TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
22 oz bottle from Binnys (Willowbrook, IL). Pours a glowing murky brownish amber, some fiery glow, reddish sunset orange. A frothy smaller offwhite head, laces small, dies to a nice film. Aromas are malty off the bat, toffee and biscuits, caramel, toasty, biscuits, bread, a touch of applesauce, a touch of that telltale light oaky vanilla. Faint floral hopping with a touch of spice, simple and maybe a little vague. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, sweeter on the palate, with bread, toast, dough, apple sauce, a touch of spiciness. Crisp and sweet, a bit too sweet for me as it gets a little cidery within the bread, toast, and biscuits aspect. Light oaky vanilla tannins Faint spice grows on the backend, touch of warmth from the alcohol. Ok, but a bit sweet overall for the body it’s pushing AirForceHops (7139) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2013
12 oz. bottle courtesy of queenholly. Dimpled mug displays a cloudy amber color with a thick soapy white head. Aromas has notes of straw, malt, and a bit of minerals. The flavor is toffee and earthy hops with a slick/ oily texture. The label reads “aged in oak foudres” Well, I don’t smell or taste oak. I do taste the alcohol notes after the sip. When I read oak on a label, I want to taste it. I was excited for this but it leaves me flat. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a clingy-lacing off-white head. Has a semisweet toasty caramel malty nose with some earthy noble hops and a hint of light citric tartness. Starts with pretty good fullness and chewy authentic caramel maltiness and pretty good bittering hoppy balance. A pretty true to style festbier but would be better without the hints of tartness. wlajwl (6742) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Aroma is caramel, mild/medium nuttiness and slightly musty. The flavor is toffee, light caramel, mild/medium sweetness, light fruit and a slightly bitter/tart finish. Braudog (6674) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle. Poured a dark amber or light mahogany with an initially thick but quickly disappearing head. The aroma is of sweet malt. Indeed, the beer drinks with a distinct sweet tartness, appley, and almost puckery. Different for an O-fest. (#4063, 1/24/2011)
blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
bottle, thanks to exiled, orange amber color with malty woody aroma, flavor is mild fruity malt, finish is medium not a standard marzen BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle and served in non-nik pint glass: Basic amber hue with very little head and no lace. The aroma has a lactic acid and soured fruity vapour along with a lot of heavy crystal malts, slight oak and earthy esters. The taste is not as acidic as I feared but it is sweet to the point of becoming cloy. I guess there is some tannic oak upon the finish along with a dash of pepper. The mouth feel is sticky and slick but far too under-carbonated. Just not all that good in a genre that has a lot of meh beers, give me a Marzen from Capital or Ayinger. Patrickctenchi (6552) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Pours nearly clear, copper-brown. with a solid, off-white head....
Scent is a tacky-sweet, caramel... a bit sickly.
Taste is heavy caramel with a bitter presence....
Alcohol is noticeable, .... a bit of spice and raisins.,
Not a typical Oktoberfest......active and bright.
Just barely too sweet, though...
otherwise, it’s a fabulous little beer. vyvvy (6392) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2016
It pours bronze with an off white head. The aroma has dry roasted malt, oak and light toffee. It has a medium body with light carbonation. The taste is fairly dry for the style with lots of woodiness, spice, and crusty bread. Good. JStax (6357) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Clear copper with a white head. Aroma has mild spice with cotton candy sweetness. Taste is nmore sweet than anything. Alright overall. Medium carbonation and body.