Thursday, October 13, 2011

Beereview: Flying Dog - Dogtoberfest

Last week brought you Sam Adams' lackluster Octoberfest, so I thought I'd use my carefully honed beer radar to pick out a good Marzen style ale to review. I won't spoil the surprise, but the store I went to may or may not have been employing beer radar jamming equipment.

As with any Flying Dog selection, the label is impossible to ignore. It features a garish pair of Germans in lederhosen drinking beer and screaming at each other over a dog that looks like it got nailed by a Mac Truck. Oddly, the beer in their mugs looks nothing like this one. I posted back in June about why these labels are so weird.

I've liked most of what I've had from Flying Dog in the past, so I figured this one would be pretty good. Let's see!

Beereview: Flying Dog - Dogtoberfest

This ale pours a dark amber color with a thick foamy head that sticks around indefinitely. It's not cloudy at all and seems very active. The aroma is very hoppy with a strong citrus smell and only a slight sweetness, similar to IPA. The floral hops are very pronounced.

The flavor starts off extremely dry and somewhat sour, which was not at all what I was expecting. It's like pure burnt malt. It has a sort of funky bitter sawdusty taste that stuck around in the back of my mouth forever. There's no alcohol taste and barely any sweetness. It reminds me a bit of burnt sourdough toast.

Overall, I can't recommend this beer to anybody. I really thought it was going to be good, but in the end I gambled and lost. At least I only bought one!

Have you tried a good Oktoberfest? Let me know in the comments below!

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