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Boulevard Smokestack Series: Reverb Imperial Pilsner



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RATINGS: 414   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1194) - Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beachmaster (462) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bomber into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear yellow, with a moderate white head that quickly dissipates. No appreciable lacing. Nose is light malt. Taste is light malt and a touch of caramel. Finish is medium length with a light mouth feel and clean taste. Sweeter than most pilsners, which is to be expected from an Imperial. Very good, well crafted beer. Refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nartan (8) - Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2010 does not count
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Wonderful- not too dry from overhopping and has just a touch of percieved funk. Alcohol too well hidden. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
degbert (1708) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2010
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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2010
The label states Batch #1 with a íBest Byí date of 9/2010. Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, sufficiently yellow-hued body underneath a tall, dense, near white head with steadfast retention. Why, itís 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, thereís an understated funky wildness to it. A bit more spiciness and sweetness remains for the amply carbonated finish. It is subtle, but itís 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2010
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 stinkiní simple! 9/4/9/4/18/4.4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
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 Boulevardís Smokestack Series, a win-win was bottled here with a bit of fairy dust and magic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2010
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.

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