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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Brown-reddish color with a small tan head. Sweet caramel aroma with notes of hops. Alcohol is ever present in this beer. Bold strong body that says, I am the one and only. I don’t think the hops are over the top but the abv is a little much. Still a nice and zesty oktoberfest which should be admired and feared throughout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Dark copper orange red with a big tan head, great lacing. Aroma is sweet smokey caramel fruity and some earthy hops. Body is thick, as I was expecting, given it’s huge abv (for a Fest, anyway). Smokey burnt caramel sugar malts paired with earthy floral warm hop balance. This seemed to be heading towards Bock territory. Dangerously drinkable - I had little inclination as to the abv here.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber-copper color. It is topped by a frothy white head that is generated by a medium level of carbonation. The aroma is sweetly malty with notes of caramel, biscuits. It also has a low level of hop aromatics that contribute a slightly fruity note intermingled with a spicy-herbal-grassy note. This beer is quite thick bodied and sweet, but the thing that I really notice during my first sip is how hoppy this is. It is quite a bit more balanced towards the hops than even a doubling of a traditional Oktoberfest recipe would suggest. Leave it to the American brewers to hop up a traditionally malty beer, though as a pioneer of the Imperial Oktoberfest, I guess they can do what ever they want.

Given all of this, this beer would actually not be as interesting or balanced if not for the over-the-top hops. The beer is quite sweet, and would likely be sticky if not for the hop punch. The beer has a pungent, spicy, bergamot, herbal hop flavor to it, which floats on a malty backbone that is redolent of caramel, and biscuit notes. The finish is a bit astringent, with a mixture of hop bitterness and alcohol. This thing could definitely use some mellowing. If it were not for the finish this would be at it’s best now. I think a couple of months of age, could really help to mellow this beer out.

The new glow / appeal of this beer has definitely faded for me, now that I have finished half a glass. The beer just seems a bit too harsh and unbalanced. I definitely recommend aging this for quite a while, I have two more bottles which I will perhaps try again in the spring.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2004
10.08.04 Standard Avery foil capped bomber with a crazy, shiny label. The pour is a light caramel-copper color with a medium sized, quickly fading head. Aromas are malty and sweet as a marzen ought to be; light flowery hops; slight hints of salt and pepper; nothing over the top. Flavors are certainly floral and sweet with a nice biscuity malt. An odd combination of sharp hops and honey thick mouthfeel make this an experience like no other oktoberfest. I’m not totally convinced that this was the best idea...a sipping beer, but in a true session style. I guess I just don’t get it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 7, 2004
color is mostly clear orange with slight reddish notes. head is thick and creamy, almond colored. has a sweet toasted caramel aroma that i love in an O’fest. alcohol is high, but completely undetected by my nose. alcohol again is virtually non-detectable in the flavor. there are toasted notes, mild toffee and the slightest alcohol burn. very tasty, not an alcohol monster as i expected.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 5, 2004
bottle. pours a red hued deep brown, has a very thick light tan head. grass and some kind of wood(walnut?Pecan?)are present in the aroma. taste is surprisingly smooth for the ABV of this bad boy. strong spicy malt flavor with a very strong hop presence. sticky mouthfeel that reminds me of of a chocolate malt with too much syrup. there is a very slight taste of caramel that i am noticing in this also. alcohol lingers a bit on the finish of this, that is the only hint that shows up that would make someone wonder how much alcohol is in this. an interesting brew, that i have enjoyed immensly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3214) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2004
22 oz bomber-pours a nice ruby red hue with an off-white head that was gone in an instant. noble hops, grassy notes, big surupy german malts and alcohol. Big spicy hops presences in the flavors along with lots of hot alcohol llike the Beast toned down. a little rough around the edged, but lets see how this one ages. Avery’s beers are always clean, but they need to mask the alcohol better on these big brews.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 Deep Copper. Unpleasant, medicinal aroma, with notes of cherries, popcorn, butter toffee, mixed nuts and spicy floral hops. Enormous malty backbone of dark fruitiness (grapes, red apples), caramel and toffee. The hops are spicy, moderately bitter, unexciting and floral. A hint of mixed nuts, green plants and butter are present on the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Dark copper brown with great lacing. Aroma is malty, smooth and hopped-up. The flavor is extremely hoppy followed by a malty sweetness. Too much hops. Hops. Hops. Hops. Heartburning hops. Enough already. Not much room for oktoberfest in this bottle. It’s been hopped beyond recognition.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Medium amber with a thick head. Sweet, nutty toffeeish flavor with notes of caramel and some hops. Nice and warming with a smooth silky mouthfeel and a dry finish.


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