meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Sounded too interesting to pass up since an Imperial Oktoberfest is not something you come across every day. 22oz bottle with a picture of a Kaiser on the front. Appearance is a deep amber body with a tall off white head. Nice rings of lace were left decorating the glass as I drank this. The aroma of sweet malt and a bready smell masked the alcohol almost completely here. Still not a very complex smell. Malt sweetness dominates the palette along with a warming alcohol presence. A bit of a spicy sweet after taste lingers around for a bit. Mouthfeel is medium and almost full, definitely the thickest of the style I have had. Drinkability was fairly good, this is not where near a favorite style of mine but this is one I enjoyed. I would say give it a shot if you come across this. lamas (1642) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Bottled in 2004. Hazy reddish/brown iced-tea-looking pour with small light-sandy head. Malty, caramel, apple cidery aroma with hints of spices. Very malty and sweet with a spicy, tangy and bitter kick at the end. Fairly bland with some caramel. The high ABV is only marginally noticeable and warming. An unusual oktoberfest for sure. Tastes like a watered-down barleywine. Unique. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 30, 2005
From the bottle this pours a very clear amber with a small white head. This brew was just swimming in alcohol in both the aroma and flavor. Aroma has a very sweet caramel malt kick. Taste is very warming with lots of sweetness throughout, never really captured any of that oktoberfest characteristic in my opinion, maybe a lagered barleywine, i was expecting more of a toasty malt body without massive alcohol flavors and sweet syrupy flavors. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 30, 2005
Nice looking carrot orange and amber body, slightly hazy. Head is rather large, fluffy and light brown. Fresh scent is all hops with pineapple and copper pennies. Taste is watery and could benefit from some carbonation. Taste is thick and syrupy, like an oddly hopped barleywine. Biting hop flavors, pine and metallic, on top of honey, leather and banana esters. Aftertaste is pencil shavings, metal and burnt sugars. Alcohol level is medium for a “big” beer. Overall, a beer with fresh ingredients but that is really not that great. Just because it has a flashy name and bottle doesn’t make this a great beer. It needs better flavor continuity and a removal of the harsh flavors. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2005
22 oz bottle: Lasting off white head on an orangey amber body. Hops seem citrusy and a little piney as opposed to floral or spicy. Perfumey alcohol, weak toasty malt. Bland aroma to say the least. Well balanced at first w/ some weak malt flavors. Light grapefruity citrus hops flavor & bitterness into the finish & aftertaste that is resiny hop. Too much bitterness IMHO. Alcohol is a little hot, fuller body, astringent from hop bitterness, Medium low carbonation. Imperial Octoberfest...Why?????? I don’t see the point of taking a perfectly good style and making it bigger!!! Not a favorite of mine.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2005
Pours orange and hazy (though it is chill haze and goes away after it warms) with a thin off white head. Slighty tart aroma with some bread and apricot. Big ’ol body with a clean and spicy bitter finish. Flavors of yeast, caramel, malt. I had strong reservations about this one and it sat in my fridge for a few weeks but it is a sucessful experimental beer. Should maybe be lagered for a few monthes though to smooth out the rough edges.. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2005
Coppery amber body, nice soapy tan head. Buttery citrus hop aroma. Light, sweet buttered rye bread citrus hop taste. Pretty well balanced bitter/sweet, however much hoppier than a standard Oktoberfest. Like BBB63 said at a Tosa Tasting, "you give this to a German and he will shoot you in the face!" burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2005
a very nice deep amber greets a tasty bitterness, followed by sweeter aftertastes and subtle hints of honey. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Poured an amber color with a medium white head. Malty aroma and flavors but not sweet. Moslty caramel. Problem is the lack of balance from the malt not being big enough to handle 9+%ABV. The alcohol dominated too much. flemdawg (562) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Imperial oktoberfest eh? Intersting gimmick. Reddish orange color with a white head. Hoppy, fruity(cherry) aroma with some toasted malts, and also sugary notes. Lots of malts in the taste, but with a big kick of hops, some carmel and a bit of alcohol as it warms. A gimmick yes, but it tastes good none the less.