Friday, December 30, 2011

Boom - Bohmerwald's Majesty; Imperial Pilsner

Boom beers are from the Explosion Brewing Company of the Czech Republic.

Bohmerwald's Majesty - This beer is named after the Bohmer Wald, a heavily forested mountain range.  It is a high alcohol doppelbock, at 8.8% ABV.  It is brewed with rye malt, beet sugar and the oak-aged and blended.  Supposedly.  The beer pours amber-copper in color with a short head of just off-white head.  The aroma is sweet to very sweet, some grain, sweet potatoes and a touch of circus peanuts candy.  The taste is a background of Euro lager overwhelmed by massive sweetness.  The finish is both cloyingly sweet and a bit bitter.  Perhaps a note of oaky woodiness, perhaps just the suggestion of the label.  This is a cheap tasting, overly sweet, Euro trash lager.

Imperial Pilsner - This 8.5% ABV beer pours a light amber in color, with orange tint.  There is a small white head.  The aroma is sweet cereal grains and a light smokiness.  The taste is grain, and a whopping grassy, dry, bitter hop flavor.  The bottle says there are four kettle additions of Zatec hops.  This is the first high alcohol European lager that has added enough hops to overcome the sweetness that usually results from the high alcohol.  Decent, but not great, but at least not overly sweet.

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