happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 Bottled on 3-9-04.Aroma of fresh bready(doughy) malts,an abundance of piney fresh noble hops,some sweetness.Pours out a nice golden with good head/decent lace.Starts out w/the malts and then the hops cut in.This is not overly bitter and the 8.5% is kept well in check.Palate is crisp,clean and finishes quite dry.This is one intense easy drinking pils though it does have some aroma/flavor notes that are not found in my favorite pilsners(along with the great med-full mouth on this hoppy beast).This does have some double bock characteristics.A nice hybrid brew.I wholly approve of Dominion's ability to do almost any brew very well.I set aside a sixer to see how it would age,so far so good,it's almost got a fruity apple like quality to it, yet fresh and still crisp,things are blending wonderfully here.Serious alcohol content has found it's place,but these hops are serious and resinous still.The small craft warning doesn't hold it's value like this one.Excellent lager of mass proportions.
VAYankee (335) - Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear golden body with a white head and very effervescent. It smells like a pumped up pilsner - the aroma is sweet, lightly malty and has faint hops. Full flavor blends the malt and hops nicely - intially lightly sweet then the hops begin to rise. Finshes crisp and lightly dry, with a very faint presence of alcohol.
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottling date of 09 Mar 2004. Very fresh stuff. 12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Damn twist off cap, however. That's ok, I won't hold it against them. Poured out a bright, golden yellow color, with a sticky, white foamy head. The label says "Specialty Lager". Special, indeed. Aromas are of fresh maltiness, fresh cut hay, spritely hopiness, and slight aromas of honey. The noble hops make their presense known right away. The hops cut right through the malts in both aromas and flavors. No tastes or aromas of alcohol. It's very hard to believe this is an 8.5 % ABV beer. No diacetyl, crisp mouthfeel, and hoppy finish to it as well. Very well balanced, a truly world class beer from Old Dominion. I hope you Imperial fans can get some for yourself.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 2005 VintageWhoa, they really uped the ante this year. Massive hop aroma, assertive hops and related bitterness throughout, not nearly as syrupy as last year. Hard to believe this thing is 8.5%. Truly a brilliant beer. This should silence the critics that say all "imperial" style pilseners are crap.
[Updated 3/22/04]8/4/8/3/15-3.8 After giving this another whirl, this time out of the bottle, I must update my rating. Light golden body with a thick white head and nice lacing. The aroma is bready malt and lots floral hops. The flavor is a big shot of bready malt followed by lots of bitter hops. Medium dry body with a bit of a metallic astringency to the very crisp dry finish. The 8.5% ABV is totally hidden, which is quite a feat given the delicate nature of this style. Quite nice. I love Dominion’s attempts at different styles.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tested out of the tank at the Old Dominion Brewpub during the tour. This beer will not be bottled for sale for another month or two. Pours cloudy yellow with a huge white head. Smells sweet and syrupy, faint hops. Taste is big with more alcohol and malt than you would ever expect from a pilsener. Hops are also big, of English variety. Aftertaste is an enjoyable balance of pineapple sweet and pine hops. Try this out at Old Dominion's brewery in Ashburn, VA