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OktoberBeast | Aviator Brewing Company

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3.72/5
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67 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
aviatorbrew.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by atsprings on 10-15-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,908
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
67
pDev:
11.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
Gots:
6
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

OktoberBeast pours to a large (pour carefully!) off-white pebbly head that sticks around for a respectable length of time, leaving moderate rafts and ladders of lacing; the beer itself is very hazy, sparkling and dusky deep amber in color. The nose is understated, even for the style: hints of caramel, dry bread, apple and alcohol. On the palate, OktoberBeast introduces itself with bitter apple and hints of caramel; by mid-palate the toasted bread malt foundation is showing and the caramel has darkened and is expressing itself more forcefully, showing an odd bittersweet side of itself. Moderate alcohol notes and hints of spicy hops punctuate the back end of the palate, leading to a finish that is all alcohol and cheap caramel candies, then a flash of sweet, followed by the onset of a funky caramel flavor that lingers for a few minutes with a hint of noble hop spice and bitterness. Mouthfeel is on par with the medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy and slightly peppery from the carbonation, which is less present than the effervescence would predict. The way the malt expresses itself in this beer leaves something to be desired: the caramel notes are off-point everywhere but on the nose. (12 oz can, illegible code date)

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3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
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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3.2/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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.

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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.

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

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OktoberBeast from Aviator Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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