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 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5716) - 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3499) - 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3713) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2009
Tap at the brewpub. Aroma of lemon, floral hops, biscuit malt. Flavor has heaps of that biscuit malt with a nectar-like quality, maybe some honey, increasingly leafy, almost herbal bitterness leading to some resin in the finish. Full-bodied, but remains nearly as drinkable as a regular pils. Out of a small sample size, the first so-called "Imperial Pilsner" I’ve had that actually tasted like a Pilsner made bigger, as opposed to a completely different style of lager. Nice stuff.

   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5500) - 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.

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