DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A cloudy, orangish gold liquid. Even though I poured vigorously from this tall, ceramic white bottle, very little head was produced.
Nose is hops, right away, with note of lingering lemon and a solvent like aroma.
Whoa! I thought this was going to be way bitter and alcohol warming, but it is very balanced. Bitterness is there, but malt backbone is there all the way. A little tart on the finish. This is really good, and although 8.8 ABV, you couldn't tell. I wanted another right away.
My first Imperial Pils. Really good. John Maier does it again.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Mild dry grainy aroma with some European hoppiness. Starts syrupy sweet and bitter with a piney hop resin flavor and a crisp, clean, dry sweet pilsener/lager type finish. Gets much better and smoother as it warms. Hides its alcohol well and combines an almost imperial IPA-like character to a well balanced lager. A nice and unique brew.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really expected to be more impressed with this pilsener than I was. Pours a hazy golden color with a big fizzy head. Nicely balanced with a bold malt character and some light hoppy sweetness, but something was missing. Very one dimensional, with a big alchohol bite throughout.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
26 oz. bottle. Poured a cloudy yellow color with a nice sized head with large bubbles. This had a very hoppy taste with a lot of malt flavor in the background. The finish was very hoppy, not unlike an IPA. I saw the post by Buck_Dich which says he paid only $5. My bottle cost $20 + 8% sales tax. Either I was overcharged or Buck_Dich got a GREAT deal! It was a good beer, but I won't buy it again for $20 a bottle.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours gold, slightly cloudy. Foamy head, some lacing. Hmm, hops, both floral and citrus in the nose. Malts coming up strong, yet blending in rather well. Just a tad of alcohol. Heavy malts in the flavors, again accompanied by the hops. Though more bitter in this encounter. Big finish of alcohol on this one. The entirity of the beer is shadowed with a "bready" flavor if you will. Pilsener characteristics come and go throughout Definately makes for an interesting beer though. I like it. Two thumbs up!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy (chewy) straw gold color, whispy even, almost like a wheat. The head is thick and creamy with nice retentiveness and lacing. The aroma hits very strong with a bite of floral and spicy citrus hops and a delicious pils-malt backbone that finishes with a lick of alcohol for good measure, almost like an IPA here. The flavor is intense but so good, lots of hops here to balance the alcohol that wavers in and out. The finish is strong in the alcohol department but the flavors are still the forestage here. Picked this up for $5 at a local store, so I can't complain about this wonderful little/big beer. The more you drink the more adapted you get to the hoppy flavor but the alcohol still hits strong. One of these bottles packs a good punch, I'm definately feeling it after this one.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Viscous golden body with luscious foamy snow white head and wispy streams of carbonation. Nice aroma of grass, citrus, and light caramel malt. Rich, full flavor. It's exactly what you expect it to be... a nice, big pilsner. Has distinct Czech qualities anyway. Takes some getting used to but becomes very enjoyable. Scores points for being so novel. Another fine effort by Rogue. I recommend serving this fairly cool. I tasted it at variable temperatures, but for some reason I preferred it on the cooler side. That way it was refreshing like a pilsner should be but the big, bold notes still came through very nicely.
Either through happenstance or perhaps a subliminal message, I immediately bought some sushi after purchasing this beer. The connection (Morimoto) didn't occur to me until later. The pairing was terrific.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extreme Beer Fest 2004: Hazy light yellow with a small white head. Orange/grapefruit aroma with some flowers in the aroma. Full Oily texture, starts sweet and ends sweeter. Poured by the one and only VENOM.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extreme Beer Fest '04, Golden in color with a thick white head.Hoppy and malty aroma that's quite clean,no esters(obviously if it's a lager).Flavor is hoppy,alcohol warming and a touch of breadiness from the malt.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured out of a very cool bottle that is white ceramic with Japanese lettering and bright swathes of color and as a bonus comes with a swing-top. The beer pours very thick given the golden body. The viscosity makes seem like a pale Imperial Stout. The head is pure white and really sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is lots of orange citrus and a very clean and crisp malt aroma. The flavor is citrus up front then a shocking smack of bitter hops followed by a nice biscuity maltiness. The finish is quite bitter, those 74 IBUs really stand out given the relative lightness of this beer (compared to other 74 IBU beers). There is a slight hit of alcohol towards the beginning of the finish but it is not an unpleasant flavor. Given the style the 8.8% ABV is well hidden. Overall a nice beer but it exhibits a lot of ale characteristics and it is hard to believe that this is a lager. A must try, but true lager fans may be disappointed.