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Boulder Beer Dragonhösen Imperial Oktoberfest

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2840) - 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 (17658) - 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 (2564) - 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 (2179) - 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 (640) - 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 (3498) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2731) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2014
24 oct 2014, bottle. Amber/almost ruby, clear, no bubbles. Nose is lots of malt, rich, wet Amber malt. Med body and mildly fizzy. Rich, wet bread, lots of malt, moderate alcohol. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2146) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle. Deep clear amber with a fine durable head. Exceptional clarity. With its high abv this "Imperial Oktoberfest" drinks like a dopplebock.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (19976) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2014
Bottled at SBWF. Clear copper colour, rich head. Estery nose with bubblegum and alcohol. Sweet with medium body and clean moutfeel. Boozy and sterile with low bitterness. With it hard mouthfeel, heavy booziness and low drinkability it is as about as far detached from the what oktoberfestbier is about as can get.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
culchiem (2647) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle from LRS. Clean amber with a medium head. Aroma is spiced bread. Flavour is sticky caramel, malty with a little pepper, quite heavy aftertaste maybe from the alco. Syrupy texture.


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