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RATINGS: 988   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 2005 bottle sampled 1/17/06: Clear orange copper pour with a thin-lacing, frothy off-white head. Rich, sweet malty and strongly noble hopped aroma has an enticing balance. Good fresh citric hoppiness melds well with the amount of sweet, sticky caramel malt. I like this vintage better than the 2004. A very nice "imperial" style brew.

2004 bottle sampled 11/24/04: Pours a rich copper brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is full of sweet German caramel malt and a touch of hoppiness. Body starts a sweet and viscous blend of caramel and toasted malts. Finishes more dry and hoppy with more of a bitter US hop presence. The malt billing here seems to be right on par with what I would consider an imperial oktoberfest, but the hops exert more bitterness than I’d prefer. Still a nice and interesting brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2004
An orange-amber beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel as well as hints of hops. The flavor is dominated by alcohol, that runs over the tongue, but also has notes of hops and caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Bottle: Clear ruby orange with light tan head that quickly fades to a very thin ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma: Sweet aroma, caramel, alcohol, light raisin, sweet grapes, mild citrus and grass. Taste: Initial sweet caramel and hop bite, then the alcohol comes through a bit with some citrus, mild grapefruit, lemon, orange, and some caramel, bread, and a touch of spicy/sour yeast. While I enjoyed it, I’m not so sure this style works(tastes like a double IPA with mild hops)....credit for trying though.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2004
candy/cherry malt aroma, transparent ruby, candylike and caramely alcohol dominate with a slightly bitter finish, a tad leathery

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2604) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Bottle poured a clear redish amber with an average sized creamy off white had that lasted quite a while. Excellent fine lacing as well. A fairly heavy piney hop aroma. Flavors were nice dark malts and fairly sweet with a significant alchol taste as well. Average carbonation and a nice finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2004
Clear dark amber colored with a thick light tan head. Sweet in the aroma, malt, hops and grass and little alcohol. Rather heavy. Also sweet flavor with a nice bitter finish. Malty and hoppy and a dry end. Warming from the alcohol. A nice beer and my first Imperial Oktoberfest which is cool to try!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Ruby red color, foamy head, nose of cobwebby laagered malts. Crystallized malts, strong alcohol mouth feel but smooth malty & brown sugar notes. Not quite an Oktoberfest but taste. More like a barleywine lager. Figs & pear. Thanks Eric!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Mahogany with a thick, white creamy head. Light citrus aromas containing lemons and orange. Malty and mellow. A slight hint of medicine. Bitter hops with a very malty body of caramel and roast. Pepper and another spice comes through. Alcohol. Very sharp bite at the end making the beer slightly acidic to me. Champagne mouthfeel as it was rather well carbonated. Ends with a bitter maltiness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10459) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2004
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Beige dense head. Very malty and sweet aroma. Aroma is very well hidden. Flavour is sweet as well, and has some hoppy and herbal notes. Is dry and has alcahol notes. Ends on a light bitter note and with a light alcaholburnt. I’m not 100% convinced that making an imperial or barrel aged version of all beersstyles is something good, but for sure some funny beers is made. This is one of them.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Pours dark clear amber body, medium fluffy white head. Hoppy nose, backed up with some servere fruityness. Some alcohol in the flavor, hops and nice bready malts. Good one.


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