Leighton (21269) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a cloudy gold with a moderate, white head. Malty aroma with some bread and grassy hops. Flavor is sweet to start with heavy malts then has some earthy, grassy bitterness. Medium in body with average carbonation and a smooth, creamy body. Finishes crisp and lightly sweet. Not bad. j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2009
On tap at the Golden Rail. Pours a clear light golden yellow with a medium white head. Smells of hot grain and alcohol, with a faint background of citrus. Thin, with a big grain and metal flavor (I get a lot of this in most BP brews sadly), and a bit sweet. Finishes with more sweetness, and more metal. blipp (9284) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Draft. Pours gold with a thin white head. Light sweet fruity aroma, with some grainy malts. The flavor has a light sweetness, a light boozy hint, and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Good, not great. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Sampled at Blue Point in Patchogue. Pours a transparent, straw yellow with a thin, fizzy white head. Aroma is grassy, a little boozy, a little sweet. Flavor is all sweetness, white sugar, slight honey, grass, straw. Finish is slightly slick. A double pilsner? I don’t know. notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2009
It’s nice to see an American brewer "double" something without making it an alcohol bomb - however, 6 and change does not an imperial lager make - more like a slightly stronger pils - you wouldn’t know from the flavor, though, as it is quite sweet, even for 6.5% - the sweetness, fuller body, and relatively creamy mouthfeel make this come across more like a maibock than anything else, but a tasty one - some buttery character through the middle, malty sweetness, and then some spicy hops and strong floral notes - bright fruity character, also more like a maibock - could be a bit cleaner in the finish, but it’s still pretty good.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Draft. Pours golden body with a white head. Sweet with fruity esters and a grainy full body with a thin earthy hoppiness and lots of cereal notes. Decent. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Tap at RnH. Pours a slightly hazy golden- thin head (although pour was to the brim). Aroma is honey sweet malts, toast, light bread light apple, grassy and light citrus hops- herbal/floral European hops. Flavor is big sweet pils malt, honey- floral, a bit grassy herbal, toast, with a moderate bitterness, and mostly sweet big finish. Ok. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Imperial pint pour @ the Ginger Man. Color is completely dull golden and has a foamy thick head, which is pillow-y and mellows slowly. Aroma is very non-bright herbal hops, there but not shining through. They are strong yet dull. Has lots of very thick white bread maltiness behind it. Taste is very grainy cereal malts with a strong hop kick, nothing too vibrant or interesting in terms of hops. A long bitterness follows, which actually becomes a bit too astringent in the dry hopping. It tries to be delicate yet aggressive all at the same time. Its got the parts just needs to meld better. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Growler filled at Big Z and consumed the next day. Pours a mostly clear gold with a thin white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left light-partial lace. There are also a few columns of slowly rising bubbles constantly ascending from the bottom of the glass. Pleasant aroma of malt, white sugar, and lemon. The flavor is mildly bready malt along with a bit of white sugar sweetness. Mild-moderate bitterness at the finish. I’m not sure why they are calling this "imperial" with an abv of 6.48%, but whatever. tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2010
I’d have a hard time calling this an "imperial pilsener" The aroma is very sweet, grass, honey, corn syrup, sweet malts. The appearance is like any pilsener, clear straw gold, white head. Imperial pilseners I’ve seen tend to be cloudier and more orange. The flavor is like the aroma, sweet, malty, honey, grassy. The finish has an inappropriately light noble hop bittering, and is sugar sweet as well. The mouth feel is about medium, a little thick for this style. Not good, but drinkable.