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RATINGS: 293   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Clearish dark mahogany. Long-lasting, rather generous head that recedes to an eternal off-white film. Nutty, leafy, earthy nose with perhaps less hop aromatic than I’d anticipated, but then again, it must have a few months under its belt. As always, Alesmith greets us with flawless malt extraction, bringing forth chocolate, chestnut and caramel nuances where there is actually little to no roast feeling at all. The hops chime in with a gently citrusy, fairly juicy presence that closes on the leafiness that had first been noticed upon smelling. Clean and fairly easy to drink, becoming toastier and toastier as it warms, yet maintaining its bitter backbone in good proximity to keep the residual sugars at bay. A balanced American Red Ale that is not a show-stealer in Alesmith’s portfolio, but a very pleasant drink nevertheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2234) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2013
Thanks to Seth for sharing this one. Clear reddish pour with an off white head. Caramel malt aromas. The taste follows suit. Decent body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (734) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 15, 2013
Aroma is fairly balanced between malt and hops. Malt character is very bready with some caramel notes. Hops are rather grapefruit forward with some resin and dankness. Not super fruity and more toasty than caramel. Pours a deep burnt amber bordering on light brown with a thick light tan head that slowly receded until a film is left on top and is a bit thicker on the edges. Medium lacing with medium legs. Flavor is very malt forward with notes of toasted bread and light chocolate being most prevalent. There is also some dark caramel flavors. The initial taste is similar to a tootsie roll mixed with toasted bread. Mid palate you get some resinous and dank hop notes but not much citrus, just faint grapefruit. The finish has more hop resin and very toasted, almost burnt bread. Mouthfeel is medium bodies with medium carbonation. Low to medium low astringency, some of which is from the hops. Low alcohol warmth. Overall, not a bad beer. The malt character tastes more like a brown ale than an amber or red ale and the hops character is fading leaving just the hop resin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1708) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bomber pours crimson red hue, off white head with food retention. Nose is boring. Taste is reminiscent of chocolate cover strawberries. Light flowers on the finish. Fuggin a bro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of grassy hops, citrus, bitter hops. Flavor of rich roasted dark malt, chocolate, with a bitter citrusy hops finish. A hoppy amber - more like a brown/black IPA with its dark, roasted malt and hoppy finish. Palate is hearty- again like a black ipa or an imperial red (although the malt is more roasty than your typical reds). Tasty beer! 8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 9, 2013
Sampled in a bomber. Pours with a thin lacey head. A really nice malty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1418) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
Great looking beer. Pours a deep maroon. Looks pretty transparent. No haze or lees apparent. Nice big head, light beige. It’s a bit rocky but sticks around for a long time. The aroma is a mix of floral and bright citrus hop notes. There’s a little spruce to the beer, as well. Underneath the hops, some caramel and toastier malt flavors come through. The taste has good hop flavor, nice delicacy/complexity. The malt plays a larger role than in the aroma. Good depth from the darker malt. It almost has a light chocolate flavor. In both the aroma and taste, the beer just lacks somewhat in intensity for the abv. For a ~6.5% abv beer, I just want a bit more. Mouthfeel also doesn’t really help, as it gets a bit watery in the middle. Still, it’s a good beer. I just wish there was a bit more to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
Bouteille 22oz. De couleur brune-rouge foncée et claire. Nez de houblon floral, résineux et légèrement herbeux et citrique avec des notes terreuses, de caramel sucré aux faibles notes rôties, moyen de fruits (agrumes, traces d’abricots) avec des notes de toffee. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture aux notes crémeuses et résineuses. Goût moyen-amer de houblon floral, moyennement citrique et légèrement terreux (une amertume présente en arrière-goût toute la gorgée) avec un léger goût fruité (agrumes, traces d’abricots) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût malté de caramel sucré aux notes rôties, léger de biscuits et de toffee puis en finale l’amertume de houblon prend une tournure herbeuse (incluant des notes de thé) et légèrement résineuse et asséchante. Post-goût long et un peu sec, moyennement amer de houblon floral, moyennement citrique, légèrement résineux et herbeux avec des notes terreuses, avec des notes de malt sucré et rôti ainsi que des traces fruitées (zeste d’agrumes).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2006) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
Bomber as a bonus from JonnyJ. Pretty excited to try this - love the premise. Mahogany amber with a creamy faint brown/biege head that is a steady layer throughout the drinking - quite a good looking beer. First sniff makes me thing of a super malty of black style IPA; like the caramel malt and resin hops that definitely combine in an interesting way. Moderate to high carbonation, moderate+ body, a hint of sweetness and alcohol but quickly becomes bitter but balanced, long tasty finish that makes you want more. A tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter piney spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish.

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