awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Crown #6, thanks for the recommendation Ben! Pours cloudy pee yellow with thin foamy white head. Nose is striking sour, wild yeast, and rich pilsner malt. Taste is crisp, carbonated, light, smooth and satisfying. Accented by fresh juicy fruits and slightly sour pilsner malt, then backed by fresh floral slightly citrus hops that turn the finish into something spectacular and reminiscent of a champagne. This is something very different than my usual suspect, and I was not dissapointed.
jcwattsrugger (11227) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle @Suttree’s Nothing else to do TN Gathering. Thanks Phil-pours a tight white head and hazy straw color. Aroma is yeast, grass, bready. Taste is sweet grass, bready-light malt, yeast. Dry.
heemer77 (5109) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2010 Slightly hazy medium gold colored body with a fluffy large white head. The nose is sweet with lots of dough and some sweet potatoes. There is also some earthy citrus from the hops. The taste is sweet potatoes covered with white sugar. There is also a little hint of almond shells and leafy greens in the finish. Overall, a strange mix of bitterness and sweet character. This package just does not come together for me. A big let down, but that is typical for most beers I have had that are called Imperial Pilsner. Certainly not worth the price tag and step down for the Smokestack series. Slightly smoother, but not much better than your typical European strong lager. I had thought that is what it reminded me of before I saw the style designation. Now if only the price was comparable to other Euro strong lagers.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by CanIHave4Beers. Thanks. Poured a clear gold color with a white head. Pleasant aroma of yeasty bread dough, pale mat and distinct Saaz. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol. A hint of bitterness emerged at the end. Noble hops and cereal grain flavors. Good stuff.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1900. Suttree’s Nothing else to do in Mid-February Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Suttree. Hazy yellow-grey, puffy white foam. The aroma is dry, hay, dusty, no hint of the strength, grassy hops. Taste is light sweetness, dusty, dry grass, hay, light florals, lavender, bread, sourdough. Nice stuff.
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma is fairly faint, with some bready/biscuit malt, honey and light grassy hops. The flavor is better than the aroma, with honey, pilsner malt and some flower, grassy hops. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
This is not near as hoppy as some of the imperial pilsners I have tried. This one retains the balance that I love in a classic pilsner while still being amped up a notch to the imperial level. A very good beer.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml corked bottle and served in pils glass: Pours a medium golden hue with a lovely light fluffy head which led to very good lacing. The aroma is grainy and biscuity malts, herbal and grassy Saaz hops, slight peppery and flowery esters, and a bit of phenolic vapours. The taste is balanced between the hop bitterness and grainy malts that has a bit of an astringent and boozy finish. There is a soapy character that shows midway through the bottle. The mouth feel is lively and a bit over carbonated, chalky and metallic finish. Once again, an attempt to "Imperialize" a style that should not be amped up. Too boozy and astringent for my tastes. Disappointing.
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2013 Bottle. Pours with a clear golden body and a huge white head. Aroma is grainy, bready, dry, grassy and delicate. Taste is alcohol, bread, very clean, some vanilla. Quite tasty, but $16?!?! That’s more expensive than Bourbon Barrel Quad, and I doubt this was as labor intensive. Effervescent bubbles, dry mouthfeel. A bit Champagne like. Good, but I probably will not purchase again at that price.
Reverb 3.8...great malt, nice balance. Fruity and herbal hop character. A bit sweet.
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 bottle. Pour is a hazy straw with a medium white head. Aroma is yeasty malt, straw, hay, grass, and a light spice.... not Orval, but to too far off. Flavor is also malt , spicy, earth, grass, and pepper. Areally nice offering.
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, lemon), with light notes of alcohol, honey, and concrete.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
There’s not many strong pale lagers I’ve really enjoyed over the years, but this is certainly one of them. The aroma does have a touch of industrial character (that concrete and raw alcohol blend) underneath the vibrant hops and toasty malt, but overall the aroma is pretty fetching. No vegetal or husky notes, as far as I can tell. Great flavor balance...clean and plenty of bitterness to counter the sweetness. It’s not something I would drink very often (if only they’d made a 4-5% version of this, doggone it!), but it’s a terrific job given the inherent limitations of high-octane pale lagers.