SpringsLicker (2836) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
maxwelldeux (2368) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
HoppityHop (158) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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 isnít really that far from the style, but certainly nothing Iíd want to drink on a regular basis. Almost seems like it was fermented too warm. On a side note, I donít think the brewers were too happy with it, because itís vanished from the store shelves and their website.
Darwenus (405) - Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I donít 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.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 wouldnít go out of my way to buy this, but itís decent.
bubbleflubber (1465) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Montanoís. 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. Itís just more "quantity" over "quality", Iím afraid... and thatís saying something, since it truly is one of the better impy pils/lagers Iíve had.
Kinz (3023) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 doesnít quite balance. Has that "smooth lager" thing going on, but not quite clean. Not bad. But not great.
Foxbush (1003) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Drake (6594) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber shared by nickls at the 5/7/11 DC Ratebeer gathering. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized creamy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of corn, grain, bready notes and some toastiness. The taste is bitter hops, corn, grain, caramel and a sweet finish. Medium bodied.
argo0 (10422) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft. Small off-white head, clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some bread. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, caramel, alcohol, some toast. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation.