Oktoberfest. This is a very big Oktoberfest and I will be drinking much more of this. I am really liking this Big Beer Series.
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice medium amber, with a large tan head that mostly recedes, leaving small bit of lace. Aroma is a pleasant mix of toasted malt, some caramel malt, and a bit of hops. Flavor carries on the caramel, less toast than the aroma had, and ends with a nice crisp hoppiness that wisks the other flavors away. Medium in body, medium carbonation, very easy drinking.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep orange-amber hue. Smokey malt, dark chocolate caramel nose. Small beige head. Sweet, caramel, thin body, finishes kinda dusty and weird. Not that bad, I guess.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This big beer series is awesome. All I’ve tried so far have been terrific. This octoberfest is, of course, malty. Full, well rounded body, light hoppiness, very well done beer. One of my favorite octoberfests.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22OZ bottle, fresh off the shelf 2002: This is the best Oktoberfest I’ve had all year. Sweet malty nose with a patter of smokey spice, smooth as silk, clear orange color. Finishes so clean you’d swear you were in Germany. +0.4 from last time. Old rating: I enjoyed this more than the Pete’s Octoberfest. The aftertaste took a bit away from it.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet candied malt aroma, ruby colour, tiny vanilla head. Robust, candied malt and raisins flavour. Some bitterness, sweet, full bodied. Fair.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Has a nice amber color and a malty smell to it. The malt conitnues in to the taste and finishes with a mild bitterness. Overall I did not like this beer too much. It didn’t have much flavor to me. Maybe I got a bad bottle...
canary dog (748) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This stuff is dynamite. Pure, crisp body. Light bronze in color with quickly fading head. Sharp. Caramel malt note is very tastefully done. Just a bit more hops than typical for this style, but it is very well blended with the rich malts. Very fine, pleasant nose. Malty and buttery, but never cloying: just like the body. Smooth. Perhaps just a hint of smokiness, just a speck. The best beer I have had in a long, long time. Excellent.