Big Easy Imperial Maibock - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
3.2/5 rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
UNINTENTIONALLY AGED BEER REVIEW
Date Notches indicate bottling second week of December. Uh-oh. This has been "lost" in the very back of my fridge for five months, so lets keep that in mind as we consume and review. At least it was refrigerated the entire time. Despite having a novice's enthusiasm for aged beers and a year-old cellar in the basement, somebody wiser than myself in the ways of beer aging once told me that "Maibocks don't age well, they fall apart rather quickly" and I believed him so much that I never bothered to try doing it. And now we get a psuedo-aged (because of refrigeration, things change much slower) bottle by accident.
Pours a hazy honey color with absolutely no foam or head at all. Not even lacing. However the beer is still pleasingly carbonated. Nose at first is is a brief fragrant floral hop hit that falls into earthy tones and than reveals an egg challah loaf-like bready malt scent. I wonder if that "egginess" can be attributed to Burtonization with sulphur ions? It doesn't directly smell of sulphur, though, thats for certain. It is still quite tasty, mellow pale malt flavor with surprisingly low oxidation or staleness. Although there is a tiny bit of staleness, it is not even close to my threshold of tolerance. Tastes of challah, just like it smells, with a butter pat on top from the oxidation. Only problem I have is that fleeting burst of floral hops, once dissipated from initial opening, is gone forever from taste and nose. Damn. As one might expect, I've killed the hops. I'm left with earthy malt and bread. Sadly, I find it sort of one-dimensional and lackluster without those floral hallertauer notes. You can tell that is exactly what is needed to make this a great beer, as well. Mouthfeel is refreshing and the ABV is well hidden.
So, lesson reinforced. Maibocks, best consumed fresh.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2011 18:51:07 | More by WastingFreetime
More User Reviews:
3.38/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This is not my typical style of beer, as I am a bit of a hop head and an IPA lover, but in an effort to continue trying different styles and flavor profiles, I picked up a bottle of the Big Easy.
A: Poured into a pint glass. The beer was clear with a medium to dark amber color.
S: Sweet and bready/malty aroma.
T: Sweet with minimal hop bitterness, indicative of this beer style. The high alcohol content comes through slightly as well.
Overall: This is a OK beer to drink. The higher alcohol content seems to reduce the drinkabilty of the beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 05:05:01 | More by T-34-85
3.48/5 rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
a passable but incomplete maibock for me, i am left wanting for more carbonation and a quicker finishing experience, not as spring feeling as the style usually delivers either. caramel colored beer, rather still after a minute, sits lazily in a white wine glass. the nose is sweet from the grain, but a little stale too, not as fresh as it might be. no hops to speak of, and a lager yeast i have seen before. the flavor is a bit one dimensional for me, coppery caramel toffee flavor from the grain, and thats it. no german interest, no balancing hops, not even a drying bready yeast profile to wrap it up. not bad at all, devoid of off flavors or weirdness, but not as interesting or as tradition as i like these to be. the body is big enough for sure, but more bubbles would really help this out. one bottle is enough, especially given the only sort of disguised alcohol strength. not bad, but i wont miss not having it in my fridge anymore.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 15:47:19 | More by StonedTrippin
Big Easy Imperial Maibock from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.