Nejhleader (1495) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a bit of a smoked malty aroma. Taste is a malt spice mix. Decent brew.....
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2016
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear russet. Quick white foam holds merely a wispy collar. Defective nose of DMS, metal, medicine, grape jelly, alcohol, papery malt and candy apples. Loose and fuzzy carbonation deposits a foamy residue on the palate. A strong slickness compounds the oppressive sweetness, as notes of grape jelly collide with poorly cloaked alcohol and gummy-candylike sugars. DMS muddles things, as the incessant sugars continue to punish the tongue. Unrefined malt character brings to mind instant iced tea spiked with malt syrup, and exhibits a profound lack of definition, texture and vividness (evidence that not even a single decoction was employed). Hint of wet paper worsens things. Notes of red licorice, alcohol and Red Delicious apple elevate the sweetness to medicinal levels in the wet and syrupy finish. The usual flaws found in this style are all present here, especially in regards to attenuation and cleanliness. It’s a full-bodied, insufferably sweet sugar bomb with zero nuance and nothing remotely appealing. One sip was all I could handle before down the drain she went.
PorterPounder (7617) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour with a tight khaki colored head that fades after a while. Pleasantaroma of caramel and vanilla. Solidly sweet flavor of molasses, caramel and a bit of toffee. Very full bodied Oktoberfest. Mouthfeel is pleasantly thick and somewhat creamy. Pretty solid.
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Amber in color with an off white head. Caramel, some toasted nuttiness, and stale bread.
tillmac62 (689) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
EBD 11/15. Clear amber pour. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.
Typical marzen nose of bready malt - caramel and biscuit. Underneath is a light fruity ester - apple or apricot.
Light medium body that is quite smooth in texture. Slightly below normal carbonation with a hint of effervescence in the middle and a noticeable amount in the finish.
The flavor profile is quite outstanding. It begins with a rich wave of malt - toasted biscuit and caramel. Sweetness is perfectly balanced and never becomes cloying. The middle has a very subtle bitterness and an equally subtle noble hop earthy flavor. As the finish approaches, the fruit notes are evident as it becomes more grainy with a subtle nut aspect. The finish is a slow fade of slightly sweet noble hop flavor.
solidfunk (8062) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Easy drinking. Some barley and residual sweetness. Golden amber pour. Light clean finish. Bottle.
lobosaintori (89) - - OCT 10, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nicely balanced beer. nice carmel color with tan head. aroma is pleasent with traces of nuts and cream. taste is sweet yet subtle no harsh bitterness. finishes nicely.
Maverick34 (3093) - New York, USA - OCT 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Brownish amber pour white head. Crisp malts with a caramel tang. Not too bad.
chinchill (4518) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap (TCT) at the 2015 Albino Skunk Music Festival.
As might be expected from the"dark beer specialist", this looks darker and has a darker roasted malt flavor than usual for style.
Otherwise, and overall, this is on style. This includes the aroma which features caramel(?) malts and hops in about equal measure.
nickd717 (4367) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Clear copper color with a small white head that lasts. Big caramel aroma, sticky syrup from Aunt Jemima, nuts. Slightly sweet start to the flavor, medium bitterness. A little thick on the feel as DR tends to be, with average carbonation. Above average for the style. Märzens, amirite!