Black Forest Imperial Pilsner
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Nearly double the malt and seven hop additions create this “winterized” Pilsner. This Pils tastes similar to its year round brethren, but at 8.3% it is meant to be enjoyed in moderation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 Growler from the brewpub. Golden in color with a long lasting white head- spritzy, active carbonation. Aroma is a good deal of spicy, earth hops with some light grain and fresh pils malt in the back. Taste is alot of fresh pils malt- nice and bready, with a light honey sweetness and a nice full earthy hop character. Taste is very drinkable yet not watery at all- a nice medium body. Alcohol very well hidden. Finishes crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Pours a solid golden with a bit of white head. Aroma is spicy and citrus with quite a bit of lemon. Flavor is similar with a bit heavier emphasis on the orange and much more spice. There is a finishing level of bitterness which manages to give it a great amount of balance. It is very, very hard to believe that this is 8.5 ABV. If you haven’t had this yet, go get it now because it won’t last long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Rich pale golden colour with a thick creamy white head. Aroma is loaded with sweet spicy Saaz hops. Lemon citrus, zesty spiciness over a rich bready pale malts. Soft minerally character on the nose as well. Flavour is richly hoppy with lots of fresh herbal/floral flavour over the sweet cereally malts. Bitterness is quite soft and balances the sweetness quite nicely. It could be hoppier yet, but it is quite a nice fresh example of the style. Soft palate but still a bit carbonic tasting. I still like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Draft at the Blind Tiger. Blond pour with some white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is clove, banana, lemon / citrus. Flavor is grainy malt (similar to the outstanding miller high life) with some sweet banana and clove / spices. Interesting and refreshing. The spicing was a little too much at first, but got better further into the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Growler from Brewpub: Pours a rich golden color with a slight haze and a creamy white head. The aroma is a nice crisp and spicy German hop character with some mild orange peel fruitiness and some doughy character. The body has a nice thick velvety carbonation. Has a near perfect Pilsener profile. The body has a rich bready malt base with a very subtle sweetness. The German hops give it a great balancing spicy zest, which is mildly orangey and peppery. The finish has the perfect amount of zesty bitterness to make it dangerously drinkable. Just damn delicious, with no evidence of the high alcohol content. An outstanding Pilsener!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Poured a lightly hazed gold with a nice long lasting white head. The aroma was of light biscuity malt and just a hint of floral hop. Earthy and floral hop with toasty malt and sulfur taste. Moderately bitter dry finish. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Quite a good beer! Cloudy (ie - unfiltered) golden yellow body, nice frothy head. Very pleasant and easy to drink despite the higher alcohol content. Very well-balanced, with a good amount of malts and a refreshing, yet subdued hoppiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2006
All I can do is pretty much reiterate what Eugene has said about this beer - nice cloudy pour, with quite a frothy head - beautiful, full nose, loaded with sweet floral character and a nice, fresh hop profile - I, too, would not have guessed the ABV - it just seems like a nicely hopped, full-bodied, hearty pils - the floral characteristics combine perfectly with the hops, and the medium sweetness adds a honey-like quality that compliments the flower flavors well - one of the better "imperial pilsners" I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Was at the brewpub to try the Smoked Cherry Dunkelweisse and the Smoked Hefe was kicked. As I am sitting there enjoying my beer the bartender throws me a sample of something and says Imperial Pilsner (this is one of the few times writing notes in a brewpub pays off). So I enter this as a Pilsner for now, though these types seem to usually go into Euopean Strong Lager categories. The reason: if I didnt know what I was drinking I would think this is just a good, malty, thick pilsner. Pretty much its just a slightly thicker, a more cloudy yellow, and slightly more hopped version of their regular pils. I mean nothing in the category of a DFH Golden Shower. Cannot see through the beer at all. Nice thick head. Aroma and taste have a good lemon aspect. A good subtle hop character of some sort, nothing too strong and nothing American. A meduim-low bitterness. Would never guess 8.5 alcohol.

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