The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch 9 bottled in August 2012. Pours moderately hazy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, molasses, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasty malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, pear, apple, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and toasted/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, raisin, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/toasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; with big malt presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial Oktoberfest. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/toasty/nutty malt and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
11-21-2013 04:57:51 | More by superspak
2.55/5 rDev -34.1%
Pours a deep brownish amber, almost opaque, no head but a quick swish brings up off-white bubbly rim. Bit flat-looking.
Intensely sweet, with toffee, brandy snap and molasses; rum and apricot, and yeah, just fortified anything. Too strong, too sweet.
Taste is intense grainy, with creamed corn, rice syrup, soy sauce and a bit of spiritous rum note. Tastes underfermented and grainy yet strong. Not completely unnuanced and deep-end sweet. I don't like it, but I can get the merit in the palate, and know it's not an amateur brew.
Flat, bit of heat at the back. Fairly uninteresting texture.
Bit rocket fuel-y, malt liquor-esque, but not as overblown as I may have expected. I had this blind and it's given Avery a big hit in the average ratings. Another example of a style that doesn't need to be imperialised.
11-12-2013 06:01:53 | More by laituegonflable
3.61/5 rDev -6.7%
A-Pours somewhere between orange and amber. Head has some body to it. Rings of lace are left. The beer's body is mostly clear.
S-Aroma is big and malty of course. Bread soaked in caramel, booze and a general fruitiness. There are hints of hops here too in you really sniff.
T-The flavor is a bit hot. Caramel liqueur. Lots of bready malts. Slight hoppiness. Toffee. Hot alcohol. It does in some essences mimic a Marzen but with its sheer girth it begins to lose its relationship toward the original style.
M-A bit too hot. Full bodied. Quite like a barleywine. Somewhat sticky.
O/D-A double Octoberfest sounds awesome. This one was worth a try but didn't impress me much. I feel like this interpretation of the Marzen could work (and many would say Kaiser does, indeed work) but this one doesn't work for me. I would still say its at worse a mediocre strong ale.
11-02-2013 19:35:18 | More by VelvetExtract
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
Super clear deep auburn color with a finger of off white head. Super malty aroma, dark fruit, raisins, toffee, and caramel.
On the lighter side of being mdium bodied oddly with a creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Starts with a bright toasty flavor which rolls into hearty baked breads and dark fruit marmalade. Finishes with a bold roasted malt character and just enough hop to balance everything out for a "goes down easy" kind of sip. Alcohol is undetectable. This beer really takes the styles flavor properties and brings them to the next level. An imperialized version that doesn't change up up the beer but rather heightens it.
A little messy at times and could be cleaner, but all the right flavors are there, i could go for a little less fruit as well.
10-27-2013 04:46:56 | More by jtierney89
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.