I had just gotten my first graduate school exam back, and I got a pretty good grade. I decided this was a moment to celebrate, so I stopped at Binny’s to pick up celebration supplies. As I was perusing the aisles, The Kaiser caught my eye (largely because it was on sale for $5.99!). I, for some reason, tend to skip over Avery beers while buying bottles. I think it’s mainly because of the label art, which may be one of the stupidest possible reasons, but there it is.
Anyway, I really liked the concept of an Imperial Oktoberfest, especially on one of the early, cool nights in October. I also really liked The Kaiser as a name for an Imperial Oktoberfest. Avery Brewing describes it:
The Kaiser once said, “Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.” If the Kaiser and his significant other had tipped this bottle, we’d all be “sprechenden Deutsch!” We took all that is good in a traditional Oktoberfest – gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent noble hops – then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest.
My tasting notes:
Appearance: Extremely clear copper with a very thin, cream colored head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma: Dominated by molasses with caramel notes and a bit of pumpkin.
Taste: Tons of malt. Caramel in the beginning flowing into a vegetal, pumpkin flavor with warming phenolic notes at the end.
Mouthfeel: Coating and chewy.
Overall: Perfect for a cool night when I only want a beer a two. The alcohol will keep me warm, and the complexity of the malt flavor keeps it interesting. Also, I enjoy tasting a lager that has this heavy of a mouthfeel. It doesn’t happen all the time.