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RATINGS: 1015   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 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 (1534) - 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 (9998) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Small sample from bomber at From the Vine beer tasting in Lewis Center, Ohio. Light golden; big head. Aroma caramel, hops, and alcohol. Flavor has sort of a "flat," not-so-sugary-sweetness to it; mostly hoppy, a bit malty. Slick and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 14, 2005
The only imp. o-fest i have ever tried or heard of. Looks like any other o-fest beer, brownish with a tiny head. Aroma even resembles an o-fest, caramel, skunkiness. Taste hits you hard. Big sweet flavor throughout with a mild alcohol kick at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Dark amber with no head. Sweet malty caramel aroma with a slight hint of hops. Flavor is just about the same except for sweet aftertaste, that leaves you wanting more. A beer that could creep on you for sure. A little surprised at the average, I must say.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Orangey amber in color with a modestly dense, off-white head. Aroma is deep, rich caramel and an oily alcohol note I find common to high alcohol lagers. Flavor is very full-bodied (it gets you here and it get you here). Some earthy, plummy notes along with toasty caramel, a rather strong hit of hop bitterness, residual sweetness, spicy/perfumey hop flavor, and a dose of warming alcohol surrounding everything. I like this but I still prefer a well-made, traditional gravity Octoberfest better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Poured a cloudy amber with virtually no head. Light banana aroma, candyish. Fairly sweet on the tongue initially followed by a mild alcohol finish. Mostly malty and maybe a little one dimensional but still a nice beer that packs a punch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Decent Marzen style although a little more on the hoppy side than usual. Upfront malt with a dry finish. A little too much of a fench rider for me. More contrast than balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Dark amber color with no head. Very malty aroma, followed up by a pretty boring malt taste. It’s a good Oktoberfest, bur really isn’t offering much else.

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