OktoberBeast - Aviator Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2012 06:19:54 | More by Luigi
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
Serving type: growler
09-12-2011 09:34:57 | More by tdm168
3.49/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
10-09-2013 18:23:45 | More by BEERchitect
OktoberBeast from Aviator Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.