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RATINGS: 1021   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2013
FROM NOTES: October 21, ’13. A: Big and malty, of course. Bready notes, caramel notes, booze and a general fruitiness. A very faint hint of hops also. A: Deep orange bordering light brown. Soapy white head providing some lace. T: Very much like the nose, with a rich and malty sweetness kept in balance by the bitter and spice notes of the hops. Alcohol burn is present also. P: Thick, creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated. O: Very easy drinking; I thought this would be more like a bock than a strong Oktoberfest, but this did a great job of just being a stronger Oktoberfest while maintaining those characteristic Oktoberfest notes.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5442) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Aroma is strong caramel/toffee, bread/malts and light fruit. The flavor is strong caramel/toffee, malts, fruit, slightly grainy and a mix of alcohol and slightly cloying sweetness in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4131) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle at Seattle tasting. As part of an epic vertical. Rating the 2015 bottle. Rich, darker copper, ring tan head. Fig and orange, rich, tart alcohol. Good take on imp lager. Fresh, tart alcohol. Not bad at all. (older versions were much sweeter, with more reduced flavors)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CopterScott (233) - Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2015
copper color with a thin white head. aroma is yeast, nuts, and a little booze. Flavor is bread, sweet caramel, and nut. very sweet but in a good way.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gopherfan99 (1236) - CROATIA - DEC 15, 2015
Bottle; pours dark amber with a white head; dominant caramel aroma with some hints of nuts, bread dough, and floral notes; taste is sweet with caramel and hints of dough and nuts; finish is sweet with a hint of alcohol; very good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (2494) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2015
22 oz bottle poured at the tasting, as part of a vertical. Rating the current. Pours golden with a caramely, grainy aroma. Flavor is caramel malts with minimal spice. It was fun to try many years of this, but I believe it’s by far best when fresh. Good beer here.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (10775) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle - Sweet, a bit boozy and grains. Clear copper with a decent white head. Sweet, boozy caramel and a long swee finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scooterbub (967) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - NOV 12, 2015
22 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish color with a thine beige head. Taste is of malt, yeast, banana, caramel, fruit, spice and alcohol. Has a similar aroma. Has a lighter, boozy body. Similar, near burning finish. Overall, it has some good initial flavors, but is too alcoholic and not drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cousin_Larry (784) - - NOV 6, 2015
Pours nicely into an oversized dimpled mug. Aroma is alcohol, fruit, and metal. Taste is very sweet, but not annoyingly sweet. Sort of a brandy without the burn. What an excellent surprise. Warms as it goes down.

2.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
fuzzcro (179) - Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2015
A very fine oktoberfest brew. Aroma and appearance would be difficult to beat. The floral tones in the taste sets me back and is my reason for the low rating. One must know I favor stouts overall.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shanebrews (274) - Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2015
This beer poured a very transparent copper with a white head and ample carbonation. The aroma is indistinct and mostly grainy. The taste is also grainy with a variety of malts imparting some flavors of honey and toffee and other lightly sweet and toasty elements. There is little bitterness and not the body I expected from an imperial - the alcohol is well hidden. Overall, it is not a great festbier or a great imperial and I was disappointed.


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