Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the AZ Strong Beer Fest, February 2011. Pours a clear dark gold with a thin white head. The nose is honey, fruity esters and malt. The taste is spice, honey, caramel malt and resin. Medium bodied. Decent.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ 1702 - Pours a clear light golden color with a small white head. Nice lacing. Very light carbonation. Aroma is light esters and floral hops. Flavor is esters, lightly sweetened malt, and light floral and herbal hops. Medium body. A nice beer.
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Papago. Pour is deep gold with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of toffee, bubblegum, pear, and light yeast. Flavor shows the same with an additional honey sweetness and finishes spicy. Overall body is moderate, soft, and finishes lightly bitter.
daknole (8330) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper pour. White head. Sweet toffee, juicy hop aroma. Flavor of ritz crackers, caramel and citrus.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The Porter, Atlanta. Folks at the bar called this an imperial pilsner, not a BSA. Medium gold pour, translucent with minimal carbonation. Phenols and dry hops in the nose, with hints of grass and indistinct fruit (pear?). Mouthfeel was slightly oily, and certainly would have benefited from more carbonation and zest. Flavors were more complex than indicated in the nose, with citrus and yeasty elements, but not really coming together as an imperial pilsner. Finish was getting close to sweet and syrupy too. Okay.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a clear amber-ish color with a minimal white head and not much in the way of lacing.
S: Smells quite sweet and spicy. Lots of peppery notes along with some coriander. There’s some grassy and earthy hops as well as a bit of bubblegum and cracker malts. This is pretty yeasty, too.
T: This is a pretty weird beer, I must say. The flavors are similar to the aromas, but I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing. Lots of pepper, bubblegum, coriander, and grass. It’s quite sweet, almost like a malt liquor, and there’s a bit of a light fruit note providing some banana, pear, and apple.
M: The body is medium to full with a moderate, tingling carbonation.
D: Such a strange beer and not as enjoyable as the Fusion II that I tried previously. Don’t think I’d really care to have this again.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the tap house in Petaluma. Described as a 9% Pilsner fermented with Westmalle yeast (so basically a cross between an Imperial Pilsner and Belgian Tripel). Pours deep and clear gold. Aroma is soft fruit, grainy pilsner malt, and some spice (noble hops and fermentation phenols together). Flavor was pleasant - assertively hopped with noble hops (Saaz?) and malty with aroma of cereal grain and hints of fruit esters. Finish is dry and balanced. Body is medium in body and briskly carbonated. Overall, a very cool beer - tasty.
Cybercat (2913) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear golden amber with a fine-bubbled pale golden-tan head. Rich, fruity, malty aroma has an undertone of raw honey. Malty flavor has firm honey tone and hints of hops and horehound. Lively, rough texture leaves behind a good tingle and honey sweetness that is strong but not cloying.
marcus (5887) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pacific Coast Brewing. Pours dark golden with a decent eggshell head and a fruity floral aroma. There is a very hearty pilsner malt flavor with lots of carbonation and yeast, and a dry bitter finish. Well-balanced and very tasty.
bhensonb (10203) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Pacific Coast Brewing. Pours orange gold with a creamy off-white head. Mild spice aroma. Med body. Flavor is slightly sweet, strongly hoppy and has a good dose of yeast/spice. Finishes clean and well balanced.