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RATINGS: 951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10.01%
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2004 = 9.3% ABV
2005 = 8.9% ABV
2006 = 9.1% ABV
2007 = 9.3% ABV
2008 = 10.03% ABV
2011 = 10.01% ABV
The Kaiser once said, "Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world." If the Kaiser and his significant other had tipped this bottle, we’d all be "sprechenden Deutsch!" We took all that is good in a traditional Oktoberfest - gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent noble hops - then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2557) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours copper mostly clear with a white head. Aroma had a tad of funk at first, unexpectedly, then some non sweet amber malts and a bit of zing from the alcohol. Flavor is some toasted malt aromas and a small zing from the booze that warms the tongue with of nuttiness.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dzimm27 (136) - - OCT 2, 2013
Light malty aroma. Gorgeous dark copper body with minimal head. Taste is malt and spice, amazingly smooth. Alcohol is a little overpowering in the taste profile. Complexity grows as it warms. Very enjoyable.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
michcam8 (288) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Aroma is descent. Appearance is descent. Taste and palate, poor. Taste of alcohol burn, mixed in with malts and nail polish flavor (not that I have ever had nail polish...this is what I would imagine it would taste like). Last few beers I have had from this brewery have been below par. Nope, will not buy again.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1413) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Shared from a big brown bottle, into nonic glasses, 2012 vintage, aged one year. Thanks, gregwilsonstl! It poured a mostly clear, deep orange amber, with a thin but long-lasting head of white foam, some lace. Very malty and caramelly, faintly fruity, hint of vanilla. Pleasantly oxidized but not mushy or flawed, surprisingly nice considering strong lagers don’t typically age well in my experience. The high alcohol and perfumey hoppy bitterness provide a great balance to the sweetness, the overall impression is much like a Trappist ale. I bet this is even cooler barrel-aged. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1068) - Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2013
2012 vintage. Nearly clear amber. Lots of cardboard flavor but it works. I can?t believe this is 10%. Caramel. Smooth. Lacing. Delicious. Lots of barley.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zoucrew102 (509) - - SEP 14, 2013
Tap at Parry's Pizzeria, Highlands Ranch. Sweet toffee aroma with a lot of booze. Pours amber colored with a light head and some lacing. Sweet toffee flavors to start and finishes fairly smooth but very boozy. Would like it better if it hid to booze better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kdm1984 (650) - Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pours amber with small head. Sweet, toffee-like aroma with heavy booze notes. Taste follows suit. Very, very heavy booze. Nice toasty nuttiness in the aftertaste. Would be better if the alcohol didn’t dominate so much. Very poorly hidden ABV. I can really feel the burn on the roof of my mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1720) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 11, 2013
Pours a hazy light brown orange. Really sweet aromas of corn syrup and caramel. Similar flavours. Sweet and malty. This is really delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2198) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 11, 2013
Thanks cards04. Intense sweet cream corn aroma malts vanilla. Very sweet breadt taste a touch of booze. Very nice though maybe a little too sweet for mt personal preference. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Fabulous appearance for any beer, but especially for a lager. Deep orange and clear with a great lasting head and sticky lace that coats the glass. Aroma and flavor are both boozy, plenty of heavy malt-bomb-ish base, some crisp floral hops to offer a little glimpse of balance, caramel malts galore. Body is surprisingly heavier than expected, carbonation is about what I’d expect. It’s an interesting beer but not one I’ll rush to pick up often, even if it was a year round offering. There are other high ABV beers that I enjoy better.


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