RATINGS: 1030   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
2004 = 9.3% ABV
2005 = 8.9% ABV
2006 = 9.1% ABV
2007 = 9.3% ABV
2008 = 10.03% ABV
2010 = 9.73% ABV
2011 = 10.01% ABV
2013 = 10.2% ABV
2014 = 9.5% ABV
The Kaiser once said, "Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world." If the Kaiser and his significant other had tipped this bottle, wed all be "sprechenden Deutsch!" We took all that is good in a traditional Oktoberfest - gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent noble hops - then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (561) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4261) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2005
I am a big fan of the Czar and was looking forward to this bottle. The Kaiser is a reddish orange beer with a frothy off-white head. The nose was of alcohol and orange peel, which surprised me for an octoberfest. Lots of malty sweetness in this beer but way too many hops to be an octoberfest (it reminded me of the Three Floyds in that respect). Orange peel and apple sauce flavors with a long lingering bitterness. Good beer but definitly a style buster.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Fairly rich amber hue with a modest head and lacing. Aroma-fruity-plums, raisins, a hint of lemon, a little boozy. Medium + in body and marzen like in the malt dept-caramely and lightly toasty but with considerably more hop bitterness and a noticable alcohol presence particularly in the finish. Seemed awkward. Not your average Ofest for sure but worth a try for big beer fans.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Appearance: clear copper color.Thick creamy looking head. so-so lacing. Aroma: I must be on crack. The first aroma hint I got was of jalapeno peppers. Also smells like the sweet georgia tea that Kevin brought to work. Bonus aroma points for originality. Palate: sweet, mild spiciness, fresh and clean. Flavor: sweet georgian tea, mild pepper. Thanks Chuck!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2005
pours a nice copper color w/ a laced b ig white head. smelled of weak malt, barly, a bit odd floral/citrus. Palate is carbonated, a little thick, not very creamy though. Flavor is a bit to sweet maybe some candied oranges in it, a bit of sweet tea, a weak floral hop finish, and some sweet malt overall a deent beer but nothing that special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4901) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2005
22 oz bottle passed around and swigged from with ClarkVV, tiggmtl, Rastacouere, MartinT (just kiddin bout the swiggin). Bright, clear red with a decent lasting head...malty, faintly almandine nose, simple/sweet but also faintly astringent as it warms...sweet front, malty and thick body starts out fine but grows quite alcoholic and bitter at the finish which doesnt work in this beer for me. No thanks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (6083) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2005
2004 bottle at the 3/6/05 Montreal tasting with Tiggmtl, MartinT, Muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. Very brilliant, orange color with some copper-brown hues throughout. Clear, as weve come to expect from this brewery. . .Beige head sticks around for a while and then is gone, never to return. A difficult beer for me to rate objectively, because ever since I heard them release this, I was pretty angry about having them call it an Imperial Oktoberfest. Call it a doppelbock, or something. Hell, its not that far off from Smuttonator. Which immediately makes you think hops. Yes, the hops are here in force. Bitter, resinous, overhopped flavor and aroma, with caramel malt backing quite nicely, giving it a respectable body. Slightly chewy/sticky mouthfeel and a big candied-orange flavor, with plenty of sharp citrus notes. Finishes with floral hops, caramel covered oranges (made that up) and a faint nuttiness. I have no patience for overhopped beers, regardless of the type of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Sweet nutty marzipan with a fair sweet maltiness and a hint of alcohol in the aroma. Clear amber-copper with decent cover of tan head. Strong alcohol, orange-citrus hop flavours are fairly dominant over a light caramel/toffee malt body that feels a bit too thin to support it. High carbonation makes this one feel a tad gassy. Bottle (trade Dec. 2004) enjoyed with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. Thanks, Kawa!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 The Lure:
Grapefruit and pine cream agreeably blends into an oily nuttiness. Smells bigger than your typical Oktoberfest, but not overdone in any way.

The Festivities:
A touch of caramel and peppery yeast swings into an orangey, resinous, green hoppy ending. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden and the body possesses a few cute love handles. Addendum: a 2-year-old bottle stayed its ground nicely.

An apparently sturdy general on the outside reveals a thoughtful and caring personality.

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