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RATINGS: 287   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1353) - 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 (1956) - 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 (16289) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2742) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Nice aroma of caramel, flowers, citrus. The color is deep red, almost black it’s so deep red, off-white head. The flavor is caramel, strong floral hops, citrus hops, nutty. The finish is sweet, floral hops. Medium in body, slightly thick. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (848) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Citrus, grassy hops, and nuts in the aroma. Flavor starts malty, caramel sweet, and nutty, with some fruit bitterness in the finish. I love red/amber ales, and this is no exception.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NY 650ml ($6.75): Pours a deep red with a tan head. Floral and citrus hops plus caramel malt backbone. Taste is somewhat hoppy at the front, but it is less about the bitterness and more about the fruitiness and the flavor. It be a little bit sweet. Don’t have too much aftertaste. Really well balanced with a unique hop profile. Nice body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deekyn (1118) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
A - pours deep mahogany with high brown tight bubbled head. S - floral hops and caramel malts rule this nose. Malts are caramel, Vegetal and sweet candied sugar notes. Fresh citrus, hay, and subtle soapy hop notes on the end. Really smells like a malt heavy dipa. M - very flat profile. Simpler linear tastes. Fizzy carb, but weak flat palate. T - very malt oriented. Vegetal, caramel and darker roasted malts. Malts malts malts. Earthy notes. Tea bitters, grassy, soapy fresh citrus and floral hops barely eek out. O - weak palate, bitter and muddled. 5+ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5578) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Bottle. Bright, fire engine red and fizzy, with a thin but standing head of off-white foam. The aroma is a bit metallic, and hints at what drinks as a sweet, malty brew. There’s a bit of a caramel, and a little hint of piney syrup, too. (#4960, 3/18/20130

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Complex aroma and red brown pour with a complex taste and lingering mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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