The beer pours with a very light haze, a sparkling, deep copper in color. There is a half-inch head of off-white to light tan foam, not particularly long-lasting. The aroma is bright, malty, caramel and stone fruit, with a touch of nutty and herbal (think sarsparilla). The taste follows the aromas. The finish is moderately bitter, with a strange chemical note. The beer drinks smooth, with moderate carbonation. Crazy that this is 8.0% ABV! I like the idea of an Imperial Oktoberfest, and this has some very good notes, but it would be much better without that strange off-note in the finish.