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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Reverb Imperial Pilsner



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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
How can a style as elegant and refined as pilsner be "amped up" to imperial status? The answer, as Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnel might say, is simple: you go to eleven. With its classic recipe and impeccable craftsmanship, Reverb Imperial Pilsner echoes our Collaboration No. 1 Imperial Pilsner, produced in 2009 with esteemed Belgian brewmaster Jean-Marie Rock. Like its predecessor, this summer seasonal is a study in delicately balanced contrasts. Up front, Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement, answered by the steady, harmonious hum of Saaz hops, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish. Rock on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1862) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of Soonah. Pours a lightly hazy gold with a 2 finger frothy head. As the head recedes, rings of white lace are left behind. Aroma has a hint of spice, malts and grassy hops. Moderate bodied palate with lively carbonation. Lingering dry finish. Flavor is bread with honey, some subtle hop flavor and a hint of spice. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 26, 2010
Poured golden and slightly hazy with a nice white head and good lacing. The aroma was grass, spice and plenty of bready malts. A bit of sugary sweetness as well. The flavor was a nice blend of floral and grassy hops with spice, breads and sugar. The mouthfeel was soft carbonation and a slightly sweet finish that lingered nicely. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pours to a pale golden body with a nice creamy looking starch white head. Nice copious amount of lacing. The aroma is heavy on the Saaz hops but has a nice crisp pale malt. Very clean aroma. The flavor is the most clean tasting simple pilsner Iíve ever had. Very, very well made. The best pilsner Iíve ever had. Very clean palate that hides the 8% very well. The beer is damned near perfect in the pilsner style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2010
Thanks to Blake for bringing the 750mL bottle. Poured hazy pale golden with constant rising carbonation and a creamy cap of white head. The aroma opened with sweet lemongrass, freshly-cut floral notes, and dry white pepper over sweet bready maltage and just a faint hint of honey.. soft overall impression, especially considering the ABV. The flavor found the same soft breads and honey at the core, with spicy pepper, earth, and floral bitterness around.. just a little warmer than your typical pils (hence the imperial).. clean, peppery finish with very little alcohol present. Medium-bodied with just the right carbonation moving it across the palate.. dry, spicy, and as clean as youíll ever find for the style. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2010
A nice yellow color with faint head. A solid Brett flavor. Smooth. Not hot at all. Incredibly so. This is dangerous. And great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (8778) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy yellow golden with a small frothy white head that leaves good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet malt and wheat grass. Medium mouthfeel with a dry honey and bubblegum. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink. A very good European strong lager from Boulevard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear pale yellow body with tall white head. Aroma of florals, cereal, grass, herbs, and bread. Flavor of florals, grass, crackers, light soapiness, and some citrus with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (12075) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2010
Corked bottle. Blonde, pours a steady head. Apple, hay and vanilla in the aroma. Alcoholic, yet grassy and slightly perfumed flavor. Hints of vanilla and citrus. Deceptively drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allendodd (116) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2010
Pours a creamy head over a pale yellow beer. Nose is light hops - just like a Pils should be - and light maltiness. Taste is a subtle hops and light sweetness of the malt. The palate is smooth and creamy, and the finish is light. Surprisingly clean for an Impy of any style and doesnít offend the Pils style in particular. Iíd do this again, but not 25.4 ozs on an empty stomach. Whew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours cloudy bright yellow with a hazy but elegant white head. Aroma is hay, grain, fruit esters, and a note that is distinctly reminiscent of Orval, almost brettanomyces-inspired. Flavor is soft, sweet, and spicy with a clean finish, lingering grain notes. Hugely balanced and drinkable. Smooth palate.

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