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RATINGS: 327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
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Released shortly before Valentine’s Day, My Bloody Valentine is the red-blooded cousin of our Halloween specialty ale, Evil Dead Red. Caramel-sweet malt is delicately balanced with floral American hop varieties for a truly unique drinking sensation. A deep mahogany red color and a big, aromatic hop profile are the signatures of this seasonal ale.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours a beautiful dark, bloody amber. Big malt aroma. Floral and citrus flavor. Long bitter finish. Excellent amber.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3155) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
22 ounce bottle
It has been a while since I visited an Alesmith rate. This looked like a good one given the time of year. A fine amber ale made the January snow melt away. If it comes around again in 2014 I would certainly pick it up or order a pint as a starter at the tasting room.

Aroma / Appearance - A ruby semitransparent base is trapped under an ivory ring of head. Musty cedar, almonds, and dry chocolate permeate the air with a soft feel. More malt driven than many West Coast amber ales it strikes a nice balance.

Flavor / Palate - Malt balls dipped in dry semisweet chocolate fill the mouth with a pleasant texture. Warming the palate after a few sips, it betrays that this is not a mild mannered sessionable amber ale. Sticking in the throat with a dry bitterness the outcome is a very well rounded release that shows all the hallmarks of a beer well worth the $8.99 price tag. If you see this on the shelves and want a change of pace from hop bombs or big imperial styles this fits the bill.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10446) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2014
bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of pine, dank bud, grapefruit zest, grassiness and light caramel. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of cocoa, earthiness, pine, grapefruit zest, dank bud and light grassines with a crisp dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7030) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with creamy tan head, laces well. Aroma brought notes of dank pine, grass, orange peel, hints of dark caramel, toffee, slight floral notes into a bit of cocoa, touch of grain, spice in there as well. Taste is a mix of grass, pine, dark cocoa, orange, and grapefruit into some floral, dark caramel, notes, finishing yeasty, slightly spicy, dry, slightly bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Had this at a recent tasting. My first AleSmith. Great amber. Excellent flavor.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
fluffy (1842) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
kinda too sweet for my tastes, didnt really care for this one. as an amber, above average though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10387) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy off-white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is toast and cookie malt, earthy and woody hops with apple esters. Flavor is malt forward with medium hops and bitterness, light fruity esters and a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1270) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle at Chuck’s, thanks to beastie for picking this one up. Pours clear caramel brown, minimal head. Aroma is big caramel. Big caramel but nice - some floral hops, sweet and pleasant. Sweet, sure, but restrained and with a nice bit of bitterness to keep it all in balance.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersighted (125) - - FEB 7, 2014
Very tasty red ale. Toasty caramel malts have a knife fight with a bold floral hop presence. Rich, red liquid leaves a light lacing on the pint. One of rare favorite reds.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2033) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2014 Bottle shared by Eugene at Chuck’s. Old school amber / red. Lots of caramel malt, plenty of c-hops. Not exciting, but very well crafted with a bigger flavor than it ought to be able to manage at <7%. Enjoyable to drink.


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