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Boulder Beer Dragonhösen Imperial Oktoberfest

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Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ads135 (2911) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Dark brownish red appearance. Musty sweet roasted flavor, some caramel and light nuttiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6301) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2014
22oz bottle, from Dutch’s. Clear red color.Thin off-white kind of khaki head. Leaves great, thicker lace. Medium to bigger body. Lightly soft but creamy smooth lighter carbonation. Slick finish. Easier to swig than expected. Good kind of tropical fruity hop aroma, kind of spicy malt, caramel malt, bigger toastiness. Hint of chocolate. Moderate bitter taste, light spicy bite on the end, but surprisingly drinkable. Moderate to bigger sweetness. Solid strong oktoberfest. A little rough on it’s own, but it was great to wash my sandwich down with (I believe it’s more important to pair oktoberfest with food than any other beer style).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gripweed57 (639) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Dark amber color. Big bubbly tan head. Toasted malt nose has notes of peanut butter. Flavor is sweet toasted malt with more nuttiness and hints of tobacco. Bitter hop finish. Noticeable alcohol in finish as well.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (823) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - APR 28, 2014
25 ounce bottle. Pours a nice red amber with a three inch light tan head that lasts. Taste is of malt, caramel, grain, grass, vanilla, spice and hops. Similar aroma. Has a mostly full body with a warming finish. Overall, a good brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1467) - 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 (521) - 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 (2092) - 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 (58) - - 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 (73) - 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 (6196) - 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.


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