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Review - Karl Strauss Brewing Company's Whistler Imperial Pilsner

"Now that we are 21, our palate has matured like a fine wine. So we created something unique with old vine Zinfandel grape juice added during fermentation to give this brew a subtle vinous quality. Belgian yeast imparts hints of dried fruit in the nose, while a big dose of Vienna and Caramel malts yields a dry warming finish. Aged a month on American oak to take the edge off, this is one to share with friends." -- Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Pours a deep amber color with a tinge of red, producing a small but frothy tan-colored head with minimal retention. Lacing is somewhat persistent but isn't overly sticky. Body clarity is brilliant but the deep rich color makes it slightly opaque. Initially a light malt presence with some bread malts up front, followed by a strong wine aroma with moderate alcohol astringency. The aroma is very unique - lots of wine. Little to no traditional Belgian notes (banana/clove) but with an intense grape profile. Initially sweet with some fig and prune fruit notes that quickly heads towards the finish with an intense alcohol and grape presence that mirrors a lush red wine. Medium bodied with a slightly watery texture, soft carbonation with a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Lots of vanilla and oak in the finish behind a soft alcohol presence. Low hop presence of an earthy variety and slightly sour from the grapes. Very unique, intriguing and makes us want more.

Reviewed on October 17th, 2010.

StyleImperial Pils
Source22 oz bottle

Official Karl Strauss Brewing Company website