Jimthechap (2057) - Christchurch, - MAY 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It certainly is a good looking beer. Beautiful golden colour with plenty of sparkling carbonation and a fluffy white head. The aroma is of perfumy hops, light and floral. I think it could afford to be a little more pungent. There is good body with excellent spritzy mouthfeel. There seems to be quite a tang of heady alcohols which leaves a lightly warming sensation but is just a little unnecessary. Why not lower the alcohols down to about 5% and call it a pilsner rather than attempting an imperial just to hand over more excise tax to the government. I would have thought of an imperial pilsner as being more of everything - more flavour, more aroma and more remarkable. This isn’t a bad nudge but does require a little more tweaking to get right I think.
Whoever did the label spelled palate incorrectly.
tombutlin (86) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 15, 2015
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Must be a stale batch - no head and tastes like Lion Red, which is not a good thing. Monteith’s, are you going to sort me out with a replacement so I can judge it properly? I tipped it down the drain
TuiSamesi (12) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
A fine drop. Well deserved Imperial name - with its 7% ABV. Good hops evident. Will have another one in preference to that rubbish from Speights.
waiake (437) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fine looking beer is orange gold taste is malt hops alcohol with a quite a harsh peppery bitter finish
Muggus69 (1533) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500mL bottle BB 05/14
Pours a pale orange straw body, big foam atop.
Restrained sort of nose; floral hop, touch of spice, with some oxidised malts & overly ripe stonefruit.
Soft carbonation, kind of syrupy, chalky, soap, touch odd. Alcohol apparent.
Falls to bits on the body; oxidised malty notes of browned apple & cardboard, bit whack of corny DMS, some floral hop but bitterness is abrasive, fusel alcohol finish.
Had some promise, lost it - poorly made, unnecessarily strong.
mkel07 (4301) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cellarbrations November 2013. Dark amber colour when poured into the glass. This is a beer that has a decent flavour and is full in the mouth.
Tuxford (13) - - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very refreshing for a 7% AVB beer. It's medium body is well balanced with sweet malts and hops. Finisheswith a nice honey taste.
varanid99 (684) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gold pour with a thick white head. Aroma is malty, slightly spicy, with a bit of grassiness. Taste is malty, grapefruit, bitter, but not really very well balanced. Not my favourite
ALLOVATE (2621) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2014
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Nose is of caramelised citrus almost burnt sugar with a strange nail varnish twist usually reserved for high alcohol Polish lagers. Cannot fault it in the glass; a seemingly misty, sunny orange gold with fine, scarce effervescence. A tight, rocky, inch and a half of snow-white foam settles in atop and daubs a wickedly thick lace. And that’s where I should have stopped things. Tart, sweet, fruity astringency like sucking on spent white grape skins twists the palate into a frenzied spasm. Another sip and, oh yeah, this one is rockin’ hard to quaff. Sugary, but in an artificial way with a chemical back bone and sharp bitterness that doesn’t meld well. Lasting, layering, filmy aftertaste of burnt fruit sugars and cheap wine - I mean really cheap. Alcohol is hot - fusel hot. How is this imperial? I’d favour a sixer of Skol over this. Hate to say it but is Monteith’s f&*ken serious pumping out chloroform meets drainpour such as this!? Not good!! (50cL, BBE 04/14, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)
Dredd (722) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is magnificent, lightly hazy amber with crisp white head. Aroma is slightly carboard and muddled fruits. Flavour is a big hit of grapefruit and big bitter finish, it reminds me of a Leffe Blonde for some reason, there is a bit of alcohol heat at the finish.
Maris (1153) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 500ml bottle on 30/3/2014 (shared by Butz with thanks). Pours a slightly cloudy light golden with a big white head. The aroma is grassy with a touch of fruity hops. The taste brings you bready malt and lots of citrus fruit, particularly grapefruit. The lingering bitterness ends up prevailing against the sweet fruitiness which starts up front. Actually pretty good, with decent amount of character.