onceblind (3933) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazyish coppery orange with a fading white head. Smell is like honey and toasted biscuit, with a slightly boozy doughy lager yeast. Flavor has a more pronounced doughy lager yeast flavor, with some smooth biscuitiness and a mellow sweetness. Very low bitterness, doesn’t really feel imperial. A fine helles, but tastes like nothing special. Still quite good though.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Mystery Beer" at Green Dot Stables in Detroit for the week of February 24th. $3 for a bottle. Bottled in November 2012. Since I had it straight out of the bottle...
1.) I won’t bother going over the appearance.
2.) I won’t be able to really give this beer a fair shake.
Smell: It’s your typical maibock. It has a sort of "dusty" and dirty malt aroma with plenty of sweetness at the end of each whiff.
Taste/feel: Follows the nose, for sure. Has that gritty malt flavor, but a perfect amount of sweetness.
Brief review, and probably not a very accurate one (I was already three deep on an empty stomach), but I feel my ratings probably aren’t very far off. Not necessarily something I’d seek out again, but definitely something I’d try again.
FloridaBeerGuy (10) - Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty decent seasonal. Good food pairing beer. Has a bit of sweetness and bitterness too.Would pair with Spicy food well hence the Big Easy marketing. Good Beer for your Mardi Gras party....compares to Abita Mardi Gras Bock favorably
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Aroma of caramel. Taste is sweet and malty.
jmohno (1045) - Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Imperial maibock: Slight hazed light copper/gold,thin head no lace. Moderate carb.
Spicey fruity noseApricot comes to mind..Kind of gingery/evergreenish maybe junipery.Kind of malty.Caramel/vannilla. Pretty nice really.
Taste is malty spicey with fruit/sweetness.Fairly citrusy,caramel/vannilla. Full malty body with sweetness/ fruit and spiceyness. Peppery linger.Some alcohol.
MaltOne (199) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2013 Imperial Maibock version - Aroma is... minimal. Hints of the fruit, a bit of caramel, sweet. Pours clear golden yellow. White brief head. The first impression comes from the fizz on the tongue, then it smooths out and finishes with a little pepper spice. Texture is creamy, medium light body. Mostly leans towards being a sweet beer, not overly so, but... I can imagine it with jambalaya, - the south does like it’s sweets - so I think as a concept, a beer for Mardi Gras, it works. Compared to the usual lagers served, this has some substance. On it’s own, it’s OK.
**Update** - a while back I was "forced" to drink a Miller High Life Lite. I characterized it as beer flavored water. This beer could be the beer used to flavor the water - that’s not a bad thing. It has character, substance and nuance that are lost in the watered down stuff.
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with a cm of white head. Aroma smells of worty caramel and dog, and taste is the same, minus dog, plus a sour malty note. $2/12 oz
EithCubes (4699) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled 11/14/12, as ’Imperial Maibock’, appropriately named choice for a Superbowl Sunday pick this year, I guess. Some sunny pils malt and noble hops in the nose, with a hint of some alcohol. Hazy orange-golden body with a creamy off-white head. Taste is somewhat sweet, thinnish malt with light noble hops, bready-yeasty finish and a little sunshine before that, but there’s a bigger dedication to booze and white grape/honey, even if both are dulled. Little spicy, not bitter or astringent, medium-full body and a smidgen of depression.
Jayb0 (994) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is just OK. Hits the style on looks, golden, clear, dense white head, but the nose is muted with slight wheat and the malty body is not all that well integrated. Better as it warmed slightly but a bit sweet, a little estery, and when cold faintly metallic. Drinkable but was hoping for better.
chinchill (1602) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle bottled in Nov. or Dec. of 2012 -- very fresh.
Pours a lightly hazy amber with a good sized but fragile off-white head. Rather sweet and slightly boozy, as expected for style. Well done but not one of my favorite styles.