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Boulder Beer Dragonhösen Imperial Oktoberfest

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Brewed with generous amounts of Vienna and Munich malts for a rich full-bodied malty flavor, Dragonhösen begins as a traditional Oktoberfest lager then stealthily breathes fire with 9% alcohol by volume. Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops add balance with a mild earthy aroma and flavor with moderate bitterness.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3793) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 1, 2015
(bottle - 22 oz) Copper pour with a thin white head. Lots of malts in the aroma with some caramel and a very light hop backbone. Flavor is intensely sweet at the start with a very light hint of bitter hops to balance it out. Clean finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7616) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle, shared by phantomhennes at game night. Dark golden amber with a thick off white head. Sweet toasty caramel aroma and flavour, nutty undertones, moderately hoppy finish. Delicious!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4539) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 2/1/15

Aroma: The aroma is malty and sweet, bready, some alcohol, and some earthy spice
Appearance: Pours a dark orange-amber color with a sheeting foam of beige head and heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is heavy malty, lots of bread, unbalanced, mild bitterness from the spice/earth
Palate: The body is medium, it feels a little sticky, but remains smooth and clean, with mild heat
Overall Impression: First beer of February comes on Super Bowl Sunday and is an Oktoberfest? Not sure how that happened, but sure. It is a really nice looking beer. The flavor and aroma are solid for sure, but they just don’t totally work for me. Solid beer, but just not my thing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1525) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Overall enjoyable. I think the higher ABV starts to mask the typical Oktoberfest/Marzen notes, however.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/14/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of big dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of big dark/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast esters noticeable. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial oktoberfest style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (18904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle @ SBWF 2014. Pours a deep amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Sweetish malty grainy caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty grainy caramel finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2590) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle. A nice reddish brown clear color with a foamy tan head. A rich earthy malt, biscuit, and mint aroma with a smooth palate and finish due to the lager style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2213) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle from KNB : Appeared as a deep dark mahogany liquid topped with a frothy topping of foam. Aroma was a toasty caramel malt nose that struck up an interest in drinking an Oktoberfest/Marzen from Boulder. The taste of the beer follows the same path with a big chewy base of rich caramel sweet malts. The high ABV goes unnoticed but the heavy flavors truly make this an Imperial Oktoberfest as expected. Smooth palate and one of the better Fest Biers I have tasted.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bricks (697) - Delaware, USA - NOV 12, 2014
From the Clearance section.. Good amber/brown color... solid head. Overly sweet malt aroma w/ some funk and spice. Taste is sweet malt.. like a bohemian pilsener on steroids. It’s smooth for the ABV, with a touch of foul aftertaste. It’s just OK

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3943) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 30, 2014
22 oz. bottle. It pours a rather clear deep reddish copper color with a foamy orange head. The aroma is full with dark fruity Munich maltiness. Sweet cherry, plum and raisin. Kinda sugary with a hint of earthy hops. The flavor is super malty with some cherry and malt syrup. Mild Sucret-like cough medicine before a rich, bready middle and a decent amount of earthy hop flavor and bitterness near the end. More sweet malt syrup, fruit and medicine in the finish. Despite the slight medicinal quality, I was surprised I liked this as much as I did. Don’t think of it as an Oktoberfest. Think of it more as an American Strong Dark Lager. Decent stuff in moderation.


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