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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Imperial PilsnerMorimoto Imperial Pilsner

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 60
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
4 Ingredients:
Malts: 100% French Pilsner.
Hops: 100% Sterling.
Yeast & Water: Czech Pils Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

18º PLATO
74 IBU
80 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: aracauna on 08-24-2003)
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale straw with just a hint of golden color. The head was white, large, and in charge, lasting to coat the glass.

The aroma was crisp with a definite hop presence and a maltiness somewhere in the background.

The flavor was bitter with hops leading the charge and then a crisp maltiness to follow. The hops are grassy and a bit earthy and overshadow the malt backbone, but it is definitely present.

The finish was dry, crisp, and grassy with hop bitterness and flavor lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium full and well done. The alcohol never comes into play on this beer.

26 ounce ceramic flip top bottle. Best if consumed by Jan 1, 2005 on bottle. Malt was present, but it took a backseat to the hops which are present in the bittering, the flavor and the aroma. A slight bit more maltiness would balance the beer near perfection.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 23:37:53 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, deep gold color. The pouring process generates a prodigious, thick cream colored head. The aroma is all hops, with a pleasing spiciness, and notes of hay, light pine, and a sharp grassiness. The taste is sweet, thickly malty, with lots of hops, but it could actually use a bit more hops to balance out the thick maltiness. This is definitely enjoyable, the spicy hop flavor and bitter finish are quite nice. There is a bit of hot alcohol, which does detract slightly. With this hopping level, if this had been stepped back to a 7% alcohol, it would have been just about perfect. As it is it is just a bit too malty for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 21:30:24 | More by Gueuzedude
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is a fantastic beer brought over for my birthday festival by SheepNutz. Thanks to him for this one. This is a nice beer. It pours an orange tinged yellow. The nose is sweet with malts and nicly hopped, as I like to see in a pils. The flavor is nice and hoppy. The hops flow over the top of my tongue. The finish is a bit sweet from the malts and a bit of spicy peppery hops too. Nice nice and nice. I don't like lagers by rule, but this is very good. The beer is thick, and very easily consumed. This is a nice beer. What a way to spend my birthday.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 00:45:22 | More by kmpitz2
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one cool bottle with the porcelain swingtop. This is a mid gold beer with a huge white head. The nose is very hoppy and it hard to recognise which hops are used. The main notes are fruity and slightly bitter with an unlagerlike profile. This is very drinkable for such a high alcohol lager. Typical Rogue with the large amounts of hops but a nicely put together beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 04:10:19 | More by canucklehead
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a nice bottle, a white ceramic swingtop job with nice graphics. Pours into my Duvel tulip glass with a large soapy aggressive white head over a hazy yeast-infused golden liquid. The nose is quite pilsner like, all light n' delicate smelling with some light fruitiness, them BAM...your tastebuds get slammed by mouthpuckeringly intense hop bitterness undercut by sweet and juicy malt, slightly grassy, slightly bready and a hint of alcohol. Finishes up potent in both bitterness of hop and of alcohol...just delicious as all hell, makes any other pils look positively wimpy by comparison, I don't care what you stack it up against! Unparalleled in taste...unreal!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 15:52:19 | More by beerluvr
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the .75 liter ceramic swing top bottle a hazy light golden colour. nice frothy and thick head appears. oh, and alot of lace adorns the glass as it's drank. aroma is grainy and grassy... herbal hoppiness and a doughy malt backbone. upon tasting...the first thing that strikes me is the heavy mouthfeel...full, rounded body with an amazingly smoothness. incredible. the rest of the flavour profile is an experiment in subtleties. a bit yeasty, malty and doughy...reminiscent of the best blonde doppels...but with a discernible bitterness that's needed to reign in the monstrosity of malt and alcohol. it's delicious! it finishes fairly dry and the bitterness lingers on the tongue and in the aftertaste; urging the drinker to take another sip. the alcohol is slightly spicy and warming...very nice!

singly malted and singly hopped; this isn't a very complex beer. but the hugeness of this imperial pilsener is honestly spine tingling in nature. highly drinkable. highly priced, too. definitely worth a try.

another masterpiece from rogue.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 00:53:35 | More by budgood1
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl ceramic crock painted white with a screened-on label. Swing-top enclosure. Best before Jan 2005. Pours a deep golden, almost bordering amber range with a fluffy, off-white head. Grainy, malty aromas with a fair amount of hops creeping in there, too. Alcohol noticable in the nose. Mostly sweet, resiny and husky tasting with a significant hop crispness in the middle and finishing clean tasting, then a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Pretty darn good for a high octane pils. I like pilseners a lot and I've only tried a few of the newer "Imperial" style. This one's quality, overall, it maintains a pilsener feel, yet "Imperial" in that newfounded phrase. I think the beauty of this beer is that it maintains the basic pilsener feel, yet exponentially crafted in its root style. I will, most certainly, give this one a whirl if the oppurtunity comes around again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 18:58:26 | More by crookedhalo
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marc77

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed deep golden hue. Mountainous, creamy, steadfast porcelain white head yields lace. Gentle wafts of sugar cookie rich in vanilla and fresh cut grass with a floral twang. Mellow, but enticing aromawise. In flavor, prevalent in malt character is a doughy, buttery, rounded impression of underbaked Challah. Complementing is a stately floral, almost perfume like hop flavor that couples with malt sweetness to lend a suggestion of concentrated nectar a notch shy of honey. Hop bitterness is mild, serving only to offset residual sweetness, thus allowing the pervasive bready sweetness to prevail. Burly, viscous, lusciously dextrinous mouthfeel. As the beer warms, notes of hay and bread crust arise, but remain understated. Finishes sweet, with a fleeting hint of caramelized almond and sugared dough. Quite a unique and delicious brew, indeed. A bit too buttery and sweet to retain base pilsner characterisitics, but a fine brew in itself. If a doppelhellesbock were a style, this would epitomize it. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 01:05:32 | More by marc77
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meathookjones

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one defiantly is some eye candy sitting on the store shelf calling for you to try it. It comes in a very nice 750ml egg white ceramic-capped growler bottle with a swing top that allows for easy resealing. It was a bit expensive at 13 dollars for the bottle but it was worth it. It poured a clear golden orange color with an excellent white head that dropped to a cap of bubbles about half way through. This one left a decent lacing around the glass as it was drank. The aroma consists of mainly citrus hoppiness with a slight biscuity malt attempting to balance it out. The taste starts of with a bitter hop spiciness that it accompanied by earthy notes as well, malt presence is minimal in the taste. Mouthfeel is good with good carbonation. Nowhere was the 8.8% alcohol detected defiantly making this highly drinkable. Good beer at an expensive price due to the container. I would defiantly get more if it cam in a cheaper bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 18:36:08 | More by meathookjones
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm boycotting Rogue for lying to its customers. That this beer can be comprised of four ingredients and express this much complexity is a joke and I'm sorry John Maier, you aren't getting away with it.

The single malt is rich, pouring viscous out of the fridge, but never overwhelming. In fact, despite its depth of flavor, it sits humbly in the background.

The hop profile -- the single hop profile -- is stunning. An elaborate display of Sterling hops is just the thing for this pilsner which lacks the often intrusive grassiness of Saaz. Never green, abrasive, or metallic. The herbal hop yields a little fruit on the finish -- tangerines -- almost noble, and then reverts back to the more typical flavor of Sterling.

Smooth, liquid, refreshing, full -- depth without being deep. Despite the high alcohol, extra malt and hops, if there's one thing the Morimoto Imperial Pilsner is, it is a pilsner tried and true. Easy to drink, a wonderful pairing for any food, and gorgeous on a hot summer day.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 23:36:03 | More by ngandhi
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, golden in hue with a slight peachy-straw highlight, the color is a little more developed that a typical Pils. A massive white head donned the beer beautifully. Over two fingers of fluffy white head tried its best to hold pat. After a few moments it subsided to about half the original size and then it collapsed to a tight cap. The subsequent lacing was very widespread and it looked like old, slightly tattered wallpaper. This is a very striking looking beer. The nose is a little raw with big, warm, alcohol notes, in conjunction with some strawberry like fruitiness. Honestly this smells like a Belgian ale of sorts! The hops are noticeable but they are not bright and they don’t really remind of any Pils I have had. The hops are floral and herbal, very nice. The malt was largely undetectable. I like the bouquet, it is unique, and it reminds me a little bit of Duvel (with less potency). Inviting. The palate has a big blast of hops upfront, now this is what I am looking for! The hoppy flavors are great; it is very herbal (somewhat flowery too) with all sorts of little flavors sprouting off. Some lemon notes, pears, and white wine. The straight bitterness is above moderate and very fitting. The alcohol punch is strong and it creates heat that is very noticeable on the back of the throat. Add in some peppery notes and faint strawberry-like fruitiness and you have one winner of a palate here! Again, it has some underlying Belgian qualities, I’m digging that, and, yes, I realize that Czech Pilsner Yeast was used. The malt is thin but Pilsner-like, clean and crisp. This is damn tasty and far more complex then I was expecting. The 8% plus abv is really working in this beer, I just love the dimensions it adds. I am very impressed. Surprisingly long aftertaste, mainly of raw heat and residual hops bitterness, in other words this beer burnt one wicked imprint into my tongue! Medium/medium-full in body, the carbonation is low but natural and the mouthfeel is quite good. Filling. The drinkability is fantastic! It truly is for such a big beer. I’d imbibe in this regularly if it were less expensive and found in Omaha. My girlfriend purchased me a bottle in Iowa City for around $12 (thanks Tara!). It was worth every penny! Strongly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 13:19:44 | More by bditty187
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watermelonman

California

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really cool beer.

It's a fairly dark golden color, like a Belgian strong pale ale or something along those lines. Head and lace properties are similar to that as well. Now that I mention it, the bitterness is of similar levels, too. But the core taste is a completely different animal.

The taste is somewhat peppery up front with a full on punch of hops in the finish. There's no trace of anything but the highest quality grains in this thing. The alcoholic content is strong but does not put one away by any means. The flavor is huge and great.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 04:21:45 | More by watermelonman
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Hefe

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted from a fabulous ceramic bottle on 6/12/04.

Appearance: Clear luminescent gold, with aggressive rocky, white head that lasts and lasts.

Smell: Wheat, malt, hops. Seems simple doesn't it? The aroma is on steriods though, very forward but well balanced.

Taste: Spice and caramel malt, with an aggressive hop flavor. Subtle undertones of yeast, fruit, and a nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly elegant actually.

Drinkability: Surprisingly so given the high abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 01:49:28 | More by Hefe
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz ceramic, capped, bottle with swingtop on the side, purchased at the Liquor Barn in Lexington, Kentucky, on 6-04-04. I don't remember what I paid for this, but 40% of the price was, most likely, for the heavy, reusable conatiner. In an unscientific test, I determined that a full bottle of this weighs more than a seven pound housecat. Very attractive art on the bottle, must add some cost. Poured into an imperial pint glass, the body is clear and yellowish gold. Massive white head is persistent, and becomes rocky, leaving profuse, sticky lace all over the glass. Appearance is unique and exceptional.

Aroma seems well balanced, initially, but soon gives way to an incredible hops dominance. Info on bottle says that 100% French Pilsner malts are used, but all I could discern was some doughy, malt presence. Lemon, lemon rind, and some honeysuckle floral notes provide most of the aromas.

Mouthfeel explores new territory for a Pils. Full bodied, with a ton of carbonation results in a thickness in the mouth.

Taste is primarily dry and bitter, with an occasional incursion of noble style hops. The high abv is noticed, at times, but is concealed for the most part by the herbal hoppiness. Malt presence is difficult to pick up, other than the doughiness.

Thick mouthfeel and high abv hinder the drinkability. I have reservations about whether an imperial pilsner is a viable style. This is much better on tap, if you can find it, at least in terms of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 21:05:28 | More by merlin48
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

expensive. but worth trying. pours out a orange hued golden color, the head, white as can be. the nose is raw, some grain and malt with a noticably strong hop presence (for a pils). in the mouth it is full bodied, slightly sticky and hearty. flavors are all in check, big malt, big hops, big beer. some alcohol is noticable on the finish, but this is mainly a simple tastey beer that has all of its delicious qualities kicked up a few notches. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 19:11:40 | More by DESTRO
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy golden color with a creamy white head. The aroma is clean and crisp with a spicy, fruity, maltiness. The flavor is malty and spicy, with a good hop and malt taste. It is a bit fruity as well. It finishes dry. It is a full-bodied, flavorful Pilsner. A very tasty Rogue brew.

Sampled 4/2/04

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2004 15:25:17 | More by BeerBuilder
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Dantes

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Package: 750ml white ceramic crowned (added swingtop for re-sealing. We don’t need no stinkin’ swingtops!) sake-influenced bottle, with Kanji characters against a brightly painted background. Amongst all the tiny text on the back is the recommendation, “best if consumed by Jan. 1, 2005.” The major ingredients are also noted along with the ABV of 8.8%.

Cost: $10.99 at Ramsey Liquors.

Presentation: Imperial pint at ~50º

Appearance: Being forewarned that there were a lot of bad bottles of this in NJ, I was dismayed that the crown came off easily, with the lightest “phhht.” I needn’t have worried, as this poured a lovely pale-marigold yellow that was quite cloudy, recalling some of the draught ciders I’ve seen. The very fluffy head was super-fine, with a creamy texture and lots of “stick.” However, it only lasted about half-way through the glass.

Smell: As promised, this delivers a very floral, hoppy aroma that dominates what I expect will be a strong malt presence. Little alcohol on the nose despite the relatively high ABV. Some lemony notes as well.

Taste: A bit disappointing. The hoppy note was there (listed as Sterling), but it wasn’t very complex. I’m not really familiar with Sterling hops, but it is a variety meant to be related to Saaz. Unfortunately, that didn’t really come through to me. There was also a sticky, cloying sweetness from the malts that didn’t quite work here for me. All in all, despite the French Pilsner malt, Czech Pilsner yeast, and Sterling hops, I still didn’t quite experience this as a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is full and warming from the alcohol. The cloying stickiness which dominates much of the flavor does help give this a very full, smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation, as evidenced in its lovely appearance, is very fine and glassy.

Drinkability: A really tough category to score. I could detect the alcohol, but it wasn’t disruptive, the taste was somewhat overly sweet, but I did finish the bottle. The cost (how much of it is for the bottle?) is also way out of line in my opinion.

Backwash: Another beer I’ve wanted for a long time (just ask Yen157). I actually bought one somewhere else, but the bottle had obviously leaked, so I returned it. I felt comfortable with this one, partially because the price was more reasonable and the crown looked perfect. Anyway, it was a disappointment. I didn’t get any pilsner-like qualities from this, instead it tasted a bit like a clumsily done bière de garde. I wouldn’t buy this again unless I had the chance to try it on draught for the sake of comparison. Beautiful to look at, in and out of the bottle though!

NB: There is a slight possibility that my bottle was subjected to freezing as much of the recent NJ allotment of this was. However the condition of the crown, etc., lead me to believe this was a decent sample.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 20:03:28 | More by Dantes
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Wildman

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came in a rather unique bottle and poured a golden color, forming a very foamy white head that latticed the side of the glass with lacs as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, a touch of malt and a small amount of caramel. The flavor was of hops, caramel and grain. The finish was bittersweet and heavy on the palate. Fairly hop heavy for a pils, so I don't know if this is what they mean by an imperial style.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2004 18:46:47 | More by Wildman
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Realale

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy deep gold. Very fine white head settles to a thin cap.

Great hop nose, with a slightly sweet minty/wintergreen hint to the leafy notes. Some nice malt pokes through too, but the hops dominate.

Surprisingly pilsner-like in the mouth. Touch sweet at the start, but comes into better balance by the mid-palate. Again the mint note makes an appearance, especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and not overly thick - again, its surprisingly pilsner-like for what it is. Long lingering finish.

Many thanks to Winomark for the sample. I was expecting to hate this, or find it to be a real distortion of the pilsner style, but Rogue has done good work here.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2004 18:36:54 | More by Realale
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a rather clear, slightly hazy, orange/tan body with a big white head that died quickly.

The nose was a big mix of phenols and malt. A slight touch of butter, alcohol and some soft fruit. There were some very faint hops, but mostly it was just big and malty. It actually smelled very much like a belgian.

The taste is big and thick. Lots of malt, some dry wood, phenols, alcohol. Nice big earthy hops. Fruit, citrus, some soft butter. Very smooth despite being so thick. Really very hoppy as it warms up. It has a long lingering bitterness.

It’s so hard to write about this beer. It’s just so simple. Big, malty, hoppy, very yummy. That’s all you need to write. Nothing like you’d expect from a pilsner. It’s actually more along the lines of a nice malty IPA just a little toned down. Definitely worth trying if you feel like spending the money.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 07:29:40 | More by taez555
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presented in a nice ceramic 750ml bottle with a swing-top cap and silk-screened graphics. Beautiful aroma of pilsner malt as soon as the cap is popped. Pours a nice golden hue with a bubbly white head that vanishes quickly. More aroma of pilsner malt, with some undertones of hops and a whiff of alcohol. Thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Huge maltiness, but overall very light, since it's pilsner malt. Packs a bit of a punch at 8.8% abv. Probably couldn't handle a whole bottle by myself, but I'm very impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 23:25:35 | More by ElGordo
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Afterburner

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice honey color, very slightly hazy, with a thick, rocky, off-white head that retires slowly.

Smell: Malt, floral hops, and faint hints of honey and molasses.

Taste: The malt makes itself immediately known, and never really fades away until the end of the finish. Some vanilla notes emerge mid-palate, along with a faint hint of honey. The finish is nice and long, and consists of floral hops, alcohol, and a strong flavor of sweetened almonds. And the hops really stay with you. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thick(ish). The high end of "medium bodied" or the low end of "full bodied." Take your pick. The carbonation is restrained, but not timid.

Drinkability: Overall, a very nice beer. I'm not a big fan of pilsners, but this (admittedly not a very pilsner-y pilsner) is a tasty brew. It certainly cements my conviction that I will like pretty much any beer that has the word "Imperial" in the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2004 22:12:52 | More by Afterburner
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Floral aroma with blending of malt. Crisp excellent pils. SO much alchohol, but well masked by the above. Light on tongue, light carbonation. Lace. Even fruity yeast. Dry aftertaste but satisfying. A beautiful bottle with a cap. Enjoy the weekend together.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 02:07:19 | More by Sammy
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dayglow orange color in the glass with a airy pale white sticky head. Mostly grapefruit peel in the nose. Upfront the taste is slightly bitter and warming with abv apparent right off the bat. Lots of heat and bitterness on the tongue. It is bitter but not very complex otherwise. Strange light mouth that leaves your tongue high and dry. Also a strange slight smoke aftertaste. It's ok but I was a little dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2004 15:16:19 | More by frank4sail
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drewbage

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Rogue Pub in San Francisco. Served in a straight up pint glass.

Big spicy piney malt aroma on a deeply hazy gold with virtually no head but a low white touch.

Flavor is sweet in the initial touch before a strong, initially grassy then pine cone rough to a slightly sweet finish.

Such an odd beer, both things I like with it and don't like. I like the big hop character to it, but yet the finish is strangely barleywinish with a large sweet malt (in a pils style beer?) with a slap of hops to try and wipe it off.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2004 15:59:38 | More by drewbage
Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.