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OktoberBeast - Aviator Brewing Company

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: atsprings on 10-15-2009

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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 15
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a rich amber color with a creamy off white head with sticky lacing all around the glass. Looks great!

The aroma is a little boozy making it rather sweet with ripe fruit notes, but not much toasted malt nor hops.

The flavor is rather sweet for the style. There are notes of toasted malt, but the boozy sweetness seems to over power these characteristics of the style. Interesting enough there are plenty of ripe fruit notes. The fruit notes almost remind me of a Belgium dubbel ale or a doppelbock.

Medium bodied that is is slick on the tongue. I wished there they would have masked the boozy sweetness or lowered the Abv. level. I wish there was a little more focus on the toasted malt that is the benchmark of this style.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a half inch of foamy head. Good retention. Caramel and toasted malt notes in the nose with just a hint of a faint yeast smell. Strong malt character on this one; very toasty, a little nutty, a little roasty, a hint of caramel. There are some hops here that show up late; nice citrusy, floral notes. Very low carbonation and a little thin.

Overall not a bad beer. Aviator's still one of my favorite local breweries.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With a bold maple and caramel taste, the flavor of fall is alive and well in Aviator's beast of a fest beer.

Its caramel character is evident right from the pour- copper and dark honey color sets the tone. Its mild haze gives the beer a slight Amber Ale type of appearance. Darker than the average Oktoberfest, the beer builds a hearty off-white head that dissolves during the second half of the session and retains fairly as well.

Medium-strong aromas celebrate the malt character of Munich and caramel. Its sweeter upstart is pleasantly starchy, toasty, and nutty- coming to the nose like bread crust and maple. With the slightest of hop spice, an almost tea-like character wraps up the aromas.

Even sweeter to taste, all that caramel and savory maple flavor is nutty, lightly butter and brown sugar to remind the palate of french toast. Its nutty flavor becomes the bridge that brings the sweetness to close. Cashews at first turn to walnut-type bitterness late to link up with the herbal tea tones for a semi-crisp yet still savory finish.

Mid-full in body, the beer is certainly heftier than the typical fest bier. Its high residual sweetness is creamy until the carbonation subsides. After which, the sweetness lingers long into finish for a semi-dry closure and firm alcohol warmth.

The beer's overall hefty character allows it to resemble an American Amber Ale as much as it does an Oktoberfest. It lacks the refined elegance of true German Oktoberfest biers but it celebrates something heartier and sweeter. It could definitely stand up to a apple pie or fruit cobbler.

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A: Pours a clear very dark copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some reddish brown + mahogany highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts with a light aroma of spicy + earthy hops. Slightly sweet.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of rich caramel malts with light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of toasted malts with just a hint if nuttiness. Finally, there are light flavors of spicy + earthy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a pretty decent Oktoberfest offering from Aviator, slightly heavier in the ABV than I would normally expect for the style but easily drinkable as that alcohol is well hidden from the smell and taste.

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OktoberBeast from Aviator Brewing Company
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