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Boulder Beer Dragonhösen Imperial Oktoberfest

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beastwhite315 (28) - - DEC 22, 2015
Unusual flavor for a traditional October fest. Has a little bite can be noticed but not unpleasant. This one should probably age a year ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (9937) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 20, 2015
they did a better than expected job of sticking to the style even though this is a 9% beer. Less subtle, but still bready, nutty and malt forward. The body is too much for the style. Overall it’s ok, but definitely a one timer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1542) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Pours an amber color with a malt aroma. Taste is bready with a good malt backbone. Minor spice with a clean aftertaste. The alcohol content is hidden well, with little complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Capa (2620) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Copper with a tall head. Bready, booze, sweet malt, a bit earthy aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is like grains straight from the mash. It has some booze in the finish and very sweet overall. This is mostly a malt bomb with little complexity or interest. Not everything needs to be imperialized.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TattooJack (494) - Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Poured from the ice cold bomber, chunky red/brown with about a finger of a white collar gone in seconds. Price was $7.99 (-) a bit high considering what is out there at same or less. Lots of malt not much spice, mostly basing my rating on the 9.0%, I’m a sucker for strong beer, glad I didn’t buy two.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerman6686 (6244) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Regular oktober fests are bad, why make an impy version? Poured an orange color with a white head. Aroma of caramel, toast, grass, and booze. Flavor similar, sweet and hot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (2137) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2015
12oz bottle pours a dark clear amber/brown with a large khaki head. Aroma of caramel and toffee malt, with some Saaz spice. Taste of dry caramel toffee malt, big hit of grassy hop spice into yeast and finishing slightly metallic. Not bad until the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (1028) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Tap pour at Happy Gnome. 10 oz bowling pin glass. Deep wood color with a mix of amber, brown, and cherry. Good lacing in an off white variety. Sweet molasses aroma with dark raisin and almost a rye characteristic. Taste has an almost bourbon alcohol warmth with a strong fall like presence. Deep and earthy. Big malty notes. I enjoy the fact it’s going for an Oktoberfest style on steroids. Good autumnal option. Prost!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (3076) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Kind of reminds me of a barley wine. Was hoping I could pick up on some of the roasty Vienna Malt character that I crave, but no luck.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lionus (11) - , Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Hard to define an "Imperial" Octoberfest, but this has a strong and complex malt character reminiscent of Munich. Hops are present but not primary. Solid beer in every way.

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