Flying Dog was founded in 1990 in Aspen, Colorado. Today, their state of the art brewery is located in Frederick, Maryland. Flying Dog has an eclectic portfolio of craft beers that range from light, easy drinkers to dark, heavy sippers. Dogtoberfest, their Fall seasonal, is a Marzen style beer that is produced using only authentic imported German ingredients.
The beer pours a copper amber color. In the glass it displays brilliant red hues. The head is medium thick and creamy in appearance. It is a lighter bodied beer.
The nose initially offers alluring notes of honey roasted nuts and caramel. Deep, rich roasted malt notes combine with the sweeter offerings that initially present to create a balance of sweet and bold.
The first thing you notice when you taste the beer is that it has an unlikely creamy texture for being a lighter bodied beer. Malty notes with hints of Bavarian roasted almonds are detectable from the first sip. The malt fades slightly on the mid palate, but the nut notes remain and are joined by flavors of sweet toffee and caramel. The sweetness fades on the finish and the flavor profile becomes dominated by roasted malt and barley. The finish is slightly bitter, but only in comparison to the mid palate, and is crisp and clean.
Flying Dog Dogtoberfest is pleasant seasonal offering, but not truly akin to most German Marzen beers. All in all a great way to welcome the fall even though it does fall short of its stylistic claims.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5
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