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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.25%
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Do not waste time attempting to box this brew into some esoteric guide to styles. This is Danís bold creation. His passion for unfiltered Weiss collides with Cascade Hops inventing our Imperial Hefe-Weizen. Dry hopping boldly rules over Wisconsin red wheat and our special strain of Bavarian yeast. At almost 20 O.P. this is the super mac daddy of Weiss beers. Decoction mashing was followed by excessive dry hopping to create a fierce onslaught of clove, cinnamon and citrus all in this living beer. Donít bother waiting to enjoy - the time is now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2014
(bottle) hazy amber gold with huge head. Aroma of spice, clove and pine. Flavor is wheat malt, a little clove, yeast and piney hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arnold931 (546) - Iowa, USA - MAY 9, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with huge pillowy white head that leaves tons of lacing. Nose is clove, coriander and a bit of funk. Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Bock sweetness comes through in the taste. Leaves my lips and tongue numb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
These guys never cease to amaze me. In a style that I was expecting much out of, they made a great beer. Poured a hazy darker yellow to orange with a white head. Aroma was of funky apples, wheat, lemons, and toast. Flavor was light funky oakyness, apples and lemons and some berries too. Very unique and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Pours a pretty cloudy gold with a huge white head that lasts and lasts. Nose is of bubblegum, cloves, coriander, citrus and apricots. Very creamy and smooth on the palate with a rich and creamy viscosity. Flavor is full of many different tastes: spices including cinnamon, coriander, cloves, with fruits including citrus, apricots and bananas, some sweet malt, some yeastiness followed by a suggestion of hops, all warmed by its 9.25% ABV. This beer may be enjoyed as a banquet unto itself and may be enjoyed with a variety of foods but most especially light cheeses or white meats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a lightly hazy dark yellow with 3 fingers of thick white head that just lasts and lasts. Aroma of clove, dank wheat, citrus. Taste is light sweet and follows aroma. Good beer. Different, and not what I was expecting, but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dragonfly1 (494) - Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2014
Big "fizz" when I opened the bottle...Way over-carbonated, waited 5 minutes for the head to dissipate. Although I have to say this pours a beautiful dark rich orange. Sunset in a glass, it is almost glowing. What a rich aroma, cinnamon spice, strawberries, fresh summer fruit, honeydew melon. The flavor is unfortunately not as rich as the aroma. Musty burlap bag and a strong vegetal bitterness paired with some apple tartness. Strangely incohesive. Nice effort but off the mark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (1389) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
Clove, cinnamon, wheat, and floral notes from the hops are on the aroma. Citrusy and spicy on the palate. Nice mouthfeel to this one, chewy, yet smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1871) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Ryan! Almost fully opaque, dense golden-orange body; super volatile, long-lasting, chunky eggshell cap rests on top for days & leaves generous lacing behind. You can definitely smell the hops in the aroma; big citrus peel & floral notes all over. Lots of hefe yeast, spiced & heavy with notes of sweet bubblegum, coriander, clove, rotten banana, melon, bread, & a light bit of pears & green apple in the finish. Taste is quite spicy & certainly yeast forward... Coriander, clove, lighter notes of cinnamon & white pepper, toasty malts, baked bread, banana & fruity esters with a semi-sweet back-end resembling salt water taffy. Hops are lighter but still give a floral & herbal flavor in the finish along with a mild note of tart apples. Big, chunky, relatively chewy body, the alcohol is hidden quite well here. Though I prefer Dancing Man, this is really a very nice "imperial hefeweizen".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (727) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Thanks tectactoe. Pours a golden orange color with a big fluffy head. Really good aroma of hops and zesty citrus with candy like smells. Big bubblegum flavor upfront and throughout. Hop tingle left on the tongue. Very carbonated. I liked it.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
MacBoost (1279) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to some joker. Note: this is the unplugged version, not the thumbprint version. Pours a very murky light amber with almost no head. Aromas of dirty rotten fruit, some spices. Taste is sweet and sticky. Flavors of rotten apple, hot garbage. Finishes on a note of sweet dumpster juice. This is among the worst beers Iíve ever had.

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