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RATINGS: 1033   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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!"

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

3.2
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4363) - 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.

2.9
   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.

3.2
   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!

3.2
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4939) - 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.


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