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Roanoke Railhouse Loose Caboose Imperial Lager



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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 2.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 233   ABV: 7.76%
This Imperial Lager has a strong malt backbone with plenty of hop flavor and aroma, while remaining smooth and balanced. It has a beautiful copper-gold color with a creamy lasting head that leaves a lacing effect in the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle on 04/09/2011. Clear golden amber body with a medium frothy off white head. Sweet sugary and pils malt aroma. Toasty and bready malt flavor with a pils background and light floral hops. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2013
–on tap-pours an off white head and amber color. Aroma is slightly sweet light/medium malt. Taste is slightly sweet light/medium malt, 2nd fruit/spice hops. OK carbonation 3.0

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
maxwelldeux (4349) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a fairly small head. Some floral notes to this with a hint of skunkiness underneath. A mix of sour and bitter in an odd way.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HoppityHop (198) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2012
A little cloying and sweet, there was something strange going on with this. Carbonation was rather low and the mouthfeel (boy, I hate that word!) was syrupy and sticky. Slight alcoholic burn with diacetyl present. Almost tasted like a microbrewed version of a Malt Liquor, which I guess isn’t really that far from the style, but certainly nothing I’d want to drink on a regular basis. Almost seems like it was fermented too warm. On a side note, I don’t think the brewers were too happy with it, because it’s vanished from the store shelves and their website.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3466) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Produces a tall white head over a gold body that shows just a tad of haze. Crisp spicy hop aroma, toasted malt and clean straw. The flavor is slightly sweet, some alcohol. Hops are there to balance. A bit coarse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darwenus (904) - Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
I don’t know what makes this lager "imperial," but I do get the impression that Railhouse is more vested in brewing lagers than ales. This is much better than their IPA. There are lots of hops in the back end, but the start and middle are very smooth and bready. Rich. Tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Thanks to my boss for bringing me back this Imperial Lager to Ohio. Poured a hazy light orange, nice but small creamy head. Aroma is faint, hint of honey accented malt. Flavor is oddly sweet up front, more honey notes, A little hop bitterness on the finish. As it warms it seems to get a little more sticky, and have a slight alcohol burn. Some tropical fruit taste. This is OK....I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this, but it’s decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubbleflubber (2164) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bomber from Montano’s. Pours an orange-amber into the glass, with an initially wispy head that reduces to a thin ring cap of lace. The nose is sweet and of fusel oils (alcohol). There is an abundance of muddy malts here, sweet, just this side of cloying. Light diacetyl buttery notes hitting mid-palate into the mildly bitter finish. Balanced? Somewhat. Instead of a substantive mouthfeel, it lends itself to a rum or cognac thinness, all the while reminding you of the fusels in the mouth. Alongside the diacetyl butter, it feels a tad alcoholic for the style, ever-reaching just for its "imperial" status. It’s just more "quantity" over "quality", I’m afraid... and that’s saying something, since it truly is one of the better impy pils/lagers I’ve had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Picked this up at Kroger to my surprise. Clear light orange, nice compact and creamy head. Aroma is faint, slightly of honey accented malt. Flavor is oddly sweet up front, more honey notes, maybe some creamed corn. Bitterness on the finish doesn’t quite balance. Has that "smooth lager" thing going on, but not quite clean. Not bad. But not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Foxbush (1832) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 This is my first imperial lager. I went to the Capital Ale house to steal a glass from Roanoke Railhouse. When in Blacksburg I had one of their beers. This lager is good. The golden lager had no head. The higher alcohol was noticed and added to complexity of the beer. A tasty lager that I would try again. Caramel and spicy hops were very balanced with a smooth finish. The bartender offered me some of their IPA to taste. I hope to have a pint in the future. Purchased a 22 oz bottle at Kroger fo New Years Eve 2011-12. The color was deep golden amber with a nice frothy head. This is a serious lager and great to enjoy while watching college football.

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