GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Absolutely great tasting beer. I ignored it for 2 weeks because it was a lager. Thought it was going to be bland and tasteless. My mistake! It’s wonderful and hoppier than most IPA’s I’ve tried lately.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a deep, clear copper color with a cobwebbed, huge pillowy white head. Aroma is a huge smack of hops which surprised me. Pungent, spicy, dank and resinous. Smells like Columbus but less onion/garlic/body odory, I must admit I am not incredibly familiar with Williamette which is listed as the dry hop. I like it. Some smooth caramel maltiness is detectable underneath the intense hops. Taste is smooth, incredibly drinkable, alcohol hidden preposterously well. This seems sessionable. I am not a fan of Imperialized versions of things that shouldn’t be Imperialized (like Helles) but this retains the drinkability of the style while boosting the flavor. Much better than I expected. Bravo.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours copper with a white head. Aroma of hops (pine, little citrus), and some malt. I didn’t really know what an Imperial Helles would consist of, but I was surprised by this beer. Citrus in the flavor, but well balanced by the malt. Hides the 9% very well. I liked it. I like the bottle design as well.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a thin head. Strong hop aroma, settling on the piney side of the spectrum. Very big hop smack up front in the taste, both pine and floral. Lightly smoky. Seems almost a bit perfumey. My expectations were low (really? an imperial helles?), but I really enjoyed this.
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Pours a clear copper, with a soapy, lasting lace - seems like an IPA in the nose at first, as pine-like hops are apparent up front, but they quickly make way for some caramel malt sweetness, bright fruity character (reminding me of the intended style), spicy character, and some earthy, pine cone-ish notes - as the aroma suggests, she’s pretty darn hoppy at first - actually, she’s pretty hoppy throughout - moderate sweetness, grains, and ambiguous fruitiness hide underneath that - some spiciness and warming alcohol late, plus continued spruce and earthy hops - I was expecting an amped up maibock of sorts, but this is more like a lagered imperial ipa - long, bitter finish - not bad, but not all that good, either.
thornecb (3973) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pale ruby into a shaker. Off-white head recedes leaving spot lacing. Sweet resin aromas. Sharp and syrupy with sweet caramel upfront and a lasting resin finish.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Imperial helles? I remember when stuff like this was a forum joke. Anyway, crystal clear orange amber with a nice off white head. Strong pine and citrus hop nose, orange, caramel, lightly spiced. Somewhat bitter citrus flavor, mild pine and sweet caramel. Finish lingers forever. Pretty damn drinkable. Another nice brew from Southern Tier.
LilBeerDoctor (3227) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber/orange with a small white head. Aroma of clove with a light floral hops background. Flavor is quite sharp, with an initial citrusy hop bite followed by a spicy, clove finish. An IPA/lager-ish blend is the best way I can describe it. It’s an alright beer but I kinda wish it was just more like an IPA instead of being a blend. The combination didn’t really make a more interesting or tasty beer, just a different beer.
GMCC2181 (1479) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by robert at stateline. Light golden color, small head. Good aroma of hops and spices. Taste was nice mixture of winter spices and hops. It also had a nice sweetness to it. The texture was surpisely light for a lager. Easy to drink and no trace of the nine percent alcohol in there. Thanks again robert for sharing!
DragonsHead (140) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I wasn’t expecting too much from this beer based on it’s style description. "Imperial Helles" I was intrigued though. Upon opening the bottle and pouring, ther was a strong hop aroma I didn’t expect. The aroma disapated to leave a malty, spicey flavored lager. I will not scoff at the krampus again. I was quite impressed. Souther Tier has certainly upped the bar in the past few years...