SPDickerman (918) - Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours yellow-orange with a fizzy white head. Smell is fairly faint, hints of fruitiness from the yeast, hints of citrus, and a solid pils malt backbone. Taste lends to some citrus and crisp stone fruits, with mild bitterness and some malt sweetness. Full-bodied with a slick texture and average mouth-carbonation, Boulevard Collaboration No. 1 Imperial Pilsner finishes with a hint of herbalness that fades into sweetness.
nartan (8) - Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great beer and one of my favorite Pilsners so far. Overall great taste. If you can find it you should pick it up for yourself I know have a few for myself.
legion242 (2162) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful- not too dry from overhopping and has just a touch of percieved funk. Alcohol too well hidden. Excellent.
degbert (1075) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle. Rich notes of honey, toast, spice, and a slight floral aroma. Hazy yellow-gold color with a pronounced head and lace; the head is extremely smooth. Taste has a faint phenolity to it, and is a skilled interweaving of toasty malt, caramel, nuts, citrus, and a finishing hop dryness that really resets the mouth for another drink. Palate is dry and spritzy, with a faint richness. Magnificent.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 I’ve ever had. Very, very well made. The best pilsner I’ve ever had. Very clean palate that hides the 8% very well. The beer is damned near perfect in the pilsner style.
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The label states Batch #1 with a ’Best By’ date of 9/2010.
Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, sufficiently yellow-hued body underneath a tall, dense, near white head with steadfast retention. Why, it’s positively elegant-looking.
Smell: An aroma evincing its 100% pilsner malt and 100% Saaz hop composition with notes of French bread dough, honey, cut apples, moist-damp grass, and spice.
Taste: Soft pilsner malt taste with a delicate flavors of sliced quick bread and wildflower honey. Medium-low sweetness. Floral, peppery, lightly grassy Saaz hops with a reserved level of bitterness. A bit of apple and standard lemon fruitiness tucked in the background. All the while, there’s an understated funky wildness to it. A bit more spiciness and sweetness remains for the amply carbonated finish. It is subtle, but it’s got an air of sophistication about it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: Not only a fantastic, well-balanced beer, but it puts all others in its class (save the more hop intense Sam Adams offering) to shame! I shared this with LibrarianGirl, and even she was kind enough to agree that it makes every other Imperial Pilsner appear to be peddling brewed bottles of monkey feces.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
collaboration#1 via superdave on 3/21/2010.
cloudy yellow gold with a long lasting wispy white head.
smells like pils malt, lemon, straw, apples, flowers and peppery spice.... very saison-esque.
the flavor is the same with a touch of pils sweetness, grass and crisp bitterness thrown in. it rather reminds me of orval before the funk kicks in!
dryness hides the alcohol and the crisp carbonation masks the medium body making it incredibly refreshing. so stinkin’ simple! 9/4/9/4/18/4.4
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: light haze of straw and breads. Beautiful white head sticks to the sides, fading into a blotchy bubbly blanket. Seemingly hovers above liquid below.
Nose: lemon and dust; sawdust, old house. Thin blanched straw, piles and piles of it. Dry bread crust. Thin wisps of lemon ice in the back, slowly melting. Floral and herbal esters dance about; thyme, rosemary, saffron. Poppy seeds. Barnyard funk tinged with sweetness. Brushed leather. Lemon peel.
Palate: wow. Sweet than funky with bitterness molting underneath. Honeyed Hawaiian rolls and lemon breads, all homemade. Grassy in the back with dry straw and hay. Leather brushed and soft to the touch. Sawdust, barns, old homes, dust all lurk in the back and along the sides. Breadiness, lemon, and sweet kisses front and middle. Herbs and flower petals in the breath, dirt still there as they have been freshly plucked. Harmonious.
Final Thoughts: damn I wish I had another bottle or ten. Phenomenal. As a personal fan of Orval and of Boulevard’s Smokestack Series, a win-win was bottled here with a bit of fairy dust and magic.
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. If I stopped there, it would be the shortest rating ever. But it would cover it. Four simple ingredients. One malt, one hop, water, yeast. Soooo simple. And this does amazing justice to just 4 ingredients. Slight citrus on the nose, crisp, clean all the way through. And I defy you to convince me this is 8%. Amazingly put together, this one.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle, corked & caged...sampled Feb. 2010, batch 2-2009; best by 9/10: poured into a 16 inch tall pilsner glass....clear straw, with thousands of tiny bubble rising through the glass, feeding a 2 finger, fluffy white head. Huge, saaz aroma - tingles the nose hairs and fills my mind with delight at the possibilities of the first taste...beautiful-soft mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation: not fizzy, but lively and at the same time wonderfully smooth and almost creamy. Lightly toasted pale malt flavour, lingering sourdough, and a zesty lemon finish. Floral notes continues to grow with each sip. Second pour is slightly hazed, with an equal number of tiny bubbles...the malt is deeper, richer and more fruity now. Strong yeast is more noticeable as well....touches of bubble gum, unbaked bread and a slight sourness...this pilsner is developing into a hoppy gueuze...wonderful! The carbonation is relentless...rising as I take my last drink to tingle my lips one last time.