944play (340) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Clear orange, medium dissipating head. Initial light sulfur, then big rich dried fruit, spicy noble hops. Candylike sweetness is made pleasant by crisp, fresh, complex herbal hoppiness. If beer-flavored popsicles were perfected, they would taste exactly like this. Finishes super clean with just a charming tingle to remind...
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. pours a copper color with a two finger head. aroma little bread, and some sweetness. taste: sweet candy like caramel in the beginning and then bitterness from the hops, and nice finish.
Wegro (330) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very nice clear copper with a wimpy head. aroma is nice but not very prominent. flavor is extremely balanced with a very full mouthfeel. really very nice palate, hides abv a little too well. flavor has a very nice malt presence with balancing floral hops, but the "imperial" label is misleading if you ask me. really the only problem with it is the price and the misleading imperial label, i feel this should be available in $10 6 packs instead of a 10 dollar corked bottle. 30th anniversary isn’t going to happen again, give us something truly memorable SN
craftycarl21 (2135) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light amber pour with a medium sized white frothy head. Aroma holds lots of citrus, with lime, lemon, Froot Loops, a touch of white peach, and a bit of grass and hemlock. Flavor starts sweet, with really nice orange zest and a touch of sweet caramel, and then moves to a great hoppy bite, with some grass and spruce, then moves to an awesome hint of toasty malt, German wheat, and floral hop. Awesome progression of flavors. Palate is medium bodied, and mixes hop bitterness with sweet malt beautifully. Top notch beer- so impressed with this series so far.
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a huge white head over a clear golden body. Aroma is of caramel, corn, dry, alcohol, and a spicy hop note. Taste is sweet, bready, toasty, caramel and lightly grassy. Medium to lively fizz. Sweet finish.
after4ever (5929) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft at malt and vine. pours a clear and fairly dark golden amber. loose white goes away before too long. funky, hydrogenous, laundry nose. creamy medium body with lively carb. tastes like mushy wet cardboard and a dusty dog thats been running around outside on a hot day. is this acetobacter from a situated mash with wheat? whats up with this? certainly unexpected.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty sweet nose. Notes of caramel, cookies, lightly nutty. Some floral and peppery hop notes as well. Pours golden with a nice lasting head and sticky lace. The flavor is malty sweet, cookie dough, caramel, toasted sweetness with a medium floral/peppery hop bitterness in the finish that helps it finish dry. Nice carbonation, well done malt forward beer in a style that is not necessarily my favorite.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this on tap at Selma’s in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. It’s a nicely done malty brew. Pretty golden color, creamy on the palate, it’s easily drinkable.
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample at SAVOR on 6/5/10. deep orange pour with a 1/4" white head... spicy hop nose with some light fruit notes and sweet malts. medium caramel / sweet / dark fruit body with a good level of bitterness. clean bitter finish. really nice special limited beer.
drjay44 (2482) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Shared with multiple others at brew club. Thanks to Chuck. Pours a thin head over a clear medium gold (SRM 7) body.....nose is sweet malts (light brown sugar, candi sugar), bit of cereal.....taste is dominated by malt, cereal (Grapenuts), with light dried fruits (raisin, cherry), finishing slightly sweet.....mouth feel is medium, carbonation low. Good example with in the style of Helles Bock, malts dominate, hop presence is minimal, and the alcohol is well hidden. BJCP 6/3/15/5/8