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RATINGS: 1022   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
2004 = 9.3% ABV
2005 = 8.9% ABV
2006 = 9.1% ABV
2007 = 9.3% ABV
2008 = 10.03% ABV
2010 = 9.73% ABV
2011 = 10.01% ABV
2013 = 10.2% ABV
2014 = 9.5% 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Sweet nutty marzipan with a fair sweet maltiness and a hint of alcohol in the aroma. Clear amber-copper with decent cover of tan head. Strong alcohol, orange-citrus hop flavours are fairly dominant over a light caramel/toffee malt body that feels a bit too thin to support it. High carbonation makes this one feel a tad gassy. Bottle (trade Dec. 2004) enjoyed with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. Thanks, Kawa!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 The Lure:
Grapefruit and pine cream agreeably blends into an oily nuttiness. Smells bigger than your typical Oktoberfest, but not overdone in any way.

The Festivities:
A touch of caramel and peppery yeast swings into an orangey, resinous, green hoppy ending. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden and the body possesses a few cute love handles. Addendum: a 2-year-old bottle stayed its ground nicely.

An apparently sturdy general on the outside reveals a thoughtful and caring personality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
Orange hue displays red hints. White cover. Very oily aroma, nutty, fuelic hops/alcohol blend a la Stone. Very sweet yet very hoppy creates a condensed nut oil, almond skin like flavour. Heavily oily and foresty hops of a brend I don’t really like, peanut like. I can see myself enjoying this with a decent toasted malt background a a 90degrees turnover from those American hops to a noble hallertau like variety, the Avery yeast makes it feel pretty hot and fuelic a bit like hog heaven I find. Highly carbonated, thin-medium body. Not my type.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Bottle: Nice aroma of caramel, toffee, fruit and some citrusy hops. Pours a real dark hazy amber with an off-white head with pretty good retention. Great lacing. Very malty. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, and fruit. Definitely a spicey finish with just barely an alcohol presence. Hops linger in the background and really blend mix well. Somewhat bock-like. An excellent Oktoberfest. Probably the best I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Pours a rich copper with firm head. Malty aroma with light hints of toast. Body is medium with a solid malt backbone. Relatively smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2012 2012 Version: Great roasted malt sweet nose. Wonderful big flavor with a smooth finish. Previous Review: 2005 Bottle Sweet malt and hoppy. Pours a dark honey colore. You can really taste the alcohol and a heavy sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5684) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Clear deep copper coloured body with reddish highlights and a nice off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma of strong malt, caramalised sugars, nuts, fresh hops and citrus. Throw in just about everything and you get this aroma. Truly a delight for beer lovers of any style - nicely done! Medium-bodied; Strong malt, hops and bitter nuts dominate the taste. Leaves the mouth dry and full of malty flavours. Aftertaste shows the hops, alcohol and malt very well. Overall, a bit strong for the style and perhaps too ’overly’ done. Regardless, still a good beer that is much better than a lot of other average beers. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 21-January-2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Deep copper, pretty head, nice and firm. Considering how much sugar was probably pumped into it to get it this strong, the nose is expectedly sweet, lots of caramel but not much in the way of typical bready/biscuity marzen character. Alcohol is noticeable there, and it’s very noticeable in the flavor. Well, it’s not really all that noticeable because the nasty sweetness kind of overpowers everything else. My teeth hurt, it was so sweet. It tasted like a marzen mixed with a cheaply made sweet liqueur of some sort, like sugared, alcohol-ized fruit. Too much burn at the end. I enjoyed this beer amazingly little. Oh, and it’s not a freakin’ marzen. I don’t care what’s on the stupid label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1642) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Really a beautiful beer in the glass. Rich, copper and clear. Aromas are bread and malt, with a bit of floral wafting up. In the flavor, however, the yeast is not as big of a player. The interplay of malt, hops, and alcohol give The Kaiser a triple punch. The palate doesn’t blend these flavors, rather, they arrive one after another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 14th, 2005: Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a thin off-white head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet caramel and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of toasted malt, caramel and piney hops. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden too. The finish is lightly spiced and hoppy. This is a pretty good Oktoberfest, but I am not convinced it is deserving of slapping an "Imperial" tag on it just because there is more alcohol in it.

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