Dark Horse Octoberfest | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse OctoberfestDark Horse Octoberfest

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by proc on 09-09-2002

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 14
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Photo of warnerry
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of nortmand
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber-brown, with a tawny head.
Decent, yo guessed it, roasted smell, not unlike other Dark Horse beers. Also, sweet background notes and subtle hop overtones.
Very sweet flavor. WOW! Almost overpoweringly sweet. The roast quality also comes through in the flavor.
Smooth and moderately carbonated, but the sweetness hurts the overall drinkability.
Overall a solid beer, in a hard to make category. My first experience with a Dark Horse lager, and hopefully not my last.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Acuity
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Dreamer
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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 StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcalabre
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely a beer that you don't drink straight from the fridge. Give it 10 minutes or so to warm up.
It pours a murky brownish color with a small head.
The aroma is sweet and malty. This brew is medium bodied.
Personally, I prefer the appearance of a filtered O'fest, but the flavors on this puppy are hard to dispute. Pretty nice.

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Photo of Sparty55
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Bigtwin
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Sparty1224
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes pilsner glass. Bottled on 9/11/15, making this just under 1 month old.

A: Pours a very cloudy, murky, unfiltered almond-mahogany color. Frothy off-white head that laces well.

S: Very nutty, malty. Some cinnamon, nutmeg, whole grain. Some dark fruit, like figs or dates. Almost no hop presence.

T: Almond, nutmeg, raisins, figs, plum. Pure malt bomb, practically no hops.

M: Moderately full, low end carbonation. Very sticky-sweet and malty. Basically no hop balance at all.

O: One of the more hard to come by Oktoberfest beers in the Midwest, this was picked up at a Bottle Release at the pub last month. Lower bottle count and not distributed. But that doesn't make it any better or tastier. Compared to some other nice Oktoberfest beers I've had recently, this one is way on the malty side with practically no hops at all, not even for balance. This makes for a very sweet, sticky, syrupy Amber Ale-type beer. With a little more zest and hop presence, this beer could've been much more.

Recommendation: Unless you can add this in a trade for some other more desirable Dark Horse or MI beers, this one isn't worth going after alone.

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Photo of funkyaudio
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of JDizzle
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
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 avschmitt
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dark Horse Octoberfest from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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