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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
• Sexy penetrable fruit intensity for the experienced and novice
• Beer Type: High Gravity Ale fermented with blueberries, strawberries and blackberries

Imperial Soft Parade is a gourmet specialty pour that is brewed with toasted rye flakes and two-row malted barley. Loaded with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, we refer to this fermented potion as a fruit infused rye ale. The result is a refreshing fruit delicacy that’s easy to drink, appealing to look at, and finishes dry.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Sampled from Beerlando’s bottle @ Redlight. Poured a murky ruddy color with a thin light khaki head. The aroma was sweet fructose that bordered on being too much. The taste did actually seem to be too sweet, with a general berry-like taste being the major theme. Decent, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2009
750ml bottle with about 2 years on it. Pours a very lightly hazy, blood red color. A thin, foamy, tan colored head crowns the surface, leaving behind a wet wash that mostly rejoins the body. The nose is centered in dry raspberry Jello powder and blackberry jam, overly sweet and boozy, with the sugary fruit dominating all else. Flavors are just as disappointing, jammy and sweet, almost medicinal at times, focusing on artificial tasting berries. Hot, syrupy, and undercarbonated, the brew is a chore to drink. I appreciate the experimentation, but this is not one of Shorts’ better brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to Steve at the Hopcat. Cloudy, soft ruby color with small beige head. Aroma is a lot of berries with sour grapefruit, a little earthy, sweet and sour aroma, citrus, a little dirty and a little nice. Flavor is big berry, a little sour but the same sort of earthiness as the aroma with grapefruit as well. Medium and creamy body. Awesome, unlike any fruit beer I’ve had before. You can feel a little bit of warming but it doesn’t have any sort of alc burn that you might associate with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Thanks to Beerlando for sharing! Strong berries on the nose, tartness, funky aromas. pours cloudy pinkish red with a thin white head. Tart berries, strawberries, and strong blackberry flavors, very nice fruit beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9706) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2009
courtesy of the Shorts tasting night group. early ’07 bottle. bottle#543 Pours a puree reddish mesh of berrie. Aroma was indeed intense in berries, not getting too much fruit tartness but just berry goodness where all the berries added to an overall sublime fruit bomb. Flavor, strong puree mesh of berries with hints of spices, some yeast not too much tartness and sourness. Overall beer could score a little higher if it was not for the berries being almost too much. Berries were there but could not really put on apart from each other.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Deep red, white foam. Full aromas of fruit flattened by malt, with a hint of acid - much like a lambic. Flavor is rich and fruity, with malt supporting and slight hints of acid and bitterness. The result is a kind of musky aroma, unusual though not unpleasant. Has a bright, clean mouthfeel not entirely in accord with the strength of the flavors. A pretty good novelty beer; wouldn’t drink it all night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11648) - Sřborg, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2009
Bottled. Reddish coloured. Unclear. White head with reddish gleam. Strawberry and raspberry in the aroma. Flavour as well full of rasp and strawberries. Can’t really taste the blueberries and the blackberries, but its berries isn’t it. Quite balanced and a tad too sweet in my book. Nice bodied. Is full of berries in the end with a light sourish edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 750ml bottle 481/1005 7/14/09 (Shorts Brewing)-Pours a clear amber with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of raspberry and other berries. Taste of berries and more berries. This light to medium bodied brew is very well balanced and quite refreshing. Great job.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brix (660) - DENMARK - JUN 3, 2009
Tasted 2009-06-02. Pours orange, hazy with almost no head. Very fruity and very malty. A somewhat bitter finnish. The fruityness and the maltiness blends together very nicely leaving a strong aroma of strawberries (which is like the only berry in the world, that’s not actually in this beer). It’s very drinkable and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anders37 (25135) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty berry aroma. Sweetish fruity berry flavor with hints of blueberry. Has a fruity berry blackberry finish.

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