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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5732) - 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Draft at blind tiger. Pours a golden body with a thin white head. Aroma is pine, grassy, and floral hops the nose is complex. The flavor is bitter and heavily hopped with a friendly light flavors of flower, pine, and grass. A light flavor of etoh in this but dominated by hops in all directions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Pours a nice yellowish gold with a decent lasting white head. You can tell there is a shitload of hops because the beer almost looks like it has a green tint. Aroma is very herbal and grassy- lots of green continental earthy and floral hops- clean and just refreshign with a lot of pilsner dougy malts as well. Good doughy malt flavor with a nice clean hop flaovr and bitterness, lightly minty, floral and lgiht grassiness- good clean spicy bitterness in the end with more earth and some dirty yeasty character. Great impy pils.

   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, orange peel, and light fruits. Flavor of sweat, hoppy bitterness, and a spicy kick. This is full bodied, crisp, and very drinkable. I enjoyed this one a lot. Quite a nice imperial pilsener. 8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 21, 2009
Growler filled at Black Forest. Pours a hazy gold with a moderate linen white head that lasted until mid-glass and left partial lace. The aroma is pleasant with spice, orange, and doughy malt. The flavor is very nice with a solid dose of bready malt with some spicy hops and just a bit of orange. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, somewhat resinous. Medium-full bodied. The alcohol is very well hidden with no sign of it whatsoever. A very enjoyable imperial pils.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3590) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Growler, courtesy dchmela. Pours a clear, medium-dark golden hue with a small layer of beige foam that fades slowly. Minimal, scattered spots of wetness cling to the glass. The nose is of sweet corn malts and relatively clean cereal grain, a bit overly buttery for my liking, with notes of dessert bread, popcorn, and a light floral hop dosage. Flavors show more of the same buttery, sugary-sweet corn malt, with just a touch of peppery-floral hop bitterness as a counterpoint. It’s boozy to the point of, dare I say, a high-end malt liquor, and similar in profile too. The body is overly thick for the style, defeating the purpose of pilsner in my opinion, showing too warm and sticky on the finish. Rare is the imperial pilsner that I feel is worth its salt, and this one is no exception.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 19, 2009
The aroma is very pleasant, bicuity, malty, grassy, and spicy. The appearance is like a pilsener, straw gold with a white head, but has a slightly more reddish and greenish tint, common to imperialized pilseners. The flavor is lemon, biscuit, grass, moderate hops. Sharp hop residue left upon finish, mostly spicy, earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel, slightly too much carbonation. The alcohol in this is well hidden. Very drinkable beer, the alcohol could sneak up on you with this one. Excellent for this style.

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