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Loose Caboose - Roanoke Railhouse Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Roanoke Railhouse Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Imperial Lager has a beautiful copper-gold color with a creamy lasting head that leaves an impressive lacing effect in the glass.

A strong lager (starkbier is the nomenclature used in Germany) in all senses of the word. The beer is balanced with a hoppy start and finish and a malt backbone so as not to be overly dry.

(Beer added by: dnolan36 on 02-28-2011)
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +16.6%

04-24-2014 21:52:22 | More by AWB3
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VeganUndead

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

03-31-2014 05:54:44 | More by VeganUndead
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -12.5%

07-21-2013 06:25:11 | More by bmjivi221
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rdobens

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-08-2013 01:56:01 | More by rdobens
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mrterdferguson


3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-17-2012 03:03:23 | More by mrterdferguson
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have put up the Christmas tree, and now it's time for some bier and football... From a 22oz bomber, a brthday gift from Artied2...

Into an imperial pint.... it has a smidge of haziness present which helps hide some of the steady carbo streaming upwards. Color is a deep golden, perhaps looking more like apricot jam. Head is minutely dine and thin, off-white, and most clings to the edges. Not much lacing left behind, though... Aroma is a bit fruity, bringing to mind some more apricot and a little tangerine. It feels fairly smooth on the tongue, and the body is a passable medium.

Flavor has a touch of malty sweetness, being a bit toasty and biscuity. There is a touch of caramel here, too, but it seems like it was burnt a bit in a pan. A little fruitiness and honey is also present, and there seems to be a dryish, herbal quality to it. Trying hard to see how this is an imperial pilsener, but whatever... Not bad, overall... Thnx Bro!! Prosit!

3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1549

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 20:41:08 | More by Bierman9
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tanner1980


3/5  rDev -12.5%

08-31-2012 01:23:22 | More by tanner1980
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SlaughteredWolf

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2%

08-23-2012 03:11:54 | More by SlaughteredWolf
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Brewfocker


2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

06-18-2012 03:12:50 | More by Brewfocker
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-03-2012 22:36:57 | More by lccrunchy
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MikeW51


3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-17-2012 22:53:24 | More by MikeW51
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

03-17-2012 22:36:21 | More by BigTrubble
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beergod1

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my boss for bringing me back this Imperial Lager to Ohio. Poured a hazy light orange, nice but small creamy head. Aroma is faint, hint of honey accented malt. Flavor is oddly sweet up front, more honey notes, A little hop bitterness on the finish. As it warms it seems to get a little more sticky, and have a slight alcohol burn. Some tropical fruit taste. This is OK....I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this, but it's decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:29:55 | More by beergod1
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TechTriumph

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy head; Clear and copper colored with visible carbonation; Scattered patches of lacing

S - Sweet lager smell with faint hints of cloves and lemon peel; A bit of pine and spice from the hops are detected as well

T - The taste is pretty sweet as well; Flavors of cloves, lemon peel, syrupy sweet malts, and just a touch of alcohol; The primary hop used in this beer is the Perle variety, which after looking up, is known for its slightly spicy and light mint qualities - both of which can be found in the taste here

M - Low carbonation; Medium bodied; A little syrupy in the mouthfeel; Just a bit dry and minty-like in the finish as well

O - Overall, I enjoyed having this beer again. The amount of sweetness may have been a bit much for me, but I thought there was a nice, light presence of spicy, minty, piney hops to bring some balance. I'm not one to drink lagers too often, but this one is a solid choice for those seeking a sweeter, bolder option.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 16:45:54 | More by TechTriumph
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bluetrevian

Florida

3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-07-2011 22:03:11 | More by bluetrevian
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stevoj

Germany

4/5  rDev +16.6%

11-21-2011 18:39:37 | More by stevoj
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IamC0lin

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +16.6%

11-17-2011 17:08:37 | More by IamC0lin
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Second beer I tried from Railhouse Brewery was the Loose Caboose. It poured a copper/amber clear with thin white head tha laced slightly. The smell includes some perle hops and slight grain. The taste...at least at first was dominated by alcohol. After your pallate adjusts to the alcohol, you can begin to taste some floral notes and malt. The mouthfeel is medium body with light carbonation. Overall the beer is ok....the alcohol isnt balanced as well as other Imperial Pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 00:26:37 | More by WoodBrew
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to nonic pint glass on 8/23/11
*From notes

-- I picked up this bottle at Wine Gourmet in Roanoke, VA when visiting my sister in the middle of July --

A: Clean and filtered amber. A good pour yields a one finger head and minor lacing.

S: Some sweet alcohol and an ample amount of crisp, earthy malt.

T: Big time alcohol, which transitions into a rather creamy and robust burnished malt. Some layered sweetness runs through this beer's veins. Hints of toasted water cracker on the finish.

M: Pretty rich and creamy. It could use a touch more oomph considering the "Imperial" designation, but I'm certainly not complaining.

O: Roanoke Railhouse's Loos Caboose is fine example of a style that no one really asked for. Along with their Track One, Roanoke Railhouse had proven their ability to produce solid lagers. I'm excited to see what they do with an ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 22:20:59 | More by Rhettroactive
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color, with a creamy cap of foam that hangs on for about a minute before chilling to a skim.

Candy-like aroma, almost like a grape- or cherry-flavored chewing gum. Indicates prominent sweetness and alcohol presence to come in the taste. Not much else really, but nice, and the distinctive sort of aroma I've found in other big lagers. Alcohol is fortunately not medicinal, and is actually very well-incorporated here.

Yep, it's sweet, and it's candy-like, gum-like even, but not cloyingly so. Pretty close, though. But I seem to dig these big lager confections...occasionally. Big bursts of cherry pie, grape Bubble Yum, peach syrup, toffee, maple, and a kiss of the alcohol, which gives a pinch in the ass to everything else. Pretty intense and a bit tough to grapple with a whole bomber, but I like it for what it is.

Smooth, round, slick, creamy...texturally goes very well with the rest of the beer's character.

Wasn't familiar with this local(ish) brewery, and apparently they're not even close to prolific. But I know I like this, and am happy to award it a relatively high score. I mean, I'll take this slow...I see myself nursing it for well over an hour, as it's pretty sweet, but it's got plenty of balance, nothing totally out of whack, and is an acceptable alternative to the bigger ales I've been rocking lately. Try it if you see it, if you're an inquisitive beerist into the more experimental stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 23:48:42 | More by Metalmonk
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room in North Raleigh.

Pours a copper with a 1/4" of head. Smells sweet; caramel malt and fruit. Taste is well balance of malt and hops; caramel and piney. No indication that this is over 7% ABV. Mouthfeel is light, over carbonated for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 01:20:25 | More by tdm168
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SiriusBock

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to try this brew on tap, straight from the source.

A: Rich, copper color. About a two finger head that lasted a good deal in.

S: Pretty fair balance of malt and hops, more so on the grains. Smelled sweet.

T: Didn't realize it was at 7.8% until told. The alcohol was smoothly hidden within the depths of the slightly sweet lager. Went down smooth...too smooth...enough to not realize it until beyond the point! Caramel tones, with a hoppy finish

M: Didn't really coat the mouth, but didn't fade too soon. Right down the middle

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 04:08:27 | More by SiriusBock
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oberon

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A new brewery in Roanoke,its about time!Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a clear bronze color with a very thin white head that was gone in a flash.The aromas were great with big green apple and some alcohol sweetness,I even detected a light shot of herbal hops.Sweet on the palate with some drunken fruit and sweet alcohol dominating.A German Stark lager its heavy handed in the sweetness department but its not awful.

7.8%ABV per bottle label.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:00:40 | More by oberon
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LuthersMug

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A - Copper color with a very nice head, creamy. Lacing was strong throughout.

S - Caramels and malts.

T - Tons of creamy, caramel, malts up front. The finish is piney hops that linger.

M - A bit too much carbonation and I thought the hops didn't quite balance the malts.

O - A really good beer right in my neighborhood.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 06:01:56 | More by LuthersMug
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Mosstrooper

California

3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a strong amber hue and a large off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind some tiny spots of lace.

Smell: Mostly sweet malt with some apple and citrus as well.

Taste: Begins Somewhat bitter and spicy with some fruity sweetness and citrus, finishing with lots of grassy and herbal bitterness. Could do with a bit more balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with assertive carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall: A decent beer, but, again, this could do with some more balance in the flavor department. Roanoke Railhouse is a relatively new brewery that just started bottling their beer, though, so hopefully the recipe will evolve over time. It is also worth noting that, according to Roanoke Railhouse's website, this beer is a Munich Dunkel Lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 19:03:01 | More by Mosstrooper
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Loose Caboose from Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.