Great Lakes Imperial Dortmunder - 20th Anniversary Beer

RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
An imperial golden lager balanced between malt sweetness and dry hop flavors, yet darker in color and richer in finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2008
crystal clear dark golden with a nice white head that disappears into a thin ring around the outside of the glass. solid honey wheat bread aroma...hay too... balanced bittersweet honey wheat bread flavor with just a hint of some citrusy acidity. medium to full bodied with nice lively carbonation. lasting bitter sourwood honey spicy black pepper finish. interesting finish i really like it. nice impy pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (3419) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pint T Triangle wine. Good aroma, sweet. Yeasty, doughy. Minor fruitiness, cleNCH golden orange color small head that faded quick, little to no lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Interesting, real sweet, but guess you get that when you imperialize and dortmunder. The aroma is strong, not super appealing. Another one of styles that didnt need to be done big. Yet I had to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (14022) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Draft. Medium beige head, nice lacing, crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bread/dough, light alcohol/raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, bread. Medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2012
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. Light copper pour, fruit forward aroma, touch of saaz. touch of corn like a euro lager. boozy, sweet malty finish. OK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
Originally reviewed: 11/20/08. Pours a deep gold, with a frothy white head that retains fairly well. Some spotty lacing. Smells of some adjunct corn, malt, some alcohol. Can taste the alcohol right off. Very prominent. Also getting some of usual lager flavors of corn and malt. This does have a pleasant bitter bite at the end. Mouthfeel is a little weak. Very few bubbles rising through. A little flat. Drinkability is a little low due to the alcohol smack. Good brew though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
califbeer69 (96) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Copper-gold color with a nice 1/2" white head on the pour. Up front comes the sweet caramel malts. The middle of this brew has some interesting hop notes, a little grassy. The finish is somewhat boozy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2871) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
a: golden body with some light white lace, 1/2" head s: malt and grain t: smooth with sweet malt, hop spice, and hint of achohol m: medium with little carbonation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (4115) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Sampled 12/12/08 best before 10/08/08 Received in trade from Prototypic, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a nearly clear golden amber color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of berries, grassy hops, a hint of diacetyl. Pleasant malt forward smell. Taste is a bit sweet with lots of fruit on the tongue. Lots of malt, a little bit of alcohol and some grass in there as well. Body is medium to thick, mouthfeel is creamy and maybe a little sticky, carbonation is crisp. This is a great malt forward brew, I wish I could have tried it a bit fresher as I wonder if the hops were more pronounced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Reviews Sort by: Latest High Low Top Reviewers first prev 1-10 11-20 21-30 next last Reviews by Thorpe429: Thorpe429 ( Alexandria, Virginia ) A / 4.5 look: 5 smell: 4 taste: 4.5 feel: 4.5 drink: 4.5 rDev: +13.6% G: Poured into my new Mikasa pilsner glass--damn that glassware was hard to find. I recommend the set to everyone, though: pilsner, weizen, tulip, and chalice, and all very well-crafted. A: A very light copper with a great rush of carbonation bubbles that persist throughout the drink. Massive white head with an absolutely amazing amount of lacing as it goes down. S: Some earthy type grains to go along with a nice, faint hop presence and an ever-so-slight sweetness. T: Definitely an imperial dortmunder. Their standard dort. is a thing of beauty, and this is quite good as well. Some grassy sweetness goes along with faint noble hops. M: Nicely crisp and smooth with good carbonation. Excellent. D: Exceedingly drinkable. This is some fantastic stuff. Theyve made their already-outstanding dortmunder offering even better. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-29-2009

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle: Amberish, slight sediment gives off a haze, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing. Heavy sweet breadiness up front, grassy, and rather malty. If this was brewed and bottled two years ago, and the best by day is Oct 6 2008, this stuff held up really well! Overall just seems to this heavy sweet grassiness. Clean, no off flavors. I can see this being an Imperial Dortmunder. Moderate to full body and mouthfeel. Clean finish, very grassy, fairly sweet. Its like a big Pilsner. Surprised that the age of this beer didnt seem to diminish its flavor and aroma. Well crafted. Thanks to jsquire for the bottle!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Dusky n color, slimmwhite head, a torrent of carbonation rush ever to the top. Perfect pilsner appearance. Aroma starts big and hoppy, sharp and strong, grain and vegetal aromatics meets fusel alcohol. Taste: buttery sweet meets the stinging heat of the high alcohol. Im just not an Imperial Pilsner nut, see it as oxymoronical anomaly. like "Imperial Mild." Lets taste again and see if my opinion changes. Yep, its still there, oddly sweet, then hit the heat. Doesnt hang well on the tongue., either. After bad first impressions, Im liking it a little better, mouthfeel seems cleaner, booze never really sticks out too much, the harsh contrast doesnt destroy it. And I can finish it okay, goes down pretty well. But Im still not crazy about it.

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