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Boulder Beer Dragonhösen Imperial Oktoberfest

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Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein

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common

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1434) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2014
Aroma of roasted nuts and alcoholic spice. Dark copper and very still, kind of oily. Flavor is a very intense dark candy sweetness, maybe a little bitterness, mainly very strong. It is like those big euro pilsners only with the malt turned way up. Thick although not viscous or too syrupy necessarily. Only a mid weight body in terms of being filling. Interesting stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
krumbum (402) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Clear amber color. Smells lightly of malts.. Medium body slight nutty malt but fades nice and clean.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (1790) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bomber with a date on it, but I’m too lazy to go back downstairs to check it. I pay tribute to this liquid by pouring half of the bottle into my Guinness half liter dimpled mug. Nose is malty and little spicy - vague on my part I know. Sweet to the point I just did a Stevie Wonder spasm from the left to the right and back a few times. Reminds me of a Doppelbock. Really mellows out after a few sips. Don’t really pick up on the bitterness. (my 4G didn’t work in the store).

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Machinari_Diem (56) - - FEB 23, 2014
Tasted the bourbon barrel aged dragonhosen at the brewery. Very sweet malty brew with little hop characteristics. Octoberfest is expected to be sweet but this was over the top. Bourbon barrel aging contributed minimal flavor. Barely detectable vanilla/oaky character with no bourbon at all.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thebullshornbar (63) - Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
This beer is big and syrupy. Notes of dried fruits, honey, and malts (in that order) overwhelm the aroma and the palate. It’s very sweet, lightly bitter, not really complex, and kinda what i expected (this is definitely a sipping beer)

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, malt syrup), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of alcohol, spoiling fruit, bubble gum, cotton candy. Flavor is heavily to harshly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. No resemblance to either an Oktoberfest or anything remotely German...it’s a syrupy sweet mess of candy/sugar/alcohol and fruit that’s rotting in the sun. Terrible.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle. Visually seductive, thick and heavy with a dark copper color. Sticky head. The aroma is over the top ... thick with sugary syrup. The beer drinks with a bit of an obtuse tilt. Up front is absolutely bombed with thick, malty sugars. There’s little backdrop, and after a big, thick front, the back end seems shallow. (#5411, 1/8/2014)

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
boxofrane (1881) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Draft at beer fest. Pours clear amber with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has some dough and biscuit. The taste is sweet bread and nearly apple.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fritz123 (809) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle at home from Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL. Pours a brown moderate body into my snifter with a one finger white head. Aroma of mostly malts, roasted malts, bread and a little booze. Taste is the same with very roasty malts and nuts, toffee. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Finish is malts and a little bitter hops.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bill Becker (184) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 5, 2013
22oz bottle, enjoy by March 24, 2014. Lovely looking brew, deep gold with 2 finger head of foam and leaves some lacing. Nice smell of sweet malt, a bit of lemon citrus, I think. Some bread. Starts off on the sweet side in the taste, pretty big bready notes, a peculiar bitterness moves in along with the alcohol. More sips in and I am NOT liking what I’m drinking. The flavours, which don’t start off that good, don’t produce any harmony on my palate. It’s a good thing the bottle was on the cheap side. Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel but I don’t drink beers for that attribute alone. I *think* this will end up being a drain pour. /a couple of minutes go by..please don’t hate me, kitchen sink.


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