ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Bottle - This was bar none the most difficult cork to remove in my life...seriously almost 10 minutes...Eventually pours a hazy golden with a medium white head...aroma is hoppy and citrusy, straw, lemon peel, light lager skunk...flavour is similar, dry and lightly bitter hops, lemon, doughy...finish is malty and crisp...doesn’t taste 8%...
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours gold into the glass with a white head. Aroma is faint Saaz hops and some spicy yeast notes. Flavor is more what I would categorize as a belgian strong ale. Spicy yeast flavors with some hops and a bit of malt sweetness. Underwhelming, especially for the price.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to mora2000. poured light yellow with a white head. aroma was lemon and fruity. flavor was the same but had something different that i couldnt pick out. light body with high carbonation. i had much higher expectations for this one.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from Liquor World in Fayetteville. Straw gold pour with a nice layer of shiny white head. Lovely fresh nose, cream, good soap, dillweed, wild roses. Silky soft almond malt, wash of firm minty/nettle hops, a hint of lingering garden character, that place in the garden somewhere between the tomato vines and the dill.
An excellent, very well composed beer, though the extra alcohol seems to weigh down the core idea of the beer, rather than giving it more expression. I’m still very pleased to be drinking this, but can’t help thinking it falls a bit shy of what it could be.
bvc (1138) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml corked and caged, thanks theisti! Pours a light golden yellow that has the slightest haze to it with a fantastic big pillowy white head. Crisp cracker like pilsner malt, tons of fresh hay and grassy saaz hops...a touch more body than your standard pils, but smells more like a pils than most impy pils that I have had to date. Lightly sweet cracker malt up front, good lively carbonation, grassy noble hops with a touch of banana sweetness to them. Again, this is much more traditional in flavor and aroma than any other imperial pilsner I have had. The 8% isn’t detectable and I could drink this with some regularity Thanks Tim!.
wxman (1327) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold/yellow with a pretty impresive eggwhite-like head that lasted. Aroma is sweet pale malt and some hop spice. Taste is sweet malt once again with some hoppy citrus notes and honey. A little alcohol burn and hop bitterness with the swallow. This is well balanced and nice and pale in color! Most imperial pilsners (like Sam Adams and Dad’s Little Helper) are too malty sweet and more of an amber color. You know, just all around thicker and stickier. This, on the other hand is still a pale pils! In a perfect world, I really think this is what a ML should be/could be if the big brewers were interested in quality, flavor and balance instead of a cheap fusil high out of a 40 oz bottle.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml brought by durhambeer - thanks, Bob! Vigorous pour, pale straw gold with a brimming head, bubbles rising continually. Nice dry peppery hops are the dominant quality in the nose, very inviting. Very lively mouthfeel, lightly prickly and with a pleasantly dry finish. Flavor is quite complex. Grassy, herbal, mildly citric notes come into play among light biscuit malts and the wonderful Saaz hops. Would have been very interesting had there been some yeast or funk additions but as is a very nice beer.
DalzAle (1899) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light yellow pour, plenty of carbonation and a good slightly malty aroma. Flavor is light fruits (apricots, pears) and finish sweet, light and slightly boozy. Solid beer, worth the price of admission at $13/bottle.
Tripplebrew (766) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden yellow with very little head. Aroma is hay, vanilla and brown sugar. Flavor is a mix of sugar and malts. Definite notes of earthy hay and nuts, almonds. Body is light yet creamy
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose has an interesting musty note along with grassy hops, some pepper, floral notes, and pilsners malts. Pours light hazy golden with good head retention. Bready, grassy, peppery, floral bitterness, musty notes throughout. Nice carbonation, not hint of 8% with a decent clean/bitter mix in the finish. Well done.