beerbaaron (379) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Festive’ orange. Soapy head. Big hop aroma. Big hop flavor. Some dark fruit and grain. Smooth the bitter. Hop finish is pleasant.
Johnsense (454) - - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber pour. 1 finger head with gobs of lace. Aroma of pine, caramel, bready, and slight nuttiness. pine hops up front giving away to big breads malt. Biscuit, caramel, slight honey, slightly herbal. Fairly sweet aftertaste. Medium body, and surprisingly easy drinking for over 9%.
mwbrady12 (398) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Barely there aroma and standard pour with a strong (unexpected) hoppy taste and warming mouthfeel.
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craig220 (289) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear golden amber color with a thick eggshell colored head. Aroma is nuts, caramel, earthy, dough, grass, herbs, citrus, and cereal. Taste is bitter floral hops, sweet malt, and a nice boozey kick to it.
rougeau13 (1598) - Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Yum. Clear copper with resilient off-white head with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma of grass, herbs, herb, and caramel. Solid bitter taste. Medium bodied and dry.
cards04 (826) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at JL Beers. Pours a pretty cloudy golden. Reminds a lot of a good DIPA. Very strong sweet malts balanced beautifully with citrus and piney hops. Very drinkable. Really enjoyed this.
annunz123 (629) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grassy hops, fruit, and caramel in the aroma. More of the same in the flavor. Finish is smooth with grassy hops and a little pine and citrus. Borderline shocked this has 9% alcohol, but Southern Tier does big beers as well as anybody.
cbfobes (1674) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pig Minds, pours a clear amber with a creamy white head and sticky lacing, aroma is of slight hops with a good amount of grass notes, the flavor has a sweet fruity front end with a slight bitter finish, nice mouthfeel and the abv is completely hidden, good.
TomTron (295) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber with a minimal head. Aromas of caramel, yeast and some other earthy hops. Flavors of earthy hops, caramel, and some more maltiness. Not bad at all but I would not consider this a "Helles Lager" at all. On the realm of an IPA but slightly different.
superspak (1478) - Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 9/19/2012. Pours lightly hazy copper amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass; with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, pine, citrus rind, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, and piney spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of caramel, toast, pine, toffee, biscuit, citrus rind, floral, grass, nuttiness, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, pine, nuttiness, floral, citrus rind, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great malt/hop flavor balance and complexity; with a solid sweetness/bitterness balance as well; minimal cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish; this is dangerously drinkable. Overall this is a highly excellent Imperial Helles style! Great malt and hop flavor balance and robustness; very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.