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Lunar Imperial Blackberry Cream Ale

Lunar Imperial Blackberry Cream Ale
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
Real blackberries add a tart and refreshing flavor to a lightly hopped brew fermented with Belgian ale yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy amber with a slight purple hue and a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of tart blackberry with an underlying sweet grain. Flavor starts with sweet grains and a hint of sweet blackberry, but the blackberry really grows through the finish and becomes tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wolfenkopf (188) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2011
This one was referred to as Lunar Blackberry Imperial at the bar. The aroma is mostly of blackberry, making one think that it might be overpoweringly sweet. Pleasant aroma nonetheless. No head on this one to speak of. The brew is a smoky gold. The taste is blackberry and wheat, though fortunately, it is not nearly as sweet as the aroma threatens. Light and carbonized on the palate, the blackberry aftertaste is light and pleasant. With the light and enjoyable taste, one would never guess that the alcohol content was so high. If it were summertime, I would grab a growler and sit outside with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3700) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
On tap at Lunar. Thanks for the updated description and abv, Carl. Charlie described it as a winter offering, though. Poured a fairly clear, amber hue, with a quickly diminishing white head, and spidery lacing. Nose is a little sweetness, malt, berries and alcohol. The flavor has the tangy fruit, touch of malt, sweetness, and enough hop bitterness to keep it interesting. Lively carbonation. The alcohol is woven in nicely. On request, served in combo with the Power Outage Porter as 1/2 & 1/2. Visually appealing and a nice taste treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
On tap at the brewpub: This poured a hazy amber body with a modest head that still managed to lace the glass nicely. The aroma has a lot of fresh berries to it, lightly tart, masking the malts beneath. They dropped back a bit in the flavor and added more of a tartness than they did a fruit flavor. Smooth lighter malt provides most of the taste. An interesting brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Draft shaker, on my first visit to Lunar. Confusion! Lunar’s MySpace page lists an "Imperial Blackberry Ale," but at 9.6%, and with a different description. And that beer’s not listed here, anyway. Slightly hazy reddish-brown color with a thin white head of foam. A bit of tartness to the smell. Taste is a bit bigger on malts than on fruits, but that’s fine by me; it keeps fruit beer from getting to cloying. This is yet another Cream Ale that gives an impression of sourness. Is it the style; fermenting lager yeast at ale temp? Also get a taste of unsettled yeast here, and some sharp hop notes that are welcome. I still like this one.

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