Dark Horse Oktoberfest | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Copious amounts of Bonlander Munich Malt give this beer a great malt sweetness and very big body to enjoy with the change in season. This beer is released to coincide with the official Oktoberfest in Munich Germany.

24 IBU

Added by proc on 09-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
9.79%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2017 bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours with a reddish brown body that is dark for style. Likewise or the tan head. Decent lacing.
This is an American style version, not German, with bolder flavor and, I think untraditional malts. Mildly bitter and less drinkable than a traditional marzen.
Disappointing.

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Photo of pirmannt1
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.61/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reddish caramel color with a buttery popcorn colored head. Nice lace skirted around the sides.

Caramel malts on the nose, with candi sugar, molasses, anise, dry barley.

Some toffee and licorice with some face twisting awkward sweet-bitterness. The spices come into play - cinnamon and ginger primarily - piled on top of this barley-licorice-hop mess. The more it warms and "develops", the worse it tatses.

Feel is parchy while being aptly carbonated. Chalky mess on the finish.

Overall, super not impressed. It just tastes like licorice twisted with dog shit. Not a fan at all.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imperialking
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into mug, bottled on 8/11/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish copper/brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing cling on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa/coffee, herbal, wood, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa/coffee, herbal, wood, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light dryness from bitterness/roast as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this a very nice imperial Marzen. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. This felt closer to a traditional bock due to the light roasted character that was present; but still very enjoyable all around.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gemini6
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Buying this I had no idea it was an Imperial Oktoberfest beer! Beer pours a very dark amber brown not pitch very clear. Head is minimal just a 1/4 inch that settles to a good lace ring. Toasted bread and caramel malt all around with some woodsy body and a touch of peat. Taste is awesome tons of sweet malts, bready dough a touch of sour dough malts make this an easy drinker with a medium body brew. Overall I would love to get this again it is quite possibly the smoothest take on a Imperial (double) Oktoberfest beer!

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Photo of miwestcoaster
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clager
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thoglund
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Acuity
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warnerry
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mcrawford
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not settling for 125 year tradition of making the common oktoberfest beer, The experimental nature that lives inside the brewers at Dark Horse Brewing simply can't help itself. The release of their festbier yields bolder, toastier and drier flavor with a substantial alcohol strength to make the usually casual lager worthwhile.

But in doing so, the beer pours a deep bronzen haze rather than the more golden strands that we're used to. Its creamy foam cap sheds toasty aromatics that hinge on nutty, coffee and chocolate attributes. Moderate sweetness graces the tongue and soothes the taste ahead of the more earthy flavors of the lager show up in mid-palate.

Honey, toffee and a dry caramelized taste layers first, then the flavors of toasted bread crust, toasted pecan, breakfast blend coffee and a sprinkle of cocoa powder provide earthy balance that's uncommon to the normal ranges in style. Borrowing attributes from dunkel, brown ale and perhaps porter, glimpses of these darker beers show up in a balance that's mildly rootish and bark-like with suggestions of light stone fruit along the way.

The elegance in the typical oktoberfest are overshadowed with Dark Horses' toasty and lightly peppered balance. As the bitterness is woodsy and mildly grainy, the medium-full festbier finishes with dry coffee rustic bite.

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Dark Horse Oktoberfest from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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